Our Entry To "My Rode Reel" Film Competition

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...

Warren and Graham - Swing Singers

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 ...

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Welcome To Bob's World

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.

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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Photo Shoot

I've always loved the theatre, so I was very excited when an opportunity came up to shoot a series of images for the Wolverhampton Grand and working with the fabulously creative people in their marketing team and their performers. The shoot was all about selling the theatre rather than a specific show and the wide variety of entertainment and performances they produce, so no one genre could dominate the images. Working with their marketing team and their agency we'd recce'd and planned a series of images using characters from many of the genres they perform at the theatre. As with all shoots where you have lots of elements coming together the whole team had to pull together to create the scenes we had planned and my two assistants Ben and Jack did a fabulous job of getting everyone and everything in the right place and on time.

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As you can imagine there was never a dull moment working with the kind of excellent actors and performers that were there with us. Trying to keep the mood high and buzzing isn't that difficult when you have a pantomime dame, a genie and Dr Frank-N-Furter all vying for the best spot! Maybe I should hire them on some of our industrial shoots!

We used the fabulous Profoto B1 lights and the D1 1000 Watt lights to help us with the look and feel. The ease of use of the wireless B1's enabling us to take them anywhere within the theatre that we were shooting without having too worry about power or wires becoming tangled, and when we needed more power the D1's worked perfectly. Again thanks to Jack and Ben for lugging all the gear around, up and down stairs and all over the auditorium, I'm glad their both young and fit!

Agency: BHD Creative   Styling: Wolverhampton Theatre   Hair and Make up: Actors and performers own.

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Outtakes: Pantomime Dame feeling a little lonely while waiting for the others arrive...

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I'm not sure what was said or who did what!

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TNT Magazine

Back in August last year, our friends at TNT UK called looking for a series of images of their new Swindon depot and the people who were in training to work there. It was a challenging shoot due to the contrast of the beautiful sunny day (not many of them last year) and relative dark of the warehouse facility. I knew before turning up that the trainees would all be knuckling down to learning their new roles and therefore the shoot would be very fluid so I'd planned my approach accordingly, going with the new Profoto B1 lighting system for its on camera control and lack of trip hazard wires, very important in a dynamic work area. The shoot was great fun, the lighting gear worked seamlessly and the trainees were fabulous and all helped out as much as they could.  

TNT Swindon Depot Magazine Photo Shoot

TNT Swindon Depot Magazine Photo Shoot

TNT Swindon Depot Magazine Photo Shoot

TNT Swindon Depot Magazine Photo Shoot

TNT Swindon Depot Magazine Photo Shoot

TNT Swindon Depot Magazine Photo Shoot

Holiday Park Lifestyle Shoot

Last Year I was commissioned to shoot a series of British summer time lifestyle images for an independent holiday park in the South West. Unfortunately as many of you will be aware the summer wasn't really a blue sky, white fluffy cloud kind of summer. So despite persistent rainy forecasts the models were booked,  the crew assembled and the props bought and borrowed we plumped for a date and crossed our fingers. Well not quite, what we actually did was to plan three photo shoots, one for glorious weather, one for intermittent and another in case of an all day downpour. As it turned out version two was the winner!  

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A Game Of Cricket

I've always enjoyed personal projects, whether they are in depth complicated productions or as with this one, a more laid back and go with the flow affair. I had the fantastic privilege to spend a day following the trials and tribulations of the semi pro team at Berkswell Cricket Club, photographing some of their ex England and county players, Aussie county level and aspirational cricketers. I wanted to keep the photo shoot at a discrete level so the players would relax and let me peak behind the curtain of their game. I wanted to see the real emotion, the anticipation, the delight and the exasperation. What I really wanted too was to produce a set of images that spoke to people who really understand the game and its intricacies, not the big hook shot you see in the newspapers but the little things that make it such a wonderful game to play and experience.  

The Umpires

The Umpires

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Berkswell Cricket Club

Berkswell Cricket Club

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Wicket keeper holding the ball

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