Celebrity Big Brother UK vs. USA

I have been asked once again to fill in some dates operating the Hippo media server for the Celebrity Big Brother live shows. These days are particularly useful to me, as it allows me time to sit down and play around with both the Compulite Vector operating system as well as getting hands on with the Hippo media server. Read more →

Illuminating Paintings For Film and TV

After recently helping to light a live broadcast from inside Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms, I was curious to read up and do some research into how lighting for film and TV can affect paintings. My findings will help to determine what equipment would best be suited to such a shoot so the lighting doesn’t have any lasting damage on the… Read more →

Do We Need Lighting?

With the quality of camera sensors vastly improving in recent years, allowing shooting in low light levels, there poses a question of whether artificial lighting is needed to create film or TV now. I have conducted research into this subject, and have included my findings below. For the full paper, please contact me. Camera Technology Advancements In 1891, Thomas Edison invented… Read more →

Michael McIntyre’s – Easter Night At The Coliseum

I was asked to operate the media server which supplied the graphics to the back LED screen, and additional elements for Michael McIntyre’s – Easter Night At The Coliseum. This required playing back time-coded video for the performances which were custom made to match the beat of the songs. Read more →

HTML5 Audio with SHOUTcast

Whilst updating the Radio Enfield website, I decided to change our online embedded flash player to a more modern HTML5 audio with SHOUTcast. I have detailed how this was possible below. Getting SHOUTcast to play in HTML5 To create a simple stream with the default browser controls, the only code you’ll need is: <audio controls autoplay> <source src=”http://server:port/;”></source> Unfortunately your browser… Read more →

Raspberry Pi – Full Screen Information Board

At Radio Enfield, The presenters used to read information about upcoming shows from a white board. In today’s age, this is old hat. We now use a dedicated Pi to display a full screen digital information board that automatically updates/refreshes every 5 minutes. What we used: Raspberry Pi – Model B – Running Raspbian OS. DVI Screen connected to the Pi… Read more →

The Guild Players

For almost 10 years I have been a part of my local Amateur Theatre group, The Guild Players. I have helped behind the scenes with their lighting on over 30 of their productions to date. In my time with the group I have helped upgrade their lighting system from their original Zero 88 analogue system,  to a newer DMX. The new… Read more →

2014 Showreel

2014, Martin Higgins Showreel. Containing both lighting console operation and lighting directing work from the past 2 years.   Shows and roles in order: The Music Show – Student Production – Lighting Director and Console Operator (ETC Element 40) Ravensbourne Fashion Show – Degree Production – Lighting Director and Console Operator (Compulite Vector UV) Richard II Q&A – RSC In… Read more →

Charlie’s Kitchen

Recently I was a researcher for a small cooking show called ‘Charlie’s Kitchen’. For most of the day I was acting as the home economist, preparing ingredients and arranging food for stills pack shots. Before shooting I helped light the area, and during recording I was operating camera on a dolly and track. Read more →

Ravensbourne 2014 Award Show

In June 2014 I was tasked with designing the lighting for Ravensbourne’s Degree Show Awards Show. This aired live on Freeview on June the 16th 2014. The Awards show is aimed at recognising Ravensbourne’s final year student’s work with a selection of different categories. The show had band performances and live acrobatics, which I have had to cater for in… Read more →