Jane Ray – Illustrations for the Nightingale Project

We recently made this film for the Nightingale Project featuring the work of illustrator Jane Ray.

Jane Ray – Illustrations for the Nightingale Project from MB Films on Vimeo.

More information about the Nightingale Project:

The Nightingale Project brightens up the environment in mental health services through art and music. We see it as vital to bring life and colour into a hospital or clinic setting to provide a conducive setting for medical and therapeutic work. To receive a patient in a hospital environment which is pleasant, cheerful, and welcoming can be seen as an essential first step in treatment, a fundamental contribution to the process of recovery.

We are a charitable project that works with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust, a large mental health trust with many sites in the London area, to make the treatment environment more human and more uplifting for both inpatients and outpatients. We do this through putting on temporary exhibitions of high-quality art in waiting rooms, commissioning artists to produce beautiful works of art for permanent display in the wards, and through bringing musicians into hospitals to play live for the patients. The Project began at the South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre in 1998, and has since spread to numerous other sites.

The Nightingale Project Fund is Charity no 1082989.

nightingaleproject.org/

Painter Profiles – Keith Grant, Tim Vyner & John Weallans

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 3 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.

Jon Wealleans is a figurative painter who originally trained as an architect where he understood the arts of perspective and the study of shadows. Wealleans relished the computer free environment of the time, and today continues to work in a world without technological clutter, but in a house surrounded with a jamboree of carefully curated possessions. His work fuses bright primary colours with high brow and low brow objects, in natural still life scenes found in his 17th century London town house.

Painter Profiles – Jon Wealleans from Orlando Gili 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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NDCS – Stolen Futures

Winter 2012/13 – We worked with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) to produce their online viral campaign called ‘Stolen Futures’. Featuring Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, Musician Evelyn Glennie, Pram Face star Scarlett Johnson and London 2012 Paralympian Ben Rushgrove.

The futures of thousands of deaf children are being put at risk by cuts to their essential services including educational support in the classroom, help from Teachers of the Deaf and Teaching Assistants, speech and language therapy, specialist equipment and audiology care. 100K signatures are urgently needed to secure a debate in parliament. It takes two minutes to sign the petition and could make a huge difference to the lives of deaf children across the country.

Sign the Stolen Futures petition today to protect the futures of thousands of deaf children. ow.ly/hiqma

Stolen Futures – National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) from MB Films on Vimeo.

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.

Timeless – London Timelapse

2010-2011, 4mins 9seconds

This film is intended to capture the spirit and endless energy of London. We decided to shoot it in a mixture of Timelapse and slow motion. We started filming in October 2010 in Richmond upon Thames just on the western edge of the city, and then the ensuing journey took us all the way through the city and back again, ending up just a year later with a final sun rise shot in the Richmond area.

The brilliant but temporary music score is by Rael Jones. He’s currently working on music for the new BBC Sherlock Holmes series and he will be delivering a final score for my film in a month or so. I can’t wait to hear it, and I would like to thank him for all his hard work.

I’d like to thank everyone else involved too; particularly my camera assistants; David Mead, Dave Calub, Laurence Beck and Johana Castro. They helped me lug around equipment and of course they kept me company during the long hours of time lapse work. They braved not only windswept bridges, endless travelling, and brushes with local law enforcement, but also marauding gangs and drunken loons in the west end.

I can’t thank my wife Johana enough. I made her stand around for hours while she was two months pregnant, and I nearly ruined our anniversary by insisting on filming some time lapse footage at the Oxo tower restaurant half way through dinner, sorry.

Technical information:

Camera: Canon 7D
Lenses: 17 – 55mm f.28, 70 – 200mm f2.8
Edited in FCP
Graded in Magic bullet looks

I used various shutter angles and intervals to achieve the best effect for any particular shot. At night I mostly wanted that streaky look, so most of it is either 1 or 2 second exposures with the lens stopped down to around f5.6. During the day I would shoot people shots at 1 second intervals which seemed to give that impression of frantic energy, particularly on a long lens.

Hope you enjoy the film.

Ed Beck, MB Films

photography – Ed Beck
camera assistants – David Mead, Dave Calub, Laurence Beck and Johana Castro
editing – Ed Beck & David Mead
music – Rael Jones

 

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