Britain From Above...
...You Should See The View From Here!
There's been a lot of buzz online this week about the launch of Britain From Above, our latest big "multiplatform" project, where TV and online producers have worked together to reveal some of the extraordinary unseen stories of how Britain works.
Well, I'm happy to say that the full site goes live today and features full versions of those sequences, more video from the TV shows and exclusive web material, designed and produced by Lion TV and Numiko.
It's one of the first times we've created a series like this with online in mind (and part of the team) from the ground up. That meant that even right at the outset - during scriptwriting and storyboarding - the team was thinking about how every last aspect of what they were capturing would work online.
One nice new feature is embeddable video: you can click on "SHARE" and host the clips, for example in your blog - like this:
Britain From Above is one of the first BBC sites to enable this function, so it would be great to hear how it works for you in the comments below.
Some of the other features include:
- Photography from Jason Hawkes, one of the world's foremost aerial photographers and key contributor on the project
- A map interface to all the video and photos, latitude/longitude metadata for every item and a list of all the video as a .kml download (coming soon, once all the content is live)
- Information on the expert contributors behind the show
And the BBC Archive team has also released an online collection to tie in with the project. Aerial Journeys features some real gems including the BBC's first aerial broadcast and a 1960s series, Bird's Eye View, by none other than John Betjeman. You can see the full selection here.
I hope you enjoy!
Nick Cohen is a Multiplatform Commissioning Executive.