Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

Super 8 camera Digital Cartridge!

Posted by Phil On December - 7 - 2013

Here’s a fascinating idea, that needs some development but just might catch on

The Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge Can Make Your Film Cameras Go Digital

What if these old mechanical Super 8 cameras could be repurposed with modern technology in order to create digital images? Well, with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge, they can.

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At first glance, the idea seems kind of crazy. Why use film cameras to capture a digital image? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Well, yes and no. Of course, many people shoot film because they prefer the aesthetic. However, in the case of the Super 8 cameras that took the proprietary Kodak film cartridges (which have been discontinued), an innovation like this has the potential to give new life to hardware that would otherwise sit and gather dust indefinitely.

By using a 5 megapixel sensor they can capture 720p HD footage at the native Super 8 aspect ratio of 4:3.

Processors integrated into the image sensor are able to  process and encode the footage in real time to a removable SD card.

 

Here’s the LINK

John Lennon’s Turd trailer out.

Posted by Phil On September - 15 - 2013

…and the film will be finished soon!   It  feels like I’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks. I’ve been missing all the sunshine with the the windows blacked out. Normally it’s great to have a good view and sunlight streaming into the room, but not great for colour grading.

 

 

On the trailer I’ve used a track by John Bower from the Mooncats.  Thanks John

For the main film Francis Macdonald has completed the music. Been great working with him.  Check him out here and his music

Kenton Hall is finishing our end theme music

Now I’m onto Foley (adding specific sound effects) , so sunlight is OK.

But mmm..   It’s raining outside now.  🙁     Was there a summer?

 

…oh and my knees are really sore. As I edit standing up.  Up to 10 hours a day..

 

 

Lamer Tree Festival & Editing

Posted by Phil On August - 23 - 2013

Oh dear ..sorry it’s been a long time since I updated my blog.  I could blame pressure of work.. but that would be untrue.  ..Well partly.

I have had a load of editing to do.  and editing I find is difficult to get into. It’s great when I’m in the flow and it’s going well, but when you’ve got to the stage of repeatedly going through what you are doing for repeated minor adjustments, then it’s a bit of a slog to start up each day.

So I’ve been feeling that writing my blog was just putting off  getting back into editing. So I’ve done the editing and not the blogging.

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There’s also the feeling that working on an edit suite isn’t very blog worthy. But if I think about it I have been doing some other interesting things.

Like going for a spin in a Lancaster Bomber ..more of that later

..and working at  the Lamer Tree Festival, which is a lovely little festival hidden deep in the country between Salisbury and Saftesbury.

I was helping out Salisbury Arts Centre’s Media Dreamspace project

I was editing their footage …with a very quick turn around …(working on FCPX which is great for fast work.) Very sunny, hot, hard work but great fun.
So whilst I was there I grabbed some of my own shots around the festival on my Panasonic GH2.

Music by Swingrowers.

Here’s the results.

 

..and here’s a few random photos

 

 

 

Unique Victorian stage

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…a small audience!

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Sharing a hula hoop

 

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Food service with a difference

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Seasiack Steve

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Filming Rolling Stones

Posted by Phil On July - 17 - 2013

Why I don’t really like the Rolling Stones.

I recently watched the Rolling Stones performance at Glastonbury on BBC  IPlayer and read that the BBC/ Stones negotiations had been difficult.  Finally only a very much shortened version had been allowed to be transmitted, without the best numbers    This brought back memories of similar problems I’d had directing the  filming of  them years ago for the Beeb.

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My Rolling Stones sweatshirt

After months of negotiations we arrived at the football stadium with the film crews  (this was actual film not video) to discover that we were only allowed to film three numbers from their set. 

It was a very hot day and I remember sitting in the dusty  lane outside the turnstyles with the irritated cameramen as we waited to hear what we were going to be allowed to shoot.

Various Stones flunkies appeared and disappeared. as we sent messages.  “Satisfaction?” …”no”  “Brown Sugar?”  “no?”
“This was before the days of emails, so we showed copies of the correspondence, none of which had given any limitations in what we could film, but it transpired that the Stones were deeply suspiscious of  BBC crews as they  didn’t want the BBC to build up an archive of  all the Rolling Stones tracks.

Dave Pritchard, the producer,  was furious and at some level in the Stones management, they accepted that we had been misled. So they came up with a placatory offer. “How about an interview with Mick Jagger”

Dave was delighted, but we had no presenter with us. “Phil, can you figure out what to ask him?”
So I sat in the dust and weeds and tried to work out what to ask him.  What do you ask someone who’s been interviewed so many times.? I hadn’t any idea what they had been doing recently or even the names of recent albums.   It would be terrible to get a great opportunity like this and blow it on crass questions.

Moral – Always do your research!

It was intensely hot, we had no water, as we stuck in between the outer and inner security.

1. “How’s the tour going? ”  No..far too obvious.  He must have been asked that a million times.
2. “Do you still get the same excitement performing live?”

..and so on.       

I eventually worked out 10 questions.   ..just as the news came back.  “The interview’s off.”

So finally ringed by security we trudged though under the stage as they played above us. I had a splitting headache  from the heat. It felt like we were going to a public execution .

Setting up in fornt of the stage , the music was so loud, the cameramen couldn’t hear anything I said. Our minders wouldn’t let us film the audience.   They didn’t want me to go from camera to camera. We hadn’t been allowed to see the stage before, figure out good angles .  So the cameraman just busked it. The stage was so huge you couldn’t get a shot of the whole band.  So we mostly ended up with multiple shots of Mick Jagger. From my point of point of view it was a complete mess.

We used the footage. It wasn’t great.

So the Rolling Stones are not my favourite band   …but I did buy  a T shirt  ……..and kept the list of questions for years after.

 

Update: I found a couple of photos I took that day.

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