Recent Work

Massimo Cifarelli

One of the latest of my Slow Films series of min-docs for Inntravel, the Slow Holiday people.

I met Massimo at his bakery in Matera, Italy, working the early shift to get bread ready for the morning rush.  He's a third generation master baker, but still holds true to the traditional way of baking the famous Pugliese bread, with its distinctive triple crown. It's a sourdough style bread, slightly crustier, but started with an all-natural rising agent made from figs. But I'll let him do the talking...

Mihail - the truffle hunter

I met Mihail and his dogs Rosa and Lula one misty morning in the Istrian mountain town of Motovun, Croatia. Mihail is a professional truffle hunter, and goes out into the Motovun forest with the dogs in the same way people have for centuries looking for black truffle is the summer months, and the elusive white ones in the autumn and winter. 

Massimo Casiello – artisan woodworker

Another mini-doc from my trip to Puglia. Here, Massimo Casiello talks about the bread stamps, used to identify a family's bread in communal ovens, which were in use until fairly recently – and were made by woodworkers like him since Roman times.

Lelsey Holmes - artist

A profile film for the Cornish artist Lesley Holmes. We shot this on two of the hottest days of 2018, at Lesley's farm and studio in Falmouth. 

Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

Great fun working with the team at the Cotswold Farm Park – and Adam was a star, especially given his hectic schedule (running a farm, overseeing the Farm Park, doing the publicity rounds for his new book, and crossing the country filming for the BBC, ... as you do). This film features on the Farm Park's website and YouTube channel, and is the competition entry mechanic in a promotion with Heart radio.

West Hair Design 2017

It's always a privilege and great fun to shoot with Graham West and his talented team at West Hair Design. We've been doing a lot of stills work this year, which can be seen on my stills site at stanleyfilms.photography,  but here's the new film, commissioned to celebrate the recent extension to the salon, new faces and, well, to simply freshen things up a bit. And, as the late Barry Norman may have said, why not?

CultureShop.tv

CultureShop.tv is a series of films I've created for the Association for Cultural Enterprises, who support museums, galleries and heritage attractions across the UK. The series is aimed at those working within the heritage sector and its 10 episodes cover every aspect of running a successful museum shop. Principal filming took place between June and November 2016 in places as diverse at St Paul's and Canterbury cathedrals, the Williamson in Birkenhead, the Hepworth in Wakefield, Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, and many – many – others in between. The series was launched in February 2017 to great acclaim, and you can catch every episode at cultureshop.tv

The Snow Geese – We Tend Towards Home

A film of a words and music collaboration between The Bookshop Band and award-winning author William Fiennes at the Ryedale Book Festival in October, 2016. Beth and Ben from the Band wrote and performed 'We Tend Towards Home', specially commissioned for the festival and inspired by William's The Snow Geese – his beautiful account of following the migration of snow geese from Texas to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. This film captures Ben, Beth and William in rehearsals just before the performance.

The Explorer's Way

A sixty second cinema ad for South Australia tourism, and a sixty second road trip on the Explorer's Way, a 4,000km route across Australia, from Adelaide to Darwin via the big red centre. Produced, shot and edited by myself.

Winner of the Campaign of the Year at the Travel Marketing Awards, 2015.

Lily’s Kitchen – Acts of Goodness

 

A short film for Lily's Kitchen, purveyors of proper food for pets.  Acts of Goodness aimed to distribute over 150,000 meals to dogs and cats in need, and this little film acted as an update to customers.

 

Asparagus

A short film about England's finest crop. The asparagus season runs from late March to the 21st June, and sales of English asparagus have gone through the roof in recent years as people have begun to appreciate the flavour and qualities of the home grown stuff over imported varieties.

My salute to asparagus growers and pickers.

 

For the Love of the Open Air

Brand film for HF Holidays, scripted and - ahem - voiced by myself. The footage is a mix of timelapse shot on the Canon 7D, and everything else on the Canon C100, give or take some GoPro slo-mo shots. Shot in the Lakes, Scottish Highlands, Northumbria, and the Cotswolds.

West Hair Design

Promo for Graham West Hair Design, one of the leading Aveda salons outside of London. The body of this film was shot on one one day during normal business hours, and mainly hand-held – which hopefully adds to the intimacy.

A Slow Film on Tenerife

One of my 'Slow Films' for independent tour operators Inntravel, the Slow Holiday people. We wanted to show the quiet side of Tenerife, away from the high-rise hotels. Think this does that job very well. The rather large pointy thing is an active volcano called El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain.

You can see many more of my Slow Films at www.inntravel.co.uk

Lily’s Kitchen – Houndsounds

A promo film for Lily’s Kitchen, who make proper food for pets. This is a short film to promote their support of Houndsounds, a podcast station which features all manner of dog-related content and stories for people into dogs. The film was shot in Oxfordshire, on the Canon C100 and graded using DeLuts. The dog is Jessie, who had a wonderful time eating all the props

 

Dancer

My film from the Philip Bloom/B&H Photo documentary/creative storytelling workshop, held in New York 19th-21st April 2015. The idea was to find, shoot, and edit a two minute film within 24 hours, from the streets of Manhattan. Luckily, my story found me; Tam Hollaway is a dancer I met in the 34th St. subway, whilst sheltering from the rain and looking for inspiration. We filmed this at the Ripley Grier Studios on 8th Ave. in a rehearsal room the size of a photo-me booth. Thanks Tam. You were great. A real star.

The music comes from an album called 'Classroom Projects – extraordinary music made by children at school' released by the equally wonderful Trunk Records, and I would urge you to buy it.

Clay

A short film about John James, potter. John's father was head potter at Wedgewood in the 1970s, and in the film John discusses how he found his own love of working with clay.