Sunday, March 17, 2013

Philip Bloom

Lately I've been on a binge of watching videos by Philip Bloom. He's a videographer from England who has created a number of videos discussing various pieces of video gear and how to get the most out of them. He goes beyond mere product reviews to give really helpful advice about how to produce excellent content. He's known for his work with relatively inexpensive DSLR-style cameras. So much so, in fact, that he was invited to the Lucas Ranch and then hired to be part of the film crew for the movie "Red Tails." It's very unusual to see a DSLR camera being used in a big-budget Hollywood film, but a surprising amount of his footage ended up in the final film, and you really can't tell the difference. (Mind you, in some situations he was using a $1000 camera but with a $60,000 lens attached to it!)

Here is an example of him showing off what you can do with a Sony FS700 in slow-motion mode. The black and white footage of his Dad about half-through is particularly impressive.

Here is an example of some of his "real" work:

He's kinda my hero when it comes to video-making.

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