Video profiling the Regent, a luxury hotel and superyacht marina in Porto Montenegro, for Elite Living: Africa magazine. I shot this around an interview with the manager Kai using a GH4 and flew a DJI Mavic Air over the - very swish - pool. Enjoy the sunset timelapse (I did)!
I bought a drone that may be perfect for travelling and a lot of fun: The Mavic Air. Mine happened to arrive while the UK was struggling under a snowstorm dubbed The Beast From The East. Undeterred, I took it out for its maiden flight in a South London park and captured some test footage which I quickly threw together on iMovie.
First impressions are, it's easy to use and extremely fun.
Walkabout in Lisbon from a couple of days in January overlaid to an amazing Fado singer we saw in Bairro Alto (audio through the phone mic).
The return of the Lumiere exhibition to London. After filming this in 2016 on a GH4 I decided to take a more minimal approach and just use an iPhone.
This was a quick walkabout Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, the Royal Academy and the Southbank edited with iMovie in the pub afterwards.
Short travel video shot on the island of Corfu with the GH4. Edited on FCPX and graded on Color Finale.
A walk through the streets of London for the Lumiere festival, taking in Kings Cross, Regent Street and Westminster Abbey.
Lumiere London from Paul McMillan on Vimeo.
I decided to road-test my GH4 with a trip to the festival of light brightening up the capital after Christmas after it had a successful stint in Durham.
This proved to be both a good and bad thing.
Good because I got to see the lights - bad because of the crowds and the cold.
The video was shot in 4k mode (downscaled to 1080p in Final Cut Pro) using a Nikon 18-105mm kit lens and a Nikon 35mm 1.8.
However, there was no stabilisation in either lenses and because of the cramped streets I did not bring a full-sized tripod. Lesson learned.
General election campaign video for Dave Ash, National Health Action Party candidate for Sutton and Cheam. Shot over four days in Sutton town centre, in the streets surrounding, Dave's house and on the South Bank (for the shot of Parliament in the background).
With a budget of zero, this was a very straightforward shoot. Equipment used was Nikon D7000, Rode VideoMic Pro, Nikon 55-200mm and 35mm lenses. Edited with Final Cut Pro X.
Hollywood actor George Clooney has called for Britain to return artefacts such as the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, saying it is ‘the right thing to do’.
The 52-year-old actor was speaking at a press conference in Berlin for his new film The Monuments Men, in which he stars as part of a World War II squad who save art treasures from the Nazis.
Asked by a Greek journalist if the artefacts in the British Museum – also known as the Elgin Marbles – should be returned to Greece, he said: ‘I think you have a very good case to make about your artefacts.
‘Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing if they were returned. I think that is a good idea.
‘I think that would be a very fair and very nice thing. Yeah, I think it is the right thing to do.’
The marbles were acquired by Lord Elgin during his time as an ambassador to the Ottoman court of the Sultan in Istanbul. They were bought by the British parliament and handed to the British Museum in 1816.
The collection has proved controversial with some claiming that Elgin took it without the proper authority.
A British Museum spokeswoman told The Indepedent ‘anybody is entitled to their view’ but the museum’s trustees had ‘always been very clear that they feel there’s a public benefit to having the sculptures in our collection remain part of our collection’.
Metro.co.uk, February 9, 2014
by Paul McMillan
If you’ve ever been bothered on a night out by a group of revellers acting like rowdy children then you’ll be heartened to hear what happened to this big baby.
A pub-goer, believed to be 19 years old, had to be rescued by firefighters after he decided to climb into a baby’s high chair – and became stuck.
They found him lying barefoot on the floor of The Stannary Court in Plymouth with his legs trapped in the seat designed for infants.
Della Abel, 45, was drinking at the pub with husband Robert, 48, and friends.
She told the Plymouth Herald: ‘I was out at Wetherspoon’s and all of a sudden there was this commotion and we looked around and he was literally stuck in the chair.
‘The bouncers thought he was mucking around at first but then they realised he was serious.’
She filmed the scene as they carried the trapped man out of the pub.
‘The man was laughing but then I think he got a bit frustrated as he was stuck there for so long,’ she added.
Watch manager Pete Watts from Plymstock fire station said: ‘He was young but obviously not young enough to still fit in the chair.
‘He must have thought it was a good idea at the time but wasn’t so chuffed when he got stuck.’
Firefighters used a saw to free the man, who faced calls to pay for the damage on Friday.
Metro.co.uk February 9, 2014
by Paul McMillan
Swiss voters have delivered a snub to their government and the EU by narrowly backing plans to limit immigration.
They backed a proposal by the nationalist People’s Party to introduce quotas for all types of immigrants by a margin of 50.3 per cent, according to public broadcaster SRF.
The result of the referendum means the government will have to renegotiate treaties on the free movement of workers it had arranged with the EU.
Until now, citizens from the 27 member states could easily live and work in Switzerland, while Swiss citizens could do the same across the EU.
Quotas were introduced for immigrants from eight central and eastern European nations two years ago, which were criticised by the EU.
Business groups had warned many of the 80,000 people who had moved to Switzerland last year were vital to the country’s economy and curtailing immigration could cost Swiss citizens’s jobs.
Swiss voters snub EU by backing plan to curb immigration
Urs Schwaller, a member of the centrist Christian People’s Party, said: ‘We always thought the argument about jobs would win people over, clearly that wasn’t enough.’
The government would need to launch a diplomatic offensive and explain to the EU that its hands were bound by the referendum while showing it was still ‘a reliable partner’, he added.
EU Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said that it was disappointed by the vote.
‘This goes against the principle of free movement of persons between the EU and Switzerland,’ he said.
‘The EU will examine the implications of this initiative on EU-Swiss relations as a whole.’