Project Description

We filmed a series of pilot videos for Manchester Cathedral, on behalf of Carm Media.

The fantastic building in the centre of Manchester planned to become the first cathedral in the UK to have an HD television channel.

It isn’t just a breathtaking building, but it’s one with lots of stories to tell, not least as a place of worship, it also hosts concerts, like Alicia Keys and The Fall. Our first production was “The Guide” it features some of the many events coming up at the cathedral over the next few weeks and highlights some of the roles and responsibilities of those who work there.

This was followed up by Meditations and longer, more in depth interviews – the first of which is a violin solo from an extremely talented pupil at the nearby Chetham’s School of Music.

“These new programmes on our own YouTube channel will test the water as we explore the production  of regular high quality broadcasts, on our own website and social media channels, so those who know this building can join a new generation in sharing in the historic legacy and inspiration which this iconic building brings to a bustling post-industrial city,” explained The Very Reverend Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester.

The pilots were developed by Carm’s Rob McLoughlin OBE, who is the executive producer; alongside communications expert, Chris Bird, from Bird Consultancy:

“This is an exciting development. The established church has been slow to embrace­­ the real opportunities presented by social media but now Manchester wishes to be a world leader and become one of the first Cathedrals in England to regularly broadcast from its breathtaking surroundings and share the gift which the people of past centuries have left the people of this era,” said Chris Bird.

From a technical point of view, we were keen to underline the size and scale of the cathedral as best we could. We employed Red Button Film’s Tighe Grainger as DoP, using the Sony F5 as the main camera, fitted with primes. It is a really good camera, particularly when run through Da Vinci Resolve, because the colours suddenly “pop”. When the light was good enough, we used the Panasonic GH4 as the second camera, but for the music we opted for the Canon C300, Canon 5d MkII and Canon XF 305. Yes, we ran 4 cameras, some locked off, others handheld and one with a slider.

The cathedral is quite a hidden gem, because it’s not right in the centre of the city, instead it’s tucked away between Selfridges and Urbis. It’s somewhere all of the team had visited before, but none of us were aware of the amazing history – so well worth popping in if you have some time to spare.

Production Credits:

Executive Producer
Rob McLoughlin

Chris Bird

Stephen Chapman

Camera & Sound
Tighe Grainger
Jack Dillon

Graphic Design
Cath Edwards

Original Music
Mark Russell

Production Assistant
Jo Ellis

Production Coordinator
Sarah Chapman

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral