martin| 29 Mar 2011| 0 comments

Martin Bennett just produced and directed a film project for Ford with agency The Blue Hive (AD Nick Hearne). The film shows of the new re-designed Ford Transit.

We shot the film over 5 days in and around London, Ramsgate and the wonderful Pinewood studios. This film tells the story of lighting engineer ‘Dave’ and his latest big project.  The film was shot on RED One MX and also on the Canon 5D MKII. In some instance we shot with a three 5D MKII cameras. The lenses were all Canon L series primes. 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm. The DOP was Dave Tree, with Simon Kennedy operating as 2nd unit and 1st unit assistant. Movement was brought to the piece by use of a Kessler cineslider and our superb Camera car  / Scorpion Crane team. Our Jimmy Jib material was superbly shot by Arun Taylor.

The lighting rig was supplied by Simon Alderman and his great team at Neg Earth Ltd.
The soundtrack was an original composition by Paul Stoney & Joel Cadbury and edited at Redworks, London by Russ Clapham.

Check out the film in the Media Gallery

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martin| 12 Dec 2010| 0 comments

mustard-berlin (Martin Bennett) has just produced and directed a film and photo production for Bentley Motors with agency Connect. (AD Richard Parsons / PM Melanie Tainty)

We spent 12 amazing days on location in Switzerland surrounded by spectacular and dramatic landscape, stunning high-tec interior locations and lots of snow!  In these technically and physically challenging environments we were added by superb local production manager Roger Neuburger (Allabout Productions).

The stills part of the project was shot by photographer Graham Thorp. Shooting on the Hasselblad H2 with a P65 back with Hasselblad lenses for beautifully detailed images. Once again working with Graham has been a pleasure and has led to breathtaking results. The photos were a combination of statics and dynamic images. For the dynamic driving images we worked with rig company Move & Shoot and one of their excellent technicians, Peter Creelmann.

For the film shoot we collaborated with French DOP Jean-Babptist Jay and his assistant Xavier Rodriguez who arrived from Paris to join the team. Also joining us from Paris were the camera car and flight head team. Comprising of Olivier Leblanc, Francis Auguy and Patrick Chizallet. With the camera car  and equipment supplied by TSF Grip – Paris. A totally professional and exceptionally talented team of guys who worked under extreme conditions at high altitude in the Swiss Alps. For the second day of filming we shot great helicopter footage in one of the high alpine passes with experienced pilot “Capito”, Jürg Wiesmann. Again the team has really pulled out all the stops and we landed with superb footage!

The film material was originated on the RED-MX using Angenieux glass with additional footage captured on the 5D MKII using Canon L prime lenses.

We’ll upload the final photos and film in the near future so check our media gallery in the coming weeks.