1. Samurai Blade review by SPARKY FILM


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    This is an exclusive review of the Samurai Blade we produced for RedShark News: http://www.redsharknews.com/

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    • F3 Skin Tones demo


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      This clip is taken from a selection of rushes I shot during a documentary I produced last year. Just a reminder to myself more than anyone really of how great the images are from the Sony F3 using S-LOG. With all the current talk around the new Sony toys the F5 and F55, let's not forget how good this camera still is - esp when you consider the crazy prize you can now purchase them for. So F3 shooters out there, stay loyal, save money and get a few more years from your F3! Sparky

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      • Another Panasonic Lumix GH3 ( DMC-GH3A) video test by SPARKY FILM in Abu Dhabi


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        This is a short video test I just produced for RedShark News, an online video production magazine which is is well worth following, www.RedSharkNews.com SPARKY FILM Ltd were recently working on a shoot in and around Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. One evening I packed up my GH3 with three lenses (Lumix 12-35mm, Lumix 35-100mm, and the Voigtlander 25mm), popped them all into a backpack with a small tripod, jumped into a taxi and headed out to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This stunning mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I had passed by it in previous years but hadn't yet had the chance to visit inside, until now. Once through the impressive gates, you really are hit by the sheer scale and size of it, something which was terribly hard to convey even within this short film , but with the GH3 in hand I did my best in my few short hours there, to do my best to achieve this. I was absolutely delighted by the results. I didn't have much time to set up each shot as I didn't want to draw unwanted attention to myself, but the outcome was really impressive. Again you have to keep reminding yourself, this is a sub £1,000 camera producing these images! The low light capabilities are just fantastic and the GH3 never went over 800 ISO throughout the evening, and it did become very dark. After a quick grade in Sony Vegas, tweaking a few color curves and balance (there really is plenty of room for grading and managing the highlights from the GH3's codec - it offers plenty of flexibility), I finished up with the look I was hoping to achieve. Having the potential just by having this small and discreet camera in your bag to produce images this good looking, is something any serious cameraman shouldn't really be without. This was filmed and edited by Mark McCarthy, MD of Sparky Media Productions. Visit our website at www.sparkyfilm.com and follow us on twitter @sparkyfilm Thanks for your time and good shooting. Sparky x.

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        • Panasonic Lumix GH3 ( DMC-GH3A) video test by Sparky Media Productions


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          ##UPDATE - This video has become pretty popular so I have changed its setting to 1080 and you can download too, I think! ## We purchased this camera last week and were really excited about its capablities for video work. We also purchased the Lumix 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses as well. I woke up to a freezing, but crystal clear winters morning here in Southend-on-Sea and decided to set out on foot for a few hours to shoot some test material, with a small Manfrotto tripod, the camera kit and a packed lunch all thrown into a backpak. It was a fun shoot and a real pleasure to travel around with such a light kit - I am usually lugging around a PDW-700 with heavy tripod or a Sony F3 rig with loads hanging off it - so it was great to be really discreet and mobile and not having attention drawn to myself. Looking back at the footage I was really impressed with the results. To be able to capture images of this quality with such a small kit is simply amazing. A circular polariser was used on the lenses throughout and the effect is pleasing. I controlled the light coming into the sensor by adjusting the shutter speed to match the aperature I wanted to shoot at. The histogram was also employed throughout to judge exposure and it was there or there abouts for most of the time, but sometimes I was a stop too open. However with shooting a codec of 50mbps I was easily able to add a color curve in Sony Vegas 12 to control the highlights. Next time out I'll have a better idea of where to expose. I am delighted with the results and can't wait to get out there and do some more shooting with it. As a B cam, to get scenics and cutaways, this camera could well be perfect. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. Please press 'LIKE' if you do thanks! For a fuller review of the camera please visit my blog at http://bit.ly/UBqraY Thanks! UPDATE: My review is also featured in RedShark News which is a great new online film production magazine - it's worth having a read! :http://www.redsharknews.com/production/item/290-panasonic-gh3-first-user-report Follow us on twitter at: SparkyMedia1 www.sparkymedia.net

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          • A day at the Village Green festival


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            Village Green for 2012 was one of the many events associated with Southend in Sea’s season of activity supporting the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Metal commissed a number of visual artists to respond to an Olympic theme across the festival site – so look out for a range of humorous, playful and more literal interpretations. In previous years the event has attracted an audience of around 28,000 from across the South East region and London, as the event has become a cultural highlight of Southend's thriving arts scene and this years event maintined that trend. Village Green is made possible through the support of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Arts Council England. This film was produced by Sparky Media Productions - www.sparkymedia.net

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            • RED 17-50mm lens with Sony F3


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              We just purchased the RED 17-55mm PL mount lens for our Sony F3. We had being using Carl Zeiss CP2 lenses with it, but we purchased the RED as it covered a really useful range with at a decent T stop of 2.9 throughout. We're really impressed with it so far and not having to switch primes (or carry around primes) to change shot is so welcome. Delighted.

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              • Technology Frontiers conference highlight film


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                We produced this highlight film on behalf of the events partner Ricoh, to capture the flavour of discussions that took place over the course of the event on how the ever increasing frontiers with the advance of technology are affecting us in all aspects of life. Filmed and edit by Mark McCarthy of Sparky Media Productions.

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                • Postcard from Singapore


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                  I had a shoot in Singapore earlier this year, and thought I'd pop together a few of the scenics shots I had the time to shoot out there. Shot on a PDW-700 with a Fujinon HA22 lens.

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                  • Short montage of Sony F3 S-LOG shots from recent corporate shoot..


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                    This is a very quick snapshot from a recent corporate shoot in Europe, shot for the first time solely using S-LOG. Lenses used were Carl Zeiss CP2's 50mm and 85mm, and the wonderful Cooke S4 16mm. Overall very happy with most of the material.

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                    • GoPro HD Hero 2 timelape shots


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