Dave Weir & ToroPro

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Dave Weir & ToroPro

Shooting for our second ToroPro Tape promo we had the honour of working with 6 time Paralympic Gold Medalist, World Champion and all time Paralympic Hero…Dave Weir! Overall, he currently has 33 medals to his name...24 of those being GOLD. That definitely qualifies as 'legend' status. We were privileged to have met him and left inspired by his lifetime achievements.  

The shoot was fairly straight forward. We had some key shots in mind, particularly for the track and the famous portraits we love to film, although the afternoon did present some difficult challenges for us to overcome. Without a cloud in sight and sweltering heat, the A7S light settings were tested as we battled with the sun to get our exposure right. Nothing a bit of ND filter couldn't handle though! Despite the conditions, at DanDan Films we always like to get stuck into the activities we’re filming and this one was no different. So when Dave Weir mentioned his recent achievement - breaking the world record for the fastest mile, completing it in 2 minutes 57 seconds and proving that he was still up there with the best athletes - we couldn't resist trying to capture a taste of what that might look like. So improvising with Dan at the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra, and other Dan in the boot with a tripod and camera, we took Dave Weir to the tracks. I have to say that for an impromptu moving shot idea, it worked really well and we were really happy with the final results! Definitely recommended!

Dave Weir competes again this year in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and we're confident that he's going to smash it again. 

This was a really exciting shoot!

Behind the scenes photos by Hannah Young of CBZ Photography.


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CHRIS WALKER-HEBBORN & JBC

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CHRIS WALKER-HEBBORN & JBC

In the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympics at DanDan Films we have been given a few opportunities to involve ourselves in some highly taxing and fiercly competitive situations. It started last year when we took on weightlifting with World Record holder Amanda Gisby. Trying to convince her that four arms were clearly better than two was the ultimate mental challenge. Unfortunately, even with four arms we couldn't lift what she did and, well....she won. Later in the year, we tried showing Chelsea LFC captain Katie Chapman a thing or two about stamina and agility on the football field. Unfortunately, even with the combination of long legs and short snappy sprints....we didn't. So when JBC-Nutrition contacted us about their latest promotional film we decided to make our challenges a little more achievable and went to Bath University to compete with Olympic Swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn for the title of 'Who can hold their breath for the longest underwater?' 

Filming underwater was an exciting first experience for us. We tested out the Ewe Marine waterproof camera bag to get the shots we wanted and for the most part it worked really well. The only issue for us was...holding our breath! We went quite old school with this as well, no oxygen tanks, no snorkels, not even a hose fed down from the surface! But nonetheless we had a great day filming and working with both Chris and Gareth from JBC Nutrition. We are really looking forward to the next one! 

Rio 2016 is a huge opportunity for Chris Walker-Hebborn to make a mark for Britain in the 100m backstroke. The 1908 London Olympics was the first time the backstroke was entered into the competition and also the last time a backstroke swimmer brought home a medal for Britain. Herbert Haresnape completed it in 1 minute 27 seconds and took home a bronze medal for the country. Over 100 years on, with 27 medals, 14 of them being gold and a personal best of just 52.88 seconds, Chris's sights on a second Olympic medal for Britain, are well within reach! 

Apparently the secret to winning is all to do with holding your breath...which we soon realised, we're not very good at!

Chris competes on Sunday August 7th 2016 in Rio. 

We wish him the best of luck!


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KATIE CHAPMAN & TOROPRO

KATIE CHAPMAN & TOROPRO

Football is a sport played by many and loved by many more.

Whether that's shouting at the professionals on the TV, getting involved in a kick about outside or playing on fifa into the early hours, it's a sport that brings people together. It's a pity that at DanDan Films we are both ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH at all of the above. 

So when we were asked to create a promotional film for ToroPro Kinesiology Tape with Katie Chapman, captain for Chelsea LFC, we felt somewhat obliged to start practicing some signature moves that would dazzle, impress and stand up to the tough competition. However, after several failed attempts on shoot at simply passing the ball to each other we thought it best to just film Katie instead...some things are better left with the pros!

Here are some sneaky behind the scenes shots captured by Hannah Young of CBZ Photo.com. 

We're really looking forward to putting this one together! 


LUKE & LO DAVIS

LUKE & LO DAVIS

On the 9th July Luke and Lo celebrated their wedding in The Gower Hotel in Swansea, just up from Caswell Bay. The quaint boutique venue sat quietly in the hillside and despite the clouds and rain it turned out to be a fantastic day! There were so many highlights to remember and place was decorated really well. From quirky red Post Boxes to Vintage Cars, overhead LED lighting to a beautiful sparkler send off, it made the whole place look amazing. Not to mention the surprise drone camera appearance as the confetti was thrown! All in all, it was a really fun day and we even discovered that tall Dan had some unique dancing moves of his own! Just ask the guests!  

THANK YOU BOTH FOR HAVING US, WE HAD A GREAT TIME!

Stay posted for your film! 


CRAIG & GEMMA GALLIVAN

CRAIG & GEMMA GALLIVAN

You might know him as Luke from the hit TV show Stella on Sky 1. Or perhaps it's for his famous Michael Bublee impersonations. One way or another you probably know that Craig Gallivan loves to perform! However, there were no fictional roles to play here as Craig and Gemma tied the knot on the 25th June 2016 in sunny South Wales, although I'm sure Craig's experience with learning lines helped him with his speech..a bit!   

 We had the privilege of spending some time with Craig and his wonderful fiancee Gemma James back in February filming their South Wales variety show Saturday Night Live at the Swansea Grand Theatre. Seeing their enthusiasm, dedication and excitement for the show was just a small insight into their excitement, enthusiasm and dedication for each other. Watching the way they entertained the crowd was also a little taster into their own wedding day!  

 Their spectacular wedding was held at the Corran Resort & Spa in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire and what a stunning venue it was. Sitting calmly in the Welsh country side, it was the perfect place to relax in a tranquil atmosphere and enjoy the peaceful landscapes. But not for Craig and Gemma! There were no half measures when it came to the entertainment as they saw it vastly important to construct an enormous stage, fitted with an amazing sound system, lighting, smoke machines and pyrotechnics for a double act of live music during the evening! 

Their energy and joy married the electrical atmosphere and the whole day was an absolute blast!

 THANKS FOR HAVING US THERE! 


KATIE & JAMES PRANKERD

KATIE & JAMES PRANKERD

It's always a pleasure to film weddings and capture people celebrating and enjoying themselves, but when they're two close friends getting married it's even better! We have known Katie & James for a long time and when they asked us to film their day we couldn't say no! It was also great to be working with LJM-Photography again!

They got married in the ChristChurch Centre on 20th February 2016 immediately followed by the most colourful cake reception we have ever seen! So tasty! Despite the torrential rain photos were still taken in Bell Vue Park, Newport inside the cafe, which seemed to be the perfect place to enjoy a chocolate and strawberry sundae through straws!

The main reception was held at The Celtic Manor and the building, the food, the entertainment was top notch...if it's good enough for Barak Obama, then it's good enough for Katie & James. The grand entrance to the building carved a way to enjoy the beautiful green landscapes and impressive dining area. The food was stunning and as the afternoon drew to a close the evening preparations began. In true competitive style, Katie & James had hired a full on formula one arcade racing game to show of their skills. There was strong competition but with James firmly in first place throughout the evening...cycling on a vintage bicycle seemed the better option for Katie! 

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU MARRIED...THANK YOU BOTH FOR HAVING US THERE!


LIZ & SCOTT

LIZ & SCOTT

On the 3rd October we had the privilege of filming the wedding of Liz and Scott Cohen who got married at Holy Trinity Brompton in London. The venue was a seriously special place to film. The space, the lighting and the sound complimented the positive and vibrant atmosphere  and as the bride walked through the door behind the incredible sounds of live bag pipes, we knew we were in for a treat of a day!

The pipes and the venue were just the beginning, they had booked a red double decker bus to get around London and had singing waiters! There were surprises around every corner, we felt so lucky to be a part of it.  The Bride looked stunning and the weather could not have been better. LJ from LJM-Photography.co.uk became a guest videographer for the day and we couldn't have asked for a better assistant. Her natural eye for detail and composition complimented the film film well and her passionate personality was infectious, both for the guests and for us! Thanks LJ!

Below are some of the suppliers from the day - Be sure to take a look at their great work! 


CHURCHHOLY TRINITY BROMPTON
RECEPTIONOGNISKO
DRESSKOBUS DIPPENAAR
HAIRTINA CROSSLEY
MAKE UP: @KANAMAMUSHO
SHOES: CARVELA AT KURT GEIGER
VIDEOGRAPHERS: DAN RIDGEON AT DANDANFILMS & LJ MEATES AT LJM PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHERSJAY ROWDEN & LISA JONAS


JACOB & SARAH

JACOB & SARAH

It was our complete pleasure to spend some time with two of tall Dan's good friends and newly weds Jacob and Sarah Adams on their wedding day. It was a wedding that was anticipated by hundreds and it did not disappoint! After spending the morning in a beautiful, idyllic church just outside of bath, we made our way to long mead at Monkton Combe School where tall Dan, Jacob and Sarah used to study and the location couldn't have been better. Set in a beautiful open grass area, all the classic past time games were set up, from croquet to swing tennis! Everybody had a good laugh! 

The reception was set in a giant tent and it had to be one of the highlights of the day...delicious mixed meat grill, what more could you ask for?! Unless you don't eat meat of course. By the evening the sun had set beautifully over the valley creating the perfect environment for some sunset snaps.

 THANK YOU JACOB AND SARAH, FOR LETTING US BE A PART OF IT!


KRIS & CLAIRE

KRIS & CLAIRE

Well it's fair to say that Kris and Claire picked a perfect day to get married, the weather was absolutely stunning! Starting out at the City United Reformed Church a huge crowd gathered to see them both get married and a tasty cake reception followed as well!  Once the cars appeared, the celebrations continued at The New House Country Hotel, a host to some amazing views of the city! An amazing live band accompanied the guests through until the early hours and everybody had a great time! 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO KRIS & CLAIRE FOR INVITING US TO FILM THEIR WEDDING DAY...WE HAD A GREAT TIME!

JUNCTION 26

JUNCTION 26

We have just finished shooting a promo film for Newport's most up and coming love music venue JUNCTION 26. If you're looking for some live entertainment for a great price, in a great atmosphere for a good price then this is the place to be!  Run by Jon Roberts at Christchurch Centre, with some fantastic bands and a well priced bar these evenings promise to entertain!

So far we have seen the likes of the amazing Lewis & Leigh, Firewood Island, Kizzy Crawford, The Vallyers and Sion Russell Jones.

Make sure you check them out!

 THANKS FOR GETTING US INVOLVED!