Big Book Media

We hope you enjoy reading our blog from Big Book Media, we write from our shoots in Morocco where we are currently filming the Gospels. We have been out on three shoots already and the footage is up on our website - http://www.bigbookmedia.com/. We are going on our next shoot shortly so Shoot Four News will be along soon.

In the meantime we have details of what we are doing in the UK between shoots, we have an office in Brighton where the blog comes from when it's not from Ouarzazate - two very different locations!

Thanks for reading.

Big Book Media

Filming the Gospels

Filming the Gospels
The Team in Ouzarzazate, Morocco

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Three Wise Camels



Today's blog is about our Three Wise Camels work! These are going to be 3 characters that will illustrate the childrens Sunday school packs we are writing, there will also be a logo of the Three Wise Camels design.
The pictures above are a few out of a set of picture's that Hannah (our Producer) Sunday School children drew for us, they attend the Sunday School at St Augustine's Church, Wembley Park, London.

Guy Passey who is a local Brighton illustrator and Graphic Artist is in the process of designing our camels and logo for us and I have attached a couple of illustrations from him that show him working on our camel designs - the final camels will be with us on Thursday!
We have named our camels Zac, Becky and Noah and each camel will illustrate the different age groups that the Sunday Schools have groups for. We are working on packs that Sunday School teachers can order from us with activities to do each week, the activity packs will have stories, craft activities, games etc.. and there will be packs with different activities aimed at each age range with the appropriate camel to give instructions to follow through the pack!

These sketches show Becky and the left and Zac on the right and are Guy's drafts for each character. Zac is going to be the camel that represents the oldest age group for Sunday Schools, Becky will represent the middle age group and Noah will represent the youngest age group.

We have a big meeting in the office tomorrow and Guy is coming along with the final camel designs. We also have James coming along who is going to be our Production Assistant for our prep weeks for Shoot Two in Morocco and will work out on the shoot too. He has worked with Charlie our Production Manager previously and fancies repeating the experience!

Next blog Christmas Cards - Shepherds, Wise Men, Gold and Manger so until then ...

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Two Churches and a Pub Lunch

Hi, Liz here with a blog on a shoot that we did on Tuesday here in Brighton where our office is. We shot in two churches - one traditional and one modern. We shot a congregation of extras - watching our filmed footage on a big screen. I have included stills images taken from the filmed footage that Tim our Editor has given me. The one on the left is our first church and is the traditional one.

For the shoot Deane our DTI guy came down from Abbingdon with his red camera and smoke machine (which he loves! - it softens the light in the churches) the lighting was provided by Tamplins Stage Lighting Design and Rental and the sound by Mick Greenwood - Freelance Sound Recording and Music Production. Then as per the rest of our filming David was directing the shoot and Hannah was producing it.

The shoot went really well and although we had to get to the first church at 8.30 am to set up, the actual shooting only took about 15/20 minutes and all went really smoothly. Father Gareth Jones was our Reverend in the first church and is the Assistant Curate at the Church (St Paul's in West Street, Brighton). Our extras arrived at 10am and we completed the bit of film we needed in what seemed like only a couple of takes, we set off to get coffee and pastries in the function room of church two and relaxed for a bit while shoot one was taken down and shoot two was set up. My son was an extra as was Charlie's son and his friend - so see if you can spot the back of my son's head he's 2 and a half - once we have put the filmed footage up on our website - we sat him on 3 cushions so you could see him over the back of the pew! We had a good hour break before shoot two happened at 12.00. The second shoot was in the modern church and took slightly longer than the first as we filmed Reverend Trevor Critchlow reading from one of the gospels we have filmed while the footage was playing behind him. We still only did a few takes, some with readings and some without before we all headed up to The Open House pub for a lovely lunch. We had some really tasty food - I personally had a fantastic halloumi and roasted vegtable salad and Alexander who sat with me and my son had a really good looking steak sandwhich!
Then the shoot day was over and after a quick pop past the office for our team (the extras were allowed off at this point!) the day was done.

The picture below is a screen shot of Rev Trevor Critchlow in the modern church:
The filmed footage is going to go up on website to show how the films we are making can be used in churches. We are doing a lot of work for the website at the moment and I will write about that another time!

Thanks for reading.

Liz