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You’ve Done A Man’s Job, Sir. I Guess You’re Through, Huh?

You’ve Done A Man’s Job, Sir. I Guess You’re Through, Huh?


J.P. Morgan’s recruitment video had finally come to an end. We had spent months planning and filming this corporate video; and now it was finally over.

It was tough. A real challenge. But where to begin…

I was getting more and more stressed the days leading up to the big shoot. Complications arose with changes in camera management, ideas, shot lists, contributors, and with other work piling on top. But also because a film I was destined to see would be stricken from me.

Star Wars means so much to me. It is more than a collection of films, toys, and music. There is an emotional connection between Star Wars and me – the relatability I have with the conflict within Luke and Vader, the memories I have had as a child watching, playing, or talking about the saga, the experiences I have had through events. I had booked my tickets to see Star Wars Rogue One at the BFI in London for their midnight premier on the night ticket sales were released. I was at home when they were released and I had no laptop or computer with me, so I used my father’s laptop, waiting in the study for midnight for Odeon to release the tickets and purchase them. At the time I did not know we would be filming on the day of Star Wars. To me, because my university calendar was blank for that week, I was free to do what I wanted.

But then came the big day. The group had described it as “All hands on deck” with a nine hour shooting day. I was distraught. The one thing that was keeping me going through that entire ordeal was being taken from me. Hundreds of pounds wasted as I would not be able to travel or return from London for the film. I would not be able to see my best friend who I had not seen since September. And I would not be able to see Star Wars and be part of the phenomenon by attending a midnight premier in a sold out IMAX.

I was upset. So much to the point I had finally broken. I was in tears. My parents phoned me to wish me luck travelling up to London for this event not knowing I would not be able to see it. For all they knew, they were excited I had purchased midnight premier tickets. And I just broke. Shouted at them over the phone how I could not see something that I had raised so high as my saviour from a spiralling mess of depression and stress.

Though, the force is strong in my family. They too were upset that I would not be able to see it in London, but were still encouraging me to see the film anyway. My brother, who phoned after wondering if I were to stay at his when I would potentially arrive in London, made it imperative that I see the film. He is not a Star Wars fan, but knew how much those nerdy sci-fi movies mean to me. Lastly, I needed further advice. My friends at uni. Now I do not know if I called them or they called me, but I remember my friend Thomas saying I should see it whatever the consequences. Likewise, Chris, was also encouraging.

So I did it. I went to go see Star Wars at the Odeon in Bournemouth. THey still had tickets. They do not reserve seats like the IMAX or other cinemas. So there was a chance I could still purchase a ticket and get a seat. I quickly booked a ticket online, whipped on my limited edition Star Wars shirt, and sprayed most of a can of deodorant on my body.

I had not washed in three days or changed my shirt in a week. I doubt I had eaten the previous day and I know I went out without dinner. My hear was greasy, my pits smelly, and my face beardy. But I had finally broken. So nothing would now stop me from seeing this film. I had to see it.

I knocked on my housemates door first to see if the guy would be kind enough to give me a lift to the cinema, however, he had been drinking. So I ran. I ran to the cinema whilst dialling all the people who had encouraged me to see the film that I was seeing Star Wars.

There were twenty minutes on the clock. The film started at midnight. And I was running. Would I make it to the cinema in time? In time to print and collect my ticket? In time to still grab a good seat? In time to wait in the queue? I continued to run.

I made it. I casually merged into the queue to collect my ticket. The line for collection was thankfully shorter than the line for purchasing at the door. I walked up the stairs to Screen 1 and was mesmerised by the buzzing crowd all there to nerd-out at the same film. Amazingly, I got a really good seat, which was almost middle-middle.

The film began and I had already started to cry. The sound, the image, the experience! The feeling in the cinema even!

The film had a euphoric effect on me. All my emotions, weight on my shoulders, stress, insecurity; had all been lifted from me. Time stood still in the real world as I watched this film.

The film ended and I was in tears. But I was also relieved, for I had finally seen Star Wars, and at midnight before anyone else.

For that one moment everything was almost over. The only thing left to do was J.P. Morgan.

Rock Reef In The Rain

Rock Reef In The Rain

Another day filming the recruitment video for J.P. Morgan. This time at Bournemouth Rock Reef!

This shoot was just what we needed. It was efficient, calm, and professional. But most importantly, we had fun.

We were given great creative freedom for this day partly due to Red Balloon not being present, and that we were using our own equipment rather than theirs. For this day, we used two DSLR’s (Canon EOS 650D & 60D) and two GoPros.

The aim of this day was to capture one of J.P. Morgan’s many team-building exercises they do with their employees.

I packed all the equipment and travelled with Emily via taxi down to the pier. We arrived early which gave us great time to fool around in the arcade. I was royally beaten in Air Hockey 5-2, but brought it back with a ridiculously close game of Basketball with 84-83. We finished just in time for the other members of the crew to arrive at the pier.

The Rock Reef were wrapping up a child’s birthday party when J.P. Morgan employees arrived so the manager gave everyone to the opportunity to go on the zipline for free whist they clean up. This was great! Since coming to Bournemouth that has been something I have wanted to do.

I attached a GoPro to a monopod and fashioned a makeshift selfie stick. I handed it to our main employee, Catherine, who we had focused on in previous days and sent her up the tower first. We sent Catherine first so that we could retrieve the camera immediately after her go so not to waste time at the Rock Reef. Emily and I jumped next and it was awesome! Flying over the choppy sea in the dark, wind, and rain was fantastic! Climbing the tower alone was cool enough as you got the fast sea winds hit your face and wobble the tower. Would love to do it again. Very grateful both the Rock Reef allowed J.P. Morgan a free go on the zipline but also J.P. allowed us to partake too.

J.P. Morgan BTS - Rock Reef (1)
The crew for J.P. Morgan’s recruitment video on the day of the team building exercise at Bournemouth Rock Reef.

Once off the wire and back on the pier, we set up for the rest of the event. I set up the 650D with a 14mm lens in the corner of the room to capture a timelapse. I then mounted a GoPro onto a helmet and passed it to an employee. The other GoPro was still attached to the selfie stick and passed from person to person. Three timelapse videos were made as I moved the camera each time the employees moved to another challenge. I then used the 6D with either a 50mm or 24-105mm to run around and capture the rest of the event.

After our time had finished in the Rock Reef, everyone went to Aruba to relax. Further video was captured here.

The Elves Have Rescued Xmas Day

The Elves Have Rescued Xmas Day

J.P. Morgan Present Sorting.

Emily and I were to go to a warehouse on the outskirts of Bournemouth to film J.P. Morgan employees sorting donated Christmas presents for the less fortunate.

The day was incredibly fun. It was just the two of us and we therefore had complete creative freedom and directive control of the day.

We were using our own equipment (Canon EOS 650D and 6D) and one GoPro. I set up the 650D in the corner to make a timelapse, a GoPRo on an employee’s chest, and the 6D with my vintage 50mm.

Emily and I took turns filming and recording sound and managed to make an entire video in its own right.

How I ruined Emily's shot
How I ruined Emily’s shot

This is what filmmaking should be; fun, quick, and efficient. We wrapped with loads of coverage of the event, I gave Emily her Christmas present, then we took a taxi home ready for my next piece of filming…