Category Archives: Video

Buzz Radar

 

Buzz Radar Social Command Centre from Buzz Radar on Vimeo.

I am very luck to have met some very nice and exceptionally talented people over the years, one of which is Patrick Charlton of Buzz Radar. Buzz Radar is a company that helps businesses and organisation visualise social media data in real time.

Earlier this year Patrick asked me to help make a short 2 minute film explaining what Buzz Radar was all about. Along with this Patrick wanted a shorter version which we used some of the key components but using a slightly altered script. Both of which had to be delivered within three days as they we being used at Cannes Festival Of Creativity.

The films were assembled using a combination of footage, some of which had perviously used in other forms for Buzz Radar including a testimonial film by Angelic Films about  Marks and Spencer  and their Social Media Wall as well as footage I had previously shot at Twitter London Live Studio. Along with this there was footage from another film Buzz Radar Skype Broadcast as well as this we used news footage from HLN CES report.

The already existing material we went to Google Campus to shoot some new footage on my Canon C100 showing the Buzz Radar platform working in a real world environment. The final pieces of footage were recorded using my Atomos Ninja 2 recording a full screen output of the visualised data which would be seen on a monitor or display.

We created the initial edits using Final Cut 7 and then Patrick crafted the voice over message along with a Nicky another of the Buzz Radar team who was in New York. Patrick then took himself off to a recording studio in Soho to record the two versions getting the best quality audio possible. The tracks were then emailed to me and I edited them into the videos and then mixed in the music. The edits were then delivered digitally using wetranser.com

Below is the short version of the film.

 

 

Made in Hackney Fundraising Video

A few weeks ago the guys over at Made in Hackney – Local Food Kitchen asked me to help them make a fundraising campaign film for them to be used on the Crowdfunder website. Made in Hackney is a charity based in Hackney that teaches  vital food growing, cooking and composting skills in their own bespoke basement kitchen. The Charity won a Lottery grant in 2012 which is now reaching its end and are now to replace this funding using both the Crowdfunder website and direct donations.

Sarah Bentley, one of the Co-Founders  fronted the video as well as organised for some of the past and current students to come down and share their experiences about the project and what it meant to them. In between interviews I filmed one of the classes with the most of the interviewees involved and best of all I got to sample some of their results.

Having spend the day there and meeting some of the students those who run it I can see why this project deserves to carry on, their agenda is simple to make health people and have a health planet.

I shot the video on my new Canon EOS C100 and recorded on a Atomos Ninja recording to ProRes 422LT which meant a broadcast quality recording.  Lighting was achieved using my Lishuai LED-1024ASVLK Bi-Colour LED Panel from Proactive. As there was quite a lot of background noise from fridges and walking on the shop floor above sound recording was a little tricky and I used a Rode NTG-2 Mic as close to the interviewee’s as I could get a way with. Music came from Pond5.com as they have some great tracks at really low prices.

For for info on Made in Hackey check out their website www.madeinhackney.org

F&V S80 Slider Review

 

F&F S80 SliderI first came across the F&V SA80 Slider when I say it at BVE 2013 a few months ago and nearly bought it then. I got to have a little play with it and was impressed for the price of £270. I have previously used an Ignus based slider but wasn’t that impressed  as once a bit of weight was added to it it would flex or wouldn’t run that well unless the centre of gravity was perfectly over the track. There are some great things about the Ignus sliders they are super quite and light to carry but the negative for me out weigh the positives

I came late to the whole slider thing and had an a project I though would benefit from some movement so I looked around for something that was good enough to do what I wanted but cheap enough to justify purchasing. As I was to shoot on a farm I needed something that would work both attached to a tripod and work on the ground, which I guessed would be very uneven so legs became a big factor to the decision making process. So looked around and  it came down to a choice of four, the Cinevate  Atlas 10, The Kessler Pocket DollyKonova K3 Slider and the F&V S80. Budget was also a factor so the Kessler was really out at this point in time as was the Cinevate. Kit for me has to pay for itself either longterm such as cameras or lenses or very quickly to be just used on two or three jobs, this was one of those times. This left the really choice between the Konova and the F&V sliders.

IMG_1179 (1)The Konova and the F&V are very similar in design but the F&V has what looked like more sturdy and adjustable feet, ideal for what I needed. Another difference is bow the roller bearings are kept clean, the Konova has little slides which required manually using to clear debris from the rails where as the F&V has bruises built into the slider carriage. The Konova does however have a larger stage for tripod head than the F&V one. A friend of mine recently bought the Konava version and I’ve seen it in action. It’s good, runs smoothly, doesn’t flex too much and is a little bit cheaper than the F&V one. But for me the choice came down to right tool for the right job and the feet and the flexibility they offered made all the difference. The other contributing factor to my choice was F&V themselves. I have two of their Z96 LED lights which I use a lot and got me out of main tricky situations.

Features

The sliders winning features for me were and are its legs and feet which are both incredibly adjustable and strong, ideal for almost any terrain. The spirit level on the slider carriage is also a handy to level out the slider.

So how is it in use?

Well, it seems quite sturdy and  doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart in the next five minutes but its not as smooth as I’d like and doesn’t run freely like I have seen other bearing based sliders. Like all new kit you are need to test it before taking it out on the road, so you know what is, and isn’t possible. As time was short I only got “play” with it for a few hours before taking it out on a shoot. I probably got a little too obsessed in using the slider for a good few hours on the first part of the shoot. Getting a fluid motion is hard. I have pushed a number of professional dollies in my time and they is much harder, probably due to lack on weight and inertia. Initially I am used a Manfrotto photographic ball head  with it which is great for using the slower in “tower mode” but doesn’t allow for pans and tilts. Since then I have purchased a Manfrotto MVH502HA video head which allows extra control as well as allowing me to use my Zacuto Mini Pase Plate and my follow focus. This has made a dramatic improvement in control and the additional weight has taken out some of the bumps.

Conclusion

It’s OK for the money. There is better out there but they cost more. So ultimately you get what you pay for. I’m sure that at some pointI’ll upgrade but right now its doing me fine. But like all kit my you use it the better you get using it, well that’s the theory.

The F&V S80 Slider is available from Cinegearpro

 

Gillhams Solicitors Mediation Service Video

Gillhams Solicitors is based in Park Royal, London and were launching a new Mediation Service for Court of Protection Disputes and asked me to help them make them a short video explaining what the service is about and how it works. The shoot took place at their offices in Park Royal and edited the same week to tie in with the launch of their service launch. I also helped Gillhams create a dedicated youtube channel which should increase Gillhams search rankings for the new service.

Strawberry Fields

Summer may now be over but a few months ago I was commissioned by London Farmers’ Markets to make a short  promotional film centred around a strawberry farmer who sold at their markets. The aim was to explain how strawberries are grown to extend the British growing season.

I travelled out to Colchester to film on Fiveways Fruit Farm to film strawberry plants in various stages of growth  as well as interview Julian Mead, one of the partners in the farm.

The following day I met up with Julians brother, Alistair at Parliament Hill Farmers Market and filmed him working at the market. There we also got the chance to  grab a few words with food critic Giles Cohen extolling the virtues of Alistair and his strawberries. A few hours later I and Cheryl Cohen of London Farmers’ Markets travelled over to Walthamstow for a strawberry promotion at which we met managed to get  couple of words with Gennaro Contaldo as he tried some strawberries.

Shot on the Canon 5D with interview audio recorded on a Zoom H4N and a Rode NTG2 and edited using FCP7

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#1000Smiles

Back in Sunny August the guys at 1000 Heads in London did something a little special adding a few smiles to a London a year on from the hedonistic feeling London had from the Olympic games. They had a silent disco in Golden Square, gave away free coffee at Flat White, had the Worlds Smallest Fete in Berwick Street and surprised others in London in a few other ways. You can read more about it here.

To document the day, working for Angelic Films I along with Amy Coop  shot the above film for 1000 Heads with Amy doing a cracking job of the edit.

Getting Up Close and Saving Cash

Strawberry flowerWe all love seeing the world like no other, seeing things others don’t see. One way to go this is using macro photography, whether it be film or a still image there is something magical about seeing the world from a bugs persecutive. Over the last couple of years I have needed to shoot macro photography and every time I have planned to do so I find myself looking to picking up a macro lens for my Canon 5D. About thirty seconds later I head up stairs, not for my credit card but for my old Olympus OM kit.

I loved my Olympus OM2n, I still do and would never sell it, I’m emotionally attached to it, and to be honest it probably has very little cash value anymore. I bought the OM2n to replace, and as an upgrade from my first camera an Olympus OM10 which I shot my A Level photography with. At university, a time before digital had really hit the main stream, I shot my degree worth with the OM2n. From that point onwards it’s lived most of its life in a flight case along with lenses, filters and extension barrels. Continue reading »

Stills into Motion

As someone that got into photography as a way to get into film I have previously experimented in using still images in sequences, sometimes as story boards and sometimes as actual story devices accompanied by sound tracks. But up until now I have never turned my portfolio into a moving sequence. I may be a little late to the party as applications such as Aperture already have built in tools for creating such things, I have in used them to create event slide shows in the past. But although great I chose to use Final Cut to turn my photographic portfolio into a short sequence, partly due to the being able to fine tune transitions, size and add text. Continue reading »

Dawn Richard and Nokia

A about a month ago I got to film American Artist, Dawn Richard on behalf of Angelic films and 1000 Heads for Nokia. Dawn had a very limited slot in her schedule to to shoot an interview on why she switched to the Nokia Lumia 920. The shoot took place after a photo shoot at a studio on the banks of the Thames in Woolwich, London.

Sound was recored by my good friend and sound guru Haresh Patel as I shot on my Canon 5D mk2 using tree lenses, 24-70 F2.8, 70-200 F4 IS and my 17-40 F4 wor the wide shots. Lighting wise, we lit Dawn using a Kino Diva as a key light and then used a set of four Dedo’s for fill, backlight and to light the wall behind her. Over all we had just over ninety minutes to set up, and shoot. Amy Coop of Angelic films edited the footage at her office at Pinewood Studios using Final Cut.

Bikini Ballet

I recently worked on this a promo for the Bikini Ballet with Director Harry Amies. Bikini Ballet is a new dance company who specialise in bringing dance to corporate events and shows.

We shot using two cameras, a Canon 6D which Harry shot with and my 5D which I shot with. We shot over two evenings, at two locations, a photographic studio and a rather pink village hall which we plugged into darkness and lit using three lights and a few chairs to disguise the  pink as much as we could. Harry edited it using Adobe Premier

Martins Pond

 

Matins Pond is situated in the idilic village of Potten End, Hertfordshire. This short film was designed to increase the pubs profile online by creating something that could be used on many platforms, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and set it apart from others in the area. The interior part of the soot was shot one day and the exteriors another due to the snow.

Shot using 2 Canon 5D’s and edited using FCP

Case Study: Stocks Farm – Getting The Brand Out

A project I am currently involved in is a series of videos for a small organic farm in Suffolk, Stocks Farm. The genesis for the project came from a conversation on how to increase awareness of the farms brand, products and where to buy them. The farm until this point had, had almost zero presence on the web and practically no marketing to speak of.

The first thing we did was create a Facebook page and Twitter profile for the farm along with a temporary website. Having worked with a few people from the word and mouth industry I realized the importance of interaction with people on the web as it’s a key tool in building up brand awareness as it’s a great way to get very targeted messages out to the right people. Continue reading »

Social Media Week 2012

Just over a month ago it was Social Media Week. SMW spans the globe with events in all over the word including London and L.A. As part of this Angelic Films was asked by 1000 Heads to record several events in  London and and L.A for key supporter, Nokia. I shot in London while Shane Daley shot in L.A. Both of us shooting using Canon 5D kits with dual system sound. As ever these events are full of people wanting to share and exchange knowledge  and well worth going to if you get the opportunity next year.

Bahamas Olympic Team 2012

Olympic 4x400m Gold Medalist winners Chris Brown + Demetirus Pinder from Christopher Hughes on Vimeo.

Just before The Olympics I started work on a project for Bahamas Olympic Team sponsor BTC. Essentially I was tasked with producing media assets, both photos and videos for BTC to use to get their message out about the team and BTC’s involvement in their Olympic dream. Initially I covered the project on my own but as project evolved we brought on a photographer Neil Rouse allowing me to concentrate on the video side. We shot for five days over three weeks and produced sixteen videos along will delivering individual 290 images and shot at the Bahamas High Commission, Claridges Hotel and the International Maritime Authority head quarters The highlights being meet and film some of the athletes including former Olympic Gold Medal winner Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and, Chris Brown and Demetrius Pinder who went onto win gold  as part of the in the mens 4 x 400m team London Olympics.

All the videos were shot using a Canon 5D mk2 and edited using Final Cut 7.

 

Shooting in an Instant: Vosene #Vosing

A few years ago millions of cameras screamed and then when silent. Polaroid had stopped film production . Millions of camera’s were consigned to cupboards, landfills and memories. As the very last factory was closing something amazing happened two people talked about restarting all those cameras hearts and the Impossible Project was formed. More about which can be found here

So why shoot using instant film today when we have instant sharing through the use of mobile phone cameras and the internet? Well for me it brings a little bit of the magic back to taking pictures, watching the image develop before your eyes. It’s also subject to a little pixie dust as you’re not one hundred percent sure how the image will come out as its subject to so many more factors than electronics and computer logarithms. Continue reading »

Nokia Gift Machine at Cafe 1001, Shoreditch

A couple of weeks I edited the above video for Angelic Films about Nokia’s Gift Machine which they installed in Cafe 1001, Shoreditch, London. The Gift machine as more stamps in its passport than I do, being that it’s been to Spain the U.A.E and many other places. Created by 1001 Heads, the Nokia Gift Machine links up with Foursquare allowing people to win free stuff when they check into the gift machine where ever it is in the world and you don’t have to me a Nokia user to do it. The film was shot using a Canon 5d mk2 and edited on FCP7.

Testing Times

 

Testing kit is essential, whether it is a new purchase or just something you’ve hired in or borrowed. User manuals are great as are the hundreds of user videos on Vimeo and YouTube but actually testing and playing with a bit of kit gives you the opportunity to try things others have not thought of or in situations unique to you.

Next week we’ve got a time lapse running from Monday to Wednesday for a client using a GoPro HD Hero2. The reason we have opted for this camera is a result of several factors but mainly due to power, the GoPro can be powered from the mains using a mini USB adapter. This means the camera can be set up and left to run for the whole time using a large SD card. This brings the cost down for the client and hassle for us.

On this occasion the client is supplying their own camera but relying on us to capture the sequence. To that end I have bought my own GoPro HD Hero2 and started the testing. It is something I have wanted an excuse to buy any way and am sure it will get used in the future anyway. So today the testing started with a time lapse test on a drive from home to Pinewood Studios. I set the camera to shoot at half second intervals and I turned off the spot meter.

One thing I find out that I hadn’t read about was the fact that the GoPro seems to have a folder max size of 999 images and when it hits that limit it creates and starts a new folder. This of course means that multiple image sequences had to be created in QuickTime Pro. These were then edited together in FCP 7. Music came from audionetwork costing a whole £1 for a non commercial licence . Rather that then ripping something off itunes and not paying for it even if the project is non profit. Musicians are artists too. There are many instances where the internet becomes enraged when a filmmaker or photographer has their work is used without permission and shared with the world so it’s a shame so many don’t seem to have the same respect for other artist’s work.

 

A Very British Cult on Indiegogo

 

This week sees the launch of the Indiegogo campaign for  November Films “A Very British Cult.”   A Very British Cult is going to be a feature length documentary about the 1970’s and early 1980’s self help group Exegesis. A group that was  not short of controversy every resulting in questions in Parliament and a BBC program about it.

Louis Price our director grow up in the program with both his parents members of the organisation and is exploring what really went on and examining how it has effected his and the other members lives.

Most of the documentary will be shot digitally just like the above pitch video which we filmed main on my Canon 5D. However there is the intention is to shoot part of the documentary using dramatic re-enactment the on 16mm film, which will be more in keeping with media production of the time . This will probably be the last time I get to shoot on actual film which is both an exciting and yet sad prospect.

November films have a good track record in the documentary field having already produced Beyond Biba, and distributed several documentaries in the UK.

To learn more about the campaign or the film click here to take you to the Indiegogo campaign page

 

Ratan Tata – Asian Business Leaders Award – Asia House

A couple of months ago whilst working for York Smith Productions I was part of the team that filmed filmed the Asian Business Leaders Award for Asia House and the historic Banqueting House in Whitehall, London. We shot eh even using 2 Sony EX3’s in fixed positions and  Canon 5D which I operated, roaming around the venue and event. The small form factor of the Canon 5D is make sit an ideal for event work specially when space is at a premium.

Nokia Maps 3D – The Mapstronaut

Another thing I had a little part in the filming of this video for Nokia demonstrating the power of their 3D Maps. I filmed most of the London footage again working for Angelic Films. Shot on my Canon 5D using and Canon EF 24-70mm L F2.8 and 70-200mm L4 lenses. More about Nokia Maps can be found here