Next week see’s the start of this years NAB show in Las Vegas. The traditional launching ground of new and innovative products for the film and television industry. What are you hoping that NAB 2016 will bring? What new and exciting technology are you looking forward to seeing launched? Personally, I am very excited about a new wave of more attractively priced super 35mm cine zoom lenses. Such as the 20-120 from Fujinon and similar rumoured lenses coming from […]
I had the good fortune to be available yesterday and able to visit the KitPlus roadshow at the Pie Factory, part of Media City, in Salford. There seemed to be very good attendance, and when I arrived there were a lot of people gathered a round the camera bar for a lighting seminar by Den Lennie. So, down to the products that made me stop and look; First up, the Cineo Matchbox. This is a very compact camera top led […]
Well the week is at an end and NAB 2013 is over. So what do we take away from this years gear fest? Well, I for one was pleased to see less new cameras being announced. RED has started to finally upgrade cameras with the Dragon sensor, which gives a huge 15 stops of dynamic range (or maybe slightly more). Arri and Ikegami announced the HDK-97ARRI, a joint venture to bring large sensor cinema technology to the broadcast industry, which is controversial […]
For the last 2 years, I have been complaining about Sony’s ridiculous decision, to not include 50mbps 4:2:2 recording on the PMW-320 and PMW-350. I understand why they do it, they want you to buy a more expensive camera, in this case, the PMW-500. The PMW-500 is a great camera, it has a CCD sensor block and has been adopted by broadcasters as first choice for general television production and ENG use. The PMW-350 in contrast, has a CMOS sensor […]
I had the pleasure of spending a day with Sky News presenter Millie Clode. We were shooting some informational videos for Littlewoods.co.uk. Millie is a great presenter to work with and was professional thoughout the shoot. Here is an example of one of the finished videos, post-production was completed by Red Frog in Manchester. The shoot was on a Sony EX3 with a camera mounted autocue. We shot the main pieces to camera on a white scoop at Greyspace studios […]
A recent shoot for Littlewoods with Colleen Rooney. We spent an afternoon shooting some videos of Colleen talking about her latest range of clothes. I shot this on my Sony PMW-320 XDCAM HD which is a perfect camera for this type of online video production. Edit and finishing was completed by Red Frog in Manchester.
Latest video shot for Very.co.uk, with Red Frog. Shot on the Sony PMW-320, which performed fabulously shooting with the very low lighting available at the photoshoot. The use of a shoulder mount broadcast style camera for these kinds of shoots is great as it allows stable handheld operation, together with an incredibly versatile zoom range. These new Sony XDCAM EX cameras perform very well for there price range and are very well suited to web based production.
I am now running Da Vinci Resolve on my MacBook Pro. This is a fantastic development and allows me to create looks on location and show clients how the finished product could look. The new software versions of Resolve are really great, especially the ability to take it mobile and work with the footage there and then.
I have just finished shooting online catwalk video, with Red Frog, for a major UK retailer. Shot on the Sony EX1 and EX3 which are fantastic for this kind of volume production. See below for a behind the scenes sneak peek, shot with the canon 5D Mk2 and the fantastic Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens.
Today we are shooting an interview with Gordon Taylor of the Professional Footballers Association. I am shooting on the Red and lighting with a small tungsten kit, 2 x Arri 650w and 1 x 300w fresnel. Despite there being many fluorescent and LED kits out there, I still enjoy using tungsten lights as I think the quality of light is better than LED and some fluorescent lights. I guess I am just a bit old school!