BBC’s Casualty has announced plans to shoot a special episode this coming summer with the episode being shot in a single take using only one camera.
To get over the enormous technical challenge of the project, the camera will be completely mobile to move around areas of the set, and to follow the story in and out of ambulances. With the use of 360 degree shots, the sound recordings will be made from over forty microphones hidden around the set, accompanied by five boom operators. Crew members will also be stationed in many rooms around the A&E, that will be converted into control rooms.
Erika Hossington, the show’s producer, stated: ‘This very special episode will give the audience a unique insight into an hour in A&E.’
Hossington further noted, ‘It will be an intense, emotional hour where staff and patients are faced with life changing events. We want to reflect the front line in its unedited, rawest form, and this one shot episode with a brilliant script from Casualty creator Paul Unwin, has given us the opportunity to do that.’
The show will undoubtedly be an exciting technical and logistical challenge, in which viewers are given a truthfully fly-on-the-wall perspective.
Simon Harper, the acting executive producer for the series and sister production Holby City, commented: “It’s thrilling to have Paul, as the co-creator of Casualty, conclude our 30th anniversary series with this unique episode whose exciting concept is a first for the show.”
The special episode marks the end of Casualty’s 30th anniversary celebrations and is expected to air late summer. Check out the trailer for their 30th Anniversary special which aired last year: