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Stunning, timeless timelapse for the North East

DAVID SIMPSON talks to Newcastle creative video and photography agency MEDIA BORNE about an exciting project to create a unique timelapse record of the North East.

Aerial view of the Tyne Bridges by Media Borne
Aerial view of the Tyne Bridges by Media Borne

Newcastle-based creative film production and photography agency, Media Borne, describe themselves as “complete all-rounders” and it’s hard to disagree.

Corporate, web and event photography are amongst their professional skills and they likewise shine in the field of video production, whether for online content, corporate demos or training videos. However, this is a company that goes just that bit further, offering a comprehensive 360° service; including drone-based aerial photography and stunning time lapse films.

Recently, the ever-photogenic city of Newcastle has featured in one of their time lapse productions, created for a local business. Produced to showcase a specific location in Newcastle for a property-related client, the video has been a great success with an impressive reach on YouTube and Facebook.

The video’s success set directors Chris Thompson and Gavin Forster thinking that they could take the idea further with the prospect of producing a time-lapse film, featuring iconic images of the wider North East.

“People in the northeast love being from the area, and to be able to capture peoples’ intrigue about the wider region and highlight some of the places that people may not have visited is a great platform for discussion between businesses and also the wider community” said Director of Videography, Chris, a former Newcastle Film School graduate.

Media Borne clients have included local businesses such as Port of Blyth, Huntley Plant and Bowe Digital, while nationally and internationally they have worked with the National Trust, the BBC, The Royal Armouries, Buzzfeed, ENEL, Taco Bell and Accenture.

Together the two directors have a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields drawing on Gavin’s eight years experience of award winning photography and Chris’s experience delivering high quality corporate videos. In addition, Chris has 5 years experience of flying a range of professional drones and is a CAA fully qualified drone pilot.

Gavin Forster and Chris Thompson of Media Borne
Gavin Forster and Chris Thompson of Media Borne

Drone filming is increasingly popular but Media Borne have particular pride in creating timelapse and hyperlapses. A North East focused timelapse film featuring the wider region certainly sounds like an exciting project with the mouth watering prospect of seeing stunning locations showcased by uniquely talented videography. It’s also a project that would include super opportunities for local businesses and North East partners to get behind, so they should certainly take note.

The plan is to bring partners into the project and allow ‘sponsorship’ of certain locations to help facilitate the wider reach for the scheme. All of those involved would be tagged in each post of the film and logos featured.

A timeless opportunity to feature in a beautiful, inspiring time lapse project showing off some of the best of the glorious North East.

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Life behind the lens of a North East photographer

Helen Gildersleeve speaks to award winning North East photographer Chris Booth to find out about his life behind the camera and his passion for the region.

Flying Scotsman and Royal Border Bridge, Berwick upon Tweed. Photo: Chris Booth
Flying Scotsman and Royal Border Bridge, Berwick upon Tweed. Photo: Chris Booth

Esteemed American photographer, Ansel Adams once famously said: “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” In our fast paced and image focused world, good photography has become more potent than ever, with the average human seeing up to 4,000 images daily.

Darlington based Chris Booth has an extensive background in press photography and has worked for some of the North’s leading newspapers and magazines. With more than 12 years’ experience at The Northern Echo, Darlington & Stockton Times and Living magazine, his lens has captured everyone from pop stars to politicians, royalty to rogues and lots of beaming brides.

Photographer Chris Booth
Photographer Chris Booth

How did you get into photography?

I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a serious profession while growing up and it wasn’t until I was about 24 that I thought about being a photographer. I had always enjoyed taking pictures as a youth, and enjoyed having a go on my dad’s Canon T70 when given the chance. He was quite a keen amateur as was his father before him. In addition, I always had a keen interest in travel and politics and made usage of the fact that my sister worked on a newspaper to get my first bit of work experience as a press photographer on the Keighley News in West Yorkshire near to where I grew up. From there I successfully applied to get on the NCTJ photography course at Norton College in Sheffield from where I gained my first staff photographer position on the Scarborough Evening News.

Actress at Kynren, Bishop Auckland. Photo: Chris Booth
Actress at Kynren, Bishop Auckland. Photo: Chris Booth

What images are you most proud of?

This is a hard question to answer as I cover a wide array of subject matter and find it hard to compare or rank one against the other. I feel extremely fortunate enough to have covered the whole of the London2012 Olympics on behalf of The Northern Echo, and I believe I made the most of the 2 weeks I spent down in the capital. From this period to name but a few, I captured images of the iconic opening ceremony, Usain Bolt crossing the finish line in the 100m final and Kat Copeland becoming the first EVER woman from the North East to win a gold medal in her rowing event.

Beach bathers, Redcar. Photo: Chris Booth
Beach bathers, Redcar. Photo: Chris Booth

Where do you think is the most photogenic area of the North East?

I don’t think there is one particular area or place in the North East which is best for photos, rather there is a wealth of choice of many places. Clearly there are popular locations known to many such as Newcastle quayside, Durham Cathedral, Gunnerside in North Yorkshire, Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, much of the coastline including Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes, Whitby, Seaham Harbour. The list goes on, however as primarily a news photographer, if I am photographing a landscape there needs to be a news element involved such as extreme weather conditions or an event going on at that location.

Do you have any tips for taking a great local photograph?

It always helps to know a location well – to know for example how the sun might fall on a landmark at different times of day and where the sun sets and rises in relation to that landmark. Patience and enthusiasm are two more important characteristics especially for landscape photography. I would also encourage creativity – looking at different angles photographically on a subject matter and possibly trying to take a picture in a way that hasn’t been done before. This isn’t easy however.

Wolsingham Show, Weardale, County Durham. Photo: Chris Booth
Wolsingham Show, Weardale, County Durham. Photo: Chris Booth

What do you think makes the North East so great an inspiration for photographers?

I think the North East has an amazing amount of subject matter from iconic buildings in urban areas to beautiful yet wild landscapes both inland and along the rugged coastline. It’s difficult not to be inspired by such a wealth of choice!

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