Working with the Walrus

Yoho Media has been commissioned by the Hornimam Museum to produce a series of programmes for their new Anthropology Gallery; including an interactive installation, video and audio content. We’ll be working with museum designers Ralph Applebaum Associates and project managers Fraser Randall to create the new exhibits, which will open in early 2018.

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Film is Dead: Long Live Film!

While shooting a documentary film about the Blasket Islands in South West Ireland I had an opportunity to shoot on film, for the first time in 2 decades. The film focuses on life on the Blasket Islands in the first half of the twentieth century and I wanted to create some imagery that felt it belonged in that era, so chose to shoot stills on Kodak negative film with a Rolleiflex. In the past I was a huge film enthusiast, but as the quality of digital stills and video has improved I’ve become sceptical about the ‘magic’ of film and convinced that just about any ‘look’ can be effectively reproduced through digital capture. Going back to film I was reminded just what a tough medium it is; eeking out 12 precious shots from a roll. In the end I was surprised to find myself seduced by film. Compared to a digital still the film image seems to have a distinctive texture, contrast range and colour response, giving it a ‘painterly’ quality – well worth the effort.

Medium format portrait. Dunquin, Ireland. Photo credit: Yoho Media.

Shot with a Rolleiflex T on Kodak Portra 400. Click here to see the full size image.

Medium format portrait. Dunquin, Ireland. Photo credit: Yoho Media.

Shot on a Canon 5D Mk II with a 50mm F1.2

An actor playing the part of a photographer from the 1950s for a film about the history of the Blasket Islands.
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Shooting medium format in Ireland

Very excited to be shooting film for the first time in a decade, and on a spectacularly beautiful day in South West Ireland. We’re shooting stills and re-enactment scenes for a film about the Blasket Islands for Ireland’s Office of Public Works. In order to produce images that have a strong period feel we’re using 6 x 6 medium format film and a vintage Rolleiflex camera. You can see the results here.

Two planes heading West, which is the direction chosen by the inhabitants when they abandoned the islands in 1953.
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World’s Shortest Scheduled Flight

The world’s shortest scheduled flight, from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is shorter than the runway at Heathrow, with a duration of less than 2 minutes. We made a short film about the flight as part of a package of documentary films for the renovated galleries at the National Museum of Flight, which opened earlier this year. Today the film has been picked up by media outlets around the world, including CNN in the US and Sky News in the UK. It goes to show that in a world hungry for content it’s so often museums that are telling the best stories. It also demonstrates the way in which digital media assets (videos, stills and even stories) that are designed so use in galleries, can have a real reach and enable museums to tell their stories beyond their physical limits.

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Digital Jurassic Park

‘Ancient Seas’ is our latest video installation at Clearwell Caves in Gloucester, where fish that died out more than 350 million years ago are brought back to life. Two projections enable these monsters of the deep to swim through the underground world, projected onto the walls and into the water in the caves. The animations are based on the fossil remains that make up the Chrinoidal Limestone in which the caves were originally formed during the Carboniferous period.

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The beautiful Blaskets

A spectacular week of filming on the Blasket Islands in the far South West of Ireland, for a short documentary for the Blasket Island Visitor Centre.

Blasket Islands
Aerial of the Great Blasket
Tearaght seen from the Great Blasket
Ruins on the Blasket Islands
The ruined village, Great Blasket.
Grey Seals on the beach of The Great Blasket Island, South West Ireland.
Seals on the beach of The Great Blasket Island, South West Ireland
A seal off the beach of The Great Blasket Island, South West Ireland
A seal takes a breath
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Monsters of the Deep

Our latest installation brings the monsters of the ancient seas back to life with projection mapping at Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean. Animated prehistoric sharks and fish are projected into a pool of water and onto the cave walls, producing a ghostly presence that reminds visitors of the life that existed here some 200 million years ago. The installation shows fish such as the Janassa, which was like a modern Skate, and the huge Psammodus, an early shark which crushed it’s prey in its powerful jaws, the fossilised remains of which are found in the limestone of the cave walls. The dark environment of the caves is perfectly suited to projection, enabling us to use controlled lighting to create a strong atmosphere that fills the cavern and inspires the imagination.

Clearwell Caves
An underground pool is an ideal environment for a video installation at Clearwell Caves.

Clearwell’s natural pools and open, underground spaces, provide an ideal space for video projection.

Video installation at Clearwell Caves.

Scott Morris programming a pair of Brightsign media players for ‘Ancient Seas’ projection.

A prehistoric shark

An ancient Shark looms out of the darkness.

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National Museum of Scotland opens 10 new galleries

The National Museum of Scotland opened 10 beautiful new galleries this week, exploring the worlds of art and science. The galleries look fantastic, a real visual feast that is adventurous, entertaining and amazing.  The museum has a fantastic energy to it, described as a ‘Temple of the curious’,  The  Times said  “it seems all of human achievement is laid out for the curious visitor”. We are proud to be part of this, having made 17 short documentaries for the galleries, covering everything from Particle Physics to Body Image.

Yoho Media delivers 17 films for the National Museum of Scotland
Yoho Media delivers 17 films for the National Museum of Scotland
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Way Out West

Filming in the spectacular far South West of Ireland today on the Dingle Peninsula – amazing landscapes; pure green and blue beauty!

The spectacular landscape of the Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland.
Filming sunset over the Blasket Islands on the West Coast of Ireland.
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‘Photography is over,’ an interview with master image-maker Nick Knight

We had the great privilege to film an interview with photographer and film-maker Nick Knight today, as part of a film about body image, diversity and fashion. Nick, whose incredible images mark him out as one of the world’s top fashion photographers, offered up some provocative insights on the emerging digital era. For him  ‘photography is over’, it died a death at the start of this century to be replaced by modern, digital image-making, a new medium of immense artistic freedom and possibility, which has shaken off the dead hand of ‘truth’ and moved into a fresh, creative space where the visual imagination can run wild and images can be endlessly controlled, manipulated, adjusted and re-invented. It’s new world, in which we’re just scratching the surface, where Nick’s work delivers an inspiring glimpse of the possibilities – see it here.

An interview with photographer Nick Knight. Photo credit: Yoho Media
An interview with photographer Nick Knight. Photo credit: Yoho Media
An interview with photographer Nick Knight. Photo credit: Yoho Media
An interview with photographer Nick Knight. Photo credit: Yoho Media