A film director’s worst enemy – TIME

April 14, 2019

Advice I recently gave to a young up-and-Coming film director who was about to shoot his first short film in Hong Kong. I told him a film directors worst enemy is time. You will never have enough of it. Hi Mal, I thought I would share a few things with you as you are about…

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April 8, 2019

STUDIO COFFEE A Digital Creative Agency that will produce story focused content (creative narrative content CNC) for social media distribution, serving the travel, tourist, hospitality, fashion and luxury property markets in Asia and Dubai. The studio will source local creatives, modelling talent and influencers to facilitate content creation for social media. Primary focus will be…

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Passion for light

March 31, 2019
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Loulou Bleue SAMUI Style Insta Mini Series

December 10, 2018

Loulou Bleue SAMUI Style is a thirteen part 1 minute Instagram Mini Series. The series is set in different locations around Koh Samui and tells the story of Loulou Bleue, a Production Designer working in London’s advertising industry, who is sent out to Koh Samui to help the Location Manager find exotic locations for a…

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Brand advertising

May 3, 2017

Television advertising has been around since the 1940’s in the U.S. and back then most television programmes were branded shows, for example, Colgate Comedy Hour. The roots of the modern tv commercial came from short cinema films that were screened before the main feature film. Most major industries made short films which were classified as…

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Go mobile

March 10, 2017

Go mobile. If I am not mistaken, this is the direction we are heading. It has often been said, the best camera to have is the one you carry around with you and for most people that is the camera in their smartphone, phablet or tablet. In terms of megapixels, most smartphone rear cameras are…

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Ted Baker teams up with Guy Richie

January 12, 2017

Film director Guy Richie producers a fashion video for Ted Baker labelled Mission Impecabble. The video has all the hallmarks of an action thriller and is a cut above the rest. Bespoke vignettes in glorious colour shape the scene and the actors clothes reveal a classic cut with a touch of old school dashing. Guy…

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Cinema of the soul

January 11, 2017

Russian film director and master auteur Andrei Tarkovsky created films with strong images and challenging narratives. Tarkovsky was influenced by Japanese films and was inspired by auteurs such as Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and Michelangelo Antonioni. His films were mostly shot in monochrome as black and white was, in his opinion, closer to real life.…

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Animation for GENERATIONWHY album

August 31, 2016

Animation is never dull and this animated short film will not disappoint. The film noir style silhouettes work a treat and the film has a dynamic focused on simplicity. Vimeo is where you will see a lot of inspirational films like this from filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of creativity. The animation for ZHU’s…

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Blocking actors

August 26, 2016

Blocking the scene with the actors is the most important part of preparing to shoot a scene. The director decides what are the best camera moves to tell the story and convey to the audience what the actors are thinking and how they progress the story through the action. The meaning can change with different…

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Know when to cut

July 30, 2016

Emotion and rhythm is a major part of film editing. Learning when to cut is a matter of practice. It might appear easy but it is not something that comes easily at first. Watching lots of movies, especially old ones, will help you to understand rhythm and know what works and what doesn’t work. Keep…

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Street photography Dublin style

July 24, 2016

Dubliner, Eamonn Doyle, had not picked up a camera for over twenty years after graduating with a photography diploma many years ago. Then one day he started to photograph old people passing outside his front door. The photographs he took turned into a self published book which he sent to Martin Parr who is a…

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Cinematographers angst

July 9, 2016

Cinematographers of old often talk about the magic of lighting for film before digital dominated the film set and monitors spoiled the fun. The role of the DP has changed considerably since digital has dominated the movie set. Revered less by one and all, the DP’s moment has come and gone. The dailies used to…

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Creative madness

June 24, 2015

Creativity should never be boring. As a videographer or photographer never be afraid to make creative suggestions to your client. In a video clients may want to talk about their product or service and show everything including the kitchen sink – remember the one-off Corporate video days? I know, those videos have their place, but…

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It’s time to throw away your video camera

March 30, 2015

Yes, you heard me right. Your old video camera is way too clunky to carry around nowadays and its quality has been surpassed by other devices sporting high megapixel cameras. If you have a DSLR that’s okay, it still takes great still photos and videos. If you don’t have a DSLR and you are not a…

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Short film with product placement or TV Commercial?

September 6, 2014

This TVC has had over 9 million views and counting…

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4K Cameras

April 4, 2014

Thinking of buying a 4K camera?… Think again.

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December 12, 2013

A website dedicated, not to camera gear, but to the art of storytelling. 2 Reel Guys…

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Madonna wants to start a revolution

December 5, 2013

Madonna’s ‘Secret Project’ in collaboration with New York photographer Steven Klien sees the light of day.

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Canon 5D Mark III RAW hack

September 19, 2013

Magic Lantern RAW hack guide for your Canon 5D Mark III from LensRental.com

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DSLR cine look made easy

September 17, 2013

No more excuses about not having the right gear. David Kong shows you how with less.

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Bill Viola video artist

May 13, 2013

In this interview Bill Viola reveals the creativity behind his visually stunning video installations.

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Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera

December 6, 2012

Meet the Canon EOS C100 the baby brother of the C300. At half the price of the C300 this cinema camera rocks.

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Roman Polanski Shoots Prada

June 6, 2012

“Prada Suits Everyone” is the end phrase on the short shot by Roman Polanski for Prada and showcased at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

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Canon EOS C300 Real World Test

December 16, 2011

How did the new Canon EOS C300 perform when it was put through its paces on a real production?

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Canon EOS C300

December 7, 2011

Do you find camera reviews boring? Then this Canon EOS C300 video might change your mind and get you to open your wallet again.

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HD DSLR Cameras – Looking back 3 years on

November 15, 2011

It has been a remarkable journey for HD DSLR cameras and it’s not over yet. One cinematographers perspective 3 years on…

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Digital 16mm cinema camera

September 30, 2011

New cameras keep on coming. Here is the latest to keep the competition on its toes. A DIGITAL 16mm cinema camera.

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Canon DSLR to laptop – are your receiving me?

September 15, 2011

Why buy a monitor for your Canon DSLR when you can tether your laptop to your camera FREE.

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Low budget, no budget movie

September 9, 2011

Before calling “action” on your no budget movie take a moment to ask yourself if you are focusing on the right things.

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Understanding lenses

June 29, 2011

For DSLR shooters moving from a fixed single zoom lens to a prime lens can be daunting. How do you choose the best lenses?

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Don’t mention the films sub-plot

June 7, 2011

Indian film director Shekhar Kapur talks about the creative process behind his films and how he finds inspiration.

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Wings of desire iPhone style

June 2, 2011

No HD DSLR? Just an iPhone 4 in your pocket. No worries, you’re good to go.

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Lights, camera… CollabraCam iPhone app

May 24, 2011

Shooting a multi-camera video has never been easier. You just need four friends with iPhones and each loaded with the CollabraCam iPhone app.

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Philip Bloom interview

April 5, 2011

Philip Bloom’s love affair with the video capable DSLR continues unabated despite shooting with pro video cameras. Watch the Philip Bloom interview.

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Vimeo Film Festival redux

February 8, 2011

The first Vimeo film festival last October in NYC brought filmmakers who are showing their best work online to the big screen.

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Vincent Laforet announces his new iPad app

January 11, 2011

Vincent Laforet has great iPad tips for photographers and talks to Marc Silber about his recently released iPad app.

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Forgotten images come to life

January 4, 2011

By day she worked as a nanny in Chicago and on her days off she took photographs in the street with her Rolleiflex camera.

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Truth about fast lenses

December 14, 2010

Depth of field is a hot subject and most of the talk is about shallow DOF and fast lenses. A HDDSLR shooter speaks out.

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Academic movie mogul

December 13, 2010

Can an academic make successful films? Meet Professor James Schamus of Focus Features who produced ‘The American’ starring George Clooney and learn his secret.

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iPhone SteadiCam

October 21, 2010

Get smooth with a Smoothee. Meet Steadicam’s answer for the iPhone. No more wobbly shots when you attach this little fellow to your iPhone.

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How to fake a dolly shot

October 15, 2010

Getting more bang for your buck helps low budget movies. Here’s how to fake a dolly shot without taking your camera off the tripod.

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The HD DSLR story continues…

October 13, 2010

Ever wondered if one day HD DSLR’s will replace video cameras? One filmmaker and photographer posses a question in an attempt to answer this.

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Fashion videos : fashion tool or fashion fool?

October 5, 2010

Fashion and video are natural bedfellows, so is it time to step off the catwalk and enter the exciting new world of fashion videos?

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Panasonic shows off its DSLR killer

September 17, 2010

Everyone in the DSLR community has been waiting to see this camera, the Panasonic AF100 video camera, and it doesn’t disappoint.

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Gone viral

September 9, 2010

What makes a successful advertising campaign go viral? One guy was filmed walking across America and the Ad became an internet success for Levi.

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Whatever happened to the humble HD DSLR?

September 1, 2010

HD DSLR’s are now on the camera gear list of most movie sets thanks to a revolution that started with HD capable still cameras.

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Recording quality sound on your iPhone

August 31, 2010

iPhone movies need great sound but your inbuilt mic won’t cut the mustard. Here’s what you will need to hook up an external microphone.

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3D or not 3D that is the question

August 12, 2010

Hollywood sees $$$ signs with 3D movies, but some directors in Tinsel Town are questioning the sanity of some big studios love affair.

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Hybrid Handycam with interchangeable lens coming your way soon

July 29, 2010

Sony’s NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens camcorder is jostling with high-end DSLR’s as the video companies are forced to compete head-to-head with DSLR’s.

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“Do the best you can with what you have.” Says Vincent Laforet

July 18, 2010

Vincent Laforet speaks to cinema 5D about the equipment he uses and has some advice for photographers who want to move into shooting video.

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Who says size doesn’t matter?

July 7, 2010

Every year cameras seem to get smaller with higher resolution. The new iPhone has HD capability and surprising picture quality for its size.

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DSLR’s enter the main stream

June 24, 2010

Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a master with HD DSLR cameras. Find out how he shot the US Navy Seals training commercial without retakes!

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“Moto” images

June 16, 2010

Greg Williams has shot Megan Fox and brought film star Daniel Craig to life on an electronic poster. But can he shoot a film?

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Gear heads

June 9, 2010

Cine Gear Expo 2010 was held again in LA and Cinema 5D was there to show you all the latest HD DSLR camera gear.

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Making waves

June 7, 2010

What do you get when you cross UK video artist Isaac Julien and Chinese star Maggie Cheung? Ten Thousand Waves is what you get.

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Every picture tells a story

May 31, 2010

Film director Baz Luhrmann gets arty with a painter friend to tell a story not with film but with a Caravaggio-style narrative painting.

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Get the ‘film look’ Picture profiles explained

May 25, 2010

You’ve got the DOF you wanted from your HDDSLR and now you are working on getting the cinematic look for your movie. Here’s how…

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‘Blue Velvet’ handbag

May 18, 2010

The convergence of art and commerce continues with David Lynch’s new film for Christian Dior, Lady Blue shot in Shanghai starring Marion Cotillard.

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“Content is King”

May 11, 2010

No matter what equipment you use to shoot your movie what matters most is the story. Is it compelling enough to hold your audience?

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Audio interview with HD DSLR guru Philip Bloom

May 10, 2010

Chris Jones, authour of the Guerilla Film Makers pocketbook, talks to HDDSLR guru Philip Bloom about the merits of shooting with HDDSLR cameras.

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HD DSLR Cinema Online

April 29, 2010

Learn the difference between shooting stills and video and the crew and equipment you will need to shoot your HD DSLR movie.

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Shooting HD video on your HD DSLR

April 21, 2010

Want the ‘film look’? Then this simple guide to shooting video with your HD capable DSLR camera will get you up and running.

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Carl Zeiss joins the HD DSLR party

April 20, 2010

Carl Zeiss has developed a series of Compact Prime lenses that will fit directly to HDDSLR’s without adapters, giving greater focus and aperture control.

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HD DSLR revolution gains momentum

April 19, 2010

More and more video and film professionals are choosing HD DSLR cameras for their productions for reasons including DOF, form factor and high ISO.

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Panasonic gets the HD DSLR community excited

April 16, 2010

Glimpse into the future. A new camera from Panasonic which promises everything that the HDDSLR has plus, more importantly, what it doesn’t have today.

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The Talented Mr. Moby

March 30, 2010

Want to know where you can get music tracks for your film, video or short for free? FREE as in gratis, then read on…

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January 27, 2010

Brings quality video solutions to the corporate market enabling companies to communicate and market to a worldwide audience using the Internet and streaming video.

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