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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
KAB Media Kyle Brearey
proprietor of KAB Media, Kyle Brearey is a world-class filmmaker, photographer,
actor, and media mastermind. Based in Yorkshire, England, Kyle travels the
world capturing the essence of people, horses, and much more…
the history of KAB Media?
The name KAB Media stems back to my college days.
For one of my projects I was to create a website and generate some content for
it. I chose to make a website about film, as I knew it’s the sector I wanted to
work in and chose to make the content of the site a film.
while I thought of a website name or company name to produce my film under and
after many different ideas, I thought “What could be more true to me than my
name?” So my initials Kyle Andrew Brearey became the acronym KAB. Originally, for my project I was
producing a website and a film so the word “Media” covered everything and
seemed to fit well with KAB.
after all this time, almost 10 years, I still use the name, KAB Media for the same reason I did back
then. I'm proud to put my name on anything that I release.
Now I run
KAB as both a creative film company
and a corporate work company that provides all sorts of shooting and editing
Which do you
like best; writing, camera, directing ...?
to say what aspect of the work I like best. It varies, first and foremost I
love directing. It’s what I eventually want to do, been able to create
something from scratch that I can call my own. My own little piece of history,
that’s where I want to be.
said that, its often the writer that creates much of the film than the
director, sure the director is the one that takes the words from the page and
puts them onto the screen but it’s the writer that creates the words and the
story. I do like writing, but I’m not a writer. Everyone loves to write and
direct and sometimes that works really well, but I don’t consider myself able
to write at a feature film level yet! – maybe one day.
As for the
work side of things, I like to get my hands on and get stuck into KAB Media’s work. That covers a wide
range of things, directing, camera operating and editing! It’s great to have a
hand in every stage of a production, to see how it takes shape and changes from
an idea to a fully-fledged piece of video! I guess you could say that what I do
in KAB Media, is a reflection of a
Directors role in the creative side of KAB.
filmed promotional film for equestrian events/companies. Is it difficult to film horses?
equestrian events before. Mostly for a company called “Atkinson Action Horses” - a
great bunch of people, mostly family run business, headed up by Mark Atkinson.
getting to know them we have worked with them a lot I think we have learnt a
lot from each other. I’ve defiantly learnt a lot about horses and how
intelligent, playful and amazing animals that they really are!
started working with the horses, they were already used to some of the setups
that we used and we shot a show and promotional videos at the Royal Armories Museum. From that we
produced the video on this page:
I’ve also worked
with the same company on a short film called “Tech Hunt”, I worked on it as assistant Director. The film features
a massive horse chase and a mounted gun fight.
with the horses was really hard but at the same time really rewarding; we got
some amazing shots. Horses look epic and so majestic as the run - all we had to
do really was point and shoot. Haha,
of course that’s easier said than done!
with fast moving horses was hard work, not so much us keeping up, but matching
our camera rigged pickup truck to the speed of the horse, as well as having
them speed up, slow down, change direction or get close enough to let the
riders make contact.
Assistant Directors job on set is to keep everything running on time, and
constantly think ahead of what’s happening, so that when the next shot is ready
to be shot, everyone is prepared. Horses, I have learned, can be an Assistant
Director’s nightmare! Sometimes the horses just didn’t want to do what we
needed them to do… they wouldn’t ride to where they needed to, wouldn’t do the
stunt we needed or simply didn’t want to run. Like all animals they have their
hard times as well as their good times!
all I love working with horses, it has its challenges but that’s just part of
what has been the most rewarding project you've completed?
Hmmmm… that is a difficult one, I’ve
learnt something on all of the projects I have been involved in. If I had to
say at a push….it would be “Tech Hunt”.
think people understand how much work goes into filming horses, from checking
the area for pot holes, checking the horses, safety of the horses and the
riders; we even had to play the sound of an “octocopter camera” that we were
going to use to the horses to have them get used to the sound so it wouldn’t
spook them on the day of filming!
film/create all over the world?
yes. I’ve shot all over the UK and now we are branching out to the world! I’ve
edited for some clients in the USA, doing a TV opening for a Mixed Martial Arts
show that was on American TV.
recently got back from shooting in Italy, for a band called “Hands of Time” or HOT. They saw some of my work and asked me to come over and shoot
one of the shows they were putting on during their Italian tour; they will be
doing a UK tour in the near future and it’s a good way for them to build up
some good publicity!
working abroad and widening my scope and view of the world. It’s great to get
out and see different places and meet so many different people!
the book/film trailer essentials?
are essential for any book or film I think. The whole purpose of a trailer is
to get people into the shop or the cinema for more of what they have seen in
As a marketing
tool for a story, there really really is no better way to do it! You give your
audience a taste of something…those that want more will seek it out! And it’s
great to make trailers! – A dash of the hero, a smidgen of his dilemma or
quest, a peak at a love interest and the hook of the story! Trailers really
sometimes write themselves!
times it’s harder, maybe you need to rely on the feeling of a story, and it’s
hard to get that across in the short time of a trailer but it’s doable with the
right music and tone of filming.
Trailer essentials are:
audience something to get their attention in the first 5 seconds. Most trailers
are viewed on the internet these days and easy to skip, or click away from.
Most humans on the web have a very short attention span so 5 seconds is a good
time to show something!
got the attention of the audience, now you have to tell them the plot.
Introduce the Hero, and show how he has come to find himself in difficulty,
establish his “quest” or his “mission”, of course it doesn’t have to be a quest
or mission but show the difficult path he has to take!
possibly the most important, in the words of Walt Disney “Always leave ‘em wanting more”. This is why trailers often have a
funny joke at the end or a cool shot of the villain, just after the credits. It’s
just a final full stop that cut the audience off before they have had their
fill. And it’s that hunger that will drive them to find out more!
I love your short films. Do you have a favorite of your own
really hard to give a specific project! I recently enjoyed making a short film
for the UK Film competition “Four4 horror”.
The challenge was to make a film with only 4 shots and each shot had to last
exactly 4 seconds! It’s very restricting but at the same time very enjoyable because
it limits what you can do and measures everyone on the same scale! I'm really
proud as the film has made the finals and it’s in with a shot of winning the
vote for “Four4 horror” by tweeting #four4horror #votethecave, or you can
see it here: