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Tuesday 19 October 2010

‘Television has become the enemy of creativity’

Ken Loach made the keynote speech at the 54th BFI London Film Festival. He said television has become the ‘enemy of creativity’.


Filed under: The media,TV & film — GS @ 11:28 pm
Tuesday 14 April 2009

The highs and lows of film-making and why relatively few good videos get made

Watching the G20 protests on TV it seemed that every other person had a camera. Yet only two video clips of the Ian Tomlinson incident have come to light so far. One was shot by a member of the public, the other by a broadcast news team and despite professional cameras being outnumbered by ‘activist’ cameras to the tune of hundreds to one.

A fluke? I suggest not. (more…)


Filed under: Net & technology,Personal,Photography,Video-making — GS @ 2:29 pm
Tuesday 18 November 2008

AOL pulls the plug on its user-generated content site

AOL is to close its user-generated content site on 18 December.

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Filed under: Net & technology,Video-making — GS @ 10:51 am
Friday 18 July 2008

Video sniffing

Channel 4 News reveals how film-makers are using footage from public cctv cameras. It’s called ‘video sniffing’.


Filed under: Video-making — GS @ 5:45 am
Tuesday 1 April 2008

EditStudio Pro 6 video editing software

This software is impressive and only costs $89 (£44).

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Filed under: Video-making — GS @ 7:28 pm
Wednesday 5 March 2008

BBC Newsnight report on ‘bareback’ gay porn

Tonight (Wednesday) the BBC’s Newsnight programme will feature a report about unsafe sex on gay porn shoots. This follows a recent scandal in the UK where several actors contracted HIV during a shoot.

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Filed under: LGBT — GS @ 5:39 am
Friday 14 April 2006

In search of cheap video lighting

I’m delighted with my Sony DCR-HC22E camcorder. But one thing that has been disappointing is its performance in low-light. It isn’t a patch on my old Canon Hi8, which can pretty much shoot anything the eye can make out and also corrects the colour well — even in street lighting at night.

For indoor shooting, I had equipped myself with several 60 watt spotlights from IKEA, which produced good results with the Canon — even for bluescreen special effects. But these aren’t enough for the Sony. The images are noisy.

So, what’s the solution for my ‘no budget’ film making?

I have a couple of Photax photographic stands and lamp holders that have provided faithful service for 25 years now. They take ordinary screwfitting domestic bulbs or photoflood bulbs (which come in 275 watt or 500 watt versions).

Trouble is, photofloods are expensive (£7 for a 500 watt bulb) and they have a short life.

An alternative is to use 200 watt domestic bulbs. Purists will point out that these change colour with age but, in practice, it isn’t a problem.

What IS a problem is that I can’t find any 200 watt bulbs in central Manchester (the third largest city in England). So I’ll probably have to order the bulbs online.

Work lights from Screwfix

An alternative is work lighting. Screwfix do two 500W tungsten halogen lamps, on a 1.8m telescopic tripod stand, with a 4.5m cable — for just £16.99 and replacement bulbs cost just 76p. You can imagine how much a ‘special video lighting’ version of this set-up would cost from a photo shop!

The lights will work great if bounced from a white wall or ceiling, or shone through some kind of diffuser. So I may order this too.


Filed under: Manchester,Net & technology,Video-making — GS @ 7:56 am
 
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