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Jon Norman from Beer YHA wanted to make a promotional film showing the Beer YHA youth hostel. The film was shot over two days including a special event for The Big Lunch.
We used all the gear to put this film together, making good use of the jib and tracking equipment to get some really stylish and cinematic shots. The film follows our 'webfilm' format, based on an interview and cutting away to shot to give context and maintain an exciting rhythm.
This film runs a bit longer than a typical webfilm due to the extra number of points Jon wanted to make. The film is also designed to be distributed on DVD where the longer running time would be expected. It still works equally well online, however.
The Beer YHA is a stunning building set in the charming seaside town of Beer on the south coast of Devon.
Over the last few weeks I've been working on this project for the WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes.
It was a great project to be involved with and I'm really pleased with the results.
Filming luckily coincided with my having a Vinten 3AS tripod on loan from them so it was a good opportunity to put that through it's paces. It performed well, even though the setup I was running was a bit heavy for the spring in the head. Vinten are kindly sending me a stronger spring to try out though.
Most of the wildlife shots in the film were shot using my Sigma 100-300 F4 lens on my Sony EX3. I used the Adaptimax adaptor to couple the two. The landscape shots were all using the standard EX3 lens.
The London Wetland Centre are showing the film in their Art Gallery so if you're down there check it out!
As part of my involvment with the WWT wetland nature reserve in London I was lucky enough to film the extrodianry display of these breeding Great Crested Grebes.
It was the first time I've seen this, let alone film it, and was thrilled that the light was so good. It was great to witness the whole sequence of the initial display, followed by the collecting and showing-off of weeds and then nest building and mating. It all took place during a few hours in the morning.
I used the Vinten 3AS tripod, that Vinten have kindly lent me, which is defaintely a big step up from my old head for these kinds of zoom levels.