Mugdock Park

Mugstock Festival and Optomen Productions USA.

Two projects, one location and in an area that I frequent on a regular basis.

Robot Love Creative volunteered to come along and capture aerial footage of Mugstock Festival, located in Mugdock Country Park situated in the north of Glasgow.

The initial brief was to generate aerial footage of the area and festival grounds, but it quickly evolved into a small production of a unique part of the festival. A band called Orkestra Del Sol were playing a wee low key gig in the grounds of Mugdock Castle. We were asked to do the aerial filming of the gig, our buddy Sean Corbett did the ground steady cam work and later, I took on the task to produce a small edit of the gig in the castle. Resulting in Orkestra Del Sol – Game of Drones.

A couple of days after the festival weekend, I was contacted by Optomen Productions USA asking for some footage of the castle for a History Channel production – Mysteries at the Castle Episode 309 “Rob Roy: The Scottish Robin Hood”. Now as the footage from the festival had a load of tents and party people bouncing about, we were able to return to the site and managed to capture some lovely moody castle footage to suit the requirements of the production.

Good Morning Loch Lomond

5am start on the Loch with the DJI S1000 and GH4

It was a super early start, but it was so worth it!

We set out early on a summer morning in Barry’s speed boat with a goal to capture Loch Lomond at sunrise. With a DJI S1000 and the GH4 attached we managed to capture a stunning morning out on the loch.

It was also the first time the S1000 was launched from the boat. This opened up so many options for locations to film from.

The last flight of the morning involved chasing our friend Connor and his colleague in their boats as they went to work for the day.

Running Blind

Alistair Gray and his charity run of The West Highland Way for Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

My old friend asked if I would be interested in helping to create a promotional crowdfund video for his massive run of the West Highland Way, Milingavie to Fortwilliam. His chosen charity was the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

After some initial brainstorming, concept generation and looking into Alistair’s inspirations. We set a day to get out on the West Highland Way and film him running through various locations along the route. It began with picking Alistair up at about 6am and making our way to Milingavie and we started capturing footage. Throughout the day we visited multiple locations to film, using ground cameras and aerial platforms to capture Alistair running through this amazing part Scotland and an area that we know so well.

Before we knew it, the day had passed and we had been out for going on 13 hours, we had visited Milingavie, Carbeth, Rowardenan, Glen Falloch, Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Glencoe, Kinlochleven and the films end Fortwilliam. After a rather long day we visited the local chip shop, indulged in a can of Irn Bru and made our way back home to Glasgow.

The main film shoot was executed in one day of bouncing about the west highlands with a car loaded with camera and drone kit, there was one evening spent filming Alistair preparing his gear for a run and one afternoon was spent capturing some B-roll and GV shots.

Concept, storyboarding, location scouting, filming, aerial filming, driving, editing and postproduction were all carried out by myself and a bit a help from Alistair to carry all the kit to a location to film.

Loch Lomond Leisure

A weekend spent on Loch Lomond capturing aerial footage of leisure activities.

June 2016. We were asked to generate content for Loch Lomond Leisure. An activities operator based in Luss on the west side of Loch Lomond.

It was a whole weekend shoot, on location early morning and finishing at sunset each day. The days were spent filming highland games, speed boats, other water based activities, some scenic shots and GVs.

Adrenalin Rehab

Digital content production for an adventure travel operator.

Adrenalin Rehab commissioned Robot Love Creative to produce online video content to showcase their holidays out in Italy and Tenerife.

The Italy video was footage provided by my client to me from another camera operator to create an online video with the resources at hand. This then led on to further work with Adrenalin Rehab, to produce online content for the new holidays they offer out in Tenerife.

It was a week long job out in Tenerife doing some run and gun filming of the holiday participants on road bikes, mountain bikes and the spectacular scenery that can be seen on this volcanic landmass.

The final product was a main edit showcasing the Tenerife holiday and activities along with several smaller films showcasing the individual sport activities and locations.

All filming, editing and postproduction was completed by myself. All aerial footage was captured by a local drone operator tasked by client.

Adrenalin Rehab – Lake Garda, Italy

Adrenalin Rehab – Tennerife

Scottish Freedom Series

Digital media production for a series of Scottish winter sports events.

Having been part of the Scottish freedom Series from the beginning – back in the winter of 2013/14 winter season in Scotland. I have been a judge, a competitor, assistant organiser, event team member, safety official and now media guy. I volunteered my media skills to help promote our community of Scottish winter sport enthusiasts (some might call us nut cases for what we get up to, but it is too much fun not to!!)

This past season (2016/17) has been dire for snow sports, but it did stop us from trying. In between chasing the snow and weather windows, I was kept busy producing a new video for The Scottish Freedom Series, a promotional website and instagram.

The video was a great wee project that involved trawling through the past 2-3 seasons of footage captured in multiple formats, on various cameras, mobile phones, DSLR footage and my own archives. The result was a montage of our antics from previous events and my goal was to portray the community, the usual suspects, the locations for our events and of course the skiing and snowboarding.

The website was produced and self hosted to replace the older version with a new, updated, dynamic and responsive platform using WordPress. The primary goal was to create a simple site showing our mountains and competition/event information. www.scottishfreedomseries.co.uk

Scottish Freedom Series

Discover Glencoe

Marketing video promoting the Glencoe and Lochleven area.

I was approached by Discover Glencoe marketing group to produce a film to showcase Glencoe and Kinlochleven.

This was an amazing project, being able to produce a film for one of my favourite areas in Scotland was an honour.

It was filmed over several months, at many locations and in all types of Scottish weather. The concept was to capture a journey from the water of the Loch Leven estuary at Ballachulish bridge through Glencoe and up to the mountains.

In every project I always start the creative process with the music. It is so essential to have music that complements the style you are aiming for. It just so happened that my buddy Chris is part of a ceilidh band called Stravaig from Glasgow. When the brief came through for the project I immediately thought this needs some Scottish music to complement the footage. I asked Chris if the band would be willing to contribute a song for the edit and as soon as he pressed play on the track, I knew it would be the tune.

After many months of filming, chasing the weather, getting chased by the weather, returning to the same locations to capture a seasonal change, avoiding tourists that wanted me to take their picture, capturing some local activities and haunts. The film came together very well and the clients were very happy with the results.

All preproduction, location scouting, filming, aerial filming, editing and postproduction executed by myself.

Discover Glencoe

Ski Scotland

Ongoing marketing video work promoting Scottish winter sports, community and industry.

Ski Scotland – Glencoe Mountain