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Lowewood Museum Museums World War 1

Absolutely Time To Watch Absolutely 

Here’s our new film: Absolutely

The film was made at Hertfordshire’s Lowewood Museum with their fantastic Youth Panel. 

The film features “Wonder” performed by Naughty Boy , Emeli Sandé 

Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd (GB) Under licence from Universal Music Group
Additional cast includes members of The Vallé Academy of Performing Arts , and Liam Mercer from 10th Essex Regiment Great War Living History Group

The project has been kindly supported by ROH Bridge

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Film film making World War 1

To Thine Own Selfie Be True

Production still from a really busy day at the Lowewood Museum yesterday where we were filming with Liam Mercer from the 10th Essex Regiment Great War Living History Group, Ciara Jane Fleming from The Valle Academy of Performing Arts , and Caitlin one of the many members of Lowewood Museum’s Youth Panel who were filming. Of course Lowewood Museum’s tiger Ben kept a ready eye on proceedings.Only a few more days of shooting left on the Youth Panel’s short film “Absolutely”, which is kindly supported by Royal Opera House Bridge .

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Film filmmaking Lowewood Museum

Staying In Character 

Lowewood Museum’s Youth Panel’s Yanena maintaining character between shots at Lowewood Museum ‘s shoot for their new short film “Absolutely” supported by Royal Opera House Bridge. 

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Film Museums short films

Lights, Camera, Legacy

 

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Let’s thank all those camera persons, editors, sound recorders and anybody else that has been in the thick of action and kept their camera or recorder running. It must take some nerve to level that tripod, check that exposure and get that audio while the bullets or bombs are coming down.

Incredibly, there’s so much of this footage on public domain sites for free usage.

We’ve just been using some of this archive footage from Pond 5 for a Montage Sequence that our main character Maz watches on television. It’s a pivotal sequence in our upcoming short film Like Father Like Son, and one where things could have been so tough but weren’t.  Just a matter of having a healthy internet connection and enough storage for the abundance of archive footage that is available on their site for free download.

What could have been an incredibly frustrating time consuming and expensive element of the production was just downloaded. Of course there was editing to do, sound mixers to test, colours to consider but overall the montage went really well.  We had to rescale some of the footage as the ratio didn’t match our production, and the loss of resolution was inevitable as was the difference in grain, colour, and exposure.

At King Street Images we also make films in the heritage, legacy and cultural sector and think what great resources these downloadable archives are for students studying the conflicts, and events of the past.  Now that basic editing is even an option on someone’s phone what better time to actually explore these archives whether as student, curator, historian, or just because making a film out of the past can really bring the past to life.

So next time you’re at the museum, memorial, or legacy location perhaps stay out of the gift shop, leave the postcards in the rack and  consider what footage you could download and create your own version of history.

And if you’re lucky enough to own archive footage as part of an institution, gallery, museum, or legacy building what better way to appeal to a new audience or even re-connect with the existing one than to produce a video of some of your archive.

Here’s ours, please take a look: Archive Montage from Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son will be available later in the year.

At King Street Images we are always happy to edit your archive footage into new content. We can also produce new films and content for your organisation.

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Art Film

The Memory Palace

We made the deadline with our film The Memory Palace for the Reed 2014 short film competition.

“Work created by artist Maxine King would not be the same without her family. The Memory Palace is a series of interconnecting sculptures that draws inspiration from not only the natural environment and found objects, but also her children.”

A film by KINGSTREETIMAGES

Music: “Night Owl” by Broke for Free

Take a look

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Film Kids

Taking a Break in my Stride

Studio shoot Lunch Set 1 Set Shoot 1Spent a  hectic few days finishing up some shots for a short film: “The Memory Palace” that I’m hoping to put into the Reed Short film competition 2014. I have a couple of intensive days of  editing and mixing to make the deadline, which is 23:59 on January 22. The theme is a family business, and that is most certainly what the process has been since I decided to carry on with the shoot with a broken ankle. What fantastic crew my kids make, particularly when the Breville toasted sandwich maker comes out to work on set. Nothing like it to keep you and your crew full, happy, and smiling. Might have a couple of pick up shots this evening and then it’s back to that timeline and hope my broadband speed stays healthy for upload on Wednesday.

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Film injury

Camo Ankle Shemagh

Camo Ankle Shemagh

I bought some props for a possible short that I was going to put into the reed.co.uk short film competition, which closes on the 22nd January . Not sure if I’m going do it or not, but bought a few props anyhow. The shemagh came in handy for keeping my toes warm when elevating my foot. I always thought that elevating your leg or foot was just a comedy artifice popularised by Laurel and Hardy. But as is the case in most things you don’t find out until it affects you. For the unbroken: it reduces swelling and other things that I instantly forgot upon hearing but seemed very important.

In two minds whether to shoot the short as trying to do so on crutches doesn’t seem to be conducive to a stress free day. With that in mind I tried to shoot some stuff yesterday as a tester, and it’s amazing how quickly you adapt to the circumstances.

I’ll just have to think through my shots and script and perhaps adapt accordingly. It would be such a shame to not shoot it as the theme is # Family Business, and I’ve recruited my son Jago King for the film. The intention was to shoot it over the Christmas Holidays but that soon flew by.

Perhaps I’ll cancel the Steadicam and go with a tripod and several chairs scattered around my locations.

Still have a few days to decide before it’s too late…