Chicago. It's just so easy to get caught up in the excitement of this great American city and the excitement of this documentary. Clear crisp spring days photographing stunning architecture - filming the finest blues artists in the late of the night. Shooting continues on "Women in Blues".
I am shooting this production using two of the newer Sony digital video cameras. The Sony PXW-FS7 is being used as the principle camera and the Sony A7s as a second camera for our performance scenes. The FS7 comes into its own for the handheld cinematography, largely in the blues clubs at night. This camera is a joy to use, fitting so snug on my shoulder. Location audio is being recorded by Tammi Veriga-Glover using the Sennheiser MKH 418S microphone encoded in Mid-Side (MS) Stereo connected to a Tascam multi-track digital location recorder.
We have more to do. Produer and Director Lisa Eismen and myself intend to travel back to Chicago and the Mississippi Delta for the next leg of the shoot. On this recent stint, all of the filming took place in Chicago - there's enough going on there to keep us busy for a while. You will find out a lot more about this fantasic documentary right here
This week I presented a camera and post update for Foxtel's production team at the ACS Headquarters, North Sydney. With an emphasis on 4K, I brought in an array of video production cameras including the Canon C500, Sony PXW-X70, Canon 1Dc plus Sony's popular PXW-FS7 and A7s 4K models. Thank you Lemac Film and Digital and VA Digital Hire for providing some of the camera packages.
The group of fifteen Associate and Senior Producers, Production Supervisors, Production Co-ordinators was headed by Duane Hatherly, General Manager LifeStyle Channels and Director of Production at Foxtel. Duane below, and a few producers get a feel for the handheld charms of the FS7.
Typically at this time of the year, between training and shooting schedules, I am invited by US based Italian boutique cruise line Silversea
to join one of their immaculate ships to deliver talks and screen examples of my work for the guests. This time on the Silver Spirit; a life on the sea for weeks at a time in some nice locations. These images were taken on an iPhone6 using a limited panorama sweep.
On this most recent voyage, I was able to catch up with good friend and colleague Judith Curran, a senior producer at NHNZ in Dunedin New Zealand. Below is our early morning sail into Port Chalmers the port servicing Dunedin New Zealand.
In between two international shoots, I’m running One-on-One training in North Sydney each day this week. Kicking off with Yaelle Naidoo from 3RDiCreative. The training is adding to her many existing cinematography skills.
I have been on shooting on the Tahitian islands of Moorea and Bora Bora. Working in 4k with the Sony PXW-FS7 combined with Sony/Zeiss lenses, it gives a new lease of life to standard (Full) HD and I've discovered some excellent post options.
I’ve combined this trip with a Silversea cruise lecture series, presenting a number of cinematography talks and screenings on the luxurious Silversea cruise liner, the Silver Whisper in place of flying back to Australia. So thank you Silversea, guests and crew for an enjoyable couple of weeks on the Pacific high seas.
There were ten presenters onboard P&O's Bucket List CruiseBreak. A few days of fun with bow to stern workshop events - I delivered two, including my Top Ten GoPro Camera Tips - "how to mount, shoot and wow"
This image taken on my iPhone between talks. The nicest time to observe the ocean.
October and November has seen busy times at PDV Digital Cinema. Plenty of video shooters leaving with new skills.
So much colour and action here at the two-day Morobe Show in Papua New Guinea. I could not wish for a better event to run a location practice shoot for my students at Ahi Media, Lae. 3 x GoPro Heros+, a Sony FS700 at running at 400fps, Sony NX5, Canon 5DM3 - I shot these images with one of my favourite cameras, the Sony A7s.
Part of the training that I’m delivering here concerns Slow Motion cinematography. Shooting on a Sony FS700 at 400 frames per second, I've captured Aussie FMX rider Matt Schubring doing an impersonation of Superman at last weekends’ Morobe Province show.
Why not join the final CAMERA, STORY and LIGHT weekend workshop for the year? The video camera training is designed for anyone with a desire to get beyond menus and dials and is suited to users of DSLR and conventional video cameras alike. If can't make it for the two days, then just come along on Saturday - there is still lots you'll learn.
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Our market location shoot today in the tropical heat went well with Malcolm Gautheir and Nicky Polosi of Ahi Media behind the camera. I’m in Papua New Guinea running two weeks of video camera and lighting training for this fast growing company, eager to make a mark in corporate and commercial video production in PNG. They are well on the way.
Saturday + Sunday, September 20th & 21st - course details and booking HERE
THE CAMERA, THE STORY and THE LIGHT. These three elements form the foundation of successful video cameracraft and are the foundations of this workshop, designed for anyone with a desire to get beyond menus and dials. This course is designed for the users of DSLR and conventional video cameras alike
This week at PDV Digital Cinema it's been One-on-One training with Sydney filmmaker and producer, John Meredith from Sydney based production company Mondo Bilgola. He has a great setup from LanParte Germany and I prefer DSLR camera rigs that are at home on the tripod as well as on the shoulder. John seemed right at home with his Canon 5D M3.
"Thank you for the last two days...it was really valuable for me and great fun" - John Meredith
Back from a road trip through the heart of the Mississippi Delta Blues. "Women in Blues
” is the title of a new documentary being produced by U N Me Films
. Chicago Illinois, Clarksdale Mississippi and down through Louisiana to New Orleans - all the way, filming and photographing the story of American Blues music and in particular, the women who sing the blues.
The camera I have used for all the video and stills images is a Sony A7s plus some nice Zeiss lenses - a 55mm f1.8, 35mm f2.8, 24-70mm f4 and the sweet and lightweight Sony G series 70-200mm f4.
Here are some still images taken along the way, some at ridiculously high ISO settings. I hope to go back soon to shoot another episode. The women who sing the blues will be there.