‘How to Shoot a Motion Picture’ by Ivan Watson

‘How to Shoot a Motion Picture, twelve golden rules for better camerawork.’ I picked this book up in a charity shop, published in 1979 by The Macmillan Press Ltd, ISBN: 0-333-25630-1, Author: Ivan Watson.  This is a great little book that simply sets out twelve golden rules that professional film-makers follow to produce professional looking … More ‘How to Shoot a Motion Picture’ by Ivan Watson

Yield To The Night

Yield To The Night, is film well worth watching as a filmmaker, made in the late 1950’s as a protest against capital punishment and inspired by the hanging of Ruth Ellis. The acting, cinematography, lighting, screenplay, direction, editing and use of sound are all worth looking at very closely,  and is valuable to anyone who … More Yield To The Night

Photoshop School

I have now completed three courses with OCA ‘The Art of Photography’, ‘Context & Narrative’ and ‘Setting the Scene’ and I have read a great deal of books for these subjects.  However, I felt that my reading seriously neglected my knowledge of photo editing and with the completion of ‘Setting the Scene’ and before beginning … More Photoshop School

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6

I have just read this book for a better understanding of Lightroom.  I first discovered Lightroom when I took up photography again and began to learn about the art of digital photography.  After a bit of research I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements and got the basic principles of how it worked but I struggled to … More The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6

Project Film – Single-shot-drama

Password: shaun512659 The screenplay – The Nag This is a short-film shot in one long-take which includes wide-shots, mid-shots and close-ups, framing, camera-movement and angles. I first looked at the technical challenge and quickly decided that hand-held was my only real option.  I have a basic steady-cam frame and I looked at mounting my Tascam Digital … More Project Film – Single-shot-drama

White Balance for assignment V in Lightroom

I am currently reading ‘The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book by Martin Evening and I have come to an interesting section regarding video editing in Lightroom.  I use Lightroom to import all my photography including my video; but all editing has been automatically done through Final-Cut-Pro. I hade a small issue with … More White Balance for assignment V in Lightroom

Mise-en-Scene and mise-en-shot for assignment V

The mise-en-scene for this film required some props.  I needed to buy a suitable whistle which I had engraved with the words Roubar, Llamer, Lamentar and I wanted the costume to suggest the past, say the 1930’s and then the epilogue to bring the audience up to date with a modern contemporary feel.  For the … More Mise-en-Scene and mise-en-shot for assignment V