If you’ve yet to see the trailer for ‘Side by Side’ then please have a look at this if you’re interested in filmmaking, storytelling, cinematography etc. 

I’ve spoken to a few people who have seen the film and I’ve always heard the same responses; “it didn’t really achieve anything” which I figured would be the case when I saw the trailer originally. However I still want to watch it and hear the opinions of those who I very much admire and respect.

Like many others who use Tumblr I’ve grown up in a digital generation however I’ve had the fortune to work on film numerous times and I can’t express how much I adore it, as a medium but also the discipline that comes with it. There’s advantages and disadvantages for both formats, and working with a plethora of cameras on a variety of jobs with different cast and crew I can see why some people choose digital over film and visa versa. I have focus pulled for a lot of young DoP’s now who have never had the chance or the choice to shoot on film and it seems that there is an overwhelming fear if they now had that chance from discussions we’ve had.

Film or Digital is a discussion that doesn’t seem to draw any conclusion and I think that is due to the fact that the medium is a subjective decision. It’s a similar decision that painters would go through if they had a blank canvas; oil, acrylic, watercolour, charcoal etc. What am I getting at exactly you may be asking? Well if you address the root of any decision when it comes down to art then it should refer to the purpose of the intended piece. With filmmaking it’s the story and a large majority of decisions will be made in order to illustrate the story to it’s best possible intention. 

Just from viewing this trailer alone there’s a few points which could easily be raised from the opinion of various directors, cinematographers, producers etc. Surely it’s only a matter of time before digital reaches a point where it’s superior to film, however for those of you who have never had the chance to work with or know little about film then it might be worth doing some research. We owe film a big thank you for everything it offers and has achieved as without out would digital cinema be where it is now?

Here’s our setup for a top shot which jibbed up to reveal the actor lying on the floor. All of the components I have on the camera are default for my preferred setup. The addition we have on the back is a wireless transmitter called a ‘WEVI’. The reason we had that on as opposed to a normal BNC was because the floor was covered in sugar glass. We decided that the ‘WEVI’ would do a decent job and also meant not having to unplug and plug up between set-ups. I also removed my front-box as it impaired the tilt which was required for the shot.

Here’s our setup for a top shot which jibbed up to reveal the actor lying on the floor. All of the components I have on the camera are default for my preferred setup. The addition we have on the back is a wireless transmitter called a ‘WEVI’. The reason we had that on as opposed to a normal BNC was because the floor was covered in sugar glass. We decided that the ‘WEVI’ would do a decent job and also meant not having to unplug and plug up between set-ups. I also removed my front-box as it impaired the tilt which was required for the shot.

Feature Film Prep

So I officially start camera prep on Monday morning for the feature film I’m focus pulling on for the next five weeks. We’re shooting it all on the Arri Alexa Plus with ultra primes but this may well change to Cooke S4’s depending on the thoughts the DP has over the weekend. I haven’t really blogged a huge amount this year and I’d like to change that. As I mentioned I’m on this feature from now until mid December and the script is fantastic. It’s very rare that I read a script from beginning to end without stopping to make myself a cup of tea or to check Twitter! Seeing as I’m writing this post is there anything that people might like to see or hear about on my five week adventure?

A feature I focus pulled on last year has finally secured a trailer with the distribution company Lionsgate who I’m sure some of you have heard of. The film has also secured an ‘R’ rating due to its “brutal bloody violence, some strong sexuality, nudity and language.”

Watch in 720p if you can!!

Anyway check it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you make of it?

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I’m looking for more people to follow on Instagram, the discover page is useless and is full of girls taking pictures of themselves in the mirror and pictures of cats. I signed up to Instagram as a way to take photos and have the option to apply effects if I desired. I don’t post that often but I try and post quality over quantity. 

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As some of you may know I spent my summer working on a drama focus pulling on the Arri Alexa. It screens tonight from 10pm GMT on E4 and E4HD and shall run every weekday evening this week. The show is traditionally regarded as a TV soap however the whole idea behind this was to shoot it like a drama to appeal to a larger audience and to achieve a better aesthetic. As I previously mentioned we shot it on Arri Alexa’s and I focus pulled on ‘A Cam’ and occasionally operated on ‘B Cam’ when we used multiple camera setups. We used T1.9 ultraprimes a large majority of the time and also switched between T1.3 uncoated Superspeeds and tilt shift lenses for various in-camera effects. 

Watch this 12-minute preview and decide from that whether you like it or not. Anyway if you’re in the UK and can access the show why not check it out, you may even like it? 

I posted a little while ago about how my blog hadn’t seen much action as I’d been immensely busy filming a TV Drama for three months and blogging was the least of my priorities. Now I’m back home in London I’ve fortunately been extremely busy shooting various jobs in London but also been fortunate enough to travel a bit more this year. I’ve just arrived home having been away in Vienna filming a corporate for the ERS (European Respiratory Society) where there was some 20,000 doctors & pharmaceutical companies from all over the world gathering for a four day convention, which was interesting to say the least. I however ceased the opportunity to tipple on various Austrian beers and try my first ever portion of the authentic wiener schnitzel which I thoroughly enjoyed. Having finished the corporate on the sunday evening I packed my bags the following morning to fly to Paris for an online commercial for Samsung. It can only can be described as a hard slog but worked with a lovely DOP who I have the fortune of working with quite regularly now. Anyway as I previously mentioned I’m back in London catching up on the past few days and have lined up a five day commercial shoot for Burberry next week. I really enjoy working for the company who produce the content and I’m just glad they’ve invited me back. 

Anyway I’m now off to watch last weekends F1 race at Spa whilst I relax on the sofa.