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The Squeaky Wheel – stop motion animation featuring Sylvanian Families

This is a recent short film combining video and stop-motion (stop frame) animation used for a show reel. I borrowed my daughter Grace’s Sylvanian Families characters as my main talent. She also has a little car styled on the classic British Morris Minor from the 1950s which I thought would also work well in the film. When I picked up the car I noticed it had one squeaky wheel, this gave me the idea for the film. The kitchen in my house was being installed at the time so there was a lot of tools and materials lying around which provided a great location for the story.

Ambient sounds used for this include; the squeaky wheel itself, the engine starting and horn of a 1968 Citroen van, some power tools and hammers, the oil can, a screw on a metal saw, dripping water.

The film combines video, stop frame animation and ambient sound recording. I used a skateboard for the shot of the characters driving towards the camera.

Stop motion animation, when combined with a detailed knowledge of Photoshop can really bring an inanimate character to life. In the video the characters blink at the camera. Since seeing this film Grace hasn’t been able to turn her back on her Sylvanians just in case they spring into life.

Morris Minor drive past - frame from stop motion animation

Morris Minor drive past – frame from stop motion animation

Our services include planning, filming, sound recording and editing. As an alternative to animation or standard video I also offer photo-films, you can see examples here.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Living well with dementia – video and photography highlighting care in Gloucestershire

While good photographic images can really add to a website an animated slide show with a high quality voiceover presents the audience with a richer and more dynamic experience. This short promotion photo-film has been produced for South Gloucestershire Council to highlight the dementia care they provide in the area as part of the ‘living well with dementia’ strategy.

South Glos photofilm from PinholeWizard on Vimeo.

In addition to the video the client also gets a set of high resolution stills images. For more information call 07973 631185

Still image from dementia care promotional film - day care centre

Musical activity at dementia care home


Digital SLR promotional video

This is a quick video to showcase a vintage Citroen van based just outside of Bath. All of the video was shot with digital SLR cameras (Nikon D800 and D600s). I had Keri Morgan from Hardenhuish School with me on her work experience week so she had the opportunity to follow the process from initial planning through to filming and then editing. It was also useful to have an extra set of eyes and ears on the set. We liked the soundtrack so much it was decided to use captions and titles rather than a voice over. To view the video at the highest quality choose HD from the video setting at the bottom right of the YouTube window.

Promotional video for

Promotional video for

The photo-film, a digital version of the old ‘tape-slide’ show

A long time ago I produced a number of analogue photo / audio presentations knows as ‘tape-slide ‘ shows. The process was very technical and tended to only be used for gallery presentations. It involved setting up two or more slide projectors that were carefully aligned so that they both projected onto the same part of the screen. The system used two C60 audio tapes, one with the dialogue the other carried the timecode which synchronised the projectors to each other and to the audio. The end product always looked great but was expensive and time consuming to produce and during the quieter parts of the presentation you could often hear the slide transport system and the clunking of the carousel.

Today, tape-slide presentations have largely made way to digital photo slideshows or photo-films, these are much easier to create and are equally at home on websites or physical galleries. With quality images and audio these can look and sound as good if not better than a well executed video but involve considerably less post-production and crew members. Photo slideshows or photofilms are therefore considerably cheaper to produce than the equivalent length of video.

The photography and sound recording for a photofilm can normally be carried out in a single day. Normally the images are of activities, portraits, workplaces, products etc but can also use existing images supplied by the client providing that they own the copyright of the images. A typical 3 minute photofilm will use between 60 and 80 pictures drawn from a photoshoot of between 200 and 300 pictures.

The still images used to create the photofilm can also be used as stills on a website or for print purposes, the still shots can be supplied for a small additional fee.

Prices for the photography and sound recording for a 2-3 minute photofilm start from £550.

If digital copyright cleared images are submitted and only a voice over is required the price starts at £450.

Please contact me if you need material digitising for a photofilm.

This is a photo-film produced for a local gardening company. Click on the HD 1080p option to view the clip at the highest quality.