It’s been an extreme summer season! From epic weddings with drone flying to creating the videos for The IABM for IBC, it has been immense.
Now nearly 9 months since starting Adam Plowden Videography properly, I am over the moon with the great clients and people I’ve worked and am working with.
I still have a number of productions on the go, and I will be attending The IBC Show in September so there is much more great stuff to come!
Massive shout out to the team over at Manfrotto who have been a great help with sorting out equipment for my travels abroad!
Keep those creative juices flowing!
A quick still from the wedding I shot with John Harris Wedding Films yesterday at Wotton House in Surrey. Awesome day, and Harry and Sammi are a lovely couple!
It’s always a blast working with John and Ashleigh, especially when I get to shoot on a 5D with a Glidetrack slider! John shot some awesome footage from his areal camera too!
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A week since IBC, things are pretty much back to normal for here in Epsom. I have been furiously emailing the companies and people I met to get my foot in the door for some videography or digital media content production.. We shall see!
Oh yeah, immersive experience, here is what I am listening to – http://8tracks.com/monkcoco/amsterdams-jams
I have been working on an edit for a video of a day trip around Amsterdam city, just a few shots of what I though was worthy of being included! (“You only get one” quote from Glen Symes). It is currently taking a looonngggg time exporting in Adobe Media Encoder due to down-res’ing from 1080p to 720p for the web, as well as some heavy grading done in Magic Bullet, which always takes time anyway.
Here is a couple of photos from the edit, and the grade to show you how 🙂
What can I say, do your clients pay for render time? 😄
I’m going to upload the video of Amsterdam later today, so keep updated as I shall post it on here! I used Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to edit the video, and Red Giant Magic Bullet to grade. I did a couple of timelapses so just sped them up and used ‘Frame Blending’ to create the smooth motion blur. I shot most of it on my Canon 60D and Tamron 17-50 F/2.8, also using Sams GoPro Hero3 for the other shots. I chose Zero 7 “Destiny” for the backing music as it is chilled and ambient, just like the culture over there!
In the meantime I am developing my marketing strategy for the videography business I am trying to get funding for, through The Start Up Loans company (James Caan), but that hasn’t been at the top my list, although it really should be.. If you’ve got any tips for start ups and writing business plans then please forward them this way!
I am also working on videos in the edit suite which include interviews with F&V, NHK, Tokina, Ikegami, and NanGuang, so keep updated for those too!
Ciao for now 😀
I had never been to IBC before, I wanted to go a couple of years ago but I was a little last minute with extremely expensive prices, but now after all the hard uni work and starting myself up as a freelance videographer, a trip to Amsterdam for IBC 2013 was just what I needed! It was also the first time I’ve been on a plane in 11 years, so I was super excited, and acted rather like a tourist for the first couple of days.. But, I have no regrets!
Just had a quick thought, for you readers to enjoy your experience reading my blog further, you can listen to what I am listening to while I write it, having withdrawl symptoms from Amsterdam lead me to searching for “Coffeeshop” “Soul” on 8Tracks, hoping for a chilled result 🙂 So here is the playlist you can listen to while reading! Street Cues Sound Clues Amsterdam Withdrawl Playlist on 8Tracks
Amazing Mexican restaurant called ‘La Margarita’ just off the canal, near Amsterdam University (https://plus.google.com/105150292043799825469/about?gl=uk&hl=en) They do great cocktails too, definitely recommend it.
Amsterdam’s coffee shop culture is something to be admired, the liberal and relaxed lifestyle suits me perfectly, and I’m not going to pretend I disagree with coffee shops, because they are awesome. I met more friendly people and generated more work in coffee shops than I do in Starbucks in The UK. In the photo you can see The Bulldog, and further down is the original coffee shop. I did pop in to these, but both were really busy so I skipped off to another in the pouring rain. (https://plus.google.com/112706500562557581286/about?gl=uk&hl=en).
Taken from outside The Greenhouse Seed Co Coffee shop, near Dam Square. Sitting outside having a drink by the river is so cool. We had a couple beers over there on the first evening, Duvel! (Cafe Rock Planet)
The view from my hotel window, the Pathe Cinema! (Rembrandtplein).
On the Friday (13th) myself, Amy and Sam made our way to the Amsterdam RAI. We jumped on the tram outside our hotel on Rembrandtplein which took us all the way to IBC, very convenient although it was rammed with suited business-people attending the show! IBC provided free tram travel for the duration of the show which was great for getting around town, until I lost mine.
We made our way to The IABM stand, near the Future Zone in one of the 14 halls of this massive place, where we met Steve Warner and Sam Hawkins and were presented with the prize money. We also met the other Engineering Student Award winners who came from across the world for IBC; Zoe Wyeth of the University of Salford, Julian Theis of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Adam Plowden and Amy Tinker of Kingston University, Pierre Hamme-Gerome and Antonin Morel of the Université de Valenciennes, Kathryn Savage of Southampton Solent University, Lennard Bredenkamp of HTWK Leipzig, and Evgenii Smirnov and Anna Nikolaeva of St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. (Photos are coming from The IABM in the next couple of days).
The rest of the day was spent wondering around, wowing and touching all the amazing new technology and equipment, which I will upload the photos of soon! There will also be video blog entries uploaded very soon too, including interviews with manufacturers, designers, and a film of Amsterdam too, yes ‘Ive been busy!
BlackMagic Design had a fantastic booth exhibiting many of their Cinema and Pocket cameras in different set-ups, as well as demonstrations of the new 6G production switcher, and the newly released DaVinci Resolve 10. As I am looking to upgrade cameras, the BMCC is definitely an option for me, as the price of the unit and features weigh it up considerably as a mid range cinema camera, rather than a simple DSLR upgrade. Also, as I discovered, Tokina had been hard at work on an 11-16mm T3 cine lens for Super35 sensors, demonstrated on a BMCC at their booth; finally opening up wide angle shots which had previously been restricted due to the 2.2x mag factor. More info on the NEW Tokina releases can be seen in an upcoming video with the Director of Tokina himself!
There will be much much much more coming soon, I just have to get through the video editing and chuck it all together, but please be patient, they are coming 🙂
As for future work and plans, I was due to produce a couple of videos for some classic RV’s, with Joel from London Event Photography however thanks to the terrific English weather it was called off. Also got some top secret work with a manufacturer coming up, as well as a possible booking to go back to Amsterdam for the end of November.. IE.. My 22nd Birthday!! We shall see..
All the best for now you wonderful people! If you haven’t checked out this kind of teaser video then please do 🙂
Although IBC 2013 and my time in the wonderful city of Amsterdam is now over, and yes I am feeling the withdrawal symptoms of being a tourist. But, I realized this morning that I shouldn’t be sad about leaving behind the great experience of IBC, meeting the other Engineering Student Award winners from the IABM, who traveled from all over the world to come! As I have made so many connections, collaborations and friends that the work is already pouring in, following networking with the manufacturers and visitors! I will hopefully be returning to Amsterdam in November for a big event, where I will be producing digital media content!
For now, I must catch up on sleeping, eating and sorting out all the footage I shot, and editing it into some cool videos for you guys to watch, and I hope it will help you! Videos include talks with; Nanguang, Tokina, Ikegami, NHK, F&V and much more, plus many photos of new products as well, so keep updated and please share!
Canon C300 on a Zacuto shoulder mount rig.
Myself and Masato Kobayashi of Ikegami, he developed the system to implement an Arri Alexa sensor into a fully operational studio system camera, for use with fiber connections to CCU’s and OCP’s. They also developed a tiny 3 chip HD camera, which received a whopping 70 orders from EarthTV over the week. I will be doing an in depth post on Ikegami’s work and innovations soon!
This awesome experience was provided by The International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, thank you so much for this life changing opportunity that has truly kick started my career in the media and broadcast industry! I look forward to next year already, and maybe, I will be exhibiting!
Here is a short timelapse of the morning when we had sun here in Amsterdam! Shot on GoPro from my hotel window in Rembrandtplein. IBC videos and blogs to follow!
I’ve just finished packing my suitcase, I’ve managed to cram in my tripod, Camax field monitor, batteries, mic, all my clothes and stuff. Got a GoPro Hero 3 on charge (cheers Sam) and the trusty Canon 60D is coming with me on the plane.
It’s going to be an early start tomorrow, bussing it from Kingston to Heathrow through morning rush hour could be a nightmare, but we’ll see. Extremely excited now, the weather however does not seem to be up for a sunny holiday for me 😦
(Thursday: cloud w/rain, Fri: cloud w/rain, Sat: cloud.. etc)
I shall be uploading bits and bobs tomorrow from the journey so keep updated!