First reviews of The Taking are in…

https://mshayleyr1989.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/bait-aka-the-taking-2015-review/ “The bleak cinematography captures a chilling tone with lingering shots that create extreme dread in the more distressing moments.” That’s cool 🙂   I’ll not mention the one that compared the cinematography with Lars Von Triers work, why does that guy keep following me around? I used his studio for Lego commercials and the […]

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Improvements in Grading

It was fascinating looking at the differences between material shot in 1985 and 2014 and all points in between while I was making the 30 years reel. The variations, particularly in black level  are huge. The Pepsi commercial was shot on ’94 & ’95 and cut and printed in a very conventional film way, once […]

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The Future of the BBC

I’m sure that I’ll regret this and get a lot of grief but I think it’s time that someone stood up and said that the outpouring of support that the BBC appears to be getting in the run up to potential change is strangely enough totally from parties with vested interests. Mostly tired old labour […]

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30 Years of high end Commercials

I decided to celebrate my birthday by making a reel of my favourite 10 commercials from the last 30 years, of course once I got down to 11 I couldn’t decide which to cull so my favourite 10 are actually 11! I’d like to thank all the crew involved in these and all the commercials […]

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CML-UWE camera evaluations January 2015

The first batch of test files are up! 12 cameras in tungsten and daylight, different skintones and my new test chart. 16 bit EXR and RAW files will be available later. http://www.cinematography.net/cml-uwe-2015.html

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CML and image quality – chickenshit’s

CML was set up for high end pro’s and those who aspire to be in that class. I’ve never worried about offending anyone else. There are lots of places on the net for cinematographers who don’t care about or maybe just don’t recognise a high quality image. I never wanted CML to be one of […]

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Devastated 3

So, I’ve finally got a version of The Taking that I’m happy with, I certainly didn’t think that this was going to be possible after the C&C showing in Leeds on the 5th November! It’s taken a lot of work to clean up the mess and in the process I’ve learned a huge amount. I’ve […]

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Devasted 2

Wow! Well that’s got to be the fastest and biggest response I’ve had to a post. So let me clarify… People don’t walk out of a showing saying that post screwed up the skin-tones, they say what a useless DP. People don’t walk out of a showing saying that the editor zoomed too far into […]

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Devastated

I’ve delayed writing this since I was at the cast and crew showing of The Taking. I needed time to calm down and stop screaming. The incredibly hard work of all the camera, lighting and grip crew has been devastated by incompetent uncaring post. The DCP had obviously been made by a blind man who […]

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Numbers, numbers, numbers

Having just been to IBC and seen all the new kit and listened to everyone talking numbers it was refreshing to talk to Les Zellan, Carey Duffy and Jon Thorne who were only interested in talking about images. I then did a 30 minute TV appearance with Rodney Charters and Bill Bennett where the conversation […]

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