Brachio Farm | Visual Effects Project

I knew i wanted to include my kids in this project somehow, i thought it would be fun to do with them. So i chose my location which is the field next to where i lived, i knew i wanted something with dinosaurs in so i went onto youtube and searched for dinosaur green (blue) screen and chose Brachiosaurus ones because i thought the size of it would work well in the field.

Once i had chosen the clips i liked i made a note the details – how far away was the camera from the dinosaur, which direction the light was landing on it etc and i used this info to decide where i was going to film from and what time of day so that when i put the dino clips into my real footage they would match up as best as i could.

I wrote a brief little plan of what the film was:

-Peaceful day on Brachiosaurus Farm, My Daughter was going to be the Expert doing a health check, and then gets rudely disturbed by a wild t-rex on a rampage.

I made a Brachio Health Check sheet and printed that off for my daughter to use with a clip board.

We spent about half an hour shooting, i took the youtube clips of the dino out with me on my phone so i could keep referring to them when i was directing my daughter on where to stand / look etc.

Once we were finished, i spent about 2 days on After Effects putting it all together. I used scale, position, rotation, opacity, puppet tool, rotation, exposure adjustments, chroma key, and lots of other tweaks with the settings to match the colour balance between the real footage and green screen footage. I also found all sound effects – Birds singing, footsteps & roars etc on Youtube.

I was really pleased with the end result, if i had more time i would of tried to find a better green screen clip of the t-rex running towards the camera at the end.

Thomas Hughes Lloyd Dance Showreel

Thomas Hughes Lloyd Dance Showreel

I was asked to come up with a showreel for Thomas, he was a finalist on Got To Dance 2013 and wanted a video to advertise his talent incorporating his past achievements.

He gave me some youtube links of other dancers Showreels so that i could get an idea of what he was after.

We discussed several locations and they quickly whittled down because of authorization and permissions that would be needed for filming in public places. So we chose the train station on a quiet day and the underground in Chester which i knew had good moody lighting which would work. And after that we just scouted for locations as we walked around Chester. There was a graffiti car park which would have been great but the owner couldn’t allow it so we just took a couple of pics there instead, we also tried in the amphitheatre but the loose stone on the floor was too difficult for Tom to dance on. We took some footage by the canal and by the Chester Walls.

Thomas brought his sister along who had the track that he was going to be dancing to and my studio partner Kamila joined me to film and she took some stills throughout for his portfolio.

We had 2 Nikon D750, several lenses, a glider on wheels, tripod, reflector, video light, & Glidecam. It was tiring work carrying everything round on our backs all day as we did lots of walking looking for places to film.

We were limited with time on this so if i was to do something like this again i would scout for the locations first and decide on the best time of day regarding light etc.

I edited the video in After Effects and i did struggle getting enough variety from the amount of footage we had. We could have done with some more, perhaps from different angles / close ups etc.

They loved the final video but the only thing he regrets is that he didn’t do some of his special moves so we are looking to re-film this year and add those in.

The Making Of ‘Overdrive’ Music Video

Planning this music video wasn’t as easy as i thought so i decided to listen to the track constantly for 2 weeks before i even got any ideas down. In the hope that the story would write itself in my head the more i listened to it…..which luckily it did because writing is my biggest downfall it can take days of a blank piece of paper before a single word goes down so this way i imagined the story first and then it was easy to get it down.

Drawing the storyboard with each individual scene was something i considered a pain to do, mainly because of my limited drawing skills but if i learnt anything throughout this is how much of a necessity it was. Its so easy to forget details when you are filming, just having the storyboard there keeps you on track.

My video was going to be split up into 4 separate chunks – The beginning with the main character, His memories of his ex-girlfriend, The confrontation in Chester and then reminiscing up a mountain.

I planned to use my Nikon D750, LED Light if needed, Tripod, GoPro, Flycam Support, Drone

Locations were going to be at my home where i was going to set up 2 bedroom scenes, up Gwaenysgor Mountain because the views from there are amazing (when its not foggy like the day i went) and in Chester city streets at night.

On Day one of filming i spent the day building 2 scenes in my house – One in the porch where i have wonderful bright light which was perfect for the high key memory scene so i built a bed all draped in white with lush throws and cushions and then in my living room i built a bedroom to look like what i had sketched out on my storyboard.

Trying to arrange for my 2 characters to get to me on a Sunday which was the only day they had available wasn’t easy, i had a small time frame to film the natural light section in the porch and they were late because they had been out the night before. So i was starting to get twitchy when they still hadn’t turned up by 4pm.

When they finally arrived i managed to get what we needed before i lost the light and i was really pleased with the memory footage of Jess it was just how i had played it out in my head.

Then i filmed Myles in the ‘bedroom’ and this footage was how i planned it but i wanted to use the Flycam support for my camera to get really smooth footage but i was unable to borrow it for that day so i just had to make to with hand holding my camera.

The following week we went to Chester and filmed around the streets, in a bar and by a carpark. This all went really well but when i watched all the footage back and began to put it in Adobe Premier i realised that we needed to fill out the ending a bot more and would have to return to Chester.

I had to wait another couple of weeks for my characters to be available which was saturday 16th April, 2 days before my video was due in so nothing like a bit of pressure! 🙂 I had to look for a different mountain because up Gwaenysgor where we had planned was quite a popular weekend retreat for couples and cars filled with smoke so i scouted another one – Graig Fawr which wasn’t too far away. It required a bit of a walk to the summit but was well worth it once we were there.


Ignore the blue sky…it was FREEZING!!! And so windy! So we weren’t able to use the drone and it made controlling my camera on the FlyCam almost impossible but i just had to persevere. My eyes were watering that much because of the wind i had no idea if i was managing to keep my focus so there wasn’t as much usable footage that i would of liked. I just managed to have enough to fill the gaps where it was needed.

Once we were finished at the mountain we went back to Chester and filmed some more there ….and then had a Budweiser together to celebrate what seemed like an awful lot of filming for a 2 and a half minute track! 🙂

I built the video in Adobe Premier and then took it into After Effects to add some colour effects and transitions. It is Sunday evening now and i have had to accept that i can’t edit it anymore because i have to submit it even though i could keep tweaking for days.

So i am 75% happy with it, i know i can make it better with more time and if i have learnt anything it is that i don’t want to have to rely on other people to feature in my work because it takes too long ha, and that i need to learn the editing software more, my limited knowledge has definitely slowed down the whole process.

Films Made


I was involved in the filming of and i fully edited The Deal, The Handover, The Wishing and Scream & Shout. I LOVE the post production side the most and really enjoy putting it all together.

Oceans Eye is an animatic i created from the storyboard and scriptment of the 3 minute film i wrote. This was the first time i have ever done one of these and as basic as it is it made me realise how much work is involved in anything animated.

The Minority Report Re-Cut was again something i had never done before and took a lot longer than i anticipated, mainly down to choosing a film to begin with but i thoroughly enjoyed doing it.