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Creating a fluid and stable shot is essential to a lot of our work. We have used different methods of stabilisation over the years which mechanically isolates the operator’s movement, allowing for a smooth shot, even when the camera moves over an irregular surface. Big innovations have been motorised gimbals which electrically stabilise the movement in real time. Simply put, a gimbal is a pivot point that allows rotation along a single axis. Combine three separate gimbals to allow rotation along three different axes and you have a 3-axis gimbal — and an excellent tool for achieving silky-smooth, handheld video. In the never-ending quest to achieve smooth handheld video, a Read more

The Lytro Cinema Camera could be the most groundbreaking development in cinematography since colour motion picture film. Since Lytro first teased their Cinema Camera earlier this month, articles have been written. Press conferences were held. Lytro’s presentation at NAB 2016 was standing room only and hundreds were turned away. Several press outlets did write-ups of the demo; we’ve been writing about the technology concept for five years. But words don’t do it justice: you have to see the new Lytro cinema system in action, including its applications in post-production, to understand just how much this technology changes cinematography forever. On its own, it would be a supreme technical accomplishment to develop a Read more

Getting the right location is just as important as cracking the concept, choosing the right equipment and casting the right actors. A few more hours spent thinking about location and the odd recce can save days of trying to make shots work when the magic just ain’t there – or dealing with unforeseen delays on set. Read our top tips for choosing the right location below: 1. If you have to recce yourself – prioritise, then re-prioritise, at regular intervals. Before you leave, quickly identify the locations you need – and then get out there. Time can be quickly lost on a recce but re-assessing your requirement at regular intervals is essential. Don’t waste Read more

Profile films are a powerful way to promote your cause or business by focussing on a person or people within an organisation as they talk about their values or the values of the organisation. Whether they’re created for politicians, PR companies, musicians, actors or sportspeople, they are an effective way to compellingly communicate the subject’s facets from every angle. Authenticity is key so we research the subject in depth and write the questions but we never give them to the interviewee beforehand. We then look for the best soundbites to tell the story and put together our shortlist for filming based on what’s been said. We recently produced a profile Read more

We can control time! Well, sort of. Time remapping is a fantastic tool that enables you to create a unique depth to the pace of any story. Turning the missed and the misunderstood on its head, resulting in action packed, information filled sequences with awesome viewer experience. Any shot can be slowed down or sped up, allowing you to communicate a complex journey in a short space of time, and the changes in pace enable the key events to be given greater impact and dynamism. This simple technique manipulates key moments by condensing a series of events creating excitement and pace or slowing it right down, as if frozen in Read more