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@thehistoryguy's #Dronehenge

by Dan Snow's HISTORY HIT category: Education

“LIVE! Sunrise at Stonehenge (from a drone). With Dan Snow #Dronehenge #Periscope - Please RT! http://thndr.me/tuLUku

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@thehistoryguy's #Dronehenge

How do we let people, a lot of people, know about a very special live event that is only happening online without a massive marketing budget? How can live streaming compete with the mass of distractions out there? There's no TV schedule. No billboards. No iPlayer for this sort of thing.

Live streaming is special; Periscope is special because the audience is there with you. People ask Dan Snow, "Why do you Periscope? The audience isn't massive...it doesn't pay anything. What's the point?"

If you haven't watched one of Dan's 'scopes' you haven't experienced the tangible excitement 'live' brings to the show. It's more than a show. From under the bow of the Mary Rose - where they installed wifi especially, to the extraordinary views at Gallipoli, scrambling through the underbrush in Harfleur in the search of Henry V's battlements, to the cacophony on an airborne Lancaster bomber -one use in infamous Dam Buster raid. Dan Snow takes you to places other broadcasts cannot reach. 

Armed with just his iPhone and a respectable 4G signal, Dan is liberated from the traditional film crew and all that goes with that. Periscope is the app that's made this possible - in just under a year Dan Snow has filmed almost 100 'scopes' from all over the world, to a global audience.

Dan Snow is the resident 'history guy' for the BBC's 'The One Show'.

When we heard Periscope had teamed up with action camera company: GoPro we got excited. We could now 'hand-off' to an external camera wirelessly - our synapses began to fire. 

What could Dan do with an external camera that would enhance the form? We'd seen GoPros - these matchbox-sized cameras with a high fidelity camera - strapped to skiers helmets, screwed to BMX bikes, and stuck on surfboards. What could Dan do to create stunning visuals, to enhance the story, and where should he take it?

"It's got to be a drone, and it's got to be Stonehenge," said Dan, without missing a beat.

After a month of phone calls, planning, testing, tinfoil, and tech-wizardry, we're ready. And with help from Periscope - we're delighted that Dan will be able to do something during the live stream that would have been impossible to do otherwise! You'll have to wait and see!

Tinfoil? Yep! The limitations of wifi range between the iPhone and the GoPro, signal frequencies of the drone (don't cross the streams!), we've learned some expensive lessons. Falling down 7 times and getting up 8. After all the planning and testing we're ready.

Stonehenge is a magical place to be, steeped in mystery and History. We're delighted that English Heritage have given us special access to film from this ancient stone circle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Live on March 2nd from 6 am. The sunrise is at 6:50 am GMT.

We hope you will join us on the 'scope'. We would love it if you'd help us spread the word by clicking the red buttons on this page and joining this Thunderclap! Thank you!

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Periscope - Livestreaming on your smartphone. Downloaded over 20 million times. Apple's App of the Year 2015.

Dan Snow - @thehistoryguy. Shorty Awards Periscoper of the Year nominee. Historian, author, broadcaster, presenter of the HISTORY HIT podcast - iTunes Best of 2015.

Media enquiries: @DanMorelle 



  • We're nearly there!

    March 1, 2016
    Thank you *so* much to everyone who has supported our Thunderclap so far! We're almost at half a million in social reach...which is quite incredible with just 112 people onboard. Stonehenge is described as having it's own micro-climate. Weather forecast looks iffy, we're keeping everything crossed - and we have a back up plan... 

    Dan Snow is taking over the @Summit_Live account this evening at 8pm. Be sure to tune in. We have something quite funny and cool to announce.

    See you tomorrow!

    Lots of love,

    The History Hit 
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