1. This what the audience saw. It was shot from the crowd on a Flip and two smartphones. No fancy camera tricks, well, save for a little bit of compositing, but the footage is unaltered.

    First of all thank you to NVA, Phoenix Dance, the cyclists, the composer, the amazing sound engineers, and the lighting designer for delivering such a wonderful show. It had all the power and grace of the Tour but with added beauty (and at least it didn't zoom past in thirty seconds which is my previous experience of the T de F). Apologies to the dancers for not doing justice to their performance, what we shot was restricted by where we stood.

    It definitely needs grading. I used a FlipHD, an iPhone 4s, and a Nokia 925. A nice challenge, especially when it got darker. It was difficult to keep focus—couldn't use autofocus because it seeks all the time and the shots became very hot as the light faded—so we had to guess where we could allow the cyclists to go in/out of focus . All three devices shot on H.264, but each camera has different frame, res, and data rates so I had to endure a transcoding nightmare before I could edit anything together. For the sake of shot unity I dumbed everything down to the FlipHD (720p/29.97) and then edited on FCP. The audio is from the FlipHD and much better than I hoped, but it’s all relative since I expected it would be too poor to consider using. Very pleasantly surprised. Apologies if anyone involved is upset by editing some of this out of sequence, I had to make do with what steady footage was available - not very much. That's because I experimented with a lot of out-of-focus shots. They were okay, but I should have stuck to Plan A. Time to sack the cameraman (but NOT the camerawoman). That said, I’m impressed with the Super-8 look to the footage—no filters were used—it reminds me of my Dad’s old 8mm home movies. I have stabilised quite a few shots in Motion, but only very gently. Too much can backfire when a smartphone camera is working at the outer margins of its limitations.

    All comments welcome. When I have time, I’ll put the rest of the shots through Motion. I might even give it a grade too. Thanks to Catherine and Pete for their help.

    Thanks also to Betty Lawless (facebook.com/Bettylawlessphotography or flickr.com/photos/lizziecoombes) for letting me use her 'wheels of fire' still.

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  2. The first solo ascent of The Old Man of Hoy, Europe's tallest rock stack.

    This Sports Emmy winning film starring Catherine Destivelle was made for for ESPN/Canal+/Channel Four. It won the award for innovative camerawork.

    Watch out for for the 'Vomit-cam' shot of the nesting seabirds. I'm very proud of it.

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  3. Big cats in Britain.

    Report for 3D (ITV) in 1994.

    Features policeman Steve Ashworth, cryptozoologist Dr. Karl Shuker and The Beast of Ludlow.

    Shot on DigiBeta. Amongst the very fist films to be edited in the UK on AVID. The edit suite was so buggy it crashed three or four times a day and we were lucky to get the story finished and conformed before transmission. It was saved by a brilliant editor, Brian Tomkins.

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  4. WINNER of the Best International Documentary Film Award at the 2010 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.

    NOMINATED for Best Documentary Film at the 2010 Marbella International Film Festival.

    OFFICIAL SELECTION:
    Marbella International Film Festival 2010

    New York International Independent Film & Video Festival 2010

    The 1st Doi Saket International Film Festival 2010

    AVANCA’11 Film Festival

    Celebrating the Spirit and Success of Canadian Cinematography.

    Though they are rarely seen on the opposite side of the lens, these unsung heroes of the moving image will be brought right into focus in Northern Lights, a documentary that will celebrate and give an appreciation of the Canadian Cinematographer’s role in filmmaking.

    Northern Lights will feature interviews with dozens of the medium's greatest Cinematographers in Canada (Paul Sarossy, Derek Vanlint, Mark Irwin), to name a few. In addition, acclaimed Canadian Directors (Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald, Sarah Polley), provide further insight into the Director & Cinematographer collaboration. They relate stories of the films, television series or commercials they've worked on, the problems they've solved, the innovations they've made standard, one will get a full measure of the love and obsession that goes into the creation of motion pictures.

    Even if some people have only a passing interest in film, this will change the way they look at movies and the talented filmmakers behind the scenes that make the magic real for us.

    Northern Lights would not have been possible without the generous support of: Deluxe, Panavision, Production Services, Trew Audio and I.A.T.S.E. 667.

    filmthrill.ca/content/northern-lights-canadian-cinematography-perspective

    mcgilldaily.com/2010/03/the_luminaries_of_canadian_film/

    csc.ca/news/default.asp?aID=1403

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  5. The profile of an extraterrestrial mass murderer.
    A 90’ feature film.
    Dir. Martin Belderson

    An asteroid is the prime suspect in the extinction of the dinosaurs and seven-tenths of life on the planet, but new questions are now being asked. How precisely did it do the deed? Did the killer work alone? And could it kill again?

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