The pandemic forced many businesses to close their doors for a huge chunk of 2020, especially those in the hospitality sector. Many simply weren’t able to survive, some were able to adapt, and others went into hibernation.
For Restaurant Sat Bains, the latter was certainly the case. With months on end without so much as a foot through the door, August 2020 saw the flames reignited and the restaurant brought back to life.
With an incredible chef at the helm, an on-site garden where most of the ingredients are grown, and a unique setting, this film shows off the rebirth of Restaurant Sat Bains.
This was a lovely creative project to shoot, alongside Andy Potter of Ground Up Productions and the team at Fridays At Nine.
Shot on Sony cameras (FX9 and FX6) and using some very punchy Aputure lighting, namely the 600d, we were able to bring out the spring sunshine without there actually being any! Working with kids always has its challenges, but luckily they all performed really well and made it a fun one to shoot.
This was one of a series of films made for an online ARUK campaign to get people fired up to raise money over the summer months through various challenges.
Working closely with Alex Wallace and Alex Doe of Kiln Films, we put in the hours at multiple different locations in and around London trying to make the most of whatever the weather was throwing at us. We wanted to show a wide range of activities in as many different settings as possible to get people inspired to get out no matter what their situation. From filming cyclists out of the back of a car, to getting drone shots of sea swimming as a storm rolled in, we had a lot of fun making the most of each location.
During the brief gap between the two main ‘lockdown’ periods in the UK, myself and fellow filmmaker Cansen had the opportunity to head to the stunning island of Zanzibar to work with a new group called Baqabo, produced by DJ Enzo Siffredi of Wired Label.
We were set the task of shooting multiple music promo films (7 in total) for the group’s upcoming album release, all within a 10-day period. We came up with the creative concept of shooting them as ‘one-shot’ films, the scenes developing with the music without any cuts.
All the of the films were shot on the Blackmagic URSA 4.6k G2 or the BMPCC4k, flying on the DJI Ronin 2. We attached a Bluetooth speaker to the rig so the guys could lip-sync, and shot most of them at faster frames rates (from between 33 – 45fps) to give a subtle difference to the feel and pace of the movement.
Thanks to the incredible work ethic, drive and determination of everyone that was involved in helping make it all happen, we managed to achieve a very high level of production value with very limited resources, in a very short amount of time. So many aspects and moving parts had to come together, and I know that without the African spirit, attitude or way of life, it simply wouldn’t have happened!
This film in particular was probably my favourite to shoot, as it feels like a true development journey as the song builds. The dusty little village of Jambiani came together and helped make the vision a reality with lots of the locals volunteering to feature in it, and control the little streets to make sure it all worked out. After several hours in the beating sun and almost 40 degree heat, we celebrated with a traditional feast with everyone cramming into the little village restaurant!
This is another of my favourites from the series of music promo films I had the fantastic opportunity of shooting out in Zanzibar with fellow filmmaker Cansen for group Baqabo, produced by Enzo Siffredi of Wired Label.
This time we headed to Zanzibar’s frenetic, and beautiful capital city, Stone Town. Steeped in incredible history, the tightly packed and winding market streets provided the perfect backdrop for one of our one-take shots. We wanted to show off the ‘vibe’ of Stone Town, and the sense of wonder you get when walking through the little alleyways, so we chose a route down a bustling street full of shops and market stalls (that came with its challenges!) where each member of the group could join in sequence as the track developed.
Looking like some kind of backwards-walking cyborg, while playing music and having three men singing down the streets definitely drew in some attention, but again the laid back attitude and spirit of everyone just made the process such a joy – aside from being a sweaty mess by the end of it!