Every once in a while we get presented with a project that is really quite special. At the end of last year we were contacted by Beth Wightman from W Productions in London, to work with them on the launch videos and photography for the new Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge.
The brief was all about BLACK and needed to feature black lava, black skies, black car, black smoke and black costumes. The obvious location for us were the roads in Lanzarote, that traverse through mighty lava fields and are surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
There were many logistical challenges during the 3 months of putting this shoot together, including the transportation of three Rolls Royce cars from the UK, importing very powerful black smoke grenades from the mainland, and organising very compex road closures and co-ordinating with the local police, which were all handled successfully by our Senior Producer, Norbert A Schilling, and his team.
Patricia McMahon Photography Ltd from London, contacted us to organise a photo and video shoot for Style.com with photographer, Jesse John Jenkins. They wanted to shoot at the incredible green lagoon - a natural phenomenon in the cove of El Golfo, Lanzarote, with top model, Sofia Fanego. We were happy to oblige and sent over a team to prepare and manage the shoot for them. Interestingly, the video element was shot on 16mm film, which seems to be having a bit of a renaissance!
We were approached by 3C Metals, a heavy engineering company based in Dubai, to film and photograph their construction project on-board an oil drilling vessel, The West Capella, which fas being refitted in Santa Cruz harbour, Tenerife.
We made several visits with our team which included photographer Gordon Chesterman, cameraman Andy McLeod, and drone pilot Aleksander Pejovic.
When the treatment for this project arrived in our inbox from London production company, Pretty Bird, we knew this was going to be a big challenge to pull off; hundreds of inflatable toys, many of them animated, enjoying their very own pool party! We found the perfect location, a large, luxury villa in the heart of Playa de las Americas, which offered the right style, a great pool and enough space to accomodate the large amount of crew and equipment we needed.
Dactah Chando is a popular reggae artist from Tenerife, who is enjoying a growing level of international acclaim. To accompany his new single, "Alto Grado" in Germany, local record label, Achinech, approached us to make a video for the song. We teamed up with German/Canarian director Florian M Schaefer to realise an unusual video with Chando playing a space traveller in search of "Alto Grado". To enhance the mood, we chose to shoot on both black & white and colour Infra Red, using our specially converted RED Dragon.
Faszination Universe is a major new TV series from German broadcaster, ZDF, presented by the renowned physicist, Professor Harald Lesch. The series was shot all over the world, but came to Tenerife for a week to shoot a series of links with Professor Lesch.
FilmCanaryIslands provided the local crew, grip and lighting as well as organising all the location permits.
Production company Wanda London contacted us looking for local production services for a new music video for Tam Cooper and his song "Be Bold". The story was set on a beach, so we chose Playa Teresitas in the north of Tenerife, famous for it's white sand and palm trees close to the sea.
We were joined from London by producers Abi Hodson & Evonne O´Rourke, director James Lees & DoP Benjamin Roux, who were supported by our crew of 20 plus.
In February we again had the pleasure of working for Producer Jess Bell, from London Alley, this time on a series of TV idents for Thomson Holidays, sponsor of the TV show "First Dates".
We were joined by Director Alex Southam, and DoP Chris Clarke and a cast of 16, to create a series of 5 and 10 seconds idents for the Channel 4 UK TV show, "First Dates", which was shot on our RED Dragon Epic cameras.
Norbert Schilling was the Film!CanaryIslands service producer, and along with our 20 strong production and technical crew, ensured the 3 day production ran smoothly.
We were contacted by Roar Creative who wanted to do a photo shoot the the shoe brand Schuh, at the spectacular Magma Arts and Congress Centre in south Tenerife. The concept was to create dynamic and graphical images by casting bold shadows across the models within the architectural setting. The photographer was Johnny Ace and the campaign was used Europe-wide for advertising, web and instore point of sale.