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Shot #3 – ‘Budge’ – is finally online!

22 Mar

After much pontificating and neglect – and some final tweaks and other work – our 3rd project is finally online! This was our attempt at – among other things – recreating some of the ‘bullet time’ effects made famous by The Matrix films. Specifically, we were trying to recreate the iconic camera moving around frozen action shots, with quite a few less cameras and a lot less money.

We’ll be posting some in-depth write-ups on the effects shots for all of the geeks out there, but in the meantime here’s the short we came up to make the thing more interesting to watch. It’s not perfect and we could have worked forever on it, but this is it. It’s called Budge and we hope you like it!


Dirty Honky (clown) – Alexis Milne
HarleyQuin X (clown) – Sue Fox
Serpaclown (clown) – Richard Shields
Jenny – Jenny Longworth
Joe – Joseph Stacey

Camera Operators:
Pete Smith
Luca Rudlin
Adele Myers
Brant Adam
Aatif Ati Zafar
Kati Jägel
Ben Edmundson
Rich Adams

Visual Effects
David Plant
Ben Edmundson

Paul Plowman

Production Assistants
Raj B’jee
Philip Whiteley
Angel Delgado

Written, edited, and directed by Ben Edmundson

Special thanks to everyone else who popped in and kept us company, your presence was valuable! And to all of the people who came to various meetings throughout the process who I’ve forgotten, give me a kick and I’ll add you!

More to come, as well as information on our current project. It’ll be on here soon, I promise!




Shot #4 Strategy Meeting – December 6th 2011

7 Dec

Yesterday marked the official start of our next project, number 4 in our series of ‘Spectacular Shots’.

As usual, we met up in the wonderful Madlab, creative hub and purveyor of the finest ales from Manchester Marble Brewery. Alcohol seems to be a prime ingredient in all of our projects, so it’s the perfect venue for a production meeting.

We had a decent turnout, almost in double figures, and it was great to meet a couple of new people who were interested in finding out exactly what we do. As always, it was very useful to get people from different backgrounds with different outlooks involved, and we hope they’ll be sticking around to get their hands dirty and bringing something new to the group.

First up was the screening of Shot #3 (I’ll write up the workshop soon, I promise!) as well as recapping the other projects. The first subject for debate was the group’s visions and goals, and how we feel we should pitch the next project. In the past we have had a tendency to work somewhat chaotically without defined roles and no real end-goal besides making something cool, so it was good to cast a critical eye over the whole concept of The Spectacular Shots Club and figure out exactly what it is we’re trying to achieve.
The general consensus seemed to be that, with some proper planning and an eye on the long-term, this group could develop into something really valuable, both to the people involved in the projects and the people who’re watching us. Realising that what we’re doing could grow into something special that people actually crave has definitely given us the drive to do something really great with this project. As well as making something ‘spectacular’, it’s clear that a greater emphasis on the documentary and making-of elements will draw in a larger audience and start getting our work noticed, which is a very exciting prospect! In a world where lots of people are making films on very small budgets, a completely open and transparent approach can only be helpful to the community, so there will be a lot more blogging, discussion and gems of knowledge attached to our projects from now on.

So what IS the next project going to be? Well, we’re barely into pre-pre-production yet, but one of the main components is going to be forced perspective. It’s something we’ve discussed before and after a few people sharing some great examples from big films we decided it’s something we should have a go at. There are already some initial ideas being kicked about but we’ve decided to do some serious homework and meet up again in January with some fresh ideas and see what we can put together.
Everyone agreed that the focus should be mainly on in-camera work as opposed to something CG-heavy so we can appeal to a wider audience and save ourselves a collective mental breakdown (Shot 3 was a living hell, read all about it soon!) so expect some physical trickery, cheap ways to recreate big shots from big films, and hopefully something that no-one has seen before!

This is the start of what should be a great project, we’re already very excited about the prospect of reinventing some classic techniques, and we invite you all to get involved and help make it a success!

Until next time, stay Spectacular!



The Spectacular Shots Club

Come and see the Shot #3 workshop on November 12th!

5 Nov

Good afternoon dear reader!

There’s only one week to go until we’re presenting Shot #3 to the world and running a workshop on the whole production process. There’s going to be some serious midnight oil burned in the next few days to get it finished, and it would be really great if you could join us at ‘Bring The Noise’ – A Future Artists Live Creative Co-op day long event on Saturday 12th November at The Black Lion in Salford.

It’s going be a day long media feast with something for everyone, including:

  • workshops on crowdfunding, direct action and creativity
  • live music
  • networking sessions
  • tea and biscuits
  • open mic session to finish the night off
And it’s in a pub so we can all get drunk! For full details and to buy tickets, check out the Eventbrite page, and while you’re surfing, get yourself over to the Future Artists website for more information on what they’re up to. Come along, chat to people, and be inspired.
The Spectacular Shots Club

Hello World!

4 Aug

Greetings, and welcome to The Spectacular Shots Club’s 100% Official Licensed Not Fake Fully Endorsed blog!

Chances are that if you found your way here you know us and what we’re about, but if you’re new, here’s a bit about what we do. We’re a group formed under the Future Artists Live Creative Co-op, a North-West based co-operative that’s all about encouraging and creating new media through networks and social groups. It’s a resource for anyone that wants to use it and has resulted in some pretty cool projects over the past few months. Our group is part of this co-operative and acts as a sort of open forum for people to share and develop techniques for creative killer shots and film sequences with limited or no resources. Harnessing the co-operative power of the group, the group has grown to incorporate people from lots of different backgrounds who lend whatever knowledge and skills they have, the results of which you’ll be able to see here very soon!

For now, you can see what we’re getting up through the following mediums:





Have a look, check out our videos, join a discussion, whatever you like, we’d love to hear from you!

Love and kisses,


The Spectacular Shots Club