I recently completed a third series of day in the life style recruitment videos for magic circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The films are in a style that I developed for the firm a year ago. They asked for something a bit more exciting and energetic than typical law firm films – something that showed the excitement but also resilience required to be a trainee at the firm. The videos were shot in London and New York. You can read about the technical and legal issues involved here.
Freshfields Films Delivered
This week I delivered the latest series of films for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. This is the 6th series I have made for them and cements a great relationship with a great client. The films are similar to the last series I made for them in the UK, but have a more international theme, including a shoot in New York City. The legalities and insurance issues around filming in USA, especially when using a mixture of UK and US kit and crew are always a little complex. In the spirit of sharing, here’s what I learned.
The first short to screen at two successive Raindance festivals
Well it’s the film that keeps on giving. Just got a call from Raindance Film Festival who will screen The Opera Singer for a second year running. It’s the first time ever a short has screened at two successive Raindance Festivals. This time it will show in front of the Argentinian feature, Beyond The Road. I’m flattered and excited, after all it was made in a weekend for about £90, midwinter in deepest darkest Hackney.
Meanwhile here are some behind the scenes photos from the shoot by Jane Hobson.Read More
The Opera Singer, my first live-action comedy, starring Lindsay Richardson, Hugo Danino and Pete J Collis, is now complete. After an initial screening at London Short Film Festival earlier this year I went back to the edit to re-cut it so it no longer required its innovative live interactive soundtrack. The soundtrack was wonderful and technically challenging – it required placing around 20 mobile phones in different spots in the cinema – a great experience for the viewer when they all start to go off, but impossible for me to orchestrate in each and every festival it goes to, and of course when you watch it online in your own homes!
The film will soon screen at film festivals across the UK and Europe. So far screenings are planned for Raindance Film Festival and Branchage Festival in Jersey.
Update: After 25 UK film festival screenings and a commendation on Virgin Media Shorts, you can now watch the film here.
I’ve just gone into production on a 6th series of corporate videos for magic circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. It’s another series of recruitment videos, shot in a lively and exciting style that I developed for the firm last year. Should be a busy month! I’ll post them when they are up – in the mean time feel free to check out the last two series I made for them: in China, and in London.
I have just completed directing a 40 second TV commercial for Lebara Mobile, featuring their new charity campaign aiming to build schools and enhancing education in ten under developed countries.
The film featured lots of children singing and playing, here in the UK as well as some filming with street children in Ghana and India. It’s the first time in years that I have worked with so many children and it was really exciting and refreshing.
I worked with some regular collaborators and some new ones. Here’s the film.
It’s been a manic couple of days. I received a call on Tuesday evening from MEC, whom I have worked with once before on some long form commercials for Fortis Bank. Those films were pretty exciting – shoots in London, Paris, Munich, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi Island, Georgia (USA) and South Carolina (USA).
Super Fast Turnaround Pilot
This time the challenge I was asked was very different: can I propose a documentary story, research, cast, shoot, edit and deliver a pilot for a branded content series by Monday morning? Yes that’s right, just 5 days, including a weekend – so just 3 working days. Oh, you’ve got a couple of hundred pounds and it’s got to look polished and sharp!
Tomorrow I am off to the West Country to shoot a Discovery Channel project for TwoFour Broadcast. This is the second little project I have done for them and I am really liking working with them. The projects are funded pilots for Discovery Channel, one themed around archaeology and the other on weather science. It’s the first time I have worked on archeology since Time Team for Channel 4, and I’m really loving it.
I am currently working on a series of films for NHS Direct. The films are a mixture of sensitive medical case studies and medical and scientific information. It’s not the first time I have made medical films but it is great to make films that will directly impact on and improve on medical education, health and quality of life for patients. This is my first project for the NHS. It will amount to 24 short films.
My first ever sequel! Later this month I will shoot the sequel to The Day The Bank Collapsed for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. This time we look at the financial crisis from the perspective of lawyers working on the failing Icelandic banks, the Bank of England Special Liquidity Scheme and the forced merger of two major French banks.
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- Adobe After Effects VFX: What is rotoscoping – and something you didn’t know about Disney films!
- Video shoot with Andy Lewis MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist
- Animation: cute explainer video for fin-tech startup
- Citi200 commercials shortlisted for Focal Awards
- BBC Working Lives Georgia documentary complete and broadcast
- Branded documentary pilot complete in super fast time!
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