Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Filming the World Naked Bike Ride



The World Naked Bike Ride Madison had its tenth run in June, and we did not miss the chance to capture the event. Footage was shot from several cameras on the street as well as from within the ride, along with interviews before and after the ride, to provide additional footage for our documentary Why We Ride Naked.

Above, Nicholas R Wootton, GoPro in hand on the left side of the screen, captures video of Jackie, towing her daughter Aurora behind her.


Before the ride, Wootton briefed cinematographers Zachary Braddy (left) and David Boffa on the ride path and where to get the best video.


At the staging area, Wootton watches while cinematographer Marie Gautsch adjusts her camera.


Holly and Lola prepare for the ride.




One of the main reasons to get video of the 2019 WNBR Madison was to get footage of Lola, Holly and Jackie. We hadn't got much of Holly at the 2016 ride, and for Lola and Jackie, 2019 was the first time they participated. Above Wootton, GoPro in hand, rides alongside Lola as she rides down State Street.

Holly

Jackie



Nicholas R Wootton and fellow rider John interview Holly and Lola after the ride while Zachary Braddy (left, holding camera) David Boffa (far right) film the scene. 

Our WNBR film crew. Left to right, Marie Gautsch, Nicholas R Wootton, Zachary Braddy, David Boffa.







Thursday, September 26, 2019

Experimenting with Experimental Film



Windmiller Media's Nicholas R. Wootton spent an evening at the UW Cinematheque, taking in the 3D film Prototype, with his friend and fellow artist, Will Fry. Inspired by the artistic challenge presented by Prototype, Fry and Wootton are collaborating on their own experimental short, a unique visual and auditory experience entitled Origin of Grand Saybrook.

Will Fry (left) and Nicholas R Wootton don 3D glasses at the showing of Prototype,
which inspired them to create Origin of Grand Saybrook.

Origin of Grand Saybrook
is scheduled for release in early 2020. Here are a few stills from the early versions of the film.








Sunday, September 22, 2019

Why We Ride Naked interviews

A naked bike ride and two interviews! It has been an active summer!

Windmiller Media artistic director Nicholas R Wootton shoots video of Jackie on the German Wheel

This summer we have been hard at work on Why We Ride Naked, the WNBR documentary. This included two new interviews with riders Jackie and Lola, plus their B roll footage, and Madison World Naked Bike Ride itself.


Lola, a first-time rider in the WNBR, welcomed our film crew into her home and described her combined nervousness and excitement about doing her first naked bike ride.

Lola describes her bicycle collection


Lola reviews footage of previous rides before the interview


Crew member Robert Lughai prepares to record the Lola's interview



Lola, an accomplished seamstress, displays her skills

Later our crew visited the home of Jackie, who also rode in her first WNBR with her young daughter Aurora. She explained how bringing her daughter on the ride was part of her parenting and helping Aurora grow up with self-confidence.


Nicholas interview Jackie


Jackie and Aurora doing some baking

In her free time, Jackie enjoys acrobatics at Madison's Circus Space. She allowed our crew to film her while she demonstrated her still on the German Wheel.




Jackie discusses her acrobatics with her spotter and friend Amanda






















Monday, September 2, 2019

Back in Action in 2019

After a long period of time traveling in Europe, the United States and Thailand, we returned with a number of short films completed, as documents of our journey. Check out our video page to look at some of them.



Nicholas Wootton, filmmaking in Florence

But now we are back in Wisconsin and busy with filmmaking projects here. I have had a great time working on the sets of short films like Cap'n Abes, Staydream, and The Man in Room 228, which was made as part of the 48 Hour Film Project.


Nicholas Wootton, back at script supervising on the set of Cap'n Abes


Consulting with producer Rick Grant on the set of the web series Staydream

With the cast and crew of The Main in Room 228

Script supervising The Main in Room 228


Clockwise from upper right, Clare Manion (screenwriter), Fern Kuban (Production Assistant), Nicholas Wootton (Script Supervisor), and Marie Gautsch (Producers) of Man in Room 228.






Friday, August 26, 2016

Summer Filmmaking

Updates on Activity


This summer has been filled with travel, adventure and, of course, filmmaking!  Here is a brief rundown of what I have been working on.

A WYOU PROGRAM


A screen capture from the introduction to my new show

I was invited to create a regular program on WYOU, Madison's community access television station. Windmiller Media Theater premiered earlier this summer and serves as a showcase of the many short films I have produced.


MINI DOCUMENTARY


In July I spent a lovely Wisconsin morning filming Monica Kamal fishing on Lake Waubesa, along with her partner Steve. Monica suffered a severe spinal cord injury several years ago and lost her ability to walk, but this has not kept her from enjoying the outdoors. She also hunts and bird watches, as well as leading a group that supports outdoor activities for people with mobility challenges.


Photo: Steve Spaeni

I met Monica several years ago and was impressed with her enthusiasm and good humor, and decided I wanted to make a short documentary about her when I had the chance.  The chance is now.  I will be filming her again in the near future and will then get to work on completing a short profile of her.


Photo: Steve Spaeni



Friday, July 1, 2016

WNBR 2016

Naked Biking Takes Center Stage


June has been an incredibly active month for us.  First, we were covered extensively in the local press.  You can get more information at our new In the News page.

Then, as part of our work on our new documentary Why We Ride Naked, we covered Madison's World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) on June 18th.  Film director Nicholas R Wootton led a team of five videographers (including himself) and an interviewer to capture the event from every conceivable angle.  

Nicholas R Wootton (left) directs Jeff Blankenship (right) on a location shoot for the documentary Why We Ride Naked, while Nicholas' wife Jill Wootton and crew member Claire Roberts-Staley look on.  (Photo: Jess Haven)


It was a complex and challenging shoot.  The video team had to contend with crowds, traffic, and an unpredictable ride plan, but they persevered and delivered excellent footage.



Claire Roberts-Staley (far left) and Jess Haven (left) capture the scene as riders head down State Street. (Photo: Tom)




We had excellent weather, and the ride organizers could not have been more cooperative with our efforts.  We thank them for their assistance.



Videographer Ren Patterson (behind tripod)
films on State Street. (Photo: Tom)







But the greatest thanks goes to all the riders who agreed to appear on camera to share their experiences and their views on the event.  They will make the film great!



WNBR rider Krystal discusses the upcoming ride with interviewer Claire Roberts-Staley (off camera). Krystal was interviewed for Why We Ride Naked. Fellow rider Matt Holley paints Krystal's back. (Photo: Jess Haven)

Nicholas R Wootton and Ivonne Suryana considered a possible
shot at the meeting area before the ride. (Photo: Ren Patterson)



Sunday, June 12, 2016