LA Media recently reunited with Cisco Systems Inc, a multinational technology conglomerate that develops, manufactures, and sells networking hardware.

We were asked to film a piece about the integration and installation of a Cisco system into one of France’s national broadcaster.

Canal Plus Group SA is a French film and television studio and distributor. Canal Plus or Canal+ translates as  “Channel Plus/More,” which is a very apt name for them. It is owned and controlled by Vivendi and has a film library in excess of 5,000 films.

The video we were tasked with making had to show the results of the integration process through the eyes of those at Canal Plus. Watch out for the final version on our website, which will be up at later date. We thought we’d share some of the snaps captured on Justin’s phone during the day!

 

Studio Gallery at Canal Plus

The Road to Paris

Although LA Media has much of it own equipment in house sometimes we link up with our partner Procam for our technical needs. This time was no exception! Darryl Hewat, at Procam Glasgow went above and beyond for us at short-notice  in delivering what we needed for this shoot.

 

LA Media Team at Airport with Equipment

LA Media at Edinburgh Airport 

 

The phrase travel light move fast doesn’t really apply when you go abroad with equipment. We want to be clear, we aren’t sponsored by EasyJet, but we wish we were!

Flying with EasyJet made travelling with copious amounts of camera equipment easy peasy! No headaches and no surprise airport baggage fees.

The outsized baggage handlers were really helpful and polite. Everything was fast and efficient. The self check-in kiosk was simple enough that even our Director Justin was able to use it all by himself.

 

Green Screen at Canal Plus Studio

Green Screen at Canal Plus

Our impressions of  Canal Plus

We were absolutely astounded at how Canal Plus is run. They have three studios and all were busy the entire day. Their turn around was like lighting and they efficiently moved from project to project with ease. Truly a well oiled machine making good use of studio space.

 

new system at Canal Plus

Cisco Systems Installed in the Technical Area 

One studio produced a live game-show and a live music show in the same day without a hitch. Another produced a political comedy using spitting-image style puppets and the last studio generated a live children’s show. For anyone that doesn’t understand the effort that involves it was herculean!

 

Canal Plus studio gallery

Studio Gallery at Canal Plus

 

We came back feeling really inspired by Canal Plus’s work ethic and will definitely be using some of their methods and tricks in the future.

 

Filming in the Canal Plus studio

Our Cameraman Andrew Murray hard at work in Canal Plus studio

This is one studio group that really knows how to get some real bang for their buck. Four different formats were produced by three different studios each one an hour in length.

 

French bagpipers at canal plus studio

French Scottish Bagpipers not what we were expecting!

 

This was a really awesome project to work on and we were thrilled to have a chance to have an inside look at Canal Plus’s studio space. It was great to team up again with the wonderful people at Cisco. We’d like to send a big thank you out to Procam for being such pros and to EasyJet for making the journey so simple!

 

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