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September 30, 2013#

5×5 – Close Complexity

Trying another Vimeo Weekend Challenge of five 5 seconds clips with natural audio with the theme ‘Complexity’. Shooting with Magic Lantern RAW on a Canon 5d mark III. The YN-160 led video light came into it’s own for getting enough light down the Canon 100mm at f14, although I still had to have the ISO around 800-1600. I found it really difficult keeping everything still, particularly when using 3x crop mode and could of definitely of used the Canon 100mm L with IS.

July 21, 2013#

ML RAW on the 5D Mark III

Trying out the Magic Lantern RAW module on the Canon 5D Mark III. So  far no real performance issues with Lexar Pro 1000x and Kingston 1000x CF cards. I did have to return a Komputerbay CF card but I’ve heard they’re a bit hit and miss.

So far the quality and dynamic range is wonderful, the resolving power how seem on par with the GH2 and more so in under exposed areas. Importing the .RAW files and converting isn’t too much hassle and importing into After Effects is great via Adobe Camera Raw, however adjusting too many setting that are based on sample the histogram etc cause flickering when playing back the dng sequence.

July 15, 2013#

35mm – Playing with a CCTV lens


Playing with a Fujian 35mm F1.7 CCTV lens. It’s a tiny c-mount lens. It’s a pretty poor performer compared to other m4/3 lenses but it’s a fast 70mm equivalent lens that will set you back £24 from ebay and it has a lot of “character” 🙂

July 2, 2013#

5D mk2 RAW vs GH2 Hacked

Magic Lantern are doing wonderful things to the movie mode on Canon DSLR’s. For a long time I’ve been more impressed (particularly for the price) in the performance of the Panasonic Lumix GH range of m4/3 cameras, they always seem to ‘out res’ there canon counterparts, especially with the hacked firmware that allows for very large datarates. However Magic Lantern have now unlocked the raw capability of Canon DSLR’s and along with it huge dynamic range and sharpness. After installing the Magic Lantern on a 5D mk2 I wanted to see how it performed against the GH2 and how it graded too.  Continue Reading

May 28, 2013#

Andrew du Mont – Sculptor Documentary


Finished up work on a little documentary featuring my dad and his steel sculptures. A friend Peter Miranda’s has the idea to do a little doco so we popped down to dorset with a couple of 5D mark 2’s and captured the footage. For more images of various sculptures head on over to andrewdumont.co.uk

March 17, 2013#

24 Second Day

Music: “Quittin’ Time” by Patrick Lee (patrickleemusic.com)

I thought I’d try out one of Vimeo’s ‘Weekend Challenge‘. This one was one second clips, so I went for a walk around London having fun with a Sigma 8mm on full frame. I was really fun being part of a whole bunch of people creating videos for creativities sake. Also helped me find out about the Vimeo music store, pretty handy resource.

January 28, 2013#

Working on the Weekend – more GH2 clips

Capturing some more video with the GH2 and Dwiftwoods IntraVenus hack while working on the weekend. Had fun with a few split screens and shooting on a very blue (2500k) white balance compensation. Music track from RoyaltyFreeKings.com.

January 21, 2013#

Shots in the Snow

Trying out a new lens purchase, the Lumix 14-140mm. A great all purpose lens with an insane amount of reach. It was very easy to go out with in these kind of conditions without the need to switch lens and the pretty solid stabilisation saved a lot of post-processing.

December 1, 2012#

B&W footage with the Panasonic LX7 + mini review

Trying out the Panasonic Lumix LX7. Love this little camera, the lens is pin sharp and I really like the ergonomics, I had the Sony RX100 for a bit and just didn’t get along with it as well as this camera. I like the wider FOV of the LX7 and the better Continue Reading

October 15, 2012#

Formation Begins

Our new company specialising in 3D and Visual Effects is now up and running! We like to work closely with agencies and production companies to help bring ideas to life across multiple platforms. We’ve moved into our new studio and are settling in by trying out some content creation for the Unity 3D game engine.

For more information visit: www.weareformation.com

June 27, 2012#

After Effects Cinematic Grading

A quick overview of some of the grading practices I’ve used recently to create a cinematic feel in After Effects.

May 28, 2012#

Fun with the Lumix GH2 in Barcelona

Just got back from the Offf festival in Barcelona. Here’s a collection of video clips I captured with the GH2, love this little camera!

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March 26, 2012#

Trying out the Panasonic Lumix GH2

I’ve had time to play around with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 and found it to produce stunningly detailed video, particularly with the firmware hacked. Continue Reading

March 19, 2012#

SkyLife Time Freeze

We just finished up some work for Sky. Capturing slow motion steady cam moves and added CG elements. My role was mostly in post-production: match-moving, clean-up, CG, grading etc. While being DIT on set and consulting of VFX. Continue Reading

March 12, 2012#

Angry Pencils

A CG, match-moving test created in Lightwave 3D and shot on the RED Epic at Filmscape.

August 19, 2011#

Morphium

Testing a substance called Morphium and its response to sonic vibration. Trying out some match moving and Glidetrack SD with the canon 5D and the CineStyle profile.

We went to a car park with to play about with some camera match-moving and effects. Shot on two cameras the Canon 5d mark 2 primarily as well as Continue Reading

June 30, 2011#

Trying out the Technicolor CineStyle profile for Canon DSLRs

February 20, 2011#

A canvas by Adam Hinge

A short video, including timelapse, of artist and friend Adam Hinge creating a his first 2011 canvas. Check out Adams stuff at adamhinge.com

October 11, 2010#

Brick Land shoot, pixel motion slomo and mic test.

Trying out some pixelmotion slomo in After Effect and the Sennheiser MKE400 mic on the canon 5D. I’m very happy with the quality of the mic and the fact I put my eye to the viewfinder and have the mic mounted on the hotshoe, which I couldn’t really do with the Rode mono videomic. Continue Reading

August 2, 2010#

Canon 550D / t2i Workshop Test

A quick test of the Canon 550D video mode. Cut and Graded in After Effects, footage stabilised in Virtual Dub with DeShaker plugin. I’m amazed by the video performance of the camera it’s definitely up there with the 5D/7D for video and the price makes it even more of a steal. I’ve tried it on a Hague Mini Motion-Cam Stabilizer which can just take the weight of the 550D and a light lens (I got reasonable results with the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8) but definitely didn’t feel as stable as the diddy GF1 on there.

June 22, 2010#

Another Lumix GF1 test in low light

Secret Wars at The Book Club. Music “Hot Rod Honeymoon” by Jeff Beck.

April 28, 2010#

Nike Running 2009

Shoot, edit and motion graphics work for AKQA. Shot on 2x Sony EX1’s and a Canon 5D mk2. Edited, motion graphics and grade through Adobe creative suite.

April 6, 2010#

Panasonic GF1 impressions

Got my hands on a little Panasonic Lumix GF1 with the 20mm f1.7 prime lens and I’m loving this camera. I can carry it about everywhere and it has near the start up and auto focus response of a DSLR and the ISO performance is beyond what I expected. Continue Reading