Training and Safety Video Production

Video Crew in front of giant bulldozer

Big Wheels

When we did training video production for the California Department of Industrial Relations, Mining and Tunneling unit, we entered a land of the giants. Trucks with 10-foot diameter wheels. Bulldozers with 14-foot blades. It was more fun than we’ve had since kindergarten sandbox days. And since these were safety videos it was reassuring that everyone on-site was very safety conscious. We were told that the big dump trucks, full of gravel, really can’t stop and if your car gets in the way, those big wheels would roll right over it. So our hosts at the quarry kept a close eye on us.

The Project

We produced two training video programs; one on the subject of low voltage safety, the other explaining miners’ rights and responsibilities. Unfortunately, both programs were written twenty years ago, we were only updating the visual elements. I’m sure we could have done a better job with the narration. In fact, even though it wasn’t in the budget, we tweaked the script a little bit to smooth out the most awkward passages. The ironic thing was that while we had to follow the awkward, didactic script, the client was really hoping we could make this training video production look and feel like Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush. We did what we could with the graphics and with the tone of the narrator’s voice.

The shoot took place in Rialto, California over a period of four days. We had a 2-person crew on this training video production: I directed, Daniel Gamburg was behind camera and flew the drone.

The Big Finish

The final deliverable for this training video was a DVD, so just for fun I mixed the sound for this production in full 5.1-channel surround. The miners will never have a surround sound system in their training room, but I sure enjoyed listening to it that way in the edit suite. And I’m staying in practice with this technology should we ever have a project where surround sound will be appreciated.

Both of these training video programs were released with English and with Spanish narration. You can see them here:

Low Voltage Safety Training Video in English
Low Voltage Safety Training Video in Spanish
Miners’ Rights and Responsibilities Training Video in English
Miners’ Rights and Responsibilities Training Video in Spanish

July 2019 Update:

The Colorado School of Mines asked our client for permission to use the Miners’ Rights and Responsibilities program as a part of their curriculum. The client is thrilled because in their business, the Colorado School of Mines is the topmost institution. It’s a great honor for this training video production!

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