Yayu and the Wimborne Folk Festival

Yayu and the Wimborne Folk Festival

Yayu Garden Party – short extract from the film ‘Yayu and The Wimborne Folk Festival’

Yayu Garden PartyShort extract from the Indonesian Television Pilot ‘Yayu and the Wimborne Folk Festival’ , which will soon be released in August of this year. This scene was created to explore Indonesian culture here in England. As Yayu is in the process of creating a greater presence in the UK for Indonesia culture through her food and books.

Listya posing with the Canon C300 and Canon 60D. Taking a break from Filming Yayu and the Wimborne Folk Festival
Taking a break from Filming

For this Television shoot we filmed the 2018 Wimborne Folk Festival over two d

ays, using my trusted Canon C300 MK1 and now relatively ancient Canon 60D, operated by my goto camera person Listya, who knows this camera and my preferred style of filming from us working on so many film projects together.

Aputure LED Lighting used on Yayu and The Wimborne Folk Festival
Aputure LED lighting

I also got to use my newly acquired Aputure LED lighting for the scenes shot in the restaurants kitchen. These new lights a vast improvement over the Red Heads I used to have. Battery powered and CRI 95+ (Colour Rating Index) rated, which means they are daylight rated, they were perfect for indoor use in a limited space and independent of power sockets, meant they could be positioned in just the right location without compromise of being near a power source or limitations of using cable extensions and their associated risk assessments.

As usual I’ve enough footage to create several film edits but as this is destined for Television the required length is around 20 minutes including credits to allow for advertising during its 30 minute slot. I might create a standalone edit of just the festival fro promotional purposes by Wimborne B.I.D if I have the time.

The film is currently in post production, which I am editing on my recently updated MacBook Pro running the latest version of Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. There’s several updates to the latest versions which includes some very interesting title creation tools, which I may include in creating the final version of this edit. Watch out for my blog entry on this.

There’s already plans to create the followup episode to be filmed in Indonesia at the end of the year with support from the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Finding Alice

Finding Alice a short film produced by Smudgerhunt Film and in conjunction with Wolamywise Productions.

Film Festivals and Screenings

 

 

 

 

Finding Alice official selection for the XPO North Cultural and Film Festival, 27th – 28th June in Inverness Scotland. Congratulations team and our film production partners Wolamywise.

Berlin Flash Film Peoples Choice Award Laurels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Alice wins the Peoples choice award at the Berlin Flash Film Festival 2017

Berlin Fast Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Alice official selection for the Berlin Flash Film Festival 2017

Production

Finding Alice has been almost 2 years in the making, having been shot in four locations. These include Inverness in Scotland, the Lake District, London and Dorset using very limited equipment:- My trusty Canon 60D, a Canon Powershot and my iPhone 6.

Geetha Anandarajan
Geetha Anandarajan

Geetha Anandarajan is cast as the main character Annie along side the other main character Joshua Ward who takes the part of ‘The Narrator’ or the voice and controller of fate.

Directed by Smudgerhunt Films, Nor Hazlin Nor Salam and filmed by me Ian F. Hunt as Director of Photography, with everyone pitching in with camera as required.

The film is from an original script written by Geetha and Hazlin, the short version was used to produce this film and there is the idea to film and produce a longer version in the future.

For now the aim is to get it out to the Film Festivals for 2017 season.

Finding Alice - Annie gets a sign

The Synopsis

Finding Alice tells the story of Annie facing a crossroad in life as she seeks for truth in a world of lies. Does she succeed or does she succumb?

Directors Statement

This film ‘Finding Alice’ serendipitously came together through a brief discussion I had with my writer about a woman’s lost of faith in a patriarchal structure. In Annie’s existential conflict, she began to lose the voice in her head she believes to be ‘the controller of fate’. We then see her attempting to escape His shadows, as she reaches back into the object that defined her childhood innocence in hope that this would help find her way to a new life, a life free from stigmas and dogmas. The irony is in fact, that Annie in the end realises that there is no escape and that she could only succumb to i’ the omnipresent voice’ which was expressed through a lifeless ‘dance of death’. ‘Finding Alice’ is a story about the loss of faith, hope and the desire for autonomy.

Stills from Finding Alice

Finding Alice - The book has been answered Finding Alice = The Mad Hatter found in London Finding Alice - The answer is in the book Finding Alice - Wolamywise Productions

Abjection and Film Festivals

Oniros Filma Awards Winner Best B-Movie 2017

The Directors Cut completed 2017

In the early part of 2017 we decided to put the newly completed Directors edit of Abjection forward to the European Film Festivals.

Film Festivals

CIM Sueca Film Festival

Film Festivals Official Selection CIM Sueca Official

Film Festivals the award winning film Abjection

It’s a few months later 18/08/2017 and we have just had our first official selection for the CIM sueca film festival, which can be found here http://www.cimsueca.com/en/cim/

To quote the film festivals organisers “We hope to stimulate countercultural audiovisual initiatives to spotlight independent productions which focus on creativity, medium love and sheer fun over technical requirements leading to a ban from commercial mainstream. We aim to establish the CIM as a meeting venue for the unassimilated, the rebellious and the free minds of the audiovisual underworld!”

The Directors cut is shorter than the original and includes all the VFX that was added later. Of course the film retains all of its charm and sacrifices none of its core narrative.

We hope the success at festivals will continue and we have our fingers crossed for more good news soon.

Film Festivals – Awards

Oniros Film Awards

Film Festivals Oniros Film Awards Official SelectionFilm Festivals Oniros Film Awards Winner Best B-Movie 2017

Well that didn’t take long. Abjection Official Selection for the Oniros Film Awards in Italy announced today 23/08/2017, check it out here https://onirosfilmawards.com 

To quote the Festival “Discovering quality and ambitious films is our mission, by promoting filmmakers’ works and by helping them realize their dreams. Oniros Film Awards is all about Dreams……”

Well time for an update Abjections wins the Best Picture category for a B-Movie. That’s great news for eveyone in the cast and crew, congratulations everyone.

So once again let’s hope more success for this film in 2017/2018

More on Abjection

 

The Arts Bournemouth a Documentary style promotional video

Promotional Video Master Drawing Class

Starting with the brief

The brief was  to produce a short promotional video between 5 and 10 minutes long for the promotion of the Evening and Saturday Short Courses offered by the Arts University Bournemouth.

After Effects Animation

The client requested the addition of inspirational titles, which initially were just going to be static titles cross dissolving from one to the next, but instead I decided to create a short sequence in Adobe After Effects as I knew from experience it was something I could easily put together. Also it would look much more impressive as an intro rather than the alternative of a static title. Of course it is much more labour intensive and would take a few hours to design and create but I and most importantly the client thought the effort was worth it.

Promotional Video – full version

The production of the promotional video itself took place over several evenings and a Saturday morning, as we wanted to film the actual classes and interview tutors while they were actively engaged with their students. The film has a documentary feel to it, a mixture of interviews and observation (B-roll), which seems to work well. For the final version I worked with the client to decide what was important to include in the film and what additional pick up shots would be needed to promote the key features of the course and benefits of studying at the AUB, after editing the final film was just short of nine minutes long. This version is intended to be shown at events and in lectures to prospective students in lecture theatres. A short sub 60 second version was edited for upload to the internet for use on the short courses website and in online promotion.

The short version of the promotional video

While using some of the same footage, I have edited it to run at a much faster pace than the full version video and with a music only soundtrack. The short After Effects animation again appearing at the start and end of the short film showing the inspirational messaging and the inclusion of the final sequence, a call to action – contact the short course department.

Cameras and some of the kit used in the creation of the promotional video

The actual production took place over a few weeks on an evening and on the odd day basis, In all I estimate 3 days in filming. The cameras used varied depending on what was available and with the introduction of new kit.

My old but great Canon 60D was used at the outset for most of the filming in conjunction with a Canon 650D for both the interviewing and B-roll. The opening sequence was filmed on my iPhone 6 using the DJI Osmo, while only a short sequence of this footage was used in the final version of the promotional video, there are several minutes shot in several locations that did not make it to the final cut.

Canon C300 MK1Finally I shot some of the interview and campus footage using my Canon C300 with the trusty 24mm to 105mm F4 L and a newly acquired Tokina 12mm to 28mm F2.8

Sound came from a mixture of shotgun microphone recording directly to camera (Stereo) and shotgun recording to a Zoom H4N (Mono). The interviews were recorded to the external recorder with the microphone attached to a microphone stand positioned as close to the subject as possible in fact just out of shot. The stereo microphone was used to record general ambience as I wanted the sounds of the students rather than just a music track.

The Team.

This is going to be a very short list, I Directed, Filmed, Edited and Produced with 2nd camera and sound by BU student Will Pattenden.

Check out the courses

AUB Short Courses

DJI Osmo Mobile used for the first time

smudgerhunt film dji osmo mobile

dji osmo mobile

First Use

First use dji osmo mobileJust completed filming on an action fight sequence, and for the first time made use of the DJI Osmo Mobile, which is a 3 axis gimbal stableliser.

Filming hand-held and getting a smooth shot is never easy and it seems to me that the process and kit is getting both more complex and heavier. I’ve filmed using the MoVi fitted with a Canon C300 MKI. While it’s a very impressive bit of kit particularly with the remote controller, it was heavy in use, too heavy for extended use and I would suspect that in long term use it is going to put pressure on your back. So while I love this piece of kit I’ve been looking around for something lighter and to be honest much cheaper to buy.

Enter the DJI Osmo Mobile, it ticks all the boxes, it’s lightweight and uses the camera you already have in your pocket, your smart phone. Mine is the iPhone 6 and in preparation for the shoot I purchased the Filmic Pro App.

Filmic Pro App

smudgerhunt film filmic pro appThe Filmic Pro App, which allows you full manual control of the camera settings on the iPhone and most importantly supports the DJI Osmo Mobile. Personally I found this App relatively intuitive to use, but I checked out the online manual to find out the how to use some of the more advanced features like rack focusing.

I had a few issues with the App during filming but I’ll go into that in another post but lets just say I nearly ditched using it during the project and just going with the DJI Go App which comes with the Osmo.

The DJI Osmo Mobile performance

The plan was to use the DJi Osmo mobile for the close up shots and for scenes where we planned to follow the action. First impressions were good, the movement was stable and smooth and the footage would not need any stabilisation in post production. This was promising and the quality of the footage from the iPhone was great, Filmic Pro lets you set the resolution up to 3K and to 50 Mbps, so my settings were HD 1080p and 50 Mbps.

 smudgerhunt film DJI osmo mobile setupThe link to the DJI Osmo mobile was a bit iffy and I needed to reset a few times but in use the setup is light, highly manoeuvrable and perfect for getting close to the action and places with limited access. Walking across an uneven surface didn’t faze this device and saved hours that would have been spent setting up track and dolly to get the same shots.

I’d not want to film a feature using this setup but for a short film this setup is perfect and I suspect with additional add ons like lenses with different focal lengths using the 35mm adapter/Image Flip and Anamorphic lenses like the Moondog Anamorphic 2.40:1 adapter you could have the perfect setup for a micro budget film.

Whats coming next? watch out for my posts on using Filmic Pro and Filming the short film ‘Fight or Flight’

BTS photos by Tim Way

The Man and His Museum

The man and his museum
Trailer for THE MAN AND HIS MUSEUM

Completed filming earlier this year the documentary short ‘THE MAN AND HIS MUSEUM’ a film by Nor Hazlin Nor Salam. This is currently circulating the Film Festivals and is also about to go to DVD for Sale in The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum later this year, hopefully in time for Christmas 2015.

Sammy Miller Moto Guzzi V8We have interviews with Sammy Miller MBE and of course lots of footage of mouth watering road motorcycles from the earliest examples to some of the iconic motorcyles from the 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s. And of course racing motorcycles including the Moto Guzzi V8.

Brough SuperiorPeople are the core to this short film, people from all walks of life sharing  a common love for all things motorcycling.

THE MAN AND HIS MUSEUM

The Man and His Museum

The Man and His Museum

Sammy Miller MBE Brough Superior

Sammy Miller MBE. This is a true story of the Man and his Museum. Sammy Miller is an 11 times British Trials Champion and who has won the European Trials Championship twice. He set up his own motorcycle parts business in 1964 in New Milton, Hampshire, and put a few of his old racing motorcycles in the corner, later to become the Sammy Miller Motorcycle museum. In 2007 he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

More about the Man and His Museum

Sammy Miller MBE winner of over 1400 events and still winning competitions more than 50 years after his first victory. The Museum houses one of the finest collections of fully restored motorcycles in the world, including factory racers and exotic prototypes, with the collection constantly evolving as new bikes are acquired. This is a living museum with almost every motorcycle in the museum in full running order.

Sammy Miller MBE – The Man and His Museum on DVD

The full film is available on DVD  direct from the Sammy Miller Museum.

Check out their website

Sammy Miller Museum

 

Smudgerhunt Film on Vimeo

Vimeo Short Film Album

Smudgerhunt Film on Vimeo – Short Film Album

Vimeo Short Film Album
Smudgerhunt Short Film Projects

Smudgerhunt Film on Vimeo, now has its own Vimeo Pro account and I’m starting to upload videos produced from 2013 to date. Unfortunately some are private and not available to the public as they are in competition in selected Film Festivals in the United Kingdom and around the World or have been made for clients and are still in final production stages.

Feel free to view and comment on any of our videos and please subscribe to be the first to see our new work as soon as it is uploaded.

We currently have over 3 films in production, 2 are in the final stages of editing and sound design and 1 is currently in production with filming expected to be completed by the end of August 2015. 2 films are in planning stages but are due to start filming by the end of the year.

Expect to see new films; a short drama, one very experimental film, a Horror, a comedy and more films about motorcycling and motorcycle culture. Here’s a taster from ‘Triumph Bonneville’

This short film about the Triumph Bonneville is being filmed in 4K and while this YouTube version was shot in HD at 1080p the 4K version will have a significant jump in quality. I’m hoping to record higher quality of sound from the Triumph itself  capturing the sound of the barking exhaust which is strangely muffled in this example and with too much wind noise. (Maybe this is a good reason to fit louder exhausts?)

Watch for more news and don’t forget subscribe to Smudgerhunt Film on Vimeo.

Smudgerhunt Film presents White Lining

Award winning short film White Lining

white lining

White Lining Trailer

White Lining a Documentary by Nor Hazlin Nor Salam

This short documentary was created for a student project and filmed in 2014/ The camera follows a road gang painting white lines on England’s roads.

This was the very first student film project that we all worked on together, while filming  we developed a close bond that influenced much of our future student film work.

White Lining Film PosterThis short film is a real life story about people going about their daily jobs, however this story has a unexpected twist as we start to look in more depth at the people outside of their jobs.

Visually we can admire the skill of the road gang as they hand paint the lines, the circles and road markings that we see everywhere and take for granted everyday on our roads, the car parking spaces and even the lines and markings on Airport runways.

The future

There is interest in this short film that in the future it  could be developed into a TV Series or full length documentary by Smudgerhunt Film.

White Lining The Crew

  • Director –  Nor Hazlin Nor Salam
  • Cinematography – Ian F. Hunt
  • Editor –  Ewan Michael Riley
  • Production Manager Jennifer Kergourlay
  • Sound Post Production – Edward Hatwell

News

Film Festivals

Film_Festival_Laurel_Leaves_XPONORTHSelected for screening at XPO North 2015 http://xponorth.co.uk/

 

 

 

DF_DarkSelected for screening at Deep Fried Film Festival 2015
Deep Fried Film Festival 2015

 

 

Shnit International ShortfilmfestivalSelected for screening at the Shnit International Short Film Festival 2015.
Shnit International Short Film Festival 2015

 

White Lining

Full film link, note password required to view