Archive for the ‘ Film ’ Category

Visit Peak District

Just a quick post to say: I got an email yesterday from the Online Relations and Marketing Exec at saying they’d stumbled across my vimeo and liked my stuff (!), so had posted a couple of videos to their facebook page:
Visit Peak District FB Page

Photo taken on my phone of a recent trip to Derwent edge

Plus they also asked me to let them know when I update my portfolio – if there’s space on their website, they might add a video. Just as well I’m working on a peak district video at the mo (come on weather, improve so I can finish it!!!)
…Always a good way to improve a bad day…!

Website Downtime

Unfortunately the server that hosts my website is being changed, so my website will be transferred sometime in the next few weeks. I’ve no idea when they’re doing it, and it may be down for a few days! Hopefully the change will go unnoticed though…!

Wildlife on Film

The BWPA highly commended videos are now online (proof I wasn’t making it up!) There’s some really beautiful shots in there; so chuffed I got picked.

Highly Commended Videos

BWPA award ceremony filming

So (thanks entirely to the wonderful Emma) I will be filming the BWPA award ceremony next month at the WildlifeXpo. I am so excited. Plus the video that achieved a highly commended will hopefully be on display too!

Look out in the papers tomorrow for the announcement of all the winners (plus at BWPA online), and there may even be a piece on Sky TV!

A recent photo to liven up the post:

Devil's Bridge Waterfall

The weather wasn’t fab in the peak district today – but i still got a few shots of grouse (when mountain bikes weren’t trying to run me over) and of a spider making its web. I’m adding to my peak district collection, and will be cutting a short together soon (after a few more trips – please behave weather!)

Fire Sky, Cardigan Bay

A wildlife showreel and other news

So I put together a quick edit of some wildlife shots I’ve compiled – nothing fancy, just some pretty pictures 🙂

Click the grouse to view my wildlife showreel!

I’ve made good progress with the British Equestrian Federation Roadshow edit – waiting on the client now with titles and names so I can export the final copies.

As for my highly commended video for the BWPA awards, I shall post it once all the winners etc have been announced on the BWPA website. It’s also going to be displayed at the WildlifeXpo on 14th and 15th October … and I may have more exciting news regarding the WildlifeXpo soon – but not going to get my hopes up until it’s sorted!

I’m hoping the weather’s going to be reasonable in the peak district today since I’m off out there with my camera; it’s been too long since I ventured into the peaks!

Competitions & more BEF filming

Just a quick update – I’m trying out the iPhone app which seems to be good for short posts but not those where I want to post media!

But anyway, some awesome news – I just got told the video I submitted to the British Wildlife Photography awards (BWPA website) has been Highly Commended! I’ll post it on my vimeo site soon 🙂

In other news, I’ve done some more work for the British Equestrian Federation Futurity – they’ve got a roadshow and asked me to film the first one; currently making my way through 2-3 hours of footage!

Wedding videography and other news

Recently I’ve filmed two weddings in the local area for Damselfly weddings. I was the second cameraperson, and responsible for getting another angle for the important parts such as ceremony and speeches, as well as recording other parts of the day. Obviously, since the day is a private function, the full videos are not available online but a highlights vid of the first can be found online here:

Sukhy & Otis' wedding

Click here or the image above to see it. I’ll post the video to the second one when it becomes available!

Sea Watch also has the alternative edit of my dissertation – focussed much more around them and the work they do. It can be see here:

Click the image to be taken to my vimeo account

In other news – I entered a photo competition at work, and it was one of the winners 🙂 it will be printed and framed, and displayed in the foyer at work. Something small, but exciting nonetheless. It’s this photo:

Green Rocks at Hunstanton

British Equestrian Federation Video

And again, I’ve left it ages between updates!  The number photos I have to process and upload are beyond thinking about now – and I’ve definitely got to update my website’s video page!  But all in good time.

For now, I shall post the video I made for the British Equestrian Federation Futurity.  It’s a short video for owners who wish to enter and show their young horse at this year’s (and future) Futurity events; a foal is judged on a number of criteria and vet-assessed to establish and potential for showing.  I was required to make an informative video for this purpose … and it was brilliant fun!  It’s not the usual thing I do, since I normally film wildlife in their natural habitat, paying no notice of me.  So it was quite a strange experience to have to film very particular behaviours – and that I could request the owner to direct the horses!

The BEF girls were great to work with, as were the horses.  Plus the weather was great too 🙂

BEF Futurity

Click the image above or visit here to view the vid.
I shall try and post a few more things shortly – there’s been lots going on 🙂

Calke Abbey Video

I recently compiled a short video set at Calke Abbey.  It contains shots I took last year when I assisted/volunteered with the BWPA exhibition set up, as well as more recent footage.

Calke Abbey BWPA Exhibition Set Up

The video can be found here or by clicking the link above.  Calke Abbey is such a lovely place; on both visits I was lucky enough to see a little owl (or two!) and there’s so much other wildlife too.

Calke Abbey

WildScreen Film Festival 2010

Back in October, I was lucky enough to get a volunteer place at the WildScreen Film Festival. It’s held in Bristol every 2 years, organised by the Wildscreen charity.

The Wildscreen Festival is internationally acknowledged as the most influential and prestigious event of its kind in the world. Its aim is to celebrate, applaud and encourage excellence, and responsibility, in wildlife and environmental filmmaking – films which increase the global viewing public’s understanding of the natural world, and the need to conserve it.

Along with Peter Moonlight, I was appointed as Event Photographer and spent much of the week documenting the workshops, talks and events. In addition I got to film the opening night, and help out at the digital grading workshop at Films@59 among other things.  During my free time, I was able to visit any part of the festival I wished.

I’ve uploaded a small selection of my photos in a new gallery on my website: Wildscreen 2010 Gallery, and a few of my photos can be seen on the festival’s homepage: Wildscreen Film Festival .

It was an utterly amazing week and I wish I could do it again! I met so many amazing people, learnt an incredible amount, and had so much fun. It was a non-stop week since the festival is jam packed full of screenings, workshops and talks during the day, then each evening has it’s own event. On the Wednesday was the main event; the Panda Awards … aka the Oscars of Natural History Filmmaking. This was a surreal (and incredible!) experience for me. I was surrounded by so many amazing people that I look up to from the world of Natural History Filmmaking; from Gordon Buchanan, Steve Backshall, and Justine Evans to the big bosses/producers/directors/commissioners from so many production companies and broadcasting houses from around the world.

Not only did I photograph the initial part of the night, I also got to be the cable basher for the lead camera during the actual ceremony. It was surprisingly difficult to keep a few leads from tripping up winners, and tangling up the cameraman. But I think I did alright, and the view was front row!

After the awards, Emma and I got to speak to the winner of the Golden Panda Award (the top award of the night). The film that won was ‘Green’, and was filmed and directed by an amateur filmmaker named Patrick. He had travelled to Indonesia on a tourist visa and created a documentary about a Orang-utan called ‘Green’. There is no commentary throughout, only music and fantastic visuals.  It investigates how the production of palm oil is destroying rainforests, and just how guilty we all are of causing this problem. It is free to download and watch at; he has absolutely no interest in making money and is only interested in raising awareness about this horrendous situation. Patrick was such an inspiration; he showed us all that a) you don’t have to be a massive corporation to make amazing films and make a difference, b) how important films are in the conservation of our planet, and so importantly, c) how much damage we are all doing to our environment without even realising, and that we have to change the way we live and our consumption, now if we want to keep these wonderful rainforests and the species in them.

It will make you cry, but please watch it:

Patrick at the final screening

The whole experience of the Wildscreen Film Festival was brilliant.  I learnt so much, met so many people, and had a fantastic time. Lets hope next time, I will be there as a delegate who’s picking up the best newcomer award 😉