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Here’s a recent promo I made for the Martin House Children’s Hospice 2019 charity boat race at Roundhay Park. The day started at 8am, capturing the Martin House and Events teams getting setup. Racing continued into the late afternoon and the winner we announced just before 6pm. I captured 596 shots on the day… no wonder the video ended up over 6 minutes!

It was an opportunity to take the trusty old Sony FS100 out onto the water and shoot at 720p50 for some slow-motion action. I wasn’t going to risk using a newer camera on an unpaid charity job because I knew I’d be jumping in and out of dingies, and hot-footing it around a park all day with my daughter in tow.

The video has had 1700 views on Facebook so far. And I’ve also made a high energy promo for next year’s event!

BLK.BX@TRNTY

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I’ve recently filmed the launch of a unique art and retail project in the Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds.

BLK-BX LAUNCH

What a great night and Launch for the BLKB-BX project thank you to all that attended and supported us to get there .watch this space for regular updates and exciting changes and up coming events .

Posted by BLK BX on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The launch night was great, but there was much more to my involvement. From late 2018 until mid-January I documented the artists painting and spraying the walls and ceiling in trinity. I filmed with a range of cameras and techniques such as time-lapse, motion time-lapse, tripod, pole gimbal and 360 video as well as interviewing the artists involved in the project.

The filming started once the mall was closing, with shoots often finishing around 4am. It was a good opportunity to try out a few different filming methods on a single job. The gimbal and a6000 worked well on a monopod, allowing me to crane from ground level, right up the the artists working at the ceiling. The motion control slider was a tricky setup because the artist may have started working in a certain direction, you place the camera rig to match and 10 minutes later they’ve changed direction or moved elsewhere. That meant stopping a move before it had finished, but fortunately there was enough material to make the finished videos.

All I want for Kissmas is…

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Trinity Leeds launched into Christmas this year with their Kissmas 2018 event. We covered the whole day with three cameras, and created several videos for social media and internal use. The following evening I revisited Trinity after hours to film the tree illuminations using my drone.

Here’s a short edit of the evening show shared by Trinity on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLeeds/videos/588728088214767/

Here’s a full length edit of the whole day:

A Summer Rose

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This summer I’ve completed a couple of projects at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds. They launched their outdoor play area, and hosted a Gromit Unleashed treasure hunt through the summer holiday. Both videos were filmed on the G80 and Zhiyun Crane gimbal.

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRoseShopping/videos/2086892394654231/

Roarsome Rex

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UMPF asked me to film a Dinosaur build video for the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds (that’s me pulling the dinosaur into position above!) However, before the installation they needed a teaser video in the style of Jurassic Park:

The two-night install was supposed to start on the Wednesday, but apparently they had ‘lost’ the dinosaur. So on the Thursday night I installed my trusty a6000 in the roof of the Trinity, and followed the installation team from 8pm until 10am the following day. The finished video had 87 thousands views on Facebook!

Tour de Trinity

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https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLeeds/videos/1727227080656198/

Another fun job for UMPF at the Trinity Shopping Centre, involving days of time-lapse and ground based filming too. I was looking for an excuse to use this music track, as it’s such high energy and fun to edit with. And I thought the bike sound at the end would a nice touch.

I built the time-lapse rig using the trusty Sony a6000, powered from a huge V-Lock battery via D-Tap to USB adaptor and a USB to dummy battery cable. It ran for about four days, taking a still every 15 seconds via the trigger from my motion time-lapse slider.

The poor weather meant that the initial 2 days job over ran by four days, so the camera didn’t capture the entire install, but you don’t really notice in the end.

Aerial flying was performed by the team at HexiHeli, and the footage end up being used on the BBC and ITV as part of their wider TDY18 coverage.

Unholy Trinity!

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My client – UMPF, asked me to film their PhotoBoo event this weekend at the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre.

On the Saturday I installed a GoPro and Radio Mic inside the booth while also filming from outside. Then on Sunday I edited the video which went live in time for Halloween on Tuesday:

Apart from this 60 second version there’s also a full 2m 30s second edit:

Still Life Leeds

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I filmed my first Mannequin Challenge today at the Trinity Shopping Centre. The challenge took place in Trinity Kitchen, the restaurant venue. I used my new gimbal for the first time and filmed using my Sony a6000 with Tom kindly carrying round a softlight on a monopole. The gimbal helps level the camera and makes everything really smooth while the operator walks around.

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I had a quick walkthrough, allowing me to see where some people were going to be and to get them posed properly for the camera, but most of it I hadn’t seen when it came to the big moment. I missed the lady in the Photo Booth the first time so I did another short clip of her section and seamlessly spliced that back in.

After the filming, I edited the video onsite and the client uploaded it to their Social Media channels.

The Yorkshire Evening Post featured the event too.

I also wore a body mounted GoPro on another gimbal which I used to capture the event behind the camera.
You can see my POV in this video, and hear me count down to the final ‘hurray’.

A Yorkshire Rose

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Last night I filmed a timelapse at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds.

After getting home in the wee small hours, I started editing this morning and the finished video was uploaded to Facebook this afternoon. Originally it was a 60 second edit, but the client decided they didn’t want to see certain background elements, so I had to chop 15 seconds out. (Sadly it was the best shot of the video, which took over two hours to film).

The moving timelapse was filmed using my Sony a6000 with a slow shutter speed and a variable ND filter. The camera was rigged on my new Digislider, which moves and pans the camera using a precision timelapse motor and shutter intervalometer.

Suckers!

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Here’s something I made a while back which has recently shown up on the client’s Vimeo channel:

It was the first time that NGN had been asked to certify a GoPro for gas safety. Basically I put the GoPro in a waterproof housing and they approved for use on-site where gas is present. I was able to use the camera on a long pole at the bottom of the holes made using the new drilling technology. The GoPro gave a new angle to previous unseen places, and NGN have continued to use GoPro cameras on their shoots. I made this with my old mate Howard who’s now sadly no longer with us.

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