Planet Earth II

It's here - the first official trailer for Planet Earth II. I'm honoured to say that I filmed some of this incredible series which I'm sure will go down in history as one of, if not the best! 

Dazzle Ship rooftop lunching

Working at Dazzle Ship this week and I've been a lovely person and brought in some (albeit slightly bastardised) po-ke with miso glazed salmon....great rooftop to enjoy it from!


Dazzle Ship 2015 Reel

Finished editing the Dazzle Ship 2015 Reel yesterday, showcasing some of Dazzle Ship's amazing motion GFX work - some old, lots new!

Pebbelles Lookbook

I've just finished working on a Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook film for the exciting new fashion brand Pebbelles.

I collaborated with Dazzle Ship's excellent team for this project, hope you enjoy it!


On shoot with Dazzle Ship

I was location editing with Dazzle Ship yesterday - in bright and sunny Sidcup!

We were making a TVC wth an amazing cast and crew - including the master of the make-up arts Sophia Cox who did an amazing job as always!

The shoot went especially well - the Steadicam and Sony F55 shooting 16bit 4k AVCHD looked amazing. I got to edit straight out of the camera using Premier CC - a luxury which paid off - the clients were very happy to be able to see a cut when we wrapped the day.

Confit Fennel

This weekend I decided to make some confit fennel - not just for the amazing antipasto style fennel, but also for the gorgeously infused oil left behind.

I ended up wrapping the confit fennel over sausage meat seasoned with toasted fennel & coriander seeds, and then making them in to sausage rolls - delicious!

I've just bought a set of Polaroid extension tubes, so along with my 50mm 1.4 I was happily snapping away whilst I cooked.

It was an overcast day and the light in my kitchen is sparse to say the least - which was a challenge when trying to stop down enough to be able to get some focus!

JinJuu film first glance

Straight after myself and Jody McAlavey completed the shoot for JinJuu, I was back off on the final Monkey Kingdom shoot to Sri Lanka.

I got back yesterday, spent a day fighting off the jetlag (worst it's ever been) and today made my way to the creative hub that is the Dazzle Ship studios. I've been processing the RAW material shot on my 5Dmkiii (thank you Magic Lantern) and the high speed rushes shot on Jody's GH4 - the footage looks amazing and I can't wait to start cutting it tomorrow!

Here are a few stills taken from Jody's GH4 rushes - more to come tomorrow.

Monkey Kingdom US Trailer #2

Hot off the press - Disney have just released their second trailer for Monkey Kingdom which will be 'dropping in to theaters near you' (if you live in Northern America that is) on Earth Day 2015

My camera broke my photo

Freshly returned from a 7 week shoot in Sri Lanka I was with my lady-pal, both prepped and ready for 5 days on the Norfolk Broads with my Mother's proudest earthy possession 'Boatie'.

One major problem had occurred, I was without my DSLR or new instant camera - shock! and/or horror! "This will not do", repeated in my head like the oncoming of a terrible fever.

Alas, I thought, we shall have to remember this holiday with that old, dusty, out-dated thing 'the memory'. I had resigned to my fate, and was trying to get on with life. Fate, it seems, had different ideas.

A quick stop-off at the St.Giles Church fête led me to stumble across this unassuming little fellow: a Canon Sprint and all but for a measly £5...

They warned me about using the camera again, but I couldn’t resist buying another roll of film

I bought myself some B&W (of course) film from the lovely people at Boots and we were off on our adventure, ready to have a wonderful time using the basic-to-say-the-least camera - 36 shots in total...both of us very excited.

I fell in love with the rudimentary functionality of my new companion (camera, not lady), the slight electrical whirr as the zoom charged spoke to me, and promised that we would be good buddies for a long time. I dreamed of fame and success, brought to me via £5 at a local fête - what a story it would be to tell Parky or Woss in the years to come.

Then I took the film to Boots.

Then things took a turn for the worse. 

As it turns out the camera had actually broken the film from it's cartridge and still contained the film (something I realised when I opened the camera again and could see the film wound up in the wrong place). The people at Boots sorted me right out. On a couple of the photos you can see where the film has been re-exposed when I opened the camera a couple of times...I think it looks great!

They warned me about using the camera again but I couldn't resist buying another roll of film, which I did, only to have it chewed up by the camera as I was snapping away at the excellent Digital Revolution exhibition...I really can't risk more precious film and frozen moments being slaughtered by this demon in disguise. The camera shall go in to the memory box to be forgotten, for now at least.

Here are a few of the photos taken by the camera that broke my photo/film/heart - enjoy!

Lady reaching out into the fresh, overcast Norfolk evening sky. You can clearly see the re-exposure here

Ducks, boats, and rainy holidays

Anna taking in the landscape, armed to the teeth with eight pints of Woodfordes wherry

Carribean light two in the background

Angular lines

Instamax Mini 90 Neo Classic

Whilst on shoot in Sri Lanka, I had a long conversation with a colleague about polarioid film, which in combination with and an ever increasing longing to take photographs with something real; tangible; tactile; chemicals make it happen; nothing to do with 1s and 0s, I decided to buy an instant camera.

Of course the next stage was some serious market research. Late night beer fueled trawling through the web - reading everything and anything that anyone had to say about instant film...a minefield to say the least!

After a few nights, some interesting dreams, more conversations with the crew, and some soul searching, my mind was made up. In my search I had come across the new 'instax mini 90 neo classic' which seemed to trump the alternative options, mainly for the fact that It's got loads of cool features to play around with that no other instant camera has - most noticeably a double exposure feature, and a bulb mode.

I bought the camera.

There’s something absolutely amazing about watching a photo develop in front of your eyes (especially if you’re a digital native like myself and haven’t really experienced it before).

I had it delivered to Bristol, and a very helpful colleague brought it out to Sri Lanka for me (he was coming out on shoot anyway). After the initial unboxing and mandatory selfie, it was time for the waiting game...I waited. The reason for this prolonged interim where I only allowed myself 1 shot every 5 days was that I only had 20 shots worth of film, and wanted to take the majority at a wrap party at the end of the shoot

When the big night came, the camera was a lot of fun to use! There's something absolutely amazing about watching a photo develop in front of your eyes (especially if you're a digital native like myself and haven't really experienced it before).

It's going to take some practice to get right - none of the photos I took on the night are necessarily 'keepers' - but the immediacy in combination with the unique creative functions make this camera so much fun to use, it really is the best photo-plaything.

Unfortunately I can't explore it at the moment as I left it in Sri Lanka, but I'm getting it back shortly and I'm really looking forward to playing with my new toy!

a handful of photos from the wrap party, featuring the chistled looks of the crew

double exposure with luke and suranga