“Fat Raj” // Mockumentary Web Series // USA // June-Nov 2014

While road tripping around The States in the Summer of 2014 with long time friend Rory, we somehow managed to end up filming and putting out webisodes of a mock TV programme entitled Fat Raj.

In the series, young filmmaker Max (played by myself), was originally sent to The States to create a series of informative day-in-the-life style travel documentaries to showcase typical expat life. However, the first person he was set up with was Fat Raj (played by Rory), an ignorant and alcoholic expat from somewhere in the UK. After creating this first day-in-the-life documentary, the production company was not impressed and all further funding for the project was immediately withdrawn. At a loss, Max was eventually picked up by another television company, who saw value in Fat Raj’s character. The new company then bought Max a 30 year old RV, and with a tiny spending budget, he was dubbed the task of driving Fat Raj around The States to produce a series of short informative travel documentaries, with Fat Raj as the host. However, Fat Raj couldn’t really get his head around the concept, and things didn’t end up going very smoothly…

2nd Dec 2014

Fat Raj Series 1 Outtakes

We had a lot of fun filming our somewhat ridiculous side project of Fat Raj! I’m now in New Zealand, without Rory, so unfortunately that marks the end of series 1! We’re pretty sure a second series will happen when we end up meeting again, whenever it is and wherever in the world it might be, but in the mean time, please enjoy the outtakes :)

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29th Oct 2014

Transient in the Cosmos

An experimental, 30 second green screen film me and Rory made for a competition by Philips entitled “What would you do with zero gravity?”. Top prize was $6,000, and no, we didn’t place!

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We had a laugh making it though. Essentially all it is is some footage shot in front of a green piece of cloth we bought in Walmart and set up in a barn, some sound effects, and some licence-free footage off YouTube. It was edited in Premiere Pro & After Effects, using the built in ‘Ultra Key’ plugin, as well as some keyframed movement and colour correction.

The raw green screen footage:

Green Screen - Transient in the Cosmos

The final edited footage:

Flying in Transient in the Cosmos