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Shooting on Home Soil

Shooting on Home Soil

As production gets back into full swing after a year of uncertainty, the UK is enjoying its moment as star of the screen. With many productions put on hold due to coronavirus and various lockdowns (how many is it now? A trilogy!) those that have managed to get back on set, have sought out locations(…)

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Events: How To Be A Normal Person

Events: How To Be A Normal Person

With the easing of Covid restrictions comes a welcome relief for the events industry as we are finally allowed to do what we do best after a long period of inactivity and we will soon be attending events and meeting new people face-to-face again. But I’m terribly sorry; I think I may have actually forgotten how(…)

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INSTANCES OF DISTANCES

INSTANCES OF DISTANCES

Are you a hugger? A hand shaker? A continental kisser or a high fiver? Perhaps you’re a back patter, an arm puncher, a fist bumper? Whatever your preferred method of greeting fellow humans, you’ll have had to reconsider it of late. Even the least tactile of us would surely admit that anything is preferable to(…)

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Shooting in the Face of Adversity

Shooting in the Face of Adversity

As many of us start to go back to work, we’re all painfully aware that shooting under the new Coronavirus regulations is going to provide us with a whole new set of challenges. And because we know that those who work in this industry don’t shy away from adversity, we thought we’d give you a(…)

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BLACK LIVES MATTER: DIRECTORS HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL EDITION

BLACK LIVES MATTER: DIRECTORS HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL EDITION

For this edition of our Directors Highlight we want to celebrate our favourite Black Directors. The recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations have called many things into to question with regards to how black people are treated in our society. For various reasons, media of all types collectively offer a distorted representation of the lives and reality of(…)

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And… Shoot!

And… Shoot!

Eight weeks ago, the production business like many other industries came to a sudden standstill. Now that the Prime Minister has announced that those who can continue to work from home should continue to do so. Those of us who can’t, are left wondering how best to proceed. Here at First Option Studio, we acknowledge that(…)

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Duncan Jones: Director Highlight #6

Duncan Jones: Director Highlight #6

British Film Director, Duncan Jones is the eighth person in our Director highlights series. Duncan Jones, the humble high-concept filmmaker. Duncan Jones was born in Bromley, Kent in the UK but spent most of his childhood in New York. From an early age he would make films with his Dad and eventually went on be one(…)

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‘Tis the Season for Turkey, but Spare a Moment for the Humble Vegetable

‘Tis the Season for Turkey, but Spare a Moment for the Humble Vegetable

Whether you’re a committed carnivore or a staunch fruitarian, there’s no denying the colossal environmental impact of our meat consumption – vegetarianism and veganism has been something of a hot topic of late, in fact, research shows that one in ten of us now eat a completely plant based diet. A staggering twenty five percent(…)

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Spirit Photographers, Who Were They?

Spirit Photographers, Who Were They?

“Would you like a retheipt?” lisped the adolescent vampire from behind a lurid display of ghoulish costumes in Sainsbury’s. It must be Halloween again… still… even a harried exchange with a cashier reluctantly sporting plastic fangs beats the horrors of the self-service check out. Fortunately there’s been no mention of forcing the First Option Studio(…)

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FOOD WASTE – WHAT CAN BE DONE?

FOOD WASTE – WHAT CAN BE DONE?

FOOD WASTE If you’re a stylist, photographer, or production company who regularly finds themselves working with food, you’ll know that waste at the end of a shoot can be a huge problem. As a studio with two kitchens, we often find ourselves hosting cookery programmes and commercial shoots that involve food products. Whilst it’s sometimes(…)

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