International cameraman Stephen J. Brands work takes him to some far-flung places. Stephen recently spent 6 weeks in the Middle East filming a wildlife commercial for Qatar TV using a Sony EX3 and an Atomos Samurai, which he describes as a very useful little tool. Here, he tells us exactly why.
The UK Film Industry generates £1.5 billion to the GDP and pays £430 million to the exchequer.
With all this money in the TV production industry you would think that there would be great training centres and well equipped training academies with the latest equipment and dedicated staff producing well trained young people who can maintain our internationally recognised standards in these industries.
With over 20 years of experience as an ultra-mobile camera operator, John Gillan is one of the world's most successful exponents of portable television production. As principal of JGBroadcast, he owns two complete Polecam systems, one on each side of the Atlantic, and commutes between Britain and his base on the US west coast, serving clients such as the BBC, ITV, ESPN and Discovery networks.
The route of this years Dakar Rally went through South America, subjecting participants and equipment to very extreme conditions. Bikers and quad pilots as well as teams in cars and trucks participated in this 31st rally of its kind in South America.
Image quality all starts with the correct alignment of the camera which is used to capture the scene either on location or in the studio. The conversion of light into electrical signals involves many processes which can affect the quality of the image. Understanding these various adjustments that are necessary, using a suitable camera chart and waveform monitor are critical in ensuring a high quality image and
preventing mistakes from occurring mistakes that are costly to fix in the post production process.
The lifestyle of the Wildlife cameraman (and woman) youd have thought, and I was hoping, was all exotic locations and beautiful scenery. Except for me the reality was a murky, water filled quarry during a very cold winter and early spring of 2006- 07.
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