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Preserving the British Film Institute Archive
David Feller Today, the media and entertainment industry faces numerous challenges. To remain successful and competitive, these organisations must be ever innovative, agile and cost efficient in the way they produce, store, manage and distribute their digital assets. Content creators have traditionally relied upon outdated storage models, comprised of legacy interfaces, file structures and historical proprietary storage management software that tend to be complex, cumbersome and expensive. This makes it difficult to forecast and budget for ever-growing content in the effort to reach viewers.
Tags: iss136 | bfi | archive | blackpearl | spectra | storage | film | tape | David Feller
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The Biggest Toy Shop in the World
Emma Morrison When Nigel Woodford started his career at BBC Wood Norton in 1962, television was black and white and BBC Two had not yet been launched. In 2018 Nigel will retire, and Richmond Film Services, the pro-audio equipment rental company set up by Nigel in 1973, can count numerous contributions to iconic moments in British cultural, sporting and film history over this time.
Tags: iss133 | richmond film services | audio rental | auction | liquidity | go-dove | Emma Morrison
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Ruth Matos Interview - A Career Unfolds
Ruth Matos We first met Ruth when we employed her as a student to help with our live studio at BVE in 2013. We were struck by her determination, passion and ‘I’ll do anything to help’ attitude. We became friends of Facebook and have since seen her career in the industry develop and unfold. We thought it was about time to catch up and share her inspiring story of where she is now, how she got there and the challenges she has faced along the way.
Tags: iss133 | interview | filming | career | education | Ruth Matos
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Tried and tested: DPA d:vice
KitPlus KitPlus recently took delivery of an interesting piece of equipment for review. We like our iPhone gadgets here. For us, useful iPhone gadgets started when the Olloclip lens gave us a wide angle adaptor. This was a good start, finally evolving into a proper tool when Ziess produced the Exolens system for the 5,6 & 7 series iPhones. Around the same time as the Olloclip came out we were testing the Fostex AR4i which was a very exciting development at the time. You have a portable device, that you carry everywhere with you, connected to the world but with very limited audio capabilities. A stereo interface with decent microphones was a real boon!
Tags: iss130 | dpa | dvice | iphone | journalist mic | filmic | ios | microdot | KitPlus
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The 7 Steps to Saving Film
KitPlus We live in a world where - thanks to everything from smartphones to cheaper professional gear - more and more footage is being shot today than ever before. It's a little known fact, however, that as more movies are made, archived physical film works all over the world are in danger of being lost to the damage of time. The Library of Congress alone has documented that only 20% of U.S. feature films from the 1910 and 1920s survive in complete form, and according to European Parliamentary Research, as of 2014, 21% of European film works were held in archives, yet only 1.5% was digitized.
Tags: iss126 | bmd | film scanner | cintel | blackmagic | goldcrest | davinci | grade | KitPlus
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Sully - Grading a miracle
Maxine Gervais We all know the story. On 15 January 2009 an Airbus A320 took off from LaGuardia airport in New York, heading for Charlotte. Just a couple of minutes later the plane flew through a flock of Canada geese and blew out both engines. Knowing the risk of crashing into heavily populated areas, Captain Chesley Sullenberger - Sully - aimed for the only long flat surface he could see: the Hudson River.
Tags: iss121 | sully | grading | filmlight | Maxine Gervais
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Top gadgets for 2017
Beth Zarkosh Wow - 2016 - we certainly didn't see you coming. Thankfully, one thing we can reliably see coming in the midst of our increasingly unpredictable futures, are the beautiful range of shiny inventions, gadgets and technological wonderment of the year 2017 - so put today's headlines to one side and enjoy this rare opportunity to take a look at a reliable and bright future.
Tags: iss120 | editors keys | hitfilm 3 express | vr | fire tv | touch bar | a7r | smart watch | Beth Zarkosh
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Make a scifi film in the Mexican Desert
Edward Andrews British director Nicolas Roeg once said to me that making a film is like horse racing. To start with you give the horse a nudge to get him moving, then as you gather speed there's a point where you have to trust the horse. You hold on and the horse will carry you across the finish line.
Tags: iss117 | scifi | feature film | hecatomb | Edward Andrews
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Breakthrough
Julia Belle How do you become a Hollywood Film Producer? Or a Second Assistant Director? Or a Gaffer? Truth is, theyre not particularly straight-forward questions to answer. But that doesnt mean you should give up there and start working in a jam factory as your school careers advisor recommended.
Tags: iss113 | Anattic | Tucano | Director | Gaffer | Film Producer | Julia Belle
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How Your iPad Can Help Your Filmmaking
Beth Zarkhosh The new iPad is a fantastic and innovative tool for practically anything, but now you can rely on it for your filmmaking needs as well. It may not be what Spielberg is using to shoot his next blockbuster, however it's rapidly becoming a must-have tool for filmmakers of all shapes and sizes around the world.
Tags: iss110 | ipad | final draft | movie slate | editors keys | usb microphone | garage band | photo soft box | jump start | ac-7 core | imovie | filmic | Beth Zarkhosh
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Making multi-camera shooting faster & more affordable
Datsa Gaile Multi-camera filming has been known for years. There was a time when shooting any production involving multiple-camera positions would require a very large studio budget.  Today we have many solutions for live vision mixing and great editing platforms what offer multi-camera editing.
Tags: iss105 | multi-camera | shooting | filming | production | studio | editing | Datsa Gaile
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Wireless and satellite
John Wastcoat Each day, clips and other promotional materials needed to be transferred from the shooting location in South Africa to Network Tens editors in Sydney, Australia. However, the shows distant and isolated filming location in the South African jungle posed some major challenges for the broadcaster. Editors were required to deliver large video files intercontinentally over poor network conditions and with a lack of infrastructure that was not conducive to file transfer.
Tags: iss105 | wireless | satellite | filming | shooting | broadcaster | file transfer | John Wastcoat
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Talking Steadicam and Exovest
David Crute There were only about 10 UK Steadicam operators when I started, and very few that owned a rig. It was a massive investment for me as a young cameraman. The reason I did it was very simply that I found myself in this unusual position of doing both film and video work. I enjoyed working in both drama and in television.
Tags: iss105 | steadicam | exovest | camera | freelance | video camera | film | video | David Crute
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The Lobster - achieving a textural grain
KitPlus Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is about to debut his first English language feature with The Lobster, which will be in UK cinemas on the 15th of October. We speak to DaVinci Resolve colorist and long time collaborator Tony Ford about the meticulous approach to color grading this dystopian love story.
Tags: iss104 | yorgos lanthimos | the lobster | film festival | post production | film grain | texture | screen | KitPlus
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4k storm chasing
Alister Champman 15 years ago I got my first big Broadcast Commission. It was to produce a 1 hour special on Tornado Chasing vacations. Yes, people pay to go on storm chasing holidays. In 1999 this was a new thing, today its a booming business.
Tags: iss103 | storm chasing | 4k | filming | extreme weather | hurricane | documentary | footage | Alister Champman
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Keep memories safe at RWF
Martin Bennett RWF World founders Gwynne Roberts and Sadie Wykeham have embarked on a 30-plus year mission with a single purpose: to tell the world about human rights violations through the eyes of its survivors. Through the course of their journey, these truth-seekers have informed the world of late 20th-century injustices and genocides through a number of groundbreaking stories.
Tags: iss103 | rwf | films | documentary | journalism | iraq | kurds | archives | Martin Bennett
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Is working for free, training or a pathway to paid work?
Graham Reed I suspect like a lot of KitPlus readers I often have a look at a websites that advertise jobs, but mainly un-paid. I have frequently thought that these job offers are really just trying to get free or cheap labour for the benefit of the director/producer.
Tags: iss102 | ittp | training | industry | students | tv film industry | Graham Reed
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DIY Camera dollies, flatbed vs T frame and is it worth it?
Alasdair Brenninkmeijer As filmmakers we are creatives and sometimes we see a simple product as a waste of money, saying "I could make that." Sure enough with enough time, maybe we could, but is it really worth it? Lets take a camera dolly for example. The challenge is to create something to smoothly move the camera from one point to another, sounds simple right?
Tags: iss102 | dolly | flatbed | t frame | diy | filmmaker | equipment | camera | Alasdair Brenninkmeijer
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Hungerford and the 10 rules of making a Microbuster
Miles Bullough On April 27th 2015 Wildseed Studios' debut feature film, 'Hungerford', launched on iTunes and begins what we hope will be a digital voyage around the world to success. We coined the term 'Microbuster' to describe movies made on micro budgets but with blockbuster ambitions - and it perfectly captures what Drew Casson, 19, achieved when he made the film.
Tags: iss101 | microbuster | hungerford | film | sci fi | horror | film making | wildseed | film production | Miles Bullough
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Marketing is everything and everything is marketing
Den Lennie Marketing for filmmakers can be very intimidating. I think it must have something to do with being creative; we seem to be more concerned with creating content than creating new business.
Tags: iss101 | marketing | filmmaker | business | economy | film business | Den Lennie
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6 rules for the mountains
Steffan Hewitt There are many rules (more than 6) to working in the mountains & having just returned from the 75th running of the most famous Downhill Skiing event in the world - The Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, Austria, here are a few essentials!
Tags: iss100 | mountain filming | skiing | cameras | advice | cold climate | temperature | austria | Steffan Hewitt
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Outsourcing for maximum efficiency
Den Lennie We filmmakers are very adept at wearing many hats. Producer, director, editor, cameraman, sound... it's the nature of boutique production. It can mean that you can make more money by doing more of the jobs yourself, but equally it can thin your resources out a little finely.
Tags: iss100 | outsourcing | filmmaker | guide | jobs | task | broadcast | industry | Den Lennie
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When the going gets tough
KitPlus From the monsoonal rainforests of Papua New Guinea to the frozen Antarctic wastes , Peli cases perform in all conditions as Producer/Director and Cameraman, Alexis Girardet explains...
Tags: iss100 | tough | extreme | filming | freezing conditions | peli cases | temperature | equipment | KitPlus
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Extreme equipment for the Film and TV industry
KitPlus Big films require big shots and to get the action in camera, you need grip equipment and the latest camera support technology to make that vision a real possibility on set.
Tags: iss100 | extreme equipment | tv | film | industry | action | set | studio | water filming | KitPlus
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Rise of the drones
Jeremy Braben Drones are taking TV and film productions where they have never gone before. But how can they be used to best effect, what challenges do they present and will they replace helicopters in aerial filming? Jeremy Braben of Helicopter Film Services (HFS) has some of the answers...
Tags: iss100 | helicopter | filming | drone | aerial filming | film set | on location | Jeremy Braben
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Training for media - who should do it?
Martin Uren Simple enough to ask, but any possible answer to the question of who should train those working in the media industries, or more specifically the moving image industries, is complex and involves many interrelated factors. I would like to explore the issues, and maybe present some suggestions on how we might do a better job of preparing and engaging particularly the new entrants into our workforce in training and CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
Tags: iss099 | ittp | training | industry | tv | film | students | skills | broadcast | Martin Uren
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Open Source for Film and TV Production
Dan Mulligan There's nothing like a new project to make you feel excited about life, and excited is definitely how I've been feeling since I adopted an Open Source policy to my companies' camera and workflow divisions.
Tags: iss098 | open source | tv film production | 4k | camera | axiom | raw | Dan Mulligan
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The road to Sundance Film Festival
Kivu Ruhorahoza Things of the Aimless Wanderer, the latest feature from Rwandese filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza (Grey Matter) is a beautifully crafted narrative about paranoia, mistrust and misunderstandings. Premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival, audiences can expect an arresting film that reveals a series of cryptic and loosely connected narrative shards exploring the delicate relationship between 'Westerners' and 'local Africans'.
Tags: iss098 | sundance film festival | things of the aimless wanderer | moon road films | film production | Kivu Ruhorahoza
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Fixing it in parallel
Daniele Siragusano Whenever something went wrong in television production, the cry was always "We'll fix it in post". Except that there was rarely enough time, in a broadcast schedule, to fix anything. Today we expect every programme - even routine television programmes like daily dramas - to look and sound perfect. But we still do not have enough time to correct everything in post. The only answer is to find a better way of working.
Tags: iss097 | editing | post production | workflow | filmlight | coronation street | visual effects | Daniele Siragusano
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What does your perfect business look like?
Den Lennie

It’s always a good idea to try and visualisewhat your ideal business looks like. Givenyou are about to (or are already) bespending a large proportion of your wakinghours for the next 5-10 years working on orthinking about your business then you may as well makesure you know where you are going with it.

Tags: iss096 | den lennie | business | filmmakers | advice | Den Lennie
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Social Media... a filmmakers new best friend?
Beth Zarkhosh Social media platforms can be extremely helpful the mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Youtube can be utilised for everything from generating interest in a project and sourcing ideas, getting feedback to getting funding.
Tags: iss096 | beth zarkhosh | social media | facebook | instagram | twitter | youtube | filmmaker | Beth Zarkhosh
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Manipulate and Edit
Will Strauss# News Analysis with Will Strauss
Tags: iss094 | Manipulate | Edit | Sound Devices | Fairlight | Goldcrest Films | Autodesk | Film Light | Decimator | Forbidden | Wohler | Canon | Will Strauss#
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Manipulate and Edit
Will Strauss# News analysis from Will Strauss
Tags: iss093 | post production | Quantel | Forbidden | Editors Keys | Blackmagic | FilmLight | Forscene | music | Audio Network | Broadcast Funiture | MW Video | audio | Calrec | DiGiCo | Junger Audio | audio post | Prismsound | Wire Broadcast | Will Strauss#
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Modern movie finishing
Alexa Maza Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, Elysium is a new science fiction movie starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
Tags: iss085 | finishing | grade | vfx | output | hollywood | guide | how | Elysium | Neill Blomkamp | filmlight | imax | baselight | Alexa Maza
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Supporting kids charity on the trip of a lifetime
Phil Huberty Phil Huberty, PROCAM warehouse technician, discusses an amazing filming opportunity for childrens charity Dreamflight.
Tags: iss084 | dreamflight | procam | filming | childrens charity | disney | disneyland | flight | trip | Phil Huberty
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Royal College of Art targets loudness with NUGEN Audio
Mike Wyeld The Royal College of Art stays at the top of its game technically out of necessity especially as film and television production becomes increasingly digital.
Tags: iss083 | nugen audio | rca | royal college of art | technical | production | film | television | lm correct | lm-correct | audio | Mike Wyeld
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Revealing the real-lives behind 999 responses
Jonathan Bolton Jonathan Bolton, head of PROCAMS Manchester operation discusses the challenges of capturing real time footage when following emergency services on call.
Tags: iss082 | procam | manchester | 999 | emergency services | documentary | filming | behind the scenes | real lives | case study | Jonathan Bolton
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Flying Pictures and the importance of a monitor
KitPlus Hampshire based filming specialist Flying Pictures is the world leader in the provision of aerial and helicopter filming services for feature films, commercials, television, live broadcast events and surveillance.
Tags: iss082 | hampshire | flying pictures | helicopter | filming | aerial | camera | film | cache media | monitor | setup | explained | review | marshall | KitPlus
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Placebo Live Performance Shot on Blackmagic Cinema Camera
KitPlus Alternative rock band Placebo has recorded a live studio set of its new album on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
Tags: iss082 | blackmagic | cinema | camera | testimonial | example | review | placebo | alternative rock | band | music video | filming | shoot | loud like love | KitPlus
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True neutrality with TRUE ND
Raymond Burns ND filters are an essential addition to any filmmakers kit, particularly when attempting to get a proper exposure or a shallow depth of field when shooting outside in bright conditions or with strong sunlight.
Tags: iss082 | nd | filters | sunlight | true nd | neutral density | review | range | product | prices | bright | filmmaking | Raymond Burns
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Preparing for the future in television and film
Kieron Seth# The Media Services team provides equipment to under- and postgraduate students and operates facilities that include TV and photographic studios, video editing rooms and media production suites. Content is created in a variety of formats using professional Panasonic and JVC camcorders, and DSLR systems. It is post produced using network-connected Apple and Adobe software suites, running on Mac hardware.
Tags: iss080 | future | television | film | media services | students | dslr | Kieron Seth#
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Following the Ravensbourne 3: What a past few months!
Ruth Matos Here I am, at the end of my course BA Hons Production. For this final term I had to submit several projects including a portfolio showing a wide range of skills that I have developed and learnt.
Tags: iss079 | student | ravensbourne | guide | life | diary | projects | filming | course | Ruth Matos
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Alice Chants final term: Following the Ravensbourne 3
Alice Chant The final term of a degree is going to be challenging, but what an amazing learning curve I have been on. I have had the opportunity to work with some great people on various projects and have been able to further develop my skills as a Director.
Tags: iss078 | underwater filming | alice chant | ravensbourne | student diary | student | life | final term | Alice Chant
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A cinematic makeover with Blackmagic Design
Mark Linnhoff With the announcement of Blackmagic Cinema Camera at NAB 2012, Mark Linnhoff, a France based cinematographer, began to see the future of filmmaking in a new light. Finally, an affordable acquisition tool that doesnt compromise on image quality, he recalled.
Tags: iss078 | blackmagic cinema camera | case study | mark linnhoff | carl zeiss | cp.2 | tonika | tv logic monitor | bebob shoulder rig | shooting | broad rush | music video | shoot | dont stop | filming | on set | Mark Linnhoff
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Finance - the shooting season with Peter Savage
[author] The shooting season has started and, with it, the weather looks (well, this week at least) as if we could at last see some summer. The light is better, the days are longer, and the summer sports programme has kicked off with the French Open, the Derby and the cricket tests.
Tags: iss078 | finance | azule | shooting | filming | loan | season | late night viewers | biking | flexibility | mark mccormack | assets | [author]
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Alex Fine is super busy: Following the Ravensbourne 3
Alex Fine This part of the term in final year at Ravensbourne is quite difficult. My peers and I are all having to either Direct and/or Produce two films (of any type) and work in minor/ supporting roles for at least two other films.
Tags: iss077 | alex fine | ravensbourne | student | stars in ancaster | cowes week | filming | projects | course | busy | life of | Alex Fine
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Adventure Filmmaking with Ian Burton
KitPlus I'm an independent adventure filmmaker, specialising in shooting in remote and vertical locations. I shoot my own projects as well as commercial projects for a huge range of companies, and I love filming world class extreme athletes pushing themselves to the limit, as well as working with less well known adventurers.
Tags: iss075 | ian burton | adventure filmmaking | wildlife | documentary | remote | vertical locations | arctic | KitPlus
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Achieving the critical link in live HD deployment
Patrick Coenen As employees of a facility service provider for TV stations, networks and corporate businesses, we at Actua Films understand better than most that in todays broadcast world, its imperative to get everything done at lightning speed.
Tags: iss075 | actua films | geneva | hd production | live-link | Patrick Coenen
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3D is moving fast
N/A Helicopter Film Services (HFS) have been a specialist in aerial filming for 20 years, but recently, they have successfully added another element to their diverse services: Aerial 3D
Tags: iss060 | hfc | aerial 3d | helicopter film services | 3d rig | N/A
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Avid solutions create a stellar workflow for Mwnci Post Production
N/A The Challenge..... To ensure that the thousands of hours of HD footage which pass through busy Welsh post-production house, Mwnci, each year are efficiently managed, stored and archived.
Tags: avid | mwnci | arri | isis 5000 | media composer | filmlight baselight | iss057 | N/A
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