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UAE 40th National Day Official Celebration

December 16th, 2011
Logo for the official celebration of the UAE 40th anniversary

Official logo for the official celebration

Abu Dhabi hosted the main official celebration for the 40th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates. Ours was a huge stadium gig at Zayed Sports City, capacity 40,000 for a one-off spectacular. And it was spectacular!

Some highlights of the show on youtube (starts with military marchpast, and moves onto the main part of the show at around 50 seconds)

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Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall

October 22nd, 2011

Screengrab of the official DVD for Phantom 25th showCelebrating 25 years(!) of Phantom of the Opera, we staged a full production in the Royal Albert Hall (click on the photo for a clip, it’s worth it).  As the RAH has no proscenium, we built an entire proscenium stage with fake boxes (all the boxes in the pic are actually scaff faced with scenic elements, keyed into the normal Albert boxes invisibly).  3 showings, with a live telecast to cinemas worldwide, this was the fastest selling show the RAH has ever hosted.  Absolutely spectacular.




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An extra for War Horse!

January 1st, 2011
War Horse Theatrical Poster

War Horse Theatrical Poster

Just for a bit of fun, I took a week’s work as an extra for War Horse, when it was shooting in Castle Coombe, just down the road.  If ever there was evidence of the mood of the set being set by the director, this was it.  A dozen horses, couple of hundred extras, changeable weather – Spirlberg was up against it, but was always calm and cheerful.  This rubbed off on the whole crew, making for a surprisingly calm set considering a quick tally suggests the shoot was costing in the region of £250k/day!

Yes cold, yes tiring, yes slow, but great to see the master at work first hand.  Some production notes –

  • 60kW of lighting – 3@18kW, 1@6kW means you can even out the changeable sun/cloud pretty well.  And 18kW/head means you can dry out pretty sharpish if you get damp.
  • Equestrian Make-up is a real job I’d never considered
  • Spielberg/Kaminski create visual depth in scenes by throwing plenty of extras into the background of shots, but also always using smoke/haze in shots to interact with the lights.  This is something often missing in British productions (with less money, admittedly), lighting in depth.  A bit of haze wafted around shows off what lighting the DoP has set, and adds such depth to a scene.
  • Kaminski almost exclusively used multi-length lenses, not primes.  A good zoom lens makes for fast setups whilst presenting enough light to the sensor.

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