Steadi-cushion!

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PaulD
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Hi
Anyone see yesterday (Thurs) edition of the Culture Show on BBC2? There was a fascinating interview with cinematographer Chris Doyle (on films such as The Quiet American with Michael Caine, and who works mainly in Hong Kong and Asia).

Apart from his interesting analysis of colour/white balance for location shooting, particularly in repesct of skin-tone, what really caught my eye was the scene where he showed how to 'dance' (his word) with a hand-held camera to enhance the experience of the viewer...

He was hand-holding a 35mm ARRI shoulder-mount camera, but strapped round his waist was a HUGE brocaded floppy armchair cushion, and both his elbows were fully supported on this cushion - so whilst supporting the weight of the camera he was able to maintain full two-handed control of his lens focus and zoom, and the cushion was big enough for him to reposition his elbows as needed to frame the shots as he needed.

As the camera wasn't attached to anything mechanical his shots were totally fluid and flexible, and as he had both elbows supported it seemed it was easier for him to keep the camera precisely level.

Very interesting item...


Quote from bbc.co.uk web site:
"Maverick cinematographer Chris Doyle is based in Asia and directors around the world want his very un-Hollywood approach. We meet him for a masterclass in cinematography."

Chirpy
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Paul,

The picture isn't visible. :(

Chirpy's Big Breakfast can be heard on Radio England International. These are repeat shows (he's retired now) played Monday to Friday 8am-12 noon and repeated in the evening from 8pm-midnight. Also, Sunday 8am-12 noon. (Click link to listen) www.onlineradio5.com/2013/06/radio-england-international.html

PaulD
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Thanks Chirpy
I don't think the original site I linked to allowed image-viewing, so I've found an alternative image...

mooblie
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Presumeably, that successful and effective "dancing" technique is what has been aped so badly in so many recent programmes, where the hand held camera is allowed to flop all over the place.

It can be done well (a la Chris Doyle), but it can also so easily be done badly (see The Thick of It).

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

tom hardwick
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I use a superwide angle lens, a big L bracket to widen the camcorder's base and have Steadyshot on. Then I walk with 'bendy-floppy' legs and get pretty good results as I dance with the couple.

tom.

Chirpy
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tom hardwick wrote:
...Then I walk with 'bendy-floppy' legs and get pretty good results as I dance with the couple.

tom.

That's the best cover-up for being drunk I've ever heard! ;)

Chirpy's Big Breakfast can be heard on Radio England International. These are repeat shows (he's retired now) played Monday to Friday 8am-12 noon and repeated in the evening from 8pm-midnight. Also, Sunday 8am-12 noon. (Click link to listen) www.onlineradio5.com/2013/06/radio-england-international.html