Dave has been working on his MA (Digital Documentary) since October and had to produce a short documentary for his course.
The film had to be about a person or a place and he choose to make it about his hairdresser Allan whom he’s known the last 15 years. Allan was approaching his 65th birthday at the time and the film looks back at Allans’ life in the barbershop and his plans for the future.
We’d filmed with Monkseaton back in November 2011 when they helped us out with some programmes for Newton TV.
We jumped at the opportunity to revisit the school and produce a couple of bespoke films for the school to promote the opportunities for students and the facilities of the school.
We wanted to try something fun and included some nice POV shots that we did on the latest Go-Pro (3 Silver). These added the personal perspective we were looking for (as well as providing much amusement for the students taking part!
The beginning of a busy summer for Picnic started with this great job for Chichester University. The EdUmatics project has been running for 3 years and is a European-wide educational development project aimed at improving the use of technology in the Maths classroom. With partners from Germany, Italy, France, UK, Slovenia, and the Netherlands we were asked to produce a video showing the work of the project.
Filming began in Worthing West Sussex at Davison’s High School showing the work of the Maths teachers involved in the UK – Netherlands partnership.
We filmed in Montpellier and in Slovenia for the project and delivered a 5 minute cut & 28 minute cut in 7 different languages!
It’s been a busy summer at Picnic, filming a 30 minute documentary for a European Maths Project in Slovenia, France and the UK. We’ve been working on a corporate promo for the Hounslow Education Business Partnership and filming the annual Institute of Physics lecture at the Royal Institution.
We’ve not produced a showreel in sometime to showcase the breadth of our work but here’s a glimpse of some of what makes Picnic – Picnic.
Footage included was shot on a variety of Canon DSLRs for a variety of clients.
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It was an absolute thrill to go to the BFI this month with the team from the Institute of Physics to collect an award for our Career films.
Apparently - ‘The judges liked STEM career clips for it’s objective (to encourage studying and careers in science). They also felt that the resource addresses its target age-group well – the content was lively and interesting to 14-16 year olds. The fact that fundamental science principles were linked to work issues was also praised by the jury. This was voted to win unanimously by the jury’
Take a look for yourself:
We think these films work because they are fast paced and fun, teach you a bit about physics and give you plenty of questions to ask a teacher. We also like that over 90,000 people watched the film about Natural Motion on Vimeo. They were great to make and were inspired by an initial idea by Dr. Saher Ahmed, and supported by Taj Bhutta and James McNish of the IOP who were an absolute pleasure to collaborate with and never seemed to tire of my endless questions. Many thanks to the small Picnic team that worked on the films, to James for finding the contributors and Kim for making the pictures move, and of course thanks to the BUFVC for organising the awards evening.
End of Oscar acceptance speech!
In conclusion the BUFVC judges said this about our film – “the jury agreed that the winner stood out for its educational value and ability to meet the needs of its target audience head-on by linking the application of science with important world issues.”
January has been a busy month for Picnic, editing our Newton Science content. But we wanted to enter the Jessops competition ‘The Shot’ to produce a 10 minute film around the theme of ‘The Shot’. I’ve wanted to make a film about a landscape photographer for about a year now, and we were fortunate to find Sławek locally in Sussex. He’s an extremely talented photographer, taking breathtaking shots of the Sussex coastline and countryside. As it turns out we were the only documentary entry, and so far we’ve had 4499 views (in two days!).
We were very inspired by Philip Bloom’s wonderful film ‘Booth’s and Bodies‘ all shot on the Sony Nex-5N, a beautiful little camera we got back in October and have started using more and more. We wanted to make something as visual as the artistry that was taking place on screen and something philosophical. In Sławek we had the perfect candidate.
We woke at 5am on Monday 23rd January (not easy after a weekend walking in the New Forest!) and picked Sławek up, parked up (in near darkness) to begin the 20 minute walk to the Seven Sisters in Sussex. A truly beautiful location for a dawn shoot. We shot for a few hours as the sun swiftly rose, we were the only people for miles and it was incredibly peaceful. It was a beautiful morning, the waves were crashing by the cliffs as we ventured round one, then two of the bases of the impressive chalk cliffs following Sławek as he looked for ‘the shot’ that he had never got before at Seven Sisters. As he talked about the illusive images that he goes looking for, each one more extraordinary and unique than the last, we were reminded of our own pursuit for perfection, our own drive to get better shots than ever before. Ultimately Sławek reminded us that the pursuit of the shot is just as important as actually taking ‘the shot’, and the mere act of filming / photography is an enlightening and enriching experience regardless of the results. No trip is ever fruitless, and for us this film most certainly was very fruitful indeed.
You can watch the full film below, shot by Nell and myself on the Sony Nex 5-N and the Canon 550D.