Objective Cinema

Generally speaking the majority of my video work sits somewhere between Cinéma vérité and Direct Cinema in style. I like to film things that are happening, not happening because I’m filming.

You can view this album in HD on Vimeo.

Bokeh in the Dark from Composite on Vimeo.

I shot and cut this in an evening and I’m pretty happy with what came out. I wanted to have a go doing some bokeh and thought that a fireworks display was the perfect subject.

It was shot at the Spark in the Dark fire work display in Moseley, Birmingham on 3rd November 2012.

Shot on Canon 600D with Canon 50mm prime.

EDIT: For those asking what Bokeh is…
The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji (ボケ味), the “blur quality”. The term bokashi (暈かし) is related, meaning intentional blurring or gradation.


The Day We Made from Composite on Vimeo.

We visited some friends in Worthing on the south coast of the UK. We went to the beach for a BBQ and a walk and I shot some footage of our day.

I’m fairly happy with this one as I feel I really captured the feel of the day. I’m not so happy with the few of the shots in terms of focusing but I’m gradually getting better at focus pulling. It was all shot hand held and although I clearly knew it was going to come out shaky in parts, some bits it works for and some bits it’s to much. I could have used a tripod for some of it but I couldn’t be bothered carrying one that day. In typical Vimeo fashion some of the colour space has been lost, so its a little dull compared to what I actually graded in the uncompressed version.

Shot on a Canon 600D with a Canon 50mm 1.8 prime and Magic Lantern.


Cloud Sequence from Composite on Vimeo.

A short time lapse I did out of our office window at work. Was really just having a go with the Intervalometer in Magic Lantern but I really liked how it came out so I did a bit more with it. Sound by me also.


Emma’s Garden from Composite on Vimeo.

I got the 600D during the middle of last week and luckily I had some time last weekend to film my first little project entitled “Emma’s Garden”. My girlfriend puts a lot of hard work into our garden at home so I thought it would be nice to do a short of her at work.

It was all shot on the 600D using a Canon 18-55mm kit lens and a Canon 50mm Prime 1.8f. Being the first time I have used a DSLR, or even a video camera that isn’t my GoPro I’m generally fairly happy with what I made.


Czech ‘Dis from Composite on Vimeo.

Took the GoPro with me on a trip to Prague with 3 friends, during April 2012.

I made a couple of school boy errors that culminated in the battery running out pretty early in the trip so there is not as much footage of us actually in the city as I would have liked. I’m fairly happy with what I managed to put together considering my earlier mistakes.


Snowing Time Lapse Feb 2012 from Composite on Vimeo.

Nothing fancy just a quick time lapse of the snow coming down in Birmingham today.


Our Christmas from Composite on Vimeo.

This video is my attempt at an alternative way of documenting Christmas day. All the footage is in chronological order and shot on December 25th 2010.

It was shot using a GoPro HD. All of the time lapse was shot at one frame every 2 seconds. The video footage was all shot at 720p at 60fps.

The music is “A Mind For You” by myself as well. It was a track idea I had had knocking round for a while which I finished writing and arranging specially for this video.