Regency Ball 2015 at the Guildhall, Bath


The annual Jane Austen summer Regency Ball, organised by the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, was once again a splendid success! Over 130 people attended the event, and 100 of those had been to the dance practice earlier in the day, which I’m sure paid off during the evening. Although I didn’t take any photos of the food, I can tell you that it was delicious :)

As well as the short video above, I took lots of photos of which I edited 404 and put them online for anyone to enjoy: http://owenbensonvisuals.photoshelter.com/gallery/Regency-Ball-2015/G0000zp3NFNHRZhY/C0000hJBcj4id8zo

Next up is the Jane Austen Festival itself, from 11-20 September – still tickets left for many events, if you too would like to join the Regency crowd.

DP on promotional video for Bath Cake Company


A few weeks ago I worked as DP for Zebrafish Media on this corporate promo video for the wonderful Bath Cake Company which is run by Celia Adams who makes amazing cakes (both in taste and looks!) as well as teaching other people how to decorate cakes. We filmed one of her classes and an example wedding consultation.

www.bathcakecompany.co.uk
www.zebrafishmedia.com

Alice in Wonderland Steampunk pre-wedding photo shoot

Lauren Ayres is a costume designer (I’ve photographed her work several times) and for her wedding she is going for a steampunk Alice in Wonderland theme, which will be a blast to photograph/video. But first we went for a stroll in the woods, and wander around the Museum of Bath at Work, to do a pre-wedding shoot.

Drip Feed – Bearded Gnomes entry to Sci-Fi-London 48 hour film challenge

Spent the weekend working on this little comedy film, with the talented team that is Bearded Gnomes. I was Cinematographer and Editor, as well as helping devise the story. For those who may not be aware of the challenge, the idea is to create a film in 48 hours, after being given a title, line of dialogue and prop/action. The weekend went like this:

We got our brief at 11.15am on Sat and submitted the finished film at 12.30pm on Mon. Took about 2 hours to brainstorm the story, then we headed to our location in Wales (only 30 mins away) which was our sound man’s house. Filmed from 2pm until 10pm then home to bed, fairly tired! Sun we were at my house all day, starting at 8am with Rachel Whitelock and I doing the rough edit for 2 hours. Directors, sound man and actor arrived at noon. Filmed the advert (with my green screen) for at least an hour – we had written some lines which Tim improvised from. Back to editing until 9pm when everyone else went home and I flopped on the sofa. I was sent a list of editing changes overnight and started on those at 7.30 Mon. A few phone calls and emails followed as we honed the edit and I uploaded the final version at half 12. I didn’t do much for the rest of the day!

Riddles in the Park – 5th in a series of comedy shorts

Last year I was DP on a series of 5 short comedy films for Shunk Films based in Bristol. This is the last one to be released. Shot over two days in Bristol, plus half a day which rained so heavily we had to stop so our actors didn’t freeze! Luckily the next day we had beautiful sunshine so it all worked out in the end.

Shot on my Canon C300 and Canon cinema prime lenses.

www.shunkfilms.co.uk

Playing Up Theatre – Death and the Maiden

Got to photograph Playing Up Theatre again, performing Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden” at the Rondo Theatre in Bath. On all this week 18-22nd Feb at 7.30pm.