Recent Project: The Hickboo

Recent Project: The Hickboo

Recently I’ve been filming an installation by artist Sophie Cheshire. It’s a fantastic projection mapped animation shown as part of the Bristol Creative Spaces project in the Edwardian Cloakroom. I’m editing the footage into a short promo which will be online soon.  

Do You Have a Brand?

Do You Have a Brand?

When most people think of a brand they think of a logo, but a logo is actually just a small part of a brand identity. For example, if I tell you that an advert features the colour red without any more information a number of possible brands will spring to mind. If I then tell you there is yellow writing, with a red background and it’s a fast food chain, you’ve probably guessed it’s McDonalds. This is an example of fantastic branding – these colours are used so consistently that the mere mention of them brings to mind the brand, without…

What filmmakers can learn from designers.

What filmmakers can learn from designers.

Reading this article will make you a better filmmaker. Are you intrigued? You probably are. The sentence above is designed to keep you reading. You may be sceptical as to whether my claim is true, but the only way to find out for sure is to read on… This technique is used by design and advertising professionals as a way to get your attention. In this post I will show you how thinking more like a designer will make you a better filmmaker. Think like a designer Designers are pragmatists. A good designer will be critical of their own work…

Working With Magic Lantern Raw

Working With Magic Lantern Raw

I’ve recently been shooting some pick up scenes for our short film Mother’s Boy. We opted to use my Canon 5dmk2 and the Magic Lantern raw video software to match up with some footage shot on a Canon C300. I wanted to write a bit about our experiences of using ML raw for a real world, low budget production. What is Magic Lantern raw? For those that don’t know, magiclantern.fm have created software for Canon DSLR cameras that, amongst other things, unlocks the ability to record raw video files. This means that each frame of video is a 14-bit raw image, with all of…