Camera Work, Editing, Graphic Design, Video Projects

Showreel Update

Righty so my showreel is on the verge of completion. Its taken ages to finalise the right clips to use and i’ve had to leave out some lovely footage but hey ho, it can’t be too long and needs to be diverse.

Footage featured in the showreel and alongside, the role(s) I took on:

The music was produced by the Electro-Swing guru Captain Flatcap, track – ‘Funky Farmers’

All thats left is to complete the title sequence using blender, which has been both an experience and a challenge having never really worked with 3D animation before. Here’s a little preview of what I’ve conjured up:

Blender Titles Test

I’ve so far got the (very enjoyable) camera movements down, but I’m having some issues with  shadows and lighting, so its a bit of a trial and error project. I’ll do some more research and try to sort it as soon as I can and then add it to my showreel. I’m confident in stating that it WILL be up this Feb, hopefully in the next couple of weeks if all goes well!

2013 is starting to get very busy too. Collaborations and talks of a documentary which I can’t wait for, promo videos for a handful of other artists (mainly music), sketches to be filmed, a couple of wedding videos, lots of graphic design, a few claymations written and ready and also finalising my zombie short film sketch before I get tired of it, fingers crossed for everything!

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Camera Work, Editing, Graphic Design, Video Projects

Sleeping Trees – Not Treasure Island Promo Package

This year, Sleeping Trees have written and performed a brand new show:

‘Not Treasure Island’ 

I’ve seen the show live about 5 times and each time I’ve left the theatre wiping happy tears from my eye holes. It really is very funny. Anyway, I knocked up a vid to promote ahead of nonstop performances throughout August at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Not Treasure Island – 2012 Promo

In November, I directed a multi-cam shoot of a full performance of Not Treasure Island at Chichester University (Where they study their MA). After the show, I headed to the bar with my 600D to grab some audience feedback in a voxpop styley.

Audience Voxpops

A week or two later, the full performance video was ready, so I sent it off for review. Whilst awaiting feedback, I started working on the DVD cover. Designed mostly in Photoshop CS6, the front cover picture was spliced from the 2012 Ed Fringe poster (designed by Matt Bonner – englishbreakfast.org). On the back it contains the shows synopsis and reviews from professional bodies. The back cover photograph was taken by Thom Pearson.

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After some video tweaks and printing the DVD cover, the Promo pack was ready. Below is the DVD menu design (created in DVD Studio Pro); featuring moving images of the Full Performance, Audience Feedback and the 2012 Promo vid (2013 promo vid coming soon) and a 40sec audio track of the poem they recite at the beginning of the show.

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I’m signing this project off today, these DVDs will be sent for theatres to snatch the ‘trees’ up well in advance for their Spring tour of 2013!

Arggggg.

Sleeping Trees Links: Twitter : Facebook : Website

My links: Twitter : Facebook : LinkedIn : Vimeo

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Directors Notes Posts

Directors Notes: An Alien Claymation

My latest post for Directors NotesLee Hardcastle pays homage to 1950s B-Movie Horror films in ‘An Alien Claymation’,

“T is for Toilet segment director of The ABCs of Death and claymation master, Lee Hardcastle returns with….

Read it here:

An Alien Claymation - Lee Hardcastle

An Alien Claymation – Lee Hardcastle

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Not Treasure Island – Audience Review

Audiences reaction in Voxpop form after a performance of Not Treasure Island by Sleeping Trees Theatre.

Nominated for ‘Emerging Artists’
4*s rating at the Edinburgh Fringe festival by countless reviewers

Sleeping Trees are in pursuit of treasure … if they can remember where it’s been buried. Not Treasure Island tracks the treacherous expeditions of Billy Bones and Long John Silver, two of the most feared and despicable pirates on the sea, as well as the quest of young cabin boy Jim. With squids, merman, fires and fishermen all brought to life, and with only a vinyl record player for company, Sleeping Trees bring together a version of the story the likes of which have never been seen, even by the most ravaged of nautical peepers.

Watch the video here on Vimeo or YouTube

Sleeping Trees in Action (Photography by Thom Pearson)

 

Sleeping Trees are James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua Smith and John Woodburn. Their work is entirely devised, written and performed from scratch, using stories and established texts as starting points of departure and improvisation. The company are currently embarking on their ‘stories project’; the re-creation of stories without the use of props, scenery or costume, encouraging their audience to use their imaginations when engaging with the work, just as they would if they were reading a book.

Twitter: twitter.com/WeSleepingTrees
Facebook: facebook.com/sleepingtreestheatre

Enjoy!

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