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  • Atomos Ninja V update, Arri Discount, Zhiyun Crane 3S

    This week we are featuring a new firmware update for the Ninja V monitor/recorder from Atomos, a 25% discount from Arri for their Certified Online Courses plus the latest Crane 3S Handheld Gimbal for larger cameras from Zhiyun.

  • EP3: The Handmaid's Tale - Stuart Biddlecombe

     

     

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    The Project

    The Handmaid's Tale is an American dystopian tragedy web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. The series was ordered by the streaming service Hulu as a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes, for which production began in late 2016. The plot features a dystopia following a Second American Civil War wherein a totalitarian society subjects fertile women, called "Handmaids", into child-bearing slavery.

    The Handmaid's Tale’s first season won eight Primetime Emmy Awards from thirteen nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. It is the first show produced by Hulu to win a major award as well as the first series on a streaming service to win an Emmy for Outstanding Series. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. Elisabeth Moss was also awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress.

    In this interview Stuart will focus on season 3. He will discuss the visual look of the show, the use of light, what it was like shooting in the Lincoln Memorial and the Mall with over 1,000 people looking on and the challenges of shooting a show known for its stunning cinematography and much more.

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    The Cinematographer

    Stuart Biddlecombe

    Stuart Biddlecombe is an award winning Director of Photography, a Cinematography graduate from the National Film and Television School. A BAFTA Cymru winner, GTC winner and a two time RTS nominee, currently shooting features, high end television drama, promos and commercials. He has worked on many TV series including The Handmaid's Tale, Sherlock, Hidden and Doctor Who.

     


     

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  • EP2: First look at Sony’s new camera the PXW-FX9 - Alister Chapman

     

     

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    The Project

    Way back in September we hosted a Post IBC streaming event focusing on Sony products and in particular the new FX 9 for people who were unable to attend the exhibition.

    Straight from supporting Sony at the exhibition in Amsterdam, we managed to get experienced Cinematographer and Sony ICE Alister Chapman, to deliver this in-depth review focusing on the incredible PXW-FX9 camera in this podcast. Alister also covered the highlights from the show and discussed the practical benefits of these exciting new products.

    Officially launched at IBC 2010 the FX9 builds on the legacy of the popular Sony FS7. The FX9 shares a similar, but improved design and borrows key imaging technology from the top-end VENICE cinema camera.  If you want to find out more about this groundbreaking camera listen to the podcast here or download on your favourite podcast app.


    The Cinematographer

    Alister Chapman

    Alister Chapman is a DoP with over 25 years of broadcast experience. In recent years he has worked on many Cinema and TV commercials, broadcast documentaries and is a leading supplier of stock footage for Discovery, National Geographic and the BBC Natural History Unit. In addition Alister has an excellent reputation as a trainer and instructor, he regularly runs workshops all over the world both independently as well as for many large organisations including Sony, JVC, Santa Fe workshops, film schools, colleges and universities in Asia. He is a Sony ICE (Independent Certified Expert) covering Europe, Asia and the Middle East specialising in hand held cameras.


     

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  • EP1: The Last Witness - Piotr Szkopiak & Edward Ames GBCT

     

     

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    The Project

    Join Director Piotr Szkopiak and Cinematographer Edward Ames as they explore the making of The Last Witness a multi award winning film. In this podcast they will discuss how they worked together to create the visual look of the film, factors affecting their choice of kit, pre-production tests, challenges of shooting a period drama and much more.

    The Last Witness, a political thriller based on the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940 was directed by BAFTA nominated and multi award winner Piotr Szkopiak. He was joined by multi award winning cinematographer Edward Ames. This political thriller is set in post-war England staring Alex Pettyfer, Michael Gambon and Talulah Riley.


    The Cinematographers

    Piotr Szkopiak Director

    Piotr Szkopiak's second feature film The Last Witness, starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I am Number Four), Talulah Riley (Westworld), Robert Wieckiewicz (In Darkness) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, King of Thieves) was released theatrically in Poland on 156 screens on 11th May 2018 and in the UK on the 17th August 2018 and will continue to be screened in selected UK cinemas until June 2019. Piotr won the Best Director Award for THE LAST WITNESS at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in October 2018 and the European Cinematography Awards in February 2019.

    Piotr’s first feature film Small Time Obsession received a UK theatrical release in 2000 and both Variety and The Guardian described him as “a director to watch”. Piotr works regularly as a director in television drama for the BBC and ITV, most recently on Casualty and as lead director on new BBC crime drama Shakespeare & Hathaway Private Investigators. Piotr has also directed The Coroner, Father Brown, Heartbeat, Doctors, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, for which he was twice nominated for BAFTA TV Awards.

    Edward Ames Cinematographer

    Edward began his 28 year career in the film and television industry as a Documentary Camera Assistant working predominantly on film, then progressed through the ranks as Clapper Loader, Focus Puller and Camera Operator to DOP. He has spent the past 17 years honing his craft as a DOP almost exclusively in films and television drama.

    His latest feature film, THE LAST WITNESS, had its world premiere on 11 May 2018 in Poland. It premiered in the US on 29 May and in the UK on 17 August 2018. Edward won the Best Cinematography Award for THE LAST WITNESS at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in October 2018, the European Cinematography Awards in February 2019 and at the New York City international Film Festival (NYCIFF) in March 2019.


     

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  • Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G update, DaVinci Resolve 16.2, Sound Devices ASIO Driver

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    This week we are featuring new updates from Blackmagic Design for their Video Assist 12G monitor/recorders and the popular DaVinci Resolve editing software plus a new ASIO Driver for 32bit float audio streaming from Sound Devices..

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