We have continued to work with Northumberland County Council with filming at several schools in Northumberland to produce some training material aimed a senior teaching staff within schools.
The aim of the set of training films is to give senior leaders in schools an idea of what to expect should they apply and consequently are appointed as head teachers.
Using two cameras we were still able to relax several head teachers as we posed a range of questions about the challenges of being a new head teacher.
The results have been very engaging and successful. We can reflect on the fact that whatever we are tasked with producing that our aims are achieved as we continue to bring quality and creativity to whatever challenge we face.
The video was filmed in a dance studio at The Custom House in South Shields and also in Haltwhistle before Christmas 2012. It was directed by Matthew Brown of Flashlight Films and it was great fun to film which can easily seen in the video itself.
We had additional crew assisting with the South Shields set from Katherine Wilkes, a recent film production graduate, and, photographer Simone Rudolphi, of S R Projects, who certainly had their hands full during the day particularly when required to manage the ‘Confetti Canon’!
Athletes in Paris have quite a unique sound and are becoming very well known in the North East but plan to relocate to London to advance their career but only after filming another music video with us in March.
The band have regular radio air time and were recently featured on the BBC Radio 6 Tom Robinson Show.
As the end 2012 draws near we would like to wish everyone, friends and colleagues, an enjoyable festive season.
We also would like to strongly encourage people particularly in the North East to go and buy a charity single produced by ‘Tiny Lights Recordings’. Working with many of the best north east bands and artists they have released an album called ‘Silent Night,Tiny Lights’ and it features 19 tracks.
All artists and the studio provided their material and time free of charge - and likewise so did we when we filmed ‘So What Robot’ recording their contribution called ‘Shakin’ Stevens, aged 8’.
Matthew edited two versions of the song, one using our main cameras and another using multi-shots where mobile phones and web cams were used to capture some unusual angles.
It also features our new custom built ring light which incorporates 1200watts of light from 12 sources around a ring.
- Working with education to enhance leadership and management within schools, an engaging DVD was produced which looks at different management structures currently being used in Northumberland schools. The different sections of this DVD have also been incorporated on the ‘Nortal Portal’ as part a Senior Leadership training package. We are looking forward to extending this work in 2013.
- Updating the information DVD for the Surestart Services in Western Tynedale. We have also provided the separate films form this DVD in appropriated formats to enable many of the sections to be hosted on the ‘Surestart – West Northumberland Children’s Centres’ website, which we hope will all be available in 2013.
Also we would like to congratulate Jackie McCormick OBE for her deserved inclusion in the New year’s honours list.
Ian with Jackie at Hexham at the launch of the DVD and the play vans in 2009.
Here at Flashlight Films we have recently upgraded our edit suite and it looks amazing! This upgrade isn't just hardware (currently looking at a dual High Definition display with plans to add a third monitor) but software as well. We have joined the Adobe Creative Cloud, this means we have access to the latest versions of all Adobe products.
But what does this all mean? It means we can deliver videos even faster than before as our set up is more efficient than ever, plus all our software will be the very newest version helping us create cutting edge video content.
After what seemed a long wait this music video has finally become public.
Filmed in April of this year at a number of locations it involved a lot extras who coped amazingly well particularly in the freezing conditions that we experienced around Newcastle for the outdoor shoot.
Nevertheless, despite the weather, it was great fun to shoot and is even more fun to watch!
We were delighted to be working with and be part of the 2012 Corbridge Festival on 7th July. Despite continual rain leading up to the event, the venue not only coped with the condiitions but the was blessed with sunshine for the day. There were plenty of things going on alongside the music, which was of the highest quality.
It is definitely a festival worth visiting as you will see from the video of the days events.
is a growing marketing business based in Gateshead and we were asked to work with them on this promotional event at the Baltic Arts Centre.
We filmed a remarkable evening to celebate a new partnership between the Travel Bureau (based in Gosforth) and Kuoni.
The special guest for the evening was BBC travel presenter, Simon Reeve, who talked about some of his adventures, good and bad, from the making of his recent TV travel series 'Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve'.
The event was very enjoyable and we were particulalry pleased to have some time with Simon himself.
We have updated an information DVD for Surestart in West Northumberland. We changed a few sections and added an additional section about the Ponteland Children Centre, which had not been built when we produced the original DVD which was aimed at all prospective parents in the West Tynedale area.
The next films gave Ian a chance to use his depth of experience and knowledge to plan two further videos for the County Council.
Firstly, a film for the 'Northumberland Adult Learning Service' to show exactly what happens at a 'Screening Day' for young people wishing to embark on an apprenticeship. This film is useful and informative for both young people and potential employers thinking about having an apprentice. The film is now publicly available on the County Councils youtube site.
Secondly, a film called “A 'Head' of our times”, involved a range of different schools and explored the different management styles currently working in Northumberland other than the traditional headship model.
Now that the festive period is over with we are now working hard on various video projects and are currently planning our next music video. Incase you hadn't seen, our music videos have now had over half a million views on YouTube, which is a tremendous achievement. Next target is a million!
Currently we are just putting the final touches to a project for Sure Start nurseries and are moving into pre-production on our next project.
Scheduling for our next music video is being done right now, so if you are interested getting involved contact us as soon as possible.
Finally, if you are on Twitter you can now follow Matthew @Flashlight_uk where he tweets about anything and everything.
Into The Valley is a new online lifestyle magazine focusing on Tynedale. They wrote an article about us earlier this month where they chatted to us about what we have been up to over the past year, our influences and what we have lined up next (expect some very nice looking videos coming your way at the start of 2012). Here is the link to the article.
Polarsets new single on itunes, it's scheduled to be released on 18th September through MODA Records. The band will shortly be embarking on their UK & Europe tour and then to top that off they will be playing Bogota, Columbia.
They have got a lot of dates lined up, so make sure you can catch them live because these guys are going to be big!
Several updates to post today, first, we have set up a Twitter account so go follow us @Flashlight_uk where we shall be tweeting about all sorts of things that we are up to.
Next, we have finally got our Facebook page sorted out, so if you would do us the pleasure of clicking the "Like" button on there we would greatly appreciate it.
So What Robot for their Technological Experiment, in which they streamed a gig live over the internet. There will be some additional footage that will appear on the ineternet over the next couple of weeks for those who missed the live stream. We also created the video for their debut single which we shall be posting on this site in the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled.
And finally, while we were shooting the "KOALA" video for the lovely Vinyl Jacket boys we happend to get a little bit of footage of them opening the mainstage at this years Evolution festival.
Sorry for the delay in any updates, but here at Flashlight Films we have been very busy over the past 3 months working on several music videos. We will be posting them on here over the next few days starting today with the video we made for Vinyl Jacket's 2nd single "KOALA".
A big thank you to all involved with creating the video.
Flashlight Films are pleased to announce
the release of their latest video for Vinyl Jacket's new single Painting Stations. The video has just gone live with the single being released on 21st February through The Calico Print. You can pre-order your copy now at Vinyl Jacket's Band Camp page, where you can also admire the lovely artwork created by the very talented Emilee Seymour.
Happy 2011 from Flashlight Films! With the new year comes our first update in many months. But with good reason, we have had a tremendously busy time of late with a wide variety of projects on the go.
Over the past couple of months we have completed several projects including; a presentation for Northumberland National Park, a social corporate event for Nandos staff and two short films for Northumberland County Youth Service. Where we worked with young people to produce films based on ideas that they had put together. This was part of a county wide project managed by Engage Media.
The festive season also brought a repeat visit to Broomley First School for their Christmas performance, where we captured the evening and produced a DVD for parents to enjoy.
But the big news of late is the completetion of a new music video for an up and coming North East band. The video is expected to go live in the next couple of days, so make sure you check back to see it in its full HD glory. But in the mean time here is a little hint to who the video is for, Legendary rock icon and Radio 6 music presenter Tom Robinson picked them out as one of the bands to watch for in 2011, stating they "blew him away" and proclaiming them to be "world class!"
We look forward to what should be a promising and exciting year.
Completion of Induction Day video for Haydon Bridge High School
We have just completed and delivered our first piece of work for Haydon Bridge High School. The filming took place in the middle of July 2010 and is about the induction day for new students. The film documents the day and is also filled with views and comments from the young people themselves who were present for that day. The film will have a range of purposes, not least, as a preparation for potential new students in the future whilst they are still in their old schools before their transition to High School.
This work is part of a longer term project which will track the careers of a small group of young people as they pass through Haydon Bridge High School.
Flashlight Films are currently fully North East Service Provider Register approved and our register number is 17168.
This means that we have been fully approved by BENE (Business & Enterprise North East) who have taken up our references and have ensured that we are fully covered with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurances.
For all our current and new clients this also means that there maybe some financial support for any filming projects that you may want us to undertake for you.
Flashlight films has recently joined Codeworks Connect an organisation aimed at businesses in the digital and creative market sector offering a full range of support services to its members.
We attended the annual "Summer Net Together" in Saltwell Park on the 24th June, which naturally had a World Cuptheme. We put our names forward for the football competition only for Ian to tear a calf muscle immediately after kick off. Matthew, however, got stuck in and reached the final of the event.
After that there was a wide range of other activities, a band playing in the marquee all night and plenty of opportunities to network. It was a great venue, with great weather and, despite a very sore calf muscle, a great event.
We have just completed a film documenting the "Annual Football Challenge" at the Sands Centre in Carlisle. The day was an event that involved the James Rennie School, The Cumberland Football Development Team and the Learning Difficulties and Disabilities team for Cumbria County Council.