Highlights Of The Week

– PROJECTS – 

Two Blueberry Editors, Steve Teers and Hardeep Takhar, have worked as part of the post production team of new series Royal Recipes, covering various capacities over the course of many episodes.

The programme, produced by Spun Gold TV, celebrates dishes served from the time of George IV to the reign of Elizabeth II.

It premiered this week and airs on BBC One, Monday through Friday at 3:45 pm. You can also watch it on iPlayer.

 


– SPOTLIGHT – 

This week’s Spotlight interview is with Ian Baigent, a versatile editor who excels in both long form and short form projects and who enjoys creating bold visual styles that draw audiences in. His most recent project booked with Blueberry is an episode of BBC2’s Big Dreams Small Spaces, which airs this Friday night.


 – HQ NEWS –

On Wednesday night Dita, Makeda and friends of Blueberry attended the 2017’s National Television Awards at the O2 and had a fabulous time!

It was a delight to see two shows Blueberry editors had worked hard on (Goggle Box and Tattoo Fixers) being nominated as well. The event definitely inspired us to work even harder this year and book more of our talent on cool projects!

Highlights Of The Week

– PROJECTS – 

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the follow up to Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, starring former US Vice President Al Gore, world premiered on Thursday, during the opening night of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Blueberry colourist Leo Hallal colour-graded the film, which is his fifth project with filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Among other collaborations there are “The Island President” and “Audrie and Daisy”, both available on Netflix.


– SPOTLIGHT –

Colourist Leo Hallal is also the subject of this week’s Spotlight interview. He has been involved in all aspects of film and television post-production since 1997, working in cutting rooms, film labs and post facilities in Brazil, the US and the UK, including Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope. Since 2013, he has been working with branded content, documentaries and fiction films in London.


 – HQ NEWS –

Applications are now open for The Grierson Trust’s 2017 DocLab training scheme. Aimed at 18-25 year olds wanting to gain their first foothold in the documentary industry, DocLab offers financial support for trainees, paid work placements and a programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring. From learning basic camera skills to pitching a concept, it’s billed as chance for 12 aspiring filmmakers to turn their documentary passion into reality. Last year Blueberry started a collaboration with The Grierson Trust to support Doclab and we are excited to return this year. Stay tuned for updates!

Leo Hallal – Colourist

Who is Leo Hallal?

I am a colour grader whose passion goes beyond film and video. I have always been interested in studying the master painters’ approach to light.

How did your career path develop?

I started working in film post-production, but I always thought it was fundamental to go through all stages of filmmaking, so I have worked in many different departments, such as cinematography, editing and production. I believe those previous experiences added depth to how I approach colour grading.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to grade wonderful projects for clients like Nike, Nikon, Bosch and Google but also films that eventually were nominated for an Oscar and Emmy awards.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

I am particularly proud of grading “An Inconvenient Sequel: truth To Power”, the follow up to the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, by Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen. We’re living though times for the climate change denier Donald Trump in office and I believe this film has a key role in fighting back his policies. I’ve been grading for these directors/producers for many years and this is probably the fifth time we collaborate. Among other projects of theirs I worked on there are “The Island President” and “Audrie and Daisy”, both available on Netflix.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

I think that team spirit is the most important thing at work, knowing that what you do has to be right in the job context, pushing the producer’s and director’s ideas forward.

Speaking of what I learned in life, it’s probably that we are all very vulnerable and we should make the best out of every moment and seek what we love, as the time we have is very brief and precious.

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Rob Franz – Editor

Who is Rob Franz?

I’m an editor, originally from the town of Bonn on the banks of the lovely river Rhine in Germany.

25 years ago, I made a leap of faith and moved to the United Kingdom. My work now takes me between London, Cardiff and various other places, both in Britain and abroad.

How did your career path develop?

I studied Documentary Film Production at Cardiff University, and before specializing in editing factual programmes, I started off by working on a number of different roles for various independent TV production companies.

As a factual editor, for over twenty years now I have worked across a wide variety of genres – observational and traditional documentaries, entertainment, sports and promos.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?

I’m proud and very happy to have established a great client base throughout my career. Working together with creative people still gives me great joy and every new project is a great opportunity to craft something which audiences will hopefully enjoy watching.

Which projects are you most proud of?

I was very privileged to be part of the team working on the backstage shows for Doctor Who, Torchwood and Merlin for the BBC’s Entertainment Department over a period of five years.

The shows were just great fun to work on and we enjoyed a fantastic degree of creative freedom, which inspired everyone involved to go the proverbial ‘extra mile’.

Another great project was Passion in Port Talbot with Michael Sheen, an observational documentary following how the actor inspired his home town to create a very modern retelling of the story of the crucifixion – the most ambitious piece of theatre that Wales has ever seen

I love crafting stories out of observationally shot material and this project was a great opportunity to apply this skill. We were all very proud of our director who won a BAFTA for his efforts.

Share your biggest lessons in life & work

Before shedding too much general ‘life lesson wisdom’, I’d rather put down an apt quote which still makes me chuckle, as I’ve found it holds true, particularly in an edit suite:

If two people on a job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, then both are useless.” – Darryl F. Zanuck

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Ian Baigent – Editor

Who is Ian Baigent?

Calm and creative. Someone who cares about his work.

How did your career path develop?

I moved to London to study music and then fell into the world of music videos providing music playback for artists to lip-sync. The company I worked for had a Media 100 which I would tinker with. I immediately fell in love with editing, saved up six months worth of rent and declared myself an editor.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

Being a father, becoming an editor and still managing to record and play music.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

A 3D Peter Gabriel concert I edited in 2011. Peter Gabriel came to the edit suite to view the first cut and during one of the songs he began to sing harmonies. His voice filled the room and it made the hairs on my neck stand up… such an amazing voice.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Trust you instincts. Be a nice person to be in a room with for 10 hours a day. Get used to criticism and making mistakes, no one likes a grumpy editor.

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Highlights Of The Week

– PROJECTS – 

Blueberry editor Rob Franz cut the second episode of Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3, produced by Lion Television, which aired Friday night on BBC2.

On the show, Monty Don works with amateur gardeners up and down the country to help them create the garden of their dreams. You can catch up on iPlayer.


New series Our Dancing Town premiered last Tuesday on BBC2. Blueberry editor Denis McWilliams cut the episode for Twenty Twenty TV.

To kick off this exciting series, the first of three Yorkshire towns celebrates its history, heritage and culture in a one-off dance spectacular through the town’s streets, with the help of West End performer and choreographer Steve Elias. You catch up on iPlayer.


On Friday night, David Chaudoir‘s darkly humorous horror short film Bad Acid screened in the New Shorts Midnight Movies section of this year’s London Short Film Festival. You can watch the trailer on the left-hand side of the page. Congratulations to David and his cast!


– SPOTLIGHT –

Last week’s Spotlight article was all for Daniel Danielsson, Motion Graphic Designer and Director who hails from Sweden but is now based in London.

Daniel has worked with some terrific brands and gained a heap of technical knowledge as well as valuable insight into branding, TV and digital advertising, brand communication and marketing.

Daniel Danielsson – Director / Motion Graphic Designer

Who is Daniel Danielsson?

I’m kind of a compulsive maker. I really like to spend most of my time making stuff in a great variety of disciplines. From music, writing and painting to photography, film, and a great many more. But above everything else I’m a Director and Motion Graphics Artist, simply because that’s the best way I know how to make stuff.

How did your career path develop?

Pure chance or maybe fate, if you prefer. Starting with me and a bunch of friends in northern Sweden hanging out, making silly films. We quickly discovered that a bit of visual effects goes a long way towards even sillier shorts. But that was a very slippery slope and soon enough I found myself seduced by the power of 3D for storytelling.

In early 2011 a local agency got word of the short films and signed me on, so I began getting paid for VFX-ing on other people’s crazy projects. Later that year I submitted my showreel to the CG Whiz Competition held by Escape Studios and they flew me out to London for the award ceremony, on my birthday nonetheless, and the judges picked me as the winner, shockingly enough.

Winning landed me on their 12 week VFX-production course, followed by an internship at The Mill in London. After that I found a great studio in the British countryside called “Fall Off The Wall”, where I happily spent a bit over three years before feeling it was time to go at it as a free agent, which brings us up to earlier this year.

What’s your greatest achievement/s so far?

There are a few to choose from… Something as simple as recurring clients is great. That, if anything, means they were pleased with your work and it does well for them. There’s also the CG Whiz 2011 Award, which certainly was a catalyst for my career. However, getting invited twice as a guest lecturer at Umeå Institute of Design should be at the top of my list, not only because it’s a world-renowned university for design, but because I’ve wanted to go there since I was 12 years old, although not for motion design but to learn how to design cars. In the end, I never went to any university, so it’s nice that I get to visit them sometimes.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

One contender is “Swedish Steel Prize 2014”. I was approached by Confetti, a Swedish agency that handles strategy and communications for an annual event called Swedish Steel Prize for Swedish Steel AB. I was asked to create a motion graphics package for the event with a main title sequence, cutdowns, short stings, name presentations and more, as well as stills to be used for decor and promotion. It might no longer be the snazziest looking project I’ve worked on, but it was my first major solo project that I also got to direct, so it’ll always have a fond place in my heart. Plus they’ve come back for subsequent SSP events since then, so happy people all around!

If we go by my snazziest project, it’s probably a more recent one – “The X”. It’s a brand video for a full service creative agency, visualizing their process from brief and strategy all the way through to production and final delivery. I came up with the concept, directed and created the whole thing with very helpful input from the studio, and then I even went and wrote the music for it. Together with that master video I created a load of stills and loopable videos of the machines for social media, and a master loop of the entire scene. So until I finish my current passion project, “The X” is likely the snazziest!

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Stay in motion.

It’s kind of my mantra and it reminds me of three things:

– keep doing better motion work and progress professionally.
– once you get going, the power of momentum makes you very hard to stop.
– if times do get tough, it’s a reminder to keep moving forward, even if just a small step at a time.

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