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Music Video – “Broken Glass” was written and performed by Brett Davies. Filmed

Music Video – “Broken Glass” was written and performed by Brett Davies. Filmed and edited by Aaron Williams.

About the song: “It’s a song about my life; following my heart, following my dreams and not giving up.” Brett.

Shot on a Canon EOS 7D in South Wales, this film was first edited in FCP7 as a rough cut. It was then transfered to Premiere Pro via XML to take advantage of the programes dynamic link with After Effects. The trimming, colouring and final cut were then all done in Premiere and After Effects (for stabilizing). Colouring was helped by Red Giants Magic Bullet Looks plugin.

Credits:
Singer/Songwriter: Brett Davies
Actress: Kelsi Farrington
Camera and Editor: Aaron Williams

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Broken Glass

Music Video – “Broken Glass” was written and performed by Brett Davies. Filmed and edited by Aaron Williams.

Shot on a Canon EOS 7D in South Wales, this film was first edited in FCP7 as a rough cut. It was then transfered to Premiere Pro via XML to take advantage of the programes dynamic link with After Effects. The trimming, colouring and final cut were then all done in Premiere and After Effects (for stabilizing). Colouring was helped by Red Giants Magic Bullet Looks plugin.


iPhone Adventure

So in a few days I’m heading off to Austria. I’m travelling alone and light… One backpack. This sadly means that I have to leave my camera behind (sad times). However I will have my iPhone on me.

Hey there’s a challenge. I’ll film my trip on my phone. Who needs a 7D with all its slick depth of field when you have a camera that can send SMS messages and emails!

In truth though I think this will be a fun challenge. With the absence of fancy equipment I will be forced to focus on the visual storytelling and attempt to capture the emotion of my trip.

I don’t know how it will turn out or what I’ll capture but I’ll post the result when I’m back.


Shooting Sabotage

(Originally posted 05/12/09)

Well, the first thing that was to go out the window was the schedule. It took us all an hour and twenty minutes to get to the location which was on the other side of London. But we all got there and the crew of 10 all got busy setting up the camera and lighting. I went straight to work with my actors running through the shot order with them so they knew what we doing and when.

Throughout the day problems arose that needed me to think on my feet and somehow get the shot. The main one that comes to mind was a shot where we needed a ‘fisheye’ lens to get the shot but for some reason it had been left at the film school. To solve this we put on the widest lens we had and repositioned the camera a little. This gave us a shot that looked close enough to the one that I wanted.

The main problem we had was time. We had so little time shoot in and so much to shoot. The 1st AD really saved the day here, she kept us going and managed to talk me into cutting out a few shots and tweaking others so that we got two shots in one and thanks to her we finished pretty much on time. I also have to give the actors a nod of gratitude here as they were fantastic in getting the shots mostly in one take.

Although the pressure was on all day to deliver, I was mostly excited rather than stressed and was very happy when I got to hand deliver the film to Soho film lab for developing.


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