Friday, 25 October 2013


WHERO FILMS "CUTTING REAL" 2013 from Red McLeod on Vimeo.

Nothing beats a solid team of keen experts coupled with a water-tight plan. Yet somehow I constantly find myself as a production team of one person, with a consistent brief to "wing-it". Not ideal. But after years of practice the balancing act has its own set of advantages.

Filming talent that is sensitive to the camera (athletes, joe average etc) can be considerably more successful when production staff are kept to a minimum. Monitoring levels and directing variables that make up the final product is a big ask for one operator. But not imposable.

This years showreel is made from B-roll pictures where the "production team" was one guy. All the camera rigs, car rigs, lighting, sound, and direction. One red-headed guy. 

The 2009 and 2011 showreel might still be more entertaining given the amount of motion graphics and animation type projects. Maybe 2015 will feature more of a balance between the mediums. That will all depend on what I can sink my creative claws into between now and then! Enjoy. - James McLeod


Friday, 18 October 2013


Without a pro team of their own Seattle, Washington has been supplying professional basketball players to the NBA by the dozen. Hoopers like Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson, who can not only ball - but whom have a flash entertainment factor to them. Showtime ballers.

Showtime basketball is entertaining to watch. But in a game of pride, when an offensive player decides to execute a pass off the backboard to himself, finish with a dunk, hang on the rim for five and a half minutes, then talk trash to the oppositions bench on the way past - things become very heated between opponents.

Nobody is more familiar with Seattle's style of play than the basketball players and fans of Portland Oregon. Three hours drive on the I5 highway brings these two cites together.

While filming this story I meet with Portland legends Brandon Brooks, Aaron Miles and the up and coming Michael James who claim to have never been beaten by a Seattle team. The question is why do the talented basketball players of Portland Oregon get over looked by the NBA franchises?

Portland baller Aaron Miles who plays Point guard professionally for Krasnie Krilya, Russia.