Webcast Wizardry @ the RSA Indie Screenings Launch
The launch last friday of our revolutionary new distribution model, Indie Screenings, came off beautifully. Massive thanks are due to:
- George Monbiot, climate activist, author and journalist, joining Franny at the RSA
- Lord Nicholas Stern, world authority on the economics of climate change, beaming in from the Hay Festival
- Dr Richard Betts, head of climate impacts at the MET Office, beaming in from Exeter
- Dr. Mohammed Waheed Hassan, the Vice-President of the Maldives, vlogging in
- The RSA and Matthew Taylor, our generous hosts for the evening
- One Climate, our techie partners who made the cyber-magic happen
- The organisers of each of the 71 simultaneous Indie Screenings taking place across Britain
The clash-of-the-titans that was George Monbiot and Nick Stern in conversation over the interweb generated at least one newsworthy bombshell from the more senior of the pair, when Stern suggested the West should meet China half way over who owns which emissions. See the details of that particular gem here.
You can watch the entire almost-hour-long webcast here:
And here's a few pics from the day to give you a flavour of the vibe...
The master plan
The Countdown to Copenhagen Clock goes in the cab
It's mahoosive. I had to get the tube as the clock took my seat.
I beat the cab there anyway.
The House of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce
No wonder they call it the RSA for short.
The clock comes out
It's got one handle on the top so you can carry it like a briefcase. Except you can't because it weighs a tonne. It's like putting a handle on a piano and calling it a portable piano.
In case there were any doubts.
The Great Room
We screened in here. It were proper posh.
Team Stupid and One Climate joining the dots in cyberspace.
The spotlights refused to point anywhere except stage right, so we had to relocate under them.
James Bond-esque skylight
Team Stupid were all really impressed by the automatic skylight. We're simple folk.
So far so awesome
The Indie Screenings test card indicates everything is plugged in properly.
Franny taking up position
Adam as George Monbiot
We did a complete run-through to test the system, which nobody realised was being webcast live to all 71 Indie Screenings venues on the premium web-cast page. Adam, as Monbiot, invites Nick Stern and Franny round for tea.
Franny writing George's Not Stupid certificate
We're all terribly pleased to see him, so we get a school photo together.
All strictly climate-friendly
Last minute sales team prep
Still some nervousness amongst the tech team...
Audience taking their seats
It's absolutely packed
Not a single empty seat in the entire place.
The film goes off.
The RSA backstage tech team
Will everything actually work? Nailbiting last moments before the webcast.
Lizzie at the controls
Lizzie is the behind-the-scenes puppetmaster who is pulling everyone's strings, and making sure they all come in on cue.
Matthew Taylor introduces Franny to the house
Some mutual appreciation for The Age of Stupid / the RSA going on.
Richard Betts beaming in from the MET office
Dr Richard Betts making it clear that the film is a long way from being science fiction.
Dr Waheed Hassan, VP of the Maldives, is talking us through some of the many technologies available to help them achieve their goal of carbon-neutrality within ten years.
Stern beaming in from Hay
Lord Stern outlining his hopes for Copenhagen.
Stern says meet China half-way
Nick and George make a plan
Nick says he'll deal with the demand side, and George can deal with the supply side.
This chap was wondering how we should try to engage the unconverted.
F explains that people working to stop climate change are happier and more fulfilled than shirkers
George on 'climate change'
George says that calling it 'climate change' is really inappropriate; "It's like calling a foreign invasion 'unexpected visitors'". He proposes we should call it climate breakdown, or something similar.
George receives his Not Stupid certificate
He was actually quite pleased
A member of the audience gives his verdict on the event: