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The Grace Notes – Live At The Poly

24 May

Back in March I was approached by jazz, soul, funk band,The Grace Notes to produce some live video content to promote the band. Here is the result, filmed live at The Poly the videos were shot with 3 cameras and edited in post. The First video to be released is I Surrender. I’ve tried to show the bands style and attitude in the video, whilst making the video feel very live.

More to follow soon.

Comedy At The Poly

21 Feb

Comedy At The Poly Episode One.

Matt Richardson & Offie

As part of my continuing work on The Filter, as producer and director working with fellow producer Matt Stent. Here’s the first episode of Comedy At The Poly for your enjoyment.

The Filter is proud to present the first in a series of Comedy At The Poly Videos. Featuring Paul Kerensa, Diane Spencer, Matt Richardson and Adam Barker. The first episode features exclusive interviews with the comics and live stand-up performance from the night as well as some larking about from our host for the show, Offie.

Watch Episode One Here

As well as being one of the camera operators on the night, I also vision-mixed the night as well as producing and editing the final show.

Some Pics For The Show.

The Filter web presence is slowly being launched and I aim to blog further on the shows development in the future.
For more information on The Filter check out

The Filter Presents – Live At The Poly Videos – Ice Cold Idiots

18 Jan

The Filter Presents – Live At The Poly Videos – Fred And Issy

18 Jan

Falmouth Oyster Festival 2010

26 Oct

At the Oyster Festival this year, I was asked to produce some videos to be screened during the event. We produced two videos, one featuring Oysterman Tim Vinnicombe and the other, Oyster Gathering set to Cornish Lads Song by Rodger Bryant.

During the production of ‘Falmouth’s Future’ we interviewed Oysterman Tim Vinnicombe, asking him about Oystering and his thoughts about the Future and it was this footage that was included in the videos.

The videos received positive feedback and it was good to see the real life of an Oysterman depicted on screen providing an excellent backdrop to the festivities.

Oyster Gathering Montage

Tim Vinnicombe Interview

The Honey Honey Show – Working on The Promo

29 Sep

The Honey Honey Logo - Complete with Spinning Mirrorball

One of the things I did over the summer was to work on  production of The Honey Honey Show, a kids theatre production with audio visual elements.

Think Mama Mia with Benny Bear as the star.

Script Editing, Filming, Directing, Editing and Producing All elements.

Benny Mixing On The Decks

Benny and Bjorn Pose For A Photo

I was contracted early on to discuss the logistics of the script written, how we would film it with what etc. Working with the lighting designer and the producer we sketched out the script elements to be filmed and constructed. Once all the filming was done I was asked to put together a promo for the show using the materials we had filmed and footage I’d filmed from an earlier gig at the Cannizaro festival in Wimbledon when the band (1974) had closed the festival.

The promo was mainly needed for theatre playout systems and websites to advertise the upcoming show. Therefore it was constructed to act as both a mute piece and to feature a narration when sound was used.

With silly fonts and bright colours to appeal to the age group of young children and to invoke the nostalgia of Abba to the parents.

Heres the finished promo.

Filming Sanjay’s Roadshow

12 Jun

So the roadshow is finally completed, the first major collaboration with various departments and years in my university, It’s good to have it finally finished.

Click On the Tile Card to Watch it.

So how did this project come about?

The project started whilst I was working as part of the local Oyster festival camera team, media centre manager Alan Barnes introduced me to Sanjay Kumar – local celebrity chef and big community worker. Sanjay and fireman Martyn Addinal were interested in collaborating for charity staging a cooking event, where the fireman would cook a delicious dish for their wives, learning from Sanjay whilst they gave fire safety advice. Another simple project then?

No way, the first stage was to assemble a core crew who would be able to run the entire operation. In the space of a week the operation came together, the script was written, the crew found and production began. Floor Plans were drawn up using the production software Celtx and members of the crew were briefed.

The day of shooting was the most nerve-wracking, having taken the responsibility to see the idea through from its seed, it was now my responsibility to get it made. The original plan was to shoot the programme at the Greenbank hotel, which I had already reccee’d. Close to the day of shooting the location was changed to Pendennis Castle – a great location on paper, a nightmare for camera, sound and the crew.

Original Location Reccee

Setting up at the castle we had to use all our joint knowledge to get set-up and ready to roll in a short space of time, positioning 3 cameras: a master wide, camera left and camera right as well as a fourth in the dining room for the fireman’s wives. The recording was so nerve-wracking, suddenly for the first time the responsibility I held dawned on me and I had to find answers and solutions for the crew. The mistake I’d made was not to have a second in command, this meant that at times I had to micro manage, not a great situation to be in. Before I knew it, the time to panic was over and the show began. Never before have I had to direct about 8-9 fireman, a celebrity chef and a crew, I learnt a lot in that time. Once the cameras started turning I was able to direct the show through radio headsets and a monitor bank set-up out the way from the kitchen. Production wrapped, we all headed down to the Greenbank for shepherds pie courtesy of Sanjay. Feeling good about the shoot and looking forward to the edit.

A quick turnaround on pre-production, we had pulled it off,  now it was time to see what we had in the edit and turn the night into a show.