Creative Hive - projects
My 2014 Showreel which showcases my best work to date, incorporating my skills as Director, Camera and Editor.
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On 3 consecutive days I travelled to a variety of Balfour Beauty locations across the UK which included London, Sheffield and Manchester. My role was to assist with both Creative Directors, duties included setting up Felloni lighting, boom operating and filming various interviews/cut aways.
Produced by JTL Productions. Famous faces took part in a charity football match which was held at the City Ground in Nottingham. My role was to capture interviews with the celebrities and to film both the crossbar challenge and penalty shoot out. The footage was sent to Soccer AM and also used for promotional material for the charity.
Big Society The Musical was 3 years in the making. I was part of the original crew who were there from the very start. My role initially was the the behind the scenes camera operator/editor. The footage would be used purely to advertise the film on various social network sites. In the final year of production, I progressed on 2nd camera which meant I needed to liaise with the director and cast. The final film was selected to appear at the London Labour Film Festival. Plans are to release this on DVD also.
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Finally posted Ep 3, its full of 4 great tracks. So if you want to relax for under half an hour have a listen. This week its featuring DJ/Producer Flume and a London electronic duo called Whilk and Miskey who are new on the scene.
Gareth Reid is the current Station Secretary at Shock Radio, salford studemts Union Radio station. Gareth’s role to commutate between the management and the station members. He also handles the stations administration. This role is part of the senior management at the station, which runs the station day-to-day operations. The station broadcasts 15 hours of radio, 7 days a week.
Gareth is currently worked on a radio documentary about Dementia and the effect it has on sufferers’ families. This is a very personal project because several people close to Gareth have suffered with this condition. The porject is still in the ealry planning stage, It is due to be completed by April 2015.
Gareth presents a new music show on Shock Radio. For this show he listens to a large amount of music both on-line and from the radio and plays a selection that he feels deserve airtime. He avoids playing music that has had a large amount of airtime already and instead focuses on new music that is not being played on other shows at the station.
Over the course of the academic year Gareth Reid coordinated the Shock Radio's sports coverage. The station broadcast 5 hours of sports radio each week covering sports within the university and well as national events. To do this he used his excellent knowledge of a wide range of sports. He also used his management skills when working with his team.
Below is the show he produced at the end of 2013 reviewing the year in sport:
Gareth Reid coordinated, produced and presented Shock’s radio coverage of rugby league Varsity 2014. This was a live OB sporting event broadcast from AJ Bell stadium in Salford. This broadcast has received some very high feedback. With the station manager at the time, Oscar Smith, stating it was the best Outside Broadcast the station had done during his time at the station.
Highlights of the broadcast can be heard below:
This project was a piece I wrote and filmed for my Advanced Camera module, during my final year of TV and Radio Production at University of Salford. This project required me to film a drama piece based on the phrase "The Handover", using the Panasonic HPX500.
As I mentioned in my previous projects, Dramas are not my forte, and so I had to overcome many difficulties with this project. The first, and main, difficulty I faced was the quantity of equipment required for the shoot. The location I was filming at was a fair distance from Media City UK where I was to retrieve the equipment, and as I do not currently drive, this proved problematic. I managed to gather a crew large enough (and including a driver) to get us and the equipment to the location with ease. However when I arrived on set, despite my previous reminders the night before and morning of shoot, one of the crew members did not turn up. This was easily overcome, as there was 5 of us, however everything was done a lot slower. Sadly, filming on a sunny Winter's day, in a room with a wall made entirely of windows, meant that, with every blink of an eye, the sun's height and colour changed. This was difficult to counter, however I tried my best to use the change in lighting to my advantage when shooting an within the edit. In some places, the sunlight was unavoidable and the ever so quickly arriving darkness jeapodised many shots. The shoot was too demanding to retake another day, and we had outstayed our agreed time at the location.
I am however, fairly pleased with what I managed to recover from the day.
I like to think I managed to create a comical, satirical drama with everything we filmed on the day, however I know with a bigger crew of paid staff, more time to film, and ideally with a different time of year, I would have been able to create the film as I had hoped.
Every project is a learning curve, and as I have said before, although I applied everything I learnt from my previous drama to this piece, I still have much to learn about the entire shoot process of a drama.
This is probably my most prided piece to date: A 5 minute documentary on the urgent need for more people to be adopting their pets from rescue centres rather than buying from puppy farms. The piece was done for my Factual Video Production module at University of Salford, BA TV and Radio Production. I filmed the piece in the early months of 2014.
Using the Panasonic HPX250, I set on a mission to bring a subject close to my heart to the forefront of people's minds. With a lot of contributor research and phone interviews, I managed to locate many willing candidates who had a lot to say on the matter at hand. One of the women who was eager to get involved travelled up from Leek to Macclesfield for an hour interview to voice her expert opinion on the difficulties of animals that have ended up in rescues. I'd elaborate, but it's best I leave that to her, in my documentary.
I travelled up to Windyway Animal Sanctuary in Macclesfield, to interview the owner and member of staff at the kennels. I managed to get some incredibly intimate shots of the animals, who were all amazingly tame and calm around the camera. It broke my heart to enter a place where animals are locked behind bars through no fault of their own, and leave only with footage, but I sincerely hope that my video has gone on to persuade people to think about the consequences of buying a pet without thought, and from unknown vendors. The cats were beautiful to film; attentive and wide eyed, they were all posing for the camera, allowing me to get some thoroughly heartbreaking footage. The clash of grey bars in the foreground of the shots compared against the beauty of the animal's faces behind them really captured the message I was trying hard to portray.
The documentary on a whole is something I am very proud of. I do, however, wish I had not been limited to a 5 minute piece, as I could have easily made an even more gripping piece slightly longer - I began to feel as though I was rushing my edit towards the end. This film was planned, shot, and edited by myself, with the aid of one other crew member.
This is another project I put together for my second year at University of Salford studying TV and Radio Production.
This was for my camera module. The project required me to pick a word from a list, and create a short film of shots based around the subject using a particular camera. The subject I chose was landscape, and the camera I was assigned to use was the Panasonic HPX250 - the first P2 card camera I had the pleasure to use. I fell in love with this camera the moment I started using it. It's only slightly heavier than the Panasonic HMC151, yet the quality is magnificent.
As an aspiring cinematographer I found the surprisingly lightweight camera a breeze to use (I may be slightly biased after having experienced the weight of the Panasonic HPX500, however!). The adjustment from simple SD cards to P2 cards was a little difficult - being limited to just 30 minutes of footage per card, with limited access to extras, was daunting yet a blessing in disguise. This change meant I had to be more precise with planning, and as a result the entire process was short, sweet and thorough. Upload time was also more than worth it for the quality.
On this particular project, I took to a park in Manchester early one morning with my camera, tripod, and trusty sidekick/ actor. The lighting was amazing so early on an autumnal morning, I was blessed with pinks in the sky, baby blues in the lake, gorgeous reds, yellows and ambers amongst the trees. I was even lucky enough to capture the burning orange of approaching dusk when I filmed the city shots, which further emphasised the clashes I was trying to exacerbate. The depth of field with the HPX250 was mesmerising; had it been a shoot for pleasure, all my shots would have been close ups, pull focuses and deep focus shots.
I originally aspired to be a photographer, and I was motivated into exploring moving image. I would never get bored of sitting in a park and filming the beauty of the surrounding nature, and I hope I get the opportunity to do it again.
This is a piece I put together in the second year of my university course, TV and Radio Production. The brief was to take a script and recreate the drama ourselves, seeking actors, locations, and props. Drama isn't my forte, and as a result I found this piece challenging.
The final film has many faults to a lot of problems I failed to discover during planning, such as clashing of filming dates with Remembrance Sunday (filming that took place in a Wetherspoons in the morning, weather difficulties when filming in the park (we were ushered home by a thunderstorm), and small filming spaces which resulted in a broken lava lamp and a lack of natural and consistent light. Despite these difficulties, I made the best out of the project and I learnt a hell of a lot from the process; many things of which I have taken and applied to my projects since.
I will continue to develop as a film maker with every project I encounter; It's a learning journey and I will continue learning until the day I retire from the industry.
At 17 years old, I put together a shoot for a local Macclesfield band, and I remain proud of this project even today.
Although the camera quality isn't the greatest (we had limited access to equipment back then) I managed to write, design, plan and organise the entire shoot single handedly. As it was a college project I had to gather my own crew, my own extras for the crowd and then proceeded to direct the entire shoot. Following the shoot, I then edited the entire project by myself, and followed it up with an extra outtakes video to say thank you to all the people involved.
I was very happy with the outcome of the project, and although running such a thing by yourself is very stressful, it was this project that made me realise how much I would love to be in the media industry. With a passion for both music, cinematography, and organising events, this project proved that planning and filming music videos would be my true passion.