performance Media

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The Eight Engines live team understand the world of theatre. We have over 15 years experience in capturing unforgettable moments, bringing the magic of the stage to the screen. We work with theatres and arts organisations across the UK and internationally to create bespoke and affordable packages tailored to any situation. Alongside live capturing of shows we have a long history producing marketing content and cinematic trailers to engage audiences and boost ticket sales.

We are a one-stop shop when it comes to Live Performance Media as we can scale up and down to meet the size of any project. We have extensive experience managing shoots with up to ten camera teams for cinema distribution, down to archiving shows with a simple two camera set up and anywhere in between. We offer a full range of services and our highly accomplished team can assist with anything and everything your project may require. 

We take over the planning, the shooting, then post production and can advise you on the distribution of the finished film.

We have extensive experience working in theatres and understand how stressful an environment it can be. With this in mind, we always try to be as self-contained as possible, creating minimal interference to the logistics of the show. We are also more than happy to work alongside a live audience.

Featured Projects

Due to distribution rights, we are unable to host full videos of theatre performances on our website. Please click on the photos to see screenshots from each project or get in touch to find out more.

 
  Future Conditional    Starring Rob Brydon, Nikki Patel, Matthew Aubrey    Shot across two shows with six cameras.  Future Conditional became the first play to ever be streamed on Twitter.  It received over half a million views within the first three hours.

Future Conditional
Starring Rob Brydon, Nikki Patel, Matthew Aubrey

Shot across two shows with six cameras.

Future Conditional became the first play to ever be streamed on Twitter.  It received over half a million views within the first three hours.

  The Wild Party    Starring Frances Ruffelle, John Owen-Jones, Tiffany Graves    Shot on six cameras across two shows.   The project was used to sell the show internationally as well as in various awards shows.

The Wild Party
Starring Frances Ruffelle, John Owen-Jones, Tiffany Graves

Shot on six cameras across two shows. 

The project was used to sell the show internationally as well as in various awards shows.

  King Lear    Starring Glenda Jackson    , Rhys Ifans, Jane Horrocks    Shot on nine cameras across two shows.  The project was used to transfer the show on to broadway as well as in various awards shows.

King Lear
Starring Glenda Jackson, Rhys Ifans, Jane Horrocks

Shot on nine cameras across two shows.

The project was used to transfer the show on to broadway as well as in various awards shows.

  The Master Builder  Starri    ng Ralph Fiennes,     Linda Emond    , Sarah Snook    Shot across two performances with seven cameras.

The Master Builder
Starri
ng Ralph Fiennes, Linda Emond, Sarah Snook

Shot across two performances with seven cameras.

  Winnie and Wilbur  Starrin  g     Sophie Russell, Ben Thompson,     Rob Castell    Shot over one performance with four cameras.

Winnie and Wilbur
Starring
Sophie Russell, Ben Thompson, Rob Castell

Shot over one performance with four cameras.

  The Old Vic's Bicentennial    Starrin    g Tim Minchin    , Damian Lewi    s, Helen McCrory    Shot over one day with five cameras.

The Old Vic's Bicentennial
Starring Tim Minchin, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory

Shot over one day with five cameras.

  Cold Calling: The Arctic Project    Starring The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra    Shot over a single performance with three cameras as a high-end archive

Cold Calling: The Arctic Project
Starring The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Shot over a single performance with three cameras as a high-end archive

  The Hairy Ape    Starring Bertie Carvel, Adam Burton, Buffy Davis    Shot on six cameras across two performances

The Hairy Ape
Starring Bertie Carvel, Adam Burton, Buffy Davis

Shot on six cameras across two performances

  Jekyll & Hyde  Starring Tim Hodges, Daniel Collins, Alexzandra Sarmiento    Shot across two performances with seven cameras

Jekyll & Hyde
Starring Tim Hodges, Daniel Collins, Alexzandra Sarmiento

Shot across two performances with seven cameras

  Groundhog Day     Starring Andy Karl, Carlyss Peer, Georgina Hagen    Shot over two performances with two cameras as a high-end archive

Groundhog Day
Starring Andy Karl, Carlyss Peer, Georgina Hagen

Shot over two performances with two cameras as a high-end archive

  The Caretaker    Starring Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays, George MacKay    Shot over one day with two cameras as a high-end archive

The Caretaker
Starring Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays, George MacKay

Shot over one day with two cameras as a high-end archive

  The Lorax    Starring     Laura Caldow, Ben Thompson, David Ricardo-Pearce    Shot over two performances with two cameras as a high-end archive

The Lorax
Starring Laura Caldow, Ben Thompson, David Ricardo-Pearce

Shot over two performances with two cameras as a high-end archive

 

Our Method

Preperation

Step One:

Get in touch

Send us an email or give us a call and one of our friendly producers will get back in touch with you within 24 hours.

At this stage we can give you general advice on:

  • The performance schedule
  • The creative approach
  • Budgetary options
  • Shooting plans
  • Any general film-making questions you may have.

Info@eightengines.com
0161 773 2060
0791 903 6101

    Step two:

    Discovery Meeting

    In the early stages of the project we can arrange a Project Discovery Meeting, laying the foundations for success and allowing everyone involved in the project to build a strong and collective understanding of what is required.

    During this meeting we can discuss:

    • The creative direction of the project
    • The number of and location of cameras
    • Logistics for the shoot day
    • The schedules and milestones 
    • The delivery plan for the film
    • Any other things you require (i.e. highlights packages, social media edits or accompanying photography)

    Step three:

    documentation

    From the project discovery meeting we will provide you with a dossier which outlines every aspect of the project for your approval.

    • A fully broken-down budget, detailing all of the costs for the project
    • A creative brief outlining the aims of the film, the camera placement and any specific notes you have made.
    • A shooting schedule. 
    • A deliverable sheet listing all of technical details of the content we will be providing.

    Production

    Step four:

    Preview

    Once you have agreed and signed off on the Project Documents we will move ahead with the production.

    With theatre productions we ideally like to bring the team to a performance a day or so before the shoot, so all of our operators understand the blocking and structure of the show. During this preview we will make notes and speak to you about queries about the shoot day.

    Step five:

    Production

    On the day, our aim is to create as little interference as possible with the show. We have years of experience working with live audiences and fully understand the intricate inner workings of theatres.

    If possible, we get to the venue as it opens and spend all day prepping the equipment and making sure everything is prepared. 

    Our sound recordist will speak to the sound team and coordinate the optimum sound recording strategy.

    In our experience, wherever possible, it is best to film multiple performances for the show, ideally a matinee and an evening performance, this give us more options for the post production and provides a safety-net for any hiccups within the performances. 

    Post Production

    Step six:

    Editing

    Once we finish shooting we will take the footage back to our top of the range post production suite and begin the next phase of the project. 

    During this phase we will complete a full assembly edit and colour grade, as well as create any of the below, if required:

    • Motion graphics
    • Sound design
    • Special effects
    • Titles

    Step seven:

    Amendments

    Once we have completed the first draft of the edit we will provide you with a link to our specialist video reviewing platform which will simplify the process of you and your team giving your thoughts on the project. 

    Once you submit your notes we will amend the film and re-upload it to the reviewing site to give you another chance to pass on your thoughts and ensure that you are 100% satisfied before we complete the project. 

    Step eight:

    Completion

    Once the project is complete and you are delighted with the result, we will provide you with a package which will include an exported version of the film specifically tailored to each platform you intent to host the film on. We can also offer re-framed versions of the project in different aspect ratios if you are looking to create bespoke exports for specific devices.