Armitage Shanks still of interview

Working Fast

Just finished editing a recruitment film for Armitage Shanks (or Ideal Standard). We shot at their London showroom on 20 December, 2016 and at their Armitage factory and warehouse last week (12 & 13 January, 2017). On the shoot was writer/director Andrew Callaway, whom I often work with, and Brook Williams, my son (currently at Film School). We took along …

D J Shadow Nobody Speak video

Nobody Speak

I trained and worked for many years as an actor, predominantly in theatre it must be said. I began a corporate entertainment company which was how I first got involved in camerawork and editing (via our Film-Days, which we still do). The filmmaking gradually took over, although I still get involved in the occasional play. I confess a certain smugness …

The Largest ever UK prize draw

Lottery Winner

Tonight’s UK National Lottery Jackpot is the highest ever at almost £60,000,000 because they’ve increased the odds, from a mere 1 in 14 million to 1 in 45 million. This means you won’t win. In fact, you’ve got more chance of winning if you don’t buy a ticket because the odds of an admin error are only about 1 in …

Cyber Crime Digital Image

Background Checks

I was filming near Ipswich last week, at the BT site (or the part of it that deals with Cyber defence). They’re not too keen on having cameras around, understandably. Not allowed to film entrance doors (presumably so one doesn’t catch security codes), or name badges. And you have to have someone with you, at all times, with a filming …

Old fashioned 8mm film editing

Power of the edit

A video can be very powerful. But who holds that power? I think it is the editor because he or she has a lot of influence over the finished product. I first noticed this when I began doing interviews (actually, I had noticed it earlier, shooting drama, but it hadn’t had quite the same impact). It’s something I think interviewees …

Private Property-as in Private Video

Client Permission

Putting a website together isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to the portfolio. Don’t think I am making excuses (although I am) but large corporations don’t like you using their material on a website. Understandable, of course; some of the material is sensitive and, if their competitors got hold of it, it could prove embarrassing to say the least. But …