Steven Williams – motion graphic designer / editor / self-shooter

At Blueberry we are privileged to meet brilliantly talented people on a weekly basis. This week the spotlight is on motion graphics designer, self-shooter and editor, Steven Williams.

As part of the in-house video production team at Burberry, Steven developed and eye for creating sumptuous visuals that the brand is renowned for. Since going freelance, Steven has worked on projects for clients such as Sky Arts, Shell, Nokia and Unilever.

Steven has a natural ability to understand what makes effective marketing and branding tools, his short film on The History of Grime Music “Evolution of Grime” was featured on Gola’s new “Born in Britain” campaign website, and his graphics designs have been exhibited at The Mexican Museum of Design.

Steven is full of vision and creativity and always ensures that his work is of the highest possible standard. He is confident and professional with clear, concise visions of the final project. We think he’s great!!

Steven’s full portfolio

Daniel Florencio – Chasing Robert Barker

Dan Florencio is a man of many talents – an editor, a motion graphic designer, and now also a fully fledged fiction director, who after incisive short documentaries made the leap to narrative fiction. After teaming up with the amazing Pegasus Pictures, Daniel was able to complete his latest film Chasing Robert Barker.

Daniel has given us an insight into the journey he went on making the film.

What inspired the story of Chasing Robert Barker? 

D: The film was inspired by a short documentary I was commissioned to produce for Current TV, I followed a night of work with a London paparazzi photographer as he tracked the whereabouts of Prince William and his then girlfriend Kate Middleton. I knew that there was more to that universe than what I had portrayed in the 8 minute documentary, so I started work on the first draft of the script. It was around the same time that the phone hacking scandal came to light and the Leveson Enquiry began, so the film also touches on those issues.

How long did it take to write?

D: I’d say the whole thing, from scratch to shooting script, about a year and a half.

How did you raise the funding? 

D: We did a Kickstarter campaign and raised £50,000. But still, that wasn’t enough. Completion only happened when Pegasus Pictures, the Icelandic producers of Game of Thrones and Fortitude decided to come on board. They were in charge of the whole post-production (except the off-line), and brought in some very talented people to work on the film. It was a joy working with them.

How did being the film’s writer and director affect your editing process? 

D: It does affect it in the sense that you don’t have a clear view of the edit. You’re influenced by everything that happened from scripting to shooting. However, I had no other option, we didn’t have the money to get someone else on board. But since it took about a year to get the co-producers on board, I stayed distant from the film during that time, and it was a good thing. When I sat back down to carry on with the new versions of the cut, I realised I had a much fresher approach and could see much clearer what was needed for the film to work.

How does being an editor influence you as a director and vise versa? 

D: When directing you understand what you’re going tot need for the cut to work in the edit room. Sometimes it’s not a good thing, since you tend to ‘edit’ the shoot, rather than having a free flow dynamic with the actors. You have to police yourself on this, and the 1st AD would always tell me off when he caught me doing it. While editing, I believe it gives you a better understanding of the nuances of the film you’re working on, which can be very helpful while structuring intricate or more elaborate narrative structures.

How did you manage your time working on the film with your freelance bookings? 

D: Of course when pre-production and production was going on I had to dedicate myself 100% to the film. There wasn’t any possibility I could carry on with the bookings. However for the scripting and development process, which is what takes the longest, I would work on the film in between bookings.

What lessons will you take onto your next film project? 

D: Surround yourself with talented people, which was the case with Chasing Robert Barker.

What was your Cannes itinerary? What did you do and how long were you there? 

D:  We spent 5 days in Cannes, we were there mostly to promote the film. So, for the whole festival we were attending meetings to discuss the film and show people the trailer. It’s hard work, people look at Cannes and believe it’s all about red carpets and celebrities, what they don’t see are the many floors inside the Palais des Festivals crammed with companies selling, buying and promoting films. Since all of them can’t fit inside the Palais, they also set up offices outside, all along the Croisette. So, you spend a lot of time walking up and down the town. There were also talks promoted by the Festival or by organisations attending the Festival. But of course all this happens at the back of the Festival, so you bump into celebrities at the elevator, you attend red carpet premieres, watch films and go to cocktail parties. After so much hard work, you do need to relax.

Has Cannes generated interest in your film? 

D: Yes. People were interested by the subject matter and the quality of the film.

What advice would you give those in the Blueberry talent pool who want to make the move into directing? 

D: Take your downtime in between bookings and do it!

Well done Daniel.

Orla O’Brien – colourist

At Blueberry we are very privileged to meet talented people who inspire us on a weekly basis. This week the spotlight is on colourist, Orla O’Brien.

After studying Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, Orla started her career at the award winning VFX Post House, Framestore. During her time there Orla assisted the technical director and became camera equipment supervisor before discovering her passion for colour grading. She then moved into the DI department where she worked on a number of Hollywood blockbusters including; ‘The Last King of Scotland’. ‘Batman’, ‘Doomsday’ and ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day’.

Orla is very skilled in an array of grading platforms including Telecine scanning, Baselight, Apple Colour and Davinci resolve. Recent clients include Salt TV, R/GA and lots of work with Kream. Recent colourist credits include Costa, Honda, EE, TFL, Royal Mail and Natwest to name just a few. 

After working in Dublin based post house Egg for four years, Orla moved back to London and decided to use her experience to take the leap into the world of freelance. We think she’s brilliant, talented in the art of playing with colour and tones, to create mood and texture in visual images. We believe she’s an alchemist in training…

Her full portfolio…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015; Our Highlights

Blueberry attended their first Sheffield Doc/ Fest last week. Bhavinee and Heather arrived on the Sunday afternoon and our packed schedule started right away. Cramming in as much as possible, we exhausted ourselves and had the best time!! Here are a few of our documentary highlights –

Indias Daughter – Director; Leslee Udwin

Extremely thought provoking, the story of Jyoti Singh, the girl gang-raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi in 2012. She became a national symbol and the focus of mass protests against the endemic rape culture and subjugation of women in India. Director Leslee Udwin speaks in depth to people linked to the event. Q+A’s with Leslee were explosive to say the least. We left the cinema speechless!!

Sounds of the Cosmos – Director; Stewart Campbell, Paul Crowther 

A live orchestra playing alongside footage of interplanetary odysseys with commentary from astronomer Paul Crowther.  It was beautiful, inspiring, calming, very magical and informative – you could have heard a pin drop!

The Hunting Ground – Director; Kirby Dick

Directed by Kirby Dick this documentary aims to uncover how on US university campuses sexual attacks on females are being covered up and the victims silenced. Talking to two inspirational women standing up to the universities. We were shocked and found the subject very frustrating.

Adam Buxton Presents: Best of BUG

The ever-poular big screen extravaganza of music video and online creativity. Hosted by Adam Buxton, showcasing a selection of awe-inspiring music videos from around the world.  We thought Adam Buxton was hilarious!! We haven’t laughed like that in ages!!

Meru – Director; Elizabeth Chai

Three friends, who are among the worlds best climbers battle their own hardships and attempt to climb the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas. Funny, motivational, uplifting and inspirational. We were lucky enough to meet the director Elizabeth Chai, who happens to be married to one of the film makers and climbers Jimmy Chin.

In between watching all the amazing documentaries we enjoyed the Virtual Reality Arcade, we tried out the Virtual Reality swing – a fabulous and trippy experience. We also attended a few of the legendary Doc/Fest parties. They were in amazing locations, the BBC party was in Sheffield Cathedral! Dancing the night away with Blueberry editor Marius Grose was definitely something we won’t forget!! We loved it and are already planning to go back next year…

Jonathan Briggs – director / motion graphic designer / editor

We at Blueberry are very fortunate to work with some amazing people and we want to shout to the world about them. This week the spotlight is on Director, Motion Graphic Designer and Editor, Jonathan Briggs.

Jonathan is a highly creative individual who’s skill reportoire includes; directing, motion graphic design, editing, colour grading and VFX. He has an impressive technical background in Adobe creative suite, Avid, Final Cut Pro and FCPX using all to a very high standard.

Jonathan has experience in managing large teams and excels in a challenging, fast paced environment. A dynamic and imaginative individual, he has worked for high end clients around the world. Most recently clients include The Bank where he worked on a ‘Peroni’ cinema advert, music videos at Bow Records and Modular Records, short promos for Tesco, L’Oreal and Maybelline , commercials for McDonalds and documentaries for a wide range of clients.

He is continually creating stylish, innovative and visually striking pieces, definitely one to watch…

Take a look at his work