Colombia – Timelapse

Colombia – Timelapse

On my second holiday to this stunning country I decided to do the fatal thing and take my camera along with me. I thought about shooting a timelapse shot or two… I ended up filming on average 2 shots per day over the course of 4 weeks and it really became a working holiday!

I was a little nervous to begin with. I had been there before, but didn’t take my DSLR along with me. Now Colombia is vastly safer than it was 20-30 years ago – however its still a little risky if you don’t know where to go. Also, the very nature of timelapse means your stuck in one place for an hour or two and it could be a nice target for opportunists! Luckily I had my father in law and new camera assistant Moises – He even took a small baseball bat along with him on an evening in Bogota! In the end we weren’t troubled at all and I’m so glad I managed to capture so many great images.

Quite a bit of this film was shot in Bogota, and in the Quindio region, including Armenia. We also travelled to Melgar, Manizales and Pereira.

I was limited in what I could take kit wise due to travelling with a baby. So I took a very lightweight tripod, a Canon7D and my trusty 17-55mm f2.8 lens. Had a few problems with camera shake in post, but actually the small tripod held up OK!
This time round I shot a fair amount of HDR timelapse – and had days of processing with Photomatix. On balance I think it was really worth it. So many of the scenes had extreme exposure contrast and I really wanted to preserve detail in the sky and in the landscape itself. It was cut using FCP, and graded with Magic Bullet Looks. All of the tilt shift effects are done in post using Magic Bullet.

Please do go ahead and visit this country if you get the chance!

Ed Beck
MB Films

Ladbrokes Poker in Las Vegas

Ladbrokes Poker in Las Vegas

For the 3rd time in 5 years we headed to Las Vegas for World Series of Poker. Ladbrokes Poker took about 25 customers to play at Main Event and have a fantastic ‘Vegas Experience’. We made 12 short viral films over the 6 days. A selection can be seen below.  All 12 can be seen here:

http://poker.ladbrokes.com/en/news/vegas-2012

Spirit of the House – documentary, full version

After being entered into festivals throughout 2011-12 finally the full version our documentary short ‘Spirit of the House’ (15mins) is available online.
Official Selection at Raindance Film Festival 2011 and Official Selection at London Documentary Film Festival (LIDF) 2012

Spirit of the House reflects on the relationship between Rodney Archer and his historic house in Spitalfields, East London over the past 30 years.

Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival (10 films in 4 days)

Sept 29 to Oct 3rd we were in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland for Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival. We ended up filming and editing on location 10 films in 4 days. Below a selection of timelapse footage put together from some of the films. Canon 7D, Sony Ex1.

All films can be seen at:

http://poker.ladbrokes.com/en/irish-poker-festival-2011/blogs

http://www.youtube.com/user/LadbrokesPokerTV?feature=mhee

Killarney Poker Festival Timelapse from MB Films on Vimeo.

Spirit of the House – Official Selection at Raindance Film Festival 2011

This is a clip from our documentary short ‘Spirit of the House’ (15mins)
Official Selection at Raindance Film Festival 2011

Spirit of the House reflects on the relationship between Rodney Archer and his historic house in Spitalfields, East London over the past 30 years.

Spirit of the House – clip from MB Films on Vimeo.

Directed by Ed Beck & David Mead
Produced by Ed Beck, David Mead & Laurence Beck
Music by Rael Jones