One to watch: Sam Gainsborough

This summer whilst working with the BFI academy and the WEM town hall on a documentary about woolly mammoths, I had the pleasure of meeting Sam Gainsborough. A very talented young filmmaker who has recently graduated from Bournemouth university.

This is his new music video, take a look.

He also informed me that the animation academy I took part in last year is looking for the next round of aspiring filmmakers. If animation is something you’re interested in, I would highly recommend applying. It’s a great way to meet like minded people and develop your skills further.

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Love it or leave it.

Israeli singer-songwriter, Asaf Avidan, has caused quite a stir this week with the release of his new video ‘Love it or Leave it’. It features several men and women doing an interpretive dance to the track wearing nothing but a Papier-mâché mask in the shape of the singer’s head. This memorable piece was directed and edited by the singer and is completely different to the other videos he has released.

What I found particularly interesting about this video was how much emotion can be portrayed using the medium of dance alone. There are hints to the vulnerability of the singer in the nakedness of the dancers and the men and  women both wearing an ‘Asaf Avidan’ mask could be seen as him trying to show that men and women aren’t really that different. That both of the sexes experience the same euphoria and the same heartbreak in a relationship.

I’ve shown this video to a couple of my friends and they all seemed to have the same response. Once they got over the initial embarrassment of watching a 3 minute video of naked people dancing, they loved it. The ‘shock’ of the video leaves a lasting impression on it’s audience and will be an effective tool in bringing the artist onto everybody’s radar.

Unfortunately though, the video hasn’t yet passed the YouTube test. Nakedness still offends too many, even when it’s not in a sexual context. The video for ‘Love it or Leave it’ is far less sexual that most of the mainstream music videos on MTV today it’s just a shame that even after the watershed I doubt we’ll be seeing Asaf Avidan’s video on the music channels any time soon. At least for now, it’s still available to view on Vimeo.

So give it a watch and let me know your thoughts. Is this video too provocative? 

Since my last post, I have been tremendously busy working on content for BOA Broadcast’s first magazine show, ‘Friday @ Two’.

After finishing off ‘Sack Sales on New Street’, I filmed a cooking show with Jake. We tried to steer away from the usual presenter led programmes and concentrate more on the visuals. I am really proud of the finished product so please, check it out!

The final VT I worked on was a feature on the Clothes show. With our press passes we were able to get into restricted areas and get interviews with designers, organisers and models. For me, the highlight of the experience was having to fight our way to the front of the press pit at the end of the fashion theatre catwalk.

Here’s the final product…

The filming of ‘Friday @ Two’ went smoothly. It was a very collaborative effort, we chose two students from the acting pathway to present after the auditions and they were absolutely fabulous. The rest of the crew worked well together and despite a few hiccups along the way, I think we pulled through it.

I am looking forward to working on the next episode of ‘Friday @ Two’ and using everything we learnt to make February’s show even better than our Christmas special.

‘Be the Day’…

During the summer I worked as a production assistant for Treacy and Hardy Productions. It was great to work with the team again but this video was very different to ‘Never get a Taxi’ because it was set in multiple locations and the story line was more complex.

It was the official launch for the music video on Thursday 20th September and it was great to see the video get such a good reception. So please check it out for yourself and share!

An Update…

Over the summer I have been keeping myself busy with various new projects.

 

I have also been involved with the production of Poet Matt Windle’s second music video for his new track ‘Be The Day’ which will be launching later this month.  It was great working with Hayley, Rebecca, Matt and Felix again. Now I just cannot wait to see the final product.

The Telepresence team have also met to brainstorm about some minor changes we are going to make to the film. We have discussed using a voice over to lead the narrative through the film, it will give a deeper insight to the feelings and emotional change the protagonist experience throughout as well as reducing the number of scenes we need to rework.

The Balcony Sessions…

This is the first acoustic session I filmed on location with fellow BOA student Matt Sheehan. It was a massive learning curve for me in terms of filming an artist without a crew behind me. The weather made it so much harder, as it made lighting an issue and we had to avoid the equipment and instruments getting wet. It took me a while to sort out the sound because we were filming on a balcony. Which meant we had lots of background noise from the city streets below. We overcame this by plugging the microphone and Matt’s guitar directly into the external microphone (Zoom H4n) and recording as a 4 Channel track. The video was shot on my new Canon 550D with an 18-55mm lens.

I’d like to thank Matt for his patience with me and it was a pleasure to work with somebody as talented as he is.

Check out the video.. any feedback is welcome.