In-house Photographer (…a good one as well!)

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011


Big-Shed has always had, in its proprietor Justin Windle, a great photographer (not just a pretty face). With many years experience shooting stills of everything from people, food, and room sets through to animals and inanimate objects like trucks; Justin is adept at successfully interpreting your brief and managing your projects effectively – providing you with the shots you need. Just ask his existing clients!

Advertising agencies, design groups as well as a wide variety of direct contacts have all used Justin to create and consistently deliver quality images. So, if you’re looking to hire a photographer or thinking of shooting at the Big-Shed but don’t know who to use – use the ideal on-the-spot guy who knows his stuff – Justin.
Check out his portfolio here.

Sound-proof the roof!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


The roof of Big-Shed is sound-proofed! After listening (sic) to people in the film and video industry who shoot at Big-Shed, we took some advice and decided to further improve the facilities and get some sound-proofing into the place.

We talked to a chap called John Woods who has spent a lifetime as a sound recordist and acted upon his recommendations. John (a sound guy by all accounts) has spent a lifetime as a sound recordist and engineer and has worked on literally thousands of TV programmes – so his credentials are impeccable. In his role as an acoustic consultant he has developed solutions for the Pie Factory and The Sharp Project in Manchester.

He visited Big-Shed and checked out our ‘decay times’ with a special widgety thingy – apparently they were a tad lengthy and had to be dealt with! He stored the info away in his Macbook for later comparison. So, after a good look around and a swapping of ideas, we arrived at what must be done to the studio roof to create an even better place to shoot. (more…)

Shoot the shoot.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

shoot the shoot
We’ve been asked a lot to do the occasional still while a shoot is taking place. Now Big Shed has upped the ante and can provide comprehensive, behind the scenes photography of your production whether it’s a studio or location shoot.

Check out a couple of examples by clicking here

“…more power Igor, more power!”

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Storm over city

Big Shed is happy to announce that there is now more power on tap.

Our electricity supplier is smiling too.

It’s taken a while but after countless electricians have opened countless boxes; looked at countless fuses, flicked countless switches, felt cables, scratched heads, hummed and hawed, it turns out that the Shed’s friendly next door neighbours, CSK Electrical, who Big Shed happened to mention the electrical issue to; said ‘Yep, we can sort that this week’. (…see, it’s just a question of knowing who to ask!)

And so now it’s sorted.

A total of nearly 200 amps, 3 phase; available over three outlets, positioned each side of the cove.

That’s a fair amount of beanz for you gaffers!


Room for one more at the back

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

David Fishwick 1

David Fishwick, MD of David Fishwick LDV Van and Minibus Sales, is one of those larger than life characters, great fun and down to earth, what you see is what you get, and he loves his minibuses! His enthusiasm for all aspects of his business is boundless. (more…)

Yippie Ki-Ay…

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010


We’ve all seen Die Hard 1, at least six times, right?

Well, what else would you do with a 12ft length of steel ducting that’s been lying idle round the studio, and spent most of its time in the way being very unsociable?

The bit where Bruce crawls through the ducting towards the camera, lights his Zippo and says sardonically: “come up to the coast, get together, we’ll have a few laughs…”

We thought we’d shoot a little spoof of that scene. And it would be good to make use of the Mezz Studio for some stills while someone was shooting yet another glitzy vid in the main studio. (more…)

Can we do that again? Again and again. And…

Monday, September 20th, 2010

ICS_Learn_MoCo4A welcome return to the Big Shed saw Green Room Films shoot another ICS Learn commercial. We thought the last one (see “Not a brick in the wall”) had some tricky visual gags and snippy edits, but this latest ad was going to employ motion controlled transitions between sets (created by Vanessa Hawkins Design) with live action! (more…)

Breath Away

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010


Abigail Bailey is a house/acoustic/pop vocalist and DJ based in Reading, London, and the Southeast UK. Abigail spent most of the mid to late 1990s as the lead singer of jazz funk band Obsession. After that, she turned her attention to the dance music industry.

The best years of her career have been since 1998/1999, when she had her first breakthrough singles. Hooking up with Manchester’s own DJs/producers, Jason Herd and John Fitz, she released five collaborations in 2004 alone. Abigail is climbing the ladder and establishing her self among the cream of female house music vocalists. Her voice has been described as angelic yet soulful with a twist of diva. (more…)

Don’t let the green grass fool ya…

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

grass-carpetWith apologies to Wilson Picket. This just in. Literally. – Artificial grass, metres and metres of it. Great for shoots, available to hire. (more…)

Wooohoo! New Forklift!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

new-forkliftThe Big Shed Photographic Hire Studio has just taken delivery of a new forklift!

May not sound like big news to you out there, but to us it’s a valuable addition to our kit. The new 2 tonne forklift (that’s what it can pick up – not what it weighs) has more lifting capacity than the unit it replaces, which makes unloading and moving props an even easier proposition.

Not only can the Lancer Boss ER20 forklift now move even more stuff, with some accessories attached, it can become a very adaptable shooting platform (especially for stills photographers).

The colourfully painted truck has a max platform height of 6 metres (although we would recommend shooting from “the cage” for that height) and is able to manoeuvre on a sixpence.

May the forks be with you…