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:

http://vimeo.com/22591762

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

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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.

BWPA
Calke Abbey

Tranquility Reptiles

Last year I did a shoot photographing a friend’s reptiles for his website. He maintains a site that is a knowledge base for those wanting to keep reptiles whilst giving a more personal approach. Follow Ryan’s own experiences with his ever-expanding collection of reptiles – tranquilityreptiles.wordpress.com !

Just a few of the photos from the shoot:

We took a trip ... to the other end of the reptile room!

 

Lord Spikey McEcho the Gecko – The New Caledonian Crested Gecko
This guy was an absolute nightmare to photograph – he wasn’t a big fan of the camera, and much preferred to hide in his leafy vivarium.  Can’t blame him really!  And he looks awesome, so all is forgiven.

Hiding

A rare moment of posing

 

Duke of Kellog’s – The Corn Snake
Utterly beautiful snake!  Was just such a lovely colour.

The Duke in his Vivarium

Munching

 

 

 

William Snakespeare  – The Western Hognose
He loved the camera; Ryan was lucky Will Snakespeare didn’t end up leaving with me in my camera bag!

The Hognose

 

Tongue

Chilling on a rock

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 www.greenthefilm.com; 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: www.greenthefilm.com

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 😉

It’s been a while

So it seems I’ve been rather bad at updating my blog recently.  Though not because I’ve had nothing to say! It seems like I’ve been ridiculously busy since I last updated.  I’ve volunteered at the Wildscreen Film Festival (amazing!), done a photography freelance job, done a shortened edit of my dissertation for Sea Watch (although my wonderful composer is doing exams so we’re just waiting on the music) … and of course I’ve been working full time, and getting annoyed at how early it gets dark! Roll on March when the clocks change.

Obviously I’ve been using my free time outside of all that craziness to continue taking photos and filming; I got a fluid tripod head for Christmas (I’ve been without any at all since I left uni!) which is making my life easier – it’s beautiful and smooth.  Now any jerks are purely my fault!! I’m working on a short edit at the moment, but I shall put up a few photos as soon as I can and the new film as soon as it’s done!

But for now, here’s a photo of the lovely smiley wonderful people from Wildscreen:

The Wildscreen Crew

The Wonderful Wildscreen Crew

 

Oh and I can really recommend these guys for prints: ProAmImaging.  I recently got some prints done through them and they’re stunning quality!

 

A new website

I’m in the process of creating a web design website, but in the meantime, a selection of my portfolio can be found here:

Click on image above to be taken to http://webdesign.katherinedixon.co.uk

It demonstrates some examples of websites I’ve made recently as well as some of my design work.