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Indian Rickshaw Run Shoot

Indian Rickshaw Run Shoot

"The Rickshaw Run is easily the least sensible thing to do with two weeks."

- Were the words I found on the company website upon searching for the information regards the rickshaw run, a 3000km 'race' from the southern Indian city of Kochin to the northern desert town of Jaisalmer.

I'd been offered the opportunity to shoot for 3 weeks on this race - and I was keen to take on the assignment.

The form of transport was the humble rickshaw, a glorified lawnmower, more suited to short city commutes than cross country adventures. What followed was a colourful, mad ride which provided lots of memories and some great footage.

 

St Kitts Visitor Channel Launch

St Kitts Visitor Channel Launch

After many months I'm really pleased to announce the launch of the St Kitts visitor channel! 

This is a project I was commissioned for back in February and has comprised of 2 weeks shoot and over 6 weeks of edit! The final format is 30 minutes of TV scheduling - played out at various outlets on the island and online.

 

There is also a introductory 2 minute edit - below.

 

 

Luxury Living at Turtle Beach

Luxury Living at Turtle Beach

Back shooting Lifestyle videos with Luxury Lifestyle home builder Razo. A sunny week in St Kitts!

Shooting Titania

Shooting Titania

A 3 Day shoot in Thailand to showcase the charter of a lifetime.

IGO N60 in Norway

IGO N60 in Norway

Sleeping in tents and shooting in frozen conditions, it busy and challenging week in Norway! IGO adventures offer guided expeditions that allow ordinary people to have extraordinary experiences. To quote Bobby Melville, an event organiser, they allow team members to "push themselves beyond what they thought were they're limits."

N60, their Norwegian challenge takes place across 4 days in the Norwegian wilderness. Though mid march, the locations still remained subzero with up to force 10 winds.  This did create challenging conditions, not just for the competitors but for filming!

Excellent to shoot in such a beautiful location and particularly to shoot with such motivated, inspiring people. 

Congratulations to Fergus for taking first place.

 

Shooting with Razo – How to show something intangible?

Shooting with Razo – How to show something intangible?

It’s always a pleasure to get over to St Kitts, “The island”, with good memories of hikes and hot days cruising around with my brother in his old Hawaiian blue landrover, Beatrice . Fun aside, this time I was back here to work once again with Razo Construction. A firm putting up some of the nicest developments on the Island, and certainly the nicest houses I’d ever set foot in. I was last over working with Razo in November 15’ when I had the pleasure to be asked to showcase their homes to prospective buyers. This time I was told, they really wanted to ramp things up and show to their customers what they were really capable of.

At the front of Razo is David. Somewhere between the early morning podcasts of “fearless motivation” played on this phone in the truck and evenings seating me down to watching Tony Robin’s, “I am not your guru” I never ceased to get some serious motivation from david. He is an absolutely focused on his vision in St. Kitts and how his team should approach work. His unwavering energy and positivity was so contagious, and over the next week I found out just why he and his team were getting on so well; ethic. It was all in the company ethic.

Razo’s ethic was simple; passion and positive influence. For this underpinned every single thing that they did and they way they went about it. I felt uncomfortable with this initially, like it was some great catchphrase that was a little contrived and manufactured to give a swish line to a swanky video. Surely building nice houses was as simple as hard work and nice materials I thought. I was about to get seriously schooled, motivated and inspired at the same time.
This formed one of the biggest challenges for me; conveying that was Razo was so, so much more than bricks and mortar. Hell, it was an ethic that surrounded everything the company did. My biggest insight of this came during an early Monday morning group meeting which kicked off with a compilation of Tony Robins motivation quotes blared across a warehouse floor to the whole crew. This quickly developed into the staff each being told to give each other a hug, and tell one another they were great, important and respected. I was bemused, but I quickly discovered that this stuff wasn’t a show, and it really worked. It left the crew inspired and motivated to crush the day. I had to capture the essence of this, for if I could put a prospective buyer where I was standing there and then, they would surely commission these guys to build their dream home. This formed the base for the concept, to showcase the beauty of the homes, but to truly capture the essence of the team; for it was them which I felt differentiated Razo.

The second biggest challenge was the elements. On site it was mainly the dust and sea air, always working to clog up lenses, – god forbid you wanted to change lenses and leave the sensor exposed for more than a moment. The weather on St Kitts has an uncanny knack of conspiring to change at just the right time to cloud up the sky or dump water on a clean and dry patio at just the wrong time. As they say in St. Kitts, if the weather isn’t how you want it to be… just wait 15 minutes.

The week saw shoots across 5 sites, and interviews with 3 of the senior team. We also shot exclusively on a new development called The Sanctuary which we would cut a specific sales video for. I really hope I was not only able to capture the beauty of their homes, but capture the essence of team, and showcase to their customer who they really are.

It’s been great fun, with great hospitality. I eagerly look forward to my third trip out to work with them, an awesome bunch of people that are doing a lot more than just building nice homes.