Happy new year from the whole team at Big Blue Whale! May it bring happy times, love and laughter and the lottery bonanza win.
It’s been a surprisingly busy December and Christmas period over at Big Blue Whale HQ. We have been working on the latest Japanese Fighting Fish music video, filming Tales from the Grimm Woods for Sneaky Experience as well as the standard Christmas rush finishing everything before the New Year.
This year we were lucky to be given the chance to work at the Grimm Woods under the Leeds town Hall in partnership with Sneaky Experience. This was a little different to our usual work but lots of fun all the same. We created a short promotional video of the event to advertise it on social media and also created a number of high end stills for use online. We also got stuck in and helped out with the ambient sound tracking of the experience. It was a magical experience to come back a couple for weeks later to see how the woods had been transformed into a fairytale world by our friends at Sneaky Experience. A lovely Christmassy end to the year.
Our second music video for Japanese Fighting Fish is well underway after a busy December of planning, preparation and filming. We are currently neck deep in the post production stage with a release date scheduled in for the end of January so stay tuned.
The Big Blue Whale team were keen to create another awesome video after the success of Japanese Fighting Fish’s first video, U Ain’t Gonna Win This. Initially we were going to make a video for Egyptian Sunrise but with 2 weeks until shooting started the band decided they wanted a video for the Queen Marilyn track instead! As our ideas were story driven we had to scrap a lot of preparation work and very quickly come up with some new ideas for Queen Marilyn.
To save time we used some of the key ideas from Egyptian Sunrise for the new video including the use of a snorricam that we build ourselves and basing the story around a night out on the town. Chris and Jim then fleshed out the story and created a shot list to be used on the day of filming.
So with hours to spare the plan was in place and it was time to shoot. The band were on a tight schedule so we only had a day to get everything filmed. With 6 locations and a complex visual story to tell the pressure was on to get everything done. Bad weather in the morning also put us behind schedule so we were playing catch up the whole day. However, after a 16 hour day and the final location done we were ready to call it a rap.
The whole of January will be dedicated to post production. The rough edit is getting very close to finished so that leaves just colour grading and effects and then it is done.
Lessons we have learnt whilst making this video are that you cannot be too obvious in telling the story. As we worked on the story ourselves we were familiar with all the ins and outs but it became apparent through feedback that people were missing key elements of the story which meant we had to film a couple additional shots to help tell the story. Without a shot list and careful planning this project would not have happened so looking forward to the next one were we can refine our story telling skills even further.