Colour Grading – Rough Version

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.

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* My Thoughts: Coat too yellow but like the skin tone of Alan.

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* My Thoughts – Like this version.

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*My Thoughts – A bit too yellow but I like the visual style.

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*My Thoughts – Like the colour of the Sky on this version.

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*My Thoughts – Really love the aura of this graded version.

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*My Thoughts – Coat far too yellow. Loses the warmth of the location compared to the paleness of Alan.

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* My Thoughts – Quite like this one, although too much Skin Tone loss?

Ink Drop Compilation – Fish Tank

Ink Drop Compilation – Fish Tank

A compilation of clips where I drop Black Ink into a Fish Tank on a profile shot.

Ink Drop Compilation – Bowl Of Water

A compilation of clips where I drop Black Ink into a bowl of water.

Review: ‘Room 237’ An Outstanding, Fascinating & Funny Exploration & Celebration Of ‘The Shining’

I came across this article Indiewire’s ‘The Playlist’ and found it to be extremely interesting. The article discusses a theory about Kubrick’s The Shining, more specifically Room 237 and its significance. Moreover, other ideas are disputed, such whether Kubrick and his Art Director, Les Tomkins, purposefully chose specific products to be in frame in the Storeroom scenes, and whether they contribute to the interpretation that the film is really about American genocide. It is an interesting and thought- provoking article.

TESTIMONIALS FOR MY WORK!

1) Paul Quinn – Actor (Alan)

For You!‏

From: Paul Quinn (paulquinn_@hotmail.com)
Sent: 13 March 2013 14:28:29
To: georgia_ball@hotmail.com (georgia_ball@hotmail.com)

Sorry for the delay Georgia…

Hi 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?

Well done.

Please pass my regards onto the rest of the crew and I’ll see you soon.

Kind Regards

Paul Quinn

Tel: 07535 625855

2) Gemma Hepworth – Actress (Lucy)
  • Georgia Ball Review!‏

Gemma Hepworth (gemmahepworth1@hotmail.com) Add to contacts 19:40

To: georgia_ball@hotmail.com

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.

Kind Regards,

Gemma Hepworth- actress in ‘Contract’

3) James Bryhan – Actor (Mr. Coral)

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From: James Bryhan (jamesbryhan@yahoo.co.uk) This sender is in your safe list.
Sent: 17 March 2013 13:11:38
To: georgia_ball@hotmail.com (georgia_ball@hotmail.com)
Georgia Ball  is a talented   Producer and Cinematographer.I worked with Georgia on a short film called contract, and her commitment and drive to the project and everyone involved made for an enjoyable working experience.  Her skills enhance whatever production she is involved with. Her professionalism would make her an asset to any production, be it stage or screen, and I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to work with this marvellous young lady!

 

4) Tara Li Liu – Crew (Art Director and Colourist)

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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.

Producing:

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.

Cinematography:

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.

Researching Cheap But Handy Camera Accessories

I stumbled across Dan Bailey’s Photo Blog whilst looking on LinkedIn one day and somebody had posted a link to it, so I thought I’d have a look. I really enjoyed reading the ‘Blog’ section of his page, as well as the ‘E-books’ section – although you had to buy the E-books, I found this section to be a great resource for books I might want to buy either or in the near future to further my understanding of Cinematography. 

I really enjoyed reading Bailey’s ‘Gear’ section of his blog. On this page, he points out what gear he finds good quality and also on the affordable side. He lists links to where you can find the Camera Accessories on the Internet for a good price, and which sites are the safest and most reliable sites to buy from.

Film Review: Les Misérables

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!

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Film Review: JDATE (John Dies At The End)

On the evening on Saturday 9th March 2013, I watched a Film that I have been waiting to see for just over a year. The film, directed by Don Coscarelli, is called John Dies At The End (JDATE). It was originally a book of the same name which was released in 2007, written by Jason Pargin (under the pseudonym David Wong). Wong released the book as individual chapters in a web-series at the beginning of 2007, and the chapters were received so well and with such high recommendation that he published a book, which was then eventually made into a Film. The book’s sequel is aptly named This Book Is Full Of Spiders, which I have bought and am yet to start reading, as I wished to watch the original film first.

The narrative follows two guys who believe they can get rid of strange monsters, David and John, who go to a party in a park one night and are accosted by a mysterious Jamaican who goes by the name of Robert Marley. Marley slyly gives them a powerful substance whose street name is “Soy Sauce”; nobody knows what it is, but the effects last a lifetime. Strange things begin to happen to the pair as they encounter levitating dogs, giant arachnids, people who appear to be there but in fact don’r exist, monsters made entirely of animal meat and hotdogs that can make phone calls. It sounds a bit of a weird and crazy film, but that’s what I like about it, as you never know what’s coming next and it keeps you on your toes and laughing for long after!

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