Working on a new 3D project for Discovery Channel on a Rope Access company based in Las Vegas. Their job is to scale incredibly tall buildings to do various jobs, fixing windows, cleaning windows, etc. Will be on this until end of October.
I have just finished editing this show for Channel 5. It airs on Thursday 26 September at 10 pm. A very interesting show to work on. Read the details here:
Finished a 1 X 50′ documentary on David Beckham after football called ‘End It Like Beckham’ for ITN.
‘Secret Life of the Rainforest’ nominated for a Royal Television Society award for Best Technical Achievement.
The RTS award ceremony was held on Friday 22nd February in Winchester Guild Hall. We were up against the BBC and ITV for the award. We didn’t win but were happy to be nominated.
The natural history documentary The Secret Life of the Rainforest won Outstanding Achievement Award for Documentary 2012 International 3D Society Lumiere ™ Award-Europe. The one off special was produced for SKY HD/SKY 3D and Smithsonian Networks. Here is a link to the awards page
Producer/Director Julian Thomas; Editor Sean Woollgar
We have just finished a three week shoot in the Masai Mara wildlife reserve in Kenya. This is the second shoot in which we cover the Wildebeest migration. The first was in Tanzania in February. This will be the first time this spectacle can be seen on screens in amazing 3D.We had a great crew. The Uk crew consisted of Si Wagen on main 3D rig, Chris Moody – rig tech and racks, Alain (Pepe) Rousseau – stereographer, Julian Thomas – Director and myself as on-location editor. We were backed up by a fantastic Kenyan crew, Warren Samuels – 2D camera rig, David Jalenga – Sound, Ross Samuels, spotter/driver, Paul Kirui – spotter/driver, Wilson Wemali – spotter/driver, Peter Blackwell – spotter/driver and Lisa Ash – spotter/driver who took over from Chris Brennan.
Hoping to get a few spectacular river crossings we were not dissapointed. The first three days brought us some incredible footage. Tens of thousands of Wildebeest crossing deep fast flowing rivers. The crocs were out and many Wildebeest did not make it. Those that did then had to contend with lions, cheetah’s and leopards all out for their daily meal.
Over the three weeks we were incredibly lucky and managed to shoot around 30 hours (on the main 3D rig alone!) of stunning footage. I was assembling selects from the dailys and ended up with over 15 hours on the timeline. Again this is from the main 3D rig alone, it doesn’t include the footage from the eight 3D GoPro’s or the amazing footage from Warren’s 2D rig..
Now comes the hard but exciting bit of editing this down to either a one hour show or perhaps a 90 minute special.
It’s been a while since I’ve had time to update my site. In January 2011 I finished working on ‘High Octane’ and started on ‘Building the Brand’, an ‘ultimate factories’ series for Discovery and Sony’s 3D channel, 3Net. It was great working on these programmes covering fantastic iconic brands, from Pierce (American fire trucks), Apache helicopters, Winnebago, Gibson guitars, John Deere combine harvesters, Rolls Royce.
Following this I did a series called ‘Wonders’ for Sky 3D and 3Net. Wonders are 3D visual gems of the world’s most iconic subjects. Filmed using high-end stereo camera rigs and some great aerial footage.
I’m almost finished editing a one hour special called ‘Secret Life of the Rainforest’. This is a Smithsonian, Sky, Electric Sky co-production which may also get a cinema release. Again this is shot in 3D. Filmed entirely on a small island in the Panama canal called BCI (Barro Colorado Island) it follows the work of 6 scientists from the Smithsonian institute who have invested years of work on the island. We see their work with bats, the three toed sloth, howler monkeys, frogs, gliding ants and the agouti. This was all shot on two high end 3D rigs. A second macro shoot was also undertaken which has produced some amazing footage.
I’m presently editing an extreme sports 3D series for Discovery’s new 3D channel at Electric Sky / BTV Post in Brighton, who are UK pioneers of 3D production. It’s been interesting to say the least getting to grips with 3D workflow and limitations. More on this to come….
For now some cool stereoscopic stills from the edits.
My edit of this one hour documentary for the History Channel finished a few days ago and the dub was finished yesterday. The programme TX date is 31st October we believe, both in the USA and the UK.
I had a lot of fun on this programme, especially with the graphics.
These lovely illustrations by Ivan Allen were opted for instead of dramatic reconstruction and I think it’s worked very well. Ivan gave me the illustrations as Photoshop layers which I then placed along Z space in After Effects.
To automate this process I used a script written by Paul Tuersley from the AE scripts site called pt_Multiplane. The script places each layer at a different position along the z-axis and scales it so it will always appear the same as the original in the camera. It’s then possible to do 3D camera moves through and around the layers effectively turning a 2D image into 3D. Applying DOF to the camera and animating the aperture or the focal distance directly, creates some interesting animations. A plugin I used extensively was Andrew Kramer’s Sure Target 2 which allows for really quick camera animation using nulls. You can add and automate camera shake and roll as well as dolly moves. A fantastic free plugin, thanks Andrew.
My latest editing job is a one hour documentary by Electric Sky Productions for the History Channel titled Vampire Island (working title). It follows the discovery of graves in Greece containing ‘unusual’ burials. One of the graves, discovered during an excavation by Professor Hector Williams in Myteline, shocked the world, the body had been buried in a tomb carved into the city wall, it had stakes driven through the neck, the pelvis and the ankles. It was then placed in a wooden cask, lowered into the tomb and the wall rebuilt around it. The people of Myteline definitely did not want this person returning from the dead….
The documentary follows on to locate an island off Myteline which is perhaps the location of the worlds only mass grave site for vampires.