What a Lovely Badger!

Well now for something a little different, but thought it was worth a mention. As some of you may know, I try, when time allows to do a spot of Wildlife Photography. Nothing too serious, but it’s something I enjoy. So from time to time I’ll post a few birds, insects or in this case mammals to keep you all entertained. This shoot involved our friend the badger.

A photographer friend of mine, Graham, to save confusion I’ll call him Old Graham (he’s used to that by now) has an abundance of wildlife in his garden, so with an invitation to see his Badgers, and possibly photograph them I jumped at the chance.

“You can set your watch by them” were Old Graham’s words……. well this night I think their watches must have stopped, as they didn’t arrive for a further 2 hours, but it was well worth the wait.

One hungry Badger

Special Badger food was put out on the patio, and I have to say Badgers are very noisy eaters! I thought Glen was bad enough, only joking! A lone male appeared first and made light work of most of the food. For those interested in how it was lit, I used 2 flashguns fired via Radio Controlled triggers. All set manually, the hardest part is focussing, because it’s dark!

More food please

Well it was getting a little late now, my eyes were getting tired trying to focus on the faintest of shapes through the viewfinder, the Badgers hadn’t been seen for about 15 minutes, then all of a sudden 2 of them came bounding up, ate some food and then were off into the darkness.

A pair of Badgers

Time for a hot brew and then off home after a great nights photography. Not the best photo’s in the world, but sometimes it’s the experience, the pictures are just a bonus. Watch this space hopefully I’ll get some more Badgers soon.

Time for a Time-lapse

Resprayed plane leaving hangar - Time-lapse video production by Vivid Photo Visual
Plane exiting the hangar

Air Livery call on Vivid

Vivid have recently been commissioned by Air Livery, who are one of the leading companies in aircraft refinishing, to produce a Company Profile video to showcase their refinishing service. As well as filming and producing their 5 minute video we also produced 2 time-lapse videos of the whole event.

Preparation of a time-lapse commission

Producing a Time-Lapse is all about the planning and preparation. These are the factors that need to be considered;

  • Total length of time he subject needs to be filmed.
  • How long the final movie should be.
  • How many frames would be needed to achieve this.
  • Memory capacity required.
  • Power to the cameras.

So after calculating that we’d take a image every 90 seconds and the project may last 9 days, that’s a total of 8640 frames from each camera!

Time-lapse in a sticky environment

The other concern was the environment that the cameras would be left in, however clean an aircraft re-painting facility can be, there’s no avoiding the stripping, sanding and numerous paint applications. And don’t forget in the quantities required to cover 2 large planes at the same time!

So after weatherproofing all the rigs we were ready to roll.

So who was going to set-up the Time-Lapse cameras, in the roof of the hangers? Well there’s no room to be scared of heights in this game. That is unless your name’s Glen and you beg, plead and finally agree to buy the chocolate in the office for a fortnight.

So Glen was out of the running, too busy stocking up on Graham’s Boost bars. So it was decided that I was the action man of the team (mainly by me)

Where’s wally?

After setting the cameras in place using Arri Superclamps and adding an extra safety harness to each, just in case. I set the cameras going.

Daily visits were required to back-up the images from the previous day, as well as to change power supplies. All this had to be done without moving the camera’s, and when you’re 100ft up on a tiny gangway, that’s a challenge in itself.

Anyway enough of my super hero antics, below is one of the time-lapse videos, check it out.

We hope you enjoyed this short blog. If you would like to find out more about our time-lapse video production, please visit our time-lapse video page.

Check out our new Home Page video

Well this is our first post on our new Blog, so here goes;

We’ve just gone live with our new The Evolution of Communication video on our Home Page. We’d decided on a basic theme and message, the fact that the way companies communicate with their clients has changed, video is now king! A video communicates a message far quicker than pages of words…….

We also didn’t want it to be all about us, talented that we are 🙂 (Tom’s words not mine). We wanted the message to be key.

So we all sat down and threw ideas around to get our creative juices flowing, Glen’s were mainly football related as usual, but we humored him for a while, like we do! After throwing ideas around we finally decided on a fully animated typography style piece, to both showcase the complexity of the work we can produce, but we also felt it would get the message across easier.

Evolution of Communication Script

The next step was to try and get a basic feel for how the words and any drawings would sit within the animation. We wanted it to finish with a camera pan out to our logo, that’s initially all we knew. So we printed out a still of the Vivid logo, adjusted it slightly to allow for us to scribble (there’s no other word for it) a storyboard template to use as a base to create the animation.

The ‘Rough’ storyboard.

Next we got ‘Emma’ who’s one of the professional voice over artists we regularly use to record the audio for us. She has such a wonderful voice, I even got her to record our voice mail messages! If only iPhones would allow us to upload them! But now I’m straying off topic. See if you can spot a few sound bites from yours truly towards the beginning. I should have been an actor you know!

Finally after approx 100 hours in After Effects, a few hundred cups of coffee ,we have a video that we’re very proud of and is generating business….. that’s what it was for.