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The Mastering the Creative Workflow masterclass recently took place at Pinewood Studios to offer professional and budding filmmakers the ultimate creative experience. The one day event was hosted by professional filmmaker and X-Rite Coloratti, Ollie Kenchington and professional photographer and filmmaker and BenQ Ambassador, Adrian Weinbrecht.

Sponsored by Calumet and run in partnership with X-Rite, BenQ, Rogue Photographic Design and Rotolight. It gave visitors an insight into how creative professionals make use of colour management solutions and professional lighting tools for their everyday projects.

The workshop was delivered to a mixture of professionals, amateurs and hobbyists; some visitors were looking to advance their already extensive knowledge, whilst others sought to learn the basics of filmmaking and photography.

 The day consisted of four sessions:

‘Small Kit Big Results’, saw Adrian showing that in a photoshoot, it’s not all about the size of your lights that matter, you also need to consider where you position them. Adrian demonstrated that moving a light just a few degrees or inches can make or break an image.

Watch the session below.

 In the ‘Everything is Colour’ session, Adrian discussed the psychological impact colour has on an image; “you have to have 100% confidence in each colour, because in the commercial world, consistency is everything”. Adrian also mentioned the importance of using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo when shooting in order to create an optimal colour reference and white balance target. “Colour separates your subject from the background. Colour reinforces the message that you set by your light; your light reveals the form of the subject and sets the mood which is then reinforced by colour,” Adrian told the audience.

 ‘Shooting and Lighting your Model’ covered how to set your key, backlight and eyelight, how to position your model and the camera techniques to use when shooting. In this insightful session, Ollie also covered framing choices, mic placement and setting your exposure and custom white balancing.

 

‘Grading and Matching Cameras in Resolve’ covered primary adjustments, perfecting contrast, drawing in your audience and re-framing in post. 

 

As both experts are brand ambassadors; Ollie an X-Rite Coloratti and Adrian an X-Rite Coloratti and brand ambassador for BenQ and Rotolight, both were able to highlight the key products to use for optimal results during the photographic and filmmaking process.

From his professional filmmaking experience, Ollie drew on the importance of light placement and setting the background, stating “calibration and colour management starts before we hit record.”

During his sessions, Ollie also demonstrated how to use the Rotolight NEO to provide a backlight during shooting. He also showed how to use the X-Rite colour management solutions to achieve perfect exposure and reduce the time spent editing in post-production.

Ollie told the crowd “We’re trying to create the illusion of depth, because the whole purpose is to create something that draws our audience in, and makes them feel like they’re participating in this narrative, which the most successful films achieve by bringing you in.”

Two brand new cinema cameras were the stars of the Media Production Show at Olympia in London yesterday, as both had their first showings in the UK.

Canon's impressive C200 and Panasonic's EVA-1 - both affordable large-chip cinema cameras - wowed the crowds. The Canon was a finished version, and visitors got to try it with the latest 70-200mm Canon Cine lens. Canon engineer Yuji Tanaka - pictured above - was showing how the camera's new Raw output was easily read in Canon's own software as well as Da Vinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premier Pro.

But the Panasonic is still a prototype and was hidden in a plastic cabinet. Until it was handed to Pro Moviemaker's Terry Hope who became one of the first people to actually handle it. Although working prototypes are being tested by the factory, the Olympia model was just a mock-up. Panasonic say it's full spec and price will be revealed next month. Check out our highlights of the show!

Pro Moviemaker's Terry Hope with the new Panasonic EVA-1

Jim Marks with the rigged-up Panasonic GH5 he uses with Anamorphic lenses. He gave a seminar that was interesting as usual!

 The Keynote Theatre was packed and hosted some interesting debates. All the show's seminars and workshops were packed

Lots of the latest editing kit was a huge hit with show-goers

 G-Technology is really serious about its storage solutions. The new range of USB-C drives is ideal for fast data transfer

Want to go anamorphic but don't have a mega budget? Then SLR Magic are the answer to your dreams!

  As it was a dummy model, Panasonic's EVA-1 camera was kept inside this perspex box - until we got our hands on it! 

If you're in London and need to hire some kit in a hurry, rental firm Hireacamera.com is now offering a 'click and collect' service where you can order online then pick up your kit from Cherryduck Studios in Wapping. And you can return it there too. The official information says:

Sony looks like it's finally getting serious about its professional Alpha E-mount and RX camera customers by opening a walk-in pro service centre in central London. Based at well-known retailers and repairers Fixation, the centre offers support and quick turn-around repairs. The full information says:

The Edinburgh International Television Festival is announcing the launch of the new Test Card category as an addition to its high-profile awards.

The awards are part of the Festivals ambitions to encourage people from all walks of life to get in to the TV industry. The full information says: 

Join the film and TV community for a great-value industry day to debate, learn and make new contacts.

BECTU’s Writers Producers and Directors branch have crafted a great line-up for this year’s Freelancers’ Fair on Friday 19 May, at the Royal Institution in London. Running from 9am-6pm, it includes sessions on copyright, getting from script to screen, using small kit to film big, film funding and vlogging & blogging, all with expert contributors. And there’ll be debates on fake news and Brexit too, with added humour thanks to a session of Brexit Bingo called by actor and comedian Samantha Baines.

Workshops are in the mix as well, offering support to film-makers in a number of areas, and there’ll be a small but perfectly formed exhibition delivering advice on a range of key production and lifestyle issues. ARRI and Alias Hire will be joining forces to help visitors to get hands on with kit. Find the latest speaker line-up, programme and booking info here

BECTU members attend for free; non-members pay just £12.30.

The official info says:

You've got just two weeks to get your short film into LaCie's new PushPlay filmmaking competition where there's an amazing money-can't-buy prize! There's an incredible prize of a full two-day mentoring session with Oscar-winning cinematographer Michael Paleodimos plus a £10,000 production suite.

The swag includes a seven-inch Blackmagic Video Assist monitor-recorder, Zoom H6 Portable Audio Recorder, LaCie 6big 24TB and LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt3 SSD 1TB hard drives, DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, MacBook Pro 15 inch, Blackmagic 4k Production Camera and DaVinci Resolve Studio.

The closing date is April 17 and a shortlist of the best films will be selected by a panel of industry experts. You can enter the Lacie #PushPlay contest here! #Ad #Promo

Lacie’s information says:

We want to shine a light on the best told stories in short film format. Regardless of the genre, every short submitted will be watched in full and critiqued against some basic criteria.

Is it shorter than 20 minutes in length?

Is it emotionally engaging? Does it make us feel something?

Is it thought provoking? Does it make us think from a different perspective?

Is it innovative? Is it something we've not seen before?

Is it a great story involving compelling characters with depth?

Big budgets, famous actors and fancy special effects are cool, but not part of our criteria. submit your story to #PushPlay for a chance at a once in a lifetime experience

 We want to unearth the brightest short film makers and support them on their journey to greatness. We'll set up the winner of #PushPlay with a once-in-a-lifetime mentoring session and a state of the art production suite. We'll also expose their work to the global filmmaking community.

Mentor

It pays to have someone in your corner who's already walked the path. We'll set up a once-in-a-lifetime, 2 day mentoring session with Oscar winning cinematographer, Michael Paleodimos, who will provide the winning filmmaker with expert advice, guidance and hands on demonstrations to equip them with the skills needed to enhance and elevate their work.

Gear

Assembling or refreshing your filmmaking equipment is not a cheap exercise. We'll gear up the winner with a full video production suite including:

Blackmagic Video Assist 7"

Zoom H6 Portable Audio Recorder with Interchangeable Capsules

LaCie 6big 24TB

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt3 SSD 1TB

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

MacBook Pro 15 inch TouchBar Quad i7 2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Pro 450 Silver

Blackmagic 4k Production Camera

DaVinci Resolve Studio

Exposure

We have a brand that is recognised around the world. We'll use our marketing channels to extend the reach of the #PushPlay winner’s short within the global filmmaking community.

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Targeting independent commercial filmmakers and small production companies, Pro Moviemaker delivers the latest industry tech innovation and gear scoops to creatives, entrepreneurs and decision makers hell bent on staying ahead of the game. As early adopters, Pro Moviemaker readers want news, reviews and technique features focused on kit so that they know what to buy next and how it will drive the continued success of their business. Diverse in their roles and shooting genres, Pro Moviemaker readers are united by their thirst for knowledge – a thirst which is quenched not only by our hands-on production, post and business advice features, but also our inspirational interviews with leading pros.

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