So when a client, and it has to be said, on a somewhat dodgy phone line said we want you to film some dancers in back light I thought 'well I can do that, not too tricky'. I was just filming a spot for BBC World wide to promote Bake Off which was a heavily… Continue reading Black light experiments
Well, I'm sure there is a small on-line group out there who do this exact thing but I have to confess to never having tried. I've always gone straight for the hammer, boring I hear you say but I stick to my guns and reply that a hammer is better than a jelly when it… Continue reading Would you hammer a nail in with a jelly?
One of the things that I love about being a DP is how you are constantly using and adapting what you know to find solutions to questions you haven't been asked before. Does that make any sense? I'm not sure, however I do know that recently I was asked to shoot some models (as in miniatures,… Continue reading Variety is the spice of life
Well, as is normal for this time of year I've had a bit of time to get things back in shape. This translates roughly to 'doh, bloody quiet isn't it!' Still, much to my relief, the phone has started ringing again and some interesting films are bubbling away now which will be great. I have… Continue reading New Drama and Commercials showreels
I hadn't realised that Promax had country dependant awards but now I do know, and how do I know you may well ask? The very talented Gemma Baukham has just won another 2 silver Promax awards for a trail I shot with her for BBC WorldWide trail showcasing 'Come dine with me, South Africa'. This… Continue reading Promax Africa?
Granted this is not a catchy title and as it suggests might not be everybody's cup of tea but for slightly fixated people like myself it's an endless source of joy and fun. In fact there is something about the tools that we use to make films that causes constant argument and infatuation. I was… Continue reading Lens choices for ‘The Lighthouse’
Time has just disappeared. It seems that we are having breakfast one moment and then the first is calling a wrap on the day with everything in-between being just a blur. It was, without a doubt, a punishing schedule and we were just making the day by minutes each time. There was no allowance for… Continue reading How did that happen? Somehow ‘Lighthouse’ shooting is completed.
If I'm honest with you I was a nervous man when thinking about the first week of shooting on Lighthouse. The week was all the location scenes in the film and the majority were beach exteriors. The problem with being on a beach is there is nowhere to hide! If it rains, it rains, if… Continue reading A cracking first week of principal photography for Lighthouse
Well it's all in the title isn't it? We were all delighted when it was announced that Playing Burton won the Welsh BAFTA in the 2014 category of Best Film/Single Drama. Even if I say so myself, it is a terrific film. Headed up beautifully by director Wyndham Price combined with a fantastic performance by… Continue reading It was third time lucky, Playing Burton won the BAFTA
Well they say that it’s third time lucky and I have just heard that ‘Playing Burton', a film I shot, has been nominated for a Welsh BAFTA. I say third time lucky as it is actually the third film that I have worked on that has been nominated for a BAFTA. The first was actually a… Continue reading Once, twice, three times a BAFTA nomination