Oxford Today's web series A Year in the Life of the Boat Race was nominated for ‘best use of online video by a non-broadcaster’ at the recent connectedworld.tv awards.
The ceremony, which took place at the International Broadcast Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam on September 10th, eventually saw competitor Visual Unity take the award, but the Oxford Today team is incredibly proud of the nomination.
Hannah Madsen, of Angel Sharp Media, who produced the series alongside the University of Oxford’s Tom Wilkinson, explained that she was “thrilled”. “For our small team to be nominated in this category alongside giants like the Football Association made all the work worthwhile," she explained. "There were nearly 150 entries for the awards from 23 countries, and it's great that the judges put us in that league."
Wilkinson and Madsen were also selected by the IBC organisers to join their Rising Stars programme for talented young professionals at the conference, leading to an appearance on local TV.
Using in-depth interviews, behind the scenes footage, archive film and even a mini helicam, the Year in the Life of the Boat Race series followed the Oxford team for six months leading up to the 2012 race. The contest turned out to be the most dramatic in the 183-year history of the race, featuring a swimmer in the water, a lost blade, and even the collapse of Oxford bow man Alex Woods on the finish line.
"The advantage of our series format is that it allows us to build a relationship with both our viewers and our subjects, and that gives the videos a level of access that we simply couldn't get if we'd turned up to shoot a one-off video," explained Wilkinson.
He and Angel Sharp Media are now at work on our latest six-part series about choral music, featuring contributions from Emmy award-winning composer Howard Goodall and renowned choral director Edward Higginbottom.