Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

A lightbulb moment': The story behind The Jury: Murder Trial

26/02/2024

TVBEurope talks to the production team behind Channel 4s social experiment to find out how they enabled viewers to look over the shoulders of two separate juries in a real murder trial

By Jenny Priestley

Published: February 26, 2024 Updated: February 28, 2024

TVBEurope talks to the production team behind Channel 4's social experiment to find out how they enabled viewers to look over the shoulders of two separate juries in a real murder trial

target=_blank title=Share on LinkedIn class=share-linkedin>

Launching on Channel 4 tonight, The Jury: Murder Trial is a four-part series following the restaging of a real-life murder trial re-enacted word for word in front of two juries of ordinary people, neither of which knows about the other.

The social experiment, produced by ScreenDog, aims to give viewers a glimpse of the life-changing decisions made in jury rooms every day up and down the country.

The idea for the series began during the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 when Ed Kellie, founder and exec producer at ScreenDog and Harry Smyth, head of development, were thinking about personal and unconscious biases and where they would have the most dramatic effect.

It was one of those lightbulb moments in TV, Kellie tells TVBEurope. I immediately called a lawyer to see if / how we could do it for a real case. We were developing lots of crime at the time and had lots of cases in mind.

We knew immediately that viewers looking over the shoulders of jurors in a real murder trial would undoubtedly resonate with audiences, adds Fiona Fletcher, the company's head of production and welfare. It was in discussions with Channel 4 that the idea of having two juries, unknown to each other simultaneously judging the same case came about.

Attempting to have two juries listen to and deliberate at the same time, without knowing the other is there, is no small feat. First of all, the team needed to find a courthouse with a courtroom big enough for both jury boxes as well as two entrances that could be hidden from each other. Shire Hall in Chelmsford had two staircases leading to smaller courtrooms which were converted into jury break-out and deliberation spaces, but it had just one main entrance.

The juries met in separate off-site locations every day and our ushers lead each jury as separate groups to the courthouse all coordinated by comms, explains Kellie. From there they were always accompanied during bathroom breaks. Food was brought to them, and all corridors were kept clear of crew when the juries were moving, for an authentic juror experience.

On the first session of courtroom filming on the first morning, we almost got caught out when inside their boxes - one of the jurors needed the loo and we had to stop the whole court (pretending there was a technical issue).

The production team included 85 people on set, plus 24 jurors and 14 actors and supporting artists. ScreenDog employed two factual rig teams, one for each jury. The action was shot using a combination of Sony FX9s and Panasonic UE150 cameras. The FX9s were configured for drama when covering reconstructive elements and ob-doc style when used to augment the fixed rig coverage, explains Henry Coulham, MD at Hotcam, who worked with ScreenDog on the project. We opted to record in 1080 because of the sheer amount of data being produced.

With 16 rig cameras, 24 juror mics, ambient audio records, drama footage, PSC rig coverage and master interview footage, the team knew the interface between location and edit to sync, ingest and log / transcription all needed to be incredibly efficient. The solution was to interface Hotcam's timecode infrastructure and rig with post production by bringing The Edit (the name of our post facility) to location and ingesting on sight where any sync issues could be identified and fixed immediately, adds Coulham.

Hotcam's Shure Axient Radio Mic array was deployed throughout, alongside strategically placed ambient microphones. The audio was mixed across three galleries: one for each jury and another for the courtroom. Mic'ing up the jurors each day was a serious operation and took 45 mins per jury per day.

The series was edited on Avid Media Composer with a mixture of traditional in-house edits and secure remote edits. All of the edit producers had their own Avid system so they could easily search through rushes, pull sequences for the editors and also review edited scenes, says Dave Austin, colourist and managing director at The Edit. Media Composer has very in-depth grouping and syncing capabilities aimed at handling the most complex audio setups. With a hybrid of drama, PSE and actuality shooting, all with very different priorities, we made extensive use of all the syncing tools Media Composer has.

With two full weeks' worth of dialogue from 24 contributors, the team employed AI transcription service, Trint, enabling them to search through huge amounts of dialogue quickly. The technology also provided an integrated paper-edit facility which allowed edit producers to highlight text and see the resulting video edit right away, cutting edit-prep times down considerably.

The Jury: Murder Trial is a rare hybrid of drama, real-life actuality and reconstruction, which meant the team had to think carefully about how to treat the various elements. Colourist Austin worked closely with Kellie to create a visual vocabulary that would subtly signpost the chronology and feel right for each situation. For the courtroom scenes, the drama team created a gorgeous, rich, warmly-lit look on-set and we wanted to honour and augment that, opting for high-contrast and strong shadows, explains Austin. But this had to cut seamlessly with the juries who were watching the drama throughout. The connection between the jurors and the acted drama is palpable and I think we pu
LINK: https://www.tvbeurope.com/production-post/a-lightbulb-moment-the-story...
See more stories from tvb

Most recent headlines

04/08/2024

Dalet Appoints Santiago Solanas as CEO to Lead Next Era of Growth and Innovation

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, is excited to announce Santiago Solanas as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)....

03/06/2024

Dalet and Veritone Reach Agreement to Distribute, Transact and Monetize Media Archives

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, a...

28/05/2024

AI-backbone for FCAS operational

AI-backbone for FCAS operational The HIS consortium and partners provide BAAINBw and industry with a cross-sectional AI development platform for FCAS (AI-back...

27/05/2024

Experience inspiration. Master challenges. With SIGRAFLEX and SIGRAFINE at ACHEMA 2024

It will soon be that time again: ACHEMA, the worlds most important trade show fo...

27/05/2024

How L3Harris Evolved into Canada's Trusted Tanker Aircraft In-Service Support Provider

L3Harris has been maintaining Canada's CC-150 Polaris fleet for over a decad...

27/05/2024

Tech Lifestyle Influencer Shelby Church Uses Blackmagic Cloud Storage with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Tech Lifestyle Influencer Shelby Church Uses Blackmagic Cloud Storage with DaVin...

27/05/2024

Bridge Technologies Introduce StreamOverview to the VB330

Bridge Technologies Introduce StreamOverview to the VB330 Brie Clayton May 27, 2024 0 Comments Single page diagnostics overview gives first-line engin...

27/05/2024

Intelligent Video Effects from Film Impact

Intelligent Video Effects from Film Impact Colin Smith May 27, 2024 0 Comments Take an incredible trip though the many unbelievable transitions from F...

27/05/2024

Midwest Regional Broadcasters Clinic Announces Agenda

The Midwest Regional Broadcasters Clinic (MRBC) announced its agenda for the clinic being held Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Middleton, Wis....

27/05/2024

Live From NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship: ESPN Travels Down I-95 to Familiar Lincoln Financial Field

Live From NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship: ESPN Travels Down I-95 ...

27/05/2024

Rohde & Schwarz presents its solutions for next generation wide bandgap device test and debug at PCIM Europe

Rohde & Schwarz presents its solutions for next generation wide bandgap device t...

27/05/2024

Hierarchy' Trailer Teases a Dark Scandal and Social Upheaval at Jooshin High School

Back to All News Hierarchy' Trailer Teases a Dark Scandal and Social Uphea...

27/05/2024

SKY Perfect JSAT selects Thales Alenia Space to build a new cutting-edge software-defined satellite JSAT-31

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tokyo / Cannes, May 27th 2024 - Asia's large...

26/05/2024

Vizrt to showcase state-of-the-art proAV solutions at Inf...

Vizrt, the leader in real-time graphics and live production solutions for content creators, will be present at InfoComm for the first time since unifying with N...

26/05/2024

Alfredo Valdes Named Noticiero Telemundo Arizona' Meteorologist

Alfredo Valdes has been named meteorologist for Noticiero Telemundo Arizona weekday morning newscasts, which run on KTAZ Phoenix and KHRR Tucson. Both stations ...

26/05/2024

Paramount, Charter Reach Carriage Deal That Includes Linear Networks, TV Stations and Streaming Services

Paramount Global and Charter Communications said they reached a new carriage agr...

26/05/2024

Daytime Emmys To Again Be Hosted by ET's Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner

Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are returning to host the 51st annual Daytime Emmys, CBS and the National Academy of Television A...

25/05/2024

Get to Know This Summer's Filmmakers Through These 12 Sundance Films

(L-R) Writer-director Hannah Pearl Utt and co-writer Jen Tullock star as sisters in Before You Know It, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival....

25/05/2024

Study: Digital Media Ad Spend Grew 18% in Q1 24

NEW YORK A new study from Guideline indicates that In Q1 2024, large US advertisers expanded their overall ad spend by 7% compared to the year prior and that di...

25/05/2024

Accedo Helps ITV Expand ITVX to Sony PlayStation 4 and 5

STOCKHOLM Global video solutions provider, Accedo has announced that it worked with ITV in the U.S. to expand the reach of the broadcasters streaming service, I...

25/05/2024

Broadband Forum Celebrates 20th Anniversary of TR-069 Standard

Broadband Forum has announced that it is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its groundbreaking TR-069 standard that has paved the way for the open standards...

25/05/2024

TV Tech Weekly Tech Wrap-Up

Missed any of our coverage of new products, services and deployments during your busy week? The TV Tech weekly wrap-up provides links to all of our product cove...

25/05/2024

HBO Original Series 30 Coins Season Two Finished with DaVinci Resolve Studio

HBO Original Series 30 Coins Season Two Finished with DaVinci Resolve Studio Brie Clayton May 24, 2024 0 Comments Blackmagic Design announced today th...

25/05/2024

VideoProc Converter AI: Your Answer to Video Format Challenges and Quality Enhancement

VideoProc Converter AI: Your Answer to Video Format Challenges and Quality Enhan...

24/05/2024

The Hives Celebrate 50 Years of Sweden's Global Music Success With Spotify Singles Cover

On April 6, 1974, the Swedish pop quartet ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest w...

24/05/2024

The U.K. Holds Firm in the Fight for Fair Competition With the DMCC Act, But It's Not Over Yet

For more than a year, the U.K. government has been working to redefine how the i...

24/05/2024

Alone Australia continues to build as it moves towards finale

Alone Australia continues to build as it moves towards finale 23 May, 2024 Media releases The program continues to deliver for SBS with significant uplifts...

24/05/2024

EditShare Introduces Expanded Product Line-Up at BroadcastAsia

EditShare Introduces Expanded Product Line-Up at BroadcastAsia Transforming innovations in workflow, server and delivery from storyboard to screen Boston, MA...

24/05/2024

ZEISS CinCraft Scenario Camera Tracking Now Compatible wi...

Scenario 2.0 introduces pre-calibrated lens templates and the Lens Template Finetuner, increasing flexibility and compability while also saving a great amount o...

24/05/2024

Chyron Unlocks a Complete Newsroom in the Cloud With News...

Based on a long-term, coordinated development effort, Chyron today announced sweeping improvements across its news workflow portfolio that empower broadcasters ...

24/05/2024

Cobalt Expands its Reach into the AV Market with Plans to...

Cobalt Digital, known for its vast array of signal processing products, is strengthening its position in the Pro AV market by exhibiting at InfoComm 2024 for th...

24/05/2024

IHSE USA Earns Coveted Awards at the 2024 NAB Show

HSE USA today announced that the company s JPEG-XS IP Core for KVM and kvm-tec Scalable Pro Line 5K were honored with three awards at this year's NAB Show i...

24/05/2024

Aputure Gears Up for the 2024 Cine Gear Expo

Aputure, creators of LED lighting for filmmakers, is excited to showcase its award-winning lineup of professional lighting solutions at the upcoming Cine Gear E...

24/05/2024

EVERTZAV JOINS GPA GLOBAL PARTNER PROGRAM

EvertzAV (https://av.evertz.com), a division of Evertz, the global leader in providing professional A/V over IP solutions, is proud to announce its partnership ...

24/05/2024

Metropolis Studios Upgrades To Prism Sound Dream ADA-128...

With 25 Prism Sound ADA-8XR multichannel converters already in use across its five studios, the internationally acclaimed Metropolis Studios in London is no str...

24/05/2024

Leader Expands LVB440 IP Analyzer with New Measurement To...

Leader Electronics Corporation, globally active innovator of broadcast-quality test and measurement instrumentation, announces an expansion to the capabilities ...

24/05/2024

Digital Alert Systems and Inovonics Partner on Joint Solu...

Digital Alert Systems, the global leader in emergency communications solutions for video services providers, and broadcast equipment provider Inovonics today an...

24/05/2024

Time in Pixels Updates OmniScope with New Twin Peaks Scope for Professional Colorists and DITs

Time in Pixels Updates OmniScope with New Twin Peaks Scope for Professional Co...

24/05/2024

ZEISS CinCraft Scenario Camera Tracking Now Compatible with Most Popular Lens Brands

ZEISS CinCraft Scenario Camera Tracking Now Compatible with Most Popular Lens Br...

24/05/2024

Inaugural Gnome Opener in Greenville TONIGHT

Tonight's the night! The Greenville Yard Gnomes open their inaugural home season at Guy Smith Stadium! Join the Gnomes for all the fun and excitement of t...

24/05/2024

Boston Conservatory Plays a Leading Role at the 41st Annual Elliot Norton Awards

Boston Conservatory Plays a Leading Role at the 41st Annual Elliot Norton Awards With six wins and eight additional nominations, the Conservatory's theate...

24/05/2024

UK's Media Bill heads towards Royal Assent

An amendment to the Bill includes retaining the Reithian principles of public service broadcast, ensuring PSBs continue to inform, educate and entertain By Jen...

24/05/2024

BCE appoints Sylvain Merle as CTO

Merle joins BCE following a 30 year career including roles at Orange/Globecast and beIN Media Group By Matthew Corrigan Published: May 24, 2024 Merle join...

24/05/2024

FCC Chair Rosenworcel Proposes FCC Require Disclosure of AI Content in Political Ads

WASHINGTON, D.C. As concerns grow about the potential impact of fake AI-generate...

24/05/2024

Robin Davis Named Senior VP, Chief Distribution Officer for Scripps

CINCINNATI The E.W. Scripps Company has named Robin Davis as its senior vice president, chief distribution officer....

24/05/2024

Nilesat Chooses PlayBox Neo Solutions for Major Service Expansion

CAIRO, Egypt PlayBox Neo has announced that it is providing technologies for the expansion of the broadcast channel management and playout infrastructure at the...

24/05/2024

FCC's Carr Opposes Effort to Require Disclosure of AI-Content in Political Ads

WASHINGTON, D.C. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has come out against a proposal b...

24/05/2024

FCC Commissioner Simington Announces Staff Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. Federal Communications Commission commissioner Nathan Simington has announced several staff changes with one departure from his office, one new...

24/05/2024

The Increasingly Important Role of IPTV in College & University Sports Venues

The Increasingly Important Role of IPTV in College & University Sports Venues Andy Wagner May 23, 2024 0 Comments According to Nielsen data, college b...

24/05/2024

Disguise Launches New Generation of EX Media Servers to Power the Future of Entertainment

Disguise Launches New Generation of EX Media Servers to Power the Future of Ente...