Safe Fleets Are Better Business

About the Project:

This piece was created at Insurance Australia Group in mid 2015. I was a key part of the small team who were tasked with putting this project together from scripting right through to file delivery.

My colleagues and I formulated the script and storyboard. All but one of the interview shoots were one person operations, some shot by shot by me, others by my colleague and two by an external contractor. The crash test footage was provided by ANCAP. Graphics were completed by my colleague, and I edited the piece.

Details: 

Filmed on Canon C100, 7D and GoPros. Lighting set up included LED light panels and Dido lights.
Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, title design and motion completed in After Effects utilising Trapcode Particualr plugin.

Thoughts:

We had to pare back the scale and original vision for this video; so I was really satisfied that we were still able to achieve a result that is visually engaging and communicates a really important safety message.

We Bought The Barina

About the Project:

This is a project I worked on at Insurance Australia Group in late 2014. I was a key part of the small team who were tasked with making a piece that mirrored the original ‘Buy My Barina’ web video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJj7Km7Raks).

This new piece was part of a collection of video content used as supplementary content for the ‘Barinageddon’ parody trailer campaign (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNZX5F4Vxh0qf5lKfeaj-Kw).

Details:

Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, filmed on Canon DSLRs, GoPros and NAC high speed cameras. Lighting set up included LED light panels and Blondies. Title design and motion completed in After Effects.

Thoughts:

I was really happy with the end result as it achieved a similar look and feel to the original. It was a fun creative project to be a part of.

Lights On and Be Seen

About the Project:

This is a project I worked on at Insurance Australia Group in early 2015. I was a key part of the small team who completed the script editing, shot listing and storyboarding, filming and motion graphics design. I was the sole editor.

Details:

Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, filmed on Canon DSLRs and GoPros, using natural lighting and LED light panels. Graphics design and animation completed in Adobe Illustrator and After Effects.

Thoughts:

I am happy with the pace and aesthetic of this piece. This was a satisfying project to work on as we were able to achieve an engaging and creative piece of content that effectively communicates important safety content (which might otherwise be a bit dry).

Child Restraints In Australia

About the Project:

This is a project I worked on at Insurance Australia Group in early 2015. I was a key part of the small team who completed the script editing, shot listing and storyboarding, filming, graphics design and animation, editing and file delivery.

Details:

Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, filmed on Canon DSLRs, using natural lighting and LED light panels. Graphics design and animation completed in Adobe Illustrator and After Effects.

Thoughts:

It was great working with kids – the hard part was installing the child seats with no prior experience! I was really happy with the end result and enjoyed working with the new branding guidelines and assets for the first time.

Fisheries Research Council Work

About the Projects:

In the last 18 months, through Victory One Media, I have done some video editing for the Fisheries Research and Development Council. Some of the pieces were solely for online delivery, and others were also shown in TAFE.

Details: 

My initial projects were edited from scratch in Premiere Pro, the later projects were updates to existing edited works, and were my first project edited in Final Cut X.

Thoughts:

I enjoyed working on these projects – the subject matter was something quite different for me, and my contact at FRDC was great to work with. Moving across to Final Cut X was more of a stretch than I expected, but when thrown in the deep end I can learn pretty fast and I enjoyed broadening my experience to new software.

PetLife Roadie Web Ad

About the Project: 

This is a project that I worked on at Insurance Australia Group in early 2014, for Purina. I was involved in the script writing, scheduling, casting, shooting, editing, graphics and delivery of the project.

Details: 

Shot mainly on DSLR, also featuring some high speed footage (shot on an NAC camera) and with one scene’s footage provided by an external agency. Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro with graphics done in Adobe After Effects (with the Roadie graphic provided by an agency). Lighting was achieved with a mixture of LED panels and natural light, and a more extensive lighting let up with Blondie lights for the high speed footage.

Thoughts: 

Working with dogs was a fun and challenging experience, and I was really pleased with the end result.

Reversing Visibility

About the Project:

This is a project I worked on at Insurance Australia Group in late 2013. I was involved in the script writing, casting and scheduling, filming, graphics design and animation, editing and delivery.

Details:

Filmed on DSLR, edited in Final Cut Pro, with graphics designed in Adobe Illustrator and animated in Adobe After Effects. This video is comprised entirely of original footage produced for this project, recorded and put together by myself and my colleague. All natural lighting was used.

Thoughts:

I enjoyed working on this project – it has an important message and we wanted to communicate it in an innovative and engaging way.

Small Car Bumper Tests

About the Project:

This is a project that I worked on at Insurance Australia Group in 2013. I was involved in the script editing, video editing, graphics design and animation.

Details:

The footage used was from our recent archives (shot by my predecessor – on NAC Hot Shot high speed camera, Sony EX1R, DSLR and GoPro). Editing was done in Final Cut pro, with effects and graphics done in Adobe After Effects, and graphic design done in Inkscape.

Thoughts: 

This was produced under a really tight deadline, working mostly solo so I was really happy with the result that I was able to produce.

Self Parking Cars

About the Project:

This is a project I worked on at Insurance Australia Group in late 2012. I was involved in the script editing and storyboarding, filming, graphics design and animation, editing and delivery.

Details:

Edited in Final Cut Pro, filmed on Sony EX1R and GoPro, using natural lighting and some small in car lights. I worked solo on the audio-visual component of this project.

Thoughts:

It was fun to work on a topical issue – that has now had a lot of online views. I worked hard to make a clear and engaging piece, I’m really happy with the end piece (particularly given it was shot with a one person crew).

Tom Ford (A Single Man) Photo Essay

This photo essay was made as an analytical piece for an assessment in the subject ‘Screening The Past’. The essay is based on Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’ and explores the themes of queer cinema, the 1960’s on screen, pop culture, the retro, representations of minorities and aesthetics. The soundtrack was composed by me using samples from freesound.org. The essay did not take a great deal of time to make, I was in a hurry to finish my major work and was rather sick at the time so please excuse some less than perfect editing (the editing wasn’t really what I was being graded on. I did the styling myself (with most costumes provided by the models through) and chose Sydney uni as I felt it was reminiscent of the film and fairly classic. The idea of my aesthetic was to emulate Ford’s – I believe I did fairly well with that.

World Trip Animation

I recently (with the assistance of Chris) produced a couple of short animations for a friend’s corporate presentation. The animating was done in Adobe After Effects and the art was produced in Photoshop and Inkscape. The whole piece was produced over a period of two days. I made the mistake of thinking that the best quality image possible was the best idea – not so – it took an age to make any movement because of the way After Effects renders – so we ended up needing to reduce the size. With a little maths applied you can reduce the size of all the elements by the same ratio and you won’t have a problem.

World Trip Animation from Rachel Simpson on Vimeo.

Darkness Sequence

Here is another work I made last year at UTS – I made this one on my own, sampling sounds from freesound.org for the soundtrack.
Although it has been interpreted as being about writers block I actually made it about dealing with faith and anxiety. The almost illegible scripture that is partially lit by the match is from Psalm 139. I also made this as an attempt at surrealism and in response to a vague brief which was to edit together a series of 10 clips.
This was shot and made in a few days on my handicam.

Darkness from Rachel Simpson on Vimeo.

Gideon

As part of a module I took at uni called ‘Advanced Editing and Montage’ we had to create a title sequence for either a real or fictional production. I made his one at home on my own (but with Chris’ very patient help with the ‘handy films’ bit). It was shot on the Canon 40D using a tripod, I did the whole thing manually and at 25 fps, so it was a bit of a mission. I’ve heard of Dragon stop motion software which I hope to afford in the future…but for now I’ve found that stop motion is surprisingly forgiving of mistakes, you can be pretty rough with it, but as long as you get some fundamentals right it can still look awesome. I played around with some image stablization in after effects but ended up going on with out it. I think important things are to give your self a rough idea of how long everything is taking by counting your moves and realising how long each bit takes, keep the light consistent, do as much as yu can in one go because recreating a set up is near impossible, give objects characterisation in the way they move, mark out where stuff is, check your shots…and that’s about it. The easiest way to make it into a movie is to import them into your editing software of choice and just change the clip length from default 5 seconds to 1 frame. I also found that if some parts are too quick in comparison to others, just turn that particular part into its own movie and speed it up!

In terms of what I’m not happy with I’d say its a bit shakey in parts, and perhaps some things happen quicker than they should, my teacher also said maybe the background should have been keyed. Overall I think it’s a funky piece – much aided by the incredible soundtrack composed by Chris – one thing I’ve really learnt is that sound makes or breaks a production.

The film itself was made up by me I thought it could be a kind of cool idea to take the biblical story of Gideon and aproproate it into a ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ style film…very tempted to make this film at some point. You can read about Gideon at http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%206-8&version=NIV