I’m Matt Jolly, a video and digital producer based in Suffolk, UK.

I organise, film and edit videos of music and live performances, events, interviews and more.

More recently I’ve worked on some digital projects like an interactive online version of a performance of John Cage’s Musicircus featuring 1000 performers on Aldeburgh Beach, a choose-your-own-adventure music video and the conversion of an old red telephone box into a virtual concert hall featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

My work has won awards and prizes from GoPro and La République Internationale Des Arts. Having worked on the first concert streamed live to iPhone platform and the first live-streamed Burberry fashion shows in 2009, I’ve been producing live streamed events for a long time.

Some highlights

Piano in the Reeds

Promoting Aldeburgh Festival with a spectacular film of a piano on the riverside

Produced and edited by Matt Jolly Sound by Mike Challis Polecam by Drone by Piano performed by Julian Trevelyan Music by Olivier Messiaen

Concert in a Phonebox

The BBC Symphony Orchestra captured in 360 degrees at Aldeburgh Festival to transform an old red phonebox.

Snape has a world class concert hall in a beautiful location. While many people come to watch a concert, many more come to experience one of the other facets of the destination. My colleagues at Snape Maltings and I estimated that around 15% of visitors saw a concert while they were on site.

This is partly due to the frequency of concerts. We have a huge amount during the Aldeburgh Festival in June and Snape Proms in August, but far fewer spread over the rest of the year. This project was intended to allow any visitor to the site to experience a concert, no matter if one was not scheduled that day.

I used a special mount which held 7 GoPro cameras facing in different directions, so that their fields of view overlapped. This was placed above the BBC Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Martyn Brabbins, for their performace at the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival. I then stitched video from each together into a single file, which covers up, down, left, right, backwards and forwards, using AutoPano Video software.

This was then loaded onto a smartphone inside a VR headset, and placed the old red phonebox outside the Visitor Centre at Snape, which used to be the direct link to our box office in Aldeburgh before we added one at the concert hall. The headset dangled from the roof and plugged into the mains to prevent needing to be recharged. It was hooked up to a bluetooth speaker for great quality sound without the added faff of putting on headphones. The noise that emanated from the phonebox also served to lure people in, which was important as the phonebox was not staffed.

The Concert in a Phonebox ran from September to December 2015, covering one of our quieter periods of programming. It received many comments in its guestbook and coverage in both the local and national news. The comments were overwhelming positive.

We also surveyed some of the visitors:

  • 28% were young children and families, who wouldn’t normally be able to attend a full evening concert.
  • 73% hadn’t been to a concert at Snape Maltings before.
  • Of those that hadn’t been, 42% said they were inspired to book tickets, and 23% would maybe book in the future. (A fair number were tourists from countries as far as New Zealand, so reasonable that they wouldn’t return!)

The Concert in a Phonebox helped Snape Maltings reach a new audience, from those who couldn’t attend a concert because they were too young, too far away, or there simply wasn’t one on, to fans of music other than classical (we had plenty of requests for other genres in the guestbook). The video is still on Youtube to enjoy, with over 66,000 views so far, mostly outside the UK.

It was a leap of faith to assume people would notice and pop into the phonebox, but we were pleasantly surprised. This meant no staffing costs. However, as the weather worsened and the components started to break, it became more of a burden on staff inside the building, and eventually we turned it off for good. It turns out that being turned on and displaying 360 video all day every day for 3 months is pretty hard work for a smartphone.

I am very grateful to the following companies and individuals for their help with the project:

  • The players of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for their generosity in allowing the filming to happen, along the BBC Radio 3 team for their fantastic audio recording.
  • Bruizer for the loan of the camera and mount.
  • Hammerhead VR for the loan of the AutoPano software.
  • Ron Evans who mentored me through the project, which was part of the AMA’s Culturehive Digital Marketing Academy.

GoPro videos for Perhaps Contraption

10+ angles which won a Video Edit Award from GoPro

I used 10 GoPro Hero 4 cameras with a mix of the new musical instrument mounts and the existing clamps on the many instruments and bodies of Perhaps Contraption. In one weekend we shot 4 videos - 2 staged, 1 live and 1 360-degree.

The video for Lay Low later won a GoPro Award for video editing which came with a cash prize.

Paul from Old Dead Eye helped immeasurably with mounting all the cameras, charging all the batteries and changing all the cards, as well as doing some extra angles and Steadicam.

”Perambulations” interactive music video

Using YouTube’s annotation system to let the viewer choose their own point of view.

This video makes use of YouTube’s annotation system to allow the viewer to click on performers to switch to their viewpoint, navigating on their own journey through the performance.

It needs to be viewed on a desktop browser to see the full functionality but is a fully edited video in its own right. The 12 angles can be seen together in split screen on another YouTube video.

I edited this music video from camera footage and 12 GoPro wearable camera angles, as well as putting the YouTube linking together (with an almighty spreadsheet). Squier Squier thought the project up and directed the action. Tom Maine was DOP and Anna Barrett was the lighting designer.

The production was funded by the Emerging Excellence award provided by Help Musicians (or Musicians’ Benevolent Fund as it was at the time).

Live streamed gigs from the 100 Club

Working as encoding engineer for 10 gigs including Paul Weller, Blur, UK Subs, Plan B and SBTRKT, promoted by Converse.

I was encoding engineer on a series of 10 gigs at the legendary 100 Club on Oxford Street. Featuring a diverse set of artists including Paul Weller, Blur, UK Subs, Plan B and SBTRKT, these gigs went out on Converse’s Ustream channel.

Gustavo Dudamel at the Southbank Centre live stream

Producing and vision mixing two full symphony orchestra concerts at Royal Festival Hall.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (all grown up without “Youth” in their title) quickly sold out two nights at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre.

We were engaged to live stream them both to the Guardian website and to the cinema screen elsewhere in the venue. I produced both video shoots, and did the vision mix under the direction of Christopher Swann. Footage was also used by the orchestra and a section featuring a surprise encore from Bryn Terfel was used on BBC’s Newsnight.

They featured Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Third Symphony, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Strauss’s mighty Eine Alpinesinfonie and Benzecry’s Amerindian Rituals.

Chamber music films at Plush: Ravel & Bruckner

Filming and editing concerts in a beautiful church

This was filmed in Plush at their festival in September 2011. With some stellar musicians (Thomas Gould, Adrian Brendel and Tim Horton) and an incredible piece of music filming and editing it was a joy.

I organised the shoot, manned a camera and did the edit.

Another piece from Music at Plush 2011. Featuring Thomas Gould, Corey CerovsekManuel HoferGuy Ben-Ziony and Adrian Brendel playing a beautiful Bruckner slow movement.

Huun Huur Tu at Fantasy Studios

Editing of a live concert by the throat singing group Huun Huur Tu from Tuva. 80 minute performance with more than 4 million views on Youtube.

This Tuvan ensemble, Huun Huur Tu, put overtone singing on the map. They performed a selection of their most popular songs in California for an invited audience and the cameras. The footage and audio was delivered to me and I edited the complete concert on Adobe Premiere. It was released on Plushmusic in early 2010 and subsequently onto Youtube.

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