360-Degree Video @ London Zoo

Post Production

I’m sharing a 360-degree video I did the post-production on to celebrate the recent launch of the all-new documentary series London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year.

Filmed inside the ZSL London Zoo animal enclosures, the viewer can use their mouse to look around in every direction. You can also use a VR Headset with your smartphone or similar for a fully immersive experience. If you are looking at the video on your mobile phone, click on the video title and then allow the video to open in the Youtube app.

It is nice to work on something interesting such as a 360-degree video, and I hope with this experience to offer more to people. I certainly have a very good understanding of how to position graphics within a 3D environment for these immersive videos. Perhaps a 360 video for your business would be a great way to connect with potential customers? If so get in touch via the contact page.

Also as a video editor and producer, it is always nice to work on something you are interested in. Zoology has always fascinated me since my father has spent most of his life exploring the world seeing many different animals and birds. It reminds me of the father-son trip we took together to Svalbard in the Arctic circle where we made a documentary. The film includes close encounters with Polar bears, Walrus, Beluga Whales as well as some beautiful scenery. If you would like to watch that documentary it is only 1 hour long, you can view it here:

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Dublin Murders – Trailer

Editing

Check out this trailer I edited for ‘Dublin Murders’, a great detective series. Check it out on iPlayer if you haven’t seen it yet:

Dublin Murders is a television series based on the Dublin Murder Squad book series by Tana French, commissioned by British public service broadcaster BBC for BBC One, and Starz, with Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ later joining the project.

The series consists of eight episodes, and adapts the first two books in French’s series, In the Woods and The Likeness. Dublin Murders debuted on BBC One on 14 October 2019.

Killian Scott and Sarah Greene are detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox, a psychological crime thriller. Check it out.

BFI London Film Festival 2019

Production

It was a real pleasure to make videos for the BFI London Film Festival 2019. I had a surreal Sunday when I filmed interviews with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino & Harvey Keitel for the closing night Gala for Martin Scorsese’s new film “The Irishman”.

Working for the excellent Formidable media. Please watch the videos below of which I am really proud of:

The Irishman

The Plot:

Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62.

Knives Out

Here is another example of my work on the Red Carpet during the film festival. Another interesting film you might not have heard baout yet. Check out the video I made:

The Plot:

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

This was the opening night Gala video for the BFI London Film Festival 2019. A great way to open the festival and an interesting film with some great British talent. Check out the video I made here:

The Personal History of David Copperfield is a 2019 British-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the Victorian era novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. It stars Dev Patel as the title character, alongside Peter Capaldi, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, and Ben Whishaw.

My latest Showreel for 2019

Videography

I’m pleased to share my latest Showreel of work. I hope it shows the diversity of videos I have had the pleasure of making.

Advice for Editing a Showreel

Editing your own Showreel is no easy task as many freelancers will tell you. First of all finding the actual time to work on it when you’re really busy and then when you finally sit down to edit, you have to scrutinise your own work.

My advice to anyone wanting to make their own showreel is to just get out a pen and paper and scribble lots of notes first. Begin by writing down just from memory which jobs you’re most proud of and even jot down specific shots that come to mind. Once you have done that, you can then trawl through your hard drives to see what other work you might have forgotten and add that to the list.

If you’ve done a showreel before in the past but it needs updating, your old reel is a good starting off point. I would suggest itemising everything that is in your current reel no matter how old it is; perhaps even put this list into a spreadsheet if you are keen on Excel? Then go through it systematically and mark up what you want to keep and what you want to lose. I find having these notes makes it a lot easier to come back at a later date as you will be stopping and starting work on this a lot.

In terms of the editing process, I would get as much footage on a timeline as possible and watch through everything, just looking for common themes within the footage. In Adobe Premiere I used markers on the timeline to help show the length of each section when editing. If you want to learn exactly how to do that there is a useful article here.

Once you have a basic assembly of the edit, start looking for some music before you begin heavily cutting bits out. I would personally avoid music with vocals but there are no rules, if it works for you and your style, go for it.

After you have your first edit I would ask friends and colleagues to view your work and ask for some constructive criticism. Even ask for some outside opinions from strangers on online forums if you think you can handle it. Try not to be too precious over things which is hard to say about your own work; just really listen to what other people are saying and make amendments accordingly. If something just really isn’t working don’t be afriad to let it go.

I also don’t think there is an ideal length. Perhaps at 2mins 30sec mine is slightly on the longer side but there really aren’t any hard fast rules. A drama director or actor will need a longer reel than perhaps an animator or colourist, just go with what feels right for your type of work.

Finally, a Showreel is never finished. It is an evolving phenomenon, so there is nothing stopping you from making additions and cutting things out again at anytime.

Providing you make the time 🙂