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Fear Inherited on Aviator Camera Gear Blog!

Back in March I took the Blackmagic Cinema Camera out for a spin with the new Rocket Travel Slider by Aviator Camera Gear. Zeke was kind enough to feature the project and the BTS video on his blog.


Head on over and check it out!


As time allows, I am planning on writing a bit more about the experience of using the BMCC and Rocket Travel Slider, as well as a bit of a Colour Grading breakdown for the final film. We’ll see how time gets on!

The Rocket Travel Slider has arrived!

IMG_3453It has been quite awhile that I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new Aviator Camera Gear Rocket Travel Slider. I ordered this back in October knowing that it could take some time before it was ready to ship. Although it took a bit longer than I expected, it has been well worth the wait.

Along with the Rocket sled unit, I also purchased the 6ft of Carbon Fibre travel track. The track easily breaks down into three shorter sections and everything fits very tidy into two small bags.

The plan is to get this onto the Blackmagic Cinema Camera over the week to get some good test shots in. Hopefully a wee behind-the-scenes and mini review will be in order soon!

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Look, Listen, Experience Glasgow

IMG_3396The Look, Listen, Experience stopped by the Glasgow Science Centre last week. It was a great opportunity to hear from crew from a variety of local Film & TV production and post-production companies. The day consisted of a variety of great seminars, including a fantastic Lighting Workshop from DoP Jonathan Harrison.

A multitude of cameras, lights, monitors and grip equipment was setup to get some hands on time with equipment that is well out of my current price range! It helped that the weather was pretty great as well :)

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Rechord & Richard Spriggs

In February I had the opportunity to make another video for Rechord, a Glasgow based charity aiming to record and distribute new worship music at no cost to the artist.

I have been helping to create their semi-regular video podcast videos, though this one was a bit different. This was an acoustic performance of a new track written by Rich & Mel Spriggs.

It was a lot of fun to shoot this video and finally get some use out of the Cinetics Cineskates that I’ve been wanting to use for awhile!

Here is the video:

The Clutha Appeal

On the 29th of November 2013, a police helicopter crashed into a local Glasgow pub, injuring many and killing police and civilians alike. In the wake of this tragedy, several members of the Strathclyde Police teamed up to write and record a single in efforts to raise money for those affected by the tragedy.

“Won’t Forget”, written by PC Paul Keenan and performed by other Police officers along with Jai McDowell of Britain’s Got Talent 2011 fame,¬†broke into the top 20 on the iTunes chart within 48 hours of being released. The story was picked up by multiple news outlets and broadcast on STV’s Scotland Tonight.

As this was recorded at the SAE Institute in Glasgow, I had the privilege of working to create the music video along with two others. The video can be seen below:

Bob’s Holiday | 48 Hr Film Project Glasgow

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This is definitely a belated post, but back in November I had the opportunity to participate in the Glasgow edition of the 48hr Film Project.

The weekend contained moments of relaxing, eating pizza and thinking of script ideas, hurried production into the wee hours of the morning, and manic exporting sessions.

Over a dozen people were involved on our team and each one did a fantastic job putting together a film that did not exist (and had not even been thought of) 48 hours previously. Well done the team and everyone else involved in the project this year! Although we didn’t win anything, we were all very pleased with the work and had a great time doing it.

Check out the list of winners here

Below are pictures from the weekend:


Hope for the Island: Faith | Hope | Love

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In the Spring of 2012, my wife and I headed out to a small island in the south of the Philippines. Though my wife had been previously, this was my first time. After spending two weeks in Burgos with the incredible staff at Hope for the Island, it was unfortunately time to leave.

My autumn was spent sifting through the dozens of hours worth of footage, attempting to piece together an edit that would help Hope for the Island visually communicate how they serve the people of Siargao Island. As this was done in the hours outside of paid work, it wound up taking until the end of 2012.

Below are the two different videos: A fifteen minute version with much more information and a shorter, six minute version for those with less time to spend watching another video :)

Thank you to Derek, Jenn, Makana, Brison and all the other staff at Hope for the Island. Your hospitality and love for those around you is inspiring.


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