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 visited Trinity after hours to film the tree using by 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/


https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRoseShopping/videos/2129635643713239/

Roarsome Rex

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UMPF asked me to film a Dinosaur build video for the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds. 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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Toolbank 2015

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Another year, another record breaking Toolbank ‘Real Deals for You’ campaign: The Christmas Collection.

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This year’s design included present boxes wrapped in shiny foil, which I built as 3D models in Cinema 4D.

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Then creating various coloured versions as looping quicktime files, converting them into particle effects in Motion and making them fly towards camera. Also I built custom box transitions in Motion with full rigging into Final Cut Pro X. This meant I could change the direction and colour of the box wipe transition using just a simple pull down inside FCPX.

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After three days of workshop filming back in April, I started putting the main campaign video together, which at over 30 minutes long is versioned in two currencies – Sterling and Euros.

We also filmed over 60 Social Media product demos which are presented ‘to camera’ by Andy or Nigel from Toolbank. These get embedding in the product pages on the Real Deals website

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Then, in August I filmed the TV commercial at Prime Studios in Leeds. This time filmed as a chromakey.

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Using my new JVC LS300 I fed an SDI picture to my 23 inch location monitor, and also streamed a Wi-Fi video feed to a laptop for timecode logging. Our great pal Vic McCullagh was on hand to light the set and provide his unique perspective on proceedings.

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Love that guy!

I Shoot – You Score

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Another regular client – UMPF PR asked me to make a quick awards submission video for them:

Filmed in their soon-to-be new office in The Calls in Leeds, Amy did a great job in front of the camera (not the first time I’ve filmed her), then with the addition of a few graphics and sound effects we were done.