The European Documentary Network (EDN) meets on November 23rd and will discuss a proposal to revive its printed magazine, DOX, in an annual form. This is (was?) the only magazine in Europe devoted to the culture of making documentaries at a time when online distribution and technical advances mean there are more documentary makers then [...]
Just made a quick clipreel of some of my documentary work over the last year. Simple for camerawork or motion graphics, it's difficult as a P/D to give a flavour of your narrative style in a showreel.
Sound is one of the main problems in using DSLRs for professional filmmaking. There are no XLR audio inputs and manual control over audio levels (if available at all) is often buried in menus. Sync sound is no so important in commercials and promos but in documentary it is as vital to capture clear audio [...]
Last week I shot my first interviews soley on the 5D Mk III running Magic Lantern. Despite using it as a second camera in January and then pretty much as a first camera for interviews and GVs last month, I'd never purely relied on a DSLR to shoot video for broadcast. Generally it was great, [...]
"Hey that's my toilet! What are you doing?" Edson Chagas, the photographer whose work "Found, Not Taken" won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale last year has had some startled responses while he works. Not least when he borrowed a discarded toilet for a photograph. "I don't have any great statement to make, but [...]
When I bought a 5D mk3 just before Christmas, the justification was really the fact that my old Canon F1 still a camera has lain unused for around 6 years and I have never fully embraced the digital photography revolution, instead relying on my iphone. Increasingly my directing work entails shooting publicity stills at better [...]
Hanging out of the window of a 4x4 as we rumble along a rutted dirt track at dawn, scattering baboons back into the bush as we pass. It's hard to hang on to the the brand new Sony PMW-200 camera as I try to viscerally capture the problems of logistics in rural Africa. I am [...]