NDA’s put a stop to this post going out earlier. It was written back in May, which feels like a long time ago!
We were asked by The Production Factory to be involved in a fashion shoot for Selected clothing brand.
This was predominantly a stills catalogue shoot by Tomo Brejc, but we were asked to join US-based DoP and steadicam op Franklin Guerrero to provide aerial images for the accompanying video. The location was a fantastically grand manor house called Wrotham Park, set in 300 acres of pristine parkland near Barnet (which it has to be said, sounds less exotic).
This was an incredibly busy shoot for the stills guys, with many costume changes, lighting set-ups and to top it all off, the outside shots were set in the snow so despite it being a warm and bright day, Snow Business were on set to bring winter to the shoot.
This gave us some time before our shots, giving us the rare opportunity to get to the food first! Not only that, but extra time to set everything up, so we took the chance to mount one of our Gopro’s next to our Canon 5d Mk3 with 24mm prime lens, for some bonus aerial stills. We also got some test flights in and a chance to admire the grounds.
Our shots for the afternoon shoot were to capture the models walking out of the house and driving away in a rather nice 1964 Bentley S3 coupé, provided by Studio 434, and one of the many cars in their remarkable collection.
We started with simple tracking shots, then as Tomo got an idea of the possibilities, it developed into a backwards tracking shot of the car to 45º jib up to reveal the house and the grounds behind it. David Gandy was driving the car, and we gave him the signal via walkie-talkie, to start the movement.
It was a challenge to accurately track the car from a distant start point, but Paul pulled it out of the bag and Chris kept the moving object in frame, to the delight of the clients who were all gathered round the monitor.
Click below to see a short edit of our favourite shots.
A good day. Lovely location, great crew, amazing food, and finding out that we have the final shot in the film made us very happy!
Click below to see the finished film.