Category Archive: FIlm & Video

Hospitality @ Brixton – video

As you may recall, we recently shot Hospital Records’ birthday bash at O2 Academy in Brixton. The video is now available on general release and reflects what an astonishingly loud and brilliant night it was.

Shot on a combination of EOS 550d and 60d cameras it’s another example of the incredible low-light capabilities of these work-horses.

Magic Lantern for EOS 550d

The guys at ML have outdone themselves this time. The 550d code has undergone yet another review this month and is looking better than ever. It now features the following enhancements:

* GUI menus: press the ERASE button to display them, SET/DISP to change values
* Bit rate control (QScale parameter) for the H.264 encoder
* Zebra stripes for overexposed / underexposed areas
* Spotmeter, histogram
* Cropmarks (16:9, Cinemascope, Fisheye)
* Intervalometer (classic or HDR)
* Trap Focus: camera takes a picture when something comes in focus
* Remote release with either the LCD face sensor or audio trigger
* Rack focus
* Stack focus (Live View only)
* Lens data computation
* Onscreen audio meters
* Manual audio gain, selectable input source, disable AGC and digital filters
* Display time remaining during video recording
* Debug functions (display CMOS temperature, screenshot, logging)
* Fine tuning for ISO and shutter speeds; also ISO 25600
* Kelvin white balance
* Clean LiveView display without any overlays (selectable)
* On-demand auto tuning for ISO, shutter & kelvin white balance
* Quick access to some useful settings like HTP, ALO and contrast

We’ve been using the new build for a few days now and not only is it more stable than ever, the new feature set transforms a sub £800 camera into a behemoth which still makes me giggle every time I switch it on!

For more information and to download the code, visit the Magic Lantern Wiki

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After many years in a drawer, I recently redscovered the first fully-fledged short ‘film’ I ever made which involved editing outside the camera, rather than an ‘in-camera’ assemble edit.

Shot on sVHS it was then digitised to my Matrox RT2000 powered PC in glorious QCIF (352×288), the maximum resolution I could work in without the PC crashing! Fortunately, QCIF blows up fairly well and resembles VHS quality.

The killer for me was watching this short projected in my local indie cinema. My pixelly little film on a 60ft screen… I think that’s when I was truly hooked on this film making malarkey!

Sci Fi London 48hour Film Festival Entry

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This short was created for the 2010 Sci-Fi-London 48hour Film Challenge.
* Shot on Conon EOS 550d
* Music kindly licensed from mobygratis.com

On the morning of Saturday, April 10th, we were supplied with a list of items which must appear in the film:

* A title: “Tinted Light”
* A line of dialogue: “Husband, Husband, what do you mean Husband?”
* Prop list: 4 Fluorescent glow tubes.

We then had 48 hours to make and upload a 3 to 5 minute Sci-Fi short.

Unfortunately, the first 20 hours were all but written off due to circumstances beyond our control. So… with only 28 hours to write, shoot and edit, it was a little manic, but we got there somehow.

Being brutally honest, it’s not going to win us any awards (except maybe worst in show), but it was a hoot to make under such mad circumstances and we hope you have fun watching it. Just don’t laugh too loud, we might hear you!