Having spent months collating a new EMEA wine programme, Hilton Worldwide wanted an instructional video for training purposes. So they turned to Progress.

Two days. Eighteen hours of film.

One great result.

Before I joined Progress I studied for a degree in photography and went on to spend a couple of years working right across the lens-based media industry. So when we were asked by Hilton Worldwide to create the new video and support collateral for their Wine by the Glass training programme to be used in training throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, it was the perfect opportunity for me to go back to my beginnings.

As this was such a large project, we decided to shoot a behind-the-scenes video of the process as a promotional piece for Progress. This gave me a chance to get back behind the lens. So, on a cold morning in early January after a month spent planning, negotiating and sourcing venues, I found myself in the foyer of Lutyens restaurant and private members’ club in Fleet Street. After a number of coffees and time spent meeting and greeting the various people on set, we finalised the script and set the running order of the shoot.

Two long days of filming started with the preparation of the set in what was a working venue. The programme consisted of 29 different wines, split over four wine lists, all of which were showcased by Simon Thorpe, a Master of Wine.

Day one ended some ten hours later with a fair chunk of the work completed and a better idea of the schedule for day two.

After another early start, we all settled into an easy rhythm to shooting the rest of the tasting notes and began to transition into the second part of the video on wine service training. For this, enter Willie Lebus – a respected sommelier who talked through the correct techniques and processes behind serving wine within a Hilton outlet. And when he wasn’t on camera, he did a great job of keeping everyone’s enthusiasm up with his energy, quips and stories.

With the two days of filming complete, we packed up our kit and headed off for a well-deserved celebratory drink ahead of what would prove to be a long, long editing process, cutting some 18 hours of footage into just over an hour’s final video. Some three weeks later, it was ready. The end result was extremely well received by the client and is currently being rolled out across the EMEA estate.

All in all, this was a project that everyone here at Progress took great pride in and certainly one that I am glad to have been part of. To see the video, go to the ‘diary’ section on the Progress website.

You can see the behind the scenes video here.