Reflections

On Friday, I was shooting outside on two different projects and was presented with two different challenges. The same accessory came in handy for dealing with both. It was a beautiful, sunny autumn morning and we were filming an intro and links for a piece about the Battle of Fulford in 1066. On the site of the battlefield, the archaeologist is talking directly to camera but the bright sun is causing problems. There are two main concerns when shooting in direct sunlight, firstly the subject finds it uncomfortable and tends to squint which is not a good look and secondly, high contrast means it...
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Kit

Last week I mentioned Manfrotto’s Magic Arm and how good it was for attaching small camcorders to wheelchairs. I’ve also used it to mount a Sony FX1 from a beam above a walkway where there wasn’t room for a tripod. The Magic Arm meant the camera was well out of the way of people and above head height, giving a clear view of the stage. When filming in buildings not normally used for entertainment or conferences that have no lighting of their own it is often difficult to find suitable locations for lighting stands. When filming the Schools Public Speaking competitions in the Guildhall or Merc...
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Collaborations

Movies are a collaborative medium and, while jrpp.tv has a small production team, we do not work in isolation. We often collaborate on events requiring multiple cameras and can sometimes bring in several extra operators. Likewise, we will help out on projects for other producers. A frequent collaborator is Simon Collins of York Filming & Editing who is currently involved in the ongoing production of Landscapes of Remembrance. Shooting large scale public events like the parades and services for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day needs several cameras and Simon is a trusted pair of hand...
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Current Projects

Landscapes Of Remembrance Some films can be turned round in a matter of days but some can take more than a year to complete. One such project is Landscapes of Remembrance. We started work in Autumn last year but major restructuring at York Archaeological Trust halted production until this August. A substantial amount of the work is done but filming will recommence later this month. As well as the time lapse film featured on the Home Page, we have also shot sequences at both the monuments at Sledmere, Leeman Road community monument, volunteer meetings at The Dig and Clements Hall ans wel...
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