We’re pretty sure you’ve noticed our brand new theme for summer 2015 – it’s called Summer Together and it launched yesterday on air and online.
Each season our brand director, photographic, online, promotional (adverts) and set design departments get together to create a new exciting look for all our channels including live programming, online, Facebook and even Twitter.
For Summer Together the crew flew to South Africa. We caught up with a few of the guys that were there to find out more and ask them what made the shoot so special for them.
Simon Carter – Creative Image Manager
I don’t sleep on planes ever, so I look out of the window.
On the way down at 4am we flew over Kenya. Thousands of feet below us I could see a huge electrical storm in the dense clouds over the savannah. You don’t see that too many times in a lifetime.
An hour and a half later the sun rose and being just before the solar eclipse the moon was above the sun in the early morning sky. That doesn’t happen too often either.
The landscapes in South Africa were sublime. Huge mountains that looked like they had just been pushed through the valley floors the previous weekend. They were huge rugged lumps of mountain, nothing like we get in Europe. So it was flat dusty valley floor or straight up… No undulating hills there.
The houses were so in-keeping with the landscapes; architecture blending in perfectly. And the people – all so helpful and happy. Must be something to do with the wonderful climate.
Nigel Cole-Bowen – Brand Director
The crew were fantastic and everyone bonded brilliantly. I managed and co-directed the shoot and it was great to see such a talented group of individuals work together… Or should I say spend Summer Together.
Amy Cook – Filming Director
I was given the enviable task of directing content for four adverts in South Africa, working particularly closely with Nigel to direct the look and feel of the new season theme on which a lot of my footage was based.
We had a full-on schedule, with lots to get filmed but the sunshine definitely helped boost the morale! We were pretty well prepped before we went so thankfully most things went to plan with only the odd usual shoot hitch, such as reluctant child models, dubious weather and sand in EVERYTHING.
But all in all I absolutely fell in love with South Africa, from the weather to the delicious biltong, and I now can’t wait to go back at the earliest opportunity!
The team were all amazing; I can’t praise them enough but I think my particular highlight has to be the surreal moment I got to watch Nigel dipping a sausage skewered on a stick, taped to a garden fork in a lake in rural South Africa as the sun went down… all in the name of QVC. You couldn’t make it up!’
The crew – it’s always a delight getting to know your fellow colleagues a little better on these long shoots. The dynamics of the team were second to none. We built-up some real relationships!
And of courser getting to spend Summer Together!
Aimee Glass – Camera Operator
It was a privilege to be a camera operator on this year’s Cape Town shoot. The scenery and back drops were stunning, and the sunsets are incredible. It was a new experience shooting alongside Simon and his colleague Josu from the still Photography team, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great seeing how they work, and we had a good team work ethic.
My favourite day filming was at a beautiful white house, around an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The house itself was next to the mountains, with a stunning lake in the grounds, and a big pool in the middle. There were many different backgrounds to shoot within the one location to make sure every scene looked completely different. For example, we filmed barbecue, swimming pool and sprinkler scenes, all on the same day, in the same location!
My particular favourite has to be the swimming ‘Summer Together’ scene with the Kids jumping in the pool. It was shot on a GoPro camera, which is waterproof; I had never filmed underwater before (or been a very strong swimmer) so it was a new challenge for me!
It was a case of getting two very excited children to listen to Nigel’s direction and follow his cue, whilst I framed up the camera above the waterline (seeing them jump in) and then followed them underwater as they swum towards me.
Easier said than done when your goggles keep steaming up, the children jump in whenever they feel like it, and you’ve been treading water for ages! It was good fun though, and I was really pleased with the end result.