The BBC wanted the subject matter to be timely and relevant so we looked at their upcoming site launches/ news anniversaries and decided on this one.
It was important to sign of the main direction of the story early on – that we would retell the story but would avoid regular tropes such as hidden causes or blame. Their main input came in the script sign-off stage. As well as signing off the script, they saw an indication of visual style early on.
During the production period, we had about 28 renders for me to go through. I would only send the main ones to them – when we had something major to show. It was more about just showing progress than the need for sign-off though for more controversial subjects, we would probably insist on more stages of sign-off.
How we did it
There is obviously a lot of effort involved (the full method will be in the AtF Playbook) but here are a selected five things we did:
In the story, we wanted to avoid the the usual conspiring about causes – we felt that there were a bunch of bad circumstances that all piled up at the wrong time.