ID2: The Sequel

I was recently given the opportunity to take some photograph on the set of a new movie that is being filmed in Hull. ID2: The Sequel is a follow on from a cult classic about football hooliganism. I was asked to take photos that could be used by Universal to help promote the film.

It wasn’t really what I expected. I needed to borrow a Canon camera and lenses from the college as these are particularly quiet and wont be picked up by the sensitive microphones on set. As the first scene was in a tight space and the camera man would be filming in a 360 degree range I wasn’t actually able to be near the actors, instead I found myself sitting on a table leaning over a window on a balcony trying to catch the action from above. One short scene seemed to go on fro absolutely ages as they filmed each action from several angles.

The second scene I attended was in Beverley, by a barge on the canal. I photographed a short scene at the beginning of the day and then hung around all day until I was able to photograph another short scene at the end of the day.

I am unable to post any photos here as I have signed them all over to Universal and it is all hush hush until the film is released. The only exception is this one photograph that I took and sent on to the Hull Daily Mail for publication yesterday. See the article here.

Simon Rivers filming ID2 on the MVSyntan in Beverley

It was a great opportunity to see what happens on a film set and to chat with producer Patrick Cassaveti, who trained in photography, about a career photographing on film sets.


Making a Movie Portfolio

On my website I want to include a short ‘movie’ of some of my photographs to demonstrate the type of photography that I enjoy. The movie will be no more than a minute in length.

I have chosen to include the photographs that I used in yesterday’s Location Based mini portfolio blog entry as I think these give a good overview of my style.

I started by importing the photographs into a new event in iMovie, then created a new project with a modern theme as this will work best with my website. I dragged the photos into the project in the order that I wanted them and adjusted the length that each image is to be seen to 2.8 seconds to ensure the film was no more than a minute in length.

I then checked the transitions and adjusted the Ken Burns effect where necessary. Finally I removed the credit at the end of the film and renamed the title at the beginning.

I want people to focus solely on the photos and not to be put off or influenced by the music I choose but for the purposes of this course I am required to include some background music, so for the time being I have included a piece of royalty free music that is available within the iMovie software.

iMovie automatically saves my work as I do it so all that was left was for me to share it to my YouTube site. I was already logged into YouTube through iMovie so I simply double checked all of the settings and ensured the movie was set to private (just in case something went wrong or I wanted to make changes after it was uploaded) before pressing ‘ok’.

When the upload was complete I went to YouTube, double checked all the settings, added a few tags and gave it a final run though before making it publicly available. Once it was made public I was able to get a link and post it into my website and include it here.