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Working with Liverpool ONE – Tickle the Ivories.

 

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A snap I took of Liverpool ONE whilst scouting the area.

Liverpool ONE is the largest open air shopping centre in the United Kingdom and the 5th largest overall. The district has helped Liverpool achieve what it deserves, and that is to be ranked as one of the best cities in the UK. It is hard to imagine what this great city would be like without Liverpool ONE, the drive it has given our city over the past decade has been staggering.


They were a few months away from releasing the pianos to take over the city with their very popular ‘Tickle the Ivories’ theme. During this time- pianos are left out in Liverpool ONE and people are encouraged to approach the keys and let their imaginations run wild. This year they ran a competition, allowing budding artists and creative minds alike to submit designs to decorate the pianos. This led to some fantastic work, bringing out the history of the city whilst maintaining that contemporary look.

 


The Production (Video & Audio)

Video

Liverpool ONE were seeking a bespoke video to showcase their eagerly anticipated tickle the Ivories theme, and of course we weren’t the only production company bidding for the job. There were a number of companies wanting to take on the production. Before we even started meetings we knew some of the shots we wanted, we scouted the area before
anything was confirmed.

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Mid shoot selfie (It has to be done).

We went away and developed a concept which we were very excited about. The concept was complex but we knew exactly how to achieve it- we had a number of meetings and Liverpool ONE put their faith in us, they rated our idea above a number of others and chose us. We wanted a story, and wanted to achieve a very particular 360 degrees shot which would be replicated throughout the video at 9 different locations. They were all ‘landmark locations’ throughout Liverpool and the surrounding areas, and had particular significance to the production.

Shooting locations included the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool Football Club’s home ground Anfield, as well as neighbouring football ground Goodison park, we also shot at St Georges Hall, Liverpool ONE and Seacombe ferry terminal just to name a few.

Audio

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Tony capturing audio on location.

Whilst ensuring we captured the perfect shots for each location, audio was also equally as important. We were using ‘The Entertainer’
by Scott Joplin as the soundtrack for the video which is now in the public domain, making it possible for us to use without encountering any copyright issues. We collaborated with a total of seven different pianists on the project, and had to instruct each pianist to play their own style of ‘The Entertainer’ whilst maintaining the same BPM as one another to create fluency in post production.

We captured professional audio from each pianist on location and mixed the track at various points in post-production. When watching the completed film the music cuts with the video, and at each cut you actually hear the pianist who is on screen playing their version, without even noticing the switch from the last pianist and last location within the track.

We took extra care with the sound design for this project, it has plenty of depth. The short film features a total of 28 added sound effects to create a diagetic, full living world within each location- whilst also maintaining the professional audio quality for the track.

Summary | Link to Tickle the Ivories 2016 – (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfLniMDURLs)

This production was a brilliant one to be involved in. As a company we love challenges. We will always give our client what they want and more. Liverpool One found great success with the film, with it being viewed over 30,000 times on their social media channels.

Liverpool ONE told us it was a ‘masterpiece and that it is definitely above and beyond a normal social media video’.

Official Testimonial – “We put out a video brief to a few videographers but ultimately chose Core Media Productions because we were impressed with their particular idea for the film. We had multiple locations and filming dates, some with very early start times, but the guys had no complaints and were organised and professional each time. The final film was exactly what we were looking for – a very unique and creative idea – and the reaction to it has only been positive.”

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One of the shots we achieved for the video

Did you like the video? Let me know what you think. It is always interesting when someone can relate to you.

Thanks for reading,

Paul Williams

Liverpool Spring 10K

On the 3rd May 2015 we Directed the Video Production for the Liverpool Spring 10K. The race is held annually by Merseyraces in Sefton Park of Liverpool, UK. This year, almost four thousand people embarked onto Sefton Park to take part in the event. We at Core Media Productions were commissioned to produce two videos to showcase the event, a short ‘teaser’ video and another longer ‘highlights’ video.

We held numerous meetings with the race organiser, most of these meetings being at the location itself, enabling us to also recce the location in different weather conditions. The meetings were very productive and consisted of planning absolutely essential
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and precise instructions for our team to follow individually during the event. The crew on the day was made up of two camera operator/directors, two camera operators and one audio operator. Each member of our team had their own intricate briefing and itinerary to abide by on the day, which was personalised by us, based on their role within the crew.

Arriving on the site a number of hours early, almost stranded by torrential rain, we fought through the conditions, set up our gear and got on with the job. Throughout the afternoon the weather drastically improved, making it a lot easier for us!

Vital pieces of equipment were needed for us carry out the job to the highest possible standard. Based on both our own knowledge of the industry and also on the information we received from our client, we rigged up the crew with radio communications, making it easy for us to communicate effectively across the 235 acre spread of land. Among our equipment we also had a variety of camera rigs, a crane jib, a camera slider and professional audio devices to capture every pivotal detail.

The event was a great success, we teamed up with a number of top brands on the day, including globally recognised Lucozade Sport and John West Tuna. After the race day we worked non stop in the studio to edit the sequence together based on very particular details provided by Merseyraces.

After receiving the two videos, Merseyraes gave us a glowing testimonial, which we are very proud of. “Core Media Productions worked tirelessly and delivered exactly what I asked for. Their enthusiasm and work ethic is second to none and I can’t recommend them highly enough” 

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You can watch both videos here:

Teaser Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4ExLZjFMp4

Highlights Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsd0BAZ9UNo

I hope you enjoyed my post, this particular job was one that we at Core Media Productions thoroughly enjoyed!

Instagram, my current obsession.

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Roughly two months ago I upgraded from Blackberry and bought my first Iphone, the Iphone 6. One of the first Apps I downloaded was Instagram. I always knew what Instagram was about but I guess I underrated the hype. I suppose I am now sort of addicted..

Being a film maker, my mind is constantly flowing with imaginative thoughts regardless of the technology I have available to me. This makes Instagram an absolutely ruthless tool- when I can just whip my phone out of my pocket at a moments notice to capture ‘that’ moment or object when walking down the street etc. I will see something or have an idea then snap the photo within seconds, this then brings you onto the editing process which is just astonishing! The process is very fun and amplifies the very moment you caught.

Beyond the editing process, the sharing process is equally as powerful. Being able to share it all over the world in such a short space of time on so many platforms is just ‘with the times’, its powerful! Also, being able to explore others around you is made easy due to the simple concept and design of the application.

If your phone allows you to download Instagram and you haven’t got it, I suggest you get it downloaded ASAP.

If you have it already why not follow me? pauljwilliams7.

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Hurricane Films

hurricane_logoApproaching my second year of University I wasn’t happy when I realised there would be no practical placement for my course in the Film/Media industry. Upon finding this out I made it my mission to find my own placement. If you are entering the film production world and have no experience, you are at the very bottom of the pile- regardless of what grade you achieve in University. A director I know very well once told me he would hire someone with no qualifications who had experience rather than someone who had a first class degree in University with no experience. You have to find that motivation for success inside you and let it out- if you are not willing to prove yourself by working for a considerable amount of time unpaid, you are in the wrong industry!  After applying for Hurricane Films I had a call back from the office asking me to go for an interview. I was absolutely buzzing, Hurricane Films are a well-known company with a good reputation, especially in Liverpool. Run by Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter.

I was interviewed by Roy, the drummer out of the farm and a very successful man in his own right of both film making and music. I remember him asking me why I wanted the position and I basically told him that I don’t stop making my own content and would love to be part of the team and be able to contribute to the company. I worked for Hurricane Films for 7 months as an unpaid intern and researched for ‘Global City’. I was a researcher and researched many forms of content, photographs, video footage, old newspapers the lot. I remember the day I was sent to research for old newspapers, studying the pages from many decades ago was fascinating to say the least. I found it enjoyable that I was contributing to a bigger picture. I used to produce script reports as part of my role, this is something I found thrilling as I always loved reading anyhow. Sitting down with a cup of tea at the desk and reading into a world somebody else imagined and created, just fantastic! Then filing a report on the script as to wether or not it could be deemed possible for Hurricane to take up the idea.

I was also a runner and camera assistant and went on various shoots with the team. I learnt a lot from this alone. Seeing the importance of certain roles within a shoot and then watching the likes of Sol doing his thing with the camera was just great. I had a good relationship with the people from Hurricane Films and used to play football with Roy every week, which was cool to get out and know him also on a personal level. I still always even now look out for what Hurricane are up to. Hurricane Films is a respectable company with the right motives for doing what they do and love. I will always appreciate the experience I gained there through the people I met.

A Level Film and Media

Studying A level Media was a massive transitional period in my life that gave me a frightening amount of desire for Film and Media. It made me realise I wanted to make films, that was the reality and it still lives with me to this day. I am constantly hungry for it, my mind never stops. I look back on this period of my life and it greets me with a smile. Kris Mansfield and Andrew Mackenzie loved the passion and would show our work to other students, as well as at open days long after we left.

Instinct

At the tender age of 16, Myself, Tony and Phil were very eager to start making our first trailer for our A Level Media coursework. We are all outgoing people who love to try new things, and more than anything we liked working together- we worked very well together actually! Each group was given a handheld JVC tape camera which had seen better days, but it did the trick, along with a cheap tripod which we put money in together to buy! A long-haired Tony back then said to me, “Hey lad, I’ve bought some fake blood off Ebay, we will try it out later.” That night we went onto a field, Tony filled his mouth with fake blood, he laid down on the floor and I dragged him by his legs out of the frame of the camera- over and over until we got it perfect. It was hilarious and we loved doing it. This was the first shot we ever filmed!

I always remember when we did our first cut in the horror trailer for Media A level. We were stood on a hill and myself, Tony and Phil watched the video back with the freezing air blasting around us, red noses on show and cold hands. After watching the very short clip which consisted of Phil walking through a car park the three of us screamed and high-fived each other. We would go out on various nights laughing and joking whilst making the trailer- It was a good time. A time for us to explore and discover our love for this subject.

Running

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After we finished our A Level trailer, in particular myself and Tony spoke frequently of how we loved making it. We loved seeing the final product and producing this fictional world, it completely gripped us! He told me that he wanted to make another trailer for his coursework and insisted that I helped him do it, to which I obviously couldn’t wait for! Making Running, a fictional gangster trailer featuring two main protagonists played by the both of us was a lot of fun. I love acting and this was a chance to be able to express myself a little. We had a sort of knack for working together. Throughout making it we discovered an awful lot, we discovered we could work to a very high standard together under pressure. Strange really as we barely knew each other before 6th form. More than anything though we were by this point best friends and used to constantly talk about different things we could make in film. We discovered that we could write scripts and also act together seamlessly. Running has some very exceptional shots in it even looking back now. The opening shot of the boot of the car opening was one which we loved and stole from Pulp Fiction. For weeks we would be out at night shooting this trailer which all just seemed a laugh at the time, it never felt like we were producing coursework- and of course our tutors loved it! 

Ambitions of a Realist

After making Running with Tony we decided we needed to make something else as soon as possible, so we did. Almost straight away we started on making another trailer Ambitions of a Realist. This featured one main protagonist in myself and was a fictional biography of a man who was striving to succeed in life, even with the odds against him. In this particular trailer we experimented with different shot types and pulled off some very surprising shots based on limited equipment we had. We would not settle for anything less than the crane shot we so desperately wanted, did we get a crane shot? I wouldn’t say a ‘crane’ shot

dwbut we got the camera 12 foot in the air. After walking into my house with Tony, shuffling around for something to use as a ‘crane’, we asked my mum, “What can we use to get the camera up high in the air.” To which she gave us a washing pole. We strapped enough tape around that washing pole and camera that it would have held an elephant down. Of course the crane shot worked very well, with Kris, our tutor saying, “How on earth did you do that.” We laughed, of course. We also used an overhead projector trolley as a dolly which worked very well- we executed that shot perfectly. I grabbed the camera at one point and ran to where the airplanes take off at Liverpool Airport to get the shot we wanted!  After making this trailer I wanted to try to use it for my coursework. I had already wrote an essay on the American Dream and so I found a way to use it in conjunction with that after asking the tutors, which I was absolutely thrilled with.