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Offspring take wildlife night filming to new levels

Offspring take wildlife night filming to new levels

Category: Natural History

The extreme low light 4m ASA Canon ME20F-SH has been used by Offspring Films to capture the behaviour of one of the world’s fastest mammals at night for the first time. The Elephant shrew, with a recorded speed of 28kmph, was filmed in the...

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Basketmouth plays Wembley with multi-camera production values

Basketmouth plays Wembley with multi-camera production values

Category: XDCAM EX/HD

The sell out show Basketmouth Live @ The SSE Arena, Wembley was not only a high octane gig for the Nigerian comedian but a night of great success for live video producer Johnsons Creative.   Produced by Whytelion, Cokobar.com and Barons...

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Pretzel Films mixes a zany cocktail with Alexa Mini and Superspeeds

Pretzel Films mixes a zany cocktail with Alexa Mini and Superspeeds

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

Pretzel Films mixes a zany cocktail with Alexa Mini and Superspeeds An online commercial for drinks brand Island Oasis achieves a zingy yet retro flavour thanks to a smart creative brief which mixes high end digital capture and super slow motion...

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Capturing natural magic in 8K with Red EPIC-W

Capturing natural magic in 8K with Red EPIC-W

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

Shooting high resolution video to extract useable frames has become a handy and relatively common technique in live sports and feature film visual effects but Banana Split Productions has made ingenious use of it in order to capture the natural...

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The force is strong for Star Wars: Made GREAT in Britain

The force is strong for Star Wars: Made GREAT in Britain

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was 2016’s top-grossing film at the UK box office, more than £1m ahead of its nearest competitor, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Both, though, are testament to this island’s world class...

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Eliana’s Wish To Run: When giving time really means money

Eliana’s Wish To Run: When giving time really means money

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

Generously giving their time and expertise, independent production company Pretzel Films alongside the staff and pupils of Saint Ronan’s School, filmed a promo to help give a young girl a life-changing operation.   Two year old Eliana...

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Filming Lucid is a dream come true

Filming Lucid is a dream come true

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

Cinematographers often eulogise about the alchemy of vintage optics combined with a high-end digital cine camera  but for most low budget features their use remains a distant dream. For Lucid, the directorial feature debut of writer/director...

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Midsomer Murders now shooting with Cooke Mini S4i lenses

Midsomer Murders now shooting with Cooke Mini S4i lenses

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

The current long-running Drama, Midsomer Murders has a new look as a consequence of replacing the old faithful ARRI UltraPrimes for Cooke Uncoated Mini S4i supplied by VMI. Now in its 19th season, Midsomer Murders, produced by Bentley Productions...

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Nocturnal activity caught on camera for the first time

Nocturnal activity caught on camera for the first time

Category: Natural History

The biggest prize in natural history filmmaking is to capture animal behaviour in a way that's never been done before. Offspring Films achieved this in its eye-opening document of Tarsiers in their natural habitat. The sequence is part of...

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Getting the right balance with MoVI and Ready Rig

Getting the right balance with MoVI and Ready Rig

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

A short film for Heathrow Airport illustrates the detailed preparation necessary to ensure simple ideas take flight. The one-minute long film produced by Hungry Man Productions via agency Havas Creative Group, sets the mood for a wider corporate...

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Slashing costs on location with F5/CP2

Slashing costs on location with F5/CP2

Category: Sony PMW-F55/PMW-F5

Nightime inside a large country house. The camera moves from golden, candle-lit rooms to equally atmospheric dark moonlit shadows as the suspence cranks up into spine-tingling horror.  Occurring near the beginning of forthcoming feature Fox...

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The Great Migration - Long Lens Action!

The Great Migration - Long Lens Action!

Category: Natural History

DoP Geraint Warrington has just completed filming the prestigious documentary series on the Migration of Wildebeest across the African Plains. “The Great Migration” is a 4 part 1 hour documentary series produced by Renegade Pictures...

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Where is this going? DJI Ronin

Where is this going? DJI Ronin

Category: Large Sensor

Some films don’t go where you might expect, like the opening scene of Pulp Fiction which sees two lovers involved in romantic small talk before dramatically and violently holding up a café at gun point. Greenpeace UK’s...

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Red Bull Barnstorming

Red Bull Barnstorming

Category: DSLR

An unbelievable new film from Red Bull and Gramafilm using VMI's Go Pros, FS700s, Odyssey Recorders and lots of nerve! 2 x aeroplanes flying in formation to fly through a barn together at 180mph..!   Story linked from Gramafilm...

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The Timeless Islands - Dragon and DJI Ronin Gimbal

The Timeless Islands - Dragon and DJI Ronin Gimbal

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

“We are young, we run green” starts the commercial film for CalMac. The video crew certainly needed to be tireless and energetic for their 4-day shoot which ties together an endless stream of islanders each filmed in their own setting...

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MōVI used on Ch5 Drama

MōVI used on Ch5 Drama

Category: Large Sensor

Channel 5’s first in-house documentary drama use the MōVI M10 rig to bypass traditional Steadicam use. At the start of this year, 5Production, Channel 5’s in-house production company, was commissioned to make a new presenter-led...

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Bolt and MoVI on the Run

Bolt and MoVI on the Run

Category: Large Sensor

“The days of having to lay track for this kind of shoot are long gone.” Says DOP Paul Broadrick. The commercial video for Jabra’s new sports headphone required a fast moving and agile rig. He turned to the MoVI M10 and...

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MoVI shooting M&S Commercial

MoVI shooting M&S Commercial

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

The much anticipated MoVI M10 camera rig is already earning its stripes. Used for a promotional video to launch the Marks & Spencer summer clothing range, the MoVI was literally in the thick of the action. The production features the new...

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Move towards paradise with FS100/700

Move towards paradise with FS100/700

Category: Large Sensor

What is happiness? The four protagonists of Hide and Seek, are certain that modern urban living is no nirvana. They find life endlessly alienating and woefully unfulfilling, filled with uncomfortable encounters with former lovers and...

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First commercial for ARRI AMIRA

First commercial for ARRI AMIRA

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

In terms of cameras, Adjust Your Set’s first option is usually the ARRI Alexa. Its class leading image quality and intuitive controls has made it the camera of choice for feature films, drama and all high end TV production. The...

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Cricket rises from the Ashes with Sony F5

Cricket rises from the Ashes with Sony F5

Category: Sony PMW-F55/PMW-F5

Twenty20 cricket? “Predictable and repetitive,” said Geoffrey Boycott in 2008. In reality, the runaway success of India’s IPL and Australia’s Big Bash, Twenty20 has re-vitalized cricket. It has brought back the...

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Olive Green - The World’s First Interactive Feature Length Film for English Language Learning

Olive Green - The World’s First Interactive Feature Length Film for English Language Learning

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

The jump from producing adverts, training videos and corporate films to shooting a feature length movie is a daunting prospect.  However, this was not the only challenge that production company Ekstasy set itself.   Producer Mike...

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Va Va VMI, shot EPIC!

Va Va VMI, shot EPIC!

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

The driver, a normal member of the public, arrives at the dealership to test the new Renault Clio. As the car approaches a T-junction, the salesman presses the Va Va Voom button on the dashboard. A screen depicting a Parisian scene quickly...

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Location: Seychelles with the Canon C300PL

Location: Seychelles with the Canon C300PL

Category: Large Sensor

The idea that the Seychelles are all about palm-lined beaches underplays the scale and diversity of this geologically rich group of islands. Unlike many other tropical paradise destinations, a beautiful seascape is only part of the picture for...

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In Fear revives the thriller

In Fear revives the thriller

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

A couple are lost on a deserted, maze-like country road. Surrounded by thick woods and with night closing in, the scene of terror is set. In Fear, funded by Studio Canal + and Film Four, is no routine chiller. From the outset, there’s a...

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4K delivers a virtual reality for Google

4K delivers a virtual reality for Google

Category: Sony PMW-F55/PMW-F5

A flagship event held at a top London venue for Google executives and guests is no typical night out on the town. VIPs drawn from across Europe Middle East and Africa arrive expecting a sensational level of entertainment. With the help of...

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Sci-fi web series ‘Hunger Ford’ shot with C300

Sci-fi web series ‘Hunger Ford’ shot with C300

Category: Large Sensor

In July 2013, Wildseed Studios began shooting their first live action sci-fi web series with 19 year old Director Drew Casson. It started in Hungerford on a boiling hot day as they began by filming exteriors for the story. The equipment had been...

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Closing in on Perfection with the Sony PMW-F55

Closing in on Perfection with the Sony PMW-F55

Category: Sony PMW-F55/PMW-F5

“The F55 images were amazing. I would definitely use the Sony again.” Said Richard Stoddard, DOP on a new S4C feature film. The film follows the story of a couple struggling to come to terms with cancer and a terminal diagnosis....

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Wolfgirl film being shot RED EPIC funded by Kickstarter!

Wolfgirl film being shot RED EPIC funded by Kickstarter!

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

A team of ambitious filmmakers & FX artists in the UK are collaborating to create a live action film inspired by one of Japan's most celebrated animated features: Princess Mononoke. Even tho Wolf Girl is pitched as a fan film "For...

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Shooting Music at 4K with the PMW-F5

Shooting Music at 4K with the PMW-F5

Category: Sony PMW-F55/PMW-F5

Shooting Music at 4K The turbulence in the music industry since the Napster revolution has changed the way artists promote their work. “Creating a video with high production values makes all the difference, in terms of branding the...

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Make way for the film crew (as long as it uses Alexa!) - Primark

Make way for the film crew (as long as it uses Alexa!) - Primark

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

“The fashion shoot used to be for the stills guys. If there was a video crew, they’d be up second and have to fit around the photographers.” Bemoans producer, Andy Picton. All this changed with the rise of video on social...

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HOW TO SHOOT A £1 MILLION CAR COMMERCIAL ON A ZERO BUDGET

HOW TO SHOOT A £1 MILLION CAR COMMERCIAL ON A ZERO BUDGET

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

Crewed entirely by award-winning women and with everyone volunteering their time,  this is not your usual car commercial! The Feminist Car Commercial, three interconnecting short films made to look like genuine car...

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Nothing says opulence like a Bentley

Nothing says opulence like a Bentley

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

Buyers of the Bentley prestige marque benefit from a personal experience that guarantees that the car is tailored to their exacting specification. Creating a promotional film that communicates the vehicle’s virtues calls for a crew and...

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Film-making with Flare

Film-making with Flare

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

“Since the days of Alien, Bladerunner and the early Star Trek features, science fiction has become CG-dominated. There are notable exceptions, such as Moon but largely the green screen has taken over from the miniature, the model and the...

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Some Girls 2, BBC3, Arri Alexa

Some Girls 2, BBC3, Arri Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

VMI have supplied equipment on Hat Trick's second series of "Some Girls" for BBC3.  Shot in London over 6 weeks by Greg Duffield, DOP, the series was shot using a double ARRI Alexa kit, supplemented by a Canon C300 PL camera,...

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Alexa and Sony F-55 partner for a new gripping short film

Alexa and Sony F-55 partner for a new gripping short film

Category: Sony PMW-F55/PMW-F5

Circumstances conspired to give the crew on UK Residents Only the unusual opportunity to use the Arri Alexa and the Sony PMW F55 on the same shoot. “We hadn’t planned it that way,” says director of photography Leigh Alner,...

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A first time with 4K

A first time with 4K

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

For a newcomer to break into the international or even British film scene calls for a bold approach. But it needs much more: creativity, technical excellence and business nous. “This is a challenging industry, particularly when you’re...

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The Job Lot, ITV1.  Arri Alexa

The Job Lot, ITV1. Arri Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

VMI supplied equipment for Big Talk’s series The Job Lot for ITV1, a 6 x 30 minute situation comedy from Big Talk Productions for ITV; about life, love and long-term unemployment. It is also a great example of best practice in...

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Midsomer Murders 16, ITV1.  Arri Alexa

Midsomer Murders 16, ITV1. Arri Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

VMI have supplied equipment to the 16th series of Midsomer Murders for Bentley Productions which was the first series since it was first aired in 1997 to be shot on ARRI Alexa and Zeiss UltraPrime lenses. The double Alexa camera kit includes...

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Our Girl, BBC1.  Arri Alexa

Our Girl, BBC1. Arri Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

Little is beyond today’s large sensor cameras. But making Leighton Buzzard look like Afghanistan proved quite a  challenge for the Arri Alexa and Canon C300PL with Zeiss UltraPrimes hired from VMI for the shooting of "Our...

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Marple, ITV.  Arri Alexa

Marple, ITV. Arri Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

VMI has supplied equipment on the latest series of ITV’s “Marple”. A double ARRI Alexa shooting kit shooting with Cooke S4i prime lenses and Angenieux Optimos and ARRI Aluras for a ‘period’ look, shot during...

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Delicious, The Film.  Arri Alexa

Delicious, The Film. Arri Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

“Over the past two years, everything has changed. Now we find ourselves using the same cameras and lenses whether we’re producing a TV comedy or an independent feature film. And it also happens to be the same equipment they used to...

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Hemingway’s car restoration in Cuba.  Canon C300

Hemingway’s car restoration in Cuba. Canon C300

Category: Large Sensor

I returned last night from Havana and a week filming with the Canon C300 with acting-singing legend David Soul (most famously Hutch from the 1970s cult TV show Starsky & Hutch). What a fabulous experience as we...

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Hippy and The Holistics Campaign, White Label Management.  Sony FS700

Hippy and The Holistics Campaign, White Label Management. Sony FS700

Category: Large Sensor

Hippy And The Holistics - a natural hair care and shampoo brand – commissioned White Label Management to create its latest web advertising campaign.Targeting the luxury end of the market, the director Ben Galster and crew headed for the...

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Poetry in Motion, The Bespoke Film Company for C4.  Canon C300

Poetry in Motion, The Bespoke Film Company for C4. Canon C300

Category: Large Sensor

The rhythm and thrill of language, and the drama of life are explored in a new commission for Channel 4 by The Bespoke Film Company.  Shot with a pair of Canon C300s hired from VMI, the short film was inspired by an epitaph on a London park...

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Poirot Series 13, ITV.  Arri Alexa

Poirot Series 13, ITV. Arri Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

VMI supplied a double Alexa Package with Cooke S4i Primes and Optimo zooms for the 13th and last series of Poirot staring David Suchet for ITV's flagship Period Drama. VMI was the equipment provider chosen to supply a dual Alexa kit with...

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Matt Corby Music Video.  Canon 5D MkIII

Matt Corby Music Video. Canon 5D MkIII

Category: DSLR

Matt Corby Music Video Shot with 5D MkIII  

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Threesome, Channel 4. Arri Alexa, C300

Threesome, Channel 4. Arri Alexa, C300

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

In the days of the Two Ronnies and Tommy Cooper, shooting a comedy sketch show was comparatively uncomplicated. Today's directors, however, seem to be influenced more by the great film directors than by early pioneers of TV comedy and place...

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Toast Fashion Shoot.  Canon C300

Toast Fashion Shoot. Canon C300

Category: Large Sensor

“All the old 5D problems are gone. The quality of the pictures goes way beyond what you'd expect from a camera at this price.” Says Nick Seaton, fashion photographer and film maker who hired a Canon C300 from VMI. Shooting for...

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The Other Side, Feature.  Sony F3

The Other Side, Feature. Sony F3

Category: Large Sensor

Nick Moran of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels fame recently starred in a slick new short horror film directed by The Santoro Brothers. The production was shot on a variety of cameras, including four Sony PMW-F3s hired from London hire house...

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Fast Girls Feature.  RED Epic

Fast Girls Feature. RED Epic

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

Fast Girls shot on RED EPIC Fast Girls is a British feature film by IRON LADY Producer Damian Jones and is timed to coincide with the massive interest in athletics with the looming 2012 championships. The drama follows the ambitions of a...

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When Ronnie met Mark

When Ronnie met Mark

Category: Large Sensor

The Panasonic AF101 Multicam Broadcast Shoot The images feeding through onto the monitors are sharp, detailed and clean. However, it's the subjects that first grab the attention: Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood and music producer Mark...

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High Speed ALEXA  for Formula 1

High Speed ALEXA for Formula 1

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

"The ARRI ALEXA and Formula 1 cars were both built for speed -an ideal combination."  Jonathan Jones, Ember Films Says Jonathan Jones of Ember Films. The British DP used an early beta version of the ALEXA soon after its launch...

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Victory in Austerity.  Bert & Dickie shot on Alexa

Victory in Austerity. Bert & Dickie shot on Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

As we approach the 2012 London Olympic Games, the UK's focus on this great sporting event is intensifying. Countdown clocks, announcements about the torch's route, ticket sales, policing tactics: the country's media channels are awash...

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F3 used in Reebok Short Films

F3 used in Reebok Short Films

Category: Large Sensor

Mark Jenkinson, Director at Production Company Superglue, found the PMW-F3 the ideal camera for his series of docs for sports brand Reebok.  Combining a Super35 sensor with PL mount adapter, it enabled him to choose his own glass and create...

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The Dark Art. Sony PMW F3

The Dark Art. Sony PMW F3

Category: Large Sensor

"Capturing the beauty of a Leonardo painting requires a particular type of camera. Not just because of the subtlety and deftness of the pictures, but also because the delicacy of late 15th century art means that lighting on and the around...

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Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

Category: Large Sensor

Filming a Chiller - a tale of the unexpected The feature film Scar Tissue has recently completed production using Sony's PMW-F3. It was not all plain sailing. Written and directed by Scott Michell, the story explores the science of...

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Stephen Fry's Planet Word

Stephen Fry's Planet Word

Category: XDCAM EX/HD

The BBC 5-part series, Planet Word, takes the viewer on a global tour of language and different forms of human communication. The presenter, Stephen Fry, wanders amongst the Turkana people of Kenya, mingles with evolutionary experts in Germany,...

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Delicacy shot on Alexa

Delicacy shot on Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

On the film festival circuit, there are countless boy-meets-girl stories and explorations of grief and alienation. The short film Delicacy is quite different; it is a story about an extreme culinary connoisseur and an expert chef obsessed with...

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Hewlett Packard commercial shot with AF-101

Hewlett Packard commercial shot with AF-101

Category: Large Sensor

Independent production company Delinquent's commercial for Hewlett Packard's ePrint system is an example of a new emerging TV format.  Their latest production was created with TV production values.  It was filmed and edited...

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Animal Planet shoots with 5D MkII

Animal Planet shoots with 5D MkII

Category: DSLR

Two climbers are perched on a small ledge up a mountain in the Swiss Alps with the worst electrical storm the region had ever experienced.  Darlow Smithson Productions re-enact the crisis for the Animal Planet I Shouldn't Be Alive...

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Skeletons

Skeletons

Category: Large Sensor

The stars of Skeletons, the film that won best new British feature at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival, have recently been shooting tests of a new TV comedy series, called "Kenny Diamond." Using a Sony F3, hired from VMI, DOP Gary...

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The Sound of Silence: Sony PMW-F3

The Sound of Silence: Sony PMW-F3

Category: Large Sensor

Director Georgia Oakley's new short film, Hush, was shot on location on the South Oxfordshire downs in the early summer. Relating the story of a deaf child, the piece is an exploration of non-verbal communication. "A beautiful...

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3D Film-making Goes Independent with Panasonic

3D Film-making Goes Independent with Panasonic

Category: 3D

It is James Cameron and Sky TV that have stolen the stereoscopic 3D limelight. Events such as football cup finals and royal weddings have seemingly been produced with no expense spared in order to show 3DTV at its best. The Ryder Cup, for...

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Alexa Goes Blue Chip

Alexa Goes Blue Chip

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

When a blue chip corporate client commissioned a new TV commercial, shooting the country's leading athletes, the ARRI Alexa was the camera of choice. For producer Tim Wright of the production company Bruizer, the camera selection called...

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Power, Precision and Panache - Rolls Royce/Alexa

Power, Precision and Panache - Rolls Royce/Alexa

Category: ALEXA/AMIRA

The new Rolls Royce costs 2p per mile to run. But don't get the wrong impression: Rolls Royce is not going down market. The prototype Phantom model shown this March at the Geneva Motor Show costs an estimated £1 million pounds. But...

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Panasonic AF-101 in Congo Documentary

Panasonic AF-101 in Congo Documentary

Category: Large Sensor

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest, poorest and most beautiful countries on the planet. Tragically, its landscape of rainforest, jungle, savannah and mountains have been scarred by years of fierce conflict and decades of...

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Studio 9 Films in Congo with Panasonic AG-AF101/NanoFlash

Studio 9 Films in Congo with Panasonic AG-AF101/NanoFlash

Category: Large Sensor

A recent broadcast production commissioned by Al Jazeera is the first to adopt the new Panasonic AG-AF101 Four Thirds camera. The production was filmed on location in The Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the largest and poorest countries...

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3D on the North Sea

3D on the North Sea

Category: 3D

Most cameramen find their first job in any new format such as stereo 3D challenging enough, but camera operator/editor and GTC member, Elliot Hornell, upped the ante on a recent shoot for Aberdeen-based production company Viscom. Not only was he...

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Bringing a magical copier to life using DSLR

Bringing a magical copier to life using DSLR

Category: DSLR

Copier, directed by West Midlands-based Samantha Harrie, is a new British short film telling the story of Stacey, a teenager who discovers a disused photocopier that can make real copies of almost anything – including people. ...

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Legoland Commercial and Promos shot on P2 and AVC Intra

Legoland Commercial and Promos shot on P2 and AVC Intra

Category: P2 AVCIntra

Marcus Domleo is a talented DoP who enjoys using the Panasonic P2 Camcorders with 35mm lenses and Letus/Pro 35 adapters. Here are a series of Promos and Commercials shot by marcus using Panasonic Cameras including the Panasonic HVX-201,...

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Seeing Heaven

Seeing Heaven

Category: XDCAM EX/HD

VMI are delighted to have supported director Ian Powell on his first Gay Feature Film ‘Seeing Heaven’. The film is beautifully shot by DoP Alessio Valori using a Sony EX3 Camcorder supplied by VMI. Powell is delighted with the results...

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Polar Bears in Trafalgar Square

Polar Bears in Trafalgar Square

Category: XDCAM EX/HD

An initiative was formed to create a life-sized ice sculpture of a polar bear in Trafalgar Square and then in a number of major cities worldwide. These will be powerful, iconic, emotive events which bring home the beauty and fragility of the...

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Churchill's Supreme Fantasist on XDCAM

Churchill's Supreme Fantasist on XDCAM

Category: XDCAM EX/HD

Marbella Productions has chosen XDCAM EX as the format to shoot a 60 minute drama on Churchill using the Sony EX-3 hired from VMI. One of the strangest men in Politics, a fantasist and compulsive liar, father of modern financial journalism,...

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Hindi tracks seek out new life with Spanish shoot

Hindi tracks seek out new life with Spanish shoot

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

When Moviebox Records decided to breathe new life into classic Hindi tracks by having them remixed by new British Asian artists, excellent promos had to be part of the package. The track ‘The Streets Medley’ by the artist Mumzy and...

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British Airways Advert shot on HPX-3700

British Airways Advert shot on HPX-3700

Category: P2 AVCIntra

British Airways' new US TV advert (September 2009) is shot using VMI's HPX-3700 P2 AVC Intra camcorder and their own canon 5d Mark 2 with DOP Stuart Graham and operator Jonathan Smiles.

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Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness

Category: XDCAM EX/HD

Keep a Child Alive (KCA) is a charity dedicated to stopping the awful carnage that AIDS is inflicting on families, and specifically children, where in Africa alone it has created 13 million orphans over the past few years. Raining awareness is a...

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Shooting Television

Shooting Television

Category: P2 AVCIntra

Senegalese musician Baaba Maal has been making music for over two decades now. Along with fellow countryman Youssou N’Dour, he’s also found a wider audience beyond West Africa’s thriving music scene in the West, breaking through...

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Better Days Promo: RED best low-budget

Better Days Promo: RED best low-budget

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

Shoot UK has completed its promo for ‘Better Days’, the new single from Speech Debelle, the genre-defying south London rapper/hip-hop artist. The project was low budget from the outset, explains Shoot UK MD and producer, Harri...

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Tic-Tac: WCRS

Tic-Tac: WCRS

Category: P2 AVCIntra

When it came to producing a range of eight different slots for an online Tic-Tac campaign, Shaun Dyos, from top agency WCRS, had no hesitation in hiring a Panasonic HPX-500 from VMI. “I know P2 cards work well from experience,” he...

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On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

Category: XDCAM EX/HD

The PDW-700 XDCAM HD Camcorder stood up to the challenging conditions when filming Two Four's documentary series, "On Thin Ice". A hardwearing camera capable of captuing crisp images, such as the PDW-700, was required when...

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Erotology

Erotology

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

EROTOLOGY is an erotic drama shooting on locations around North East England. Directed by Ashley Horner, written by Sean Conway and produced by Pinball Films. An erotic art film set in present day Northern England, EROTOLOGY looks at a highly...

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CNN/Turner shoots Philips commercial on RED

CNN/Turner shoots Philips commercial on RED

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

Writer and director Adam Woods had previously completed seven ads for Philips in 2007 with CNN's commercials production unit TCP, so when the company asked him to create a new series of global films, he knew he needed to raise the bar –...

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You can be sure of...P2

You can be sure of...P2

Category: P2 AVCIntra

Nothing tests a camera more than taking it round the world and operating it in different environments, as DoP Richard Mitchell from Monkey Science found on a recent job for Dutch oil giant Shell. The series of four short films followed...

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Life Goes On

Life Goes On

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

A dramatic Bollywood feature film is being shot by Stormglass Productions, using RED and Cooke S4i film lenses hired from VMI. "Life Goes On" is being shot in May 2009 on location in London with acclaimed DoP Robert Shacklady. The...

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Prince William on HPX-500 by RAWvideo

Prince William on HPX-500 by RAWvideo

Category: P2 AVCIntra

HRH Prince William visited on Friday 24 April and launched the NMA Future Foundations Appeal. This is an £8m appeal for the site to become a world-renowned centre for remembrance. This was shot on Panasonic HPX 500 by RAWvideo as part...

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RED reaches an Epiphany

RED reaches an Epiphany

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

‘Epiphany’ is a four and a half minute short from Looking Glass Films in which a young woman called Jenny, in conversation with her psychiatrist, suddenly reaches a profound realisation. Saying anything more would give the game away,...

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Agile's campaign gets the RED carpet treatment

Agile's campaign gets the RED carpet treatment

Category: RED EPIC/Scarlet/MX

Agile Films recently completed work on its online series for the Powerade Inner Gear campaign, which accompanied the Six Nations rugby tournament. Adam Shakinovsky, Head of Productions at Agile Films, explains that from the outset, the brief...

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Sundance winner ‘Rough Aunties’

Sundance winner ‘Rough Aunties’

Category: HDCAM

‘Rough Aunties’ is the latest film by internationally acclaimed documentary film maker Kim Longinotto and tells the story of a remarkable group of women who all work for the Bobbi Bear organisation based in Durban, South Africa, the...

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A Chinese journey for HD feature

A Chinese journey for HD feature

Category: P2 AVCIntra

Tigerlily Films' latest feature, 'She, A Chinese', swapped the streets of London for western China this September, as the production moved to Chongqing, following the journey of its main character. Whilst aiming to achieve the best...

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Phantoms: Gets  Film Look

Phantoms: Gets Film Look

Category: P2 AVCIntra

Director and editor Lauren Pushkin’s latest pop promo commission, Fifty Phantoms’ ‘Last Night’ called for a rich, vibrant look – without the budget for film. Her first port of call was VMI, where she hired a HPX500...

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On The Crest Of A Wave: Varicam

On The Crest Of A Wave: Varicam

Category: P2 DVCPro HD

Big Wave Productions produces high-end science, wildlife and adventure programming for the UK and international markets, with broadcast clients including the BBC, Channel 4, Nat Geo and Discovery. When the company came to make ‘The Manta...

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Garage Days Revisisted - pop video shot with HDX-900

Garage Days Revisisted - pop video shot with HDX-900

Category: P2 DVCPro HD

MC Bonez and DJ Q’s latest hit, ‘You Wot’ was shot using Panasonic P2 technology hired from VMI shot on an HDX-900 by Flynn Productions. “It was a single day shoot of 14-18 hours and we shot all over East...

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Lipsey At The Height Of Fashion on P2 E-Commercial

Lipsey At The Height Of Fashion on P2 E-Commercial

Category: P2 AVCIntra

New London Films and Volatile Media - part of the Music to Your Eyes group - have carved out a niche specialising in filming for the fashion and beauty industries. As image really being everything in these sectors, they decided to shoot in HD...

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Lessons Learned P2: 4x Camera Commercial

Lessons Learned P2: 4x Camera Commercial

Category: P2 AVCIntra

Yesterday we completed our first multi-camera commercial set up running on HPX-500 P2 cameras combined with an HVX-200 P2 camera. The shoot went smoothly and there are some learning points: First of all sending 1 x Panasonic G10 archive field...

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Campaigning in HD

Campaigning in HD

Category: HDCAM

The latest campaign for Cancer Research was produced by London-based MakeFilm and shot in and around Seaford near Brighton over one hectic day using a pair of HDW-750s hired from VMI back in the Autumn. “One of the biggest hurdles was...

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Journal of a Contract Killer in prime focus

Journal of a Contract Killer in prime focus

Category: HDCAM

Inspired by a true story, the short but rather dramatic life of 28-year old Stephanie Komack is told in an intriguing new film written and directed by Tony Maylam. Dubbed Journal of a Contract Killer, the clue is very much in the title as it...

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HPX 500 Has Potential X-factor

HPX 500 Has Potential X-factor

Category: P2 AVCIntra

John Lamb at John Lamb Films has become the first person to try out VMI’s new Panasonic HPX 500 cameras, which are rapidly being seen across the industry as a tapeless replacement for the reliable Sony DSR 570 workhorse but in High...

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Agile Films Shoot Virtual Campaign

Agile Films Shoot Virtual Campaign

Category: P2 DVCPro HD

“Parcour” is the title of this very exciting and creative production by Agile films. Featuring street acrobatics is cool enough, but this production also uses well-known London landmarks to act as spectacular backdrops for this...

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VMI welcomes 5,000th attendee to HD Seminar

VMI welcomes 5,000th attendee to HD Seminar

Category: Other

VMI’s MD Barry Bassett, has been a prolific evangelist of HD over the past 4 years. He has been instrumental in spreading the good news of HD and its merits far and wide by introducing this technology to a wide spectrum of industry...

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Sensitive Skin II

Sensitive Skin II

Category: HDCAM

Baby Cow productions has recently completed shooting the second series of the drama Sensitive Skin, staring the wonderful Joanna Lumley. Patrick Duvall, the DoP who shot the first and second series said “I was encouraged by the success...

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Crack It With Egg Stink Productions Commercial

Crack It With Egg Stink Productions Commercial

Category: P2 DVCPro HD

When London based Stink Productions were commissioned to produce a series of commercials for the new Egg card, producer Juliet Naylor said “the production team were faced with many, creative and technical challenges”. These...

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HD: Low-Budget Solution

HD: Low-Budget Solution

Category: HDCAM

Sillwood Films found two solutions for the production of their latest film, SAXON: one was a specially-structured tax rebate scheme for investors, and the other was to use High Definition. SAXON follows ex convict Eddie back to the...

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Bad Vibes in the Studio

Bad Vibes in the Studio

Category: HDCAM

S2S Post have been having a macabre time with Reverb, a horror movie set in the claustrophobic confines of a recording studio. The Film is the debut feature of Writer/Director Eitan Arusi. Alex and Maddy, two guerilla musicians, set about...

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Shaking Dream Land

Shaking Dream Land

Category: HDCAM

“When we embarked on Shaking Dream Land, we were first-time feature-makers. We had only produced shorts and documentaries before, so we tried to surround ourselves with a mix of talent,” remembers Katrina Moss, one of the all-woman...

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Pinball Films/VMI sides with the Tyne

Pinball Films/VMI sides with the Tyne

Category: HDCAM

Tyne Newcastle-based Pinball Films are just producing their final cut of Kaz, shot in Berlin and the UK, for less than EUR1million, thanks to a consortium including VMI. The feature film, about a feisty music journalist who discovers...

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Plastics Wins Gold

Plastics Wins Gold

Category: Other

A pumped-up, overblown thriller of a teen flick which gets rudely invaded by sci-fi...” says Plastic’s official synopsis: it won top prize at this year’s VMI - sponsored Curzon High Definition Shorts festival. Its hero Matt...

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Lorenz, Set Me Free

Lorenz, Set Me Free

Category: P2 DVCPro HD

BigHead Media certainly brought the magic of lenses to bear on their recent promo video Lorenz, Set me Free. Says Producer/ Director Martin Pickering “We wanted to make the video look as if it had been shot on film, since the video...

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Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva

Category: HDCAM

How many 90-minute features with a £1.4 million budget do you know which have been written and directed by a 20-year-old with her own film company? Well, Lady Godiva is one. What’s more, Director Vicky Jewson’s been a...

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Granada ANGLIA New Wildlife Series for National Geographic

Granada ANGLIA New Wildlife Series for National Geographic

Category: HDCAM

Granada Anglia have worked extensively in the US for a number of broadcasters over the last six years. Recently winning a major commission from National Geographic for a 13 part Wildlife series, however, gave Granada Anglia the opportunity to...

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Perfect Woman

Perfect Woman

Category: HDCAM

Most crews - film or otherwise - would be in a rush to create ‘the perfect woman’. But one week? That was the challenge facing Olympus Productions recently, and High Definition provided the answer . Neil Johnson, the Supervising DoP,...

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Lessons Found In Lost Worlds

Lessons Found In Lost Worlds

Category: HDCAM

Atlantic Productions are currently shooting over 20 hours of HD television material across the globe, for major companies like The History Channel, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Ruth Sessions, Head of Production at Atlantic,...

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Popcorn

Popcorn

Category: HDCAM

This 90-minute comedy starring Jack Ryder and Jodi Albert follows the lovelorn Danny as he takes a job at the local multiplex so he can be near the girl of his dreams -only to find out that his first day is her last. But...

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Tutankhamun’s clue to planetary chaos

Tutankhamun’s clue to planetary chaos

Category: Other

This scarab-beetle on Tutankhamun’s necklace represents the life-giving Egyptian Sun-God. But scientists say the natural glass it is made of came from a cosmic calamity that could repeat itself at any time. Tutankhamun’s Fireball...

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In The Frame, Barry Bassett VMI Managing Director

In The Frame, Barry Bassett VMI Managing Director

Category: Other

The intricacies of frame-rate conversion for international co-productions. In an international HD co-production, you will encounter the problem of differing frame rate compatibility between the USA/Japan and Europe. In Europe, programmes are...

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Painting with HD

Painting with HD

Category: Other

High Definition enthusiast and DoP Joe Dyer originally trained in Fine Arts,particularly portraiture, and developed all the artist’s painstaking devotion to image. That devotion has stayed with him through an enviable filming career as...

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Lessons From Daddy

Lessons From Daddy

Category: HDCAM

Katie Bevell is a producer and, since her background is very much production-orientated, also the line producer of the 14-minute short Daddy (working title), a dark drama which explores how Damien’s involvement with a paedophile ring...

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HD’S Technical Versatility Cuts Costs

HD’S Technical Versatility Cuts Costs

Category: Other

When Polish director Edward Porembny visited his roots to shoot a bittersweet examination of middle-age, little did he know he would be recording the demise of his beloved Poland  Or that he would blaze a technical trail with his use of High...

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