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Mini-rig used in four Up All Night films for C4

Mini-rig used in four Up All Night films for C4
Pippa Considine
18 September 2013

Channel 4 has commissioned four hour-long films for its Up All Night season, which aims to shed an intimate light on life after dark in some of Britain's more hidden locations.

All four programmes, produced by Mentorn, The Garden, Shine TV and Firecracker, will use a mix of mini-rig fixed cameras and retrospective interviews to introduce the unsung heroes of the night - the karaoke compere, the nightclub toilet attendant, the out-of-hours locksmith, the mini-cab driver and others.

Commissioning editor of the Up All Night season Emma Cooper says: ”It has been exciting to take the mini-rig into even more spaces that don’t usually permit a film crew. Up All Night is a real opportunity to use a range of filming techniques to get an unusual and often unexpected view at Britain in the night hours.”

The Toilet (w/t) from Firecracker, executive produced by Jes Wilkins, will show the dramas, emotions and comical occurrences that take place in a lively nightclub washroom. Filmed across four nights, the programme joins the toilet attendants working in the ladies and gents loos of a busy Crawley nightclub, capturing the conversations, events and grooming habits of partygoers.

Karaoke Nights (w/t) from Shine TV is a positive film about people who are dealing with some of the most difficult of life's challenges – such as unemployment, death, love, disability and mental illness – through song. Barry, in South Wales was hit harder than most by the economic downturn. Yet the town has a thriving karaoke pub scene, where the locals can go to misbehave, indulge and sing their blues away.  The executive producer is Tim Whitwell, director Jason Massot.

The Mini-Cab Office (w/t) is a one hour documentary from Mentorn TV. It follows the staff and customers at Courtesy Taxis in Norwich - from regular customers on their way to work, the airport or bingo to the constant traffic of Saturday night when there can be scores of people in the waiting room and even a bouncer on the door to keep the peace. It is filmed across a week in the taxi waiting area, control room and in the taxis.

Filmed over the course of four weeks in Manchester, Britain on Call (w/t), captures the out-of-hours plumbers, GPs and vets who come to the rescue when a late night crisis strikes. Produced by The Garden with executive producer Danny Horan.

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