Deansgate Manchester

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Deansgate Square in Manchester is a massive property development that includes a cluster of four skyscrapers, shopping and entertainment centres.

I’ve been editing monthly update videos for a few years using onsite timelapse. In early July I visited the site to film the showhomes and capture a day to night timelapse. I’ve used some of that footage in this launch video:

Deansgate Square – A New Level from Incredible on Vimeo.

Here’s a typical monthly update video:

Deansgate Square September 2019 from Incredible on Vimeo.

Here’s a night flight aerial edit:

Deansgate Square from Incredible on Vimeo.

My new Rock’n’Roller cart has been a great help, letting me get all the gear onsite in one trip.

Glitter at the Merrion

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Today was the Pride Glitter event at the Merrion Shopping Centre. As soon as the security grills went up the public rushed in, so I whipped out my phone and captured the first few shots as I hadn’t yet setup the main cameras (long story – the load-in was mind numbingly daft).

The slow motion shots were filmed at 120fps on the LS300 and glitter pieces seems to catch the light well.

Unblock against the clock

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Yorkshire Water are raising awareness of the problems caused by throwing unsuitable things down the toilet. They created a roadshow event similar to an escape room, where teams have to find clues in the fastest time possible in order to escape out the drain at the bottom of the house. It’s hard to explain. Ha. You’d better watch the video:

Although I mostly filmed handheld due to the tight spaces and hazards on the floor, I persuaded a few members of the public to wear a body or head mounted GoPro. These shots helped provide a bit of variety to the final video.

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!

Living the life

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Britannia Living needed videos for their social media channels to promote their installation service. Filmed in Kentish Town, London.

This video shows the installation process:

They also promote a ‘try before you buy’ service where you can rent the property and try the oven for yourself:

Our friends electric

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The White Rose Shopping Centre has commissioned these amazing autonomous self driving vehicles. They must be real… right? 

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.

Altura Learning

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Altura have uploaded a few training film promos that I filmed and occasionally also edited:

Shooting with autocue at the Milton Keynes HQ
On location
Autocue, nice!

Xmas Xscape

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Xscape Yorkshire asked us to produce their Christmas events videos this year, which included the Santa’s Parade walk and a visit to Santa’s Cabin. Tom filmed the parade using his Sony A7s which works brilliantly in very low light, and I filmed the Cabin using my Speedboosted super fast prime lenses at f1.2. I created the graphics in Motion and edited the videos in FCPX. Feeling festive yet?