Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Day 2

There are about 4 scenes per day from a boardroom to a whisky warehouse and they all bring their challenges with lighting.


The warehouse scene is especially challenging, I use a mixture of 5200K and 3200K LED lighting, the warehouse has health and safety problems with alcohol fumes from all the barrels so conventional halogen lighting is out.


STV arrived on day 2 with a Sony EX3 not their preferred camera but with the golf Open at St. Andrews cameras are at breaking point.

STV John

John Barleycorn being interviewed for STV.


My soundman, Merlin, added 2 bits of kit to my camera, a radio receiver and a timecode generator, seemingly the camera receives a scratch sound track for sync purposes as he records a pristine 24bit track onto his recorder.


I had to scrim (diffuse) the window to the right of frame to help with continuity and produces a less harsh light for Andrew, the chap in the red top.


Rory the Director checking the script.

Small HD

My SmallHD monitor has been a God send for not only me but the make up artists.


You can’t use prime lenses without a pull focus unit, this is a Cambo pull focus and so far it has been fantastic, there was no budget for a focus puller but when you have 2 end stops on your pull focus its a breeze to do it yourself.


What a training ground for a young cameraman, my son Scott has learned a ton of  new techniques on this shoot.


Me and Two-Barr, I was setting up a shot in the warehouse and I shouted at the top of my voice Tea Barr to the hilarity of all on set.


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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