BVE2014

I visited BVE2014 ExCeL London last week. It was my first time visiting this broadcast and production technology exhibition. The three-day event featured a lot of panel discussion and talks about both technical aspects of media production and also content making.

It was eye opening to see so many cutting-edge products, services and technologies for taking content from conception to consumption. Camera manufacturers made the exhibition like a motor show – see below for the photographs of the turning motorbike camera display.

Motorbikes and Cameras

Aerial filming drones have become popular.

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Screens are no longer confined by black-box monitors; screens can be everywhere – through projection. And Through projection, one can also manipulate the light and interact with the objects on the ‘screen’ – as seen in the film ‘Minority Report‘. Moving objects on an intangible, touchless screen is no longer just sci-fi; it has become a reality, as Coolux‘s Pandoras Box, a media and show control system, shows (distributed by tmb in the UK).

Moving objects on an intangible, touchless screen
Moving objects on an intangible, touchless screen

The Production Theatre attracted the most of the audience, especially when it was about how to secure funding and how to build network. Look – there was no way into the theatre – it’s packed!

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A fully packed Production Theatre at BVE 2014, Friday 28 Feb 2014
A fully packed Production Theatre at BVE 2014, Friday 28 Feb 2014

The talk by the executive producer and the camerawoman Justine Evans of BBC documentary Wild Burma was fascinating. They shared the experience of going to Burma to film this documentary in collaboration with a group of scientists. The socio-environmental, political and scientific impacts this documentary makes are immense – both locally as well as internationally. The production team has discovered new habitats of the elephants, and the black market selling animal parts (controlled by some Chinese warlords).

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I had also seen good-quality movies at the 4K Theatre. But as many of us are aware, technologies can shape the future of content, but having a good idea, engrossing storyline is more important than making 4K films. Often, the budget endowed will dictate what equipments one has access to. And a good film does not need 4K; 2K or HD would do. While 4K is new to me, people are already talking about 8K.

Covering everything from camera accessories, film locations finding services (there’s one at Hampshire), to 360 workflow solutions, BVE offered the chance to gain hands-on experience and insight to inspire creativity, support business and help shape the future of content. The Skills Zones, for example, was great for junior media professionals (to learn to compose their portfolios and their CVs). I think this is a fieldtrip I can arrange for my students next year.

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