November 16, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Around 15 months ago I was filming a sort western, not on the wild open planes of America, instead the south of Britain just a few miles away from the Dartford crossing. I was the Director of Photography on the film and it was at that point one of the most fun experiences I’d had behind a camera.
Any way quite some time later I hear the films nearly done and to back that up a trailer has been released.
It’s a nervous experience, getting your first glimpse of the results of something you’ve shot particularly something you put your best efforts into. I’m really excited to see the final cut of the film, as watching the trailer has reminded me of som of the really great moments that not only happened on screen, but also on set. Of course there are things I would love to see done a little better (like the trailer having been in glorious HD as it was filmed), but this is the point where I have to remember that this time round someone else was in charge and remember why I wanted to be involved in the project originally and that’s because, like the actors I get to add the film to my portfolio where I can be proud of my cinematography.
November 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I used to love my blog, without fail I tried to post something a couple of days each week. I found it kept me aware of industry goings ons and also as a great way to put my thoughts on creative things down in pixel form. It’s all gone a bit wrong though….
It’s no secret that running your own business is hard work. You have to be strict with your productivity and clients always come first. It’s also the case that any free time you then get, you tend not to want to then spend it back in front of the computer. Needless to say my severe lack of blog posts over the last year is very much a result of the above actions.
This post is me breaking that habit. Even if no one reads them I want to get back in that routine of sharing the things I find exciting and inspirational, as well as the things I’m up too, because even though Iv lacking in posts, it’s been a very busy year with lots I could of shared.
February 20, 2012 § Leave a Comment
About a month ago we bought a Sachtler Artemis Handheld in replace of our old rig. We had planed to use it for a job, but in the end it was never needed. So for the last month it has just been sitting there irritating me that I am yet to use it. Until now. Saturday was miserable for most of the day, but the late afternoon turned out real nice so along with the rest of my family and dogs, I packed up a bag with the stabiliser in and headed to one of my favourite parts of the coast near me. Holme Next Sea. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 30, 2012 § Leave a Comment
So the last month or so has turned out rather different from I had thought. The quite period that normally falls around christmas and new year time has yet to turn up and as a result I have been super busy, far more than I had expected as I had planned to go on holiday, but that’s going to have to wait for a bit. Still this is a good thing, a great thing! I would rather swap being busy with going on holiday any day while my company is still in its infancy. Below are a few of the things I have been up to, some of which are still taking up a lot of my time and making it hard to see one of my New Year resolutions through, which was to blog more…..
Furniture. Not just any furniture though, Schoolhouse has become the photographers for bespoke joinery company Bill Cleyndert & Company who make some really rather exquisite one-off pieces, however the photographs we have taken are yet to be added to the site as a new one is on its way. The photography itself is rather challenging as it all has to be done on the factor floor, where space, dust and time are all demanding issues. Still I welcome a challenge!
We have been continuing our work with Big Green Egg Uk and in particular this time with Jack O’Shea, one of Britain’s top butchers who has been working with us on some more promotional films. There will be more to show soon as well as there being plenty more shoots planned for later this year.
I have started pre-production on a new short film I intend to make. With this film I want to try something a little more serious, with surroundings and atmosphere playing an important role visually as well as narrative. I may also point out that anyone reading this who is interested in getting involved in the production, please drop me a line at email@example.com
A new client of ours is Josephine Home, specialising in luxury bed linen and accessories for the home and
luxury hotel. We were asked to make a series of short films which would show the traditional craftsmanship that goes in to make their products. From the cashmere and woollen
throws that are made in Ayrshire, Scotland. To the pure white bed linen we filmed in the north of Italy. The films will be going live very soon, so I will be sure to post them as soon as I can. We have also been busy producing images of the products, ready to go on the Peter Jones and John Lewis stores websites, as well as product packaging for the company.
And finally, the new year is here and so another year of portraits begins. I have created a new handout so keep your eyes peeled for it around North Norfolk.
January 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
About 2 years I worked on a documentary in Yellowstone National Park, documenting the transitions of wildlife after the big freezes. I was only out there for 3 weeks and I was mainly responsible for general assistance and time-lapse photography. The Finished film is now online after a lot of hard work and it has turned out really great.
If you have a spare 25 mins take a look!
January 3, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Something that I have been wanting to shoot for a while is a lifestyle fashion film. Its something that I think relates closely to the style I like to work in, whether it’s stills or motion based.
I approached a local company called Vintage Deli and suggested about making a little promo for them which focused on the season style that they wanted to promote, but with a very relaxed summery feel, with environment playing an essential role.
This was something I wanted to do on the side of my main work, so there was never any money exchanged and unfortunately as a result of that and the bad un-summery weather, other work got in the way and we never managed to finish the video. Still that’s how it goes sometimes.
Take a look below and let me know what you think.
We have rearranged to continue shooting another film come February and if all goes well we will aim to make four short promo’s, one for each season.