Not exactly a blog but place for general musings about some of the stuff I get up to, with some advice sections thrown in for good measure.
Walk the Plank - Tall Ships Race 2023
I had an amazing few days filming Walk The Plank’s Tower of Light show. I was approached to film the show by Walk The Plank themselves, having been recommended by a producer who was at last year’s SIRF.
This was a challenging job due to the show’s scale, so preparation was needed. After discussions with Walk The Plank I went to Hartlepool on a recce to see the show being set up, including the building of the main lighthouse structure. I also attended tech rehearsals on the Thursday night to get a feel for what the show would be like as a finished product.
The Stockton Riverside Festival (or SIRF for short) is something that I have had the privilege of being connected to for over twenty years. My first involvement was in 1995 where I was approached to edit together some video clips that ended up being projected inside an old derelict church, so I went along to see the final results, and ended up becoming a life long SIRFer (an epithet that I have made up to cover the fans of SIRF that visit every year, including people from around the globe).
We bring as much of the production process as possible in house. That means cameras, lenses, lighting, sound, grip (tripods, cranes, dollies, sliders etc), editing, graphics, duplication and distribution are all owned and controlled by IPC. No equipment is dry hired or used by anyone else but IPC. This means that everything works on the day, no batteries un-charged or equipment missing or damaged.
Shooting a Liberation
Very exciting shoot today for our film about pigeon racing -‘Home’. We had an early start to capture a ‘liberation’ where all the racing birds are released from their transporter trucks. I had filmed a liberation before, but this time I was joined by Daniel-John Williams, the films producer and co-director who had never witnessed one before.
Keeping Things Fresh
I really enjoy my job. If you'd told me as a kid that I'd get to work with cameras on a daily basis I would have been happy with that. But my job is more than that, I'm lucky that my work is varied and seems to be increasing in its weirdness. From filming a C-section, interviewing a Holocaust survivor, and talking physics with a world class cosmologist, I sometimes have no idea what the next shoot will bring.
Working with Youtube Channels
In 2018 I received a call while travelling home from a short break. ‘Do you have experience of filming in operating theatres?’ came the question. 'Yes, of course' I answered (leaving out the fact that they were always empty when I filmed in them). Thus began a professional relationship with Barcroft TV, that then became Truly, one of the biggest Youtube channels.
Filming big spectacle is great, flying a drone for that one brilliant shot is fun, and pulling off a tricky focus shift on the water droplet sliding down the side of a fresh cold beer is challenging. However, capturing a one to one interview with someone that has something to say is what gives me the most pleasure.
'The Teen With The Bionic Arms' - Barcroft TV - VIDEOGRAPHER / DIRECTOR
I have done some very interesting work for BarcroftTV over the last year from filming a caesarian section to filming a stand-up comedian with scoliosis. But this film gave me the chance to meet Tilly and her mum, who told me their story about how Tilly lost her arms to meningitis when she was a young child.
Interview at Durham Cathedral
As part of the Defiant Voices project I got to interview Murry Sidlin, the Founder and President of the Defiant Requiem Foundation. As the Defiant Requiem is being performed this weekend we decided to use the Cathedral as a backdrop for the interview. Murry was inspirational and gave us some fantastic elements for the film.