On the 4th of April the Queen hosted a special celebration of the British film industry at Windsor Castle. With over two hundred guests invited the cream of the industry were in attendance with some of the movie world's most iconic names including George Lucas, Christopher Lee, John Hurt, Richard Curtis, Christopher Nolan, Kenneth Branagh, Carey Mulligan, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hooper, Leslie Phillips, Idris Elba, Minnie Driver, Damien Lewis and many more.
As part of the Number 10 initiative to promote all aspects of British business abroad, the 'Film is Great Britain' campaign team were invited to Windsor Castle to help capture some of these prestigious figures and to help celebrate the true strength of the British film making industry one hour before the Queen's reception.
Working with an amazing client, a team of very helpful and friendly staff at the palace and the creative agency Radley Yeldar, we were able to create two working sets for stills photography and film within the State Apartments, only two rooms aways from the Queen's Reception room the location for the main event.
Our teams worked quickly to set up and we all managed to avoid any mishaps with the original Rubens paintings! After weeks of planning and production the whole team were ready for one frantic hour of work.
The result. A truly memorable shoot. Including fantastic film footage of George Lucas praising the skills of British film crews, beautiful campaign images shot by Ian Derry, a chat with John Hurt, a hug from Jonathan Ross and a client transfixed by Idris Elba.
A massive thank you to all involved in the project, it was truly a GREAT day. I would especially like to thank Radley Yeldar for getting me involved in the art direction but also commissioning me to shoot portraits and behind the scenes footage of the event.
The client—Number 10 Dymphna McGee, Frances Jacks
The agency—Radley Yeldar Ian Lanksbury,Lavinia Phipson, Richard Yadgar, Mark Baxter
The Palace—David Pogson, James Roscoe
The film crew—Anneka Bunnag, Duncan Crowe, Alex MacDonald, Noel Hines
The photography crew—Ian Derry, Liam Norris, Danny Murphy, Adam Corbett