The Jurassic Trail

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After the success of last year’s life size T-Rex in the Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds Bid together with a handful of Leeds city shopping centres decided to expand on the concept.

This year a similar sized T-Rex was installed in Trinity Leeds, but there were also smaller installations in four other locations in central Leeds. The installation took place across four nights and I also filmed a few times during the day.

This was during the long summer heatwave. On one really hot evening in the Trinity we witnessed an amazing lightning storm directly above the Trinity Leeds roof. My GoPro captured the show which went viral on Facebook:

Once installation was complete I revisited the sites to film public interaction and I had edited the video by the following day:

Like last year, this job was achieved with a wide range of cameras and techniques. Static and motion timelapse, pole gimbal, tripods and handheld. I think I used every type of camera I own at some point!

Here be Dragons!

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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!

Martin House – Strictly Get Dancing 2018

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For the second year, we were proud to film the Strictly Get Dancing event for the Martin House Hospice. We also created social media videos for the contestants to use on their fundraising pages, as well as many of the video and logo assets played back during the live show. As usual Duncan Wood from ITV Calendar compered the evening and a panel of judges chose the winners. I sent Duncan a stringout of suitable footage that was aired on ITV the following Monday.

Here’s the highlights, full event videos and the ITV news item… Enjoy!

Martin House 2017

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It’s been a busy few months.

I’ve been volunteering for Martin House and creating over 30 videos for several fundraising events.

Back in November Martin House had their yearly ‘Strictly get Dancing’ event in Wetherby, however prior to the big night I visited the rehearsal studios a few times to shoot fundraising videos for all the couples. Here’s an example featuring Nicole and Lee, who would go on to win the final event:

After the dance final I sent some trimmed rushes to ITV Calendar who ran this news item on the Monday following the event:

In December I created this little ditty with the help of the music team, staff, volunteers and children of Martin House:

I also suggested a fundraising ‘thank-you’ video which went live soon after:

All of these videos were filmed using my Teleprompter setup, so the people onscreen simply read the text off the iPad screen while looking down the lens.

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.

HORIBA MIRA

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I filmed all the interviews and their related cutaways for this recent corporate video, including a starring role from my assistant Tom who was roped in to act as the car thief!

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Stressing the point

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The Aged Care Channel have uploaded another programme promotion:

The programme is a update to an original that I filmed on the FS100 back in 2014. The update includes a raft of new scenes filmed on my LS300 which now include home care workers.

Life on the edge

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Recently I spent a day filming in Manchester and Sheffield for the US/UK video production company WebsEdge. Here’s the finished film:

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Together with Tom on second camera we filmed at various Medical Labs and an interview in Manchester, as well as additional interviews in Sheffield. The Sony A7s matched very nicely with the JVC LS300. Both cameras filmed at 30fps for US distribution and the end results look great.

Hold(er) on to your Hard Hats!

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A long term project for Northern Gas Networks has finally been published online.

Commemorating our gas holders from Northern Gas Networks on Vimeo.

Over 18 months of production and over a dozen site visits, resulted in the finished 15 minute film.
The response has been amazing. Thanks to everyone involved!

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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!