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.

A Walk With Charlie

A Walk With Charlie

Today I decided to take the FS700 on one of our many routes through the Peak District. Taking the tripod was out of the question – so I opted for 200fps on the 35mm 1.4 Sony G-Series lens. Charlie turned out to be pretty easy to direct (when he wasn’t rolling in bad things) and actually…

New ‘Budget’ Red to Shoot 4k @ 120fps

New ‘Budget’ Red to Shoot 4k @ 120fps

Reports ahead of Red’s Raven announcement tomorrow suggest the new Raven will offer 120 fps at 4k! (Updated Friday 25th September) According to No Film School the Raven body will come in at under $6,000 (around £4,000) making it an attractive buy for those looking for a small format 4K camera. The Sensor is reportedly taken from Red’s Dragon…

The Grand Budapest Hotel BTS

The Grand Budapest Hotel BTS

Check out this fascinating BTS footage from one of my favourite films of 2014 – The Grand Budapest Hotel. Along with the fantastic sets, talent, and costumes – the clips give you an overview of how Wes Anderson achieves his trademark symmetry. It’s also possible to see the use of China Lanterns at 2.00 and 3.20 minutes. Hope…

Hitting ‘Refresh’ – A New Start

Hitting ‘Refresh’ – A New Start

Since leaving university I’ve been on a pretty bonkers personal journey. Like many of my friends, the student door was slammed shut, with a huge scary world bearing down in front of me. Nearly 10 years later and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to my creative and professional career. My ‘real’ life began as a runner in…

Obtaining Location Permissions

Obtaining Location Permissions

Location permissions are often taken for granted and can be far from straight-forward, especially when private land owners get involved. The general rule of thumb is that providing you’re on public land, most small shoots actually don’t need permission. It is still important to ensure you’re not causing an obstruction, a nuisance, or doing anything illegal. In this…

Using China Lanterns

Using China Lanterns

The China Lantern has been used far and wide in film making and is a fantastic way of creating soft light on the cheap. The sheer size and opacity creates a more naturally diffused light and, when fitted with a controller, can add versatility to your lighting arsenal. In the following video, Framelines TV guide you through the build process…