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The No.1 Most Important Piece of Filmmaking Equipment

20 Nov

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We live in a wonderful age of technology; a time when anyone can pick up a camera and make a movie. It’s amazing, fabulous, incredible… but it has put a lot of focus on equipment.

It seems almost every man and his dog in the low budget filmmaking world is talking about which camera they should choose? Which format or lenses should they shoot with?

Frankly all this BS drives me totally nuts! Guys please listen, stop wasting all your energy on techy camera pros and cons.

Here’s a little secret… Most audiences these days can’t tell the difference between digital or film, they don’t know the difference between a ARRI Alexa or a Box Brownie! What’s more, most of them don’t actually give a damn what the hell the movie was shot on. What’s far more important is whether you are giving them what they really need. A compelling STORY with believable CHARACTERS.

So what’s the most important bit of gear you need to make an amazing movie?

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Lighting for Film & TV: Colour Correction Filters Pt 3: Daylight to Tungsten

2 Oct

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How To Convert Daylight to Tungsten

OK, let’s do a quick review on colour correction so far; in my first blog in this series we’ve talked about the importance of colour temperature, how it’s measured and how that relates in terms of the colour or hue of light. Warm looking light has a low colour temperature and cold looking light has a higher colour temperature. We’ve said that the colour temperature of natural daylight is 5,600K but changes throughout the day and we’ve now talked about how to convert (or correct) tungsten light into daylight using specific blue colour temperature gels know as CTB gels. Now I want to move on and discuss HMI’s (these produce daylight) and how we can convert them into Tungsten light or give the HMI light a warmer look.

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Lighting for Film & TV: Colour Correction Filters Pt 2: How To Use Them

17 Sep

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How To Convert Tungsten to Daylight

Hello everybody. First of all, as I’m sure you’re aware, I’ve not posted a blog in quite a while. I must apologise but I’ve been incredibly busy over the past few weeks (filming left, right and centre), but I’ve had a bit of time recently so thought I’d continue with the series! Hope you guys enjoy it, be sure to leave a comment or get in touch on facebook/twitter!

Ok so this is the second blog all about colour correction, if you haven’t read the first one, here it is . If you have read the first one I hope you now have a very basic understanding of Colour Temperature. So, where do we go from here? Well there are two forms of colour correction, colour correction in camera (known as White Balance) and colour correction in lighting.

Colour correction in camera is something we’ll discuss another time, for now let’s concentrate on Colour Correction in lighting.

Daylight Colour Correction

First things first. Basically there are 3 types of lights that we use in the film and TV industry: LED, Tungsten and HMI Lighting.

LED lighting will be covered in a separate blog but for now I want you to explain the difference between Tungsten and HMI Lighting, before I go on to look at how we  convert Tungsten light into daylight…

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Lighting for Film & TV – Part 2: 3 Point Lighting

9 Mar

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If you can light an orange so that it looks or photographs as smooth and round as a billiard ball, you are ready to light close-ups and portraits of living people.

– John Alton, Cinematographer.

So… Lighting: It’s a huge subject, but I thought I’d attack the very basics in part 2 of this series – 3 point lighting. If you haven’t read the intro to this series you can find it here.

3 Point Lighting is a common technique that can be used for both documentary AND drama. It’s the foundation of most lighting techniques and is relatively quick and easy to setup. Please keep in mind that although I make a lot of references to lighting interviews here, these techniques are perfectly transferable to lighting your lead actors in a film, musicians in a music video or products in a commercial.

I’m going to keep this one quick, snappy and concise. So let’s get to it!…

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Lighting for Film & TV – Part 1: The Basics

2 Mar

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We’ve briefly touched on some of the techniques required to become a successful camera operator in the “How to be a Better Camera Operator” series, (part 1, part 2 & part 3). This next series is going to be all about Lighting.

Why lighting? Well first and foremost we get asked about it a lot. We’ve had a lot of requests from people wanting to know more about how to light and it’s one of our most successful courses.

In the posts that follow, we’ll be discussing everything and anything to do with lighting, from the basics right up to more advanced, in depth knowledge. So let’s go!…

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