Due to the nature of the activities of the Friends of QEH (events are held throughout the school year) this was the longest time we have spent in the production of any video.The video is intended to encourage current parents of QEH who might not know a lot about being a part of the Friends to sign up and get involved, and it was very well received. The handheld and shallow depth of field aesthetic was intended to give an honest, down-to-earth feeling, rather than making it overly 'corporate'.
Time and Place was our entry to the QEH Lizzies Film Competition 2015, which won the 'Senior: Intermediate' category and the overall 'Filmmakers of the Year' award at the event held on the 8th May 2015.
The video was conceptualised mainly over Skype, as Hari was abroad during the planning stages, and was completed the day before the deadline after the school Easter holidays - so weather-wise we were very fortunate to be able to shoot at all! Our cast totalled six, a far greater number than normal for us, which added logistical challenges but meant for a very enjoyable two days of shooting. We had planned to use the 'glidecam' more in this piece, but the strong winds meant we had to settle for lots (and lots) of slider shots. A huge thank-you to all our cast who gave up their Saturday to run manically around Bristol for our benefit, and to James Everingham for letting us use his fantastic music.
Those interested can view a pre-visualisation we made when planning the film.
Colin: Portrait of a School Chef is a short documentary video Chris shot in a day about the catering manager at QEH. It aimed to explore his experiences before coming to QEH, the catering at the school, and why he does what he does. It is the first time he has shot a piece with the intention of letterboxing in post (by putting black tape on his GH3's screen!), and he thinks it worked well along with using FilmConvert to quickly add a subtle grade at giving a 'film' look and feel. This is perhaps the most 'documentary style' video we have made yet, the narrative being interview driven, which was a fun new style to attempt.
The QEH Fireworks evening is an annual event run by the Friends of QEH, and Chris very quickly put together some clips of it he had shot whilst making a bigger promotional video for the group. No colour grading, no sound editing, no titling; as a result the video was able to be up and be shared on the same night! A 'passion project' that we received no commission for, but still loved making nonetheless.
This video, which QEH Bristol commissioned us to produce, is likely the biggest project we have undertaken. In a period of just four weeks we were tasked with creating a video that showed all of the aspects of the sixth form at QEH that make it so great, whilst telling a story that engages the viewer. After a few early mornings shooting time-lapses and many late nights editing, we got the video completed on time and with all the key messages included. The main purpose of the video was to give an impression of the school to prospective students from abroad, hence there is no narration or interviews, but it will also be placed on the school's Vimeo channel and website. It is our first project shooting on our latest investment, a BMPCC, and so this video was a great way for us to learn both how to shoot with it, and how to colour grade it in post! We think this video highlights our continual improvement in the quality of our content, the range of skills we employ whilst creating videos, and the determination we have to always make each one as good as we possibly can.
This video was made by Chris, whilst on holiday in Chamonix, France. He took part in a tour of the area by the knowledgeable and likeable Teresa Kaufman, and decided to make a short montage video from the clips he had taken, that she could then use to promote the tours. He hoped that the video would give a small insight into the experience offered by these tours, and communicate the work that goes into making them so special. The approach was a little bit backwards, deciding to make a video only after the footage had been shot, but it seemed to turn out well in the end!
This is a video we made to promote the (now to be) annual QEH Old Elizabethans' Touch Rugby Tournament, which took place on the 29th June 2014. This is the first very 'commercial style' video we have completed, and helped us develop skills in communicating key video messages efficiently and keeping to tight deadlines during production.
This is a video we created to show the atmosphere at the annual QEH Bristol Sports Day. We were actually just gathering footage for a video we have been commissioned to make for the Friends of QEH, but decided to make a short montage video with some of the other footage we shot. This was the first video shown on QEH's Vimeo channel, which we persuaded to school to purchase and then set up for them. The Vimeo channel includes many other videos made by us, and you can view it here: https://vimeo.com/channels/qehbristol.
This is a video we made showing the highlights of a History school trip we went on to Belgium, and the Somme in Northern France. Whilst the focus of the trip for us wasn't the video, which is why in places it lacks a little polish, we think it gives a good idea of what the trip is like, in an effort to promote it for future years and to make a long-lasting record of the trip for those who went on it (and their parents)!
A quick montage of most of our videos to date. We will try to release a new version once or twice a year, to show off our new projects and the skills we have learnt.