BTS : Shooting big productions safely

Click for lots of BTS imagery on this project.

Inmarsat’s marketing agency approached me late last year to explore shooting a range of stills and video assets for a global campaign, to support their Enterprise division.

Having undertaken a similar campaign shoot for them in South Africa a few years ago it was obvious that we would again need a remote overseas location.

I have extensive knowledge of the UAE having lived and worked there at the beginning of my career. The varied remote landscapes and production support made this the obvious choice.

The world in 2020 was a very different place so the agency, client, producers and myself decided to approach the shoot with a robust set of about 15 “Proceed” / “Postpone” decision points. These strict thresholds applied to any changes in business travel advice and of course real world circumstances.

As it transpired by shooting in January we completed the project safely ahead of enhanced travel restrictions in February.

These were the measures applied to the team :

2 weeks crew isolation prior to travel

4 Covid PCR tests inbound and outbound and 1 Lateral flow test

12 days on location before returning

Crew “bubble”

Wilderness / Safety guide vaccinated

Production crew PCR tested

10 days quarantine upon return

Total project commitment = 36 days!




Exciting new work coming soon

I cant wait to share a new global B2B campaign in the coming weeks. Hoping the image embargo will be lifted soon.

Shot for a longstanding client in the Space technology sector – watch this space!


BTS : Porsche Cayman and Cayenne shoot

A great, well organised shoot for Porsche a couple of weeks ago. It always helps when the product is this gorgeous. Mixed lighting conditions presented some challenges but good results in the end. Thanks to the team at Porsche Centre Norwich for their support. Oh and in case you are wondering I am attached to my safety harness in the back of the Cayenne chase car.


BTS : Versius Surgical Robot

Great fun using a car cove for something a bit different this year.

Shot pre lockdown but only just released from embargo.

Long term client CMR Surgical called us in to shoot a new campaign and web photography of their surgical robot.

Versius is a next-generation surgical robot. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of patients, surgeons and surgical teams alike.


BTS : Jaguar I-Pace in Canning Town

On a chilly October morning my amazing team worked on this shoot in Canning Town, London capturing the all electric 2020 Jaguar I-Pace .

A staggering product. Don’t criticise electric until you have driven it… its where we are heading and it genuinely excites me.

Thanks also to our brilliant model Emma Cargill.


BTS : Leica x Rapha Film ” Available Light “

Such a great hard working crew on this production.

Safety team, video crew, Rapha tracking/ support car, drone pilot and pro riders who were just the best.

Thanks guys for making it all work so well and bring prepared to push up that hill multiple times!



BTS : Red Arrows Deployment : Greece

Sometimes keeping it lightweight is the best.

My assistant Brian and I travelled to Tanagra in Greece to shoot the 2019 pre season training for the Red Arrows RAF display team.

Shooting video and stills assets on the Leica SL and the principle “hero” shots on the Leica S medium format.


Platforms in the Cromarty Firth.

We are still on our Scottish shoot for Barclays – came across these fella’s last night

“Resting”oil platforms in Cromarty Firth.


Ferrari 70th Parade.

Ferrari is 70 this year and we were commissioned to produce all visual collateral for the 70th Parade of no less than 108 Ferraris from the classic to the very newest.

Police motorcycle and traffic car escort,  108 Ferraris, 10 Safety cars, 3 photographers, 1 video camera crew and 1 drone pilot over a 100 mile course.

Quite a day for the crowds who gathered to witness it.


The Car People TVC

A great collaboration with our animation friends Finger Industries under the direction of Marcus Kenyon.

A 30 sec TV slot for The Car People combining character Martyn with some live action this time.

A complex process but incredibly satisfying.


Barclays Shoot, Thermae Bath Spa.

Barclays Communities Campaign.

A few BTS shots from a recent shoot at Thermae Bath Spa, stunning rooftop location made all the more enjoyable by a private use of the pool by the crew after we had finished our dawn shoot.

Perks of the job..


Source BMX Park

Great test shoot yesterday at Source BMX Park in Hastings, the worlds largest indoor BMX and Skate park. Thanks to Marc and Rich for granting us exclusive access and special thanks to BMX talent Jordan and Hobbit. Fearless dudes….


Red Cameras and Rapha Clothing

I’m currently mid production on a personal film project with the fabulous support of Red Cameras and Rapha Clothing. BTS Shots by Brian Whar.


Workstation No.2 

Workstation No.2  Dubai Airport.

Second in an occasional series of interesting places I’ve set up the laptop.