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George Samson jumps on fisheye image

The World First 360 Degree Hadouken

2013 was a year of viral photography and video trends such as The Harlem Shake, The Selfie and the Hadouken. People and organisations across the world joined in these trends and created their own versions from homes, offices and recreational spaces across the globe. At The Sharp Project we certainly made the most of all these trending social themes and in particular The Hadouken. After surfing the internet and seeing lots of 2 dimensional images created by people all over the world, even Arsenal Football club did one, we decided to go one better and create The World First 360 Degree Hadouken.

How we created the worlds first Panoramic 360 Hadouken

Armed with a 8mm Fisheye lens, a panoramic tripod head, 4 chairs and 20 willing volunteers we set about creating the worlds first 360 degree hadouken. The circular panoramic you see when you press the button below was created by take 4 shots each 90 degrees to each other with a 8mm Fisheye lens sometimes called a full circular fisheye. These images were then stitched together using panoramic stitching software that created a photosphere. This is then published to HTML 5 and uploaded to a web server and placed on its own domain. Google use similar technology to create their street view product.

George Samson and Chesney Hawkes

One of the best things about The Sharp Project is you never know who your going to bump into. I think most people would be intrigued if they walked past us in the process of shooting this because, 4 people trying to jump up in the air and lift their feet into a karate kick while being photographed is quite a spectacle. So it’s hardly surprising we attracted the attention of Chesney Hawkes, who happened to be passing on his way to shooting a commercial. Chesney was even more impressed when we told him it was the world first One and Only hadouken he was well impressed and could he write the theme tune.

Another surprise guest was street dancer George Samson. Most people know George as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent and will testify this guys is light on his feet so the ideal person to help. George kindly agreed to help testing but was unable to attend the main shoot due to performance commitments

George Samson jumps on fisheye image

George Samson helping to test camera and lighting for Hadouken

Chesney Hawkes and Photographer Colin Boulter

Chesney Hawkes and Colin Boulter

 

The ghost of christmas past

The Ghost of Christmas Future at The Sharp Project

A Gothic Christmas collaboration from tenants at The Sharp Project

A green screen, a model, a make up artist,  two photographers and a camera tech plus some expert lighting…

Why? Spotted late at night in and around The Sharp Project, sometimes around the mocap studio, the ghost of Christmas future returns to try and find that elusive source of source code…

Where? Stage One at The Sharp Project, Newton Heath, Manchester, UK….

What? A good question – from the future definitely but Gothic enough to be from a long way past, pre-protocol suite for sure too.

How? An afternoon spent collaborating with Nielsen Reeves, Mocapone, SharpFutures, ELP Manchester, <<<make up artist company name>>>,   Future Artists (?) in the dressing rooms and Stage One at The Sharp Project.

WATCH VIDEO HERE TO SEE HOW WE DID IT


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Spotted: The Ghost Of Christmas Future (& he’s brought the weather…)

By watching the video you’ll have seen how the image was put together – part expert application of make up, part green screen, part creative direction for composing and lighting – see below for stills on how it all came together:

CLICK IMAGE TO SHOW LARGE

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Many thanks for all involved and of course, a very happy Christmas to you whether you’re in past, present or future.

Credits on production:

Creative director and Director of photography:

Colin Boulter / Nielsen Reeves
@photography_man

Filmed and edited by Joanna Pomfret
@jopomfret

Model is Hogan Borrows, Mocapone
@mocaponeuk

Hair & make up by
XXXX

Stage One lighting
ELP Manchester
@ElpManchester

Production runner & additional filming
Thomas Rothwell, SharpFutures
@TomRothwell92

Filmed at The Sharp Project, Manchester, UK
@sharpproject

Soundtrack credits:

XXXXXXX by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

Actor Darren Connolly scary portrait black and white

Villains of Stage and Screen Don’t need Make up to be Scary

Happy Halloween…Imagine If these guys came to your door Trick-or-Treating

Thought I would share these images taken during Actor Headshot session, in studio at the Sharp Project, because they show real scary guys don’t need make up. Anybody who visits my studio for Actor Headshot session or theatrical portraits are put through their paces with my warm up session. The warm up session is designed to wake up their facial muscles and to help them to get into character for the headshot session. Even trained Actors need to warm up and relax in front of camera and to be able to feel comfortable with the person photographing them. What better way to warm up than to test their acting skills by asking them to play different characters in front of the camera. I got these shots when I asked them to be scary, simmering, menacing and mental.

British Actor Daniel Ryan Show’s his Murderous Side

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Actor Darren Connolly screams in front of the camera

British Actor Darren ConnollyActor Darren Connolly looks scary


NSPCC Charity Ball Rowlands Pharmacy

man on surfing simulator thrown into the air

Staff from a pharmacy in Runcorn raised nearly £25,000 for the NSPCC. At Rowlands Pharmacy’s annual charity ball, which had a Beach party theme this year, staff swapped their normal attire to dress as bay watch life guards, beach bums, surfers and sea urchins at the Park Royal Hotel, Warrington. The hotel was transformed into a huge beach party complete with Benidorm Accident & Emergency department, where nurses would tend to the revellers ills for a small charitable donation. Seven years ago the NSPCC was picked as the company’s nominated charity and since then it had raised almost £300,000. Other activities have included the London Marathon, inter company relay races, racing, abseiling , sweepstakes and cake baking.

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Rowlands Pharmacy Staff Conference 2013

Rowlands Pharmacy held its 4th annual Employee Conference at the Park Royal Hotel, Warrington in June. The theme this year was ‘Be The Difference’ which followed on from the ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ theme from last year. Delegates were invited to a Welcome Message and further presentations before dinner and provided with overnight accommodation. With delegates arriving and departing each day there were plenty of logistics to contend with but the Conference Team made sure that everything ran to schedule. The Welcome Message was delivered by Managing Director, Kenny Black and was followed talks from suppliers and internal departments and the by dinner. However, the highlight of the evening was the energiser session which saw fitness instructor Elisha get all the staff moving and performing the Mobot! This gave the opportunity for staff from across the country to mix with the many Head Office staff. The conference itself was split into two areas, exhibition space and lecture theatres. The exhibition space was filled with stands from suppliers and Head Office departments. Suppliers were able to talk through and offer demonstrations of their latest products while Head Office departments had the opportunity to fully explain their role and answer any key questions. In the lecture theatres delegates were entertained with interactive presentations from suppliers and Head Office staff. All staff had a thoroughly enjoyable time and are looking forward to next year’s being bigger and better than ever.

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