‘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

Pruning a Lilly

One of my guilty passions is the original movie ALIEN guilty passion, because being both horror a science-fiction it falls in to the nerdy genre.  However, as a movie I believe it to be a piece of art and I hope that the Director Ridley Scott is never tempted to do a George Lucas and … More Pruning a Lilly

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

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

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

Editing assignment 5

I began editing my short-film for assignment 5 straight-away as I shot the scenes and worked on them constantly improving them as I progressed through the project adding fresh ideas and making small improvements as my experience grew. Compound Clips One of the first techniques that I utilised that I had learned from my Final-Cut-Pro, … More Editing assignment 5

Dunkirk

I have just seen the movie Dunkirk, which I watched at the small cinema theatre at Shepperton Studios. The film was very good.  The four main film-making techniques that sprang to my attention in the production: The first was the use of a non-linear timeline for the story which followed the action this was explained … More Dunkirk