Like Santa, I’m making a list and checking it twice ahead of travelling to Zurich where I’ve to film a short documentary piece for a client. Having completed that I’ll be heading to Bern where I’m shooting a greenscreen commercial piece in a tv studio. One of the great worries with this sort of work is the fear of forgetting something essential. For those with an interest in the technology side of filming those details are at the end of this blog.
In other news my book, Pins and Needles, is nearing completion. I was experiencing an annoying problem. Each time I went for a few days without writing more on the project I would lose track of where my characters were and, so, would have to re-read chapters to get myself back up to speed. Inevitably, by the time I’d finished that, I had run out of time to write anything new. I’ve now come up with an answer. Attached you’ll see a bit of the chart I’ve created. It shows the characters as coloured squares and I’ve dropped them in, with a short note on what’s happening to them, on a visual timeline. Now, with a glance, I can bring myself back up to speed. As soon as I’m finished writing this blog I’m going to plough on. My aim is to have the book finished by Christmas and ready to go in the new year. The aim is to publish it for my Dad’s birthday in March but there’s many hurdle to overcome before then so we’ll see..
Shooting technology on the Swiss project:
I’ll be using the Panasonic AF101 with a variety of micro 4/3 lenses and, here’s the beautiful bit – a second camera unit in the form of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema, link provided below. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera
This little gem is about the size of a disposable camera but has cinematic quality and, conveniently, takes the exact same lenses as my Panasonic. I’m looking forward to letting you guys know how it goes. If it performs as it’s advertised to then this Panasonic/Blackmagic combination will be the backbone of any films I’m shooting myself over the coming year.