Juggling unicyclist for film, tv advert or advertising – Sony Xperia

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.

Unicycling Juggler Photoshoot

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

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.

 

Concentration face slowmo #juggling rejected shot from the #sonyxperia videoshoot #Unicycle #unicycling

A video posted by Lucas Jet Wintercrane (@lucasjetjuggler) on


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: “Dark Clowns”

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.

 

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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

Dark Clowns from Alex Millan on Vimeo.

Dark Clowns

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.