A local section of a multinational company asked me to film a mannequin challenge for an internal video competition highlighting health and safety improvements across the company. Their idea was to film workers in a packaging facility: once demonstrating bad practice and inadequate equipment, and once showing off both good practice and the equipment they had acquired in order to protect their workers from injury. They wanted motion graphics to highlight equipment and postures.
I used my Panasonic GH5 on my Steadicam Merlin for the quick move through the facility – the combined image stabilisation of the GH5 with the floating affect from the Steadicam gave us a smooth move, which not only looks good but helped when tracking the objects to which motion graphics were applied. I filmed at 50fps so that I could get smooth slow motion while passing certain workers but the entire video could be no more than 2 minutes so I also had to speed up sections – there is a limit to how fast I can walk around a crowded space while carrying a camera smoothly!
I created the rotating text and arrows in After Effects with a unique mask for each to make them disappear ‘into’ the object they point at because that looked nicer.
Back in December I was hired by Green Buzz agency in Washington DC to film interviews for an award given to architect Richard Rogers. I put together a team (me as DP, a producer/interviewer, and a 2nd Camera Op) and provided all the camera, lighting and audio gear. We filmed the interviews with Richard Rogers and Mike Davies at the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners office, and Lucy Musgrave at her Publica office. We also shot B-roll of architectural models at Rogers’ office.
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.
One of the fun aspects of being freelance is that I never know what I’ll get asked to do next. Chowny rang me and asked if I could shoot someone playing his new bass guitar design against a white background. Of course I could, and here’s the result:
And you can’t tell that we were inside a transport container (those things on the back of lorries or container ships) repurposed as a recording studio. Not quite as much space as I would have liked but we pulled it off :) The audio you hear was recorded separately and synced to my camera audio in Premiere (very easy these days).
Back in August I shot a video for Orama, about a restaurant in Bristol run by two brothers who are Michelin Star chefs. The restaurant is called Casamia, in the Westbury-on-Trim area of Bristol, and the chefs are Jonray and Peter Sanchez.
Filming chefs is tricky – they move so quickly through the process of making a dish but it takes time to get the camera in the best place, ensure each step is captured, and so on. Luckily this restaurant had plenty of space in their development kitchen, and lots of light (its always quicker when the available light can be used).
The best bit was tasting the dishes at the end of the shoot :)