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.

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?

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!

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 revisited Trinity after hours to film the tree illuminations using my 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/

Roarsome Rex

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UMPF asked me to film a Dinosaur build video for the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds (that’s me pulling the dinosaur into position above!) 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!

By George!

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Here’s one of a series of videos I filmed at the Methven UK HQ recently.

I also made several short videos specifically for social media sharing like this:

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.

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.

Gimbal on white

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’.