Homecoming Scotland 2014 Showcase


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.

‘People Make Glasgow’ advert

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.

Commercial Camera Operator Ryan  Blackwood is available for filming commercial and documentary work throughout Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland.