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Artist Profile Video

Current Projects Posted on Thu, February 21, 2019 13:42:04

A short video for a really talented artist, Jerome Canty. Please check out his fantastic work here.

This film was standard interview set up with mixture of b roll that included JC drawing, a local gallery exhibation of the artist, Jermone having a
table at True Believers Comic Festival, intercut with After Effects
clips of comics and his work. Edited in DaVinci Resolve 15 to the sound
track by Pinkzebra.The video can be seen below…


Jerome kindly let me move around some furniture to create the shot as seen. I really like the green of the bonsai tree juxaposed to the deep red curtains, as they complement each other. I lite the scene with a 2k blonde as key, aputure h160 light as hairlight and used the aputure m40 in the pot stand. Set the camera temp to 3200k, so the h160 giving a blue hue to it. Heres the set up plan below…

In Davinci Resolve 15 I disected the interview shots into chapters and coloured them accordingly(as seen in the timeline pic below). I picked acouple of tracks of music which I sent to Jerome to choose either the tradtional orchestrial score by Pinkzebra or a cool kid synthwave track, JC prefered on the orchestrial score. Using the b roll of the True believers comic festival as the onging narrative thread to the video – intercut with the interview, AE clips and gallery shots. With the traditional score I kept to a minimal edit and transitions only using acouple of crossfades. One of the favourite moments is when the Ironman cosplayer nods to camera kicking in the instrumental. I split the grade into each of the different locations but keeping it a warm tone to each.


The After Effects clips were in three segments- the olders comics, which I purchased from Ebay, 2000ad segment & a recent collection of JC’s work. I wanted to concentrate on the front covers, as these had the biggest impact on JC as a kid. So I stripped the image down in photoshop creating the elements that were animated in AE. Also included a blur and particles elements to help the 3d effect.


The Second clip featuring 2000ad artists, which was key to show the quailty of the work by them. So pulled afew images off the internet, to keep them as clean as possible, excluding the blur and particles fx. For the third segment of Jerome’s work, I zoomed into the images and reintroduced the blur and particles fx. Each comic and JC’s work was sized and included a drop shadow. To keep the clips uniform I blurred and rotated the background images in&out, while keeping the same movements and opacity settings the same thoughout all of the clips.



BSC EXPO 2018

Other Posted on Sun, March 18, 2018 12:09:06


We went down to this years BSC expo in Battersea Park, checking out equipment from some of the world leading companies in the cinema industry, alongside meeting up with old friends and colleagues.


I’ll briefly mention afew stands and exhibtors below in no particular order…

Cooke Optics

World leading cinema glass manafactures from Leicester were exhibiting their i-technogly (digital data lens communtication) which was special, as the guy who conceptualised it 20 years ago was demostrating it in action. The i technogoly records the vital data for post production/vfx work and lets the camera department have continuous remote readout of the precise focus setting, T stop and depth-of-field as seen in the photo below…

(The read out is in the lower third of the monitor).

Tokina ATX Cinema Lenses

Will Bartleep was showcasing the Tokina cinema range, which I have been following closely over the past acouple of years (I already own the tokina IRND set which are stunning ND’s). These ATX cinema lenses are truely remarkable capturing a buetiful image, no lenses breathing from what I saw, fast at T1.5 and with a wide image circle for full frame and vista vision – to future proof your purchase(I’m just waiting for fujifilm to catch up with their chips;-) It was a real pleasure speaking with Will and sharing a beer:-)

Please click here for a demo test shot by Phil Holland.

TLS – True Lens Service

Another Leicester crew – specialising in lense mounts and rehoused lenses of many old cine primes from Cooke’s Speed Panchro to the Super Baltar(The Godfather) and Kowa Cine Prominar (Rocky). They kindly let us check out some of the lenses in action on their camera, I was surprised on how small the glass optics were on the Baltars compared with modern glass. How TLS have brought back to life the old lenses without changing the characteristics, is truely genius.

Schneider Optics

One of the stands i was eager to visit, to check out their MPTV True-Streak Filter Range(lens flare filters), Svenja demostarted the range of True-streak filters from 1mm to 4mm in serveal colours.

Please click here for a demo by Jon Carr.

They also produce a unique range of cine tilt shift lenses as seen here.


Tiffen Filters

This stand was really busy but we got chance to test a couple of filters and we arranged to go to Pinewood later this year to test out afew of their filters on some of the lenses we are thinking about using on our next project.

Here’s a link to their video of the diffusion filter range.


Photon Beard

Peter from PB was showcasing their PB80 led light, which won the videomaker 2015 best product award which uses a remote phosphor sheet that shines builtifully with a extremely high TLCI rating (measurement of coloured light spectrum) housed in a traditional redhead and can be powered by v mount battery.

Please click here for a video explaining the LED light with Peter and Alan Roberts.

Exalux

Another Lighting stand that stood out was the French LED cine manafactures Exalux offering Led lights in the form of Rock panel and Stixx FX units and notable DIY solutions. New to the DIY range was a super bright led ribbon that has to be the brightest I ve ever seen. They defiently charmed us with the help of a glass of champagne!

GripHaus

We spent some time speaking with David Reeves – a camera,motion and support inventor – who was showcasing his high end grip support – a quick and stable release system that can be used taking the camera rig from crane to handheld in one fluid motion. Worth keeping an eye on this guy in the future as he’ll have a big impact on the scene.


In summary it was a great day meeting loads of fanstatic people and companies that do and make truley astounding products for our industry… nice to end the day at Panavisions lens bar with free drinks. Cheers!



Gloucester Rugby Wooden Spoon Charity Event

Random Side Projects Posted on Sun, May 14, 2017 19:03:36

At the end of April I helped out operating the big screens at Gloucester Rugby club for the charity wooden spoon – Wiltshire branch. It’s a worthy charity that helps disadvantaged kids though out the U.K.

I built up the slides for the event and mix the live cam from the gantry during the matches using Vmix, which is a fantastic program for live mixing events and streaming.

Here’s a couple of photo’s from the day…

All the kids(and parents) had a fabulous time… raising money and awareness for the charity.

A big shout to Gareth John- the organiser of the event & Wiltshire group, Keith, Graham, Helen and the Hartpury College students. If you want to know more on the charity please follow link here.



Back on the Blog

Other Posted on Sun, May 14, 2017 18:43:44

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything as I’ve been really busy with projects and freelancing the operating of the big screens and roaming camera during match days at Gloucester Rugby Club through MGV Productions, a really cool film production company. The guys produce some amazing work from sports docs to holiday features. All this plus life has made Jack a very dull boy, but summer is around the corner and have several shoots planned.



Lost Hearts – Final Goodbye

Current Projects Posted on Thu, August 11, 2016 11:21:14

Today Max Van de Banks came round and picked up the hard drive with everything I’ve worked on since September last year. It’s always sad to see a project go especially when I’ve enjoyed working on it so much. It is a great story with fantastic actors and a brilliant production from locations to costumes. It has been a pleasure working with Max and Severn Film productions.

You can find more information on the film at…

http://lostheartsfilm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/severnfilms

Below is the fantastic trailer created by Action Image Productions

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I’ve tried my best to keep an active blog on this project and below are links to the posts starting at the beginning…

First Commissioned blog

Research & Narrative Ideas blog

Gypsy Pickup shoot blog

Storyboard Prep for main Pick ups blog

Pick up shoot at Eastnor Castle blog

Final Stage of the Edit update blog

Lost Hearts EDL tutorial video

Really looking forward to seeing the completed film once the graders,composer and audio has been finished.

I’ll update as and when I hear further information…



Past Exploits – Projectionist

Other Posted on Wed, August 10, 2016 18:39:13

I originally trained as a projectionist at Cine City (1913) in Manchester,1995. It was a lovely cinema that still had it’s original love seats on the back row. Locally it was named the flea pit but oozed charm and character, that the new multiplex’s lack. Sadly it was demolished in 2008 which is a shame and a loss to the local community and UK cinema heritage.

While digging around the old hard drives I found an article when I was a projectionist at Apollo cinema, still working with 35mm film projection equipment. We were fortunate to win the national BKSTS Projection Team of the Year 2007.



Lost Hearts EDL Tutorial

Tutorials Posted on Mon, August 08, 2016 21:40:36

Time has finally come for me to hand over the Lost Hearts project to the next phase in post, so I’ve had to create a Edit Decision List (EDL) for the project and I decided to create a little tutorial (level basic) regarding it.

Videomaker has a great little article outlining Shot lists & EDL’s which is worth taking a look at here.

More info on exporting projects in Adobe Premiere click here.

An interesting article about the old school(tape based) EDL can be read here.

As the project came to me in Adobe premiere CS6 I’ve been quite limited with the EDL file as a lot of them are unstable with CS6 esp AAF.

Within the tutorial I also show my working practice of bins and timelines.

Also as a demonstration I use Premiere CS6 to open the EDL file as an example on how to do it as it’s pretty much the same which ever program it’s intended for…media bins, timelines etc.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=fdW2i8k66j4%3Frel%3D0

More information on the narrative structure of the new edit can be found here.

I hope you enjoyed watching the video, as much as I did creating it.



Lost Hearts Production Final Stage of the Edit

Current Projects Posted on Thu, July 07, 2016 10:23:24

Well we’re nearly at the end of my involvement with Lost Hearts production with the locked of edit a few days away, which will be a shame as I have really enjoyed working on this project alongside Max the director and other team members.

Over the past few months we have been getting the FX shots from the very talented Daniel Rickard from Bright Helm Films. Daniel has done a superb job creating these shots with the tone and style that has lifted this production to another level.

Lee from Action films will be doing the color grading and are currently in the process of making a trailer, which we all are looking forward to seeing and I’ll post it up once it is completed.

Anyway back to the edit.



Collection of my photography over the years…

Random Side Projects Posted on Wed, May 04, 2016 13:56:38

From a bygone era…



What interface I use for editing and graphic work…

Post Production Posted on Wed, April 27, 2016 16:05:24


When it comes to editing and graphic work, the above tools work nicely that gives me precision and efficiency while working. The programs I use with these include Adobe products, Davinci Resolve and Blender. I use a wireless mouse and keyboard so I can move them out of the way, as and when required (I also have a bigger keyboard with a num pad, which rarely comes out).

Logitech G13 (Click here for website)

Although it’s designed for gamers this is one of the most useful interfaces I’ve worked with. I choose the G13 over X keys due to size, on board memory profiles and mini joystick that is used as a mouse. It states that it has 75 programmable hot keys though 3 switcher buttons, but I have found that the basic hotkey set up of Save project, undo, redo etc etc for me needs to be on the same keys so I’m not switching between them, so in fact this only gives me around 55 hot keys to play with which is plenty especially with N.L.E.’s like premiere or Da vinci. Also I’ve set up my G13 switcher buttons so each works with for a function. The hand sits nicely on the interface and is a pleasure to use. The G13 also can read the CPU and Ram power percentage useful when building complex layers in A.E.

-I’ll post my G13 profiles for the various programs to download soon.

ShutlleXpress (Click here for website)

This little pendent is a gem…the small brother to the shuttle pro(more hotkeys) but just as handy with the G13 canceling the need for the extra hotkeys. If you have never used a jog shuttle before (it was on old video decks before computers took over) they are a joy to work with especially scrubbing though the timelines and getting to that prefect cut. The Shuttle Xpress has 5 programmable hot keys, with a spring loaded outer ring for continued scrubbing and a inner plate for finer frame by frame movement.


Wacom Bamboo (Click here for website)

I had a pen tablet a while back but lost it when we moved house:-( but a friend , Jay, gave me his old one as he upgraded to an Intous model. The Bamboo is a old consumer model but still very useful and I’m glad Jay did, as I forgot how useful it is esp with Photoshop and Blender. While this isn’t one of the interfaces I use regularly- it always has a place on my desk and will no doubt upgrade to a bigger model at some point.



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