Baku 2017: Journey from the Caspian

Prior to an Olympics Games, a torch is lit and carried around the host country to bring the spirit and excitement of the games to the whole country. For the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, the journey focused on water instead of fire. Water is hugely important in the Islamic faith, symbolising purity, healing and cleansing.

Following the Launch Ceremony, waters from the shores of the Caspian Sea were sent throughout Azerbaijan. In return, crystal waters collected by children from lakes and rivers, waterfalls and springs across the land were united at the Opening Ceremony of the Games in Baku.

The Journey from the Caspian visited 16 locations over 37 days, travelling over 3000km before returning to Baku.

Working with local production companies in Baku, I produced and edited this video capturing the Journey from the Caspian. The video was projected on a large 85x35m projection screen during the Opening Ceremony, as well as being broadcast live to over 30 nations worldwide.

Baku 2017: Highlights from the Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games took place in Baku, Azerbaijan on the 12th May 2017.

The spectacular Opening Ceremony, ‘Knowledge’, tells a universal story of peace and hope, and celebrates the enormous contribution Islamic civilisation has made to everything around us.

After relocating to Baku in January 2017 it was a privilege to be part of the Ceremonies team, producing and managing video content for the Launch Ceremony, Regional Events Programme, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Video content was displayed on an 85x45m projection screen, lit by over 130 projectors, as well as being broadcast live to over 30 nations worldwide.

 

Click here to find out more about the Baku 2017 Ceremonies

Baku 2017: Launch Ceremony

On 5th April 2017, the Journey from the Caspian Launch Ceremony took place at the Stone Chronicle Museum in Baku.

Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan presented water from the Caspian Sea to children from all over Azerbaijan. They will then take the water back to their regions as part of the Journey from the Caspian. This water represents a memento, from Baku and the Islamic Games to the regions of Azerbaijan.

The Journey will visit 15 more iconic locations throughout Azerbaijan, travelling 3000km over 37 days before returning to the Baku Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games.

As well as producing video content for the ceremony its self, I also provided quick turnaround highlights and multi-camera edits for distribution to broadcasters and media in over 50 nations worldwide.

Click here to find out more about the Baku 2017 Ceremonies

Andy Murray Live for Sky Sports

This week I worked alongside Sky Sports and Lagardére Productions to produce feature content for Andy Murray Live at the SSE Hydro, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports 3 and streamed worldwide.

Several packages were filmed and produced throughout the day for the evenings live broadcast, which included interviews with British No.1 Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Tim Henman and Grigor Dimitrov.

 

 

Andy Murray Live, hosted at the 10,000 capacity SSE Hydro, is the brainchild of Murray, who wanted to build a legacy tennis event in the UK which raises valuable funds charities including Unicef and Glasgow-based charity Young People’s Futures.

 

What is Entrepreneurial Spark?

 

Entrepreneurial Spark is the worlds largest free business accelerator for startup and early stage businesses. Supported by RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank, Entrepreneurial Spark have 13 locations throughout the UK.

Having been working with Entrepreneurial Spark for over a year I was commissioned to produce a video introducing the accelerator programme to businesses and key stakeholders.

Produced over a number of months, the video includes footage and interviews from participating businesses at locations throughout the UK, including Edinburgh, Bristol and Leeds.

The video is used throughout their recruitment campaigns as well as at events up and down the country, and has already been viewed ten’s of thousands of times online.

2015: Year In Review

2015 was an incredibly busy year for me, working on a wide range of projects and productions from documentaries to promos and commercials, live news, TV, sport & music, for clients including the BBC, Channel 4, the History Channel, Entrepreneurial Spark, RBS NatWest, The BIG Partnership, IMG, Mallard Productions and many, many more.

To prove it, here’s a very small selection of what I got up to. Here’s to much more in the New Year!

Famous Grouse – Famous for A Reason

I was recently commissioned by The BIG Partnership to produce a series of films for The Famous Grouse as they commenced a new marketing campaign, ‘Famous For a Reason’. The Famous Grouse is one of Scotland’s best selling whiskies, selling over 43 Million bottles in 94 global markets every year.

Global Brand Ambassador Lucy Whitehall told the story of Matthew Gloag, the founder of Famous Grouse. Gloag created ‘The Grouse Brand’ of whisky in 1867. The whisky then went on to be known as The Famous Grouse, and Matthew Gloag’s signature can still be found on each bottle to this day.

Filming took place over a number of days across Scotland, including Scone Palace and the Glenturret Distillery, Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

A number of interactive whisky tasting sessions were filmed with Master Blender Gorton Motion in Edrington’s Sample Room. The videos will be used online and on social media, as well as being displayed at exhibitions, tastings and promotional events worldwide.  

 

The Playlist – Kill The Waves

Kill The Waves – Vow.

A music video I shot for The Playlist Acoustic Sessions back in January 2015.

Clydesdale Bank – UK’s First Polymer Banknote

I produced this video for Clydesdale Bank to promote the release of the UK’s first polymer banknote. The new polymer notes are more secure, more durable and cleaner than paper notes.

Working with The BIG Partnership, students of Bearsden Academy’s Young Engineer and Science Club were filmed putting the new polymer note through its paces with a number of experiments testing the note’s durability.

Footage – including interviews with the Acting CEO of Clydesdale Bank, Debbie Crosbie, and Science Club Ambassador, Heather Reid OBE – was distributed to broadcasters throughout the UK. The video was published online and will be displayed in Clydesdale Bank branches across Scotland.

 

Noel Gallagher at HMV Glasgow

Behind the scenes: Filming for HMV in Glasgow as Noel Gallagher took part in an exclusive in store signing at HMV’s Argyle Street before going on to play Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Former Oasis songwriter and guitarist, Noel is currently touring the UK with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. He met over 250 fans who had travelled from all over the UK signing vinyl and CD copies of his new album, Chasing Yesterday.