Video Production - Photographer - Freelance Cameraman

ROSS FAIRGRIEVE

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WHAT DO I DO?

Complete Film / Video Production

I work directly with clients, taking their video projects from inception all the way through to final delivery. I love nothing more than working with a client to come up with a really strong idea for a video, and being able to work through every stage of the project until it is realised. This can include conceptualizing and planning, scripting, story-boarding, crewing and shoot planning, filming, editing, colour grading, delivery and project management.

Photography

Still photography can be one of the most arresting ways of getting your customers’ attention. Having come up with a great concept, I’ll take care of all elements of the photo-shoot to make sure that it runs seamlessly and we get the very best results. I work hard to stay on top of all of my chosen fields; perfecting lighting, nailing compositions and capturing that one moment that says it all.

Freelance Camerawork & Post-Production

As well as working directly with clients, I also work on a freelance basis as both a cameraman and video editor. I regularly film and edit for marketing agencies, PR companies, advertising agencies and other video production companies. I always enjoy being part of a larger team and love to use my expertise to make your clients happy. To find out more about the freelance services that I offer, please CLICK HERE.

Consultancy

Imaging technology is changing at an incredible pace and most video production companies simply don’t have the time to learn about all of the new developments, let alone try them for themselves. When it comes to trying something new, it can be very difficult to figure out which way to turn and, when you do go in a new direction, the learning curve can be very steep. Having worked with a huge range of equipment (some of it awful!) I can give you hard-won knowledge about what will and won’t work for your business, and how you can get the most out of your gear.

 

Microsoft
Pernod Ricard UK
National Oceanography Centre
PepsiCo
SkiPress

VIEW MY WORK

As your nan always said (probably), if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing properly. I approach every project with creativity, passion and enthusiasm. Check out a few examples of my work below.

Being Moken

Back in May 2012, I received a very short but very interesting email. That email came from Marco Reinard, a producer and environmental campaigner, who wanted to know if I’d be interested in filming a documentary project that he was working on. The project was to centre around indigenous groups, how their lives are changing (for better and worse), and what we can learn from the way that they live. The documentary film itself is still in post-production but I’ve posted a bunch of photographs from part of the project, at the bottom of this page.

The pilot for the documentary was to centre around the Moken people, a traditionally nomadic sea-faring group, many of whom have now settled in Thailand and Myanmar (or Burma if you’re old-school). The Moken people came to the wider world’s attention after the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. While huge numbers of Thai and western people were wiped out, the Moken suffered very little loss of life. When the water started to retreat before the Tsunami surged in, they knew what was coming and immediately retreated to higher ground. This renown for wisdom has changed the lives of the Moken people on Koh Surin. Tourist interest has seen a massive surge, bringing with it economic benefits but also disruption to their traditional way of life. We visited two Moken settlements. The first was in Rawai on the large island of Phuket, well-trodden by tourists and Tesco. The second population were on the small and largely uninhabited island of Koh Surin, a national park about 18 hours sail from Phuket. We were keen to find out what members of these two populations, that lived in very different surroundings, thought about life as Moken.

In April 2013, I finally found myself at the end of Rawai pier, lugging my camera and body aboard the 60ft schooner “Atlanta”; the crew’s home for the next few weeks and the same boat that plucked billionaire Steve Fossett from the Coral Sea in 1998, after his failed attempt to circumnavigate the globe by hot air balloon. We worked with a small production crew; Marco as producer, Julian our project writer, Erick as sound recordist, and myself as cameraman. We were very comprehensively supported by the indomitable captain of the Atlanta – Laurie Piper, and his lovely wife Nim who acted as translator and interviewer, and also cooked some incredible meals on-board!

I don’t want to steal too much of the film’s thunder by telling you exactly what happened, but here are a few stills that I took while we were filming the Koh Surin part of the doc.

Ice & Lights

  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is a place that begs to be photographed. From the Aurora Borealis to natural artwork made by the mixture of ice and volcanic ash on the Sólheimajökull glacier, and the cheery line-up of Reykjavik’s brightly painted roofs, poking up rebelliously at the almost permanently overcast Icelandic sky, you’d can’t help but be amazed by what this little island has to offer.

Breaking the Cycle

  • Client: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Category: Film / Video

At one point in our lives, most of us have probably felt it. We want to do something new with our careers but, to do that, we need to first have experience. But how do you get experience if you can’t do it in the first place?!

Work Pairing, a scheme run by Jessica Tyrrell, in conjunction with Bracknell Forest Council, aims to break the cycle of “no work experience – no work” for the 16 to 18 year-olds of Bracknell. These young people are carefully matched to a local employer who specialises in the area of work that they’re interested in. They join this employer for a work placement lasting for three months, two days a week, with a further day each week spent improving their maths, English and general employ-ability skills in a very functional way that is immediately applicable to the world of work.

What do the employer and the young person get out of this? Well, the employer gets an enthusiastic pair of hands for three months, totally free of charge (the young person does get paid, but by Bracknell Forest Council itself) and a chance to give someone a much needed leg-up at the start of their career. The young person gets a better understanding of their future career, and vitally, some experience to put on their CV.

It was really good fun making this video and it was great to be a part of something that takes a new approach to getting people into work. It’s not just about shoveling them into any old job, but finding out what they want to do and helping them to get there. We filmed it over a couple of days with no script whatsoever; we just chatted to the guys and let whatever they said form the storyline of the film.

Ocean & Earth Day at the NOC

  • Client: National Oceanography Centre
  • Agency: None
  • Location: Southampton, UK

The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton has a special place in my heart, largely because I spent three years studying there! Before I became a camera-type person, I completed a degree in Oceanography and I’m still fascinated by the oceans, and earth science in general. As such, it was an absolute pleasure to film the Ocean & Earth Day celebrations, back at the NOC.

Every year, the National Oceanography Centre celebrates Ocean & Earth Day by opening its doors to the public, giving them an insight into the amazing work that’s carried out there. The staff and volunteers put an awful lot of effort in producing some great exhibits that teach you some pretty complicated things in very simple and easily understandable ways. This year, they even opened up one of the research vessels, the RV Callista, for the public to have a tour around. Everyone that I spoke to, both kids and adults, had been really surprised by just how much goes on at the NOC and, if you can get down there next year, I’d really recommend it.

To find out more about Ocean & Earth Day at The National Oceanography Centre, check out their site HERE.

Train to Your Environment

  • Client: TTYE
  • Agency: None
  • Location: Windsor, UK

Train to Your Environment (or TTYE for short), a Windsor-based personal training company run by Michael Darren, aims to do things a little bit differently. Rather than just running on treadmill’s and lifting dumbbells in the gym, TTYE focuses on practical, functional training to make better real-world gains in strength and fitness. So, we headed out into the wilds of Windsor to flip some tyres, swing from trees and generally throw things about.

SkiPress PR

Anybody that’s been following this site for a while will probably know that I REALLY like to ski and snowboard. As well as photography and filming, snow sports are one of my biggest passions. Whether I’m in the middle of a ski season in the heart of the rocky mountains, or doing the three hour round trip to slide down the the indoor slope at Hemel Hempstead, I’m rarely happier than when I’m on the snow. Well, now I’m bringing that love of skiing and snowboarding to my filming, video production and photography!

I’ve teamed up with Ski Press, a specialist PR and Marketing company dedicated entirely to the ski and snowboard industry. If ever a product or service is related to winter sports, Ski Press can help with its promotion. They don’t just work with the obvious companies- the ski and snowboard manufacturers- they also work with snow sports related property companies, software companies, ski and snowboard schools, clothing manufacturers, resorts, skiing and snowboarding holiday companies; pretty much anyone related to the snow sports industry.

Ski Press work hard to maintain their strong links with the key people in the snow sports industry, both in the UK and into Europe, North America and Australasia. This allows them to write and successfully distribute articles and press releases related to new and exciting products and services coming into skiing and snowboarding. They also effectively promote brands through the now vital use of social media. But Ski Press are now going one stage further and this is where I come in!

I’m now teaming up with Ski Press to start providing professional filming, video production and photography, tailored specifically to the snow sports industry. Between Ski Press’ strong and wide-reaching links to the decision makers in the UK and international skiing and snowboarding industries, and my knowledge of video production and photography, we’re really excited about producing some great video and photo content. My passion for skiing and snowboarding is no secret, and the guys at Ski Press have over 20 years of experience and love of the ski and snowboard industry. We think that this is really important and puts us in a great position. We’re not just in it for the money, we genuinely love snow sports and I hope that the videos and photos that we produce, reflect this.

So, it was with an awful lot of excitement that, in the middle of September, a time when there aren’t very many ski-able places on the planet, I packed my skis and camera gear and joined Robert Stewart, the Director of Ski Press, in Saas Fee, Switzerland, to put together a little teaser of what we have to offer.

Chalet Fontana Fly-Through

Chalet Fontana is a luxury, catered ski chalet in the picturesque ski resort of Les Gets in the heart of the Portes Du Soleil. Sleeping up to 13 guests and boasting great facilities including an outdoor hot-tub, Chalet Fontana is a great place for family or group ski and snowboard holidays. The owners wanted a set of professional photographs to really show off this beautiful, catered ski chalet.

Good video content is really important to your Google ranking, so the owners of Chalet Fontana were also keen to go one stage further, filming a video that would give potential guests a really good feel for the Chalet and its layout, long before they arrived; something that’s very hard to achieve with still photos or even a traditional, tripod-mounted “video tour”. A fully-featured promotional video with shots of the surroundings, the skiing, guests enjoying themselves, some interviews with the chef and other staff would, of course, be great for this. We know however, that independently-owned chalets don’t always have the budget for full-on promotional video, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t really benefit from special video content, designed to fit their needs exactly.

For Chalet Fontana, I decided to re-think the video walk-through, using a piece of specialised cinema equipment to give viewers a fantastic impression of walking around the ski chalet for themselves. This gives a much fuller, clearer and more impressive view of the chalet than a traditional, static, tripod-mounted video would. Also, as it’s essentially one long take, there’s far less editing together of shots than there would be for those traditional tours. This keeps the production process very streamlined and means that we can offer this kind of tour at a surprisingly low cost!

I’d love to hear you opinions. Do you think this kind of tour gives a good impression? Would you be more inclined to book your ski holiday at a chalet that you had a clearer impression of, having seen a video like this? Drop a note in the comments section below and let me know.

Lanta Animal Welfare

As he bounds down Koh Lanta’s Long Beach, Dok Dek, a barrel-chested bundle of canine affection, looks about as happy as any animal can. His obvious love of life, digging and…well…everything, belies what he’s been through. He came into Lanta Animal Welfare as a very different dog. It’s hard to love life when someone’s poured boiling oil on your head.

Dok Dek’s ordeal is just one example of the many cases of stray dogs and cats that Lanta Animal Welfare, a charity based on the Thai island of Koh Lanta, deals with every day. “The primary focus of Lanta Animal Welfare is sterilisation,” Jon Corke, the charity’s General Manager explained, “but part of it is education. We’re trying to educate the locals that we’re trying to do the same thing; we want to reduce the number of stray animals too but our solution is sterilisation.”

The charity was founded by Junie Kovacs who, on coming to Koh Lanta and opening Time for Lime; the first Thai cooking school on the island; quickly realised that something needed to be done for the huge number of stray dogs and cats present. To this day, the profits from Time For Lime are the lifeblood of Lanta Animal Welfare. It is this money, along with the generous donations of people like you, that has enabled the charity to treat over 5,000 stray dogs and cats since opening their doors in 2005.

For this work to continue, Lanta Animal Welfare needs your help. Please go to LantaAnimalWelfare.com to see what you can do or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/LantaAnimalWelfare.

It was an absolute pleasure to make this video and I hope that Lanta Animal Welfare’s great work with the stray cats and dogs of Koh Lanta is able to continue long into the future. If you know of a charity organisation, either in the UK or abroad, that would benefit from a video, photographs or a website, drop a comment below and I’ll see what I can do!

Making Cocktails with Ne-Yo

  • Client: Pernod Ricard UK
  • Agency: None
  • Location: Mayfair, London

The nice people at Malibu got me in to photograph a couple of events related to the launch of their new product, Malibu Red. Unless you’re strictly Classic FM, you’ll probably recognise the fella in a lot of the photos as Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and all-round talent hog, Ne-Yo. As the creative director for Malibu Red, a drink that blends Malibu with Tequila, Ne-Yo has been closely involved in the new drink’s development.

The first event was the official launch of Malibu Red, with Ne-Yo performing a really intimate gig to the select audience at the Salon Club at Embassy. The second event moved to Mayfair’s 2 & 8 club for a laid back session with a small group of journalists, during which Ne-Yo knocked up some of his favourite Malibu Red-based cocktails and challenged everyone to come up with their own.

And, before you all ask: no, I didn’t get smashed on Malibu Red during the shoot…that would be irresponsible and would invalidate my public liability insurance. And yes, I’m THAT rock n’ roll.

SOME FUN FACTS

I'm proud to have worked with so many great people, and proud that so many of them have come back to work with me again!

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Clients worked with

183

Projects Completed

2373

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FREELANCE SERVICES

Outsourced Video Production

Working at business-to-business rates, I can provide a full video production service, from pre-production all the way through to delivery. This allows marketing companies or PR agencies, who may not have previously been able to offer video production, to add this service to their portfolio.

Outsourced Photography

I also offer a full photographic service, from planning to shooting, editing and delivering. Again, this allows marketing and PR companies that don’t have an in-house photographic team, to offer high-end, professional photography to their clients

Freelance Video Editing

I provide freelance video editing and post-production services to video companies across both the local area of Reading, Berkshire and throughout the UK. If you have a project that needs something special to bring it all together, I can help you out.

 

Freelance Filming / Camerawork

I film on a freelance basis with video production companies across the UK and internationally. I have a wide knowledge of the latest camera systems from DSLRs to large-sensor cinema cameras and more traditional 1/2 inch and 2/3 inch sensor cameras. Whether your project is a live-cam event, a commercial piece or a documentary film, I’ve can fit in with your production.

Equipment Hire

From the latest 4K cameras to lighting rigs, camera jibs and Steadicams, I have a very wide but very carefully selected and “battle tested” range of in-house gear to suit an equally wide range of productions and budgets. When I’m hired for a shoot, this equipment can be rented at heavily subsidised rates, ensuring that you have the best kit for the job.