Kensington Academy of English

Promo we filmed and edited back in August 2017

Kensington Academy of English (KAE) is the EFL department of David Game College.

KAE was established in 1978 and has been successfully running English Language courses in central London at all levels. KAE is accredited by the British Council, meeting the high standards of quality set out. KAE is the the English language department of David Game College, which is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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/

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.

 

 

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.

Emerald Star – TV Advert

We were commissioned to produce a TV advert for a new book by Jacqueline Wilson for Random House Children’s Publishers.

The advert was shot on Canon 5D Mk3 and editing in FCP with the animation created in After Effects. The advert will be broadcast over 1000 times throughout Nov/Dec 2012 on ITV2, Nickelodeon, GirlPop and Boomerang.

Emerald Star from MB Films on Vimeo.

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