Me and My Shadow, the experimental motion capture short film I made with some friends, Centroid and Lighthouse Arts, is now complete. Here it is, you may want to watch it twice.
Me And My Shadow – MoCap
In the summer I worked with Lighthouse and Centroid at Shepperton Studios to experiment with new ways of using motion capture technology. Here is a quick preview photo of the experimental film we worked on – Me And My Shadow. Here the shadows tell us the truth behind the facade of a relationship.
Now you can watch the Citi 200 commercials, a series of 60 second long history documentary style commercials for Citibank, all in one place!
UPDATE: This series has been shortlisted for a Focal Award for best use of archive in an advert or short production.
Brand Films and Training Videos for the UK’s biggest brands
It’s been a busy month – working with DRP to direct films for some of Britain’s best known brands, including luxury cars at Jaguar and high-end SUVs at Land Rover. It’s a return to luxury brands for me, having previously worked with Gucci, but the first time I’ve made car films; so much fun, albeit a little different for this committed cyclist!
My episode of Working Lives, on Georgia, is currently on air globally on BBC World News. At the moment I can only put a cut down version of the film online which gives a flavour of the piece. If you would like to view the full length version get in touch and I will send it to you.
I produced, directed and edited the programme.
Working Lives: Georgia – BBC Documentary
6 min cut down
Here is a quick shot from the behind the scenes of a motion capture experimental film I directed at Centroid yesterday. That’s me at the back, directing while watching the pre-vis. Thanks to Lighthouse Arts, Centroid, and my collaborators.
People sometimes ask me if I can direct multi-cam. They usually mean between 3 and 6 cameras. How about 80+ cameras? That’s how many we used for Me & My Shadow.
My documentary programme for BBC World News, Working Lives: Georgia, which looks at the people, lifestyles, society and economy of the former Soviet republic is currently on air on BBC World News. It’s the first time I have been credited as producer, director and editor for a broadcast half hour documentary. (Editor is the new one, in case you are confused!)
The programme is likely to be seen by 250 million people, but sadly you can’t get it if you are in the UK. As soon as I am allowed I’ll publish it on my site.
Wrapped in Georgia – Nadaav, Tom and Alek
I’m just back from a shoot in Georgia (the country) for BBC Working Lives on BBC World News. It’s a documentary about the politics and economics of Georgia through a look at some of the people living and working there. I am producing, directing and editing the 30 min piece. Continue reading
In 2008 I produced and directed a short documentary in Georgia, USA. Finally I will get to shoot in the other Georgia. Later this month I’m flying off to Tblisi to produce, direct and edit an episode of Working Lives, a BBC World News documentary series.
If you’re wondering why it’s all gone a little quiet on this page lately, it’s because I’m over here a lot : www.nadaav.com/soundasleep – that’s the microsite for Sound Asleep – a short film comedy I have written and am directing. It’s the first in a series of Bed Time Stories. I’m also spending a lot of time on Sound Asleep’s facebook page – packed full of photos, videos and fun stuff.
Crowd Funding and Flash Mob
My team and I are doing loads of promotion at the moment, ahead of our imminent crowd funding campaign. We even led the charge at the massive Trafalgar Square Pillow Fight on Saturday. According to our facebook, at least 900 of the 1800 pillow fighters came down cos we got them excited about it, but it’s probably a lot more, as we managed to get all the London blogs and listings mags excited too.
And our fast turnaround facebook video has had a reach of 120,000 in its first three hours online.
We’ve just uploaded the YouTube version…
BBC World News / Citi 200 documentary commercial
Another of the Citi 200 commercials, Cities Reborn, a 60 second documentary about the Marshall Plan to rebuild post WII Europe, is now on air on BBC World News. It has some never before seen augmented reality visual effects.
We had a lot of fun making the graphical rebuilds of Berlin. I’ll explain how it was done…
The History of the ATM
Another in the series of four Citibank Citi 200 years commercials is now being broadcast on BBC World News. The Blizzard of Change is a documentary style commercial that was shot in New York and Singapore. It tells the story of the introduction of the ATM and brings us up to date with 360 Stations – the ATM’s natural successor that will change how we interact with our banks once again. The film features some great 1970s commercials and some clever but very subtle visual effects – can you spot them? (I’ll explain below).
BBC World News and Citi (Citibank) have just started transmission of the third in my series of branded documentary commercials: Transforming World Trade: The Panama Canal. The film tells Canal’s construction with some exceptional early archive footage.
BBC World News / Citi 200 documentary commercial
Shot in New York, Uniting the Kingdom and the States is a 60 second documentary about the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable and its impact on markets around the world.
Citi 200 Years documentary commercials airs this weekend
Those outside the UK will have the chance to watch a first screening, and for those with short attention spans it’s just perfect – an entire history lesson in 60 seconds. It’s the story of how the 1866 Transatlantic Telegraph Cable changed the world. It’s a commercial / branded content documentary for Citi (formerly known as Citibank) and is the first in a series of four. Continue reading
I thought I should write something about my attitude towards the environment, and how you might see it when you work with me.
It is possible to make great films and be environmental
I take environmental matters seriously, and have a well below average carbon footprint. The main way you might notice this when working with me is that I will probably turn up to most meetings and shoots in cycling gear. Not because I like lycra (I don’t), just because I cycle everywhere. Well, everywhere within reason, but come rain or shine and even in the current snow I am on my bike.
Tell/Don’t Tell interactive film complete
A first look version of the interactive drama I have been working on recently is now available to view. This ungraded version just follows one path of the possible story; a full version and a cut down are to follow.
Choose Your Own Adventure style corporate video
I am working with Inside Job Productions, a social enterprise, to make an interactive video for charity Red Kite Learning. The film, called Tell/Don’t Tell is aimed at ex-prisoners and ex-offenders, and considers some of the key decisions they must make following release, especially around getting a job and disclosing their criminal records to potential employers. Continue reading