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25

Feb
2014

In Cinematography Resources
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By DavidPimm

‘Do cameras have an effect on how good your cinematography is in film?’

On 25, Feb 2014 | In Cinematography Resources, News | By DavidPimm

A film production student got in touch with me to gather some information in order to answer the question ‘do cameras have an effect on how good your cinematography is in film?’ I thought it was worth sharing on here as it might help explain my viewpoint on cinematography and cameras as I worry there are sometimes superfluous discussions about how to achieve ‘good cinematography’ which are often linked with what is the ‘best’ camera. Here are my personal thoughts: Read more…

28

May
2013

In Lighting
News

By DavidPimm

Lighting Empress: Deeper in Disguise Promo

On 28, May 2013 | In Lighting, News | By DavidPimm

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Director Ross, operating on the Empress shoot

In terms of timing, this shoot was both good and bad. I had been at the NFTS for 4 months and had learnt an enormous amount that I was itching to start applying to projects outside of the curriculum. So this came along at just the right time and I was really excited to get the chance to light it. The trouble was that the video had almost no time in prep, during production or in post. I was brought on as cinematographer 4 days before the shoot. The location was confirmed on Friday 12th April and the shoot took place on Saturday 13th April. We managed to pack the whole video into a 1 day shoot with a few macro shots done over a couple of hours a few days later. The video was cut and ready a week later. The good news is we worked like crazy and it turned out really well. A nice bonus came when it aired on Scuzz, a music video channel on May 24th. So with my first cinematography work making its way onto TV, here’s how I approached and lit the video. Read more…

01

Sep
2012

In Camera Operating
News

By DavidPimm

L’Oreal Blue Therapy Online Viral Shoot

On 01, Sep 2012 | In Camera Operating, News | By DavidPimm

HMT Productions Crew in the studio

A day after wrapping on The Seven Princesses short film, I was hired as B camera operator for a corporate online promo shoot. HMT Productions gave me the call after I met with Faisal (Cinematographer and co founder of the company) for a coffee a few months before and we chatted cameras as all good film geeks should. It was a great shoot in a lovely, clinical looking studio. I shot hand held footage of 5 women being made up by beauty experts before being formally interviewed by the rest of the crew. I love this roaming style of operating, had a lot of freedom and just enjoy working with people who are well organised and know their stuff – the HMT guys didn’t let down. The phrase of the day was ‘on it’ as everyone was working so well together and we wrapped an hour ahead of schedule. It was a pleasure working with them and I hope it’s the first of many shoots together. Faisal and James, the director, cut together 6 videos altogether for the client to promote a new range of treatments – 1 general promo and 5 separate edits focusing on each of the women. Lovely stuff! Lighting and camera details, along with the 6 60 second(ish) pieces after the break. Read more…

29

May
2012

In Cinematography Resources
News

By DavidPimm

Cinematography Resources: BSC interview with Roger Deakins

On 29, May 2012 | In Cinematography Resources, News | By DavidPimm

Roger Deakins is widely known and acknowledged as one of the great cinematographers of our time. He is certainly one of my favourites, having shot such a wonderfully diverse range of films while maintaining quite an incredible level of artistry which always has a relevance and respect for the story at hand. Deakins has worked as cinematographer on The Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men, A Beautiful Mind and The Big Lebowski, among a vast number of others. I was looking for a brief youtube interview when I bumped into a much longer 50 minute interview with Deakins, led by John de Borman, the President of The British Society of Cinematographers. I feel the video implicitly explains a great deal about why Deakins has been so prolific and successful.

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29

May
2012

In Cinematography Resources
News

By DavidPimm

Cinematography resources: Zacuto Film Fellas DP webcasts

On 29, May 2012 | In Cinematography Resources, News | By DavidPimm

The internet is absolutely teeming with information about film making, cameras, cinematography, DSLRs, DSLRs, DSLRs, lighting, accessories. While a lot of the information is quite misleading, there are tons of brilliant, free resources in all shapes and sizes online. I find that many of the best articles, videos and podcasts are led by or involve authorities in the field of cinematography, film making or camera assisting. I thought it would be helpful to catalogue these for everyone to learn from. Predominantly Cinematography Resources, these may also dip into story or camera assisting, but will always be useful to anyone with an interest in camera. Read more…

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26

May
2012

In Film making
News

By DavidPimm

Sci-Fi London 48 hour Film Competition

On 26, May 2012 | In Film making, News | By DavidPimm

 

Frame grab: Lola Seaton in One is Missing

These competitions are as fun as they are gruelling. In April, I worked with a great team who are becoming a really solid crew (most of the same lot as the Hansel and Gretel shoot) to enter another 48 hour film competition. The same rules applied as with the 48 hour challenge in Exeter, but this one had much more at stake: a feature film development deal. For me, it meant lighting without a gaffer, using a steadicam and shooting a science fiction film on a £0 budget while making sure it looked convincing, all for the first time. Here’s how it panned out. Read more…

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12

Jan
2012

In Film making
Lighting
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By DavidPimm

Shooting Hansel and Gretel

On 12, Jan 2012 | In Film making, Lighting, News | By DavidPimm

Slating Hansel and Gretel’s approach to the house

Last week saw an overwhelming amount of cakes, pies, chocolate and…maggots. 2012 couldn’t have got off to a better start as I got the opportunity to shoot a wonderful, short adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Below I have included some raw frame grabs from the rushes and production photos.

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31

Dec
2011

In Film making
News

By DavidPimm

Prepping for short film adaptation of Hansel and Gretel

On 31, Dec 2011 | In Film making, News | By DavidPimm

Lighting test for scene where Gretel wakes up inside the cottage

I’m really looking forward to 2012 for all sorts of reasons. I’ll be making the leap into freelancing full time in April and moving to London, which means a lot more camera assisting, as well as aiming to meet competition and application deadlines for my own films. To hit the ground running at the very start of the year, I’ll be shooting an adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. The last few weeks have been spent on and off location, preparing for the shoot which will take place from the 4th – 8th of January. At the bottom of this post, I’ve included some stills from lighting tests.

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11

Dec
2011

In Film making
News

By DavidPimm

Winning the 48 hour film competition

On 11, Dec 2011 | In Film making, News | By DavidPimm

Cast and crew of Team Mosaic Machine

We got some great news the other night – our film, Autumn Leaves, won Best Film at the 2 Short Nights film festival, in the 48 hour category!

It was a genuine surprise to have won. We went into it with the intention to win, but we really had no idea what the competition was like and were fully aware that the finished product was not graded, had a tonne of continuity issues, was missing a lot of fairly important shots that helped the story make sense (we were forced to lose the ‘less important’ shots as we neared the deadline), and that a lot of other things about it were generally very scrappy – so it truly was a very, very welcome surprise. Everyone worked their arses off over the weekend and all things considered, it’s a piece of work everyone involved should be thoroughly proud of. Unfortunately only one of our team could make it down to the festival for the screening, but at least there was one of us present to accept the award! Pete did a sterling job on the stills of the weekend. I’ve included some of them in this post, and the rest you can take a look through on his website.

Rather than run through details about the shoot and bore you all, here are some quick, punchy little things that made the weekend so chaotic, funny, productive and brilliant in equal measure. Stills and anecdotes after the jump.

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30

Oct
2011

In Film making
News

By DavidPimm

Photossociation to be screened at Two Short Nights

On 30, Oct 2011 | In Film making, News | By DavidPimm

A frame grab from Photossociation

I’ve just heard the very exciting news that Photossociation, one of the short films I recently co-directed and shot, has been short-listed to be screened at Two Short Nights Film Festival 2011.

The film is being shown alongside a wide selection of other short films on December the 1st during the 5.30pm screening. Click here for a full list of the films and screening times. Tickets are only £2.50 so if you’re free and live in or around Exeter, definitely come and check it out. There’s bound to be some brilliant films in the mix as they received a lot of films this year and had to whittle down a shortlist of the ones they wanted to screen.

If you’re too impatient or can’t make the screening, you can also read the blurb, scroll through some stills and watch Photossociation here.