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Beko

Beko Roadshow 2011

I shot and edited a corporate video featuring the Beko Roadshow on location at Lingfield Park racecourse, showcasing the brand’s new range and including staff interviews and client testimonials.  I also supplied stills of the event for internal communications and external press releases.

Beko Roadshow 2011

I shot: A Taste of Spain

So if you read my previous blog you’ll have heard me mention that I’m not afraid of hard graft. What I am afraid of is finishing a 13 hour shift at Wembley at 9.30pm, nannying the driver with the best route back to Surrey, and then leaving home again at 3.15 the next morning for my next job. I suppose I’ve done it now, I survived, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

The day (I use the term very loosely) started badly when the driver who’d come to pick me up considered it normal to arrive 10 minutes early (at 3.15 in the morning that’s not a virtue), leave his engine running outside my house (my street is so narrow you can touch a car in the road by leaning out of the house either side of the road) and to talk to his mate on the phone with his window open. I repeat, at 3.15 in the morning. That said, there’s something quite intriguing about getting up that early; if someone asks you to get to work at 7 it’s a pain, but a 4am start is altogether more of a challenge and therefore almost…fun. Driving to work past the fleshpots of south London when they’re kicking out after a solid Saturday night is an eye opening experience, and ordering sober at 5am from a 24 hour McDonald’s almost righteous.

Again the job was with/for an old Soccer AM/Channelbee chum, this time the bearded wonder that is Robbie Knox. We’ve embarked on a similar journey so help each other out by hiring one another when we need an extra pair of hands on a shoot. His client in this case was the agency for the Spanish Tourist Board, organizers of the now annual ‘A Taste of Spain’ extravaganza which takes over Regent Street offering food, drink, entertainment and sport with an Iberian twist. The event was due to kick off at midday, leaving us 8 hours to pick up shots of the preparations. The main idea of the early start was for us to pick up a great timelapse of the street being transformed into a fiesta but in reality (and I haven’t seen Robbie’s shots yet) we’ve probably got an hour of Saturday night dregs relieving themselves outside Uniqlo and then 7 hours of vans delivering scaffolding.

Regent Street, London, 5am before A Taste of Spain

The sky looked nice though, and McDonald’s did well out of us (except Jamie the runner who inexplicably for a young bloke who can get away with it has made a pact not to eat fast food throughout 2011).

Midday came and so did the throngs. I had mega rig with me

Canon 7D shoulder rig

which is never easy on the move in a big crowd but I did my best. Our brief was to capture as much of the event as possible but with a focus on the sports zone, a pretty impressive collection of stands offering golf swing analysis, an F1 simulator, the World Cup, basketball matches and more. Robbie got the job of filming the massive paella and sangria stalls, for some reason, maybe because he was the boss.

That’s pretty much it really. It rained and we didn’t get any paella or sangria (well, Robbie says he didn’t and we have to take his word for it) but we did get a few pints in at the end of the day (whilst we were transferring the rushes from my camera to his laptop, in case our wives are reading this) and Jamie the runner got to guard our bags behind the motor sport stand all afternoon. We got closer to the World Cup than we probably ever will do again, and I can say I saw Regent Street sober at 4am. As for the film of the event, we’ll have to wait until it goes through the various channels but if it reflects the effort many people put in it should do the trick. I’ve long since been sold on Spain but anyone getting their first taste on Sunday will have had a treat.

GoalMouth

GoalMouth logo

In spring 2011 I series produced and helped shoot ‘GoalMouth’, a 5×21 minute football magazine show for Disney XD presented by Tim Warwood and Adam Gendle.

Disney’s brief was to create a fun show for boys 8-12 which not only featured Premier League names but also helped promote the Premier League Schools Tournament.  I was asked by Sassy Films to assist with the initial pitch and development of the format, and then to write/produce the show which was a combination of archive footage, pre-recorded location packages with Premier League footballers

Footbowl on GoalMouth

mascots from Premier League and Football League

Mascot Mayhem on GoalMouth

plus action from the schools tournament and studio gags/links.

Tim and Gendle - GoalMouth

Carpello and Tim on GoalMouth

Operating with a skeleton team, I was required to take on multiple tasks including writing the script, shooting inserts, researching archive footage and booking Premier League contributors.

Yazoo: LAFTAs

LAFTAS with Yazoo

In early 2011 I shot and edited a series of videos for Yazoo from the media run at the Loaded LAFTAS which they co-sponsored.  Starring Soccer AM/Channelbee’s own Robbie Knox and a smattering of the nation’s best loved comic performers including the likes of Jimmy Carr, David Baddiel, Keith Lemon and Vic Reeves

Robbie Knox and Vic Reeves at the Loaded LAFTAS with Yazoo

the videos deal with the weighty issues of favourite comedy films, funniest words and in Keith Lemon’s case all manner of strangeness.

Blog about the shoot is here and here’s one of the videos:

Resolution Square on Vimeo and YouTube

As I intend to devote more of my time to the site this year I’ll hopefully be posting up more video content. Admittedly at the moment I’m only making content for other people so some of it may not be to everyone’s taste but I’m building up my Vimeo and YouTube channels where I’ll be hosting a lot of the vids I’m making (apart from the tv show; you’ll have to watch that on the old skool box in the first instance).

If you’re not familiar with Vimeo, I’d describe it as a more discerning YouTube. You won’t get as many cats playing the piano or fat blokes miming to Europop but it’s the film-makers’ choice mainly because it treats its source video with more respect; basically your videos look better after uploading. There’s also an option which lets subscribers offer their videos for download if they choose to which is handy for various reasons. As for YouTube…well it’s YouTube. I’m putting videos there because there’s always a chance that something will fly completely at random and any publicity is good publicity; my ‘No Trousers’ video from last week has already been viewed over 6000 times which is a bonus:

On my YouTube channel as well as uploading new videos I’m trying to locate some of my old work (especially from Channelbee) which has been uploaded to other people’s channels and these are in the Portfolio section in the right hand sidebar. If it’s there I’ve either shot, edited, directed or appeared in it; if you need to know which just drop me a line. There’s a varying quality because the videos span a few years and therefore (hopefully) a steady improvement, but if you’re a prospective client I’d suggest checking out my Vimeo channel instead which is more relevant to you.

I’m not obsessed by subscriber numbers, likes or comments but do get involved if you feel the need; I’d be grateful (assuming your feedback is positive).

Channelbee viewers…I did save quite a few things before we left the building so I may upload some of them in the coming weeks. For obvious reasons I’m still debating as to whether to upload the never before seen shoot where I took salvia on camera as an experiment!

I’m not overly set on the YouTube design at the moment but again it’s something I’m sure I’ll tinker with in due course. Hopefully if I start picking up enough hits I’ll unlock more flexibility in the design options.

So take a look around and drop me a line if you have any questions!

England 2018

In late August 2010 I was asked to join the England 2018 bid team as their pool video cameraman and editor, tasked with filming (Sony EX1), editing and distributing B-roll footage of the FIFA Inspection Team’s visit to London, the North East and Manchester.  I covered Nick Clegg’s statement at 10 Downing Street, tours of Wembley Stadium, Rockliffe Hall, Stadium of Light, St James’ Park, City of Manchester Stadium and Old Trafford

Sir Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and Danny Jordaan at Old Trafford

and the closing statements and press conference from Manchester Central.  Footage was edited, encoded and uploaded to the distribution platform within hours of being shot, including an edit which was completed on the team helicopter between Newcastle and Manchester.

At the end of the week I produced a montage of the visit which was used by FATV and England 2018 as well as distributed to the clubs involved and international broadcasters:

I also blogged about the week on this site; it was certainly one of the more memorable and taxing jobs I’ve done so far.

Later in the year I was sent by the team to Trinidad to cover The David Beckham Academy running a workshop for coaching staff and a tournament for local schoolchildren.  I produced B-roll for worldwide media use and a quick edit of an interview with David Beckham which was picked up by many outlets:

I shot: the leader of the FIFA Inspection Team

The 4th and final day of the FIFA Inspection Visit, and a thankfully somewhat less hectic day than the previous one.  It certainly started better than the day before; the Midland Hotel saw fit to put on a breakfast rather than put a bag with breakfast in outside your door as they do at the Travelodge Sunderland Central.

Manchester Central was the venue for the closing statements

Closing statements at Manchester Central

and subsequent press conference which formally ended the week’s inspection visit.  Nothing particular to report; Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the Chilean leader of the FIFA Inspection Team

Harold Mayne-Nicholls

made some very positive noises and certainly seemed happy with the ‘perfect’ way in which the visit had been organised, but naturally giving nothing away in terms of our chances of winning the bid.  He did, however, allay fears regarding the two negative angles which the press had conjured up (David Cameron’s decision not to meet them and the lack of a visit to a match) which must have gone down well with the team.

Andy Anson, the CEO of England 2018

Andy Anson and Harold Mayne-Nicholls

then offered his thanks and goodbyes

A farewell to FIFA

and it was off to the airport for the delegates.  Back to the press room for me and an upload of the videos before returning to the stage a couple of hours later for the bid team’s closing press conference which seemed to be handled without major incident or niggles from the assembled journos.  I did hear the odd grumble from them in the press room afterwards though; why some people feel the need to drum up a negative angle on these things when ultimately they’d be good for the country I’ll never know, but that’s why I’m not a journalist.

Train home, another long encode (this trip has made me realise that I’m wasting a lot of time just waiting for files to finish…it’s a long and very dull process even to explain how digital files get made so I won’t trouble you with that just yet) and a Friday edit putting together a montage of a very long and memorable week:

I shot: Steve Cram, Peter Beardsley, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio and Rooney

Yes, day 3 of the 2018 inspection was certainly a biggie, and I did it all without the aid of the breakfast in a bag on offer at the Travelodge.

An early 8am start at the Stadium of Light awaiting the arrival of the delegation on a rather painstakingly crafted landing spot outside the ground

England 2018 helipad at Stadium of Light

and then it was all systems go…until 2am the following morning.  I managed it all on a foot long Subway, a Red Bull and a late night £4 can of Grolsch from the mini bar which isn’t bad going.  Not sure it’s a diet I’d advise but needs must, and I didn’t feel I could ask the helicopter to swing by the local fly through McD’s.

So, first stop Stadium of Light, and a tour of the stadium hosted by Niall Quinn and Steve Cram.  The latter and I actually met back in 1986 when I interviewed him for my CSE P.E. project when I still wanted to be an athlete (see my biog) but I don’t think he recognised me.  Some people.  Anyway they’ve got a massive painting in reception which I think Niall Quinn said was the earliest football painting in the world or something.

Niall Quinn hosts at Sunderland

I think Oxford United have got a photo of Jim Rosenthal wearing ox horns at the Milk Cup Final which is good enough for me.

From one impressive ground to another, and the short hop to St James’ Park.  A short hop in aforementioned massive helicopter, although I was working so had too much on to worry about what might happen but luckily the conditions were perfect and I got some half decent shots out of the window.

The toon from the air

Peter Beardsley (nicest man in football) was on hand to show the delegation around NUFC and I think he did a grand job.  His love for the game and the club shone through and as long as they understood him, I’m sure the delegation would have been impressed.

The nicest man in football

Two down, two to go.  Back in the chopper for the trip to Manchester, and a proper edit deadline for me.  50 minutes to upload the morning’s footage, cut it down into a 3 minute B-Roll for journalists and to set it encoding.  So I didn’t see much of Yorkshire and Lancashire below us but I finished in time to pick up a few shots of the City of Manchester Stadium before landing.  Sadly I missed out on the pastries; I’m that dedicated.

City of Manchester stadium

Eastlands is very blue and very plush indeed.

Man City's changing room

Man City's tunnel

They’ve got a hydro-room and everything.  World Cup hero Howard Webb was on hand here to meet the delegates along with Garry Cook; sure they did a great job but in my head I was entertaining myself with what could have been if Liam and Noel were showing them around.

From the blue to the red side of town, and the final ground of the day:  Old Trafford.  The red carpet was really rolled out here, with Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex

and David Gill hosting, and cameo appearances on the pitch from Messrs Ferdinand and Rooney.

Wayne Rooney

Aside from the silverware kicking around

Man Utd's treasures

what impressed me most was Sir Bobby bounding up the stairs like he was 20 again.  Like Beardsley before him, his passion was infectious as he impressed upon the guests just what the club means to the town.

Over to the Town Hall for a few shots of the evening do

A bit of a do

attended by the great and good of the game

Michael Owen

but sadly not me.  I had to make do with my foot long and Red Bull as I cracked on with the edits of the day back at the hotel.  At least the previous night’s hotel disaster wasn’t repeated as I got to go posh at the Midland.  £4 a small can of Grolsch in the minibar posh.

So by 2am, the day’s total ran like this:

Premiership grounds visited: 4

Flights in the massive chopper: 2

Knights filmed: 3

Inches of Subway eaten: 12

Small cans of Grolsch taken from the minibar: 1 – I wasn’t that desperate

Edits uploaded for broadcasters: 6

iPhones crashed and refusing to recover: 1

Technology can be a cruel master.

I shot: Steve Gibson and Niall Quinn

So, day 2 of the big FIFA Inspection visit, at the very well appointed Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.

Rockliffe Hall

After a hugely unexpected but welcome catch-up with my sister in law who was there filming for ITV (you know a family has their priorities wrong when they find out what each others kids are up to within the confines of a media pen), the delegation arrived in their very flash helicopter

A big helicopter

which may seem an irrelevant detail to you but for me who has a fear of flying and who was due to get in it (twice) a day later, it was pretty significant and more than a little reassuring to see that it wasn’t a rustbucket.  Apparently it belongs to Mr al Fayed and is the only one in the country; a Sikorsky S-92 if you care about these things.  All I cared about was whether or not it looked like it would get me to Manchester in one piece.

So the shoot was following the delegation around Boro’s training facility at Rockliffe Hall, hosted by Steve Gibson (it’s his pad, apparently, and a very nice one indeed) and Niall Quinn.  Disappointingly for me, they didn’t get the always entertaining Gordon Strachan on the case as well although I can understand that his priorities don’t necessarily lie with England.  All fairly straightforward; they took in a youth game then went inside to the indoor pitch, changing rooms, video and treatment room.

Niall Quinn and Steve Gibson host the FIFA Inspection Team

For the important people it was then on to dinner; for me it was a quick drink (and a handshake with the hosts) then up to a room and my laptop for the edit (with mighty Oxford United at West Ham in the other ear).

Edit done, I still had to make the transfer to Sunderland where I was staying the night.  I wasn’t really fussed about not staying at Rockliffe, an early start at Stadium of Light meant that it was best making the trek in the evening.  I wasn’t really fussed, that is, until I arrived at the Travelodge Sunderland Central.  Let me get one thing straight; I am no snob, I’ve been lucky enough to kip in some great hotels and some dives in my time, but I wasn’t really prepared for this particular culture shock.  Maybe it was the fact that they’d lost my booking, maybe it was because the duty manager clearly didn’t want to leave her McDonald’s long enough to find me a new room, maybe it was the tempting ‘breakfast in a bag’ they were offering for £4.50, but I’m not going to be recommending this particular establishment in a hurry and I don’t think it’ll be on the list of FIFA approved hotels either (although that decision is out of my hands).  Because I try to embrace digital culture, I did check in on FourSquare, but decided against telling anyone about it.  I even added a tip (Don’t stay here).

At the end of the day, and a long one at that, a bed is a bed, even if it backs onto a window which backs onto a drunk bloke ranting and ripping up street furniture at midnight.