Legally Flying a Drone

Legally Flying a Drone

Drone footage can be spectacular. Which is why last week, I spent four days in the illustrious company of Tom and Darren at Heliguy HQ – working towards a PFAW (Permission for Aerial Work). Upon completion of the course, which includes ground school and a practical exam, I will be licensed by the CAA to undertake commercial aerial…

Helios 58mm f2.0 – Swirly Bokeh

Helios 58mm f2.0 – Swirly Bokeh

Today, I had chance to put the Helios 58mm f2 through its paces. I specifically set out to achieve the ‘swirly bokeh’ look so I wouldn’t say this is a substantial ‘test’ by any means… but hopefully my initial thoughts will be useful. Most will recognise the 58mm Helios as a characterful lens – with…

More Blood & Charity Bike Rides

More Blood & Charity Bike Rides

What a great week it’s been! Along with making serious headway on the upcoming Muay Thai documentary, I’ve also signed up to document a trans-UK charity bike ride. As a competitive cyclist, I often travel the UK at weekends. It’s for that reason that two weeks ago I found myself in a car on the way to Newcastle. Sharing…

Blood, Sweat and Updates

Blood, Sweat and Updates

An eventful week began with my first full shoot at Hydra Creative – a flat out, adrenaline-filled, fitness promo. It’s 5AM Monday morning – I’m packing up the gear and heading into Sheffield. Thankfully, the longer October nights mean sunrise comes at a more sociable time and, luckier still, the skies are clear for the first shot of the day,…

Hydra Creative, Doccos and Sicario

Hydra Creative, Doccos and Sicario

Followers on social media may have noticed a destint lack of filmmaking over the last week or so. And there’s good reason… Last week was my first in a new position at Hydra Creative. It’s been great, despite being comprehensively embarrassed on Fifa. I’m over the moon with the talent there and we have some fantastic projects…

Adding Grads in Post

Adding Grads in Post

ND grads are filters that, when overlayed onto an image, gradually change the light and/or colour. Below is a great introduction on grads and overlays – for those new to the idea of playing with colour. This technique adds colour and contrast to a flat scene – and is great for those who don’t have…

Deakins on Sicario

Deakins on Sicario

You know cinema history is about to be made when world-renown cinematographer Roger Deakins comes back to the big screen. Creator of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘The Big Lebowski’, and Skyfall’ talks to Variety about his latest thriller ‘Sicario’ and how he adapts his style film by film.