What an incredible Summer 2012 turned out to be!
After being inspired by a visit to the City of Angles in 2010 post Sundance, I decided that I really needed to spend a Summer in LA.
I didn’t really know anyone in LA, but felt it was a must to join in and be part of the filmmaking mecca. Plus I can’t lie the California weather, beaches and general beauty helped draw me in a little too…
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is located in Hollywood and becoming a member is like my own personal holy grail! I have been subscribing to their magazine for over a decade (when I didn’t really understand it). Over these years the ASC magazine has given me an amazing insight into the minds and work of some of the very best Cinematographers. It has essentially been my mentor! If you don’t subscribe to it, you should get on it now Friends of ASC.
After 14 years self taught filming I thought it was time to try and find one of my heros featured in the magazine and find a real life mentor. This was my LA goal. I think having a mentor is the only way anyone can move up to the next level. Imagine the Karate Kid without Mr Miyagi? Danielson would still be getting kicked in the A…
Life in a Day was the first ever user generated film. Co-produced by You Tube and filmmaking legend Ridley Scott.
It was a huge success that I was proud to be part of. I blogged about it from the first moment I heard, to filming, having my entry selected and being 1 0f 25 incredibly lucky people invited out to Sundance. Previous Blogs
Well stage 2 has just kicked off, and if you haven’t heard about it already you may well have been kipping under a rock… This time the giants have invited people across the globe to make their own 15min film for YOUR FILM FESTIVAL.
July 24th could be an interesting day, well everyday could be an interesting day so what’s special about July 24th? It’s not Christmas or any other form of holiday is it..? Nope, but it is the day that the legendary Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald (Last Kind of Scotland) are asking you to film a day in your life.
The project is called ‘LIFE IN A DAY’. The duo have teamed up with You Tube and the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. They aim to make a feature length documentary film out of the submissions you send in and the final product will be entered into the Sundance Film Festival which will take place January 2011.
If your footage makes it into the film you will be credited as co-director and 20 contributors will accompany Ridley and Kevin to the festival.
Sounds pretty cool! Right?
I know a lot of amateur film makers will be entering, but it could be a great opportunity for us DOP’s and the Director inside us or anyone with an interest in filmmaking to go out and make something interesting! If you can spare some time, (or make the time) Why Not..?
I wouldn’t have subtitled you Ridley, I like your accent.
In the words of Ridley Scott ”just do it”!
Didn’t a sports brand use that slogan..? Maybe Tiger took it too literally and ‘just did it’ with well, everyone… so they dropped it..?
Anyway, sometimes its good to just shoot stuff that forces you to be creative and think differently…
“Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010,” Macdonald said.
“It is a unique experiment in social filmmaking, and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world’s online community.”
The Life in a Day project will be produced by Ridley’s company Scott Free Productions, and executive produced by the big fella who has directed classics like Blade Runner, Gladiator and the recent Robin Hood.
The closing date to upload to You Tube is 31/July/2010.
So that’s the bobby, so what you you think?
Is it a good idea?
It’s definitely a sign of the modern age, even a couple of years ago this wouldn’t have been possible or accessible for most people, especially without costing them large sums of cash. Now with the onset of HDSLR cameras like 5D Mark II & 7D or even the Flip and desk top editing not to mention the speed of the net/ the ability to post decent res files – it is… Crazy hey!
DOP’s, Film Makers – what are your thoughts??? Is it just a big social experiment, reality taken to the next level? Is it art? Is it reducing the quality of the film industry? A great opportunity? What..?
Hello and Welcome to the Director of Photography Blog aka DOPBLOG.COM
After a few weeks of sweat, not only from behind the camera, but from a laptop, here is the first official DOP BLOG post, wooohoo, I hear you yelp! Yep it’s a little exciting, well if your anything like me and love the art of Cinematography it is!
DOP Blog, is written by a DOP, me Harvey Glen for both DOP’s and aspiring DOP’s alike! If you work in the Film and TV industry or want to this could be a cool place to stop by… I’m making it sound like a cafe..? but I guess in this digital world people literally do stop by sites and call in…
Here on DOP Blog, we aim to give some top tips, details and anecdotes from behind the scenes, conduct interviews with some big dog famous DOP’s as well as those who are more underground or have simply shot something cool!
DOP Blog aims to provide some good interesting content for all of us who have a passion for framing and lighting. Of course there will be opportunities for YOU to contribute too… If you want to!
As the globe has Football Fever, here’s a Promo that I shot for football show that broadcasts on MBC in the Middle East. It was shot in a stadium in Abu Dhabi from 9.30pm – 2.00am. I used the SONY 900R, a great Steady Cam operator called Dave Capon and a Crane!
Take a look at the football promo: