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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.