Multimedia Film On Amazing People
This is the most important project I did during 2012; a look at an amazing hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex called the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). The original film was first commissioned by the hospital’s charity to help raise funds. After filming I spent several days at the RNOH with the aim of just shooting images. Leica M9s to hand, I was fortunate to see some wonderful moments and combined with a recent visit to the children’s ward by the hospital’s Patron, HRH Princess Eugenie in December, I decided to make a completely new edit of the film, incorporating the photographs.
The Power Of Photographs
Following the RNOH film, I decided I wanted to do a different edit to our TAPTV film. My thoughts were to combine some photographs within the edit. At first I looked through the beautifully edited by Neil Patience film and realised that there were some nice still images within the footage. With Quicktime 7, I went back to the original Canon 5D MkII footage and exported some still images, particularly from the interview sections.
These images were imported into Aperture 3 where I processed them. For the B/W conversions I exported them into Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Here I created four custom looks and these were applied to the images as appropriate. Using FCP X I then did an re-edit of the film, incorporating the images captures. I also used Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks 2 to grade the film slightly differently to our original.
Earlier this year, we decided that to coincide with the launch, it would be a great idea to shoot a proper photo reportage on the RNOH, so over a three and a half day period, using a Leica M9 and M9-P, I wandered the operating theatres, halls and wards (with the invaluable help from the fundraising and communications teams), making a set of pictures. I mainly shot the entire project using the Leica 50mm Noctilux APSH, the new 35mm Summilux ASPH and the 28mm Summicron.
These were first edited in Aperture for my agency Eyevine and once done, I set about incorporating them into my video edit. As before, Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 was used for the B/W conversions and I set about importing them into FCP X and making the new edit of the video.
There is something much more powerful with B/W imagery and for me, this version is even more powerful. It’s a full multimedia marriage of video, audio and photography. I’d love to know which version of the film you find stronger and why.
My biggest ask though is that if you were touched by this amazing place, please help in their redevelopment and donate to the RNOH fund. Thank you.
Lastly, here is a slideshow of my favourite photographs from the project:
Posted in Apple, Canon 5D MkII Video, Film, Leica, Mac, multimedia, Photography, Video, viewpoint
Tagged appeal, charity, fundraising, hospital, leica, m9, M9-P, national, orthopaedic, rnoh, royal
My Reportage On The Wedding Of
Prince William To Kate Middleton
It’s been a hectic few weeks. The pressure of the Royal wedding has resulted in many meetings, emails, phone calls and Tweets between colleagues, picture editors, technicians and press officers.
With a story as huge as this, with all of it’s logistical nightmares as far as security, bureaucracy, cost and locations are concerned, one photojournalist just couldn’t tell the entire story. Looking through the papers, “Fleet Street’s” finest did a superb job; there are stunning images of the couple from every angle and every moment covered by my colleagues. The page designers at the papers also pulled the stops out and produced magnificent work. The highest accolade though must be paid to photographer Max Mumby with his stunning picture of the couple driving away in the Aston Martin; The Times did an amazing job of running this as their front page and even went as far as doing a complete wrap with another wrap picture on the inside; genius. It’s these collection of images which told the story in it’s entirety. Although part of me really wanted to witness the wedding itself, I had other plans.
My way of covering the story was more aimed at the magazine market for which my agency Polaris Images specialises. I decided to look at how Londoners were effected by the wedding, starting from all the memorabilia being offered for sale to the Royal super fans camping out days before the event at Westminster Abbey and The Mall near Buckingham Palace. For this aspect I visited the super fans at night and also during the day.
For the actual day, I had spent well over a month talking with various people who were organising street parties and finally found what I hoped would be perfect for my needs; a small road in Brentford with a nice little pub called the Lord Nelson. On the day after a slow start it did end up offering some of what I had wished for!
For anyone wishing to buy images for publication, please contact Polaris Images or visit my Photoshelter site.
Technically, I used a Leica M9 and 50mm f0.95 Noctilux ASPH for the majority of this work. The first night was shot entirely on a Leica X1. For other shots, I used a Canon 5D MkII with the 135mm f2L, 45mm TS-E and 15mm f2.8 Fisheye. All image processing was done in Apple’s Aperture 3 and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2.
I’m thrilled to say that this project is also featured on Steve Huff’s website, where there is more information on behind the scenes stuff.
To see the entire edit of images, of which there is also a colour set, please visit:
(NB – although there are some identical images in both sets, they are different)
Flickr – B/W Set
Flickr – Colour Set
Posted in Leica, News, newspaper, Photography, Pictures
Tagged noctilux, photo essay, prince william, reportage, royal, royalwedding, street party, super fan, superfan, wedding