Ain’t it Grand

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I’ve recently produced six promotional videos for the Grand Hotel in York – Yorkshire’s only 5 star hotel.
Sam Pointon was originally given the post of ‘Director of Fun & Families’ by the National Railway Museum in York. He’s revisited his post by offering advice to families looking for fun days out in York this summer.

As a one man crew I had to keep kit to a minimum.

I used the JVC LS300 as the main camera, and my new Panasonic G80 for the second angle mounted on it’s new Carbon Fibre monopod. The Panasonic matched really nicely with the JVC.

York Work

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Steve PoppleAntique Restoration is a well established and respected business in the city of York.

Recently the team have learned new skills to help create bespoke furniture for their new venture – Man of Art.

After a days shooting at the York workshop earlier in the year, today I returned for a morning of additional filming.


After completing the first draft of both films, we knew that we should wait until they had built a new showroom and tidied up their stores then return to film at the new locations. The first shoot was on a snowy day, fortunately the workshop is heated! So returning in June was a very different experience, anyway the additional half day provided all the footage we needed.

Man Of Art Grinding

Antique Restoration Team

I also suggested that I could create a longer, looping video that could play in the workshop window to encourage passing trade. This loop video plays from a tiny media player and looks great in HD on a large flatscreen TV.

I’m really happy with the finished videos, written, directed, shot and edited by yours truly:

Yes to York


Following on from the Harrogate Apartments filming, I was asked to film the newly built Lawrance Apartments in York.

This was an opportunity to use my camera slider a lot more than in Harrogate, as well as hiding small battery powered LED lights around the locations.

The filming took a day and a half and the edit was another day.

This was the first job completed using Final Cut Pro X on my new Hackintosh computer. A hand built computer running a modified version of the Apple operating system.


Simon gave me some great feedback, and here’s the final edit:

On yer Bike

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long_lens1Today was the first proper job using my new camera –
the Sony NEX-FS100 camera.

Staff from the Rezidor Hotel Group were part way through a charity bike relay taking in all of the company’s 32 hotels in the UK. And I was asked to shoot and edit the Yorkshire leg.

I met up with the client’s production team and Lee from VisualMedia at 7.30am in York, where we confirmed a few last minute details. I got a few prep cutaways and then shot three interviews including York’s Mayor. The riders set off at 9am and headed to Leeds via a short break at Wetherby.

It was a good chance to test the camera handheld and on a tripod, I was particularly impressed with the quality of the 10x kit zoom lens which came with the camera. I shot a lot of material on the long end of the lens and even with an expensive Variable ND filter attached, it held up well in the edit.

After a brief lunch in Leeds, some new cyclists joined the relay team and they headed to Manchester across the Pennines. The weather came in for a few hours but I continued filming under a brolly where I could.

Everyone seems very happy with the finished film:

Sound the alarm!

minster1After getting rescheduled twice due to bad weather, I finally got to York to shoot the security company – Minster Alarms for Yell Adworks. The final video is now live on