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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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Masters of Vertigo: 360 degree video on the Severn Bridge

A new film for Scruffs Workwear, produced in partnership with Lobster Pictures and Halo. Great to spend a couple of days on the spectacular Severn Bridge with the fantastic team that work so hard maintain the structure.

Maintenance workers climbing the Severn Bridge
Filming maintenance workers climbing the Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
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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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Up High on the Severn Crossing

Out location scouting on the beautiful Severn Crossing, preparing for a forthcoming shoot, enjoying spectacular views of the bridge, the River Severn and both England and Wales.

Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
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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.

The Video Production Process

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.

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33 Lions head home to Africa

At the end of a marathon 2-year project, ADI‘s ‘Spirit of Freedom’ reached its spectacular conclusion this month, with the arrival in South Africa of 33 lions rescued from the brutality of circuses in Colombia and Peru. We’ve been following the whole campaign and were in South Africa to film the lions taking their first steps on African soil.

We’ve had the privilege of working with ADI for just over 6 years, following their incredible work as they campaign for animal rights across the globe, and focusing in particular on animal rescues in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. As part of an amazing international team we’ve documented the highs and lows, providing a steady stream of still images and video to help promote, publicise and fund-raise. As the stories have unfolded we’ve worked with ADI’s media team to share them with an international audience; short form videos content is uploaded to Youtube with individual videos receiving over 7 million views. The full story of the 2010 Bolivian rescue was told through ‘Lion Ark’ a feature-length documentary that has won 11 awards at international film festivals and is currently being distributed by ITV. Our footage of the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ campaign will be turned into a series for TV but in the meantime you can see some of it in this South African news piece or read a great account here on the Huffington Post. More importantly the 33 are now settling in to a well earned retirement under the African sun at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa.

Rescued and relocated lions recovering in South Africa, after a tough life in the Peruvian Circus.
Rescued and relocated lions recovering in South Africa, after a tough life in the Peruvian Circus.

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