Category Archives: 2016

THREE WEDDINGS AND A VIMEO

Where KISS Is an Acronym 1. Bad Zipper – Fun Wedding In the photo, a very young Stefan is pretending to monitor the sound. On my left is school friend Robert Parker. We record weddings on a Ferrograph tape recorder … Continue reading

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE DIGI-TRAILS GONE?

Nonlinear Editing Killed Them, Every One At the Exploratorium, Tricia is raising her arm and creating digi-trails in real time. We’re here at San Francisco’s Exploratorium to see Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest exhibition. One of his many kinetic sculptures … Continue reading

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CONNECTIONS

Goof Off and Die Ever walk away from your real-world obligations and just have fun? Be warned… I’m co-owner and CEO of Molinare, the largest video facility company in London. Clive Burke is a Molinare client. He’s always in with … Continue reading

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DCP BFD

Kiss Your ‘Cinema Paradiso’ Goodbye FYI: The world has changed. The movies you see at the cinema are no longer projected from 35mm film. Instead, the moving images are coming from a computer hard drive. The DCP (digital cinema package) … Continue reading

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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

But Let’s Make It Look Like a Movie Working as a cameraman for director Ken Russell was scary. One mistake and you’re out. Pity the poor PA who quipped that a shot of Ken’s looked like one from Ingmar Bergman’s … Continue reading

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BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE

Right Back Where I Started From Yay! I’m back at BBC Ealing. I’m so happy! I run up the stairs to the room with all the FOMs. “Hi Fred, hi Derek, hi Simeon. I’m an editor now!” Simeon is the … Continue reading

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BLAZE OF GLORY

My Secret Life as Jennifer Beals My four-month holiday relief job at the BBC is over. One more visit to say goodbye to my FOM, Fred. “You heard? He burnt my clapper.” “Great story. Westbury said you tried to save … Continue reading

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KEN RUSSELL BURNED MY CLAPPER

‘Z Cars’ It Ain’t I am employed at BBC Ealing Studios as a cameraman. Well, that’s what I thought until I met my FOM, film operations manager Fred, and I discovered I am just a “holiday relief” cameraman, grade C … Continue reading

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A FOM CALLED FRED

GOOD NEWS AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM I’m working for ITN, the news station owned collectively by the UK commercial television stations. No, “working” is the wrong word. ITN is a union shop. No fault of mine, but I’m stuck in … Continue reading

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SHIBUI IS A STAR

and a right PITA as well Shibui My artisan wife, Tricia, has made a quilt out of linen scraps. She brings it home. “I should have filmed you making it.” “I can make another with a different design. Film that.” … Continue reading

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