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Case Study : Barnsley Hospital Heart Awards


Barnsley Hospital Heart Awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers every year. Patients, as well as staff, can nominate individuals or teams with the 2018 Awards attracting more than 200 nominations. Since 2013, Pixelwave Creative has produced video content annually for the Heart Awards, including award category videos and welcome videos that are shown during the event. In 2018, the 9th annual Barnsley Hospital Charity Heart Awards were held at the Holiday Inn in Dodworth and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Harry Gration.

How we worked with Barnsley Hospital

Filming in any medical setting requires sensitivity, flexibility and an adherence to strict time frames. Filming for the 2018 Awards took place over three days and included a whistle-stop tour of Barnsley Hospital, capturing footage of shortlisted nominees going about their day-to-day duties and filming activities relevant to their nomination.

We needed to work to a tight schedule, with just 20 minutes allocated to each person or team, before a hotfooting it to the next location in the hospital.

Once filming was completed our post production team got to work on turning all the footage we captured into inspirational short videos. We recorded and produced voiceovers scripted by Barnsley Hospital – that explained why each nominee had been nominated before handing over to our video editing team to cut the visuals, voiceovers and background music together, also adding some stylised motion graphics to add an extra bit of sparkle.

Finally, we produced a Welcome video; a combination of animated infographics with some shots from the nomination films, this needed to be a high-energy edit to get the staff excited at the start of the main event.

The Feedback

Lisa Calvert, Charity Development Manager, Barnsley Hospital Charity, said: “I cannot speak highly enough of the team at Pixelwave Creative with the services they provide in the production of our Heart Award Nomination videos which are used at the ceremony. Their communication and planning are fantastic, along with the positive attitude and conduct when onsite at the hospital.”

“Many of our staff members are apprehensive at the thought of being filmed but JP puts them at ease and ensures the experience is a fun one, while also being mindful of the sensitivities surrounding our patient care. We have a busy schedule of filming as we need to accommodate filming of 33 individuals or teams with a limited timeframe after our judging event but in time for the award ceremony, these are turned around quickly with a short filming slot, before moving onto the next department. Even with this in mind, the filming never feels rushed and the production is done to a very high standard.”

“These videos are an integral part of the award ceremony, giving insight into the shortlisted nominations. Everyone enjoys seeing themselves and colleagues on the big screens around the room and it creates a real buzz in the event. I would highly recommend Pixelwave Creative and am looking forward to working with them again in the future.”