Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Motion Graphics for new "Hammer Horror" documentary.

My old friend Marcus Hearn has directed a new feature length documentary all about Hammer Horror films from the late60s/early70s. Fans of these classic movies should definitely look out for "Hammer Horror the Warner Bros Years" coming soon. I had great fun providing some motion graphics for this in a somewhat retro styley adding plenty of film weave, light leaks and dodgy 'opticals', all rendered in a suitably diabolic palette of red and black of course .... Mwa ha ha. Taste ze trailer here ...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New Video: Simon's Cat Logic ep08 'Hunting'

Here's the eighth episode in the series 'Simon's Cat Logic' I have been putting together (directing/shooting/editing) for Simon's Cat Ltd.

Friday, December 16, 2016

'Bear Hunt' Behind the Scenes

Channel 4 have released a lovely 'Making Of' film about our work on "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" at Lupus Films. I'm really proud to have been a part of this whole thing. There's even a shot of me chatting to the book's original illustrator Helen Oxenbury as we were putting together the snow storm sequence ... 1:39-1:45 ; )

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Back From the 'Bear Hunt.'

Well I've not posted much to this blog recently, and now I can reveal the reason! For the last 6 months I've been working in at Lupus Films where we have been making "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" for Channel Four TV here in the UK. The half hour animated special will be shown on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but the official trailer has been released online now, so you can have a peek at what's to come. The film is successfully delivered now, so my role as Lead Compositor is done. Back to more freelance projects now, and once again, very much available for new work ; )

Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Video: Simon's Cat Logic ep07 'Feeding'

Here's the seventh episode in the series 'Simon's Cat Logic' I have been putting together (directing/shooting/editing) for Simon's Cat Ltd.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Video: Simon's Cat Logic ep06 'Cleaning

Here's the sixth episode in the series 'Simon's Cat Logic' I have been putting together (directing/shooting/editing) for Simon's Cat Ltd.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

New Video: Simon's Cat Logic ep05 'Sleeping Places'

Here's the fifth episode in the series 'Simon's Cat Logic' I have been putting together (directing/shooting/editing) for Simon's Cat Ltd.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

New Video: CAR SHOW (Enfield Motor Pageant)

This is a mini-documentary shot in Enfield UK on Bank Holiday Monday 30/05/16.

I've been making a lot of corporate films and content for the Simon's Cat channel recently, but not really had any time to make any of 'my own stuff'. Earlier this year I bought a pre-owned Panasonic GH4, I hadn't spent much time with this camera yet, so I took it along to a local classic car show for a few hours...

I was just 'collecting' shots really, but then towards the end of my afternoon at the show I met the M.C. for the event 'Baz'. In between making announcements, he agreed to sit down with me in the commentary booth to record a short interview which I captured using my Tascam DR07MKii recorder.

In the edit, I thought it might be nice to string the footage of the show together around this audio interview, and see if the whole thing would work without any 'talking head' sync. interview at all.

Anyway, for those interested in the gear used, this was all shot on the GH4 using just one lens, the Canon 50mm f1.4 (adapted with the Speedbooster XL). I used a Tiffen VariND to keep the aperture wide open, so most of this was shot at the f1.4 stop! Everyone else is probably getting a bit tired of the 'shallow DOF' look by now, but I'm very late to the party and still wanted to see how much of this I could get with the little micro 4/3 sensor. I've probably overdone that somewhat... Also, I never had a camera with 96 fps before either, so I couldn't resist using that a lot too. All the normal speed footage was shot 4K in the UHD/25fps mode. To grade this I applied FilmConvert using pretty much the 'Fuji Provia' preset and occasional aperture adjustment on some shots.

I made this film just to 'scratch an itch' really: I wanted to shoot and edit a little project speedily and just put it out there ...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Video: Simon's Cat Logic ep04 'Boxes'

Here's the fourth episode in the series 'Simon's Cat Logic' I have been putting-together (directing/shooting/editing) for Simon's Cat Ltd.

Friday, April 22, 2016

New Video: Simon's Cat Logic ep03 'Let Me In / Let Me Out'

Here's the third episode of 'Simon's Cat Logic'. This is the web series I make for Simon's Cat Ltd. Simon's Cat creator Simon Tofield and cat behaviour expert Nicky Trevorrow discuss the 'ins and outs' of cat behaviour.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Music Video: 'Hopes & Dreams'

Here's a music video I've just made for singer/songwriter Joe Burch. We shot this on one rainy February Saturday a couple of weeks ago in Islington. Joe has just published this to his YouTube channel and social networks, so I'm now able to link up to it here. It was great fun shooting with Joe that day, and we had to work pretty quickly to get all of this together.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Simon's Cat Logic: ep2 gets a million views

Here's the second episode in the web series Simon's Cat Logic I put together for Simon's Cat Ltd. Launched for Valentine's Day a couple of weeks ago, this episode asks 'Do cats fall in love?'. The series features Simon's Cat creator Simon Tofield together with cat behaviour expert Nicky Trevorrow and is a Simon's Cat/Cats Protection collaboration.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Explainer Video made for IFRS

I have just delivered this short two minute explainer video for IFRS. International Financial Reporting Standards provide a way of reporting financial data that is rapidly gaining acceptance worldwide as the defacto standard for financial reporting.

Needless to say the subject matter has it's complications, but I think the client did a great job in honing their script down to the essential messages. The result is a video which explains IFRS to newcomers in just enough detail to hopefully stimulate their further interest.

Above is the link to the English language version, but I have also delivered a version with a voice-over in Spanish too.

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Video Series: Simon's Cat Logic

This is the first episode of a new series of videos I'm putting together (directing/shooting/editing) for Simon's Cat Ltd. It's a fun and factual series of videos featuring Simon Tofield talking about his work with cat behaviour tips from Nicky Trevorrow of Cats Protection.

The live action interviews were shot using the Canon C100 camera (both mark 1 & 2 models were used here), the first edit is done in Premiere then the fancy second edit in After Effects.

I hope the Internet enjoy this video, there are more to follow ...

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

New Promo Video for the Carpet Design Awards 2016

This is the online video I've just delivered to help promote the Carpet Design Awards 2016. The annual event takes place in Hanover Germany each January and is a showcase for all the best in contemporary carpet design. I directed, made the motion graphics and edited this promo video. The video includes video footage from the previous show which I didn't shoot.

The production was made for Hali Publications Ltd., the same firm I delivered the 'Ottoman Art' exhibition film for last year.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Book Promo Video for Simon's Cat

Today is the launch of Simon Tofield's new cartoon book 'Off To The Vet.'
I shot and cut this promotional/interview video for Simon's Cat Ltd. and the publisher Canongate Books.

I've been working on quite a few more 'corporate' video projects over the last couple of months, but most of these are 'secret' things that can't be shared. It's nice that the video work I make for Simon's Cat at least gets a decent airing. I wish Simon and his team continuing success.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thomas & Friends YouTube Content: New Zealand

Here's another episode of the online series put together by Spider Eye for Hit Entertainment. In this episode Thomas travels to New Zealand.

I made the motion graphics title sequence (first 20 seconds) for this web series.  On this particular episode got to colour-in all the New Zealand backgrounds too.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

New product video for Nevion: 'Flashlink'

The product video I made recently for Nevion has just appeared on their YouTube channel. (see video embedded above.) Nevion Flashlink is an optical transfer system for sending multiple signals from one location to another in real-time.

The client had the script written already, and I sourced the US male voice-over for them. For this video I built a simplified model of the product in Cinema 4D, then combined this with text and graphics I put-together in After Effects. Turnaround time for this kind of video is usually around three weeks.

The Nevion team will be at the IBC show in Amsterdam this week, I wish them a successful and fruitful time at the exhibition.

Using C4D


I've been using Maxon Cinema 4D for many of the corporate/web videos I've been making since I bought the software last year. I tend to make pretty simple 3D stuff to incorporate into these projects; learning just a little more about it each time I get to use it. I seem to be more interested in making 'graphical' work with it rather than photo-realistic stuff.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

My Past Year in Videos

About this time last year, the directors of TANDEM Films decided to call it a day and announced the closure of the company. So having worked at the studio for twelve years, I was out in the world looking for work ...

As a family man and mortgagee I had to find an income somehow from my skills and experiences, so I started offering my services on a freelance basis to anyone who might value them. Job offers didn't exactly flood in, so I decided to start making calls, sending out emails and see if I could start generating some work.

So over the last year I have been somehow been finding video projects to make. Some of the fruits of this labour can be seen here...

July 2014

Simon's Cat 'Off To The Vet: a behind the scenes glimpse. 01:56
A promotional 'Behind The Scenes' film featuring Simon Tofield storyboarding his new film project 'Off to The Vet'

August 2014

Simon's Cat 'Off To The Vet: Story Inspiration. 02:16
A promotional film featuring Simon Tofield and his new film project 'Off to The Vet'

September 2014

FusePump, BuyNow Explained 02:00
An 'explainer' film for FusePump to show how their BuyNow web marketing product works.

October 2014

Arte Ottomana 1450-1600 08:45
An 8 minute documentary for Hali Publishing to accompany an exhibition of Ottoman era artworks showing at the Palazzo Lomellino gallery in Genoa. (Italian with Enflish over-titles).

November 2014

Simon's Cat 'Off To The Vet: Vet Visit'
A promotional documentary for Simon's Cat Ltd. documenting a visit to the Cats Protection Charity Headquarters by Simon's Cat creator Simon Tofield.

December 2014

Thomas & Friends YouTube content (intro only). 0:20
I made the 20 seconds motion graphics introduction now being used by Hit! Entertainment to brand all of their Thomas & Friends YouTube video content. Produced by Spider Eye.

January 2015
Sofreh: The The Art of Persian Celebration. 8:00
I made a motion graphics 'slide show' to play at the London book launch of a very special art book by author Maryam Khosrowshahi and Hali Publishing. (The video shows much of the book content and can't be viewed here.)

February 2015

Vanderpump & Sykes Solicitors 6:00
A longer 8 minute version of this motion graphics film plays on a continual loop at the headquarters of this legal firm.

March 2015 1:23

April 2015

Nevion Product videos 4 x 1:40
I made 4 product videos for this tech company producing studio equipment for the broadcast industry. .

May 2015
Currently unrelaeased app. demo video 1:20
More Photoshop background artwork made for Thomas & Friends.

June 2015
Some After Effects compositing work for an old TANDEM colleague...

So if anybody out there is remotely interested, that's most of what I've been doing for the year since TANDEM closed down.