This was a short promotional film commissioned by the Newcastle International Film Festival as a means of showing HRH Prince Michael of Kent, one of the festival’s patrons, lending his support in a short message. Although it was a comparatively smaller job, it required no less painstaking preparation to make sure everything went smoothly.
We filmed the piece to camera with His Royal Highness at Kensington Palace, along with two other similar pieces for different audiences at the festival. For this we used our Sony A7Sii (taking advantage of its nice flat picture profiles) and an autocue so that the Prince could read the prepared scripts in a naturalistic manner. Autocues are very dependent on the subject’s ability to read from them as to how natural the results look, but after a few rehearsals we were good to go.