Roland Denning is an independent filmmaker and writer based in London. He was a lighting cameraman/ documentary cameraman for two decades, shooting everything from feature drama to rock promos. He still shoots when he can't afford to employ anyone else. His satirical novel, The Beach Beneath The Pavement was published in 2011.
Well, someone has done exactly that and the result has been highly acclaimed. We look at some of the logic behind our technological choices. Analogue systems give us fewer options – but that’s why we like them.
In the first part of this article, we asked; does it make sense to shoot a movie today on a clockwork Bolex? But looking towards the future, just how smart will cinema cameras become, and will they ever become as 'smart' as smartphones?
Bounced light used to be the favoured way of easily creating a large, diffuse light source. But this incredibly effective lighting technique been forgotten in the drive for LED lighting? An Austrian company has come up with a product that creates the most beautiful bounced light we've seen.
Those words will either evoke a twinge, possibly a tear, of nostalgia or a baffled shrug. It might sound like a relic from Britain’s colonial days, but it was neither made of rubber nor meant to enumerate it. It was, however, once an essential part of film post production.
We don’t talk much about actors and acting on RedShark, but they are a crucial part of any drama, and also an element that lets down so many early attempts at shooting drama. Like everything in filmmaking, acting is a skill and directing actors involves just as much technical skill as cinematography.
We see them all the time. The camera demo reel of sunsets, twinkling city lights, sun filtering through the forest, beautiful women in floaty gowns, the beach at dusk, craggy old men’s faces… But such reels tell you nothing about what the camera is like to work with.
Review: RØDE's Wireless GO stunned us when it was announced with just how small it is. But it was the price that really got our attention. Size and price are one thing, but can it deliver the goods when it comes to sound quality? Roland Denning finds out.
In the last three decades of the 20th century, when film was still the dominant medium, there was one piece of equipment that, close to being universal, was an essential piece of kit for the smallest documentary to the grandest feature film. It was the Swiss-made Nagra audio recorder. And perhaps the most definitive of these was the Nagra IV series.
- Sunday 3 Nov 2019 - (39936) What you need to know about Aspect Ratios and Letterboxing
- Friday 8 Nov 2019 - (13029) Has the Holy Grail of long term storage finally been discovered?
- Friday 1 Nov 2019 - (6542) Canon EOS C500 II in action. "Probably the cleanest camera I've used"
- Monday 11 Nov 2019 - (4051) AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X
- Friday 1 Nov 2019 - (3808) How to choose the right GPU for your workstation
- Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 - (53) 16" Macbook Pro is a big step forward
- Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 - (400) Intel introduces 10th Gen Comet Lake U and Y series
- Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 - (598) Grading on the move with the ASUS ProArt PQ22UC
- Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 - (580) Sumo 19 users rejoice: Multi-cam switching is here
- Tuesday 12 Nov 2019 - (901) PolarPro's new ultra-light matte box systems are designed with the active filmmaker in mind