A film I produced and directed for Speechwrite. Filmed on location in St Pauls Square, Birmingham in late 2017.
How do you get across the excitement and thrill of the theatre. Everybody who's ever been knows about the 5 minute call, ordering drinks for the interval and the curtain going up, but what goes on to really make that all happen? Here's your chance to take a peak behind the curtain... Agency: BHD Creative
Back in 2011 Fuji launched a series of cameras that changed our view of smaller sensor cameras. The X line up changed everything. Bloggers from all over the word had their opinions from real world usage to the technical analysis usually only needed for global communication systems...
Anyway back in 2012 I was looking for a new camera, one I could keep in my pocket and could carry with me everywhere and not feel as though I needed to be taking a load of extra lenses or flash just in case and definitely something that wouldn't feel like I was carting round a brick.
I looked at many different cameras from the Leica X1 to the Canon G5, but their was just something about the X100 that really attracted me. It just felt right in my hand, it was vastly different in design to my work cameras, but it was the fixed lens that really caught my attention, a 35mm full frame equivalent, no decisions to make, just one lens, one focal length and that, along with how it feels, is why I love this camera so much - it's simplicity.
There is something very wonderful about simple, you can only shoot at 35mm, this eliminates many further questions, many further choices and leaves you with a very simple choice shall I move my feet forward or back and if I can't, what's the best picture I can take from here? Is this a perfect camera, errr no. Is it slow to focus - yes, does it just not turn on sometimes - yes. Is this enormously frustrating sometimes - yes, but that in itself makes it brilliant. There has been enough written over the years of this beautiful camera about the technicals and the aesthetics and it's more recent additions.
So all I'd like to add is this, when I go on a shoot with all my other gear, this camera is always in the bag, when I go out for a walk or for a meeting, this is the camera I reach for, when I go on holiday with the family, it's always with us.
I bought it because I was going to the Olympic Games in London and didn't want the distraction of having tonnes of gear with me, little did I know that the x100 and I would still be on a journey of discovery together and it would still be making me smile every time I turn it on. Who really needs perfect...
My good friend John at Freax Adventures runs team building activities across the UK and he was looking for something that would convey the excitement and sophistication of his courses which involve target and live fire shooting. John kept talking about looking "suave" which meant jeans and t shirts were not required! I put the coffee on, cracked open the biscuits and a few hours later we had a plan. Phone calls were made, things begged, borrowed and hired, timings agreed and co-ordinated. Suited and glamorous assassins, very real looking guns, fast cars, a beautiful location and plenty of signs to say the guns were fake and please don't call the police! A great day with great friends, loved it.
Full time social media expert and trainer. Part time real ale drinker. From my personal project "A Portrait Of Birmingham".
This is Mike Gates. Full time printer and rebel, part time musician. From my personal project, "A Portrait Of A City".
There are some jobs in the world where you think how on earth did they end up doing that, and then the thought process goes on to think, why would they do that. As a kid I remember dreaming of being a racing driver or a rally driver but not once did it ever cross my mind to sit in the seat next to the driver, I mean why would you? Hurtling past trees in excess of 100 mph with absolutely no control of the outcome. Meet Andy Bull, the co- driver. The film was shot as part of my entry to the "My Rode Reel" film competition. Sadly I didn't win the global award but I did finish 2nd in the UK in the voted for competition. Big thanks to the team of Peter Austin - Director of Photography, Mark Zaccarria - drone pilot, Jack Painter - assistant, Seb Perez - Driver and of course Andy Bull - co driver.
As part of the film entry I had to submit a BTS film featuring our Rode microphones. If you want to see the team and our love of Wagon Wheels watch below...
Back in January I was approached by the Rat Pack Boys to organise a photo shoot to help them relaunch their new website and brand. Finding a suitable location for the look they were after proved very tricky due to wanting an old world feel with a modern twist. Eventually the wonderful people at Berrow Court in Birmingham came to our rescue and offered us the run of their building for the day.
Here are a couple of the images ...
Here's something a little different from one of my long term projects. The old Nat West Tower is being demolished and I was tasked with taking a portrait of the crane operator some 350 feet up in the air for PR purposes in the regional news as well as national construction press. Taking only minimal gear due to the limited space afforded by the 22 ladders to the top, this was portrait photography on a different level! (Thank you very much I'm here all week!). For those who are interested I took the Profoto B2 pack with one light and the octagonal OCF soft box due to their size and weight advantages. It proved really useful having the additional power over a speed light due to the weather conditions and the dark clouds that gathered as we climbed the tower. Matt from Headline PR acted as a moveable light stand as well as conducting the interview with Bob. It certainly made for a memorable shoot with a 350 foot drop inches away while the wind blew hard and the rain periodically lashed down.
Here's the abbreviated article and some of the images from the shoot.Read More