Our new guide to the production process can be seen here. Hopefully it can help to cut through the jargon and show that commissioning a video can be a fairly straightforward process. This is the first in our series of production guides, up next will be a guide to commissioning and making videos for museums and exhibitions.
Our latest video installation for the National Museum of Scotland’s ‘Discoveries’ Gallery is a projection that explores two centuries of Scottish discovery, invention and innovation around the world. The challenge was to bring these stories to life using a range of static archive material, including documents, maps, portraits, letters and illustrations, creating moving imagery from a time before images moved. The project’s success is a testament to the skill and creativity of designer and animator Luke Spurgeon.
We’re back in Iquitos, Peru, filming another episode of the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ series, which follows the work of Animal Defenders International, a UK-based animal rights charity which has worked with the Peruvian government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The series, which we’ve been filming since April 2014, follows the team as they seize animals from circuses and find new homes for them. The numbers are rising all the time as lions, monkeys, bears and even tortoises come to light. Some of the monkeys seem keen on following a career in the media.
We’re filming at Petworth House in Sussex today, on the first day of a new film for the National Trust, who have decided it’s time to shake up their approach to interpretation; less talking heads and heavy history, more creativity and imagination. We’re developing an anarchic little film which will bring the place to life, called ‘Petworth; Packed with Personality’, it’ll be a cross between Monty Python and Night at the Museum – hopefully it’ll breath some life into the place. Watch this space!
Mako-Mere (making friends) is a modern Ugandan soap opera designed to carry key development messages. Shot on location in the Eastern province of Tororo, the series follows the lives of a group of Ugandans, including a family, a drinker, a priest and a corrupt village elder, as they struggle to get ahead. We provided camera equipment and training to local crews during the shoot. The project was conceived and run by the charity Mifumi, which has offices in Bristol and Uganda.