July Blog!

Lancashire Promotional Video

This one was a lot of fun to film…


Me & Karen from South Ribble spent a morning around Leyland filming some of the local business owners talking about their town. For a totally unscripted shoot, they pulled out some really good performances, although as you can see here, it was not 100% perfect. We had a rough preview a couple of weeks later, which was basically me holding an iPad in front of 20ish people which slightly made me nervous but it gained some great reactions from all involved, i’ll settle for that!
Thanks to Peppermint Cottage, Haines Watts, Poppys Flowers, Paces & Laces, Leyland Market, Solicitors Direct.

Lancashire Event Video

A long and verrrry busy day for me on this one… 


Leyland Festival 2013 really raised the bar after a few hiccups over previous years, the sun showed its face just at the right time as thousands of people swarmed to Worden Park for a fun, family day out.
I won’t write too much about the day as you have probably just watched the film above but after reading lots of comments on their facebook page, it would appear that this years festival has kickstarted a bit of love for annual event.
Thanks to APC Overnight, Leyland Albion, Dance Talent Studio and Lucy Yates(the festival Queen herself) for their help with the film.

Lancashire Product Photography

Isobel from Paces & Laces asked me to come down and photograph some of her shoes to upload onto their new website…

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as you can probably see, there was quite a few that needed doing so we managed to get a quick production line going…SHOE-CLICK-NEXT, no time for any fancy set ups on this one!

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Finally, a bit of a personal post here…my wife fosters cats for Blackpool Cats in Care and we received our first pregnant cat a few months ago so i decided to capture a few of the highlights of our time with her (and them).
The footage was shot on whatever device was in reach at the time,Camcorder, DSLR, Go-Pro and even and iPhone


Did you manage not to cry?
We didn’t!

Thanks for reading, RTP 🙂

June Blog

Lancashire Event Videography

South Ribble Partnerships held their first ‘Big Do’ networking event last month. I had a nice little booth set up were I was to record business owners selling themselves which would be projected onto the big screen during the evening but due to the fact we had a few (very talented) music artists on that day, we were quickly drowned out, so we made a decision to do a bit of event filming and use it as a promotional tool for all involved.


Whenever I record people directly in front of the camera it always amazes me how they go from a ‘bag of nerves’ to ‘Anchorman’ as soon as the record button is pressed.
Guest speakers for the event were Fettle Pr & DigiEnable.
A bit of a surprise for myself was to be nominated for an award which was eventually won by someone much more worthy to be honest.

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Leyland Promotional Photography

APC Overnight who have been a big part of this year’s Leyland Festival asked me to pop down to take a few photos for local publications, I would hesitate to call this work as it turned into a laugh riot for everyone behind the camera at the expense of the poor (Willing) guys they dressed up that day.

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Here is one of the photos which appeared in the Leyland Guardian.

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Photo Booth

Finally, I attended Balshaws High School Spring Fayre and set up a little photo booth were the kids could dress up and have their photos taken…

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This weekend it is Leyland Festival and I’ll be around town all day recording all the fun which I will share in the usual places when completed. If you see me about then please come and say hello and get yourself in the film…

BTW i can’t go without mentioning that my wifes company Purple Pig Catering will be on the festival serving these gems 🙂

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May Blog!

Just thought i’d share a few things that have been happening recently…

I spent a day with Karen (or Triple-O as i like to call her) from South Ribble and we visited various small businesses in the Leyland area to create a short episode for their revamped website. I will show you the finished article at a later date but for now i will let you have a quick look at some un-used footage which i posted last week on my facebook page…

Now, i know people are not going to be queuing to grab my autograph yet but the Leyland Guardian did a small piece on ‘Little Ol Me’ last week.
Kay Taylor actually managed to make it sound like i knew what i was doing in the article, which is no mean feat!
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Leyland Festival will be upon us next month but the buzz has already started on their Facebook page and i have already started on the short film which will show highlights leading up to and including all the fun on the day, here is a rough cut of the first 25-30 seconds so far…


The Wedding season has already kicked off and i will be blogging ‘Lisa & Dan’s Wonderful Yellow Wedding’ in the next few weeks, Stay tuned!

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Bond Party (Will’s 18th)

Just as a new James Bond movie to due for release, what better time to have a Bond inspired birthday party 🙂

Williams 18th was held at New Season Tapas Bar in Chorley and was packed with friends & family all dressed up to the nines  (or 007’s in this case)

Will’s 18th from RT Productions on Vimeo.

The owner of the restaurant also asked if i could put together some promotional material for party nights which i have also posted below, it is essentially the same thing with a few minor changes.

New Season Tapas Bar (themed party) from RT Productions on Vimeo.

“you give a little love”

I HAVE MANAGED TO DO A FEW OF THESE THIS YEAR (not all willingly)…

It’s never my intention to offer a web video to a fellow supplier on a wedding day shoot…setting up shots,mic’s interviews, moving gear, changing lenses, lighting etc etc can really fill my day, but once the hours of footage are uploaded to Eddie (crappy nickname for the editing station), sometimes I am able to put something together like below.

Matthew Rycraft Photography from RT Productions on Vimeo.

This particular one literally took me 30 mins which I didn’t mind because Matthew Rycraft managed to sort me out with some of his work which helped out with mine.
Only this weekend I shot a birthday party and the owner of the restaurant where it took place has asked me to put together a few clips for his website!
As all those little actors once sang “you give a little love and it all comes back to you”

THANK GOD FOR RAW!

As I was backing up files from recent shoots, I looked at a ‘before & after’ image and spontaneously whispered to myself “thank god for RAW’…
This particular shoot took place at a friend’s salon after a very long working day so I was running on fumes from there on! The room I was setting up in was boiling and I had to set up my strobes, build 2 soft boxes (which are like lampshades designed by Rubik’s), background frame, take a few light readings & set up the camera before Jodie came upstairs after her make-over.
Obviously running around like a headless chicken meant the chances of forgetting something was pretty high!
WHITE BALANCE!

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Yes, I was so busy concentrating on sharpness when reviewing the images that I had already shot half the pictures with the wrong white balance setting. Now this isn’t really a big deal if your shooting in RAW because its easily corrected in post production…

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but again I say the words,

Thank God For RAW 🙂