Painter Profiles – Keith Grant & Tim Vyner

Painter Profiles is a documentary series examining English artists. The original short films will take the viewer into the painters practice, capturing them at work and trying to understand how they see the world. Over the last few months we have worked on these 2 films with Director Orlando Gili.

Keith Grant is a landscape painter who has traveled extensively, and has confronted the elements in order to produce extraordinary, resonant images of nature, especially in the north. In recent years he has preferred to recollect his experiences in the tranquility of his studio in Norway. This film captures Keith as he explores his surroundings in southern Norway with his sketchpad, before taking them back to his studio to create a large scale painting.

Painter Profiles – Keith Grant from Orlando Gili on Vimeo.

Tim Vyner is a reportage artist who works on location with a pen, a sketchbook and a camera. His images capture the decisive moment in wide angled scenes, typically involving a throng of people at sporting events, whether on the street or in a stadium. In this documentary Tim is filmed whilst working on location, and at the studio, in his home town of Bath.

Painter Profiles – Tim Vyner from Orlando Gili on Vimeo.

http://www.orlandogili.com/

‘Megan Prescott: Dumbbells and Donuts’ a Bikini Fitness Documentary

Have been filming since September on this new Documentary Feature film. This documentary follows Megan Prescott (star of our short horror film Turn Around When Possible) on a 10 month personal journey as he pushes her body and mind to the limit training to compete in a UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Bikini-Fitness event on 29th May 2016.

The documentary will focus on many aspects of health, fitness, training, food & nutrition, well-being and in-depth look and access to the world of body building and bikini fitness. The documentary will feature interviews Ex-Body Building Champions and Trainers including:

Zak Pallikaros
4x Mr Cyprus, 2 x Mr Britain, 4 x Jay Cutler Classic Winner and 5 x Mr London. Owner and founder of Dr Zak’s scientific nutrition.

Gilbert Alaskadi
By 1994 he was competing for Mr Universe, making the top 10 on his first attempt. From here he continued his ascension in the world of body building which climaxed by winning the British championship in 2004 and being selected to represent Britain in the European championships in 2005, finishing a respectable 5th. Throughout his career as a pro body builder Gilbert has been helping to train others of all levels. He worked as a senior trainer at Muscleworks gym for 10 years followed by 6 years at Holmes places. Since 2012 Gilbert has been training clients in his own space: Oxygen Fitness Univers.

We have just started a new Facebook Page which will have updates between now and the release of the film.

https://www.facebook.com/Megan-Prescott-Dumbbells-and-Donuts-738340702962831/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

You can also follow Meg on Instagram: www.instagram.com/megartron/

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Music Video – My Belle by Swing Ninjas

We did the Post Production of a new Music Video for Swing Ninja’s track My Belle. Filmed by one of our colleagues Orlando Gili and his crew in December 2015

Swing Ninjas are a 9 piece band – evolving from a paired-down 3 piece busking band, via 2 self-released cover version CD’s (selling literally thousands of albums on the streets), to their current fully-formed incarnation as a New Orleans style big-band signed to independent label Freshly Squeezed Music.

Turn Around When Possible (AKA Gremlin Attack!) Short Horror Thriller

Starring Megan Prescott, Christopher Dane and Holly Hoyland.

Military sounds chatter and static. Crackling voices over the ether. On a wooded road two girls are driving, lost amongst the endless forest, the road finally runs out. Strange noises surround them, the ferns begin to move, something is closing in… They are not alone in these woods.
The most critical part of this shoot was the location. We needed somewhere with an eerie looking road which led into a forest.

The production team and myself decided to recce the Bourne woods area around Frensham Pond. This is quite a renowned spot for film making (Gladiator, Children of Men, The Mummy etc)

We were very fortunate to stumble across the perfect road, and even more fortunate to be given permission to shoot there by the lovely owners Denise & Francis – so thanks again!

We started shooting on the few remaining warm days of the year, in October. We planned for a 2 day shoot, but after the first day we quickly realised that we would end up needing quite a bit more time. The light would drop off quickly at 5.30pm. On the second day we tried to shoot the ending at 5.00pm, the ISO was up to 5000 on the c300 and we could barely see our own feet, so we had to can that idea and re -schedule.

In fact we ended up going back on 4 different occasions for additional pick ups and cutaways – this became challenging as the forest ferns started to shrink back as we moved towards the end of October.

The next problem was the creature itself. We ended up shooting this several times to get the puppet part looking right. Massive thanks are due to Megan Prescott (our lead actress & producer) who stepped in with some great ideas for makeup/effects. She took the creature home and brought him back looking like she had pulled him straight out of the black lagoon. Complete with added drool and a lamb’s tongue.
Initially we wanted to use the puppet for everything (inspired by the 80′s practical horror genre) however our creature just wasn’t lifelike enough for wider shots. This is where the guys a the Northforge effects house came in – we were very fortunate to have them on board. The CG really made the creature come to life.

We’d also like to thank Daniel Pimley for his sound mix and Tristan Noon for the excellent score.

Technical info:

Shot with: Canon C300, Canon 5D MK III (B Cam)
Lenses used: 24mm f1.4
50mm f1.4
100mm f2.8
17-55mm f2.8
70-200mm f2.8
24-105mm F4

Car rig sequence shot with Hague camera mount & 5D mk3.
Edited on Premier Pro CC
Graded sing film convert

Original Music by Tristan Noon
soundcloud.com/tristannoon
@NoonWithATune

Visual Effects by Northforge – Simon Wray & Daniel Sweeney
northforge.co.uk
@Northforge

IKEA Family Live

This promo was created for August Media / IKEA Family Live.

Homeowner Adam shows us around his one-bedroom, second-floor apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark.

You’ll also this find this film on the IKEA Family live YouTube channel youtube.com/ikeafamilylive and IKEA digital magazine ikeafamilylivemagazine.com

IKEA Family Live – Copenhagen Apartment from MB Films on Vimeo.

Messenger of Fear – Book trailer shoot

Last weekend we spent 2 days working with richierichproductions.com filming a new book trailer for Michael Grant’s Messenger of Fear for Egmont UK.

Filming took place in various locations in Blackheath (SE London) with a fantastic cast and production team. Big shout out and thanks to St Matthews Academy for all their help and hard work.

Below is a behind the scenes still and the US book cover (UK version to revealed in June).

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Spell with Pip Demo – An iPad game to help children practise spelling.

Spell with Pip from MB Films on Vimeo.

Spell with Pip Demo (Oxford Uni Press) – An iPad game to help children practise spelling. Visit the app store to download Spell with Pip: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/spell…

Help children aged 4–8 practise their spelling with Spell with Pip. This interactive, entertaining and engaging spelling game is so much fun children won’t even know they are practising their spelling!

The app focuses on words that children commonly find hard to spell, based on the latest research from the team behind the world-famous, market-leading Oxford Dictionaries for children.

Shot on CanonC300 and using screen capture direct from iPad.

 

 

Oliver and the Seawigs – Animated Book Trailer and Meet the Creators Featurette

Animated Trailer we created for Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Published Sept 2013 by OUP.

“Get ready for Oliver and the Seawigs, an unforgettable, hilarious, gorgeously illustrated children’s adventure story from two of the most inspirational talents in children’s books, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. 

Along with his new friends—a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But before he can put his rescue plan into action there’s the evil Stacey de Lacey and an army of pesky sea monkeys to contend with… “

Follow Sarah McIntyre @jabberworks and Philip Reeve @philipreeve1

Oliver and the Seawigs – Trailer from MB Films on Vimeo.

Oliver and the Seawigs – Meet the creators from MB Films on Vimeo.