Wimbledon 2016

As the sun sets on another year (and British Champ – YES ANDY!!) at Wimbledon, it’s safe to say that the All England Club have once again produced a showstopper of an event. Being part of something that holds itself to such high standards could be daunting, but there is something about Wimbledon that is different to any other sporting event in the world.

At Wimbledon they have a list, and this list gets rewritten every year. Every year they try and best themselves with the help of all the things they said they needed to improve. It is quite a brave way of working to admit you have done something ‘wrong’, but when you walk through the gates you suddenly understand. You understand how it is the greatest tennis event in the world, and how every year hundreds que and celebrities flock to the stands. It is a truly incredible sight. Not a hair out of place and not a corner left untouched: it feels seamless. Uniforms of all kind wandered through the crowds and from volunteers in their club colours to the unusually tame paparazzi, everyone had their place and their role and were performing it perfectly. I have been to plenty of sporting events, but none like this. The core team from PPL that resides down in Wimbledon every year plays a part in delivering this greatness every year, with the programmes and the scoreboards. Aiding in this production is not a 9 to 5 job, and our Wimbledon team work day and night to curate the perfect programme every day of the tournament, alongside the scoreboard team who keep the crowds up to date with the scoreboards across the grounds.

A little addition to our Wimbledon contribution this year have been the booths for the programme sellers and mini shops. Having been quite an impressive installation in our workshop for a few months, seeing them whilst out and about in the grounds was brilliant. We’ve put together a little something to show them off, check out the video below.

Months of preparation go into the programmes, installations and the scoreboard, with a huge amount of collaboration between ourselves and the team at Wimbledon. There is no lack of blood sweat and tears, and with the British summer time it is never without surprises. From days of rain to 3am printing runs, it is a job like no other but one we are incredibly proud to be a part of.

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PPL at The Curtis Cup

With the sun shining and team spirit high, the historic Curtis Cup was a fantastic event to be a part of. The team-aspect of this event in what is usually a solitary sport brought a new angle and allowed the team to capture some great moments both on and off the greens. We had decided on a same-day edit format to keep interest and atmosphere fresh throughout the week, and this was a powerful tool in being able to create a real buzz both on social media and at the course.

 

With the volume of footage taken, we also supplied fully edited newsreel clips for the Irish broadcaster RTE four days in a row, which again greatly raised the Curtis Cup’s profile in a really simple way. This is really at the core of what we try to do with PPL Video – with amateur events in particular, they lack the draw for a single mass audience yet have a huge following who are very willing to watch and share quality content. With this in mind we took a modern approach, with less fluffy-mic-to-camera and whispered commentary and more interviews and shorter clips avaleona magilable online on the day. These short engaging clips showcased the personalities and skills of rising stars, their team spirit and the fantastic venue. From what they’re binge watching on TV to their lucky charms, the player profiles proved to be a big hit and something we will definitely be looking to do elsewhere in our video work, and all of which can be seen on the Ladies Golf Union Youtube. 

Getting to know all the girls on the team also made our jobs very easy, so a big thank you goes out to all the GB&I ladies: it’s great knowing you have a friendly face in front of the camera and they were always accommodating in chatting to us and giving us the inside scoop

curtiscup3It was another long week for Team PPL but the support, atmosphere and passion that the Curtis Cup elicited made capturing it all so much easier for us.