Thursday, 19 July 2012

2012 update

A brief update after these months of silence (turns out buying a house takes all of your free time).

I have edited the One Show segments: Lava lamp, suspendion bridge, Math of music and Math of fraud. 

I also have graded the the 30 min Kids' Tv show 'Ricky Radical Reinventions', which saw the come back of Morph and Chaz.... those pesky characters did want special grade to fit them with the rest of the program, luckly I know what I am doing!

I also graded the short film 'My other half' for the 0117 Bristol encounters. The director had a very specific grade in mind and it was a pleasure to work with her.

You can view the short film here:

and here is a couple of before and after shots.

in June I have edited the behind the scenes video for 'The Other Wife', a new TV serie which will be out later on this year.

These are a just a few, will update with more projects next time

Monday, 16 January 2012

Mongol Rally

I've done the edit for the Mongol Rally teaser video. This video was used to get people to sign up, has been viewed by thousands of people it was featured on the youtube page of videos to watch and the participants of the 2012 mongol rally liked it so much that I have even received personal messages from them. Enjoy!

Home Sheep Home 2 trailer

Last autumn I did the trailer for the new Aardman game 'Home Sheep Home 2'. A nice little creative project that was as fun as playing the actual game is. Definately worth downloading!

Have a look at the trailer:

Great dinners of the world

Back in October I've edited 3 25 min episodes of the documentary 'Great dinners of the world' for the Asian Food Channel (reachable audience of 45 million)

I was editing on site and in the month I was working for them I have been to Cognac, Paris, Inverary and Rance.

The documentary follows 4 Chefs as they travel to various locations across the world working together to create great dinners for various VIP guests. With such a tight timescale I had to create my own editing scripts, VO and links in order to meet deadlines. It was an amazing project to work on and I've definitely learn the true meaning of editing on the go!


Friday, 13 May 2011

Colourist Showreel

Here are a few examples of what I do using Color. I have my own grading equipment with calibrated monitors

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Little Thor

I did the grade for the new Marvel/Paramount viral for the new film 'Thor'.
The project saw me and Matt Golding working until the early hours of the morning but it was all worth it as Marvel signed the grade off straight away. I had to replicate the grade for the Volkswagen's Darth Vader Super Bowl ad as close as possible and trust me it is easier said then done. I am very pleased with the end result and the viral is having great hits. Have a look!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Special Effects Showreel

Here are some examples of the Special Effects I can do.
It's a mixture of motion graphics, green screen/compositing, tracking, 3D, morphing and more.


Monday, 7 March 2011

Eliminate: Archie Cookson

Last year I edited the feature film: 'Eliminate: Archie Cookson'. It was shot on RED and my role stated from archiving and converting the rushes to offline format, to creating the edit with the director Rob Holder and producer Ioanna Karavela.

It developed my creative storytelling skills as well as making me even more organised (dealing with 4TB worth of footage requires meticolous labelling and list ticking). It was a wonderful project that gave me the chance to work with an extremely talented team and create something to be truly proud of.

I just received the good news that 'Eliminate:Archie Cookson' is going to be premiered at Minghella Festival

If you are going to festival and want to see a very gripping story then it will be shown on Sunday the 13th of March at 18.30.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Felix's Machine

I got asked to re-grade most of this project as most of the shots needed a complex grade involving motion tracking masks to panning shots, applying different grades to different parts of the shots etc.
It was a challenging and very fun project. The short video shows the inspirational work of Felix in a very artistic way and I highly recommend anyone who is in London on Wednesday to have a look at the premiere of the video in the Apple Store in Covent Garden

I can't release the video yet but I can show you couple of stills to give you an idea of the grade.


After: Different masks to hide the wires and stands while keeping the overall grade persistent. Highlighting metals and give it a overall warmer, more filmic feel.


After: Shifting the focus on the machine parts in the lower right part of the frame by selective darkening of the middle section

Friday, 21 January 2011

Jenna G promo realeased

Finally Jenna G new single 'Flood of emotions' has been released. Now you can watch my grading skills here:

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Grading with vWave-Lite

My latest project involved grading the new Jenna G music video for her new song "Flood of emotions". For this project I have tried for the first time the control panel for the Ipad called vWave-Lite (made by Tangent). I have used the physical interface Wave during one of the BBC training days in Color and during my training in BaseLight at Splice. I tried for myself how easier grading is when you are not constricted by the mouse and can perform different adjustments at the same time. The only problem is the price of the control panel. Even though Tangent offers a very competitive budget, it is still a considerable investment.

Tangent recently released a simpler version of Wave for the Ipad and it is fantastic. Yes, it will never replace the actual console and I had to get used to the sensitivity of the virtual console, but this allows you to carry on multiple actions at once and this is essential when grading. Dealing with blacks, mids and whites separately gives different results than dealing with them at the same time. The image reacts differently and the work feels less constrictive, therefore it can become more creative.

This control panel made my job quicker, easier but most importantly more accurate. It helped me to test different options in a more efficient way. I always want to achieve the best with each grade and it certainly helped me in doing so.

The grade for the video is waiting for approval but it will be up soon. Watch this space.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Tate Movie Project

In September I was working on a Aardman project called The Tate Movie Project.

It is an interactive website commissioned by Tate where children aged 5-13 can take part in creating the Tate Movie. It's brilliant and unique idea: an animation film made by and for children.

My job involved taking screen captures of the websites (Apple Pro Res HQ to allow enough definition for digital zooms) adding camera animations and assembling them in a 5 minute demo to use in presentations and meetings regarding the further development of the project.

I was pleased to find out that the website won this year BIMA award for the Websites & Microsites category. Well done Aardman digital!

Dubai and Abu Dhabi

A last minute job (less than 48 hours notice) sent me to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for 8 days.
The job was for the F1 after race events. 'Yasalam' is a massive music festival that has been happening for the last 3 years and sees people from all over the world partecipating to the event.

Because of the size and importance of the event each night was covered by 4 different camera crews shooting on EXCAM cards. My job involved digitising, transcoding, organising and selecting the footage to then edit the material for different oitputs. Because of the fast turnaround I had to multitask between the different roles and keep the footage coming into FCP and being organised along the development of each edit.

I was onsite editor, in charge of creating web edits for promotional material (exported as 1280x720 h.264 MP4s) and selecting B rolls for each event (exported as h.264 .movs 1024x576). The B rolls got used by major News channels such as CNN international.

The polished web edits also included other world famous acts such as Kelly Rowland, Sean Paul, Kanye West, Linking Park, Gabrielle and (as you've seen) Prince. All of this was truly done backstage!

Most of the edits are still awaiting the artists' sig off but here is an edit in which I helped selecting the footage for the final edit.