WILLIAM McGREGOR

The Poldark trailer was leaked this week. At first I wasn’t at all happy about it, as the grade and graphics where completely wrong. The trailer was meant for sales, not for the public. So it wasn’t something that I’d had much involvement in. I’m glad the trailer has now been taken down, as I think its important that we control the first impressions we make with the show, I have a strong vision for the program and feeling a lack of control over the content that went out was terrifying. But the truth is I can now see that a lot of good has come from the trailer leaking… mostly due to the reaction on twitter. Which I must admit I’m relishing in. Its very exciting to see people buzzing about what we are up to. I can’t wait for the show to air. I’m confident its going to be golden. Another plus side is I can repost this beaut of a screen grab*, from my second day of filming down in Cornwall. 
*even if i have regraded it slightly :) 
Oct 10

The Poldark trailer was leaked this week. At first I wasn’t at all happy about it, as the grade and graphics where completely wrong. The trailer was meant for sales, not for the public. So it wasn’t something that I’d had much involvement in. I’m glad the trailer has now been taken down, as I think its important that we control the first impressions we make with the show, I have a strong vision for the program and feeling a lack of control over the content that went out was terrifying. But the truth is I can now see that a lot of good has come from the trailer leaking… mostly due to the reaction on twitter. Which I must admit I’m relishing in. Its very exciting to see people buzzing about what we are up to. I can’t wait for the show to air. I’m confident its going to be golden. Another plus side is I can repost this beaut of a screen grab*, from my second day of filming down in Cornwall. 

*even if i have regraded it slightly :) 

My photography now has a home http://mcgregorphotography.tumblr.com This is where I indulge in a bit of 110, 120, home made franken-lenses, tilt shift, lens whacking, lomo kino, toy lenses and anything else I feel like messing around with. 
Oct 3

My photography now has a home http://mcgregorphotography.tumblr.com This is where I indulge in a bit of 110, 120, home made franken-lenses, tilt shift, lens whacking, lomo kino, toy lenses and anything else I feel like messing around with. 

Some doodles from my note book… all monsters. Of course. Drawn with a black biro and then edited on an iPhone app called Mextures. 
Sep 21

Some doodles from my note book… all monsters. Of course. Drawn with a black biro and then edited on an iPhone app called Mextures. 

60 shoot days and 11 weeks later and we have wrapped Poldark season 1!! I now have a week off before heading back to my old stomping ground Soho to crack on with the edit. Where I will be locked in a dark room until December, cutting episodes 5-8. I’m very excited by what we have shot so cant wait to get working with the material in the edit. 
Sep 15

60 shoot days and 11 weeks later and we have wrapped Poldark season 1!! I now have a week off before heading back to my old stomping ground Soho to crack on with the edit. Where I will be locked in a dark room until December, cutting episodes 5-8. I’m very excited by what we have shot so cant wait to get working with the material in the edit. 

A few more stills from day 56 on Poldark. Big time toys and SFX ;) 
Sep 8

A few more stills from day 56 on Poldark. Big time toys and SFX ;) 

Behind the scenes still courtesy of the BBC of Aidan Turner during last weekends shoot. So much fun to direct! We are now on day 58 of 60. Not long to go! 
Sep 8

Behind the scenes still courtesy of the BBC of Aidan Turner during last weekends shoot. So much fun to direct! We are now on day 58 of 60. Not long to go! 

Got to love a bit of atmos…. Believe it or not we blotted out the sun with a low flat. Instant winter in summer! Photo credit to @sicraze #POLDARK
Jul 16

Got to love a bit of atmos…. Believe it or not we blotted out the sun with a low flat. Instant winter in summer! Photo credit to @sicraze #POLDARK

Great picture of Sabrina Bartlett (Keren) on location filming Poldark. We wrapped our last day in Cornwall on Friday and now have a week off before starting the studio leg in Bristol. Going to miss the epic Cornish landscape! But excited to get cracking in the studio. (photo credit @Njkfoto ) 
Jul 14

Great picture of Sabrina Bartlett (Keren) on location filming Poldark. We wrapped our last day in Cornwall on Friday and now have a week off before starting the studio leg in Bristol. Going to miss the epic Cornish landscape! But excited to get cracking in the studio. (photo credit @Njkfoto ) 

The Google campaign I directed has gone and won two Bronze Cannes Lion awards! Amazing effort from everyone one at adam&eveDDB and at The Mill. You can see the film here: https://vimeo.com/90473354 
Jun 22

The Google campaign I directed has gone and won two Bronze Cannes Lion awards! Amazing effort from everyone one at adam&eveDDB and at The Mill. You can see the film here: https://vimeo.com/90473354 

POLDARK FOR THE BBC
Back in the late 70’s (over 10 years before I was born!) there was a TV show set on the wet and wild Cornish cliff tops that captured the atention of a nation. This show, Poldark, is being remade by the BBC. And I’m very proud to say il be directing episodes 5-8. The show is routed in its wind swept landscape, and stars the renegade Ross Poldark, to be played by Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human). I’ve always been driven and inspired by landscape in my work, that and characters with a dark side… so I’m very excited to be Directing the climax of Poldarks return.
Mar 26

POLDARK FOR THE BBC

Back in the late 70’s (over 10 years before I was born!) there was a TV show set on the wet and wild Cornish cliff tops that captured the atention of a nation. This show, Poldark, is being remade by the BBC. And I’m very proud to say il be directing episodes 5-8. The show is routed in its wind swept landscape, and stars the renegade Ross Poldark, to be played by Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human). I’ve always been driven and inspired by landscape in my work, that and characters with a dark side… so I’m very excited to be Directing the climax of Poldarks return.

I’m having great fun making commercials at the moment, playing with helicopters and working with some really cool people. But I’ve also been working on something all together darker… the gothic world of my feature film. A dark fairy tale set within the mountains of Snowdonia during the industrial revolution. 

I’ve been working on The Rising for over three years now, longer if you include the time spent on ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’ which is the short film that spawned the feature. But it finally feels like I have a script in my hands that could be a film… and maybe a really good one. Who knows! 

I’ve recently finished the latest draft, working closely with Tom Nash (Development Exec ) and Hilary Bevan Jones (Producer) to ensure that the script is as polished as it can be. The next step is to send the scrip of to the BFI who have funded the development of the film, where the Executive Producers cast their eyes over the script and make their decisions over its future… so fingers crossed. 

Anyway in celebration of completing the latest draft I’ve decided to post the first two pages of my closely guarded mood document for the film… they are two fantastically moody pages…. I’m sure you’l agree.
Feb 20

I’m having great fun making commercials at the moment, playing with helicopters and working with some really cool people. But I’ve also been working on something all together darker… the gothic world of my feature film. A dark fairy tale set within the mountains of Snowdonia during the industrial revolution.

I’ve been working on The Rising for over three years now, longer if you include the time spent on ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’ which is the short film that spawned the feature. But it finally feels like I have a script in my hands that could be a film… and maybe a really good one. Who knows!

I’ve recently finished the latest draft, working closely with Tom Nash (Development Exec ) and Hilary Bevan Jones (Producer) to ensure that the script is as polished as it can be. The next step is to send the scrip of to the BFI who have funded the development of the film, where the Executive Producers cast their eyes over the script and make their decisions over its future… so fingers crossed.

Anyway in celebration of completing the latest draft I’ve decided to post the first two pages of my closely guarded mood document for the film… they are two fantastically moody pages…. I’m sure you’l agree.

I’ve recently been invited by a production company to explore a rather interesting location. The space in question was deliciously dark and gothic, here’s a picture from my visit. Such an inspiring space. Like something out of a fairy tale…
Feb 4

I’ve recently been invited by a production company to explore a rather interesting location. The space in question was deliciously dark and gothic, here’s a picture from my visit. Such an inspiring space. Like something out of a fairy tale…

Jan 31

Here it is! My Pepsi Super Bowl commercial! Very proud of everyone at The Mill who worked on the spot. Hats of to the chaps at Mekanism also. 

The spot made the top 10 in the USA Today Super Bowl commercial poll and was the highest placed half time spot. Happy days :)

'PAN'S LABYRINTH' + 'WHO'S AFRAID OF THE WATER SPRITE?' DOUBLE BILL!
As a part of the BFI Gothic season the lovely people at the Take Over Film Festival in Belfast are showing my 2009 short film ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. Whats more its billed as a pre screener to Guillermo Del Torro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. 

This screening is of particular importance to me as Pan’s Labyrinth was the film that inspired the script for ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. So a double bill of the two films for me is a perfect combination and quite an honour. 

For more info please check out www.takeoverfilm.com or www.bfi.org.uk/gothic
Jan 22

'PAN'S LABYRINTH' + 'WHO'S AFRAID OF THE WATER SPRITE?' DOUBLE BILL!

As a part of the BFI Gothic season the lovely people at the Take Over Film Festival in Belfast are showing my 2009 short film ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. Whats more its billed as a pre screener to Guillermo Del Torro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.

This screening is of particular importance to me as Pan’s Labyrinth was the film that inspired the script for ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’. So a double bill of the two films for me is a perfect combination and quite an honour.

For more info please check out www.takeoverfilm.com or www.bfi.org.uk/gothic

Jan 17

The cinematic experiments continue! This sequence was originally shot on a 7D using my home made lenses, and other ‘optics’ including cling-film and a magnifying glass. I then projected the footage and did an in camera edit filming selected shots on Super 8. 

Thanks to top chap Sam Heasman for the help on the day.