Actors needed for Music Video

Update: This has now closed.  Unfortunately this project did not move through to production due to changes in requirements by the artist. 

ActorsNeededWe are currently working with up and coming solo artist Blythe Majors to produce his first music video for a forthcoming release. The video production is being made for minimal budget with services being provided by HLB Media and Obsidian Entertainment.

We’re looking for enthusiastic local actors aged 16+ in the Swindon/Oxford area who would like to play small roles in Blythe’s video and who represent a wide cultural depiction. Unfortunately we cannot pay you for your time but will cover agreed expenses. It is a great opportunity if you would like to add to your portfolio of experience and be part of an emerging artist’s work.

If you would like to find out more or take part please email your picture and acting CV to us at

Further details on the video shoot (location/dates) will be provided should you be selected for audition but if there is related information you need prior to this, please let us know. Thanks

Last date for applications: February 15th 2012

11.11.11 – 260 miles to Kirkstone Pass

11/11/11 was ‘One Day On Earth’. One Day On Earth is a huge collaborative production where the brief was for people to document our planet specifically on 11.11.11. Chosen pieces of the submitted footage will be used to produce a unique film to showcase our world on that day. We decided to document our day to contribute.  I was on the way to the Lake District with a friend that day and as we were travelling, we were unable to film a specific project so attached the GoPro to the car bonnet and filmed our journey there.  We did our best to keep it charged for the whole journey though it didn’t quite pan out that way…we were travelling from Wiltshire.  We did manage to give it a quick boost whilst on the motorway and made the journey edit continuously but unfortunately it didn’t hold out for the road to the top of Kirkstone Pass (I must buy a spare battery!), though in the edit it still works well.  We timelapsed the sun setting on Kirkstone Pass for the ending to our day.

Take a look here for yourself to see our journey.

Avebury, UK

Avebury was another video made as a learning piece for me. We arrived at Avebury as the gates to the car parked opened for the day hoping to be able to film the stones without too many people around. The plan went fairly well though it was only an hour before the site started to get rather crowded. We decided to move to the less busy area of the West Kennet Avenue and then on to West Kennet Long Barrow to include some more of the historical area in to the video.

It was a lovely area to visit and I would advise anyone thinking of visiting the area to arrive early to experience the stones in a peaceful setting.

The video…

Bath, UK

One of the first video projects I set myself was to create a short promo video of Bath. This was primarily a learning piece for me for both filming and editing.

We set out early in the morning to do our best to beat all the crowds and to give ourselves the best chance to film the quiet streets. I had a list of the main areas I wanted to cover but because we were not working to a strict schedule, I had the freedom to shoot anything else that took my eye during the day.

It was the first day I had taken out the Zacuto Z Finder Pro x2.5 and it is amazing, it makes filming so much easier especially on a sunny day. We also took out the slider for the first time, I am rather glad I didn’t have to carry it myself!! I’m only little and it weighs a ton when in the same bag as the tripod, I wouldn’t have got very far on my own!! Love the effect from using it, though in a busy city its really only usable when the street are quiet. It was a fun day and I am really happy with the final piece. I hope you like it too 🙂

The video…

A Short Film – Test footage

A few weeks before our planned filming date, myself and the director spent an afternoon going over the D3s settings and filming some establishing shots at our chosen location.  Although I have played with the video settings I had not yet been out to film anything seriously.  By altering the saturation settings and manually adjusting the white balance we achieved the feel we are aiming for.  We have however decided that the zoom shots didn’t really work.  The zoom lens is not motor driven and didn’t hold focus through its zoom range.  We want to do some further tests of zooming and focus pulling to see if we can manually achieve fluid turns of the zoom and focus rings without expensive rigs.  We were both extremely impressed with the capabilities of the camera and the output looked awesome.  The only major problem on the day was the lack of feeling in my frozen fingers!  I can’t wait till I can show you what we are working on…

A Short Film

In the last couple months, I have been learning Avid at my day job. It has been a steep learning curve with me having to edit together footage from an in-house event but it’s been a really interesting experience and I’ve learnt how to do everything from organising source material and preparing it for editing, defining my own workflow, techniques for editing sync and non sync video, customising project settings, enhance audio and levels for broadcast, using keyframes for image stabilisation and colour correction, and finally exporting for DVD creation! Unfortunately the finished product belongs to the company I work for and is not available online 🙁

However, myself and the editor at work have become friends and in the first few months of this year we are aiming to make a short film. Over the holidays I headed out to do a location recce. Now, I’m unsure of all of the details of the film as the co-producer is also the writer but I was told to find a local graveyard!! Intriguing I know but I thought this one was quite nice as graveyards go!

This is the first short film I have been involved in and have been thrown in at the deep end as co-producer and cameraman but I’m excited to be working on it! I’ll keep you updated on progress (via twitter) and when the short is finished, I will post it on here!