As a Scottish camera operator during the Referendum I provided live coverage for channels like Antena 3, Arte, Tele Madrid, Telecinco, RTVE, PRVA and 8TV. A belated post sharing some snaps I captured in November during the Independence referendum. I’m sure lots of Scottish camera operators worked throughout the Scottish Independence referendum and things certainly picked up over the days in the lead up. I worked for Overon providing live broadcast coverage for mostly European TV channels . The most exciting of these was a two person shoot for Arte so went live to France and Germany. The shoot required a bit of shoulder shooting being directing from the OB truck as they cut between the two-camera set up, live from the Royal Mile. Sadly once the ‘No’ vote came through on the friday things cooled off a little – so Friday wasn’t filled with the same sense of energy!
‘Where You’re Meant To Be’ is a feature length musical road trip from Aidan Moffat and Paul Fegan. I was a camera operator supporting my friend and DoP Julian Schwanitz. I have to draw your attention to the lovely shot I captured from the Erskine Bridge looking down on the boat at sunset. It was a crazy rush chasing the boat in the car, but very please to have captured that.
It’s been a busy week, but it all began with a shoot at Standard Life HQ. Here I have lit for a 2 person interview using a 1k softbox as the main key light with a LED panel covering the other speaker. Behind each person is a dedolight, and in the background I’ve used an Arri 650 with a turquoise gel to bring some depth to the hanging room divider. I shot on a C100 while the B-cam was a C300 (I know, crazy right?) but it was for web and while I’m happy shooting with anything it was juts more convenient this way.
Yesterday I was shooting a film for Solar Access. We travelled to York to film some of the 4,000 solar panels they have installed at the John Smiths Brewery. SolarAccess is an international designer, developer and operator of industrial solar power projects with activities in various European locations. The brewery is operated by Heineken, who hosts the largest solar energy systems of any brewery in Europe.
This week I was commissioned to edit a showcase Homecoming Scotland 2014 events for Visit Scotland. The film provides a short, sharp and punchy snapshot of some of the Homecoming events from the first six months and what’s yet to come.
On a technical note:using so much recycled material from their archive meant having to try and remove lots of preexisting embedded graphics. I was able to do 90% but resizing and using a 2.35 aspect ratio to hide things, but there remains a few elusive ones that I couldn’t remove. Such is life. It does irritate me though, clean content next time please!
When dealing with a project like this that contains a wide variety of aspect ratio, format and styles clients can forget that you don’t just drop it all together, it can take time to conform things to standards and integrating the motion graphics (especially across programmes) take time. The project was edited on FCP 7 (yes, still struggling on before I jump to Premier or X…) and After Effects CS 5 for the motion graphics.
Last month I created Glasgow Commonwealth Games films for each of the Commonwealth venues on behalf of Game on Scotland. I filmed world-class sporting venues across Glasgow from the Emirates Areas through to the Athletes’ Village.
The film was produced by Metro Broadcast and I shot all the greeenscreen over the course of a day at Commonwealth House and often shot two or three venues a day. So a tight turn-around, filming with a sound recordist and a director. All the films were shot on the Canon 5D mk3 and where time allowed I used a slider, steadicam and crane – all my own kit which is also available for hire.
Since I didn’t edit this series myself I may cut a quickie highlights film of my favourite bits if I find the time in the coming weeks. But I’m off the the Highlands tomorrow morning shooting documentary ‘Where You’re Meant to Be‘ – a Scottish Musical road trip. The film is part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, and the ensuing film is set to premiere after the close of the Games, in late August. So if you’re near the Village Hall at Drumnadrochit tomorrow night you can still get tickets.
I’ve been a busy camera operator recently, and yesterday I was shooting a commercial yesterday for Cask Productions at the Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow with comedian Raymond Mearns. We only had 7 extras for an hour and a half so I hope you’ll agree we’ve done a good job to make it look busy on a Sunday afternoon. This short section of the 30 second ad features people arriving at the club and engaging with Ray on a night out.This short section will make up one of 5 locations and should air on TV in the coming months. I was working with the consummate professional David Reilly at Cask Productions and the client was Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.
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Here I am working as an event camera operator in Edinburgh for an NHS conference. It was an all event and we filmed the conference section before the delegates went to break-out rooms for specific discussions. I shot on a Sony PMW-350, which is the ENG-camera I typically used when working the Metro Broadcast.
Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Ice Rink hosted the first-ever Red Bull Crashed Ice Scottish qualifier on Friday, December 13, as almost 50 skaters took to the ice – and I was there with a crane and a pair of ice skates. Filming with Alan ‘slow-motion’ Stockdale at Foundlight Films was fun as ever, as together with another two filmmakers we shot the qualifiers.
Ayr’s Callum Boyd became one of three UK athletes to skate his way to a starting spot at all four Ice Cross Downhill World Championship events in 2014!
A project lasting over two years now, Erin at Beyongolia Productions and I shot this series of films to a communicate their values and mission. Each department is represented with a video interview with the Programme Director and students on the programme.