Phil Peel

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First day of filming "Autumn Leaves

Posted by Phil On November - 29 - 2011

Filming Autumn leaves in Bournemouth

It was a beautiful autumn day. Ollie and Jess in best retro 1980s gear.  They are playing the younger versions of two modern day adults  (if that makes sense?) in the film adaptation of Michael Sands play “Autumn Leaves”

Jess had learnt all her lines, but as I had unwisely spent a long time setting up the camera and radio mikes, she got tired and announced after the rehearsal that she didn’t want to do any more!

Luckily I had filmed the rehearsal…and after negotiations with her agent Sasha Paul (Mum) she also agreed to do some more takes.

Filming with the GH2 in Poole

Ollie and Jesse were both fantastic. I can never learn lines.  I suppose it’s in the genes!

Filming with Panasonic GH2 in Poole

The crew were mostly Pauls  (Witcombe and Francis)  and Robin who’s taking the photos.

I used the small HDMI monitor on top of the camera so Paul could see the shot to keep the boom out.

Filming with GH2 and HDMI monitor

Though the scene worked well, I realised in retrospect, it might have been more sensible to have shot with multiple cameras (which I could have done as I had other ones there). This would have greatly eased the difficulty of matching the changing eyelines between the close ups and wides.

Contemporary Dance at Poole Dockside

Posted by Phil On August - 30 - 2011

We’ve recently been filming a dance sequence with Lizzie Sykes and Cathy Seago over several days at Poole Dockside. Devising a dance piece that is inspired by the location. It’s been quite challenging as we learn to work together, whilst dodging the huge trucks as they load and unload. Using jibs, booms, steadicam devices etc. to synchronise the movement of the camera and performer.

I haven’t got many photos as I’ve been too busy filming, but here’s a sequence with Cathy on top of a large Buoy.


We have been getting some strange looks from the passing tourist boats, but the dockers have been very friendly. I guess it’s not what they’re use to seeing at work,though it probably makes a change from the monotony of loading clay.





Mike’s using the Panasonic GH2 with a remote motorised Jib head