Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Today we were finishing filming at the Crolla Ice Cream Factory and the shot of the day came from a wee room tucked away that stores the mixes that they add to the ice cream like raspberry ripple.

I noticed a lady going into the room yesterday and when I saw the array of vibrant yellows and reds it got my mind racing. I had already shot in the factory itself yesterday and they were producing raspberry ripple ice cream in various tub sizes.

I needed a way to introduce the mixing of the ice cream and the raspberry plus add some form of dynamic shot within the short promo video and the “mix” room held the key.

I planted two 600W LED lights behind the mixtures but the white light destroyed the effect I was looking for so I added red and yellow gells to the lights and then added a third camera light at the back and lay a blue gel on top of it.

The effect was stunning and is the shot of the video I was using my Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 lens for the close up and the wide shot was at the 16mm end of my 16-55mm f2.8 Canon EFS lens. The Canon C300 performed like a dream and I will upload the “Ice Cream Factory” when I have finished the edit.

This is part of the “You and your Canon C300” DVD that I am producing and I have Scott and Susan filming me using the C300 giving you hints and tips as I go through the shoot. On Thursday we head to Edinburgh to film a web commercial for a sports shop using the C300 once again Scott will film my every move.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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