Corn Exchange venue
Brief: Production of a teaser video inviting viewers to take a first look inside the long awaited and much anticipated, newly refurbished concert venue.
In November 2023, the Corn Exchange in Brighton finally re-opened to the public after undergoing a full refurbishment that took nearly 6 years. During that time, Echo Video were heavily involved with PR, marketing and fundraising campaigns, keeping local residents and theatre goers up-to-date with the developments at the historic site.
Our work over this period included a long term timelapse installation, crowd funding videos, behind the scenes video content with the architects and local news pieces when builders uncovered important discoveries relating to the history of the site.
As the date for the re-opening and the Corn Exchange’s first event drew near we were asked again to work with the Brighton Dome team to produce a teaser video, giving viewers a glimpse inside the newly refurbished spaces including the Corn Exchange performance space, Studio Theatre and two new bar areas. The video was to include a poem written and performed by Poet in Residence: AFLO. the poet. We recorded and edited this prior to filming, working out the pace and rhythm that the video might have and looking at ideas for accompanying music.
When it came to filming we were up against it, only allowed a few hours on site as the builders were still putting the finishing touches with the re-opening just a couple of weeks away. We visited the site prior to filming to map out some of the shots we would get and get a sense of the flow through the building. We wanted to create a sense that viewers were moving through the spaces, discovering the different areas and slowly revealing a few of it’s secrets. We used a combination of gimbals and motion control sliders along with some extreme close ups to create this look, needing to mostly rely on ambient lighting.
The video needed to be turned around quickly with multiple versions created for different social media platforms. In total there were 9 different videos delivered in square, portrait and landscape ratios at 15, 30 & 90 second run times.
We gave the video a distinctive look making a feature of silhouettes, corners, dark spaces to create a sense of mystery and intrigue. The colour grade increased the contrast and produced a slightly vintage look that really helped give the sense of a historic building that has had new life breathed into it.