ARKWRIGHT v CROMPTON


Bolton Museum is close to completing the exhibition space. The film is close to being fully processed into lenticular 3D in readiness to be present on the LG screen specifically chosen by the Museum because of it’s capability of creating a 3D effect without the need of glasses. LG will be using this project as a worldwide show case for the screen.


Accurate casting and costume was required to sell the affect. Arthur Harlow and Daren Brady did an excellent job of portraying the two industrialists. Thanks to Grant McPhee for stepping in as DoP and doing a great job with the lighting. It was important to match the lighting in the oil portraits that are to sit either side of the video screen. Anna Robbins did a wonderful job with the two costumes which went a long way to ‘selling’ the conceit.


GTMP commissioned the building of a custom 3D stereo rig to mount the two Sony EX3 cameras on their side making full use of the HD chips.


This rig can also be used in landscape with camcorders and stills camera’s. GTMP is looking forward to producing more 3D and exploring the 3D as serious production option for many projects, exhibition and broadcast.


A 3D ANAGLYPH VERSION OF THIS FILM IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW AT VIMEO (You will need red/blue spectacles).

FROM THE FIRE


In early August this year I received a call from New York theatre producer, Bonnie Roche-Bronfman who had been been desperately looking for a film maker to produce a documentary of their original show From The Fire, created by Triangle From The Fire Productions.


The initial plan was to film the show at least once and from that cut a short promotional film to introduce the production to promoters and producers in New York and London. After filming 3 shows with 2 cameras (we used 5D and 7D DSLRs), I set to work on editing a full length film of the show.


The film was signed off in mid October with much positive  appraisal from all who saw it. Fiona Orr of Musical Theatre Matters, the awards organisation who bestowed FTF with three awards, said the documentary showed some of the best show filming she had ever seen and also noted the great audio quality, for which I thank Jonny Livesey.


Bonnie Roche-Bronfman, commenting on the finished film, “I said to Cecilia [the director], I thought we should have a screening ... Maybe even as a fund-raiser for the next step of development to one hour and twenty minutes. But it's main purpose – to shop the piece around – will be magnificently served because of the care and talent of your having created this.”, and “Thanks for everything - we are very excited to have this beautiful work”.


A 5.5 minute promo version of the film can be seen HERE.

TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE


Three months ago I received an email from a contact at Kessels Kramer asking, “how would you like to spend a couple of months on a yacht crossing the Atlantic?”, as a sailor who has rarely been beyond the site of land for more than a few days and with an ocean crossing in my bucket list, of course I said yes. 2 and a half weeks later, after a mad rush of reorganising my life so I could walk away from it for 3 months, after buying and preparing equipment I arrive in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to begin this incredible adventure.


My first task was to spend 2 weeks in San Sebastian, La Gomera, filming preparations and interviewing all 46 rowers. The films would be following these incredible characters. The challenge was more about endurance than a sporting pursuit the huge variety of personalities was what interested me most about the challenge. In the Canary Islands Andy McLeod of Film Canary Islands gave excellent local support and provided a second unit to film over the last few days leading up to race start.


The second stage of the project was to travel on board the support yacht Aurora to film the progress of the rowers. I chose due to the size, stability and hopefully dryness of Aurora a rig of Canon 7D with Zacuto shoulder brace, 17-50mm 2.8 Tamron, 50mm 1.4 Canon, Beach box, gun mic and radio mic’s. The kit and I become inseparable and I am very pleased with the results. This event deserved a high standard of filmic story telling and footage, the chosen rig helped me achieve this.


My biggest concern was of course, sea sickness and being unable to work, added to this, how would I be able to edit (MacBook Pro with FCP) down below under way and up to 30 angles? I don’t know why, perhaps with the boating experience I already had I had great luck in not suffering and apart from having to find ways of fixing the laptop to the salon table, the edits were completed fairly easily. The finished films were compressed to a degree that kept the resolution as high as possible but didn’t blow the satellite broadband budget. They were then uploaded to the agency server before client approval and broadcasting on the TWAC website.


The final stage was to spend whatever time between our arrival in Barbados and the rowing boats arrival making films of the magic moment of completion, the crews were interviewed as a group within an hour or so of stepping off to get their raw response to the experience then the film was cut with a mix of their own footage and mine. Not managing to be in Barbados at the first arrivals and not being there for the last boat my other task was to brief and set up a local crew to cover boats I wasn’t available to film myself.


I spent 47 days on the yacht acting as a full member of the crew when not film making, we traveled 5,600 miles - equivalent to 2.3 crossings between the Canaries and Barbados, I cooked 11 evening meals, did 141 watches of 2 hours each day or night, 23 days worth of night sailing and made over 40 films of around 2.5 minutes.


The http://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com is online and all the films I are available to view.

Two examples are also on my Vimeo site

here http://vimeo.com/36639630

and here http://vimeo.com/36640243

JUPITER ARTLAND FILMS


Since 2005 I have been involved with Jupiter Artland, filming the emergence from the earth of the incredible collection in the grounds of Bonnington House of contemporary sculpture created by some of Britain’s greatest conceptual artists. Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Tanya Kovats and Anya Gallaccio to name a few.


12 months ago I was asked by Jupiter Artland if I could begin cutting a collection of films presenting the artists, the process and the works. Using footage shot by myself and others, filming more interviews, installations and completed pieces I have now completed 14 films.


For me it has been a great opportunity to meet these established names in the British art scene. To see the process of conception thought to installation gives a privileged insight into the process of the making of art and in particular how the artists engage with the space of Jupiter Artland. Sadly one being Ian Hamilton Finlay of whom I was possibly the last person to film on an early site visit and who wasn’t able to see his completed

‘Temple of Apollo’.


Here are links to three of the films produced by GTMP hosted at the GTMP Vimeo page.

Andy Goldsworthy - Stone House

Tania Kovats - Rivers

Anya Gallaccio - 2 Works


The films will be embedded within each artists profile on the Jupiter Artland WEBSITE.


ROW 2 RECOVERY 2013 - 2014


Row 2 Recovery, a team of two injured and two able bodied members of the Armed Forces in the UK, has finished 2nd in the fours class and 3rd overall in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Trooper Cayle Royce and Corporal Scott Blaney, both of whom suffered life-altering injuries whilst on duty in Afghanistan, alongside Captain James Kayll and Captain Mark Jenkins, completed the grueling 3000 mile row in 48 days, 9 hours and 13 minutes.”


This was the announcement on the official race website as Row 2 Recovery arrive in Antigua and my last batch of filming starts to bring the story to a close.


I first met them many months before as they gathered for the first time in Christchurch. It was a great pleasure to be able to record their adventure and be a small part of their journey. 15 short films were made during the row to raise awareness and provide material for press and PR. A final film was made which told the whole story. This film is on permanent display ay the Henley River Rowing Museum. 


https://vimeo.com/87847399


“…your films have depth, story and personality!”

Marla Ulrich, Agency Producer, Kessels Kramer.

MING: THE GOLDEN EMPIRE


Ming: The Golden Empire is a stunning touring exhibition which tells the story of the Ming Dynasty. Founded in 1368 by Zhu Yuanzhang after an overthrow of the Khan’s of the Yuan Dynasty. Ming literally translated as ‘brilliant’ was a long and stable dynasty with many great achievements.


A positive review from The Telegraph, also mentioning the second part of the commission of an AV slide show to illustrate the chronology of Emperors during the dynasty.


Commissioned by Nomad international touring exhibitions to make a film for the National Museum of Scotland’s key summer, Edinburgh International Arts Festival, show. A great pleasure to be involved in producing a film that was to be a central part of the interpretation of the Ming dynasty. Using green screen and the expert presenting of Dr Kevin McLoughlin as well as Chi Zang’s expert demonstration of the art of the brush the film offers an in depth interpretation of calligraphy and painting of the period. The film was well received by the museum and visitors.


"well done - that was a great addition to the show!”


https://vimeo.com/99722377 (film starts at 2 minutes).