Light|Compose|Motion

The mind of a filmmaker/cinematographer
7days, 2.2Terabytes of data, blood, sweat and dealing with the diva behaviour of my co-director, #lifeofhers has now wrapped.

Massive thanks to @WaikiHarnais for brilliant production skills!

7days, 2.2Terabytes of data, blood, sweat and dealing with the diva behaviour of my co-director, #lifeofhers has now wrapped.

Massive thanks to @WaikiHarnais for brilliant production skills!

#LifeOfHers More Production stills

Penultimate day of Principal Photography!

Bedroom lighting.

#lifeofhers

Bedroom lighting.

#lifeofhers

Day 4 Production Still #LifeOfHers

First Production screengrabs from #LifeOfHers. Follow http://lifeofhersseries.tumblr.com to find out more about the project and BTS stills!

BMPC4K in action. Everything on this rig is needed to make it “functional”

BMPC4K in action. Everything on this rig is needed to make it “functional”

#LifeOfHers First day, first scene!

#LifeOfHers First day, first scene!

Recommended reading.

I find intellectualising compositions and lighting fascinating.

If you mind can’t see it, your camera can’t.

Recommended reading.

I find intellectualising compositions and lighting fascinating.

If you mind can’t see it, your camera can’t.

Lights & Gels

I remember when I first got into cinematography in 2012, I always said “I more of a natural light guy" until I realised I was just being lazy learning about creating a world and atmosphere that just happened not to exist at that particular time.

Natural light is great, God is the best gaffer right? However, it’s pretty hard to control. Ever since then, I’ve become an avid member of Team Artificial Light. I light from dark… turn off all the lights and let’s build the scene from there. This takes ages especially when you are working alone but when you see the results, it’s so rewarding!

Nothing you see on TV is real. Next time you watch a film and you see a shot you like, ask yourself, how was that lit? 90% of getting the “film look" is lighting, not the camera, lens or grade.

Light setup:

Practical Light to light background

Spot LED light on a boom stand to create a top light

Dimmable LED light to create a TV light source. Dimming function was also used to simulate TV flicker.

Camera: Black Magic Production Camera 4K

Lens: Canon 24L and 100L

Graded in Davinci Resolve

BMPC4K Obligatory still from yesterday’s shoot.
Loving the look i’m getting from the Black Magic camera. Shooting at max 400ISO is a crippler. Gorgeous images though!
Camera: Black Magic Production Camera 4K
Lens: Canon 24L
Graded in Davinci Resolve

BMPC4K Obligatory still from yesterday’s shoot.

Loving the look i’m getting from the Black Magic camera. Shooting at max 400ISO is a crippler. Gorgeous images though!

Camera: Black Magic Production Camera 4K

Lens: Canon 24L

Graded in Davinci Resolve