Fact: Fighting is not cool. Fact: Stage fighting is very, very cool.
Recently I’ve had this recurring thought. A nagging idea about filming epic fight scenes that do all the things I want them to do in the movies. I used to choreograph fights for a touring theatre company in my distant past. Now I’m taking those skills and the pool of talented performers I know to make fight scenes like this one.
It all started with a promo video for Off The Ground’s – Musketeers. With no preparation I joined a rehearsal and watched a set of fights choreographed for stage before capturing the footage in the video below.
I’d recently bought a DJI phantom and the stabilized Gopro footage it provides proved way better than I could have hoped. After a little thought and some more equipment I’m now using a new rig (see below) light enough to get right into the action so after rounding up a couple of actor friends we set about choreographing the fight and camera at the same time.
I knew I wanted everything to work as one shot so each hit must be positioned in terms of the camera and each move planned out. In reality, stage combat is much closer to dance than it is to fighting.
‘Fight Club #1’ is the result of about 3 hours of preparation, rehearsal and filming. The plan is to get together regularly, produce these mini scenes and with your feedback, improve and expand the project
If you’re new to photography or looking to expand your skills not join me a night walk along the stunning Liverpool waterfront? This course is designed to be an introduction to the basics of DSLR photography, taking you from auto snapper to manual master in 3 photo filled hours. Learn about exposure modes, when and how to use manual settings and how to get the most out of your DSLR as well as meeting like minded photographers in your area. There’s something for everyone whether you’ve just picked up your first camera or are a more experienced photographer looking to try something new. The walks start with the basics of camera operation and move on to more advanced techniques such as light painting and capturing traffic trails.
With over ten years experience in leading and teaching groups, I’m thrilled to be able to share my experience in education and passion for photography. Each walk features group and one-to-one time to help you with any specific questions or image styles you want to achieve.
Walks last for 3 hours per evening with a maximum of 10 per group. All you will require is a DSLR camera (ask if you’re not sure), a tripod (essential) and suitable clothing. For light painting a torch or LED light is required, external flash units can also be used if you have them.
The workshop is hands on, you’ll be snapping continuously and receive constant feedback on your work. The friendly group atmosphere is a perfect setting to make new friends and learn new techniques.
Last years night walks proved very popular and workshops have limited availability. Register now to avoid disappointment. To keep up to date with all the latest info ‘like’ and follow the jonhallphoto facebook page now.
Evening night walks cost £75 for a 3 hour session.Here’s what previous clients had to say about the walks:
Thanks for the course last night on Night Photography, it was a great boost to my confidence at getting to grips with using my DSLR outside of the “green” automatic mode. I have always been interested in the Light trail photos and I am please with my first attempts. I can’t wait to get out on my next evening photography walk! – Alan D
Despite the weather (on the nightwalk) I found it terrifically interesting and it made me aware of the kind of images that I could get even from my humble G9. I learned a lot, enjoyed it and thought you did a cracking job of informing and teaching without being in your face or stand-off ish. Thanks again for a great course and giving me the enthusiasm to learn more and keep exploring my camera. Cheers! – Jim R
Many thanks for the course last night. I thought the course was great and I really liked your teaching style, which gave just the right amount of information without being over technical. I really enjoyed the lighting effects you showed us with the torches / mobile phones. Please keep me informed of any other courses you run. – Helen D
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the recent Liverpool Night walk course. I wasn’t sure if I’d be out of my depth but as a beginner I found it very helpful and feel much more confident about the use of my Camera. I thought you did a great job to guide everyone whilst providing individual attention where needed. The 3 hours flew by and it was nice to experience the Albert Dock area on such a lovely night. I will look out for other courses as I can now appreciate the benefit that these may bring. – James H
Just thought that I would say how useful the course you ran last night was for me, and I believe the other people who attended. My son and I both picked up a lot of information and the way you put it over was very simple and easy to understand. Considering the weather was so cold it was down to you that everyone stayed to the end. Hopefully you will run some other courses in the future as it is obvious to me that you have plenty to teach us. Once again thank you for your assistance. – Keith C
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love shooting dancers.
There’s something special about the control and grace of dance that makes the images so exciting and spontaneous. Sophia and Liam are building a portfolio and came to me to capture their skills in a less conventional way than the usual portfolio.
“Hey Jon-boy! you want to shoot a cool video for me?”
This isn’t unusual for Nick from Zerofour Hairdressing. He’s one of those creative people for whom nothing can arrive too quickly. He wants cool new media that people will enjoy and then he wants to replace it with something newer and cooler. I’ve worked with Nick before creating all sorts from toy shop images to movie poster styled advertising.
With no preparation time I grabbed the video go-bag: Nikon D800, Canon 5D mkII and Gopro Hero 4 as well as a set of DE-300 lights that work great as low level continuous fill (although they do get hotter than the sun).
I’d been called because Nick was doing a fairly extreme long to short cut with great results. Rather than the usual 15 minute slog of chatter and repetition offered by hair videos I went for a snappy music driven edit.
As always I love to hear what you think so leave a comment and enjoy.
On a shoot, just occasionally everything falls exactly into place.
Andy and Annika’s engagement shoot was one of those times. Blue skies with wisps of cloud make for a fabulous backdrop as the couple splashed in the waves at Hoylake beach and enjoy the sun. A shoot like this is a great way to learn to relax in front off the camera but Andy and Annika were perfect and looked completely natural for the camera.
During a quick stop off in a farmers field Andy braved his hayfever to capture these beautiful moments in a field of pollinating flowers. Totally worth it.
Congratulations to them both and look out for the next post for their amazing Liverpool wedding featuring a shot from above, framed as a guest book for them to hang in their new home.