Kuda band video – update

The band video I’m shooting with Peter Naylor for ‘Kuda’ is progressing nicely, we’ve shot at three locations now with the last one coming up on Saturday. Having shot everything in low light so far I’m really looking forward to shooting in the daylight this weekend.

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If you’re interested in finding out more about Kuda, they have a page on mySpace.

Here’s a few more footage grabs.


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Silent Disco Promo

A Silent Disco is a new and unique concept sweeping the UK that does away with the traditional speaker systems used in nightclubs or festivals and instead issues visitors with wireless headphones that allow the wearer to choose to listen to one of two live DJ ‘s performing at the event.

SilentArena, the UK ‘s premier Silent Disco providers, asked me to shoot a Silent Disco that was held at the University of East Anglia ‘s LCR on the 19th February.

I used my EX1 on a multi-rig pro to allow me to be mobile and mingle with the crowds. Because all of the visitors were wearing headphones I was able to transmit the music from one of the DJ’s to the camera wirelessly as well as use a shotgun mic to record people singing along to the music on a separate channel.

I hired a Sony on camera LED light to give some fill for the dark scenes, because the light is able to be adjusted in brightness it allowed me to get just enough light onto the crowd without making them look out of place in the dark surroundings.

Click here to watch the video

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Music Video Stills

I worked as DP on a music video today which was a great experience as it was my first shoot with a Director, actors and a real storyline.

The music video is for a band called Kuda and the video has one scene which takes places in an underground gambling room, which was the part we shot today. I shot in 1080/25p on the EX1 with the brevis adapter and a combination of 50mm f.14, 20-35mm f2.8 and 135mm f2.8 Nikkor lenses.

The shoot was directed by Peter Naylor, a local film maker who’s also going to be editing the video. We’ll be shooting three more scenes in the coming weeks so I’ll post more news as it happens.

Here’s a few stills from todays shoot, they are straight out of the camera without any alteration other than reducing the size.

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Music video & videotrader

I’ve been asked to do some shooting for a music video by fellow Norfolk film maker Peter Naylor. The filming is starting on Saturday. I’ll ask if it’s okay to post some stills after the shoot.

The other thing I wanted to post was that I’ve finally got around to updating my company website. Video production is becoming a much larger part in what I do for a living but I still spend a lot of my time doing web design and Flash development. My company is called Videotrader and you can find out all about it at www.videotrader.co.uk

Another Peli

I like to look after by gear and now that I’m regularly using a 35mm adapter and taking a selection of lenses, mics and other damageable bits of kit out on jobs I decided to invest in a second Peli case to protect them along with the 1560 I use for my camera.

Unlike my 1560 case I wanted to get one with padded dividers rather than foam inserts this time as the foam really doesn’t work well for holding lots of smaller items, especially if they’re heavy. The pick ‘n’ pluck foam is okay for making a big cutout for a camera, but if you try to create lots of little compartments the foam soon becomes tatty and starts falling apart.

So, after a few days keeping my eyes open on ebay I found the perfect used case in the form of a Peli 1550 with a padded divider set which works a treat. The padded dividers are great for lenses etc as although they are flexible, the velcro is strong enough to hold the weight of lenses etc without any risk of movement.

here’s a couple of pics of the new case and how I have it arranged. You can see that I’ve used odd bits of foam here and there to support shorter items from underneath and at the ends of my batteries to stop them from bouncing around when being transported. The odd shaped part holding my EX1′s matte box is shaped that way so that my Brevis35 and flip unit fits snugly inside it when not fitted to the camera.

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