Pre-filming test 1

I'm pretty close to the look I want for a documentary I'm going to make on the state of Read more

Cheap way to do camera crane shots and "flying" for video - Old boom pole + Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal

I've been testing a cheap way to get "crane" shots using a Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal and a modified Read more

All that glisters - from the archive...

Three years ago I made 3 online TV programmes about the innovative use of technology in schools. This was a Read more

Last Test before launching the new Video Ed Channel

People who follow this blog regularly will know I frequently post tests from the audio/ video kit I own Read more

BAFTA Young Games Designer Competition at BETT 2017

Another quick Ad Hoc interview with the more interesting smaller stands at #BETT2017. This time with Melissa Phillips of Read more

STEAM EDUCATION at BETT 2017

Another of one of my ad hoc interviews at BETT 2017 - this time with Georgette Yakman at STEAM Read more

BETT 2017 - Globalism

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BETT 2017

I am filming at BETT this year. I am wearing several hats. One is that of filmaker for various commercial Read more

Finally ready for Monthly Broadcasts

I have been working on a small, home mini-studio for video recording for some years now. I want to be Read more

Michaela - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers Audio on Soundcloud

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Pre-filming test 1

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I’m pretty close to the look I want for a documentary I’m going to make on the state of Education, Pedagogy and Curriculum in the second decade of the 21st Century.

I’m also now much closer to completion in terms of what kit I’m going to use (for now!) – getting to grips with the technical aspects has been a running battle between time, resources, money and workarounds. Several life-events have also delayed me putting into practice my plans for such a film.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be putting up further filmed tests to compare cameras and lighting systems but at the moment I’m going for a highly portable mobile solution. I may just use this to model the use of higher specc’d cameras for the final film.

After that it will be down to writing the scripts, hunting out locations and people then putting it all together. When the time comes I’ll be putting up a Patreon Page and launching an Indiegogo crowd-funding site.

I imagine the whole process will take 2 years+ from start to finish. My live-streaming work will be funding this, in the main, but I need funds for transport and accommodation whilst on the road.

Cheap way to do camera crane shots and “flying” for video – Old boom pole + Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal

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I’ve been testing a cheap way to get “crane” shots using a Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal and a modified old boom pole – here’s the result.

This is probably the cheapest way I know to get shots like this on the fly. Carefully thought out and shot with adequate lighting and white balance it could help any student film look that bit more professional.

I was also using the MikMe wireless mic for the audio for the first time. It stood up quite well but I do need to get a modified pop filter to get rid of those plosive sounds.

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All that glisters – from the archive…

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Three years ago I made 3 online TV programmes about the innovative use of technology in schools.

This was a small subsection of programme no 3. At the time this was a fairly groundbreaking project. Since that time a lot of teachers of more traditional tastes have disparaged projects like this as a waste of time and resources with no “evidence” of their efficacy.

I disagree – I think projects, if carefully structured can widen the curriculum and bring a rich texture of cultural references into the 21st century. Yes, you could just tell the children the story but they would miss out on the experience of live theatre and mixed reality. These will be their futures and it is interesting to mix the deep rooted stories of the past with the tech of the present.

What do you think?

Last Test before launching the new Video Ed Channel

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People who follow this blog regularly will know I frequently post tests from the audio/ video kit I own and keep promising to launch a new Video Ed News channel.

Inbetween commercial filming jobs I constantly learn about new filming and post production techniques and tweak them until I’m satisfied with one particular area of production and then I can feel I can move forward.

Recently I’ve been experimenting with fairly low level point and shoot cameras. I have much better quality cams but the Sony A500, in particular, has got the kind of filmic “look” I like and it’s small and so fits well into a small studio setup.

All this week I’ve been experimenting with Codecs, Metadata and Color Correction. The film above is probably my last test before producing a regular video news spot on UK education in my home studio.

Even that colour correction and encoding pales beside using something like DaVinci Resolve and LUTS. I rarely have time to experiment with different colour correction workflows as time, at my age, is precious but if you want to see what these small cameras are capable of and how you can get broadcast quality film looks out of them then download the raw film above encoded in high quality Apple Pro Res from here. Warning it’s a 2 GB file! This is the kind of quality I’d be looking for for a documentary project in the future. The wonderful thing about Colour Correction is that it involves both science and art.

This is also a showcase for the kind of quality I can get out of these small cams should you wish to employ me as a consultant to teach filming in your school or to come and film or livestream video for an event. Look at the Live CV and About L4L links on the site menu and then click on the Contact page if interested in a proposal.

I hope the new channel won’t be too long in coming.

BAFTA Young Games Designer Competition at BETT 2017

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Another quick Ad Hoc interview with the more interesting smaller stands at #BETT2017. This time with Melissa Phillips of The Bafta Young Games Designer Awards Competition.

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