The 4K channel of Philip Bloom

  1. Shot in 4K. 2K version displayed here which you can download if member of pro or plus. 4K HIGHLY compressed version available for download here:

    la tamise

    Short film starring Alice Bird
    Costume by James Hillman
    Filmed in the shaft of the Thames Tunnel at The Brunel Museum

    Graded with Magic Bullet Colorista II and FilmConvert
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    Full blog post coming soon

    This was shot in early Match 2013 with a very early release Sony F55. Many of the features were not working but the 4K was.

    Why did I choose to shoot this film on the Sony F55 in 4K or more precisely why use the F55 for this? What does it bring to the table that other cameras don't?

    Well for this film to be honest, other than the fantastic low light sensitivity, very little. There was no need for 4K of course but it has it and I wanted to see what it looked like. Really for me I just wanted to see it being used on a real shoot with all the challenged that comes, lighting, audio, media managing.

    The location was very challenging both in lighting, but also it's very dusty down there and damn freezing!

    I shot this in 4K internally on the F55 using SxS Pro in XAVC. That was a challenge to. More on that in the blog post.

    Lenses used were Zeiss ZF Primes using the MTF services Nikon adaptor and Canon EF lenses using again an adaptor by MTF services, but this one is a powered one for the iris.

    Total lights used (but not all at the same time!) 2 X 1K, 1 Daylight Litepanel, 1 Bi-Colour Litepanel, 3 Dedos 150s

    Audio was recorder with the Roland R26 and Rode NTG3 microphone (Recorded dual system as I didn't have the XLR box for the camera)

    Rig was an amalgam of bits from Shape and Zacuto. Follow focus was by O'Connor

    Cut in Premiere CC. 4K version to come!

    La Tamise is french for the River Thames. Why use the french? We filmed in the main shaft of Frenchman Marc Brunel's Thames Tunnel. The first tunnel built under a navigable river in 1843. Also the music is by a frenchman, my favourite composer Claude Debussy and is entitled "The girl with the flaxen hair".

    I would love to explore what is left of the tunnel one day. It's closed for it's original purpose of being able to walk through it, in fact it closed over 150 years ago. Since then it's been a train tunnel but even that has stopped now. Hopefully I can convince Andrew Wonder to take me down there! I love the fact that halfway down it's just 14 feet below the river bed. Crazy!

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  2. 2K version displayed on Vimeo as 1080p here:

    This is the 4K version uploaded to Vimeo....does it look the same on here as the 2K version here? You tell me!

    As a plus or pro member you can download both the 2K version there or the 4K version here. Both are of course heavily compressed from the originals so PLEASE bear that in mind when pixel peeping! ;)

    The 2K version is around 28Mb/s and the 4K version is around 70Mb/s. The original is around 400mb/s. Vimeo compresses to around 5mb/s for streaming.

    The human eye...better than any camera out there except in one key "feature", modern cameras are more sensitive than our own eyesight!

    The equivalent megapixels of our eye when you calculate what it can see in it's peripheral vision is around 576 megapixels depending on the megapixels are reducing by the day...and taking into the adjustments our eye makes with it's iris we can see the equivalent of 20 stop of dynamic range. Better than an Alexa? Not that much better than Red HDRx! For now the eye still wins in all but low light sensitivity where the average equivalent "ISO rating" for our eyes are around 800 ISO (again depending on the person) The native sensitive of my F3 with S-Log is one stop faster at 1600 ISO!

    One day cameras will better our eyesight in every way, although we won't actually be able to see it ;)

    For more about the human eye check out articles like this one here and many others, fascinating stuff:

    Shot on the Canon 1DC in 4k at 24P. Lit with one Litepanel 1x1. Starring the 25 attendees of the 2013 Brussels Workshop, the organiser Haroun Souirji, the whacking king James Miller and myself. Can you spot the shots of me? I actually have a second edit which I am decided whether to put it up or not. It's pretty gross!

    One lens used. The Canon 100mm Macro F2.8 L series with IS

    Graded in Premiere with Colorista II. Edited native in 4K in MJPEG. I cannot tell you how for now ;) I will do an upload of the 4K version here if I can get it at a reasonable size, although it's a bit pointless as most of you won't be able to see it in 4k...I can't !

    I used warp stabilise on some of the shots for a slightly unnatural feel...

    For my review of the Canon 1DC go to

    To see this projected at 4k come see me talk about the pro and cons of the camera and why I seem to be shooting just about everything I can with it at BVE 26, 27,28th of February. Free registration although my 3 talks are first come, first served, so get there early!

    HUGE thanks to everyone who is in this video...Canada next in March...what should I do with them?

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  3. Short doco on Pierce. A Texan native who loves his guns!

    Shot on the RED Epic and Phantom Flex.

    A hard subtitled English version is here:

    Am not a gun fan at all. I would say I am quite anti-them for my own reasons... but I am damn curious about why people have a fascination for them so I wanted to make this film to get a glimpse into why someone loves them so damn much...

    You can read more about why I wanted to make this, my thoughts behind this and the technical stuff by clicking here:

    Music by Drew Barefoot from

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  4. A little piece shot whilst staying with Eric Kessler. I filmed his salt water aquarium again, last time was in September 2010 with the 7D (you can that piece here and the same lens the 100mm Macro L with IS, this time with my 1DC. Shot in 4K but edited in 1080p.

    Shooting in 4k and downscaling is going to give you more details, although the S35 mode on the camera is C300 in it's detail so I could have shot it in that but this is actually for 4k projection...oh and it was half shot log and half not...don't ask!

    I will be making a 4K version so I can show some of this footage at BVE at the end of Feb. It does look rather splendid...of course some of the shots are not as detailed as I would like, but when you are shooting through very thick glass and water...

    The music is rather too obvious but it says what it is on the tin and it is sooo beautiful.

    It's a short one but sit back and relax and marvel at the incredible coral life that has been part of our planet for over 500 million years.

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  5. Read in depth about this film, the glass, how it came about, the post and how I used 4K to creative effect:

    Is this simply a piece to take in and marvel at the beauty of the moon and the eerines of the submerged city...or is there a simple story about how the two are linked. Sitting there above us, controlling the water, keeping it at bay... Up to you! It doesn't matter! Either way just enjoy watching it as I enjoyed making it! :)

    Filmed on the Canon 1DC and Sony F55 with up to 1600mm of glass at Lake Michigan in New Buffalo USA.

    Music: The Echelon Effect "Call to ground"
    Courtesy of The Music Bed

    Graded with FilmConvert 10% with code bloom at

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The 4K channel of Philip Bloom

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All my work that was either fully shot in 4K, partly in 4K and most importantly shot and mastered in 4K.

As of now Vimeo does not support 4K but it's coming. Many of the things you see which have not been mastered in 4K will be at some point soon

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All my work that was either fully shot in 4K, partly in 4K and most importantly shot and mastered in 4K.

As of now Vimeo does not support 4K but it's coming. Many of the things you see which have not been mastered in 4K will be at some point soon and there is much more to come.

Some of the info links to blogs where there are actually 4K versions to download.

Is 4K that much better than HD. Depends on how close you sit to the screen. Read my post about it here:

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