Phil Peel

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Phil Peel

Posted by Phil On January - 30 - 2011ADD COMMENTS


Welcome to my blog. I’m an award winning director/producer who also lights, writes and teaches.

You’ll find quite a range of stuff here as I’m involved in many aspects of film and video production.

I’ve have a lot of experience in Directing, Lighting & Camerawork , ProducingWriting, Corporate, Live Multicamera Directing, Music Videos so if you want to work with me or some advice drop me a line or give me a ring on 07973 753 777

I’ve worked professionally in most areas of film and television production. So the phrase “Jack of all trades ..master of a few” comes to mind.    :-)

LINK to some of my credits and films

I was selected this year by Creative England as one of five English filmmakers to be supported by Creative England for the TALENT LAB programme at Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)

My latest drama showreel is here –

- Writer/producer/director, DP  & editor.  Comedy short John Lennon’s Turd. (2013)   Currently just out on the international Film Festival circuit. Official Selection for Toronto Reelheart International Film Festival

“I really like it. It’s got a lovely, funny but downbeat tone and atmosphere. Good script, very well directed, with great performances. Excellent.”

Paul Bassett Davies    - Creative Director at London Comedy Writers Festival


- Director/Producer/Camera/Editor of “Love” (2013) (short) awarded “Best Film” at Southampton Film Week;  Guerilla Film Award & Winning Film team Production Award. 50Kisses Premiere;  Official selection for Edinburgh Short Film Festival  ; Official selection New York Bootleg Film Festival.

“This is a devastatingly brilliant piece of storytelling, masterfully handled, and the feedback from the Bootleg team was unanimous – audiences need to see this film. ”

- Director of Photography ‘Don’t’ (2013) (short) Official Selection of New York City International Film Festival

Producer and Director of Photography of:

-   Buon Giorno Sayonara (2010) (short). (exec. prod.) 33 International Film Festivals including “Best Comedy Award” Hyart Film Festival in Wyoming. Nominated for  three awards : Best International/Foreign Language Film, Best Direction (Karen Hope) , and Best Performance (Thomas Kadman) at Thurrock International Film Festival.  Awards for Best International Film, Best Director and Best In Show.
-   Bull amongst the Feathers (2008) (short) Rome International Film Festival
-   Legs 11. (2009) (short) Toronto & Florida International Film Festival
-   Shadows (2009) (short) Dubai International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival

-   In My Shoes (2010) (short) Fastnet Film Festival


The Panasonic GH4 looks even better.

Posted by Phil On March - 23 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Panasonic have confirmed that the GH4 (quite amazingly) outputs 10bit 4K 4:2:2 direct from the onboard micro HDMI port without the optional but expensive  YAGH accessory box.

So that means you can record in 10 bit in an external recorder , which means that colour grading should be way better.

In my last film using the GH2 and GH3, I had real problems with some shots that had been filmed using the wrong colour balance . The 8 bit images began to really fall apart when I tried strong colour correction.  So 10 bit should be fantastic.    

….on the other hand I could have got the colour balance right in the first place, as we used to have to do with film  :-)

If you can afford it, the add -on base accessory box (which costs more than the camera) has even more useful facilities, though it has to have an external power supply, which is a bit of a limitation.

The YAGH accessory box for the GH4  takes video entirely from the micro HDMI port on the GH4, which is why it can offer 10bit 4:2:2 through the full sized HDMI port it offers as well as HD-SDI.




Thanks to for the info


Now got some more details from Panasonic about what the camera can really do.

Here is Panasonic’s Matt Frazer  talking to Zacuto. Clearing up a some of the confusion about the cameras outputs.



…and another interesting hands on review with a pre-production model. Showing how it can do really nice slo mo.

Best stuff is about 10 mins in.

Panasonic GH4 £1300 in UK

Posted by Phil On March - 10 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

 Just been announced. The new GH4 will be £1300…  I’ve been shooting on the GH2 for a few years and found it excellent, but the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 threatens to blow it away as it’s  the first DSLR with 4K video recording capability and it only £1300.  

I’ve used the Black Magic Pocket camera (£700)  and handled the Black Magic 4K Cinema camera (£1400) . They are both great advances,  but still awkward to use without add on viewfinders etc .  Whereas the GH range of cameras are lovely to use hand held.  See an example here   

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 will be available in the UK from 5 May – body only for £1300, with a 14-140mm lens for £1750, or with body only and an Interface unity for £2500. For those pre-ordering a free battery grip and battery is on offer from 10 March until 2 June.


The GH4 is the World’s First DSLR with 4K Video Recording Capability and can shoot 4K at 30/25/24fps at 100Mbps using ALL-Intra compression. At 1080p that rises way beyond broadcast standard to 200Mbps.

But even if you leave out the 4k which will need fast and expensive  SD cards, in  HD it can shoot up to  96 frames per second —nice slow motion –  and it has  zebra pattern to aid exposure  and focus peaking to aid with manual focusing, Master Pedestal Adjustment with 15 steps and  Gamma presets exclusively for video recording. So this is evolving into a seriously sensible video camera.

Also has  maximum 125,600 ISO,  Wifi / NFC compatibility, 1KHz Test Tone and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) . The camera  embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods,  to help synchronize the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production.    £1249  at  UK digital



Someone decided I’m a VIP.

Posted by Phil On February - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

At the very last minute,  I’ve found myself up at the Broadcast Video Expo. It wasn’t what I thought I would be doing today, but sometimes life can be unexpected. Also for some reason they decided that I should have a VIP pass. Don’t know why, but I get a free cup of tea. Currently listening  to Larry Jordan, the guru of editing.


Two awards for LOVE at 50 Kisses Premiere

Posted by Phil On February - 16 - 20142 COMMENTS

1-Love poster 5


Well it was quite a night at the 50 Kisses Premiere in London on Valentines  Eve, where we won two awards.  Winning Production Team   &   The Guerilla Film Award.


Just a few days before the BAFTAs, the cast of our film LOVE  were all poshed up.

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Holly was in her element, glammed up for the Red Carpet.  I think she could make a career of this!


…and we were joined by Lula Suassana. Fresh from rehearsals for his new play  Poilu & Tommy at the Courtyard Theatre.  I was amused to see him arrive with the same rucksack he used in our film.  It had his costume in it.


Following the photocall, we could also pose with some very tall ladies wearing …well ..not very much. I decided that I would only come up to chest …um ..breast height on them and this was a photo opportunity I would forego.


Holly making her stylish entrance to the packed  auditorium.



Me, Ruth, Holly and Ben, her dad


Holly practicing her “winning”   smile…

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..ready for the team awards..


…and the second last award of the night …The Guerilla Film Award.   Our film was described Chris Jones as “Audacious, Extraordinary and Courageous.”



This was our view from the stage.  Pretty awesome!


..and here I am trying not to miss out anyone who needed thanking … including London Underground.08-P1090059


Back in our seats ready to watch the film.



To be honest I wasn’t sure how well a feature composed of 25 short films  would work.

I’ve been a judge for  short films competitions and after a bit of viewing one film after another it can get quite monotonous.

But I was surprised. 50 Kisses worked better than I expected. I think having the common motif of the kiss tied them all together.  Some of the films are really moving. I loved “Smasheroo”, which won best film.

Though they had been edited together without transitions, so  when the audience applauded at the end of each film it ran over into the opening of the next film. Occasionally it was difficult to tell where one story ended and the next began.   …and I found the music, which would have worked  effectively over the arc of each individual film, became …for me .. too similar and too much.


But all in all was an enjoyable experience.  Pretty amazing to get  that many people to creatively collaborate.. Likely a Guinness World Record for number of writers.

Was it a record for the length of credits?  15 minutes showing excerpts from all the films submitted.




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