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Monday, 31 October 2016

Celebrity Haunted Hotel

Celebrity Haunted Hotel on the W Channel, presented by Christine Lampard. A great week at Pluckley near Ashford down in southern Kent creeping around the most haunted hotel in Britain.

The exterior of Elvey Farm

The Studio

Jimmy Jib mounted on a golf cart

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Behind The Scenes

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on a stills or film shoot? There is often a lot more going on than you might think. One of the challenges we face with new clients is conveying what is involved in producing high quality pictures and footage. Once a client has witnessed the the whole process, it is usually a bit of an eye opener...

Need a bit of sunshine coming through the window on a dull day, or maybe the sun just isn't in the right place... no problem...

A bit of 'sunlight' brings a whole new dimension to an otherwise dull looking shot.

Other times a bit of 'moonlight' is required...

Shooting outside on location also requires the addition of controlled light to produce the desired look... even on a bright sunny day. That is a common misconception too... that on a bright day no lighting is required... it's actually quite the opposite and often we are trying to control and reduce the sunlight with diffusion, flags and various other light control devices.

Above top: Using a jib to create a big camera move adds massively to the production values of your finished film or video. Directly above: Using camera track and a dolly to achieve a moving shot, again adding interest and creativity over an otherwise static and uninteresting shot.

Sometimes sunlight and an artificial window pattern are required to be created from within a room if it's not possible to position a lamp outside or maybe the window is just in the wrong place.

Reflectors play a big part in lighting too... sometimes making use of the natural light and sometimes the source is artificial as in the set up above.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Office Montage

A montage of behind the scenes shots taken from various film and stills shoots is adorning one of the walls in our new office and making it all look very colourful. Thanks to Absolute Digital Print of Kendal for this and to Blinds by Design, also of Kendal for the motorised light control blackouts fitted to our windows.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Old Smoke House Yard Office & Edit Suite

 Our new office and edit facility in Kendal is now open. We were delighted to welcome a new client through the door on our very first day of opening.

Please feel free to drop in and see us at the Old Smoke House, Yard 2 on Stricklandgate in Kendal.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Muhammad Ali, a true legend

The end of another era.

'The fight is won or lost, far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road - long before I dance under those lights.'

Muhammad Ali.