Fred Hutchinson Instructional Training Video
At Fred Hutchinson Research Center, in Seattle, Washington, safety training had traditionally been done in person with staff receiving training in person. I was tasked with capturing a training session in how to safely and remotely rack and un-rack extremely large and dangerous circuit breakers. By filming the training sensing, the HR department can provide the training to current and potentially new employees at their own convenience, saving time and resources.
The shoot was challenging for a variety of reasons. The setting was very industrial, with all the noise and florescent lighting that comes with a ‘working’ hospital. We were around the very dangerous electrical circuitry which was responsible for keeping the research facility up and running. In order to demonstrate the correct and safe procedures under consideration related to the electrical circuits, the demonstration required certain circuits to be disabled, so this required coordination with other departments, so as to not affect the operations of the organization. The noise was also a big factor, as we were exposed to a lot of HVAC equipment that was running full tilt. I used a wireless lavallière microphone to mic the instructor, and then knocked out some background noise inside Logic, once I’d pulled the files into the post production suite (Final Cut Pro).
The film is in use internally now as an instructional piece at Fred Hutchinson, and isn’t meant for public consumption, but I’ve snapped a few screenshots in order for you to get a feel for the shooting environment and challenges it presented.
The training instructor and content expert was Tim Conley, of Western Electrical Services. Mark Hungerford, an electrical manager at Fred Hutch, was also instrumental in the success of this film. Mark had the idea to design the training session around video, and he coordinated all the efforts of enabling the various circuits to be available for the shoot. Tim delivered his instructional materials perfectly. We set up in 5 different locations all around the undersides of the Fred Hutch facilities, in order to meet the educational outcomes desired by Fred Hutchinson’s safety training department.