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  1. Read all about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera in my "evolving pocket camera review" blog post. Parts1 and Part 2 of the video review are now live plus loads of other stuff is there!

    i took a break from editing part 2 of the Blackmagic pocket camera review to spend the afternoon with my family down in Kent. Although taking a break for me doesn't mean leaving the camera behind of course! Last time with them it was medium format film and my Leica M 240. Yesterday it was the pocket camera.

    i really wanted to try out my vintage Angenieux 17.5-70mm zoom as well as an OIS lens on the camera. The 14-140mm kit lens. Plus I had dug out my old wooden "rifle butt" shoulder support from my 8mm bolex. This way I could get more stable shots and lose that fine vibration that mars the camera without a rig or IS.

    It's a great little rig, you can see pictures of it on my blog. It's for when I want to look utterly unprofessional whilst being professional! The lovely Zacuto Marauder rig looks far too pro for filming in places where I shouldn't. This simple piece of wood does what I need when shooting in basic mode with the camera!

    This is taken from part two of the review and was shot actually after I shot part 2 which technically breaks the idea of the review being evolving but I had this lovely footage and I wanted to use it!

    Part 3 hasn't been filmed at all yet so don't expect it for at least a week. I am off to Venice tomorrow. Maybe I will do some filming there? :)

    Music courtesy of The Music Bed.
    "My my love" by Joshua Radin

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  2. This is a subtle regrade but also looks different as I have spent a lot of time fine tuning the shots within Premiere CC and Warp Stabilze (but used in the tiniest amount mostly using position which keeps some of the wobble and shakiness and loses that shifting warping perspective) I did lots of experimentation to make it still look like handheld and this is the 2nd version I have uploaded as the 1st one looked too "warpy!"

    It's also uploaded in ProRes Proxy, which actually was around same size file as my high bitrate H264. The H264 couldn't handle the fine detail but the prores proxy did and Vimeo's conversion holds that.

    I prefer it and am much happier now. I didn't need to do much for the night stuff as I had the Zacuto Marauder rig for that so was much steadier! USE A RIG! Always better to stabilise when shooting. FIx in post is never fun. On the eye I had no choice unfortunately.

    Music courtesy of The Music Bed. Holly Maher "Hiding Place"

    ProRes HQ version downloadable from the review post on my website:

    Filmed on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

    With the lovely actress Kate Loustau @kate_loustau

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    All shots on the London Eye filmed in "stealth mode" No rig and one lens. The SLR Magic 12mm F1.6 with a Schneider Optics Variable ND

    Shots at Waterlook Bridge shot with the Samyang/ Rokinon 35mm F1.4 and Metabones Speed Booster for MFT Nikon Mount. I used the Zacuto Marauder RIg to get fluid handheld motion. Much better!

    St Paul's Cathedral shot filmed with the Leica 90mm F2 on a tripod!

    A huge thanks to actress Kate Loustau who I asked if she wouldn't mind letting me film her for a few shots to test out the Pocket Camera for my review in exchange for dinner. If she had known she probably would have preferred to have gone hungry!

    The London Eye is ridiculously strict about what you use camera wise in the capsules. Multiple lenses, tripods, video camera are a big fat no. Had many a...disagreement in the past :)

    This was filmed for Part 2 of my Blackmagic Pocket Camera Review which is almost finished in edit. Part 1 is done but I can't export it due to major computer issues. I shall keep trying!

    Thanks again to Kate. You made this piece lovely.

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    la tamise

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

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    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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    A mini doc made as a filmmaking exercise as part of a three day private tuition for digital agency Szyygy in Frankfurt.

    If you are interested in private tuition please email me at

    The brief was to make a mini doc on a subject. Make it short, concise, interesting. I was chosen as they thought I was interesting. How wrong they were!

    I have now chosen the cameras I want to go out with and I now carry two with me for the most part. My Leica M and a Medium Format, be that a Hassie, a Rollei or my Contax 645...ONLY ONE! I was just trying them all out here as I had just got them! Bit heavy otherwise!!

    Thanks to Daniel, Daniel, Carina, Peter and Marco

    Photographs and all filming done on location in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Filmed on all sort of cameras. 1DC, D7000, 5D3, 5D2.

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    Producer/ Director/ DP/ Camera OP Philip Bloom
    Camera Operator Philip Bloom/ Sarah Estela
    Editors Sarah Estela & Philip Bloom
    Assistants: Jack Daniel Mills & Yannick Hausler

    Music: The Music Bed

    "Into The Space" by Young Oceans

    Shot on Canon C300 and Canon 1DC

    Blog post

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Bloom Films graded with Film Convert

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