What better way to start December than with a video shoot as a juggling unicyclist for Sony Xperia! The enquiry came in for a juggling unicyclist for film day in London and was I available? Luckily I was.
I first got the call from Tara Moore who was quite mysterious as to the details initially, I only knew it was a shoot for Sony in London. My heart was racing, I was imaging I might be the next billboard sensation, envisaging a career in underwear modelling from then on…
The shoot was held at the very impressive Malcolm Ryan Studios in Wimbledon, where I was treated to a lovely crew lunch, one of the best I’ve had.
My call time was 12pm, I arrived early as always. I walked into a large studio full of people looking at a chap in a spandex superhero costume catching bubbles! Not unlike many of my Tuesday afternoons.
I went straight into hair and make up with a lovely woman who’s name has escaped me, but she did a wonderful job moulding my hair into a mohawk which was fun. I was introduced to Alice Timms who was the stylist, you can check out her work here. She dressed me in a high fashioned set of dungarees, made by Louie VeScrewfix and a pin-striped top. I really liked the look and may well try to replicate it for future costumes.
There were so many professionals playing their part in the production, which always brings it home how much work goes into the final tv advert or even Instagram post that goes out to the public. I soon found out it was the latter, a social media campaign to promote the launch of the new Sony Xperia phone. But what a great opportunity to work with as big a brand as Sony and be involved with such a professional production. The closest I’ve been to this in the past is when I filmed an advert for a production company making an advert for D&G, you can read about my experience and see the video here > Juggler for Advert
Juggling Unicyclist for film shoot.
When it came to the actual shoot. I was encouraged to keep it simple. Whatever I did had to be repeatable, 100/150 times successfully. So as much as I would have liked this to be an opportunity to show off juggling 5 clubs on a unicycle, I’m not solid enough at it to make it viable for this style of shoot. The Sony guys had very specific requirements of what they wanted and Tara was looking for a particular shot. We experimented at first with balancing the club on my nose out of a juggle which you can see below. But they didn’t like the shape of the shot so we changed it. I suggested under the leg and they liked the frame of the shot more. I would have loved to try and slip a few tricks in but I was aware that every time anything went wrong or I dropped it was their time that I was wasting. The make-up artist was dabbing the sweat off my forehead every minute or so, I had two different guys picking up the club for me if I dropped and one getting me water quicker than I could drink it.
Both photographers were using the Sony Xperia phone, so it advertises what a professional shot you can get whilst using the phone. You can see the final product below. Lets see how many likes it gets!
If you want a juggling unicyclist for film, tv or stage..get in touch!
Circus Film Shoot.
Big Top Marquees for Film and TV Production.
Especially for a circus film shoot.
Look here for the “Dark Clowns” student short film.
Earlier in the year during Feb 2015, we were contacted by Kas Braganza, Film and Television Producer, BA Acting for Film & TV, Arts Educational Schools Chiswick, London.
They had various student films to complete for the 3rd Year 3-year BA Acting Graduates final degree show reels. See all the Arts Ed student films 2015 here.
There was one particular student film that needed a circus location; the short film “Dark Clowns”.
The student films are very short simple pieces. The students act in the films and crew them, although they have a professional cameraman, director and first assistant in order to ensure they run as smoothly and professionally as possible. The Arts Ed School is a charity funded educational facility and the films are intended only for those purposes and to assist the students with obtaining their degrees and gaining future employment from agents. A final piece for their portfolio. It involved shooting some scenes on location.
The scenes needed were for a short film set in a circus and required shooting the following :
Inside a dressing room at night.
Inside a canteen at night.
Behind a curtain at night.
Outside a marquee at night.
I sent Kas various images of previous film and TV work with our tents and some ideas of how we could help and during March we installed a tent on location in London outskirts. ( A country house location that previously had been the Studio and location for much of The Professionals TV series. We provided various extras and circus props to enhance the scene.
I must say, I quite like the result and the film!
In pictures; here are some stills and location pics. With thanks to Arts Ed.
And so; ta da! ..another link to the actual film.. its fun.. watch it on Vimeo here.
Good luck to all involved in their future careers.
Dark Clowns from Alex Millan on Vimeo.
Ching: Alex Millan
Chong: Philip Tomlin
Director: Wayne Yip
Writer: Gail Sixsmith
DOP: Ossie Jalkanen
1st AD: Bella Merritt
Editor: Robbie Hamilton
Sound Editor: Adam Newns
Producer: Kas Braganza
Exec Producer: Caroline Jeffries
Marquee and some of the circus Props: Bigtopmania on location Circus Film Shoot Tv and Film Production supplier.
If you want the knowledge about tv and film production suppliers especially with regard to supplying alternative marquees and circus tents or circus props and circus performers get in touch with us at Bigtopmania for your next circus film shoot.
Acrobats for Photo-Shoot.
Question; Acrobats for Photo-Shoot?
Do we supply artists for events?
Earlier this year in March 2015 we were contacted by James F, marketeer for Cemex UK , a huge UK concrete supplier among other things.
It was an interesting request;
he had a Twitter photographic competition photo entry to do and it involved marketing via Hi Viz vests!
The photo would go on the
twitter feed with competition related hashtags
It was a pretty informal affair; a bit of brand awareness and capture the photo in a unique way.
No pressure and it didn’t really matter how well the competition entry went, being more of a peer to peer twitter event.
So the concept was to supply some artists , namely acrobats who could present a human tower of vests! Ideally in a 3-2-1 type 3- high human tower!
Of course we can do this!
We supply artists for all sorts of events!
Straight away I thought of our team of acrobats from the UK African Acrobat Company, based mainly in London.
This was handy as the company had some locations in London they could bring one of their concrete trucks to!
So it was arranged for the team to meet up at the 02 while Cemex were also exhibiting on an internal stand at the Ecobuild2015 trade show and co-incidentally had some building work going on in the background too.
With the permission from the O2, a photography set was quickly set up in the car park.
As you will see in the photos, various Cemex trucks turned up, nicely washed!
The team of acrobats got thoroughly into the swing of things wearing the various Hi-Viz jackets and trying different human pyramid poses.
They could even get roles as acrobatic models!
To add to the fun and possibly to warm up a a bit, (it was March) the acrobats then went into the exhibition hall and proceeded to wow the guests in front of the Cemex stand!
So how did it all go?
To Quote James after the event ;
“I think the guys were very understanding and just wanted to put a good show They were fantastic! Thank you for helping out and being patient In the organising.”
And how did the photo go in the twitter competition?
“it got into the top 3…. so it was worth it 🙂 We won our award though for innovation so we were pleased people are still talking about the show the lads put on at Ecobuild! ”
Would you like any acrobats for your event, photo-shoot or productions?