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The Creative Scramble
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 32: How much does a video really cost?
A discussion between Cal (Director of Photography) and Kieran (Director / Producer) all about the money, budgets and production value when it comes to making a video.One of the greatest mysteries within video production is ‘how much does a video actually cost?’. This is largely down to the scope of which a project can take; ranging from a self-shot piece of disposable content filmed on a phone or entry-level DSLR, through to a 2 minute specialist brand film with a lot of moving parts. (And that’s not even getting started on the Netflix-style 10 part documentary that many brands are looking for these days). Many brands have a set budget and that gives us a strong direction from the off - but for those that don’t know what they want to spend, there are some things we need to know.We need to understand early doors what the video is needs to say, achieve and who you’re speaking to.Once that’s clear, we can look at the resources required to deliver those objectives and provide a good idea of budgets, not to mention giving us some parameters to work within when looking at creative concepts.This podcast is for clients looking to get an understanding of what video costs in 2020, production values and the importance of delivering more than one video asset.Follow us @deadpixelfilms.
35 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 31: Kate Rostance - Managing cash flow and financial goals for a small business
Kate Rostance is the exec producer and chief plate spinner at Fat Free, a Nottingham based video production company.Kate gives a very honest account of how she manages her companies finance, creating financial goals to live the life you want and when to invest in people or equipment. We even hit super interesting topics such as penisons/ investments. This episode is perfect for any small business owner looking to get a handle on their finances in order to focus on the more fun creative aspects of running a business.Instagram:@hellofatfree@katerostanceTo find out more about the creators of the show, visit www.deadpixelfilms.com
31 minutes | a year ago
Ep 30: Cal & Kieran - The Dead Pixel story so far
The Creative Scramble podcast has been live for two years now and, during that time, both mine and Matty’s careers have developed considerably. Over a year ago, we interviewed Kieran Edwards who, at the time, was a Director at a creative agency with a team of 50. Fast forward a year and Kieran is now my business partner and co-owner of Dead Pixel Films. So, as Kieran is going to be featuring more across the podcast as a host, we thought episode 30 is the perfect opportunity to share our story.Far from two film-makers coming together to simply make more films, Ep. 30 gives you an insight into the results of combing two very different skill sets, and how we as operate Dead Pixel Films. To find out more visit:www.deadpixelfilms.com
35 minutes | a year ago
Ep 29 - G6 Moco - Robots, high speed cameras and hiring staff
G6 Moco refer to themselves as film-makers, producers and visual engineers but what the hell is a visual engineer?Visual engineering is about crafting the perfect shot for video using precision high speed robots, pneumatics, top of the line software and a whole load of creativity. A shot that in previous years was impossible to achieve can be repeated within 0.01mm of precision over and over and over again.With clients including JD Sports, Manchester City Football Club and Boohoo. The G6 team have only been going a year but have all ready shaken up the industry and invested heavily in equipment and staff. Based at Manchester’s Sharp Project we discuss the risks vs rewards for entering a new industry, developing new software and overcoming issues with hiring new staff.To find out more about G6 Moco visit: www.g6moco.comTo find out more about the creators of the show visit www.deadpixelfilms.com
51 minutes | a year ago
Ep 28 - Mark Sharman - Underwater Cinematographer for Blue Planet 2 and One Strange Rock
With credits including Blue Planet 2, One strange rock, Earth from Space and Blue Planet Live it’s safe to say Mark is a fairly well versed and experienced underwater cinematographer and nature film-maker. He’s also a drone pilot.Mark gives great insights into the world of nature film-making and seeing big nature up close and personal. He gives tips for entry level film-makers and sheds light on his interests in environmentalism.To find out more about Mark visit: http://www.marksharman-cinematography.com/To learn more about the podcast visit: www.deadpixelfilms.com
17 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 27 - Our thoughts on networking events and putting yourself out there.
Cal - “I absolutely despise networking events….”Hear from Matty and Cal as they discuss Matty’s experience of a meet up in London with fellow creatives and entrepreneurs.Matty - “It’s the only environment where its socially acceptable to shake someones hand and walk away to talk to someone else more interesting”What are your experiences with networking events? Do you love them, loathe them or yet to give them a try?To learn about the creators of the show visit www.deadpixelfilms.com
46 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 26 - Adam Riozzi - From in house agency life to freelance commercial director
Adam Riozzi is a commercial director currently based in Sweden working worldwide. He began life as a graphic designer and soon progressed to in house production team for creative agency McCann Manchester. There he created TV commercials and branded online content for the likes of Aldi, Team GB and Typhoo tea.Adam discusses agency life, what’s next for TV commercials and stepping into freelance directing. View Adam’s work here:w: https://www.adamriozzi.comi: https://www.instagram.com/dir.adamriozziTo learn more about the creators of the podcast, visit www.deadpixelfilms.com
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 25 - Andrew Sandler - Music video and feature documentary film-maker
Andrew Sandler is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, with a portfolio of videos that have amassed well over a billion views. He has worked with some incredible names in the business including, Chris Brown, Nikki Minaj, Diddy, Usher, Ariana Grande and Mary J. Blige...to name a few! In this episode, Andrew shares his journey as a filmmaker both in the music video and documentary world as well as his ambitions for the future. He also discusses the importance of networking, taking advantage of social media as a creative, having good mentors around you and simply having a strong passion and work ethic for what you do.To find out more about the creators of the show visitwww.deadpixelfilms.com
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 24 - Jon Moore - Prosthetics effects artist on Game of Thrones and Avengers
Jon got the bug for prosthetics at an early age after watching very age inappropriate horror films with his Dad. He would then practice make up and prosthetics by giving his parents black eyes and scars.After studying for a short while he headed out into the field and began working on short films offering his skills to everyone and anyone. He then moved down from Leeds to London and started working on low budget feature horror films and it seems the rest his history.His credits now include Harry Potter, Dr Who, Fury, World War Z, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more. His gives a really interesting insight into working with huge special effects teams on massive Hollywood feature films all over the world whilst sharing some fun ‘horror’ stories along the way.To find out more about the creators of the show visit www.deadpixelfilms.comFollow Jon on Instagram here: http://instagram.com/jonmoorefx
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 23 - Andy McKee - The life of a feature film editor
Andy Mckee is Manchester based Film Editor with credits including independent features 'In Another Life' (Winner of Best UK Feature at Raindance 2017) and the upcoming comedy 'Eaten By Lions'.In this episode, Andy talks to us about his non traditional rise as a feature film editor in the independent film world - and his recent work in the world of scripted TV. We cover topics including freelance editing rates; staying healthy whilst desk bound and the importance of 'meaningful editing'.Eaten by Lions trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD_0i_fByBIYou can follow Andy here:https://www.instagram.com/andybobmckeewebsite: https://www.andrew-mckee.netTo learn more about the creators of the podcast visit www.deadpixelfilms.com
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 22 - Kieran Edwards - leadership within an agency and working with social campaigns
Kieran Edwards is the operations director of creative agency agency Shoot The Moon. Shoot The Moon is a creative, design and photography agency who’ve worked with some massive brands including Pets at Home, Co Op and Tui.We chat all about leadership and culture within a creative agency and how to gain respect from staff members double your age.We dive into social media and how social has impacted society and brands over the past 10 years. Kieran shares in years of knowledge on content and why certain brands get engagement over others. If you want to get in touch with Keiran and discuss anything social then drop him a line to firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you want to know more about the creators of the podcast visit www.deadpixelfilms.com
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 21 - Charlie Watts - directing indie band Blossoms and how to sucessfully pitch for music videos
Charlie explains the process of pitching treatments for music videos, working with indie band Blossoms and his experience of being a professional film director.Charlie gives tips for upcoming commercial directors and attributes his success to hard work, chatting to the right people and a bit of luck. His journey has only just begun with some huge projects coming out this year. We can’t wait to see what Charlie does next.Website: www.charliewatts32.comRepresentation: https://www.chief.tv/directors/charlie-wattsInstagram: http://instagram.com/charlie_j_wattsTo find our more about the creators of the podcast visitwww.deadpixelfilms.com
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 20 - Joe Nattrass - Working in the sound department of Bohemian Rhapsody, Paddington 2 and Overlord.
Joe Nattrass is a Sound Recordist, Sound Editor and 2nd Assistant Sound based in Manchester. Having only graduated from Futureworks Media School 6 years ago, Joe has gone onto to work on some major Hollywood features including Bohemian Rhapsody, Stan & Ollie, Paddington 2 and Overlord (to name a few!)In this episode, Joe talks about his role on set whilst working on big blockbusters, compared to working on smaller indie projects; and offers his advice on the do's and dont’s of working in the sound department working at the highest level...and how he got his break into this world and how others can too!If you would like to learn more and get in touch with Joe, you can check his website out here: https://earnourishment.com/To learn more about the creators of the podcast visit: https://www.deadpixelfilms.com
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 19 - Stu Thomson (Cut Media) - Working with worldclass athletes
Stu Thomson was once a professional mountain biker travelling the world. Mountain biking has always been a passion of his but the travelling got too much. He instead decided to transition into filming mountain bikers and building a video agency called Cut Media focusing on high end sports content.He explains what it’s like working with world class athletes such as Danny McAskill, Matt Jones and Steve Peat. With some video stats reaching as high as 88 million views on youtube it’s easy to see why he attracted attention of the likes of Adidas and Redbull.To learn more about the creators of the podcast visitwww.deadpixelfilms.com
49 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 18 - Brother Film Co - Investing in gear and working with family
Brother Film Co are a video production company based in London made of of 3 brothers and 1 brother from another mother. They’ve worked with the likes of Redbull, National Geographic and Kettle Chips. They produce all their own music in-house and even sell it online for others to use.We caught up with Brother Film co to discuss working with high end clients, investing in the Red Gemini cinema camera and working together as brothers.Check out their work below:https://brotherfilmco.com/To find out more about the creators of the podcast, visithttps://www.deadpixelfilms.com
39 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 17 - Leanne Gater - Getting a documentary commissioned on Netflix.
In this episode we chat with producer/ director Leanne Gater about her latest documentary ‘The Tigers of Scotland’.The Tigers of Scotland is a feature length (63 minutes) documentary by Wild Films Ltd and narrated by Iain Glen (from Game of Thrones). It focuses on the fragile existence of Scottish Wildcats, their status and what conservation efforts are being undertaken to ensure their survival. Bringing knowledge of their existence and awareness of their status to a wider audience is crucial to preventing their extinction.Leanne and Cal discuss the production process, environmentalism, documentaries that have inspired both film makers and ultimately how to get a documentary commissioned for Netflix.To find out more about the creators of the podcast visit:www.deadpixelfilms.com
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 16 - Simon Vacher - When penguins attacked my tripod in Antarctica
Simon Vacher is a wildlife cameraman who makes a living telling stories and capturing unique images from the hottest, coldest and remotest places on the planet.He’s worked in places such as the icy cathedrals of Antarctica and South Georgia, to the rich reefs of the Indian Ocean, to the wonderful bird colonies of Ascension Island.We delve into Simon’s adventures, environmentalism and even touch on Brexit.Check out Simon’s website here:http://www.simonvacherfilm.comhttp://www.butterflyeffectfilms.comFollow Simon on twitter @SimonVacherTo learn more about the creators of the show visitwww.deadpixelfilms.com
75 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 15 - Sam Highfield - Working as Visual Effects Supervisor for Disney
Sam Highfield is a Manchester based Visual Effects Supervisor who has grown a career from starting knowing nobody in the industry, self-teaching himself software like Adobe After Effects and Nuke, to working with broadcast companies including the BBC, ITV and Disney.In this episode, Sam shares the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor at a high level in terms of working on set, managing a team and navigating the sometimes tricky politics of working with different producers.He also gives some fantastic advice that can be applied for all creatives to negotiate your rate, how to grow if you're not particularly business minded and finally; he talks about his latest invention that will revolutionise the way the industry will work on set with visual effects... (hint, check out http://imagineyeapp.com/)To learn more about the creators of the show visit www.deadpixelfilms.com
45 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 14 - Zack Kravtis - Film-maker, entreprenuer, adventurer.
Zack Kravits is a filmmaker and entrepreneur based out in LA (another International guest for our humble podcast!) He has grown a hugely loyal fan base on YouTube and Instagram where has over over 14k subscribers and over 5k followers respectively; and has worked with various influencers, including people like Lewis Howes. What makes Zack different is that although he loves filmmaking, he sees himself as an entrepreneur, selling his own online film-making course and has even recently started his own backpack Company 'Weylyn Bags'.In this episode, Zack shares with us how he changed his mindset from being a typical 'YouTuber' to think more as an entrepreneur and the importance of having multiple streams of income as a creator. He also discusses growing a quality loyal fan base, his thoughts on work/life 'integration' as he calls it, surviving in LA and why he decided to set up something very different in a backpack company. You can follow Zack's journey on:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ForeverInTrainingInstagram: @zackkravitsand his backpack company on instagram: @weylynbagsTo learn more about the creators of the show visithttps://www.deadpixelfilms.com
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 13 - Tiff Tyler - Video and Podcast Producer for the 'The School of Greatness'
In this episode, Matty interviews Tiff Tyler - video and podcast producer for Lewis Howes' 'The School of Greatness' podcast.Tiff gives us an insight into life working with Lewis and on a podcast which now has 80 million+ downloads! Having made the big move to LA from Florida, she also gives some great advice on networking effectively, taking advantage of social media and working with influencers/entrepreneurs as a creator; and the importance of staying healthy and not getting burned out - something which Tiff had to learn the hard way!To learn more about the creators of the show visithttps://www.deadpixelfilms.com
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