Car Launch with a Twist

I'll admit, at first I was sceptical.... in fact, after a few rehearsals in London, I became even more sceptical... a 270 degree barrel roll is quite a different stunt to perform since there are just too many factors that are simply uncontrollable.

True to say that I'm not an experienced stunt professional myself, but after we swept away the remains of the first few cars during our initial indoor trials, it was obvious that this was not going to be a straightforward gig.

Nonetheless Terry Grant, the famous stunt driver was utterly determined. This was HIS show... it was going to be a world record for JLR as part of a one off car launch for the Jaguar E-Pace. Terry is NOT one to disappoint!

There was to be no other option but to complete the roll with slick perfection.

Aside from Terry and his team, the Creative Producer, Jane Brighton at Imagination was equally focused and, you could even perhaps say, relaxed. She just knew that it would come off good in the end.

Of course, on the last run, and in front of a tense crowd (including the people from Guinness Book of Records) Terry did a perfect 270 twist and, for me, with all the power of a first class car launch, it was simply a great honour to be on this team - and I proudly share the end result here.

4 Days of my life!

Had SO much fun with James Corden and his dancers putting this little sequence together at London's Excel this week. Totally professional cast and crew - and a beautiful Production Company too - Set Live! - First time I've worked with this team, and I sincerely hope it's not the last. 

The whole thing took four days for us to choreograph and put it together on site. It was only filmed professionally for an internal audience - so I'm glad I found someone posting this from FOH since I was backstage during the performance and had no idea how the thing ultimately turned out.

My favourite moment? - The dinosaurs of course! - I even got to keep a costume afterwards. Totally gonna wear it out somewhere soon. Essential part of my costume wardrobe! 

European City of Culture - The People's Opening, Aarhus

A great honour to be working on this project. I will now be relocated for all of January in Denmark as Senior Stage Manager to oversee and deliver this beautiful ceremony that is truly designed from the heart. Watch out for the People's Opening on the 21st January when we parade an event with 6000 participants through the streets of the city of Aarhus.

Throwback to Yesteryear....

I guess it's okay to share some of the distant past from time to time..... Here's an old thing I chanced upon as I was archiving today - it's a comms recording from an event I had the pleasure of showcalling back in 2006 that I might say was a little under-rehearsed....

Until the comms channels get tweaked, it's a total noise - in fact, you might deserve a prize just for trying to listen to it... but actually, once it calms down in the first 30 secs, especially for those in our "industry", this is a real peach of a comms recording! -


We were 'doing' Michael Jackson et al for a well known televised music awards ceremony and things were not going well at all - mainly because all the celebs were deciding everything last minute, the venue were imposing a curfew ruling for our finish time and there were some other things happening that I can't really write about! - Anyway, there was no event director backstage to sort all this. As a result, the crew (IE us) just made it up as we went along.

The main voices are me - Spike Allibone the showcaller, Iain the First AD for TV (Doing a senior floor manager / SM / Everything job) and Rachel and Sarah who were getting the acts on and off including Lindsay Lohan and other presenters who also had no idea what was going on.

The show only got recorded from about halfway through once a very savvy sound tech realised that someone might enjoy or perhaps even learn from listening to what happened "on cans" that day. What had happened before he hit record is sadly lost - since it was utter chaos!

Iain deliberately left his headset mic on during some of the negotiations happening backstage so that the rest of us could hear the nightmare he was having. Some of the real gems you have to listen hard quite hard for.... the actual time span of the show was much longer so I guess you could call this a "highlights" edit.

The company I was working for disappeared after this.

What did it look like on TV? - well, The Chris Brown moment can be viewed here
The hysteria that was the We Are The World ‘performance’ can be seen here.

Drive By

Gotta tell you, this guys seriously needs to reconsider his carbon footprint. Not sure he puts environmental concerns at the top of his agenda.

How Many Salvationists Does it Take to fill the O2?

Just back from London where we produced a somewhat healthy sized International Congress for the Salvation Army... 10s of 1000s of them. 

Was a little too busy from time to time to photograph all the very beautiful costumes and performances that showed up from around the world but here's a quick snapshot of some of what I did capture... 

More images can be found here (opens in new window)

Tbilisi Flooding

I've loved going out to Georgia to work with the crazy people putting together the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Tbilisi is a great city and the people there are lovely!

Many of you will have seen the news about the flooding there over this last weekend, and it's sad since 12 people (or so) and lots of zoo animals died when a normally quite small local river burst its banks in the city centre.

My friend and colleague is out there at the moment working on the Opening Ceremony and he sent me this short YouTube link..... there's no doubt about it, things are pretty nuts out there currently. This isn't a sight you normally see!

Athlete's Parade... how long should it take?

Why would you spend 2:24 seconds watching this? - Well that's the question we ask ourselves too as we plan out a televised athlete's parade and the journey they take across the stadium "field of play". Here I run backwards in the wind filming Nina and Nini (yes really!) - behind them by ten paces are the next athlete team represented by Nuki and Nino (I am not joking!) Once you've watched this I need you to imagine the crowd cheering and lots of flags etc and then I'll think you'll get the full picture.

Pete's 4K Drone

So Pete and I headed up to a few Scottish Water installations with our esteemed client yesterday to shoot some 4K footage with one of SkyPod's drones...... a very pleasant and sometimes quite beautiful way to shoot water treatment works, dams and bridges.