Lynotype the film

Sometimes we forget how much has changed since the generation before us were born.. the industrial revolution changed everything but the digital generation made it easier and lighter.

As a Graphic Designer and a Film maker this is a combination of my two favourite past-times.

“Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centred around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, it revolutionised printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.”

Directed by Doug Wilson who is himself a Graphic Designer who had used to work and teach typography its sure to cover every aspect of the artform.

“We have worked very hard to have the film available in as many international iTunes stores as possible, so hopefully you will be able to download from your localised store on October 16th. We also are replicating both NTSC and PAL DVDs that are region free. This means that you can watch the film no matter where you live in the world.”

Linotype was funded by kickstarter which is a funding platform for creative projects which offers pledgers a chance to get involved in the funding towards various projects.

We will be using kickstarter for a project we start next year so keep your eyes peeled.

UPDATE: Linotype – the film can be purchased here and downloaded or rented on iTunes here

Side by Side (the movie)

This looks great, It’s something every director, DOP and young film maker has been wondering for ages.. “What do talented film makers think of the digital change?”

“SIDE BY SIDE, a new documentary produced by Keanu Reeves, takes an in-depth look at this revolution. Through interviews with directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, technologists, editors, and exhibitors, SIDE BY SIDE examines all aspects of filmmaking — from capture to edit, visual effects to color correction, distribution to archive. At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, SIDE BY SIDE explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.

James Cameron
David Fincher
David Lynch
Robert Rodriguez
Martin Scorsese
Steven Soderbergh

We have spoken to Duke of Yorks picture house (in Brighton) to see if they will play it, but are still waiting for a reply.

This was posted on the ‘Side by Side’ facebook page:

“SIDE BY SIDE premieres in London at BFI Southbank on December 6th at 20:30. Public booking begins November 13th. Please don’t call their box office until then.”

for more information on the ‘side by side’ movie check out their site here

Colour Subsampling – What is 4:2:2 for flip sake?

Colour Subsampling

With the release of the new Canon C100 announced recently everyone will be wondering why it is half the price as its older brother, what exactly do we lose for £5000 less?

Canon C100 Side 02

One very important feature is the codec the C100 captures in.. AVCHD at 24Mbit 4:2:0.. and its this 4:2:0 we will be looking at today to try and understand what it means and if we notice it after its been encoded for vimeo 720p.

We’ve all seen the numbers 4:2:0, 4:4:4, 3:1:1, 3:1.5:1.5, 4:1:1 and 4:2:2 but what the heck do they all mean and will it affect the films and videos we produce?

Most of todays cameras take the light coming through the lens and convert it to 3 sets of numbers, one Red, one Green and one Blue.. this is called RGB, the problem with this data is its MASIVE in size so the camera uses a technique called ‘colour sampling’ or if you cant spell correctly (American) ‘color sampling’ this splits the colours into a new set of numbers called YCbCr or YUV to reduce the size of each file, this makes it easier to stream over the internet, broadcast, record onto CF cards or back in the day.. video tapes (ask an adult)

YUV breaks down the signal into
Y = Luminance (brightness of colours)
Cb = Chroma blue (amount of blue saturation)
Cr = Chroma red (amount of red saturation)

Colour sampling works in a similar way to the human eye which uses rods and cones to sense light, the rods sense brightness, light and dark and shades of grey in-between while the cones see colour but they are fewer in number.  We find it easier to see changes in brightness than change in colour.  Back in the day video engineers used this system on the basis that “we’re not really going to notice anyway”

Where does the 4:2:2 and and 4:4:4 come in?

Have a look at the diagram below and imagine it is part of a larger image, just 4×4 matrix of pixels that are used to make up a larger image:

In the example every box has a Y value (the black square), a Cb value (blue) and a Cr value (red), so in shorthand we would call this 4:4:4 over a set of 4 pixels wide.

Not a lot of cameras shoot in 4:4:4, its normally called RAW and takes up a lot of space on a card or drive. Its also not really noticeable to the human eye when colours are taken out or added.

Most cameras shoot on 4:2:2, this is what it would look like as a diagram similar to before:

As you can see 1/2 of the pixels are missing important colour data but this isn’t incredibly noticeable when you watch it on a HD screen

Basically the higher the number the better the colour data, RED Epic RAW records the RGB data straight from the sensor which is why all the best directors are using them.. It’s as close to film as they can get at the moment to film but everything will change in the next year or so.. it always does.

There are a number of plugins you can get to bring colour data back into your footage and minimise the impact of low colour sampling, if you own a PC search for a ‘chroma blurring filter’ to smooth out the blocky edges, and on a Mac there is a plug-in called ‘Nattress’s G-Chroma Smoother’ which can be found here


Canon C100 (C300’s baby brother)

It seemed Canon have caught up with what consumers want and need with the release of the C300 at the end of 2011.. but now they are back with a smaller version… and cheaper.

Canon announced on the 29th August 2012 they will be releasing the budget version of the C300.. It is half the price of the C300 but has well over half of the exciting features of its older brother.

Its 15% smaller, shares the same sensor as the C300 (Super 35mm 8.3 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor) It records as AVCHD codec at 24Mbit 4-2-0 which could be a problem, all’s not lost though as it has a clean HDMI out (WOOOHOOOO) so effectively you could put on a Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle and record ProRes at 4-2-2 (we think)

Canon C100 Side 02

The camera also has the 2, 4 and 6 stop ND filters built in which we think is a massive selling point.. they are manual compared to the smooth electronic system on the C300 but I’m willing to make that sacrifice to keep the ND filters.

This could be the camera that distinguishes the DSLR film makers from the small to medium video production company, such as ourselves.

We are very excited about the C100, it goes on sale at the start of November for approximately £4000 on the CVP website.. we might even consider rooting around in our deep pockets to add to our ever growing kit list.. although saying that, the 6D is out in December and has built in WIFI and full frame sensor.. we’ll see what santa brings us.

Ovingdean Diamond Jubilee Street Party 2012

Some of the team have recently moved on the outskirts of Brighton to bring up chickens and live off the land (kinda).
We were invited to our local street party by some of the new friends we have made in the village and thought it might be nice to film the even for the locals (“You’ll never prize this 7D out my hand I tells ya”)

I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones
Hossier Hot Shots

Filmed on Canon EOS 7D, 24-70mm f2.8 & 70-200mm f2.8 IS with Manfrotto monopod

If you like then you should have put a ♥ on it!

Photo Booth Boutique – Fatboyslim Amex Stadium 2012

We produced a short film for the company ‘Photobooth Boutique’ to show off their new look booth and sponsorship from ‘Fatboy’.

The booth was situated in the new Brighton Amex Stadium in the VIP area of the Fatboyslim gig, we produced a time-lapse of the stand for the whole 8 hours using a Canon 7D with 24-70mm f2.8 and canon remote shooting every 5 seconds.. 400ISO, f7 at 1/100.

If you like then you should have put a ♥ on it!

Brighton Festival Opening Film

Brighton Festival is the largest arts festival in England and one of the major milestones in international cultural calendar.
We were shortlisted from over 20 companies to produce a launch film to be shown to the worlds media, at the press launch and at the opening night at Brighton Dome.

The film was also streamed to over 5,000 viewers on the website as part of the festivals opening night.

We worked with Chris Challis the Press Officer for Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival 2012 to produce a eye catching video brochure of everything to look forward to in the Festival in May.

A Bit about Premiere
This was the first corporate job we have used solely Adobe Premiere on and have to say we were very impressed with the new (Freddie) Mercury playback engine.. Everything ran on the fly whether it was low quality AVI formats to High quality R3D files they handles them like a dream. Another part of the video that would have taken a lifetime to edit using Final Cut 7 and After Effects was the lines which divide the footage and move it around the screen, they ran incredibly smoothly with the footage and high quality images.

Finally the Light Leaks that came up in the transitions would also require a render every time you wanted to playback in FC7 but again in Premiere they were a charm to work with.

We have been reluctant in the studio to move over to Premiere as it didn’t seem to be professional enough for what we needed it for, there is still a slow integration between AE and Premiere but I think it is getting better and it was a joy to work with on this project.

Collate Presents – Mull it Over

After chatting to Collate Presents about some previous new projects they were working on we took an interest in the ‘Mull it Over’ artist installation to be hosted in Art Republic in Brighton.

It was a great night and we met a lot of interesting people and some awesome artists.


BathTub Rubs

As we’ve said before we are still producing a 9 hour long video for a company who produce ‘Zen Coaching’ courses so again we have been playing with some creative ideas in our off time.

This is simply an idea Jon had while in the bath, we will use it as part of an upcoming video we are working on for a pitch to MTV in the near future.. more details on that to follow in the early stages of next year.

We basically set up the studio at Jon’s flat in Brighton and handheld a shot of the bubbles but made sure there was a couple of tracking points of high contrast (the plug hole) this will be useful in Mocha for after effects to use as a tracking point. we will be producing some new training videos on tracking and using mocha in the near future.. so look out for them.

Brighton Patch – Timelapse

Since the early 2000’s we have wanted to produce more time=lapse and integrate it into our work more, then in 2008 Bathtub by Keith Loutit was created and blew our ruddy socks off:

Since then he has released a series of new videos, each one as awesome and breath taking as the last.

Our office is based in Brighton (London by the sea some call it) so it would have been rude to not get out there in the sun and get some sexy time-lapse, we don’t have a Tilt-shift lens and don’t think the post production works as well so were happy to mess about with some straight forward time-lapse which we also used in a few of our local video productions.

We will be posting a lot more tutorials soon so please keep an eye out for Tilt-shift tutorials and Time-lapse tutorials when we get them up on our blog.

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