I’ve recently filmed the launch of a unique art and retail project in the Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds.
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.
Another year, another record breaking Toolbank ‘Real Deals for You’ campaign: The Christmas Collection.
This year’s design included present boxes wrapped in shiny foil, which I built as 3D models in Cinema 4D.
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.
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.
Then, in August I filmed the TV commercial at Prime Studios in Leeds. This time filmed as a chromakey.
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.
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.
A video posted by Park Inn by Radisson (@parkinnbyradisson) on
Originally I edited these videos in a 720p timeline with a custom 640×640 overlay to help with framing, then I’d crop the resulting video in Handbrake when encoding the mp4 for Instagram. But in recent months Final Cut Pro has been updated to allow for custom project dimension so a 640×640 30 fps workspace was easy to create. As you can see I remake certain elements such as the particle effects for creating water and steam in the shower scene, as well as creating the blue nightime effect in the bedroom scene. And luckily I’ve got a huge collection of sound effects and music that always seem to deliver what the clients want.
Here’s an edited compilation of some of the fun stuff, including a recording of my daughter playing the piano:
http://www.duncancraig.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/640x640.png640640adminhttp://www.duncancraig.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/logo7-300x185.pngadmin2015-01-11 12:22:322015-01-30 09:46:03A square kind of a deal