Grand Designs – House for the year

Simon Glass Lighting Cameraman, GTC member and “Polecam Owner Operator” of the globally recognised PSP+ system has recently completed another series with Kevin McCloud and the Grand Designs House of the Year 2019 team.

BAFTA winning Grand Designs is widely recognised as the pre-eminent series on modern architecture and design in Britain. It was originally conceived as a documentary series presented by designer and writer Kevin McCloud that takes us into the heart of life’s great unfolding human stories, where ordinary families risk all to experiment with architecture, technology, and their own lifestyle.

Now in its 19th year, Grand Designs is one of Channel 4’s biggest returnable factual series and has grown into a global phenomenon, selling in over 100 territories. Apart from the TV series, the Grand Designs brand has also expanded to include architectural awards and every November there’s also Grand Designs: House of the Year, in association with RIBA. 

Simon said that “Filming houses in the running for this years RIBA House of the Year was helped greatly by the use of Polecam. The series has always employed a variety of specialist equipment from gimbals, drones, sliders and large jibs to capture the distinctive architecture but this year Polecam played a major role. With Polecam having a smaller footprint and using a lightweight DSLM Camera we were able to use it in places where a full laden jimmy jib wouldn’t fit. With the ability to change the length of the Polecam quickly, we were able to use various lengths as appropriate for each individual shot. This was handy when filming interiors, especially when exploring stairwells and different levels of the properties, which in the past have been tricky to do.

 “The Polecam is very versatile, moveable and you can get more dramatic shots to really capture the architecture inside homes. By using the Sony A7Sii with a Sony 12-24mm FF lens, recording onto an Atomos Shogun I could put the camera in tight places to get some great angles which compliment and contrast to other shots taken by drones, jimmy jibs and gimbals. I felt the Polecam really helped to maintain high production values throughout the shoot.”

The series starts on Wednesday 23 October at 9pm on Channel 4

You can contact Simon directly.

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Simon Glass
Director of Photography / Lighting Cameraman
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