There’s one thing for sure, when you provide event videography and other video production services no two days are ever the same! One minute I’m hanging off the Clifton Suspension Bridge - the next I’m freelance filming at medical conventions or nosing around a visual communications company. Variety is truly the spice of life!
Having produced three films for Supadance already (and about to film another at the beginning of December) the call from their Chairman, Barry Free, about filming the Same Sex Open at the Spanish Hall in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on 27th October was completely out of the blue. The call was totally unexpected but very welcome – and it turned out to be an amazing event, organised and attended by some wonderful people – and some quite brilliant dancing.
This was the first ever same sex open ballroom and latin dance competition in the UK. It was presented by Richardz Dance Promotions in association with Sören and Bradley Stauffer-Kruse (AKA ‘The Sugar Dandies‘ – famous for their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent), and with the support of Marketing Blackpool.
As a United Kingdom Same Sex Dance Council (UKSSDC) sanctioned event, the Same Sex Open in Blackpool followed the UKSSDC Competition Rules. Whilst some might assume that “same sex” means gay and lesbian (I too thought that before my enlightenment), it is actually open to dance couple regardless of their sexual orientation. Whilst originating from within the gay and lesbian community, it’s aim is to provide an open dance competition of the highest standard that is totally inclusive.
With such a short lead time there wasn’t a great deal of discussion about brief for the film, which I guess is a compliment as Supadance obviously trust me to come up with something that’s going to promote their interests. Basically I was left to organise the shoot with Sören and Bradley who were fantastic to work with and obviously brilliant event organisers. And as you’ll remember from Britain’s Got Talent – they’re exceptional dancers too!
Event Videography – the 2012 Same Sex Open
This short film will give you an insight into the event and includes an interview with Supadance Chairman, Barry Free about his company’s support of this new sphere of competitive dance. For the techies out there it was shot on a Canon 5DMkii using Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4 USM lens and edited on Edius 4.6. It was shot in a day and edited in two. Enjoy!
My thanks go to everyone involved in the event and Supadance for funding the production of the film. I’d also like to thank Martin Baker who acted as my assistant on the day.