Phil Rhodes

Phil Rhodes

Phil Rhodes is a Cinematographer, Technologist, Writer and above all Communicator. Never afraid to speak his mind, and always worth listening to, he's a frequent contributor to RedShark.

The quality of your cables really does matter

Published in Production

Cables are one of those items that quite often appears way too overpriced for what they are. But in video, there's much more to that piece of wire than you think.

If you are shooting for a monochrome look, you'd do well to pay attention to how colours are represented.

Low budget filmmaking can be a wild west of working standards. Is there ever an excuse for over work and under pay on a shoot?

Let’s start with a puzzle: is there any technology available that emits blue light and can be switched on and off really fast, without the filament lag of a tungsten lightbulb? Now, just to make this fun, let’s assume you aren’t allowed LEDs.

All codecs share the same DNA

Published in Production

It's extremely difficult to develop a new codec that truly transforms the fundementals of video compression. Here's why.

The Lighthouse, starring William Dafoe, takes what we traditionally consider to be 'cinematic' and totally redefines what we might consider it to be.

RISC processing is alive and well, and it makes modern CPU performance possible.

New technology often has difficulty establishing a foothold even when it is better than the current incumbent tech. We continue our series looking at alternative technology that should by rights be more popular than it is.

Whatever happened to plasma displays?

Published in Technology & Computing

Plasma displays were once the creme-de-la-creme of television technology. With deep blacks and great colour, they could rival CRTs at a time when a lot of the LCD technology at the time was often seen as less than inspiring. But did the plasma display ever have a real future?

Review: Wooden Camera's D-Box aims to allow camera users much more control and versatility over power distribution. Whether you're running wireless receivers or mounting to a Steadicam, this is an accessory that solves a number of issues.

Who's afraid of building their own workstation? We continue our series on demystifying the process. This time we look at how to choose memory.

Critically assessing lights is highly complex

Published in Production

Wouldn't it be great if there was a really consistent and accurate way to assess different film and video lights? Unfortunately it's a highly complicated problem. Here's why.

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