Over the August bank holiday weekend, we were in Manchester filming the annual Pride festival. We wanted to do something a bit different for this year’s video: we wanted to show how attitudes towards the LGBT+ community have shifted over the last 20/30 years and how the community has had to fight for their right to love. This is the final result.
Special thanks to Nick Lansley for allowing us to use his footage from the Stop Clause 28 March In 1988, shown at the beginning of the video.
Behind the scenes
Alongside the main aftermovie, we also created a short behind the scenes video to show our thought processes and how we went about shooting the festival. Special thanks to Joe Schofield for shooting this for us.
Over the weekend of the 26th-29th July, we were at the award-winning Kendal Calling festival shooting the event for the organisers. The theme this year was ‘Into the Future’, with sections of the festival decorated to depict a dystopian future in which all non-conformist, unsponsored music, art and creativity has been outlawed. We really wanted to go above and beyond with this video and deliver something truly special unlike anything they’d seen before, playing on this theme.
To do that, we decided to hire in some beautiful anamorphic lenses (P+S Technik Evolutions) to really give the video a cinematic, indie feel. The lenses are known for having these characteristics, and produce a truly stunning, unpolished look. Read about our experience with anamorphic lenses. Above is the final video that we produced for them – we’re really happy with how it turned out.
We also produced a series of daily recap videos at the end of each day for the organisers to share on Facebook. These videos went down well, with 198,000 total video views and 3373 reactions on Facebook as of 29th August 2018. View our two favourite edits from the weekend below:
In January, I travelled out with the Ocean Generation team to Antigua & Barbuda in the Caribbean to film a Hackathon organised by the charity on the island. The event, held in partnership with United Nations Office for Projects and Services (UNOPS), was intended to help those who are most likely to be caught up in hurricanes and natural disasters - weather patterns that are becoming more frequent and deadly as a result of climate change. The hackathon saw 20 teams competing to create an app that would help prepare, recover and repair small islands. This is what I captured over the course of the week.
A huge thank you to Ocean Generation and UNOPS for organising such a successful event and allowing me to be a part of it. Looking forward to working together again in the future!
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Shot on RED Scarlet-W. Graded using Colour Finale in FCPX.
We were approached by the City of Lancaster Gymnastics club to produce a short video that would show that success in the sport takes time, practice and patience. We wanted to show the progression of a baby from day one, through the age ranges to becoming more trained as a young adult. The club released the video on 15th September 2018 and received 15 new clients within the first 12 hours.
Over the weekend of the 18th-21st October, a close friend of mine and I travelled to Oslo in Norway for a short weekend away. I took my RED Scarlet-W on the trip and shot this travel video. I wanted to do something a little different to traditional travel videos - this is the final result.
Places we visited that are featured in the video:
- Oslo Opera House
- Holmenkollen Ski Jump
- Sognsvann Lake
- Aker Bygge Marina
- Nord Vegan
Below are some of my favourite photos from the trip, taken with my Canon 70D.
The video was shared by Visit Oslo on Facebook in early November, being viewed 2.5K times.
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Music: Source Code by Bob Bradley & Thomas Balmforth
Shot on RED Scarlet-W with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM.
Edited in Final Cut Pro. Graded using Color Finale Pro.
Filipa (@imonlyasurfer) and I wanted to shoot something short and fast, so used the light on my iPhone to quickly put this video together. Edited to 'Rust' by my good friends Duke & Jones.
McGill Productions were approached by up and coming clothing brand 'Serious Royalty' to produce a 50 second spot for Instagram featuring the undefeated world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and undefeated former European, British and Commonwealth super welterweight champion Kid Galahad. We travelled down to the world renowned 'Ingle Gym' in Sheffield to shoot the video, a gym that has produced a plethora of boxing champions over the course of its life, including: Prince Naseem, Herol Bomber Graham, Johnny Nelson, Junior Witter and Kell Brook to name a few. Time was incredibly tight on set, but we were able to capture all of what we needed (and more), delivering this 1:30 edit.
In 2016, I put together a short video for the Parade at Manchester Pride while working on a separate project for FGH Security Ltd. The team at Pride were so impressed by the work that they decided to bring me in to shoot the Official Aftermovie for 2017. Over the bank holiday weekend of August this year, I attended the festival and spent my days running around Manchester with my camera. After weeks of editing and months of waiting, the Aftermovie is finally here!
A huge thank you and special mention to the talented artists Duke & Jones who created the soundtrack to this video, as well as to the Pride team for their hospitality.
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Camera: RED Scarlet-W using Canon 24-70mm L USM.
Grip: Mōvi Pro.
Graded in Final Cut Pro using Color Finale plugin.
A few weeks ago I joined together with two successful entrepreneurs and friends of mine to create a video production and Marketing company based in Lancaster, UK. Enjoy this short demo reel I put together showing some of the work we’ve completed in the last few weeks, as well as some of my original work completed earlier this year and in 2016.
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Roses is the annual varisty held between Lancaster and York. The rivalry between both Universities is incredibly competitive and emotions are always high over the tournament weekend. In 2018, the event was held in Lancaster. On Friday, the first day, Lancaster pulled away with a 48 point lead. As per, we were out and about around the University campus shooting as many sports as possible – from American Football to Clay Pigeon Shooting and everything in between. Harry stayed up until 6:30am this morning cutting this video together.
The following day, on Saturday, Lancaster secured victory of the entire tournament with a whole day of sports still left to play on Sunday. A huge variety of events were played, many of which we didn’t have an opportunity to attend because of time clashes.
On the final day, Sunday, the Men’s 1st Rugby Union team closed the tournament with a fantastic performance – breaking York Rugby Union’s 10 year undefeated run at Roses. While there were a number of events being played, we were only able to see a small number of them and only featured Rugby in this video.
While videoing the events over the weekend, we were able to capture this fantastic moment in the Men’s 1st Rugby League game in which a York player headbutted his own teammate in the groin. The video was later picked up by SportsBible and gained 500K+ views in less than 2 days.