Still Grading with Resolve 11

Nearly 2 months since the last post about the grade and I’m still at it, only a couple of hours a day but it’s an interesting way to work. My use of groups has caused a few problems between the various “final” versions of the cut but I’m learning how to deal with this. There’s […]

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The Taking – The Grade…

Well, I’ve started the grade, first at home and later at UWE. An initial problem, that I was aware of as we shot, is that we used in camera looks and they don’t translate to Resolve or any “real” grading system. Both RED and ARRI have used their own format of “look” files in the […]

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Day 10 into Day 11

I’m tired, very very tired, we are starting a run of nights now and I’m shattered before we start. Combine that with losing Martin our second most experienced AC and I see more tiredness in my future, I don’t need Mystic Meg to make that prediction! I did get delivery of a Leica M yesterday […]

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Week 1 The Taking

So, after a cold night slipping in mud up on the moors how was the first week? Well, apart from the previous comments about crew, and please hold that bloody frame once we’ve agreed on it because there are people using it to do THEIR jobs and if you keep messing with it then the […]

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Day 6 The Taking

OK, I’m not managing to do a daily blog as I’d hoped, today is a late start because we’re shooting on the moors at night today. Most days we start at 7:30am after a drive from our camera crew house to the unit base, the shooting day ends around 7pm but I’m then checking and […]

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Prep The Taking

Well as always happens nothing was as it was meant to be. I got off the flight from Bangkok to find my phone full of messages from Gregg my lead AC telling me about all the kit that wasn’t there and the random changes that had been made. I still had another 5 hours of […]

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NAB 2014

It’s really sad that the obsession with numbers that was started as a marketing tool by one camera company has swept over the entire camera market. Now, all anyone wants to know is has it got a big number, not what are the pictures like. I guess that it’s easier for non camera oriented people […]

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Happy films

Why is it in a time of great depression that most of the scripts I get for films made in and about Britain are so profoundly depressing? I realise that they are an accurate slice of these peoples lives, they reflect current life in the North and Midlands of England. But the audiences live those […]

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Hacking the CML website

Why? I can sorta understand the bragging rights of hacking into a very visible system, and CML is definitely not that. The initial hacker understood this, it’s why he promoted his hack as getting into a millionaire film producers personal site, as if! He added a folder and some files and says he did nothing […]

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Accurate pictures or not?

I see and hear comments all the time about accurate colour and gamma reproduction and I always find myself wondering why. My job isn’t to make accurate pictures, its to make pictures that effect an audience. They may be pretty, they may be brutal but the last thing they will be is accurate! The pictures […]

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