Thomas Hogben
Thomas Hogben
photography - film - imaging

 

From Harris to Paris

A Unique Voyage. An exhibition of photographs, video and stories at the Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh.
Following the journey of the tweed from Harris to Paris, we explore Scotland's national and international character. This is a story about people, craftsmanship and how an traditional Scottish island industry remains relevant and connects to a global fashion industry that changes, literally with every season.
Opened on June 21st and ran until August 31st 2016

I traveled to the the Isle of Harris with Martin and the team to film at a variety of the Mills on the Island, as well as visit the weavers at their homes. The whole experience was amazing and I am really proud of the results we produced.

The launch of the film and gallery of photography was attended by Prince Charles and Camilla during the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. 

Camera - Sony FS5

Edited by - Jason Gnewikow

Martin Scott Powell — Photographer
Mike Benson — Writer
Malcolm Buick — Art Direction

www.harristoparis.com

I have always had a interest in the landscape that surrounds us, and have spent countless hours out in the forest. This project gave me a opportunity to get out into the woodland and explore the economical impact that our woodlands play.

The short film was shot within the highland region, and only in forests that are currently sustainably managed. I was able to take advantage of the 240fps ability of the Sony FS5 as well to really get a feel for the time that these forests take to grow.

The film was edited in Premier, with the roto work for text completed in After Effects, prior to a final grade being delivered with Lumetri.

You can read the full blog on "Why Our Forests Matter" here - http://woodblocx-landscaping.co.uk/wh... and you can find out even more information, or check the facts at the links below:

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publi... - (www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/2011/11/state-of-the-uk-forests-woods-and-trees/)

http://www.forestryscotland.com - 
(www.forestryscotland.com/forestry/strategy)

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/statistics

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This film is the output of a two year part time Masters I studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, part of Dundee University.

I have used my research into the physics of the movement of light to produce a short film, which is an artistic representation of this invisible world of light that flows around us. With the wealth of work being conducted into the understanding of light by the likes of Dr Maria Ana Cataluna here at Dundee and Ramesh Raskar based at MIT in Boston, there is more and more interest in seeing the physical attributes of light. To achieve the results desired I also developed a technique of controlling the organic movement of computer-generated particles by using hidden control clouds that have influence over the visible particle systems. This allowed for large-scale simulations to be built in the ICE particle world within the Softimage software environment rapidly, and fine-tuned with the traditional node based controllers.

You can see the process of how I developed this project here:

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And retrace my steps via my blog here:

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In early 2015 I was able to work with the team at Fly Boy Films in Dundee on another pilot. The project, titled 'The Job', was developed by Adam McNamara who himself originally worked for Police Scotland. The script for this short pilot, and the wider series is a real gem. Adam brings a inside knowledge to the story and it ticks the 'so funny it must be true' box of dry wit and humour throughout.

Brian McCardie had some cracking lines, and the crew all did well to hold it together (most of the time) when he brought his undeniable ability and comedy to the role of Geoff. Dan Portman, of Game Of Thrones fame, was also involved as the main thorn in the polices side and drew a lot of attention throughout the filming in Dundee.

As Assistant Director, this project brought with it its own challenges as the crew of around 20 included the hire of a police car and large number of location changes to allow the action to flow from scene to scene.

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In 2013 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Jeppe Rohde Nielsen and Alan McIlrath on their short film project Corpach. This surreal drama, inspired by the Mark Frost & David Lynch TV series "Twin Peaks" from the early 90's, tells the story of a troubled family who loose their daughter to the forest.

Working as a Assistant Director on the project gave me experience across the production, and allowed me to develop my abilities when working in a larger crew. The production was managed by the team at Fly Boy Films in Dundee and directed by Jeppe. Gordon Kennedy played the role of 'Robert' and brought a real gravitas to the piece.

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For me, this is where it all begun.

I have always had a passion for racing. Be it bikes, cars, karts.. what ever I could get my hands on, but the pressures of pushing yourself against the clock, chasing every fraction of a second brings a level of competition that can cloud everything else around you. I wanted to explore this in the film and look at how a rider sees a race course. The smallest details and moments of precision that make the difference between 02:27:897 and 02:27:860. And that difference is important.

The film was also selected for the BFF and screened in New York and London as part of their traveling show.

There were many people involved in making this project happen but a big thank you should go to Ben Cortis, Andrew Kirk, Ian McAllister, Simon Cortis, Steven Brock, Tom Akass and Steve Hogben.

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Sarah Marshall Jewellery

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Camera – Nikon D800 and Canon 5Dmk2

Lens – Nikon 50mm F1.4 and Canon 24-70L F2.8

In April 2015 I had the opportunity to shoot some jewellery shots for Sarah Marshall, a highly talented young jeweller who was exhibiting at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design show that year. The brief was for it to edgy, dark and focused on the Jewellery. We discussed going for a tri-X style high contrast black and white look, but when I met the model for the shoot it would have been criminal not to make use of her fantastic red hair.

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2016 - THE END OF AN ERA

2016 marked a turning point for me. The start of something new. I left the company I had helped to establish 7 years earlier and chose to focus on spending my time on what I felt mattered the most: Making the best content I could, and challenging myself to explore more and visit new places. Making time for the things I never had time for.

It was a good year, and this is a selection of my favourite images which remind me of the journey I've been on.

The view along Beinn Dearg

The view along Beinn Dearg

TheWall up Beinn Dearg

TheWall up Beinn Dearg

Shinty Pitches Strathpeffer

Shinty Pitches Strathpeffer

Dunnet Head cliffs

Dunnet Head cliffs

Kildermorie Forest

Kildermorie Forest

The New York Skyline

The New York Skyline

Mannhaten 

Mannhaten 

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Sgurr Marcasaidh

Sgurr Marcasaidh

Looking West from the Black Isle

Looking West from the Black Isle

Loch Achility

Loch Achility

The Milky Way

The Milky Way