Another venture for Brain Candy Films. This time we were commissioned by Evolving Digital Agency to create 5 films with TGI Friday’s for the launch of their new look website.
The brief was to celebrate the themes of celebration, cocktail preparation, the dining experience and food cooked fresh on the grill. We also had to create an overview video that summarised the whole TGI Friday’s experience, which would sit on the homepage of the website. You can see the films live on the TGI Friday’s website or check them out below.
We were very excited to use the new ARRI Alexa digital cinema camera on this project, which is the same camera they’re shooting the new James Bond movie with!
Take a look at the films and let me know what you think.
On behalf of Brain Candy I recently directed and shot this TV commercial for the Vitality Show in collaboration with One Dead Pixel.
The Vitality Show, in association with Activia, is the UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing event for women and is held at Earls Court in London. It’s a huge event, attracting more than 40,000 visitors per year and is organised by VOS Media, who also produce the Outdoors Show, Ski & Snowboard Show and the Bike Show. To promote the show this year they decided to branch out into TV advertising and approached our good friends over at One Dead Pixel. We’ve been working with ODP for many years so it came as no surprise when they approached us to make the advert.
I recently setup a new enterprise, Brain Candy Films, with my long term editing and creative partner, Ashley Allen.
I am still working as a freelance DOP and director but Brain Candy will give me the freedom to explore more creative opportunites. We will mostly be focussing on commercial work to begin with but will still be keeping our hand in the music video industry and branch out into more narrative drama in the future.
I’m very excited about the future of Brain Candy as we’ve got some big, ambitious, audacious plans and we mean to pull them off. Keep posted!!
Take a look at our new showreel and let me know what you think.
I found out recently that the music videos we made for The Special Ks (Crystal Fields and BOA) plus the one we made for Mamas Gun (Reconnection), have been getting regular airplay throughout the year on MTV and NME TV.
I’m so happy for the bands, as they’re all such great guys and deserve all the recognition they get.
Over the last few months I’ve shot a number of projects with One Dead Pixel for PRS For Music. They’re the people that are responsible for music copyright licensing and the distribution of royalties to their members. They also sponsor the Ivor Novello Awards and have done for 50 years!
The music industry has been changing rapidly over the last few years and with the increase in piracy and internet downloading it’s made the job of licensing music a challenging one, so PRS are keen to promote the way in which their organisation has evolved to keep up. They commissioned us to shoot a series of interviews with key figure from the organisation, talking about how their departments have performed in these difficult times.
Last night was the UK premiere of the Somnambulists at The Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square. This is the feature film I shot earlier in the year for director, Richard Jobson, which I wrote about here.
It was packed house and I’m very delighted to say the film got a fantastic reception from the audience. It was so weird to see our hard work up there on the big screen and in such a prestigious setting. In the screen next to us Hugh Jackman was screening his own premiere for Real Steel!! It was a very surreal evening to say the least.
It’s received some high praise:
Created as a response to our collective apathy to the war in Iraq, this new film marks something of an intriguing departure for Richard Jobson. Inspired by the photographs of Joanna Kane, whose haunting work explores the space between life and death, Jobson has gathered together the testimonies of servicemen and women participating in the conflict in Basra. Contributors are starkly but effectively filmed against a black backdrop, so we concentrate on their words, without distraction. Between these semi-documentary portraits are poetic fragments, glimpses of the lives they have left behind or might have had. Regular soldiers, a bomb disposal expert, a couple of medics and a commanding officer all bear witness to the recurring themes of the conflict: heat, dust, confusion, bravery, camaraderie, vulnerability, terror, loss. For the most part these are ordinary people sent to do an extraordinary job, and varied as their testimonies are, their cumulative effect leaves little doubt of the human cost and tragedy of this war. Jobson is a filmmaker who always works at the cutting edge of technology; here he uses that craft to powerful and memorable effect.
The film is now off around the world to many other film festivals so it may be a while yet before anyone else in the UK gets to see it. Boo! But as soon as it is released I’ll be posting up a link here.
Once again I hooked up with Candelion Records to shoot a music video The Special Ks and their latest single, Crystal Fields. The band have been making big waves over the last 12 months, playing loads of big venues and festivals, and now count Jamie Oliver amongst their celebrity fans. After hearing their new track the script for the video practically wrote itself.
It was shot over 2 days in Birmingham, including several scenes at the Custard Factory. We were lucky to find Anastasia Popova to play the lead role opposite the band’s lead singer Howard and she was perfect for the role. The projection mapping was orchestrated by the extremely talented Liam “Blendstate” D’Authreau, showing the home movie memories of our protagonist as the band performs.
The video has been a big success so far, getting regular airplay on MTV & NME TV.
I was recently commissioned to shoot a project for Malibu at 1,500fps. The concept was very simple: they wanted to show 4 malibu inspired cocktails being assembled in glorious super slow motion.
We shoot took place at Waterloo Studios in London and it was a lot of fun. I’d done my homework and knew we’d need a LOT of light so we had over 30Kw of HMI lighting with flicker free ballasts. Needless to say the studio got quite warm! We were shooting on the Redlake Y5, belonging to Quench Studios, which is capable of shooting gull 1080p HD at 1,500fps and up to 60,000 fps at reduced resolutions.
We had a specialist food technologist on hand to prepare the drinks and with all of the camera and lighting working perfectly, what could go wrong? Well as it turned out the star of the show ended up being a bit of a diva! Despite having built a custom rig to deliver the perfect shot of malibu and mixer at the right velocity, it proved extremely tricky to bring all of the elements together at exactly the right millisecond to capture perfectly at such slow speeds. And then when it came to dropping slices of fruit into the glasses, our gaffer turned fruit wrangler discovered just how hard it is to get right!
Eventually everything came together to make the shots work but it was a long day. I think the should add alcohol to the list of children and animals, as things you should never work with! ;-)
Here’s a behind the scenes video shot by the producer, Richard Wood.
A good friend of mine Daryl Atkins is one of those ridiculously multi-talented individuals that are capable of mastering everything they touch. To make it worse he’s one of the nicest people you could hope to meet! So when he called me up and asked me to come down to London and help out on the music video shoot for his band, Arcane Roots, I couldn’t say no.
Arcane Roots are an amazing 3 piece band who were recently signed to Sony and are set to make it big. In the words of others much more qualified than me:
“Arcane Roots are all about the musical muscle, blending their own brand of At The Drive-In grit with massive Biffy hooks…The production of their latest tunes is ruddy huge…” [Total Guitar]
“Surrey Trio with an ear for melody and appetite for destruction…They look set for a big 2011” [Kerrang!]
The shoot was a lot of fun and the end result looks fantastic, well done boys!
Once again I was approached by Candelion Records to make a pop promo for one of their bands. This time round it was for internationally acclaimed funk pop band, Mamas Gun, and their new single “Reconnection”.
When I heard the tune I was hooked and it almost immediately inspired this Alice In Wonderland homage. The video was shot with a 2 man crew over 2 days, and in locations as far and wide as Coventry, Leamington, Bekonscot Model Village and Clacton-on-Sea, due to the band members’ hectic diaries and limited availability. Immediately after the shoot the band jetted off to Korea on tour.
Fact: In 2011 Mamas Gun were the most played international act in Japan!