Shoot35 CINEfocus Review

The box turned up today and I thought I’d share the pleasure of opening it with you.


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Shoot35 CINEfocus

The guys over at shoot35 have just released the second version of their follow focus unit and it looks very special indeed. A follow focus has been on my list of things to invest in for a while so I’ve ordered one today and will do a review once it arrives and I’ve had a chance to try it out on a shoot next week.

They list the features as…

– 0.8 mod (cine pitch) drive gear
– Custom designed gearbox (all metal construction)
– Backlash adjustment
– Standard accessory port
– Removable marking disk with 90

JVC HM700 – Geek fest!

Film maker and good friend of mine Peter Naylor popped round for a coffee a couple of weeks back and brought along a JVC HM700 for me to look at. In a real video geek moment we thought it would be fun to shoot a product type video using the tools we had to hand.

We mounted the JVC on my glidetrack and then used the 5d2 to shoot it. Lighting was provided by my litepanels LED lights and the whole lot was shot on my dining room table with the aid of cereal boxes, a kitchen fork, Darth Vaders cape and various other household items to keep the background dark.

I guess Darth Vader capes are probably not regarded as general household items, but with two sons under 10 who are mad about star wars it’s pretty normal for my house!

Pete took the footage and made this nice little video, not bad for an hours messing around!

View it in HD on YouTube

BBC Interview

I’ll be on BBC Radio Norfolk later today talking about my Ten Town Tour film about Kings Lynn. If you’d like to listen the BBC transmit live on the internet using the BBC iPlayer. I’ll be on around midday.


The interview seemed to go okay, it was nice meeting Graham, Karen the rest of the BBC Norfolk team. If you missed the interview you can listen to it on the ‘listen again‘ feature of the BBC iPlayer for a few days or you can download an mp3 version here.

Open Youth Trust – first EX1 / 5DmkII video

I was hired by the Open Youth Trust in Norwich to produce a short promotional video highlighting their recently opened £12m venue in the heart of Norwich.

This was the first project where I used my new Canon 5dmkII alongside my trusty Sony EX1. The images produced by these two cameras are quite different, although I really like the fact that they allow me to show two different perspectives in interviews, not only from a camera’s point of view, but also with such a different feel to the images due to the shallow depth of field the 5D produces. All of the 5D shots were done with a 50mm f1.2 L series lens.

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