Dream A Big Dream

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Education
Dream a big dream_Video production

Story Of The Shoot – Shoot day – 10th November 2012.

This one was a gift, shooting prospective Rio 2016 athletes to promote a competition for young people, called “Dream a Big Dream”.

The client was tutoring company Kip McGrath, and it was a writing competition for 9-14 year olds, who were asked to describe their ‘big dream’ to win Olympics-related prizes.

We were asked by their communications company EdComs to make three videos, each featuring one athlete: Sam Ruddock, a Paralympian sprinter in the T35 category (which I then had to look up – it’s for athletes with Cerebral Palsy), Rachel Johncock, a 100 and 200m sprinter, and Kike Oniwinde, a javelin thrower.

Sam Ruddock Rachel Johncock_Image


Because all were in their late teens or early twenties, I knew I wasn’t going to have to use much makeup, but that I needed to keep them amused during what was going to be a long shoot day. I also wondered what I should provide in the way of food. Since they were barely more than teenagers, I guessed that healthy sandwiches with a heavy dose of junk food on the side wouldn’t go amiss (and, for the most part, I was right, though that may have been more to do with me and the crew scoffing the naughty snacks than the athletes). So into my shopping basket went mini-doughnuts, fruit juices, milkshake drinks, crisps, bananas and chocolate bars (those ones that help you work, rest and play – the advertising obviously worked on me then!) I also added Heat magazine and Grazia – which were a godsend as the girls got a bit bored hanging around between shots – a valuable lesson about the non-glamour of telly that they’ll have to learn for when they are gold-medal winners and everyone is after them.

We were very lucky to have a soundman and camera assistant who could all shoot, so we got three cameras for the price of one. Jason was keen to try out his new slo-mo camera, and we got some fantastic shots with it.


Sam Ruddock with Film crew  Rachel Johncock with film crew


We had arranged to shoot at the Eton and Datchet Leisure Club, and they kindly provided us with all the equipment we needed for the day – javelins, starting blocks, and even a golf buggy so we could chase the athletes round the track with the cameraman perched on the back, to get some lovely tracking shots. The only problem with this plan was that we didn’t quite explain what we were doing to Sam, our Paralympian, with the result that when we started shooting, he shot away round the track, with our golf buggy at full stretch failing miserably to keep up! I was at the side of the track in stitches as Paula and Jason shouted “Stop! Wait! Come back!” as Sam disappeared into the distance. At the end, Sam stopped and said “You should never tell an athlete to slow down”, so after that, we kept the buggy in front and made them run behind – the only way we could keep up with them.

The day was great fun, the athletes were an inspiration – I think we should just put them in charge of the country, I’m sure they’d do a much better job than the politicians, as they believe that old-fashioned hard work and self-belief are the way to make your dreams come true.

Olympic Trio_Video

 We were really pleased with the results, you can watch the finished videos here.