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Extinction Rebellion 2 Week Remote Edit

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, October 19, 2019 21:09:53

Just finished a 2 week remote edit for the pressure group Extinction Rebellion to help promote their October campaign, which on the whole was successful highlighting the fact that we need to change national and global policies due to climate change and how it’s going to effect further generations. The Video Activists did a topjob in recording and documenting the events from marches to sit ins. I went down to London for one day and helped out in the video production office, which was a pleasure meeting the crew and staff. Working remotely was fine, downloading footage from server and then editing them into 30sec – 1min segements over night. I did a few promos, teasers and interviews for them, one of which can be seen below…

About the edit…

This promo was to hightlight how the UK weather has changed drastically in 40 years, esp since 2000 with a severe weather nearly every year from then. Including the flash floods of Boscastle, the flooding of Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and the tornados of Birmingham & London- to name a few.

I broke the promo into 4 segments Introduction, list of severe events, interviews and Ending. At the beginning I used clips from stock footage sites and colour graded them to match using yellow for the pollutants etc. Having sourced the music (Celtic/Pagan influence) from the audio library in YouTube, I broke it down at the begining for the horn sounding ‘Call to action’ and then used the drum to aurally punch the heading text.

Timeline of project

The source reference for the storms were a mix of wikipedia crossed checked with other websites… I remember most of the notable storms, one of which was the 2014 storm Doris, which battered Cornwall and the rest of the U.K.. As the back screen for the text I used footage (with an added blur to help viewer read text) filmed from the early days of the October campaign to justify why they are doing it.

The interviews were split into 3 acts – why, how and want. Having a mix of people – a Punk, Grandmothers and a Scotsman was to briefly show the diverse mix of XR activists. From the interviews I wanted to show more of the demostrations and the kinds of people taking part – ending with the elders walking down the street holding the banner. I chose to end the music before the end of the shot to imply that the video is over, but the cause is still marching on. Also I found a perfect audio clip of protestors shouting “Rebellion” which is used thoughout the video (during the campaign shots.)

The colour grade was a orange and teal grade as I wanted to match the shots the best I could do using different footage from different filmmakers using a plethora of cameras and lenses. I feel this helped with the overall look of the promo seperating it from the ‘day to day videos‘ being put out on social media.

It was a real pleasure working with the XR group and do feel the need that we should campaign more to bring this climate monster to bed – before its too late. You can donate to XR here.

Artist Profile Video

Current Projects Posted on Thu, February 21, 2019 13:42:04

A short video for a really talented artist, Jerome Canty. Please check out his fantastic work here.

This film was standard interview set up with mixture of b roll that included JC drawing, a local gallery exhibation of the artist, Jermone having a table at True Believers Comic Festival, intercut with After Effects clips of comics and his work. Edited in DaVinci Resolve 15 to the sound track by Pinkzebra.The video can be seen below…

Jerome kindly let me move around some furniture to create the shot as seen. I really like the green of the bonsai tree juxaposed to the deep red curtains, as they complement each other. I lite the scene with a 2k blonde as key, aputure h160 light as hairlight and used the aputure m40 in the pot stand. Set the camera temp to 3200k, so the h160 giving a blue hue to it. Heres the set up plan below…

In Davinci Resolve 15 I disected the interview shots into chapters and coloured them accordingly(as seen in the timeline pic below). I picked acouple of tracks of music which I sent to Jerome to choose either the tradtional orchestrial score by Pinkzebra or a cool kid synthwave track, JC prefered on the orchestrial score. Using the b roll of the True believers comic festival as the onging narrative thread to the video – intercut with the interview, AE clips and gallery shots. With the traditional score I kept to a minimal edit and transitions only using acouple of crossfades. One of the favourite moments is when the Ironman cosplayer nods to camera kicking in the instrumental. I split the grade into each of the different locations but keeping it a warm tone to each.

The After Effects clips were in three segments- the olders comics, which I purchased from Ebay, 2000ad segment & a recent collection of JC’s work. I wanted to concentrate on the front covers, as these had the biggest impact on JC as a kid. So I stripped the image down in photoshop creating the elements that were animated in AE. Also included a blur and particles elements to help the 3d effect.

The Second clip featuring 2000ad artists, which was key to show the quailty of the work by them. I kept them as clean as possible, excluding the blur and particles fx. For the third segment of Jerome’s work, I zoomed into the images and reintroduced the blur and particles fx. Each comic and JC’s work was sized and included a drop shadow. To keep the clips uniform I blurred and rotated the background images in&out, while keeping the same movements and opacity settings the same thoughout all of the clips.

It was a real pleasure working on this commission and JC has had more work though it aswell:-)


Other Posted on Sun, March 18, 2018 12:09:06

We went down to this years BSC expo in Battersea Park, checking out equipment from some of the world leading companies in the cinema industry, alongside meeting up with old friends and colleagues.

I’ll briefly mention afew stands and exhibtors below in no particular order…

Cooke Optics

World leading cinema glass manafactures from Leicester were exhibiting their i-technogly (digital data lens communtication) which was special, as the guy who conceptualised it 20 years ago was demostrating it in action. The i technogoly records the vital data for post production/vfx work and lets the camera department have continuous remote readout of the precise focus setting, T stop and depth-of-field as seen in the photo below…

(The read out is in the lower third of the monitor).

Tokina ATX Cinema Lenses

Will Bartleep was showcasing the Tokina cinema range, which I have been following closely over the past acouple of years (I already own the tokina IRND set which are stunning ND’s). These ATX cinema lenses are truely remarkable capturing a buetiful image, no lenses breathing from what I saw, fast at T1.5 and with a wide image circle for full frame and vista vision – to future proof your purchase(I’m just waiting for fujifilm to catch up with their chips;-) It was a real pleasure speaking with Will and sharing a beer:-)

Please click here for a demo test shot by Phil Holland.

TLS – True Lens Service

Another Leicester crew – specialising in lense mounts and rehoused lenses of many old cine primes from Cooke’s Speed Panchro to the Super Baltar(The Godfather) and Kowa Cine Prominar (Rocky). They kindly let us check out some of the lenses in action on their camera, I was surprised on how small the glass optics were on the Baltars compared with modern glass. How TLS have brought back to life the old lenses without changing the characteristics, is truely genius.

Schneider Optics

One of the stands i was eager to visit, to check out their MPTV True-Streak Filter Range(lens flare filters), Svenja demostarted the range of True-streak filters from 1mm to 4mm in serveal colours.

Please click here for a demo by Jon Carr.

They also produce a unique range of cine tilt shift lenses as seen here.

Tiffen Filters

This stand was really busy but we got chance to test a couple of filters and we arranged to go to Pinewood later this year to test out afew of their filters on some of the lenses we are thinking about using on our next project.

Here’s a link to their video of the diffusion filter range.

Photon Beard

Peter from PB was showcasing their PB80 led light, which won the videomaker 2015 best product award which uses a remote phosphor sheet that shines builtifully with a extremely high TLCI rating (measurement of coloured light spectrum) housed in a traditional redhead and can be powered by v mount battery.

Please click here for a video explaining the LED light with Peter and Alan Roberts.


Another Lighting stand that stood out was the French LED cine manafactures Exalux offering Led lights in the form of Rock panel and Stixx FX units and notable DIY solutions. New to the DIY range was a super bright led ribbon that has to be the brightest I ve ever seen. They defiently charmed us with the help of a glass of champagne!


We spent some time speaking with David Reeves – a camera,motion and support inventor – who was showcasing his high end grip support – a quick and stable release system that can be used taking the camera rig from crane to handheld in one fluid motion. Worth keeping an eye on this guy in the future as he’ll have a big impact on the scene.

In summary it was a great day meeting loads of fanstatic people and companies that do and make truley astounding products for our industry… nice to end the day at Panavisions lens bar with free drinks. Cheers!

Gloucester Rugby Wooden Spoon Charity Event

Random Side Projects Posted on Sun, May 14, 2017 19:03:36

At the end of April I helped out operating the big screens at Gloucester Rugby club for the charity wooden spoon – Wiltshire branch. It’s a worthy charity that helps disadvantaged kids though out the U.K.

I built up the slides for the event and mix the live cam from the gantry during the matches using Vmix, which is a fantastic program for live mixing events and streaming.

Here’s a couple of photo’s from the day…

All the kids(and parents) had a fabulous time… raising money and awareness for the charity.

A big shout to Gareth John- the organiser of the event & Wiltshire group, Keith, Graham, Helen and the Hartpury College students. If you want to know more on the charity please follow link here.

Back on the Blog

Other Posted on Sun, May 14, 2017 18:43:44

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything as I’ve been really busy with projects and freelancing the operating of the big screens and roaming camera during match days at Gloucester Rugby Club through MGV Productions, a really cool film production company. The guys produce some amazing work from sports docs to holiday features. All this plus life has made Jack a very dull boy, but summer is around the corner and have several shoots planned.

Lost Hearts – Final Goodbye

Current Projects Posted on Thu, August 11, 2016 11:21:14

Today Max Van de Banks came round and picked up the hard drive with everything I’ve worked on since September last year. It’s always sad to see a project go especially when I’ve enjoyed working on it so much. It is a great story with fantastic actors and a brilliant production from locations to costumes. It has been a pleasure working with Max and Severn Film productions.

You can find more information on the film at…

Below is the fantastic trailer created by Action Image Productions


I’ve tried my best to keep an active blog on this project and below are links to the posts starting at the beginning…

First Commissioned blog

Research & Narrative Ideas blog

Gypsy Pickup shoot blog

Storyboard Prep for main Pick ups blog

Pick up shoot at Eastnor Castle blog

Final Stage of the Edit update blog

Lost Hearts EDL tutorial video

Really looking forward to seeing the completed film once the graders,composer and audio has been finished.

I’ll update as and when I hear further information…

Past Exploits – Projectionist

Other Posted on Wed, August 10, 2016 18:39:13

I originally trained as a projectionist at Cine City (1913) in Manchester,1995. It was a lovely cinema that still had it’s original love seats on the back row. Locally it was named the flea pit but oozed charm and character, that the new multiplex’s lack. Sadly it was demolished in 2008 which is a shame and a loss to the local community and UK cinema heritage.

While digging around the old hard drives I found an article when I was a projectionist at Apollo cinema, still working with 35mm film projection equipment. We were fortunate to win the national BKSTS Projection Team of the Year 2007.

Lost Hearts EDL Tutorial

Tutorials Posted on Mon, August 08, 2016 21:40:36

Time has finally come for me to hand over the Lost Hearts project to the next phase in post, so I’ve had to create a Edit Decision List (EDL) for the project and I decided to create a little tutorial (level basic) regarding it.

Videomaker has a great little article outlining Shot lists & EDL’s which is worth taking a look at here.

More info on exporting projects in Adobe Premiere click here.

An interesting article about the old school(tape based) EDL can be read here.

As the project came to me in Adobe premiere CS6 I’ve been quite limited with the EDL file as a lot of them are unstable with CS6 esp AAF.

Within the tutorial I also show my working practice of bins and timelines.

Also as a demonstration I use Premiere CS6 to open the EDL file as an example on how to do it as it’s pretty much the same which ever program it’s intended for…media bins, timelines etc.

More information on the narrative structure of the new edit can be found here.

I hope you enjoyed watching the video, as much as I did creating it.

Lost Hearts Production Final Stage of the Edit

Current Projects Posted on Thu, July 07, 2016 10:23:24

Well we’re nearly at the end of my involvement with Lost Hearts production with the locked of edit a few days away, which will be a shame as I have really enjoyed working on this project alongside Max the director and other team members.

Over the past few months we have been getting the FX shots from the very talented Daniel Rickard from Bright Helm Films. Daniel has done a superb job creating these shots with the tone and style that has lifted this production to another level.

Lee from Action films will be doing the color grading and are currently in the process of making a trailer, which we all are looking forward to seeing and I’ll post it up once it is completed.

Anyway back to the edit.

Collection of my photography over the years…

Random Side Projects Posted on Wed, May 04, 2016 13:56:38

From a bygone era…

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