Urban Pagan -Styled Shoot
I'm cautious of styled shoots. I try to focus my film-making on honesty and emotion so faking it is a bit of a weird one.
But sometimes an opportunity will come along which is too much fun to resist. I hope the two films below speak for themselves!
They were shot entirely on Kodak Super 8 film.
Massive thanks to the immensely talented Jo Thorndike of VV Raven who was the mastermind behind the shoot.
The awesome things you can see in the films were made, played, styled or sourced by:
Stylist: VV Raven
Dresses: River Elliot
Photographer: Markuza Photography
Makeup/Hair: Ieva Genovesi
Vegan leather jacket: Lucky Sew and Sew
Jewellery: Boutique Boheme
Tiaras: Samantha Walden Tiaras
Florals: VV Raven
Tailoring: Vintage Suit Hire
Props: The Prop Factory
Cakes: Fifi's Cakery
Animal masks: Animalesque
Stationery: Nats Paper Studio
Feathers: Plucking Fabulous
Collage artist: Julie Kuyath
Mirror Ball: Nathalie Frost Designs
Gold leaf typography: Andrew J Mason
Bride: Bernadette Lemon
Groom Josh Gould
Tadhg Daly - Too Late music video
A couple of weeks ago I shared a music video that I shot on Super 8 film for Tadhg Daly - the lyric video is out now and is all Super 8, rather than a digital mix - so thought I'd share that too: shot on Gran Canaria - Kahl NC22 film with a Canon 1014xls, Nizo 801 Macro and Elmo Super 108m.
I was just DOP on this one, and didn't have input on the edit or grade. I'd have loved to done a bit of a grade on the footage as it's a little flat for my taste - but the client wanted a very retro feel, so I get why they went for the look they did.
Anyway, Tadhg is a great guy and an amazing talent - check him out: tadhgdaly.com
Super 8 filmmaking workshop with Whizz-Kidz
I do quite a lot of work with straight 8 - an awesome Super 8 filmmaking competition.
As well as helping to organise the competition, I've helped to run super 8 / straight 8 filmmaking workshops of various shapes and sizes over the years. We’ve worked with D&AD, Port Eliot Festival and many more.
Most recently I co-lead the filmmaking portion of a workshop for children’s mobility charity Whizz-Kidz over two Saturdays for 7 young people, in partnership with music company Leland Originals and full service film lab Cinelab London.
This was one one my most challenging as rewarding film-making experiences to-date.
See the result below and check out the whole story on the straight 8 website.
Tadhg Daly - Too Late music video
I never knew before I went how diverse and beautiful the island of Gran Canaria is - there's a load more to it than the resorts it might bring to mind. It also turns out to be where they filmed some of my favourite spaghetti western films - A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and many others!
The video was shot on Kahl Super 8 film rather than the Kodak that I usually use - it's a little grainer which fitted with the super-analog look the director wanted. I used a Canon 1014xls, Nizo 801 Macro and an Elmo Super 108m.
Here's a little quote from Tadhg about the experience from his interview in Atwood Magazine:
“My friend Brad and I flew to London and slept in Kaine’s living room before we all headed out to Gran Canaria the next day. As soon as we landed in Las Palmas, we could all feel the energy that I wanted the song to convey, and I think that really set the tone for the trip and allowed us to capture some beautiful and very real moments. The song represents a journey for me; my personal search for freedom from fear and anger, and into a new beginning… The next few days couldn’t have been a better metaphor for that. Between long drives along the coast and through the woods, to sleeping in caves in the sides of mountains, stumbling into nudist beaches and late nights eating and drinking, it really felt like the freedom I had been searching for within the song. I’m so happy with what we captured, and I hope it can inspire people to go out and experience life with the people they love.”
Speech Debelle - Stange Ways music video
Last year I was commissioned by Mercury Music Prize winning artist Speech Debelle to make a video for one of her tracks. This wasn't shot on Super 8 or 16mm film - I animated it using a Canon DSLR and Dragonframe - an awesome program if you ever want to make stop-frame animations.
Here's the lovely write-up that Promo News gave it, which explains a bit about the way it was made:
Will Cummock and Speech Debelle collaborate on this deeply personal stop-motion archive video.
Reaching into the past two years of Speech's archive of photos and videos, and combining a street performance element, each individual frame of this video was printed from an inkjet printer, hand-torn and meticulously assembled into this colourful, lo-fi arrangement. Different elements that at first seem disparate and unconnected blend and connect to form a cohesive narrative that weaves in an out of Speech's performance.
The video feels simultaneously nostalgic and contemporary, cutting perfectly to the track and illustrating the lyrics.
Check it out below: