Roland Denning

Roland Denning

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.

The debate over higher resolutions tends to provoke a lot of emotional response. Roland Denning offers us his counter to the point of whether higher resolutions are inveitable. 

Olde Denning’s Almanak: Film & Video in 2018

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After Olde Denning’s uncannily accurate predictions for 2017, published a year ago, we are proud to announce his prophecies for 2018.

Masters of Light: a classic revisited

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 Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers is one of the most revered book releases on the subject. Roland Denning reminisces over what makes the publication such a classic.

What sort of cinematographer do you think you are?

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As Christmas is now upon us, let's all sit back and take part in RedShark's Christmas cinematography quiz! Just what sort of cinematographer are you?


SUPER 16 — Almost gone but not quite forgotten

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Does the S16mm film format still have a value in todays production world? Roland Denning takes a look back at the history of the Super 16mm format, and asks whether it is still a viable medium.

In part 1 of this series, Roland Denning looked at the effects the DSLR revolution had on our attitudes towards cameras. In part 2 Roland takes a look at how the DSLR revolution affected camera design and usage.

The DSLR revolution had a huge impact on the video production industry. Conventional views of what a video camera should be were turned on their head, and doors were opened, making low budget filmmaking much more accessible. But the ripples from the revolution went far and wide. Roland Denning takes us on a journey of the effects those ripples caused.

What’s so great about soft light?

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We all love soft light, don’t we? It’s natural and flattering; hard light is old fashioned and looks artificial. And LEDs are a convenient and energy efficient source of soft light that have made most other lights obsolete, particularly if you are on a low budget. Is that all really true?

Space - the final cinematic frontier

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There has been a lot of discussion on these pages recently about what makes a film ‘cinematic’, centred around cameras, lenses, grading, lighting and the age-old debate of photochemical film versus digital. It’s all missing something obvious: space.

The news that Mad Max: Fury Road is being re-launched in a monochrome version (‘black and chrome edition’) has raised a few eyebrows. The trailer looks great, but what’s actually going on here? Is it a gimmick, or a new trend?

Remembering Media 100: one of the great NLE pioneers

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As it announces a new, free version, Roland Denning remembers the very early days of one of the early pioneers of the non linear editing age, Media 100.

When mobile phones record high-quality HD (or even 4K) video it is hard to imagine the impact that a cumbersome, reel-to-reel black and white video recorder could have, but back in the 1970s, it was a game-changer.

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