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Marshal’s Law: Titles

arshal’s Law, part sitcom, part reality show, was produced for Loaded TV in 2012/13 by Golden Tortoise. Its intriguing mix of formats (not to mention tight time and budgetary constraints) provided an interesting challenge for the design of this sequence. Parks and Recreation and How to Make It in America proved to be very useful references in establishing a style reference to aim for, which combined Parks’ character vignettes and HTMIIA’s photographic montages to create a very ramshackle tone – which fit the life of Lesland Marshal to a tee. Similarly, the music does a great job of establishing Lesland’s aspirations. The whimsical harpsichord helps to evoke the BBC’s Sherlock, who is at the opposite end of the crime-fighting scale to Lesland, a PCSO who dreams of one day being ‘proper’ police, while also embodying Lesland’s slightly clumsy nature. Despite the concept being established relatively quickly, the sequence was actually deceptively complicated. About half of the sequence was composed with pre-existing footage of Lesland from earlier projects which, while useful for time considering the series had only just gone into production, also introduced a slight continuity problem as there were noticeable differences in the Lesland’s PSCO costume. Some tracking, masking […]
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BGT / Virgin Media Case Study

his case study was created for ITV to celebrate the successful sponsorship partnership between Britain’s Got Talent and Virgin Media. Filming animals is generally fraught with difficulties and frustrations, especially when they’re not meticulously trained ‘acting’ specialists, but the biggest challenge filming this project was actually the weather. With a skeleton crew and lighting kit, creating that idyllic, glossy promo look on a thoroughly gloomy October morning can be really rather tricky. Fortunately, I already had quite a lot of experience with grading and compositing in After Effects, so I was well aware of what I’d be able to pull off when it came to post production. Speaking of which, there a lots of little visual touches in this film that were used to improve the look and feel of the living room, in addition to the very obvious digital trickery used to creating the talking dog (expertly animated by David Skinner) and motion graphic elements. For example, I utilised a lot of subtle glows and flares to help give the impression of more dynamic lighting, the TV and unit it stands on (set up in Cinema 4D by David Skinner) were composited in place of the existing elements which […]
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Loose Women: Behind the Scenes

o help attract new advertisers to Loose Women, ITV commissioned a short behind the scenes film to celebrate the programme’s success. My role on this project was to film an episode of the programme being made, in addition to interviews with its Executive Producer and audience members, and to provide a number of motion graphics for the reel. ROLE Camera, Graphics AGENCY TellyJuice CLIENT ITV
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ITV Upfronts 2012

he ITV Upfronts is an annual event held by ITV to attract advertisers to their upcoming programmes, and I filmed a range of interviews with some of the broadcaster’s biggest stars to feature in a number of reels that were being produced for the event. Filming these kinds of interviews requires that you can both work quickly and flexibly, as you rarely have much time (or room) with which to work. In some cases we were fortunate enough to have access to a studio set, but in others we would be filming in small back rooms which can be rather tricky to light. Stills of some of these interviews are pictured here, and have been graded in After Effects. ROLE Camera, Grade AGENCY TellyJuice CLIENT ITV
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