I came across this article whilst browsing http://www.filmmakeriq.com on the Saturday 30th March 2013. The article features a seemingly endless list of ways to make your very own DSLR Accessories and Equipment. The videos featured in the article range from making Slider’s to Fig Rig’s to Jib’s on a low budget that any Cinematographer can make. I have found it to be a valuable and beneficial resource for me to use if I am in a position where I can’t afford a certain piece of Equipment.
By the end of March 2013, a Rough Version of the Visual Style of the Grade for our Final Major Film, Contract had been completed. Individual and group discussions between myself, the Gradist, the Director and the Editor were to take place at the beginning of April, just after the Easter Break. This runs concurrently with the Sound Designer, who was busy during this period preparing files so that the Sound Design could start during the beginning of April. These were a Rough First Version, so that we could compare notes and thoughts in April.
* My Thoughts: Coat too yellow but like the skin tone of Alan.
* My Thoughts – Like this version.
*My Thoughts – A bit too yellow but I like the visual style.
*My Thoughts – Like the colour of the Sky on this version.
*My Thoughts – Really love the aura of this graded version.
*My Thoughts – Coat far too yellow. Loses the warmth of the location compared to the paleness of Alan.
* My Thoughts – Quite like this one, although too much Skin Tone loss?
Ink Drop Compilation – Fish Tank
A compilation of clips where I drop Black Ink into a Fish Tank on a profile shot.
A compilation of clips where I drop Black Ink into a bowl of water.
1) Paul Quinn – Actor (Alan)
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|Sent:||13 March 2013 14:28:29|
Sorry for the delay Georgia…
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the past few weeks on the shoot of ‘Contract’ and how much I enjoyed my time with yourself and the rest of the crew.
What sticks out the most is how well organised the days were. As an actor it’s vital to know what is happening before the shoot and what is required of me. You certainly made this happen. Ensuring someone was either always available to meet me on shoot days or arrange for transport to pick me up was a huge relief.
Once on set, you were literally a talking clock. Although your primary role on set was DoP you really took on the role of Producer well. In fact, like an old pair of shoes. Your timing, organisation, diligence and delegation are to be commended.
Sometimes you had to deal with last minute adjustments/changes which happened like lightening, without the fuss of involving the actors. Things happened and you got on with it, last minute location changes and script changes are just a couple that spring to mind. Well Done!
You didn’t just have to deal with the actors, but your crew also. Negotiating frames, lighting and sound issues were a huge element. Again which you dealt with very well. Especially when it was getting close to lunch time…we just had to do something “One more time” about twenty times, but we all knew that and got on with it. You held the respect of the team very well. When something needed doing, you didn’t have to ask someone twice…well, not all the time.
Congratulations on what has been a successful shoot. I not only look forward to watching it being presented to the world, but I also look forward to part 3….or is there?
Please pass my regards onto the rest of the crew and I’ll see you soon.
Tel: 07535 625855
- Georgia Ball Review!
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Georgia was the producer and cinematographer on a student short film production I have recently worked on called ‘Contract’.
The call-sheets Georgia created were of professional standard, and all received in good time, unlike last minute like the majority of my call-sheets from professional production companies I regularly work for! Georgia’s manner and on-set professionalism was of a very high standard, using TV production terminology that us actors understand and her explanations of the takes we were doing were clear.
My expenses were paid quickly and efficiently, again, something that the majority of production companies aren’t quick enough with!
I would happily work with her again.
Gemma Hepworth- actress in ‘Contract’
3) James Bryhan – Actor (Mr. Coral)
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|Sent:||17 March 2013 13:11:38|
4) Tara Li Liu – Crew (Art Director and Colourist)
Tara Li Liu
What Georgia did on set in terms of both Cinematography and Producing?
As I see, she has done a lot of work. Without her, our crew can not proceed with shooting.
she looks for all locations and appropriate actors and actresses and keeps in touch with them. Besides, she tries to make shooting plan under the circumstance of least money spent. Through the location for our shooting is dropped out, she still goes on searching for new locations. As the contact of our crew, she makes plans for the journey of our total crew and notifies us of shooting location and time, etc. as the producer, she is quite excellent and often contacts me and reminds me whether certain props which shall be prepared have been ready and communicates with me over budget. In my view, she works as the bone of team as she always seeks after all opportunities to enable our shooting to be implemented.
speaking of equipments, she leases the shooting equipments every time and also takes the lighting equipments for shooting. During the whole process of shooting, she is the only person dealing with the camera. I do not have good understandings about cinematography. However, from my point of view, if the director is the one deciding the picture, the photographer is the one who operates actually as expected by the director. She plays a good role. For example, she employs different lenses, lightings and adding ticker tapes in the light for different scenes, which is within her control. From the beginning to the end, only Georgia operates camera and lighting equipments. So I think she does a good job. From a colourist’ s point of view ,the picture light that she adjusts is far better than that we did before(Convictions). Despite I have no idea on how the director communicates with the photographer in private, I see they have shot list prepared in case of shooting. All in all, in my eye, Georgia knows clearly about what lens the director desires and how to do it.
During January 2013, I visited the Cinema to see Les Misérables. I am a huge fan of this musical and couldn’t wait to see it after I first saw the Trailer whilst waiting for The Hobbit (2012) to begin last December.
Directed by Tom Hooper, Les Mis begins with prisoner Jean Valjean (AKA 24601) being released from prison but breaking his parole to start a new life. Inspector Javert begins the chase after him, which culminates in an epic scene near the end of hr film, set against the historic context of the June Rebellion in France.
It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with film and I found that I could not take my eyes off the screen whilst watching it at the Cinema. I thought that the film had been cast perfectly; Anne Hathaway was brilliant in her role as Fantine, Russell Crowe was the right choice as Javert and that Hugh Jackman kept the piece together with his wonderful performance as 24601. The supporting cast is equally as brilliant, with many famous names to boast of. I highly recommend that everyone should watch this film, even if you don’t like musicals the raw emotion of the film will keep you hooked!