Graduate News

News in from 2016 graduates Rob Gifford and Seb Nowell.

“We have just completed a film for the jeweller Glenn Spiro. This project came about from a referral from a previous commercial video project that we both co-directed for a luxury brand called HRH Haute Couture. From there we were referred onto Glenn where we developed a concept for the video and pitched it to Glenn with a treatment after researching similar brands and referencing videos that Glenn mentioned in the original meeting. We completed two shoots and had eight people on set for each and then the final video including the animations was edited by Rob.”

“The success of this video was very much down to the level of preparation Rob and I put into the pre-production, ensuring that we had the appropriate budget, the correct equipment, studio with enough power, insurance, travel plans, a shot-list, lunch, timings and schedule for the shooting days. This level of planning was essential due to everything being shot close focus on a Leica rehoused macro lens with further diopters and even a doubler at times, as a result of this every single movement replicates a miniature earthquake. Also when you this macro and want to achieve a stop large enough to get the watch in focus’s and not distorted you need a serious amount of light. We had at least 2x 5ks with a 4k Octadome and Dedo lights burning at all times, to allow this so we had to have a studio with sufficient power. We had an incredible crew on board with us throughout the shoot. In total we had 10 members of crew over the two days. They went above and beyond their roles to problem solve and help capture the video, especially our Gaffer Tom Nowell and our 1st AC Matt Choules who helped problem solve the opening without incorporating hands or shake on what is essentially an object the size of a 1 pence piece. We couldn’t go without thanking our incredible DoP Joan Bordera we had on our first day who helped create and frame all our essential shots. A big thanks also to our great lighting team Rory Harborne and Rob Shears and our runners, Ellie Ramsden (current 3rd year student), Elliot Gunn (2016 graduate) and Rene.”
The commercial can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/248789720

Summer Work

New work from second year Amyleigh Fowles.
“The Rockers series is a body of work aiming to portray the personalities of Rockers. The group in this series are usually known as the ‘Scrumpies Lot’. Scrumpies was one of the few 80’s rock and heavy metal night clubs in Leeds that would bring rockers from across the city together for a night of music, mayhem and madness. The Scrumpies lot would set themselves aside from the generic stereotype that surrounded the perception of a rocker and formed a tight knit community that even today, they call their family.”
“This work was created at an event with live music and lots of alcohol that I organised, where they could meet and relive their days at Scrumpies.”

Summer Work

New work from third year Emma Chard.

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” Over the summer I set myself a brief to create a fashion editorial focused on Gingham. I took inspiration for the styling from 2017 catwalk trends, including brands like House of Holland, Peter Jensen and Christopher Kane. I was inspired by the work of Lachlan Bailey and Benny Horne to create this series of images, created on Saltdean beach, East Sussex. “

Graduate Success…

News in from 2016 graduate Emma Boyns.

“I’ve been BBC Good Food’s House Photographer for about six weeks now, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the day-to-day tasks that await me each morning and the challenges that are helping me grow both creatively and professionally. I’ve been shooting both in the test kitchen and the studio, creating images for the magazine, website and the brand’s social media platforms. I’m loving working with such a committed team and such supportive, talented people and it’s both bazaar and amazing to think that I’m contributing to Britain’s biggest-selling food magazine; a brand that I’ve always used and, even six months ago, couldn’t imagine my work being featured in”.

“I’m looking forward to putting my all into the internship over the next few months and creating some work I’m really proud of and contacts that will prove valuable to me in the future”.

Above: These images by Emma featured in the August issue; Croque Monsieur recipe by Emma Freud, food styling by Sophie Godwin, Ice Cubes and Rosé Punch recipes by Miriam Nice.

Personal Work

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Above: Personal work created by second year Alex Duffill.

“These images were created on a commission with the British team Neon Velo, at the Beaumont Trophy race in Stamfordham, Northumberland. I was documenting the team throughout the two days of the race preparation, the race itself and then after the race had been completed”.