…”I’m all lost in the supermarket / I can no longer shop happily”. For a couple of days last week, I was putting together an animatic for the Heimat advertising agency for an advert for one of the German supermarket chains. This kind of motion graphics work was new to me – as simple storyboards no longer cut it, animated versions are used before production starts to show the client how it will work, and then these can be audience tested. I’m transitioning to After Effects (about time too), but given the time constraints it was quicker to do it in Motion.
Completed at the end of last year, this was another edit for the ‘Marlow On Style’ series for Sotheby’s, directed by Ben Harding for Cultureshock Media. It is a pilgrimage to the Patek Philippe museum in Zurich and is here on YouTube and on the Sotheby’s site. Pictured above is the insanely complicated ‘Calibre 89′ watch – it even has a star chart of all things. Not quite your average Swatch watch…
Another finishing/online edit for the Yangon Film School (YFS) – this time a docufiction short directed by Lay Thida, and also about to be screened at the Lifescapes film festival (see next blog entry). The film has the honour of being the first fictional film ever made in the Chin language, and consequently required subtitling in both English and Burmese. The online Final Cut Pro subtitling tools provided by Michael Cinquin were invaluable in this respect.
First in a blitz of updates about projects from the end of last year and the start of this one. This was a finishing/online edit for the Yangon Film School (YFS), a European not-for-profit whose excellent stated aim is “to create a diverse media culture” in Myanmar (Burma). They provide intensive courses and support for young Burmese filmmakers keeping the focus on achieving really high-quality production values, which means that the films that have come out of YFS are generally excellent. The Bamboo Grove was directed by Khin Khin Hsu and is about to be screened at the Lifescapes film festival in Chang Mai, Thailand in February.
A bit like something out of a sci-fi film – massive trucks disturb the silence of Polish forests generating mini-earthquakes to create a seismic reading of the underlying geology. It’s all part the gold rush happening in Poland around it’s nascent shale gas industry, which uses the controversial ‘fracking‘ technique. This was a 10-minute report I edited with journalist Gulliver Cragg for broadcast on France 24, shot by Tomasz Łubik. It’s available to watch here. As a sucker for maps, there were some great ones in the film showing each of the sectors that they were measuring:
Made for The Ecologist magazine’s film unit and Link TV, I edited this news doc, working once again with director, Ben Harding. The film looks at how an increase in the amount of speculation from financial institutions who have no direct connection with food production is causing the price of corn in Mexico to rise. As corn is the staple food stuff for Mexicans, the effects are most widely felt by the country’s poor.
And this is the short title sequence I designed for the ‘Marlow On Style’ series. The accompanying magazine articles use cut-out images of Tim Marlow and so the brief was to incorporate these into the titles as if they had been cut out of the pages. It was nice to take things out of the digital domain and print out the pics to get a bit of texture and then rephotograph them before shuffling them around in Motion. I’ve put some development design stills up on Flickr.
Some seriously fine wine was enjoyed on this project – sadly, I didn’t get to drink any of it. Another production expertly directed by Ben Harding for Cultureshock Media, I did the edit and also produced the graphics (see next post). The client was the auction house Sotheby’s and for their ‘Sotheby’s At Auction’ magazine, they are running a series with Tim Marlow on high-end collecting. You can watch the full episode on YouTube, but also in better resolution, once it has buffered, on their site.