Award-winning drama for safety training resource

SSE is one of the Big Six energy providers in the U.K. It currently has over 30,000 employees across its many divisions that produce, distribute and supply electricity and gas, as well as other energy-related services.

For their annual SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) Conferences SSE approached us to partner with them to design the learning journey for the conferences and produce the content to supplement this training. We had worked with them on many occasions in the past to design and deliver their annual SHE Conference.

SSE decided to use a variety of media projects to punctuate the conferences. ‘Free Fall’ was created as a standalone ninety-minute session during the conference to premiere the launch of a new training resource that would look to cement the safety initiative SSE had been building upon for the past few years, The Safety Family.

‘Free Fall’ is a fictional story, shot at Fiddlers Ferry power station, focusing on the aftermath of a serious incident and the behaviours of both SSE employees and contractors that led to it. The incident deals specifically with issues of objects falling from height and employees and contractors working at height.

The film required a four-day shoot in and around Fiddler’s Ferry power station using the Canon C300. With multiple characters, interweaving storylines, and dangerous and testing conditions (working at height, full protective equipment for actors and crew, extreme noise levels in the main location, etc) the filming required precise planning and an understanding of what could be achieved in postproduction. The film was then edited in FCP and on-lined and graded in Smoke.

As participants left the actual full day conference, they were given a resource pack to help them to communicate key messages from the conference back to their teams. This included the 90-minute session plan build around the ‘Free Fall’ film along with the additional films that had been shown throughout the course of the day. These additional films were accompanied by ideas for activities and discussion points that session leaders could use to explore the issues exposed at the conference and within the films. The films included interviews with Sir Chris Hoy, case study films focusing on different teams across the business who have transformed their safety performance and a series of ‘selfies’ taken by SSE employees outlining what the Safety Family means to them.

‘Free Fall’ won the World Gold Medal at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards 2015 in the Internal Use category and was also Highly Commended at the EVCOM Awards 2015.

World Gold Medal at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards 2015 Institute of Internal Communications - Awards of Excellence

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