Transient Short Film Released

Our latest short film is now online! The short film is the second in the ‘UniTV Does Black Mirror‘ series, this time looking into the normalisation of isolating ones self from reality and in turn becoming something else.

Playing on the idea that we use our phones to escape into social media, where we tend to become an embodiment of who we present ourselves online, we brought the Seb Cox themes and added in layers of afterlife, guilt and drama.

We made two trailers to highlight the drama and cinematography of the film, feel free to give them a watch before getting settled into the full film, if you fancy.

Transient [Official Trailer #1] – Drama

Transient [Official Trailer #2] – Cinematography

Now, without further adieu, here is the full short film, we hope you enjoy!

UniTV Does Black Mirror: Transient


On the 12th of December we came up with the initial film idea, and 3 minutes later, we had a producer, 1st AD, lead actor and production crew on board and ready to film… one week later we had filmed the entire piece… our fastest turn around from idea-to-team-to-shot we’ve ever had!

With an insane work ethic and incredible team, we managed to shoot an 8 minute short film for the most part in one day, guerrilla film-making at its finest.

Here is a short video showing some before and afters of the post-production to the film.

Transient [Breakdown] – Post-Production

Gabriel Introvini – Quando Comincio a Dimenticare
Dunkirk – (Unofficial) No Escape by Stijn van Kralingen
Magna Ingress – The Wanderer
Magna Ingress – The Hunt Timegate
Mix Magna Ingress – Super Blue Bloody Moon
Sergey Cheremisinov – Sleepers
Chris Zabriskie – Cylinder Two
Kai Engel – Touch the Darkness


Mindful Seas – Street Photography

When I get tired of work and need a creative stretch with little time to hand, I often turn to street photography. No need to arrange models, lighting, plan ideas… let that all fall into place as you move around the environment.

When approaching my street photography, I often feel like doing something different, trying out a different editing technique. So I like to collect a range of images and see what I feel inspired to do.

Building Ground

When I start, I tend to work with a variable zoom lens, my favourite for this kind of versatile photography is my 28-210mm lens on a full frame Sony camera, occasionally Micro 4/3 for days I want that extra zoom.
With equipment ready to go, I put a piece of music on loop and work with it playing throughout. That way it keeps my thoughts and approaches to each photograph consistent, as my work is often very heavily affected by my emotions.

In this particular example, I was listening to ‘Daughter – Glass

Looking at a range of imagery before starting any project is obviously important. Instagram, DeviantArt, Anime, Fantasy, Steampunk, Commercials, Short Films and Colour-pallets are some sources of inspiration to name a few. This particular effect was mostly inspired by Studio Ghibli and how they present evil, such as in ‘Howl’s Moving Castle‘, ‘Princess Mononoke‘ and No Face from ‘Spirited Away‘. All of which, present evil in dark, inky, sticky looking textures.

Image Approaches

When approaching each image, I like to walk around the location first and see what I might have missed before, considering the environment at different heights and perspectives. Can I show any patterns? Do any colours contrast each other appropriately? Where do the shadows fall? Can I see any leading lines? Are all examples of questions I am asking myself constantly whilst doing street photography.


Picking and Choosing

I find myself getting to a point where I take a photo and it feels like it represents the tones I was feeling and looking for. Sometimes at this point I stop if I have many things to do, if I don’t, I keep going and explore different approaches.

Whilst I take the photos, I can often see what I am going to do with them before I even push the shutter button, blending the reality with what my imagination sees. Other times, it’s a matter of exploring in the editing process.


Building ideas in steps helps solidify the final work, practising the idea before finalising it. Hence, I find using sketches on top of the image an important process before delving into the final piece.



Once I’m happy with the look of the picture, I wanted to bring those shapes into the real world. 3DS Max was the software of choice to construct the shapes and generate the appropriate lighting.

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Finally after some Photoshop touch-ups, we have ‘Mindful Seas’

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Once I know an idea works, I’ll most likely find myself looking to further the effect and try it out in different locations and situations, I’m looking forward to it!

Guerrilla Film-making with UniTV

Over the past week, we have been working closely with UniTV to create and shoot their latest short film project: ‘UniTV Does Black Mirror 2’.
Watch the first one here:

It was around this time last week when we came up with the film idea, and 3 minutes later, we had a producer, 1st AD, lead actor and production crew on board and ready to film… our fastest turn around from idea to team ready we’ve ever had!

Over the past two days we have shot most of the film, bar from a B-roll, voice overs and foley.

With an insane work ethic and incredible team, we managed to shoot an 8 minute short film for the most part in one day, guerrilla film-making at its finest.

Usually I spend a lot of time story boarding the layout of every light, lens, actor placement, object placement and camera movement. However, this was the first shoot in a long time where I worked it out as we went. Sacrificing the 180 degree rule occasionally for prettier lighting took priority for me, working with the natural lights found on location, placing coloured plastic bags over lamp posts and finding Brighton’s neon and fairy lights to start to create the colour scheme inspired by ‘The Last Night’ trailer.

I was very aware that the lights we were working with, did not match the colour scheme for the film. However, I have great confidence in my colour grading ability, and made sure to have distinct lighting colours that could be adjusted later in post production for the desired effect.

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So far, the film is looking prettier than expected thanks to the incredible team that helped us to light and shoot all day long in the freezing cold. We are looking forward to finishing the project and sharing it with all of you!

For now, here’s some screen shots to whet your appetite as to what’s to come!

Making Slick Event Videos

On the 11th-12th November 2017, I was at the wonderful Hack Sussex 2017 event, ran by some of my friends. I had been invited along to record a summative video for the event.

Hack Sussex 2017

I had made events coverage videos in the past before, and thought I would shake up the ‘standard’ approach: pretty framed, slow motion shot, cut to another similar looking shot, cut to the nearby lake, back to a slow motion shot of someone laughing… etc.

So this time, I thought I would try out a shooting and editing style perfectly demonstrated by Leonardo Dalessandri, who made the stunning ‘Watchtower of Turkey‘ and several other travel videos of a similar style.

The key elements to shooting this style:

  • Edit whilst you shoot: how is a camera movements going to blend into the next.
  • Give yourself plenty of options: shoot a lot of things, each with loads of different camera movements in and out, will make your life a lot easier in post.
  • Shoot at high frame rates: speed ramping is key to this style, give yourself the flexibility of slow-mo. I shot at 50fps (100/120fps would be recommended).
  • Don’t spend too long on each subject: you want to get variety, the shots you use will only be present for a couple of seconds at the most. In a speedy event that takes place in 24 hours, don’t wait around trying to get it perfect. The perfection will come in the edit.
  • Hyperlapse: this is a key effect of the ‘Watchtower of Turkey’ short film, usually being combined with zooms when focusing on subjects in busy areas. Or dolly style where the camera rotates around a subject. The venue I was at didn’t contain the most scenic aesthetics, so I chose to use a hyperlapse to show the layout of the event.

Now, my approach to this technique was mainly a test and for a client, so it had characteristics that I might not necessarily have chosen if it was a project purely for me. There is a lot more you can do with this style. Once someone like Leonardo Dalessandri masters it, it is a beautiful and powerful style that can emote, incite anxiety and promote change, it is up to you as a filmmaker where you want to take it.

Seagull Man 2?

This summer we were commissioned to make a Seagull Man video that would be used to convey safety information for students starting university.

The project was completed, but was not used by the client. Reasons for this were due to miscommunication within the clients organisation. This was a shame, as our work was not being shown anywhere. As a result, we agreed with the client that we could put the video online for all to see.

We hope that you enjoy this short and fun commercial with some Seagull Man goodness!

Seagull Man – Freshers’ Safety

Seagull Man presents information for University Freshers on how to stay safe on a night out in Brighton.

The video was sponsored to promote safety for new university students in Brighton.
The video was not used, so we released it here.
We hope you enjoy it for what it is.

Director – Seb Cox

Seagull Man – John Andrews
Girl with Phone – Charlotte Boud
Thief – Michael Bramley
Crying Girl – Sophie Sommer
Chip Boy – Sam Kennard

Alex Hutson
Amber Bancroft
Andrew McGrath
Cameron Faulkner
Kathrin Rühl

Bubble Light Productions ©

Here is the original Seagull Man video:

Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero

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!

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