Shooting landscapes, 2005
OUR VIDEO BACKGROUND
Two-camera coverage of weddings, in the mid-90s, was how we got started building our videography skills. (There’s nothing quite like the ‘one-chance only’ pressure that comes with videoing weddings)
In those early years we shot a wide range of projects – local stage shows that included everything from beauty pageants to musical performances; school plays, sports and traditional event celebrations.
We’ve written and produced our own documentary films, which include both Ascension Island and St Helena, as well as ‘A Voyage on the RMS St Helena.’ From commissions, we’ve also produced documentary, event, news programmes (for local TV) and training videos.
In 2005, working with the local youth group New Horizons, we produced the drama film, ‘Narrow Daylight,’ as a World AIDS Day educational project.
Just a quick overview so you get a flavour of our experience and sense of history as videographers and filmmakers.
A NEW CHAPTER
After a prolonged period concentrating attention mostly on stills photography, we are now starting to produce videos again.
Today our videography utilises a drone, DSLRs, action cameras and even mobile phones. A digital revolution that’s a long way from those early days of the shoulder-mounted Panasonic camcorders powered with huge lead-acid batteries and storing 3 hours of footage on bulky VHS tapes!
Since 2020 we’ve been re-investing time and resources in skills training, and upgrading our videography post-production capabilities.
It really is an exciting age to be videographers.
VIDEO PROJECTS WE SHOOT
Our different video production capabilities include:
- Marketing & Travel Promotions
- Corporate Promotional
- Documenting and Documentary
Compared to the early days and as a result of the changes in technology, our style of preferred video projects has shifted somewhat. While we are excited by the advances in technology it does mean our capability has become a bit more specialised when it comes to video productions.
Live event videography, such as lengthy stage shows that require continuous real-time recording, is much more challenging for us to cover.
Instead, our studio is now equipped for crafting more intricate film projects to convey a storyline, assembling creative shots over extended time periods and different locations. This includes interviews, indoor or on location.
PROJECTS WE DO NOT SHOOT
Certain videography projects have proved not to be viable and therefore no longer a service we offer. This includes weddings, Christenings, funerals and private parties.
Live events, such as stage shows or extended presentation style functions are difficult to cover with our current studio setup. However, depending on the detail of how your event is structured it may be something we could consider.
WHAT’S YOUR IDEA?
Get in touch with your project idea, we look forward to hearing from you.
Sure St Helena Fibre Optic Cable Install
The team from Sure St Helena, carrying out the installation of a fibre optic cable to improve the island’s communication network. The project involved pulling the fibre optic cable over 1.7m of extremely challenging terrain, up the steep slope out of Rupert’s Valley, across the top of Munden’s Hill, and then down another steep valley side, into Jamestown.
St Helena’s Cloud Forest
Restoring The Native Habitat – 2021
A major conservation project started in 1994, to remove invasive plants and restore the native endemic vegetation within the Park, which has been proven to be far better at mist capture and feeding water into the soil. For an island that relies on springs for its fresh water supply, this has enormous and obvious benefits.
Queen’s Baton visiting St Helena
The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games made a visit to St Helena in December 2021. A tour of the island districts was arranged, beginning in Rupert’s Bay at 8am and finishing in Jamestown over 12 hours later. This short film (13mins) captures the flavour of the day as people from different districts came out for a picture with the Baton as it toured the island.
Hiking Munden’s & Sampson’s Battery
A short promotional film for the Inside St Helena app, demonstrating the activity options to choose from. The film features Miss St Helena 2020, Latisha Fowler.
Zen Yoga by the Sea on St Helena
Part 5 or a 5-part sequence of Zen Yoga, with instructor, Mark Westmoquette. Filmed on the Rupert’s Jetty on St Helena. This shoot involved three camera angles, including the drone.
Coverage of the biennial street carnival on St Helena, a fund-raising event for the local Cancer Support & Awareness charity. Held in October 2020, this was probably one of the few such gatherings taking place anywhere in the world, as most places were under heavy Covid-19 social-distancing restrictions. St Helena was completely Covid-free throughout 2020.