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I wanted to film something casual with my DSLR yesterday, and ended up at the revamped Borough Market.
I admit: the German bratwurst with sauerkraut (20 minutes in the queue) and the raspberry and white chocolate brownie (5 minutes) sapped my energy and the crowds didn’t help either. I was still determined to film something somewhere though.
The autumnal colours at the market were simply too gorgeous to ignore, but somehow at that stage the prospect of running – sorry, pushing – through the Saturday afternoon crowds with my camera lost its appeal.
So I used the phone instead. Lighter, easier, quicker. We both lasted 20 minutes. Then a couple of hours in FCPX and here’s the result.
And yes, for my next weekend project I’ll choose somewhere less busy.
You know, you pre-plan everything: the shots, the position of the cameras, the lighting, the sound, etc. You do a couple of dry runs in advance.
And then everything changes: the venue moves (although we ended up in a nice function room in the end), the lighting is different, the script gets modified and your time with the talent is cut from 1-1.5 hours to 40 minutes.
That’s what happened when I filmed a short promo for National AIDS Trust with Gok Wan. Despite the changes, it was a great experience and Gok Wan was super professional and fun to work with.
He tweaked the script prepared by the charity and turned it into a kind of a self-parody, which worked well.
It was a super-fast production – all done in 40 minutes with 3 set changes! I’m sure there are lessons there for me – plenty I suppose – but let’s leave them for another post. This is all about Gok and the red ribbons. Buy one if you haven’t yet:
Everybody has been sharing this video today – and once you watch it, you’ll know why.
It shows London circa 1927 through the eyes of one Claude Friese-Greene. As the description that came with the video explains, this is “incredible colour footage of 1920s London shot by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting with. It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving.” Indeed.
I’m pretty sure this is part of a 2006 BBC documentary – co-produced with the British Film Institute – called The Lost World of Friese-Greene. Originally this clip was pat of his project called The Open Road whose aim was to film the people of Britain in colour for the first time.
Timelapse videos are becoming omnipresent and a bit repetitive. This is not a time lapse video. Not quite sure what to call this genre.
Vimeo user Willie Witte uploaded this video called “Screengrab”, illustrating an experimental technique which combines video footage with screengrabs and prints. Within a few days the video was picked up by sites like Gizmodo and Boing-Boing.
Willie said: “I’m testing an experimental process of printing out still frames from videos and using them to create these transistions.”
And the result is awesome:
Need I say more?
Every now and then I come across a video that hits me in the face by telling powerful story in a very simple way. Such videos stick with me for a long time after I’ve watched them.
And this story of Richard, a piano tuner from London, is one of them.
You can read Richard’s blog here.
Also, see the other videos in the England Your England series.
For the Ralphs family from Berkshire Christmas changed forever almost 14 years ago. During that difficult time, they received lots of support from friends and family, but also from a local charity called Daisy’s Dream.
In the summer of 2011, almost 13 years later, Gareth Ralphs came up with an idea to reciprocate the kindness and do something for the charity itself. He decided to raise money for Daisy’s Dream by running 13 half marathons – each 13-mile long. That’s how the 131313 idea was born.
I spent several months in 2012 documenting some of the half-marathons and speaking to Gareth, Suzy and their son Sam about their experiences.
The following film is a heartbreaking story of a grieving family. But it’s also ultimately an inspirational and an uplifiting story told by people who have found a unique way of coping with their loss.
To support Gareth’s chosen charity – Daisy’s Dream – and to help him reach his target, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/garethralphs
Music used in the video:
Poignant Passing by Edward Lampiris Preparing by In The Nursery Shimmer by Kerry Muzzey A Stranger’s Map of Texas by Michael Chapman & The Woodpiles
Simple is beautiful. But sometimes to make something simple you need to put a lot of effort in.
This lovely animation by Tony Miotto I found on Vimeo shows – in a simple, yet, quite time-consuming (for the creator, that is) way – the differences between Paris and New York. Why? No idea. (Well, it says at the end it’s based on a book by Vahram Muratyan which I just googled and it looks awesome too.)
What a fabulous little video…
I was enjoying a coffee in Central London when Niall McDiarmid texted me to see if I was available to film a talk Roger Ballen, the acclaimed American photographer, was about to give in London for Independent London Photography. I said yes.
The short film below – shot that evening at the Rudolf Steiner House Theatre in Regent’s Park – encapsulates only a tiny bit of what Roger Ballen talked about. And I won’t pretend it does more than just scratch the suface of the complex and at times dark world of Roger Ballen’s art.
He relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, several decades ago and initially photographed South African villages (or ‘dorps’ in Afrikaans, hence the title of his 1986 book), and their houses. But, as he himself admitted, he knocked at one of those houses’ doors once and his life changed forever then and there.
He discovered a different world inside, a world which fascinated and inspired him for years. His subsequent works focused on the people who inhabited those dorps, on their relationships with the world around them and with themselves.
While Ballen’s focus might have shifted throughout the decades, his technique has remained constant. As he admits in the video, he is “obsessed with the square format” and believes that every part of the picture has an equal purpose or role to play. Ballen doesn’t believe in photo manipulation or use colour in his photography.
This video should offer a tiny glimpse into his world. It definitely offers the best, and the most succinct advice for photographers of all abilities I’ve ever heard from a seasoned photographer …
If you live, or happen to be, in Manchester before 13 May, you should definitely spend some time at the Manchester Art Gallery, where Roger Ballen’s images are displayed as part of his Shadow Land exhibition.