Dynatrace – Customer Features

Recently we worked with Dynatrace and Video Productions to film and edit two customer and partner testimonial videos.

Customer Feature: The Coop Denmark mobile loyalty program bolstered by Dynatrace AI: Jeppe Lindberg of Coop Denmark describes how Coop have digitally transformed their membership program to make life simpler for their customers. Supporting their mobile loyalty card service made up of cloud, mobile, hybrid, mainframe and several other services make it complex to manage. Using Dynatrace AI, Coop takes advantage of proactive problem resolution instead of reacting to hundreds of alerts. The result is a happy, differentiated customer experience and a highly positive impact on the business.

Partner Feature: HCL and Dynatrace: Kalyan Kumar, CTO at HCL talks about why they chose to partner with Dynatrace and how Dynatrace plays a critical role in their ability to provide a full stack application monitoring solution for their customers.

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

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.

 

 

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

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