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Following the “Ravensbourne 3” with Alex Fine The name of the game right now is MAJOR FRUSTRATION! The nature of the game right now is SUPER BUSY ORGANISING LOTS OF FILMS ALL AT ONCE! T his 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 (again, of any type). I worked as 1st Assistant camera on an interesting drama about two children who are separated at birth and then a reunited in a field as they both sit gazing at the stars. One cinematographic advantage to this film was that two classmates had previously purchased a remote control, gyro-stabilized Octocopter: A small helicopter with 8 spinning blades. Below is an image of the Octocopter in action, being flown in the fields of Ancaster with a Canon 7D strapped to the bottom of it, capturing the master shot for the scene (Twitter: @ RotorVisualsLtd) I was focus pulling (on a Canon C300 at F1.2 on a 85mm lens with a dodgy lens gear, in the dark, wasn’t tremendously easy), and I was stills photographer on set. Figure 1..Radio controlled ‘Octocopter’ recording the master shot It has become inherently obvious to me that after a 4 year stint at university, having practiced clay and ‘Toon-boom’ styles of animation, made short films of varying natures in various roles, always on the visual side rather than the sound, and after becoming a well practiced time-lapse Cinematographer with a 5DMkII and various brands of automated sliders. Figure 2 is a frame from a time-lapse I shot as Time- lapse cinematographer on the formerly mentioned stargazing film. The film was shot in Ancaster, Lincoln, and to be so far away from the city was blissful, from the point of view of a time-lapse artist. The stars are so much more prominent the further away from the city one goes. Having said that, the stars have become increasingly visible over the past few months and have made every effort to record them if I can, from my bedroom window, or the local park. If I only had more time to spend doing it recently I would have more to show for it, as due to being so busy Figure 2. Stars in Ancaster Figure 3. A flag blowing at Cowes Week 2011 with the Pacific2012 emblem opportunity is rare… but I remain passionate for it. With my own films, I remain worried about the story I am projecting. There seems to be an age discrepancy in the interest of the script, leading me to believe I am clearly shooting it for a younger audience, as there has been good feedback from my peers, but poorer feedback about the story from the older generations. Despite this, I remain 44 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 77 MAY 2013 TV-BAY077MAY13.indd 44 02/05/2013 21:18