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PHOTOGRAPHY IS A TRICKY BUSINESS AT THE BEST OF TIMES

Proof that four days crammed in the boot of a Range Rover, strapped to an oversize tripod with a climber’s harness was worth it in the end.


Making a friend of chance


Photography is a tricky business at the best of times. Shooting a parked car is difficult enough. Reflections, errant smears, unseen blemishes…every decision and revision giving birth as it does to new problems. Some purely optical – slippery compositional gambits confounded by the characteristics of lens meeting light angle meeting surface meeting distance. Some pertaining to continuity – the passage of time rendering the subject unrecognisable in the sequence owing to changes of conditions outside the control of the photographer.

The whole exercise a game of corralling as much as possible whilst making a friend of chance, allowing it to play its part and claiming the wins as your own when it turns out for the best.

Three dimensional chess


The moving image is a different thing entirely. If shooting stills is a game of chess with Gary Kasparov, this is a pursuit more akin to a game of three dimensional chess with a capricious and impish demigod. Attempting to shoot one car from another (or even worse – a drone) in the rain on bumpy roads is like taking on that chess game under the influence of a strong hallucinogen in a Lancaster bomber in heavy flak.

The films are an expression of everything XL aims for...please enjoy and share them - they are a labour of love.

Credits


So a special round of thanks and great respect is due to all the people who helped make the films you see here a reality. The films are an expression of everything XL aims for and they are a credit to the skills and dedication of their creators – the directors, cameramen, drone pilots, gimbal operators and runners. Please enjoy and share them – they are a labour of love.

 

Director, Producer & Editor ~ Pilgrim
Agency ~ Spitfire Studio
Art Director ~ Jim Stevenson
Agency Producer ~ Sal Carnall
Cinematographer ~ Harry Wheeler
Camera Assistant ~ Pete Wade
Aerials ~ Helipov
Colourist ~ Joseph Bicknell @cheat
VFX ~ Cheat
Sound Design & Mix ~ chris banks
V/O Studio ~ Red Facilities

How we're responding to COVID-19.


At XL we've introduced several measures to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Our head office is open for drop-offs and collections and all our vehicles are fully valeted and sterilised. Collections and drop-off staff all have full PPE including face masks, sanitising spray and hand cleaning fluid.

Our procedures for customers collecting vehicles:
  • New vehicles will be cleaned, sanitised and disinfected by our staff member, who will then place the keys on the windscreen and then go 2 metres away whilst the client goes to the vehicle to inspect it. Once our customer has checked and is happy with the vehicle a copy of the inspection report is emailed straight to them.
  • The handover is complete, and no contact is made between the customer and staff member. Spare gloves and sanitising wipes are available for our customers to use should they be required.
Our procedures for customers returning vehicles:
  • When a customer arrives with the vehicle our staff member will direct you to park the vehicle in a dedicated parking area and ask you to leave the vehicle, locking it and placing the keys on the windscreen. Once our customer has done this and is the required 2 metres away our staff member will approach the vehicle to disperse the sanitising/disinfecting fluid on the keys unlock and enter the vehicle sanitising the dashboard, steering wheel, handbrake, door and window controls, seat adjustment controls. Our staff member will then perform the initial visual checks inside the vehicle, such as mileage, servicing and fuel levels. A full external check of the vehicle is performed, along with tyres, under to bonnet and boot. Any new damage is noted. Once the inspection is complete a copy of the inspection will be emailed straight to the client.

Keep on keeping on... and stay safe!