The Focus Shift Films showreel for 2017 features all of our work for 2016 and other work created by our MD Daniel J. Harris. Corporate video, documentary, 360˚ video, fiction and magazine articles are all included.
Written by Jodie Ashdown and directed by Leon Williams, The Machine is a short film about one man’s important and secretive work. The film has been developed for 1 minute film festivals and sets up an interesting world before offering a final twist.
Our Dan accompanied the BBC Radio Wales team on their 40th birthday bus tour around Wales taking Jason Mohammad, Wynne Evans and Eleri Sion’s shows on the road to the people of Wales. Visiting Aberdare, the Gower, Llandrindod Wells, Barmouth and Connah’s Quay Dan covered all the action and created daily videos, key moments and a week wrap up video for use on social media.
Our Dan worked with BBC Wales to create short form social media videos for their Festival of Funny, which included shows such as Tourist Trap, The Tuckers and Stand Up at BBC Wales. Each new show had it’s own style and story, but it was Dan’s job to find the most social media friendly parts of the show and to shape them into strong, sharable online videos.
After our collaboration with Jack Perrett on ‘Portlife’ we were very happy to work with Jack again on the music video for his latest track ‘Like A Fever’. We aimed to create something simple, but stylish and so opted for bright colours and neons whilst shooting and then using black and white grading in post to create contrast.
With the new season of rugby and BBC Wales switching from Pro 14 to Premiership rugby coverage we were asked to produce a series of 6 x short social media stories showing the unsung heroes behind the scenes in the Principality Premiership. We covered Aberavon, Ebbw Vale, RGC1404, Swansea, Bridgend Ravens and Pontypridd to shine a light on the work that goes on behind the scenes.
On the build up to the big Wales vs England Women’s World Cup Qualifier we worked with BBC Wales and the Orchard produced Women in Red: The Big Showdown to produce several short videos that supported the TV coverage of the big game.
The BBC Radio Cymru Summer Tour came to a climatic end at the National Eisteddfod 2018 with some of Wales’ biggest Welsh language music acts performing to huge crowds outside Wales Millennium Centre. We were asked to produce the promo video of the event, and to provide footage from across the Summer Tour to feature in the BBC Radio Cymru Summer Tour TV trail.
Focus Shift Films are project managing an amazing VR project for Wales Millennium Centre. Working with Visit Wales and Lexicon Learning, the project brings together some of Wales’ best musical talents.
Tafwyl is a celebration of the Welsh language and music. Artists, musicians and performers from across Wales perform to great crowds and we’ve been lucky enough to capture Tafwyl at Cardiff Castle for BBC Radio Cymru. With the sun shining and the venue at full capacity we simply had to point and shoot to capture this amazing event.
In 2018 the National Eisteddfod of Wales will be held in Cardiff Bay and we’ve been working with BBC Wales to develop a series of informative videos to be used in an augmented reality app for Eisteddfod visitors. The videos explain key elements of the festival to visitors old and new – in both English and Welsh languages to ensure that everyone attending can take something away from the content.
We’re working with BBC Wales to repurpose content in their digital archive for social media. We’re taking old shows, content and rushes from across the history of BBC Wales and giving them a new lease of life for the digital world. The new digital archive at BBC Wales is extensive and full of classic content, as well as hidden gems. Our Producer Dan has been working with BBC Wales to find the best of that content to connect with BBC Wales’ Facebook audience.
We’ve been working with BBC Wales to create original social media content supporting their new series ‘The Family Farm’. We worked with their Creative Productions team to shoot and edit several short form videos showcasing the farming knowledge of the people of Swansea.
DAY 1, and the crash landing of an alien vessel on Efa’s farm begins the ghostly SHADOWS from another world hunt for human synapses to fuel their voyage home. Arrival of the mysterious MoD official, SMITH ,at the farm puts Efa at unease and she realises her daughter, GEM’s life is at risk if she doesn’t do something… Her maternal instinct and natural fight kick in! CALLIE and SAM’S rocky relationship is there for all to see in the youth hostel when Callie’s attention is temporarily diverted towards MARCUS. Callie fights against Sam’s control, and it becomes clear, too, that Marcus isn’t the push over Sam was hoping.
On DAY 2, Callie, Sam and Marcus emerge from their hiding place in a remote youth hostel to find that they’re the only survivors of a massacre by the alien invaders. With the Shadows’ electrical surge shutting down all digital communications, the trio heads out on foot for the nearest town. Using an old CB radio, Efa and Smith try and guide a nearby Army Unit to the farm for safety, despite a growing lack of trust between them.
DAY 3… Fear, suspicion and jealousy count for nothing. Efa and Smith struggle to make their unorthodox partnership work in order to guide in three backpackers and a military unit across the Brecon Beacons to the safety of Efa’s farm. That is… if the hikers’ twisted love triangle – or the Shadows – don’t finish them first. When the backpackers arrive at Efa’s farm looking for safety, she must choose between saving them and her own teenage daughter. Could it be the end of the world? Or… just the end of Efa’s world? Whatever she decides, one thing is certain… Blood will be shed.
3 Days on Planet Earth has been signed by SC Films International and is currently casting, with production due to begin later in 2018.
Focus Shift Films were very proud to have covered the first ever BAFTA Guru Live Cardiff for sponsors EE this year. With 12 sessions, 40 speakers and 600 attendees Guru Live offered opportunities to get an insight into the world of film and TV. Our video content covers all the sessions and is being used to promote the event by both EE and BAFTA.
Focus Shift Films are producing the music video for Jack Perrett’s latest track ‘Portlife’. Jack’s unique take on the classic Blur ‘Parklike’ features references to Newport in an amazing parody of the original track. The music video will also take influence from the famous Blur music video, but will evolve into a slice of Newport life.
We’re producing an amazing pilot show for wild game cookery company Game and Flames. Their head honcho Cai ap Bryn presents this series on how to cook amazing and contemporary wild game recipes in his forest kitchen and other wilderness locations. The pilot show features amazing rabbit kebabs cooked in an orchard, plus rabbit and mozzarella meatballs cooked on a wooden fire.
More info coming soon.
Our Dan has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Cardiff Mini Film Festival for 2018 and is assisting in shaping the festival, as well as funding support and sponsorship to help keep growing the festival.
We’ve been working with Cardiff based DJ, actor, presenter and writer Gareth Potter as he looks to create a series on online videos showcasing the best hidden secrets of his beloved Cardiff. The first two videos feature Gareth visiting the legendary Womanly Street and it’s Castle Emporium filled with ambitious and exciting young businesses, and Gareth visits Cardiff Street Food Circus.
Our Producer Dan is now also producing the new FC Cymru show for EatSleep Media and the FA Wales. FC Cymru covers Welsh football from grassroots through to Men’s Elite Squad, from international women’s football to the Welsh domestic leagues, volunteers to senior pros and everything in between.
Focus Shift Films worked with Freaks of the Ring Promotions and Producer Ciaran Gibbons to shoot a boxing event in Cardiff. 15 fights were captured by our cameras across the evening and the final videos have been delivered via the promoters YouTube channel. It was great to try our hand at filming something a little different and we capture the evening in our own style.
Disable / Enable is a very ambitious short film written and directed by VFX Supervisor Christian Lett. The short film introduces telekinetic Celestia to bounty hunters Sgt Leader, Jean and Trigger Happy. With Christian’s knowledge and experience of VFX the film will be visually interesting and packed full of amazing shots.
After the amazing success of ESFR Season 1 the show returns to Wales Online for a second season of Welsh football fan content. FSF’s Daniel J. Harris continues as Producer of the show with Season 2 being produced under the banner of EatSleep Media. This season the boys are following Wales’ push for FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification and have new logos, graphics and features for along for the ride.
FSF have captured and shaped the Leupold sponsored video series covering the 2017 WFTC in Wales. The video series covers the set up of the event, the World Championship itself and meeting the many characters competing for the No.1 spot. The video series also showcases Leopold’s involvement at the event and follows their European Champion shooter Gianni Fabianelli.
Focus Shift Films were asked to create a series of promotional videos for Street Food Cardiff and their amazing annual event in Cardiff. Thai, Indian, BBQ and Venezuelan food was all on the menu, as well as a different take on ice cream!
Catch this series of mouth watering videos on the Street Feast Cardiff Facebook page.
Our Dan has been brought onto Jayamac Productions’ documentary film project ‘Indian Train Journeys’ as Social Media Producer to ensure that the project is delivered and builds audience through a strong social media campaign. This short doc shot in India is currently being edited and shaped as the social media campaign builds audience. Once the short project has been delivered Jayamac Productions will then be seeking feature finance to return to India and extend the story.
Directed by Hefin Rees, written and starring Gareth Potter alongside Carys Eleri – ‘Fire In My Heart’ is a stirring short film about two siblings journey to collect their Father’s death certificate. Despite their differences when The Super Furry Animals’ ‘Fire In My Heart’ begins to play on the radio it prompts a journey down memory lane. The stage version was written by Gareth Potter for Dirty Protest Theatre, and with Hefin’s vision the story has come to life in a short, but moving road movie. Fire In My Heart has been nominated at the 2018 BAFTA Cymru Awards fr Best Short Film.
BAFTA Cymru have asked Focus Shift Films to become their partners in capturing events and content across their calendar throughout 2017. We shall be filming at a range of BAFTA Cymru managed events, screenings and workshops to help them to share their good work with wider audiences and to provide content to be used in various BAFTA promotional videos.
We’ve worked with our client Mytum & Selby Waste Recycling to develop their new media arm of the business. Focus Shift Films have provided support through helping to purchase kit and sourcing candidates for trial work, developing the trial brief and booking candidates. We have also provided feedback on trial content created and helped our client to engage the right candidate in work, with the correct contract in place and we continue to work on a consultancy basis to help them build their media business and platforms.
Our Dan’s online football show EatSleepFootyRepeat have produced the DVD Extras for the FA Wales & Jonny Owen’s feature length film ‘Don’t Take Me Home’, which is available on DVD from July 1st. In it’s first week the film shot to No.13 in the UK DVD chart and No.1 in sport. On the DVD Extras there’s over 20 minutes of content from EatSleepFootyRepeat’s First Season.
Find out more about EatSleepFootyRepeat here.
Hefin Rees’ short film ‘Speculate to Accumulate’ follows the story of one man’s thought process as he makes a huge decision in his life. Does he speculate… to accumulate? This quirky comedy short looks great and has several laugh out loud moments which will bring plenty of pleasure to audiences.
Watch the trailer for Speculate to Accumulate here.
We have produced this short promotional video for Iffy Harris and his Save Newport’s Nightlife campaign. With over 2,000 views in the first hour the video connected with music lovers, venue owners and the people of Newport. The video features Newport musician and poet Pete Akinwunmi – who we worked with on ‘A Nation Holds Its Breath’.
The 2017 Field Target World Championships are coming to Wales and Focus Shift Films are managing media and communications, assisting with marketing material and helping to organise elements of the event. With 375 competitors from 28 different countries the event is set to be the biggest airgun competition in the world and we are proud to be providing the media support required to share the event with the world.
Our latest music video for Birdcage is an ambitious project that centres around one long continuous take following an action sequence. As a young woman finds herself in a strange woodlands she is soon surrounded by strange people wearing masks. As the woman runs they give chase and she flees for her life. Directed by Hefin Rees and shot by Steve Owen.
CwCw are a young and talented band creating new content. We caught up with them in the recording studio to capture a live performance 360˚ video for them and their latest track ‘Far Out’. The video is being shared across social media by their management company Listen To This to promote the band and their new content.
EatSleepFootyRepeat is a new online video series following Welsh international football. The ESFR podcast followed the Welsh men’s elite team through their Euro 2016 qualification campaign with great success. Now the project has been expanded to include regular videos produced by Focus Shift Films and delivered via Wales Online’s Facebook page.
FSF recognised that the ESFR content and style struck a cord with Welsh football fans and aligned with our own aspirations for creating football related content after the success of our Euro 2016 360˚ videos. Working together to bring a more fan experience and fun orientated video series than is currently available we soon found a home with Wales Online. The show averaged 13,000 – 15,000 views per video in Season One.
Digital Filmmaker Magazine have been very interested in out 360˚ work and asked our MD Daniel J. Harris to begin writing articles for their magazine. In the first article Dan explained 360˚ video, who it works and what content can be created using this new format. As a result Focus Shift Films’ image of Dan on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was used as the cover image in August’s issue.
September’s issue features an article on rules for 360˚ shooting.
December’s issue features an article on our short film Dying Light and Digital Production Pro.
Focus Shift Films has created a 360˚ video time lapse for Equinox Wales and their client Cadw. One of the UK’s most haunted locations has been brought to life in 360˚ and viewers can see the sun drop down beyond the horizon and darkness envelope the abbey. One of Wales’ iconic heritage buildings is open to the public and visitors come from around the UK and beyond to this Cadw managed site.
The video has been shared with Wales Online here and has accumulated over 35,000 views.
Focus Shift Films is now working with London based Blend Media to create unique and engaging 360˚ video content that can be licensed, as well as original projects and ideas for brands and clients. Blend Media provide a unique platform for showcasing 360˚ content and bringing clients closer to creators to form working relationships and collaborations. Blend Media will be representing some of FSF’s 360˚ content. Visit the Blend Media website to see what 360˚ content is available.
Focus Shift Films’ Daniel J. Harris has been in France filming an innovative documentary about Welsh football fans using 360˚ video. Designed to offer a viewpoint of the fans by the camera being carried and talked to by our Dan it should offer a new level of engagement in online narrative films. A lot of 360˚ content is short form and from a stitch camera position, but by carrying the camera it offers a new level of dynamism to the footage captured and gives audiences the feeling of being part of the story. Daniel has brought the film together and shaped the story upon his return, but also delivered regular short videos through the Facebook project page – When Pele Broke Our Hearts – as well as Wales Online’s Facebook page. Videos have so far accumulated over 1 million views. Video links available on our 360˚ Services page.
Focus Shift Films and Vale Productions have produced ‘Dying Light’. Directed by BAFTA Cymru nominated Luke Andrews and shot by BAFTA Cymru winning DOP Keefa Chan this ambitious short film has been completed and is now being screened at events and festivals. Shot on location in Goodrich, Herefordshire and Blaenavon, Torfaen at the Cadw managed Blaeanvon Ironworks and Stack Square 1940’s house, as well as parts of the film shot in the studio using green screen for a little VFX magic from Tony Rowlands. The story follows two young boys who realise the horrors of war when a German plane is shot down over their sleepy village during World War Two. The film has been selected for Cardiff Independent Film Festival & Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.
Focus Shift Films often gets a mention in our MD Dan’s articles for Flickering Myth – the online movie blog. Dan writes a range of articles about film, TV and the industry as a whole. Often FSF or one of our recent projects gets a mention as Dan uses his real world experience to influence his articles and provide examples and case studies to make his point. Flickering Myth has over 1 million original visitors each month and Dan’s articles are often well received.
Focus Shift Films have been assisting Schoop in building their online presence and reaching new audiences with their product, as well as creating a promotional video that showcases exactly what the product does. Schoop is a communication tool used by schools and businesses to share 1 to 1 messages, group messages, news letters, questionnaires and a variety of other tools. Safe, efficient, multilingual and paperless communication is revolutionising how many establishments communicate including Cardiff Devils and Cardiff Bus.
FSF MD Daniel J. Harris has spent 7 months working with Virtual Reality specialists Atticus Digital on a range of projects as Account Manager and specialist 360˚ shooter and director. Shooting 360˚ content for Adidas, BBC Wales, Visit Wales, the WRU, TV show Hinterland, Hexagon, Invacare and Welsh Water – Dan has been at the cutting edge of technology and has developed the skills to shoot and deliver 360˚ content for the Samsung Gear VR and social media. Dan has also delivered VR projects for Horizon Pharma and SAP. Dan managed social media and digital communications for Atticus during his 7 months, but has now returned to working full time at FSF.
Watch the 6 Nations rugby 360˚ video shot for the WRU, Visit Wales and BBC Wales here. Watch using Google Chrome for best results.
FSF have helped this Welsh poet to bring his words to life through video and a strong social media campaign. Encapsulating how it feels to be Welsh on international rugby day the poem and video shares the nations pride in their rugby team. This project has been shared through Wales Online over 1,500 time and the video had over 18,000 views on YouTube in only 6 weeks.
The social media campaign reached over 35,000 people through Facebook and was retweeted by BBC’s Scrum V show, current and former Welsh rugby players and other notable Welsh personalities. The campaign took advantage of the national pride and press surrounding the 2016 RBC 6 Nations Championship and reached it’s target audience.
The track was played on Heart Wales FM and was also released on iTunes with all proceeds being donated towards two charities – Barnardo’s and Everyone’s Child Romania.
FSF produced this feature length documentary about the plight of the Welsh male voice choirs in the 21st Century. The film follows Blaenavon Male Voice Choir as they look to adapt to the digital age and embrace social media in order to rejuvenate their choir and recruitment new, younger choristers.
The project budget was raised through crowd funding and a strong social media campaign that allowed Blaeanavon MVC to build a Facebook page with over 1,100 like from nothing. The project was built around building an online community and sharing content with other choirs and Welsh personalities in order to leverage audience and build support. Through this method of working we were able to engage not only choirs across the UK, but Welsh male voice choirs and Welsh communities around the world.
The project not only featured in local newspapers across Wales and the South-West, but the Wales Online article was shared over 1,100 times and it featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Roy Noble show, ITV Wales News, Channel 4 News and BBC Breakfast. The film was premiered at Cineworld, Cardiff to over 380 people and has screened in cinemas around Wales as well as being accepted into The Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and will be screened at the Welsh International Documentary Festival.
‘Save Our Male Voice Choirs’ is now available on DVD.
In 2015 Daniel produced two short films for It’s My Shout Productions. ‘Hiraeth’ is the story of two brothers returning home to scatter their parents ashes and was aired by BBC Wales. ‘Pwyll’ is a Welsh-language film set in a dystopian future and with it’s clever VFX it was aired on both S4C and BBC Wales.
It’s My Shout offers filmmakers a great opportunity to create content for TV and to build their broadcast credits, network and experiences. Dan worked with a great team of people and produced two quality short films that have been seen by thousands of viewers on national television.
FSF MD Daniel J. Harris developed the online TV channel Team Wild TV from 18,000 views in May 2012 to over 50 million views in March 2015. During his time as Head of Video Production the channel delivered over 700 videos and built a subscriber base of over 150,000 people from around the world. As well as TWTV Daniel helped developed online TV channels and platforms for other brands including Subaru UK, Isuzu UK, Air Arms, Great Wall, Realtree, K and K Premium Jagd and Fort Governor’s Estate.
Whilst working as Head of Video Production at Team Wild TV, FSF MD Daniel J. Harris, managed multiple channels and projects for external clients. One of which was the Jewson Isuzu Rally Team video series during the 2014 BCCC. Dan produced and directed all 6 videos in the series and delivered them with a small team of camera operators and an editor. Each Round in the series occurred over a weekend with Dan and his team shooting Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday – then delivering a short form promo video of the weekend for the following Thursday, before a full 15-20 minute version was delivered the Thursday after that. Dan and his team turned around high quality and engaging videos in a short space of time to help build the audience for the Jewson Isuzu Rally Team.
Dan also helped develop the online presence and branding for several clients of Team Wild TV. Dan was a key member of the team that developed the new look website for international air rifle manufacturer Air Arms. Helping to build a team of contributors for the website, to develop an online series of videos for the brand as well as develop the format, branding, dents and style of that video series. Dan produced and directed the first batch of videos for Air Arms TV and set a style that has continued with the video series. The Air Arms YouTube channel and social media following has grown thanks to good quality sharable content and effective house keeping methods for the video content.