The Colombian Tourism Board (www.colombia.travel) commissioned a salsa dance troupe in London to promote travel to Colombia through a flash mob at Westfield’s in London. I was involved as a camera operator, editor and colourist. Anthony Alleyne was director.
I had the opportunity to work on the 2011 Shoreditch Fesival as a camera operator. The event was organised by the Shoreditch Trust, with collaboration from SAE Institute.
Luckily, I also got to be involved in the promotional stage, which allowed me and several colleagues/students to come up with a graphics-driven video for the event. I was responsible for the end title sequence, which had to be based on the poster from that year:
My first attempt at shooting a flash mob while a student at SAE Institute London. Fellow student (and mother of one of the percussionists) Susan Cormack was producing the video and asked me to be director and cam operator. I then edited and colour graded the final result.
As with all learning experiences, many things went wrong – some of the footage was over-exposed, about 2-3 of the camera ops were not prepared when the flash mob began, and I found there was not enough footage in sync for the final edit (this is always an issue with flash mob videos, I’ve noticed).
We shot the band at two locations over two days in Brentwood. They were absolutely fantastic kids!
Submission for third semester at SAE Institute London. We were given a limited number of products/services to choose from, and I decided to go for what I considered to be the most challenging one in an effort to stimulate my creativity and selling ability.
It was during this project that I fell in love with After Effects and realised I wanted to devote my professional career to post production and VFX.
Jack Green and the Band of Thieves approached SAE and I volunteered to take their single ‘Montreal’ on as my project. My involvement was…complete (video concept, storyboarding, directing, editing, chroma, composition, etc)…ly exhausting.
A compilation of some of the chroma and compositing shots in the video starts at 01:49 on this 2012 VFX showreel.