Virtual Studios, why make one when I can fake one?

24 01 2009

In 2008 I made a number of presenter led videos using a custom built Virtual Studio.  Using this technique really adds a wow-factor and production value to potentially dull content and allows me to add animated elements in-front, behind or even around the chroma-keyed presenter. It also looks expensive but using my template it can be quick and give lots of bangs for bucks. Here are a few examples.

VR Studio demo made for Focus TV to demonstrate their studio facilities in Southampton

HP Storageworks RDX Presenter led video

The trouble with tech-products is that they’re often just grey boxes so how do you make them exciting? Using a talented presenter adds an element of engagement to the products. This sequence was shot in a green studio, the VR studio and video wall etc are added in post-production.
Timescale: 3.5 weeks

Smartflow Finance – Module 2 of 4

Wowmedia suggested a dynamic VR studio treatment for this video adding significant production value and interest to the content whilst working within a tight timescale and budget. Working closely with their client communications agency ‘Be a Tiger’, Wowmedia designed, directed & post-produced four modules totalling 15 minutes. This is module 2 of 4.
Timescale: 5 weeks for all modules.

Shooting the video at Fleetwood Films Studio near Basingstoke.

filming at Fleetwood Films Studio near Basingstoke

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Quite a large product launch. The biggest (and scariest) project of my career……to date.

22 01 2009

VT Shipbuilding (now BVT) staged a spectacular naming ceremony to commemorate the first ship to be built and launched at Portsmouth in 40 years. I was tasked with creating the screen documentary style video  and a 140M High Definition projection that would play across the entire ship. The show was viewed by 3000+ spectators and was broadcast on the news. I spent six weeks working on the sequences but could only test the projection rig the night before the show – thankfully my graphics (based on the CAD drawings) aligned with the ship. The overall event won VT the RSVP corporate event of the year award. They’re currently building the new Aircraft Carriers so fingers crossed I’ll get another go………but will have to hire a ton of projectors!

Part 1

Part 2

A rather drunk me at award ceremony - yes, I was that suprised!

A rather drunk me at award ceremony - yes, I was that suprised!