Self Portrait: Ashes and Monsters

With some subliminal inspiration from ‘A Monster Calls‘ (amazing film, go watch it) I’ve been working on another self portrait ‘Ashes and Monsters’ and thought I’d work on a breakdown on the project.

Starting with the original RAW file, the contrasts, hues and saturation were adjusted to bring out the most detail, ready for editing.

Next, a basic skin and blemish pass.

Part 2 - clean up

The head was isolated, contrasted and made black and white.

Part 3 - Contrasting and subject isolation

A charcoal texture was placed underneath the skin layer (set to Overlay). The charcoal texture was then liquefy distorted to follow the contours of the face depth and contrast corrected.

The embers in the cracks of the charcoal texture were then painted in and enhanced over several layers with outer glows.

The body was then added back into the image, which looked out of place…

Part 9 - body addition

To help the clothes match the brightness of the image and build an appropriate background: the clothes were re-contrasted and a darker background with similar lighting position were added. Finally a glow around the neck was added to help add heat under the insulation of the clothes.

Hence we have our final image: ‘Ashes and Monsters’



‘Tide of Ghosts’ is Coming Together!

With our most difficult shoot day down, we have now completed the scenes that take place in the sea.

Big waves, hidden rocks and strong currents, all produced some pretty dangerous waters. The actors gave it their all, and let their natural fear of the water flood their performances, leading in some very realistic moments.


We have two more shooting dates scheduled before the end of August and we are incredibly excited to get them together!

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Moving Light Drawings

Seen moving light videos before? They have a very distinctive look where shadows create depths that your mind tends to mistake for movement. A brilliant example can be seen in Nacho Guzman’s music video for ‘Sparkles and Wine – Opale’.

I wanted to take this idea and combine it with my scribble animation style. I don’t own a spinning light/cookie rig, so instead I resulted to stop motion to get the effect. I’d act out the same motion at 8 different lighting positions, then in After Effects, cut the clips together so that the motions is near seamless.


Using Photoshop, I then drew over the highlights in each frame to give the desired effect.

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And after all that, even had some nice footage left over for a nice portrait shot!

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‘People Pieces’ Street Photography

Went on a street photography session in Brighton to see what images that I could take to invoke my emotions. After having the fun day out, I came to Photoshop to bring what was in my head to life! As a result, I give you ‘People Pieces’.

Here is a quick breakdown on how these were achieved:


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Initial Colour Pass and Crop

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Subject isolation: the clone stamp tool was used to remove the subject’s friend and the subject were isolated away from their shoes.

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Subject splicing: cutting the subject into separate pieces on each of their own layers. The background behind them was made using the clone stamp tool.

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Depth Painting: the brush tool was used to paint the “other side” of the subject to build depth. These paint layers then had a noise and blur filter applied to them to match the in camera noise.

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Final Colour Pass: Curves and Hue and Saturation effects were used on particular hue selections to give the dress a pinker feel and make the skin less yellow (which had been reflected by the stones).

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For more information about the project and its intents, click here!

Production Begins! Tide of Ghosts

After months of pre-production, filming begins for our latest project, ‘Tide of Ghosts’.
On our first day we managed to get one fifth of the film shot, so still have a long way to go. And will be continuing in late August.


The short film is about two best mates, one who is a ghost (George) and the other who is alive (Andrew). Together, they must discover how George died and find his body before it decays so that he can move on.

Here are some sneaky screen grabs from the film so far! We can’t wait to share more updates with you!

To stay more up-to-date with the short film, you can follow its Facebook or Twitter page:

Dota 2 – Short Film

We teamed up with a Dota 2 memer Eskay Dota to create a short film, ‘Dragon Blood’, for the Valve Dota 2 video competition 2017.

Making a Dragon Knight costume out of cardboard and spray paint we had a lot of fun and late nights getting this project together in time!

We hope you enjoy this short light hearted short

Dragon Blood

If you enjoyed the video, please give us a vote here!

Songs used: Dota 2 – World Map

A boy plays Dota to get over the death of his favourite Gorilla, and takes on some demonic skeleton warriors.

Gorrila painted by Seb Cox
Edited by Seb Cox
Written by Sam Kennard and Seb Cox

Thanks to Julia Pollard and John Andrews for acting in this too!

Tide of Ghosts – Fund Raising

Tide of Ghosts is our big project of 2017! We are just about ready to start filming in July-August.

Tide of Ghosts is a short film project between two best friends, one of which is alive, Andrew, and one a ghost, George. Battling morality, Andrew is faced with finding his best friend’s corpse so that he can move on.

Set in a rundown seaside town, George’s death remains a mystery. With only four weeks before George’s body decomposes, time is of the essence to prevent George’s purgatory.

But before filming, we are calling out for some kind individuals online to help fund the project. Just finishing out University degrees, we don’t have a lot of cash to spare on film projects, however, we feel it incredibly important to pay actors! For that reason, we’ve started a campaign on IndieGoGo.

Tide of Ghosts – Fund Raising Video

If you like the sound of the project and want to support it or share it, you can see visit the IndieGoGo campaign right here:

If you’d like to stay up to date with the film’s progress, follow it’s Facebook page and Twitter

Our Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Mental health is incredibly important to us at Bubble Light Productions. Our most recent works have been designed around disorders in mental health, with ‘Harry Bot 9000’, ‘Sea Side’, ‘Oi’, and our latest piece ‘Mental Health Transparency’.

A message from us at Bubble Light, look after your mind. #MHAW17

Mental Health Transparency

Director/Camera/Editor – Seb Cox
Camera Assistant – Sulekha Kaur Takhtar
Runner – Olivia Symonds

Music: Kai Engel – Harbor

As well as the video, we have been creating and encouraging profile picture changes for YOU, where we show you how to make a Facebook profile picture just like in the video. We even made you a video tutorial on how to do it.

Tutorial – Mental Health Profile Pictures


Here are our previous films based on mental health, each to their own genre:

Harry Bot 9000

Sea Side


Vlog: UniTV goes to NaSTA 2017

We documented our National Student Television Association (NaSTA) trip to Birmingham with UniTV (University of Sussex Student Television) and want to take you along for the ride! The event will be held closely within our hearts.

We hope you enjoy the video

UniTV goes to NaSTA 2017 [VLOG]

We had a fabulous time, special thanks to the #NaSTA2017 team that put it together!

Celebrating, as seen in the video, that UniTV did amazingly well at NaSTA this year:

Winner of Best Cinematography, Beautiful Corps.
Winner of Best Drama, Beautiful Corps.
Winner of Best Factual, Science Uncovered
Winner of Best Marketing
Highly Commended Special Recognition
Highly Commended Title Sequence, Science Uncovered

Massive thank you to everyone that has worked on the projects, those that came along to the event, GuildTV and NaSTA teams that arranged the fantastic weekend!

00:5902:29 Midnight Faces – Feeling Like A Stranger
03:0604:10 Young Mister -Anybody Out There
06:4907:31 Osaka – Weights
07:3410:29 A-Gon – Her Smile
10:3115:08 Broke For Free – Golden Hour
15:0818:41 Sappheiros – In This Moment
21:1223:00 Dream Beaches – Habits
22:5825:13 NoSo – I Love the Mountains

Keep up to date with UniTV at:

Incredible results at NaSTA 2017

Last weekend the UniTV and Bubble Light Productions teams went to the National Student Television Awards (NaSTA) 2017.

Meeting inspirational speakers, making new contacts and finding that we did exceptionally well at the awards was a bonus to spending an exciting weekend with some of my closest friends!

Here are the incredible list of awards that we won at the event!

Winner Best Drama: ‘UniTV Does Black Mirror
Winner Best Cinematography: ‘UniTV Does Black Mirror
Winner Best Factual: ‘How Many Particles Are You Made Of?
Winner Best Marketing
Highly Commended Best Title Sequence: ‘Science Uncovered
Highly Commended Special Recognition


The pride I have for our small but family-like station is beyond words.
To everyone that helped out with any of the productions submitted to NaSTA, congratulations for stepping outside of your comfort zone and pushing yourself, I certainly thank you for it!

You can check out the award winning projects here:

UniTV Does Black Mirror: Beautiful Corps.

Science Uncovered: How Many Particles Are You Made Of?

Science Uncovered Motion Graphic

We certainly had a great time at the awards…


Photo Credit: Harry Fender, Katie Packer and Tom Ballantyne