Saturday, November 24, 2012

Joining the Balance Bike Revolution!

We had the privilege to be invited again to film the Strider UK World Cup event on 18th November in Manchester, the second of its kind and the largest to date in the UK. Some 320 children aged between 2 and 5 appeared for the event at the BMX Track at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester, accompanied by their parents. Strider wanted us to film something that would show just how much fun the children have with their Balance Bikes and this we think we have achieved.
The Strider UK World Champion, Ashton Heron, winner of the previous event in Manchester and runner up in the World Championships in Florida in October, interviewed by Mike Bushell of BBC Breakfast TV, proved just how good he is, by winning again in the 3-year old group. Put him on a bike and no one can beat him!
What was particularly obvious was just how determined and brave many of the children participating were. One small boy, aged 3, fell from his bike just yards from the finishing line, landing painfully on his face. He picked himself up, got back on his bike and rode across the finish ...... and then he burst into tears!
Click here to view "Join the Balance Bike Revolution!"
To make this film, we used four different HD video cameras, including a palm sized Sony HandyCam fitted onto a Steadicam, and a helmet mounted GoPro camera, ably used by two of the young contestants!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

An evening at Band on the Wall, Manchester

It is a Sunday evening and we are at one of the monthly Sunday Sessions at "Band on the Wall" in Manchester to film one or two of the sessions, and in particular, The Beggar Kings, Rob Lanyon (right) and JBS.
We are there with three video cameras, two of our normal Sony "work horses" which can operate in most conditions, and a very diddy palm sized HandyCam, all capable of producting high definition results. Being a live recording we are up against relatively poor lighting, even though we brought along one of our own portable LED lights. We are also up against a public address system which if you are not careful will drown out our own microphones linked to a portable 4 channel digital recorder. Our highly directional microphones are focused as well as possible on voice and guitar.
But after nearly 2 hours of filming, we have something in the can to take back for post production. The results are going up on YouTube, subject to the agreement of the performers.
The camera operators: Michael Thompson, Nigel Anderson and Richard Green.
View Rob Lanyon's full video