17 February 2015

CLAIRE JONES - JOURNEY

Over the last few months I've been documenting the making of Claire Jones' latest album. Claire is a really talented harpist and was Official Royal Harpist for several years.

I filmed behind the scenes of the album being recorded at St Augustine's Church in Kilburn, which is really stunning inside and sounds great with a full orchestra playing. I also got to climb a mountain in Pembrokeshire and film some really incredible scenery in the Preseli Hills, that was a stark reminder of just how unfit I am.

Check out the promo below and learn more about Claire Jones here: www.clairejones.co.uk

12 February 2015

THINKFUN - COMPOSE YOURSELF

Here's a promo I made for ThinkFun, a great company that make "addictively fun games that sharpen your mind." It's all about their latest product called Compose Yourself, which enables everyone to be a composer within minutes.

The highlights of this project were filming a full orchestra playing in Abbey Road Studios, and interviewing world famous percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Big thanks to Helen Miles for her audio work.

Check out the promo below and learn more about Compose Yourself here: www.thinkfun.com/composeyourself

9 January 2015

DARK COMEDY MOOD BOARD

I'm currently in very early pre-production on my latest short film. Something I always do once I've finalised a script is create a mood board, I find it helps me to visualise the mood and tone of the film. Some of the images relate to the actual script and others are purely random that I like and fit the tone. Check it out below and see if you recognise any film references. (Click for higher res).


8 December 2014

SUPERSONIC - SUPERHERO DRAMA


This year I was lucky enough to edit a short film called Supersonic, directed by Samuel Dore, produced by Neath Films and funded by BSLBT. The story is centred around a teenager's discovery that the superhero stories his father told him as a child might have been more than just stories.


The BSLBT "commissions television programmes made in British Sign Language by Deaf people for Deaf people." Consequently the film had a predominantly deaf and hard of hearing cast and the majority of dialogue in the film is sign language. This was really interesting from an editing point of view. As I'm a hearing person I had to really rely on the script to guide me, I also had an interpreter called Beverley Wilson who was a huge help when I got stuck. When editing a hearing film you can cut back and forth between people talking, showing one person's reaction when the other is talking off-screen, etc, but you can't do this for a deaf film. When someone is signing you have to stay on them until they've finished as their dialogue is 100% visual. This makes editing interesting and in some ways quite easy and simplistic, if someone is talking then you show them. I found myself utilising wide master shots more than I normally would as you can see the person signing and the other person's reaction simultaneously. I'd love to edit more signing and have the freedom to try different styles to portray the dialogue, such as split screens or picture-in-picture like 24. It's always good to expand your skills and I look forward to editing more deaf films.

Check out the trailer below and watch the full film on the BSL Zone website.

2 December 2014

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT - SHORT DRAMA

Last year I edited a short drama for Flix Films called I Didn't Know That. The film, funded by Dying Matters, aims to "improve understanding about Muslim traditions related to dying and death among doctors, nurses and other health and care professionals."

I learnt a lot working on this project and think it's always a good thing to brighten your horizons about different cultures. You can watch the full film below.