As expected our biggest challenge was the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. As we had already run the Oxfordshire Youth Awards during the pandemic, we were able to use similar workflows and techniques, but with some “level-ups” for this event.
Working alongside Melanie Ringer and Sally Andreou from OxLEP we pulled together the running order and planned other elements such as the green screen recordings of the sponsor messages. By staggering these recordings and hosting them at our studio, we were able to manage the production safely. This event had two hosts who had to maintain the two metre distance, but this left a lot of dead space between the hosts. To resolve this, we used a 75” screen between them to show live callers, the social media wall, animations and motion backgrounds.
Another challenge we had was to maintain the element of surprise for all. When the winners were announced, we brought them in live so viewers saw a genuine reaction. We did this by using a virtual green room and a dedicated person to manage this part of the show.