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.

We have all got used to massive changes in technology over the last few decades. What seems like science fiction one year becomes commonplace the next. But in film and video, what are the things that have stayed the same?

Why do we keep thinking in 35mm for focal lengths?

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Do we really need to keep using 35mm as our baseline for focal lengths, or is there a much better way?

Roland Denning has been into his attic again and dusted off his crystal ball to give you the most accurate predictions for next year. Remember, if anyone asks, make sure they know that you read all this here first.

This is why we don't do camera "shoot-outs"

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We sometimes get asked why we don't do camera shoot-outs. There's a few simple reasons for that, and why we stay well away from them.

Deeyah Khan: An inspiring filmmaker confronting the enemy

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Deeyah Khan and Darin Prindle won the Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs at the 2018 Rory Peck Awards on November 1st for their astonishing film, White Right: Meeting The Enemy where Deeyah comes face-to-face with leaders of the White Power movement in the USA. Roland Denning had the pleasure of meeting Deeyah the day after the awards ceremony to talk about her film. Her own story is as extraordinary as the films she makes.

The Rory Peck Awards celebrates the work of filmmakers working in the most extreme circumstances. Roland Denning covered the event, and found that the art of making films that matter is still well and truly alive.

With the multitude of hybrid cameras around now, you could be fooled into thinking that the stills and video world are merging. But in reality they are just as far apart from each other as they have always been.

The real reason why we pay high prices for high-end gear

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High end kit costs a lot more money than the lower end, but you are not necceserily paying for better final results. Roland Denning tells us why.

The 1980s were the decade when video began to encroach on film – certainly for TV, if not for cinema. The 1990s was the decade when digital cameras made their mark.

A feature documentary dedicated to an editing programme is about as niche as you can get. And this is not a training programme or (ostensibly) a promotional film, but a serious, well-made documentary which treats its subject as dramatically as if it were a major political revolution… just what’s going on here?

Dell recently ran an event to show off its new Cinema features on its latest laptops. Roland Denning reports back on what he saw.

Cinema once offered the go-to experience for film viewers. Home viewing was simply not capable of matching the lure of the ultra-big screen. Today is different. Can cinema, and more to the point, systems such as IMAX, ever compete again in a world of Netflix and VR?

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