BBC INSIDE OUT: TAXI HIT SQUAD
BBC ONE LONDON
BBC One, iPlayer
Mike Payne/Fin Tune
Together with long-term writer/producer colleague Manami Jenden of Aku Productions, Fin developed and pitched her script Taxi Mean Streets to BBC One’s popular Inside Out current affairs series. Crucially, Jenden had exclusive, trusted filming access to a clandestine group of black taxi drivers – ‘The Hit Squad’ – whose mission is to confront the growing number of illegal taxi touts on London’s streets.
We were immediately commissioned to bring the hitherto undiscovered story of these escalating night-time battles - and their outcomes’ implications for the safety of the travelling public - to viewers.
Key filming was conducted over a weekend in late July, as the Taxi Hit Squad secretly set about blockading major streets running between Soho and Piccadilly – organising over 130 licensed cabs to suddenly swoop, block-in and stifle the operation of illegal taxi touts.
This involved combining extremely sensitive material from victims of minicab rape attacks, with hard-hitting actuality revealing this increasingly dangerous ‘taxi war’ in the capital. Amongst it, following an undercover police unit trapping and arresting a tout and self-shot, head-on material from the Hit Squad showing their confrontations with touts occupying their ranks.
A combination of Go-Pro and 5D footage was shot to capture ‘the hit’ and convey its scale. Full post production, including grade and mix was carried out at Fin, in Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools respectively. Eight tracks by Fin Tune musician Mike Payne enhanced the edgy, atmospheric sound design, before file-based delivery to the BBC for transmission.