We recently collaborated with FMX rider and athlete Wayne Jacobs for our motocross film. We wanted to show the creativity, the dedication and the athleticism involved in freestyle motocross riding.
We at Dead Pixel Films have always been dog lovers and wanted to draw attention to Manchester Dogs Home in a short documentary. They've had a few tough years and were victim to a horrendous arson attacked back in 2014 which took the lives of >60 dogs. We reached out to them to try and focus on the positive side of the charity and the great work they do.
Our environmental documentary 'Plastic Tides' featuring Sian Sykes and the importance of reducing single use plastic consumption has gone live with rave reviews.
"So great guys, So positive and motivating for people to just get out there and do something big or small" - Clean Coastline Collective
"It's great so many people are creating ways to spread such an important message" - Sea Shepherd
We got in touch with Sian Sykes from Pysched Paddleboarding to create a hard hitting documentary around single use plastic. We knew Sian was a huge advocate of fighting marine litter and thought it deserved a voice. We shot this in Angelsey, Wales on our Sony FS7 in February 2018. Thankfully the weather was on our side for the day. We filmed for approx 4 hours paddling around the North Wales coast.
We wanted to show the day to day activities of Sian paddle boarding around the coast and how stumbling upon marine litter can make you feel. We stumbled upon a secluded beach and noticed an enormous amount of plastic waste. Within about 5 minutes we'd picked up more than we could carry. Litter included plastic bottles, fishing nets, plastic straws, kids toys and cigarette butts.
We then headed back to base to record the voice over which is played throughout the documentary.
We edited this documentary in house using the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro. As we shot in a flat SLog3 profile it meant we had the maximum dynamic range and could grade the film how we wanted.
You can view the film here:
We were tasked with the challenge of shooting and editing the journey of Hot Cross Buns for Asda's Easter Campaign recently. We were commissioned by Manchester creative Agency BJL who came up with the concepts and storyboards.
We started the production with a little recce. This is a great way to 'feel out' a location and iron out any kinks before shooting commences. We arrived on site bright and early the following day to capture the Asda bakers in action. The crew began with rigging lighting, monitors and the camera.
We started by mixing ingredients in a large steel bowl slowing adding sugar, yeast and raisins. The batch then went into a mold before being cured in an oven. The bakers added the infamous crosses which is actually a very impressive skill. It was then back into the oven for the final bake and browning of the buns.
The main challenges were that the location was quite industrial looking. After all Asda are a commercial business and need to produce their products in high volumes and high quality. We therefore covered most of the process with close ups. We needed plenty of light as we were shooting at 100fps with a shutter of 1/200. We used 2x large Aperture LED panels which kick out an equivalent of 1K of light. We diffused the light heavily to soften the shadows. We utilised the Samyang 100mm 2.8 macro lens for a larger number of shots to get that glorious 'food porn' close up.
We covered the majority of the process in about 2-3 hours. Then it was onto the edit. We edited a 30 second and 10 second version for different social media platforms.
Once we received sign off, Asda shared the video on their Facebook page. It received over 600,000 views, 1500 comments and 129 shares within 12 hours. We couldn't be more happier with the response.
You can watch the full 30 second edit here: