The Penny Dropped” is in Post Production. My Low and High resolution images are with the Producers and the first images are carefully being released. For me, the shoot was such an adrenalin rush. At first, eager anticipation, thoughts and ideas, then the crazy day getting the shots down, and now waiting to see the final Production images and the film itself. Whilst as always I go on to the next assignment, the next lighting, the next microphone shot.. for me each shoot is “In Post”.
Production on “The Penny Dropped” is in full swing. We have Lights, We have Sound, We have Action!
Director of Photography (DOP) Candida Richardson and Sound Recordist Mark Andrews are concentrated on the unfolding scenes. Above ground, skips are being dropped, deliveries made, disturbing the shoot, Alice our Director calls “Cut!”
The light is low. I’m on manual focus, manual settings and searching for composition, shadows, and acting expression. It’s going well, Candida changes to handheld on an 80mm, the actresses perform out of their skin…Alice is happy..”Scene Complete!”
Just over a week ago, I was invited to be Film Stills Photographer on Hurcheon Films latest short film The Penny Dropped. Produced by A D Cooper and Stephen Croson, written and directed by A D Cooper, this supernatural short was shot in an old WWII Bunker in Dalston and features Abigail Thaw “Endeavour” and Phillippa Peak “Home Fires”.
Imagine entering a world where once, folk sought refuge from bombings, which is now a dank, dark, dripping canvas awaiting the next set of creatives to turn their ideas into a modern viewing experience.
I find an old piece of cardboard, a plastic chair, a small table and with my trusted Maglite begin the process of arranging my kit. I think today my 50mm fixed lenses is going to be the lens of choice. Now, if someone would just walk into that film light..
There is a little used function on my DSLR and it is called VIDEO. When my wife Chris Walker said she wanted to get her old sewing machine out and make herself a dress, I thought it would be an interesting topic for a short video and I might learn a new skill in the process.
Here was my chance to try out Amateur Photographer (06.02.16) magazine’s “Tripod Tricks”, in which it attempted to explain how you can use a cheap tripod to produce high quality looking footage. They highlighted techniques such as The Crane Shot, The Stabilised Shot, The Low Angle Tracking shot and The Slider Shot. You won’t see all these successfully achieved in the final edit as I struggled with panning and focussing, (no auto focus on an 1100D) but happily the machine and The Dressmaker take centre stage..
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For once I find myself with a minor ailment and ordered to rest. Now I have my head around the idea, I wander along to the local library in search of the book I can read from cover to cover in one day and do nothing else.
They say Madame Bovary is the perfect novel. It’s impact on writing style unquestioned. And so I settle down to immerse myself, test match cricket playing gently in the background. This notion of resting and doing nothing but read, whilst sounding idyllic.. I’m fidgety .. My photos from the Maidstone Fringe Festival have been released, I could do with circulating them.
Got to be a unique moment for them ..
Ok they may be amateurs but they can sing. This group of “ordinary” people coming together in song and harmony.. Their voices glorious yet unheard outside of the Bower House Venue.. And so to the as yet unheard voice (by me) of Flaubert..will it be a perfect voice?
I’m waiting on a couple of photo shoots to be released and in the meantime find myself toying with various effects in Lightroom/photoshop.
It’s never been easier to see at a touch of a button the immediate effect of putting on a vignette, bringing out shadows or increasing contrast. I may be wrong but I do find that I dance across the buttons choosing the f sharp of Lightroom or the c flat of photoshop but end up sticking with the original version as shot. To me that is success. What do you think ?
First off here is the original ( ef-s18-55mm f/3.5-5.6ISII) shot at 49mm, f5.6 iso1600 ! 1/60 sec
Do you think anything is added as a result of changing the effects..
This is the cinematic effect.. I always check how it would look but very rarely do I actually use it. I’m happy if the original stands the test, after all the challenge is to get the shot right first time..