Newly Edited Commercial Showreel

In addition to my showreel for cinematic filmmaking, I have now put together a showreel for some of my commercial work, including animation, for promoting business services.

The clips used in the commercial showreel are featured on websites and social media of the companies that commissioned them. The animation is for The BPc, a company that wanted an eye-catching video to let clients know that it can create eye-catching videos. The roller-shutters and mobility scooters are product demonstrations for the companies that supply them; the other clip is an information video featuring the company’s director responding to questions about their newly launched service.

To clarify my roles in chronological order:

  • The first of these clips was the roller-shutters and I was cinematographer and camera (I had previously been camera operator on another shoot for the same company).
  • Having edited an earlier video for Alpha Beta Partners, I was asked to direct and produce their next video, included in the showreel.
  • I was director of a small crew for the mobility company shoot.
  • For the animation, following a very brief brief, I was given free reign regarding the concept, filming and editing. The final clip was well received.

I hope you like what I’ve done! Why not add a comment? Thanks.

Freelance Videographer

It seems that I have found my niche for now. Having edited a startup company’s i-phone video as a favour, I proceeded to give them some tips on how it could easily be improved. Next thing I know, an improved video is emailed to me with a request for editing plus a promise of payment and future work!

Recently, they wanted to film a short informal QA session in their offices and invited me along for a preliminary meeting. The room has harsh overhead lights, glass partitions (the main office and windows are visible through the partition), a single-glazed window on the opposite wall (which overlooks the cross-rail construction site) and reflective whiteboard, TV screen and framed glass fixed wall hanging on the other two walls.

As a startup company, they have many expenses and have to manage the budget carefully so we had to work with what we had. The best backdrop was the frosted panel on the glass partitions so the “video star” was positioned there as I set up the frame, still using an i-phone as the latest ones are excellent for this job.

Several takes were needed to ensure that there would be enough usable footage for editing without disruptive external noises. The shoot took less than half a day, so did editing/re-edit requests (excluding time spent travelling and preliminary discussions). During editing, I added sub-titles and corporate branding.

  • Film equipment used: i-phone and backup camera (each with tripods)
  • Editing software used: Final Cut Pro

It would be great to have lights, diffusers, external mic, backdrops and blue/green screen if this freelance work continues.

Here is the final version of the corporate video:

Contact me if you require my services in London / Herts.

Corporate Videos

As a result of editing a business video that had been shot on an iphone, I’ve been asked to assist with a series of corporate information videos over the next few weeks/months. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!

That initial video has been uploaded to the company’s social media at Linked In, Facebook and Twitter. I added the logo to the footage and the contact slide at the end. I also suggested that, for future videos, it would be useful to include typed dialogue for people to follow if they want to know what’s being said if they are watching without sound.

I’ll keep you posted via this blog.

Work Experience: Project Hydra

Well, it’s taken a while but when the National Geographic documentary that I was hoping to work on was pulled, I was ‘resting’ until this new project was offered. Too early to reveal much at the moment but I’m hoping to spend the next few weeks editing footage for another documentary for TV.

I was asked to meet one of the producers of Project Hydra for lunch at his private club in London – great start! We seemed to get on really well; he asked about my editing skills and gave me some background information about the subject of the documentary.

I’ve looked through some of the video footage and hope to start work on it soon as there is a deadline for a short version to be ready by July. Assuming that goes well, there may be more to come…

July 2015 update… the project was completed on time, except that no further footage emerged therefore it was a much shorter film than anticipated.

Work Experience: Caz Stuart

In October, I was introduced to Caz Stuart (website) who invited me to spend the day at Storm HD studios in London (stormhd.tv) which was interesting and exciting.

Caz asked if I would be interested in helping on future projects from time to time and I said yes. In December, she asked me to do some research for a new documentary series that she is working on for National Geographic, which I duly did.

I have been asked if I’d like to help with editing on the same project when the time comes.

February 2015 update… the project was cancelled 😦

 Photo taken by cousin Carolyn.

 

‘How to’ videos for using new doors

I assisted The BPc with filming two videos for one of their clients who has developed a new style of patio door.

The client sells folding patio doors but their new doors have a much narrower door frame which means more glass for taking in a panoramic view. This is possible because, instead of folding, the doors slide then open. It’s quite hard to explain which is why we made the videos, which are below.

Above are double glazed patio doors that can also be used as room dividers, below are single glazed doors with a mirror finish option.

All doors featured are from SunSeeker Doors.

When the Odds are Evens – Book Cover

At the end of 2013, author Colin Lord wanted a cover designed for his e-book novel, When The Odds Are Evens, to show significant items from the storyline, suggesting a speedboat, a sniper and some gold bars.

Having sourced a free-to-use image of a powerboat (unfortunately not a Sunseeker Manhattan 66), the design needed to include the other elements. I overlaid a black foreground which enabled a silhouette of a sniper to be included and divided the image in a way that the gold bars could be incorporated into the design. I recoloured the image to blood-red to convey the impression of danger.

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It was important to create a strong brand for the author’s name to be used on subsequent book covers. Below is the final cover.

book cover design

The book is available on Amazon/Kindle. I am credited with the cover design.

Work Experience: MTV Viacom

Whilst on a college trip to a seminar with students from NHC and two other colleges, I was chosen for one of a handful of work experience weeks on offer. My week was spent in London with MTV and Comedy Central, part of Viacom/Nickelodeon.

I was assigned to various tasks within different departments. One of the jobs was to watch forthcoming episodes of TV shows (such as Catfish, 16 and Pregnant) for irregularities. I was also shown a trailer for a new show in the making, The Valleys.

Some of the guys I met there are really cool; it seems like a good place to work.

It was my second work experience week in media. When I was at school, I contacted the local radio station (Heartbeat, renamed to Jack) and they agreed to let me work with them for a week. I spent some time in the studio sorting playlists and researching the competition (i.e. Heart) but my favourite part was accompanying the Outside Broadcast team and helping with interviews.

This was useful experience when NHC launched their online radio.