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Stand Up (For the Love) – MacMillan Music Video

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked by my good friend Shaun to help film a music video for MacMillan Cancer Research. 

Shauns Message “Myself and Lauren have our reasons for wanting to raise money for cancer support, and I’m sure many of you have yours too. So help us raise as much money as possible for MacMillan, who do some really great things for people struck with the news that they, or someone close to them, has cancer.

(Original Fundraising Idea video)

‘Stand Up (For The Love)’ – Covered by Shaun Reynolds & Lauren Verrier (Originally by Jessie J)

This was an enjoyable, intensely planned shoot; already receiving some fantastic exposure through the power of social networking and word of mouth. Fundraising is amazing because it feels good to make a difference as a united community. To donate, download the song via the iTunes page or the Just Giving page (Add Gift Aid if it applies!) – All proceeds go to MacMillan Cancer Support.

Below is the behind the scenes video, giving you a sense of how much effort was put into this project!

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Music Produced & Mixed by Shaun Reynolds

Camera: Ian Kitt

Video Editor: Shaun Reynolds

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Shaun’s Links: Facebook : YouTubeTwitter

Lauren’s Links: Facebook : YouTube : Twitter

Other Links: The Redhill Baptist Church Gospel Choir : Jump! Theatre School : Rachael Ansell Dance Choreographer

My Links: Camera/Editor Showreel : Facebook : Twitter : Vimeo

 

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2012 Camera Operator/Editor Showreel

After months of collating footage, editing, reediting well over 10 drafts, it’s finally here! It still needs a bit of tweaking (end title sequence) but other than that, its 99.97% done.

I’ve also uploaded it to YouTube, so the YouTubers can ‘like’ & ‘comment’ etc

Footage featured in the showreel and alongside, my project role(s):

The videos music was produced by the Electro-Swing guru Captain Flatcap,

Track – ‘Funky Farmers’

As mentioned in my previous blog Showreel Update, 2013 is already shaping up to be a good year! This week I shot a charity music video for Macmillan Cancer Research with Shaun Reynolds & Lauren Verrier – new blog on that video – Stand Up for the Love – will be released after the video is live (late Feb 2013) and I have a list of other shoots that will be working on. I’m in the latter stages of creating a Timelapse showreel, since I now have substantial footage; I’m aiming to release this in March.

All collaborations are welcomed with warm open arms!

Cheers!

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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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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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Camera Work Recommendations

Here’s a link to a few recommendations on my Facebook page, received from fellow filmmakers and collaborators.  Any feedback is greatly appreciated, positive or negative,  because it gives me the incentive to carry on with what I love doing.

If you would like to contribute some feedback if we’ve worked together, send me an email: iankittdop@gmail.com or recommendations are also welcome on my LinkedIn.

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