Breakdancing with the EVA1

We’re really excited to be putting our new Panasonic EVA1 camera through its paces and really pushing the images. We know it takes a good few months to fully understand the pro’s and con’s of a new camera, and have started experimenting to understand its capabilities.
 
We have been exploring how the camera can be used in uncontrolled conditions to see how our more impromptu shoots will fair. So whilst our previous blog post showed how our new camera can shoot beautiful footage at night with low light using dual ISO at high frame rates, this post will show what we can acheive using only natural light.
 
We were lucky enough to see these breakdancers performing at our studio space recently. Instead of joining in and stealing the show we decided to break out the EVA1 and capture the action at 200 frames per second. We were able to capture details which changed the way we looked at how these guys moved. We think you’ll agree these breakdancers prove time and effort put into practicing pays off, and it is no different with us and our equipment. 
 
That’s why we take a lot of time to become familiar with the controls of any new piece of equipment; from the depth of colour the V-Log/V-Gamut captures to the 5.7K super 35mm sensor, it’s really important to us to understand how to use our equipment to its fullest, and take advantage of its features to help us create the best footage for our clients’ individual needs.

Hope you enjoy the breakers in slo-mo!

We’ve Got a Brand New Camera!

We have recently added the brand new Panasonic EVA1 camera to our arsenal. Not only is this an exciting purchase for us (it’s like Christmas all over again!), but it helps us keep ahead of the curve and ensure the latest technological advances are at our fingertips.

The EVA1 is designed to capture cinematic images at a fantastically high resolution, which means our videos are captured with smooth, crisp visuals with a vibrant depth of colour. It is built to be super efficient, so we can spend more time shooting your products and realising your vision. It’s really important to us to ensure we have the best equipment possible so we can produce the best possible outcome for our clients.

We took our brand spanking new camera around London to test out its capabilities in low level light. Let us know what you think!

Behind the Scenes at Band Aid 30…

WOW!! What a weekend the High Life Productions team had filming the exclusive video content for Band Aid…

 

We were thrilled to be asked to film behind the scenes exclusive footage for a new charitable venture, BandApp by MCD, and of course we jumped at the chance!

As a video production company we have filmed everywhere and anywhere, the good and the great but nothing can prepare you for being in one venue with the likes of Bono, Sir Bob Geldof, Chris Martin, Seal and the phenomenon that is…1D (who were a delight, btw)

Bleary eyed and caffeine deficient, the High Life Productions crew arrived at 7am sharp in Swarm Studios,Notting Hill and our fabulous editor Teresa set up camp ready to ‘live edit’ the content as it came in, a nice chilled Saturday, basically! Our photographer Erroll was with us to capture all the stills and thrills! High Life Productions’ very own Luke was also there ready to shoot. 

The studio was a bevy of excitement beyond anything I’ve ever experienced! My mission: to interview the artists and get the juicy behind the scenes goss. Mission accepted. Coffee #1 consumed.

 

The first Band Aid member to arrive was Rita Ora, she was definitely on my list to interview, however, she came and went in a flash (a beautiful red flash due to her amazing red outfit!) Unfortunately there is was no time for her to stop to even take a breath as she was hurried out and off to the next thing on what must be a very busy schedule. Ed Sheeran also whizzed in and out, no interview but Erroll got some great shots of him having a rare chill out moment with a cuppa.

Cue screaming fans, swarms of teenage girls, flashing lights and general hysteria… 1D had arrived! 

Harry Styles sauntered in looking as cool and charming as  you might imagine but slightly nervous. It’s a pretty momentous occasion for the young pop stars. Coffee #63 consumed, I was on my A game and  got a great interview with Harry who talked about what an honour it was for 1D to sing with all the greats. We then went in to the green room, spotted Paloma Faith and Emilie Sandi looking over the words to the song so I took the opportunity to sit down and had a chat with them about the incredible privilege of being part of Band Aid. In the middle of the interview Mr Olly Murs bounces in and joined in the interview, bringing his cheeky chappy charm to the mix. After that we had a quick chat with the hilarious Grimmy, my favourite radio 1 DJ and the extremely talented Clean Bandit.

 

We left the green room and I picked up my millionth (some say I like to exaggerate?) free Starbucks,  which seemed to be everywhere (I wasn’t complaining!) then in walks Seal and my first thought was ‘wow he’s a lot taller in the flesh and he smells amazing!’ Seal was an absolute pleasure to interview, and even when Sir Bob Geldof crept up behind him during our interview he kept his cool! We then got to interview 1D all together which was a lot of fun, those boys are a handful…hard working and extremely professional but a handful nonetheless J

Mission almost completed, I then whizzed about getting some final interviews including the incredible Chris Martin and Guy Garvey

Last but not least, we then had a chat with Bastille who had flown over to the UK during their US tour just to record the single, I think they were too excited to be tired but it must have been pretty exhausting! They also had the last of the song to record and we were lucky enough to be in the studio and they were incredible! We also spoke with man of the moment Sam Smith who was learning his lines for the song.

So, after about 10 hours of interviewing and soaking up the atmosphere that is Band Aid I couldn’t leave without a few words form one of the figure heads of Band Aid…I interviewed Bono(!) who talked passionately about the why everyone is recording this song and how we shouldn’t have to be in this position again 30 years on to have to raise money for such awful diseases as Ebola. 

 

By the end of a very long day the HLP team where truly worn out and buzzing at the same time. To be part of such an important part of British music history, as well as raising money for Ebola is a feeling that I couldn’t describe in words. Everyone we met was really humble, no divas or egos flying around, which made it easier for us to do our job but more importantly since Band App was launched it’s had over 50,000 downloads and raised over £80,000!!!

I can only hope that alongside the other amazing charities, military and medical professionals who are already in West Africa fighting the epidemic, the money raised will help prevent the spread and the families of all those who have lost their lives to Ebola.

 

We are looking forward to producing further video content for the music industry, now we’ve tackled Band Aid we can do anything!! 

Until next time,

Hannah

A day in the life of a media intern!

I am currently feeling like a cast member of Made in Chelsea as not only have I been carried across Soho and Bank in a black cab but also wined and dined at Chipotle. The adventures of week one have really got my taste buds tingling for a bite of the corporate world. After visiting sky-high glass offices with luxury pods and cosy meeting rooms not to mention the video game hubs, I’m really intrigued about the marketing and business world in London.

I’ve chosen to stick to the more administrative and marketing side of things here at Highlife Productions, conducting research about the world of corporate video production and trying to learn something new as each day comes along. I can say that I’ve already grasped a breadth of knowledge and something that I value here is that everybody is learning from each other, whether it’s me learning about cameras and lenses or us, the interns discussing the expansion of social media and how we can bring everything together. I‘ve also been given creative freedom in the sense that I have free reign across all social media platforms for Highlife Productions, depicting not only trust but also an opportunity for me to act independently during the first week.

Bring on week 2!

IP Week 2013 – Why you need video coverage for your event

HLP recently covered one of the Energy Institute’s biggest conferences – International Petroleum Week.

IP Week is one of the biggest events within the energy sector’s calendar and attracts over 2,000 key influencers and senior decision-makers from around the world.

The three-day event features conferences, seminars, a high profile luncheon, an evening reception and an exhibition, as well as the prestigious IP Week Annual Dinner – the largest gathering in the industry’s annual calendar, with over 1,000 guests.
We had our crew there for the duration of the conference – filming interviews with all of the speakers, Vox Pops with the delegates and sponsors, as well as coverage of the amazing dinner they held in the Great Room at the Grosvenor Hotel – what a fabulous venue!
Hiring a video production company to cover key events like IP Week should be an integral part of any organisations event and marketing strategy, not only does it look good to the guests attending but it means that your event is captured in real time and the footage will be used to promote your next event. And as I’m sure you all know – video strengthens your brand! Its much more engaging and exciting to watch video content of an event rather than seeing some photos and a bit of text!
Have you seen any great event footage? We would love to see any examples! In the meantime have a quick glimpse of IP week on our portfolio page…Enjoy!

RAF Training Shoot

So HLP have been busy bees last week filming the final instalment of the RAF Fire and Training apprenticeship film. We have been following two of the apprentices since they started back in July, documenting both the physical and mental challenges that they faced over the 19 week course.

We have been lucky enough to follow two very different people, Emma, a female apprentice in her 30s who joined up after working in the city for a number of years, and Jo, a 19 year old male who joined up straight from college. It was interesting to capture their different perspectives and reactions to the challenges the course threw at them.

We have stayed on the RAF base in Manston for a week at a time since July and its been a great experience! Wether we were filming a live fire exercise or enjoying some downtime with the apprentices and instructors, it gave us a great insight into military life.

We are currently in post production and as always at HLP there is way too much good footage, the challenge now is how to cut it down and fit it into a 30 minute film!

Check out the photo’s on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/HighLifeProductions.Ltd?ref=hl