Joe Goddard – ‘Music Is The Answer’ | Shynola

Joe Goddard – ‘Music Is The Answer’ | Shynola

Shynola’s new video for Joe Goddard featuring Jess Mills

Shynola approached me in October 2016 to help shoot some interesting elements for their new video for Joe Goddard. The challenge was to capture 20 singers including Joe and featured artist Jess Mills from 24 cameras simultaneously which encircled the singers.

Each camera was set up identically in terms of height, focal length, capture settings, distance and then locked off for the day. It is so easy to encapsulate that in one sentence but believe me, the set up was an extremely complicated affair. Sourcing the cameras, lenses, tripods, cards, etc was a challenge that the production team at Black Dog took in their stride and I don’t know how they managed it so efficiently.

We had previously chosen an ideal focal length to shoot the talent based on CG pre-vis that Shynola had put together. This gave us a head start on the set up as we knew the expected radius of our circle and the distance between each camera. Marking the centre of the set with a vertical pole with three markers to assist with framing made the process quite straightforward, but it was still a slow and steady process to go through.

We had a regimented sequence for each take to ensure each camera was recording correctly and to try and assist with the post production clip syncing, but I don’t envy the person that had to do that.

We had time to shoot one test which the Shynola guys rendered a quick test of and then we were off.

I’m pleased with my small role in what has turned out to be a stunning visual and emotive triumph.

Artist | Joe Goddard
Track | Music Is The Answer
Director | Shynola
Live Action DoP | Dan Lowe
Production Company | Black Dog

TransPennine Express ‘Where Next?’

TransPennine Express ‘Where Next?’

This 60-second commercial sees TransPennine Express’ renewed mission to connect the North to make it greater than it’s ever been. TransPennine Express is a vibrant and modern rail operator for the north of England and Scotland.

Anthony Dickenson directs another highly precise and technical commercial. Employing camera techniques and seamless post production from Big Buoy he takes you on a stunning journey.

Anthony asked me to shoot 2nd unit hyperlapse sequences and architectural stills in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle. These were then woven into the commercial to fit amongst some stunning footage captured by Ben Fordesman.

Client | Transpennine Express
Campaign | Where Next?
Director | Anthony Dickenson
DoP | Ben Fordesman
Production Company | All Mighty Pictures
Agency | WCRS

Freddie Harrel for Habitat Voyeur

Freddie Harrel for Habitat Voyeur

As part of Habitat’s Voyeur campaign I was asked to take stills behind the scenes in fashion blogger Freddie Harrel’s eclectic south London home.

Freddie was born and bred in Paris, but now runs her business from a sunny, double-height loft space in south-east London. It’s rammed full of artefacts and furniture that she and her husband, Tom, have picked up on their travels and from around town.

The stills and interview were picked up by the Metro for a double page spread in their Property + Interiors sectionHabitat .

Habitat Interview
Freddie’s Habitat
Freddie’s Blog

Client | Habitat
Campaign | Habitat Voyeur
Agency | Portas

I am quite messy. In fact, the flat is too, in the way the colours are mixed. But that reflects me. It’s how my brain reacts to things – everything white and clean makes me a bit anxious, actually.

Freddie Harrel

Fashion Blogger

Panorama – Visualising the London skyline

Panorama – Visualising the London skyline

New London Architecture (NLA) asked me to take a panorama shot spanning from Liverpool Street to the London Eye for an article in The Architects’ Journal.

My images alongside CGI by Visualhouse, have been used to visualise the number of tall buildings earmarked for the London skyline according to research released by NLA and property adviser GL Hearn.

The data shows that plans for 119 new towers have emerged since this time last year, increasing the total number of proposed skyscrapers in the capital to 436.

The story and images were also picked up by Dezeen, CityAM, Metro and shared across social media.

Client | New London Architecture
Images | Dan Lowe and Visualhouse

Visualisation

Inflated Egos political installation

Inflated Egos political installation

A political installation by Chris Cairns and Is This Good? where candidates’ heads get bigger and smaller in realtime depending on how they’re doing in the General Election 2015 race.

Featuring the seven candidates who appeared in the first televised debate. Balloon head size is driven by the latest polls and twitter activity, before displaying live election results.

Go and see the installation on the 4th and 5th of May at the Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch and 6th – 9th May in the window of Partizan, 40-42 Lexington Street, Soho.

Director | Chris Cairns / Is This Good?
Hardware and Physical Build | Dave Cranmer
Software | Will Gallia
Additional Physical Build | Katy Hopkins, Maz Staruch, Jamie Durand and Justin Pentecost
DP | Dan Lowe
Editor | Dan Lowe
Grade | Simone Grattarola at Time Based Arts
Sound Recording | Andy Hewitson
Audio Post | Nigel Manington at String and Tins

Audi A3 360° interior shot

Audi A3 360° interior shot

Last month I was asked if I could create a perfect 360° photograph of the inside of the new Audi A3 for an iPad app.

“Of course I can!” I replied and set about a hectic day of pre-production with the help of Ivory getting together everything I would need.

With a motion-control head and my trusty D700 under my arm, we set out to the studio thinking it would be a breeze.

Setting up the kit, tethering the camera using Dragon Stop Motion was elegant and easy, lighting the gorgeous car was an honour, shooting the images was pain free… stitching together the panorama…

…insanely difficult!

In total we combined roughly 50-60 images [I know, I know, I could have gotten away with 8 shots with a fisheye, but who wants to shoot on a fisheye. I wanted quality, detail and to do the car justice].

Master retoucher George McLeod spent hours carefully aligning the photos into an equirectangular composite which the app would wrap around a virtual sphere, it was difficult, but the result was worth it.

I highly recommend downloading the iPad app to view it in its augmented reality glory.

Making The Leadenhall Timelapse

Making The Leadenhall Timelapse

Paul Raftery and I have been working hard again creating an architectural timelapse document of the Leadenhall Building in the City of London.

Affectionately known as the ‘Cheesegrater’ the 48 story skyscraper has been designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P) , an international architecture practice, for developers British Land and Oxford Properties. RSH+P have commissioned Paul and I to document the construction by contractors Laing O’Rourke. The building has been under construction since early 2011. It is due to complete in summer 2014 and will comprise 610,000 sq ft of office space over 47 floors.

This film is the first 6 month edit of our two year long project to film the entire construction period and follows on from our successful Shard arhcitectural timelapse film (below) that we made last year.

The film was chosen as Vimeo Staff Pick and was featured on The Guardian, Dezeen, Gizmodo, Laughing Squid, Design Curial, Architects’ Journal and ArchDaily.

The 6 month edit

Stills from the project

A timelapse film of the Shard

Brother Printer Orchestra

Brother Printer Orchestra

Chris Cairns was recently was asked to build an orchestra from redundant old technology and instead of faking it he did it all for real.

While some would throw away their old computer junk, Chris Cairns went on a rummage expedition to assemble a motley bunch of retired electronics, re-wiring them to build a 100 piece MIDI orchestra, with programming by Is This Good? (isthis.gd) Who needs post-production effects when you can reverse-engineer photocopiers, modems, scanners, fax machines and hard drives to simulate rhythms and tones that together play a very apt rendition of Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ for real?

I was asked to film the macro intro sequence and I was astonished at how everything was achieved and how much fun it was to play.

Directed by Chris Cairns
Produced by Bonnie Anthony
Production Company: Partizan

Director of Photography: Denzil Armour Brown
Programming & Electronics: Is This Good? (isthis.gd)
Sound Design: Will Cohen
Editor: Ross Hallard @ Trim
Colourist: George Kyriacou @ MPC
Post-Production: Time Based Arts
Agency: Grey London
Creatives: Sam Haynes & Lee Trott
Agency Producer: Tom Pearce

Stills from the shoot

We, and by we I mean isthis.gd, built a MIDI orchestra for Grey London and Brother from old computer junk. Photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, printers, hard drives, modems and the like. We thought it’d be most fun to do it for real. We were really inspired by Tristram Cary, James Houston, BD594 and other radical tinkerers. Making cold stuff warm is fun. We found loads of old machines destined for landfill, took them to bits and reverse engineered them to make noises that we could control via MIDI. Badman Will Cohen made an arrangement of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ but the orchestra can play any MIDI arrangement, or indeed be performed live. Maximum respect to Neil Mendoza, Marek Bereza, Will Cohen, Stefan Dzisiewski-Smith, Justin Pentecost, Mike Harrison, Mat Holloway, Jason Oakley and all at Partizan, Liat Wassershtrom, Ben Joffe, Tim Leask, Jack Ellis, Ozzie Pullin. Awesome cinematography by Denzil Armour-Brown and Daniel Lowe. Tight edit by Ross Hallard. Post and psychotherapy by Sheldon Gardner and time-based-arts.com.

From Chris’ Vimeo page

BROTHER ‘Printer Orchestra’ film

RAC Don’t Let Winter Catch You Out

RAC Don’t Let Winter Catch You Out

RAC’s new winter campaign this year features two adorable kids playing the roles of a stranded driver and his best mate/motoring saviour.

On a mild Autumn Day in Uxbridge, the Guard Brothers from Smuggler put together a winter wonderland in an unexpecting residential neighbourhood.

The TV commercial can be seen here, and captures the kids playacting the scenario of a frozen and broken down car, stranded in the snow.

With a quick phone call, an RAC serviceman quickly comes to his rescue, and with a swift fix under the bonnet, sets him on his merry way.

I was asked to capture stills for all of the RAC’s online and print winter campaign, and I’m very pleased with the results.

Brrrrrrrrr….

Vuvuvultures – Pills Week

Vuvuvultures – Pills Week

I just wanted to share this video directed by my good friends Tim Main and Joe Dixon.

They were very kind to help me out in my early days of directing and have gone on to prove themselves to be quite excellent directors.

I was honoured when they asked me to be Director of Photography for their new video that is currently premiering on Mint Magazine. It was a cold, cold day on Hackney Marshes but the sun was out and a great little crew pulled together to produce this little gem. I left that day not quite knowing what to expect from the final video as the post production sounded like an immense undertaking…..but wow they certainly took it to another planet.

The footage was shot on a handheld on a Canon 5D, which increased the complexity of creating 3D effects like the cliff and monster assembled from body parts. Inevitably perhaps, late nights ensued which directors Tim and Joe embraced with enthusiasm and the result is a quirky journey which mirrors the genre-busting track.

Great work.

Artist Vuvuvultures
Track Pills Week
Directed by Tim & Joe
Produced by Colonel Blimp
Director of Photography Dan Lowe

 

Vuvuvultures – Pills Week

The Shard – Shoot Day One

The Shard – Shoot Day One

Paul Raftery, architectural photographer, and I have started producing a time-lapse film of London’s latest skyscraper ‘The Shard’.

The intention is to create a simple, but beautiful study of the building in the final stages of construction. Day one of the shoot was very successful and the weatherman was very kind to us with a deep blue sky and cotton wool clouds, fingers firmly crossed for more of that!

Stills from the project

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

This is a stacked timelapse I took over the New Year in Dalston East London. You can see star trails, plane trails, fireworks over a 2 hour period.