Capturing Art & the Artist

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So when we learned that our friends at Chester Visual Arts had collaborated with Chester Cathedral to commission Our Colour Reflection, a large-scale, high impact work by Liz, for the cathedral’s Chapter House, we decided we should make a film about it. In the event we made three, all very different and each highlighting a …

How to film a construction project

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By its nature construction demands a very particular approach to film making. Capturing a project successfully over 6 months, a year or even 3 or 4 years is in our experience a highly collaborative exercise.

We have worked on a number of major construction film projects over the last 4 years and our history with the industry goes back a decade or so. In that time we’ve learned what it takes to make construction films that are engaging, inspiring and creative, so here are our top 5 hints and tips for commissioners….

Award Winners!

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Earlier this year we entered our newly completed documentary film “ICEFALL – Spirit of the Mountain” in the established and prestigious Llanberis Adventure and Mountain Film Festival and were excited when it was selected by the jury for showing. It chronicles a momentous 18 months in the life of young adversity adventurer Alex Staniforth whose two Everest expeditions have coincided with unprecedented tragedy on the mountain.

Opening Shots

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“Into the Light”, our conference opener for contract interior solutions client Gradus puts a whole new meaning on the idea of punchy corporate communications. Our creative concept used the analogy of a professional boxer to symbolise the way people across the business have, through the power of the collective, managed to navigate a tough series ...

Out in the Elements

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Global industrial minerals client Imerys wanted three films to showcase its flagship brands at the world’s leading plastics trade fair, held every 3 years. The stand had a strong environmental theme and our solution focused on the elements, to show how Imerys’ products help to make plastics lighter, tougher and more environmentally friendly. ImerPlast Traditionally ...

Storyboard Artist – Telling Stories in Pictures

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“Unsung” really doesn’t say it. The storyboard artist is so invisible he or she is practically a ghost, flitting into the production company or agency’s offices, usually at short notice and coaxing ideas that might be brilliantly well defined or somewhat less than coherent to logical, full colour engrossing life……

Slow Motion – Behind the Scenes

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Our finished glass recycling web film for Sibelco deceptively simply follows the original storyboard concept, but for it to look as good as it does took a lot of hard work and patience.
High speed filming is all about capturing moments that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye – through doing this it’s possible to unearth beauty in mundane objects – like those bottles we chuck out for recycling once a week….

Motion Control – What is Motion Control Filming?

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We’ve been working with motion control camera systems for over twenty years and our motion control crew are especially brilliant at creating shots to showcase products that would otherwise be impossible to achieve. Clients love the fact that they are seeing their own real products beautifully presented on film, without depending on CGI…..

Music Production – All You Need is Love (and a Great Team)

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Collaborating with imaginative, occasionally brilliant people who see and hear stuff you simply don’t is one of the wonderful things about working in the production business. We recently said goodbye to David Bowie, a peerless example of the ability to imagine the world differently and express that through music. Bowie’s influence was everywhere – possibly more than any other single artist of the last 50 years. And he loved to collaborate – in the recording studio, on film, on stage – he sought to stretch his creative impulse by working alongside people whose different horizons could expand his own…..

Drawing on a Proud History in Blackburn

Andy Porter Behind the Scenes, Timelapse

  We really enjoyed working with artist and mural illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen as she brought the history of our long standing client Graham and Brown colourfully to life in a mural created over just three hot days in Blackburn. Filmed both on time lapse and conventionally, our YouTube film has attracted lots of praise …

Hot Stuff

Andy Porter Behind the Scenes, Web Films

  6 days in Herefordshire with old friends Euroheat resulted in a collection of nine web films for their new YouTube channel. Filmed immaculately on the motion control camera rig we were able to create some beautiful moves to show off the designs of Euroheat’s range of incredibly efficient wood burning stoves. By way of …

Phantom HD camera video shoot for Studio 104 uniforms

Andy Porter Behind the Scenes

  OUR PHANTOM HD CAMERA SHOOT AT THE SAVOY – A CLASSIC COCKTAIL FOR FILMING SUCCESS Take one of the world’s great cocktail bars (and bar tenders), add two carefully chosen models, a fashion photographer and the dashing designs of one of London’s rising stars of bespoke, tailored uniform – add a slice of the …

Marcel Wanders Wallpaper for Graham and Brown – Design Studio Shoot Amsterdam

Andy Porter Behind the Scenes

  MARCEL WANDERS DESIGN STUDIO – MEETING A DUTCH MASTER OF DESIGN In Marcel Wanders’ design studio, life-sized stallions become standard lamps, chairs, giant mushrooms and even a dog are recreated in crochet and weirdly sculptural forms are modeled from, erm well … snot, basically. Wanders studio in central Amsterdam is an inspirational place, where …

Phantom HD Camera – Working with a time machine

Andy Porter Behind the Scenes

  For around 20 years we’ve worked alongside the guys at Manchester’s Camera Crewing Company. We’ve been to all kinds of places with them and for the past 5 years or so we’ve taken the occasional voyage together with their Time Machine. The Time Machine is a Phantom HD camera that can shoot at a …

Award Winning Animated Characters TV Commercial for Green Thumb

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  If your grass looks miserable that’s because it’s a jungle down there. As a Chester video production company with an award winning animation team, our animators produced 30 seconds of magic for the UKs biggest, best lawn treatment people. We came up with the animated characters of “Sad Grass” being bullied by dastardly dandelions …

Our video production office in Chester

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  We are a video production company in Chester. For over 20 years we’ve made films that tell compelling stories, from award winning TV commercials, online films, corporate videos, award winning animation, motion graphics, short films and product demonstration videos. Whatever the job we put in the same attention to detail and unique, distinctive style. …