Isolation

Blind Veterans UK

The power of human interaction.

Blind Veterans UK help veterans of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss.
It was a huge pleasure making this film for this great charity and spending time with Ken.
Ken is an 88-year-old blind veteran who welcomed us into his home. With the help of Liam, a BVUK volunteer who visits Ken three times a week, we shot on location over 3 days at Ken’s flat capturing everyday moments which tell the story of isolation and then the change that human interaction and practical tools can bring to someone of advanced years suffering sight loss.

The Shoot

We spend three days with Ken and Liam.
The central London location of Ken’s flat would, on the face of it, seem incongruous with isolation but nothing could be further from the truth. Cities are lonely places when you are unable to move around them and meet people.
We invaded Ken’s flat and were greeted with great patience, humor, and friendship. Even after asking him to make several cups of tea in a row, so we could get the right shot, Ken remained patient and emerged as the perfect film-making contributor. Tom our Director and Robin our DP did an excellent job while Daniela our runner, Abi our Client Partner and Mark our Production Director took up the slack with everything else.
This was truly a massive team effort of which Ken and Liam were core members.

Sony Venice & Zeiss Supreme Primes.

We were lucky enough to get the chance from The Plant Room to use the amazing Sony Venice Cinema camera system along with the awesome Zeis Supreme Prime lens set for this shoot.
This combination gave unbridled dynamic range which in real terms meant we could shoot in Ken’s flat during an uncommonly bright and sunny January and retain full detail in the shadows and the highlights. In simple terms, this makes for an amazingly beautiful image which can be made to look exactly how we wanted it to look.
VENICE has an exceptional 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for extraordinary performance in delivering phenomenal images in conditions from searing sunlight to almost no light. It’s real-world performance excels at High Dynamic Range imaging and allows unprecedented creative freedom in grading.

We loved this set-up and will be using it again in the future.

Some initial reactions to the film from Blind Veteran’s Uk staff:

Wow, what a really emotional and moving story. Well done to the whole team involved, it perfectly captures the amazing work that we do.’

‘I am sat here in the office in tears – does that answer your question on what do I think!  Very powerful and so moving.  Thanks for sharing.’

‘I just watched it, it had a massive impact on me, really hit home what the organisations does achieve. Good for employees like myself to see also. I had the emotions of deep sadness and great joy in one short film.