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by Michael Slowe
Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:29 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: But is it art?
Replies: 3
Views: 4143

Re: But is it art?

Odd question that Dave but then you only wanted to get people going, especially the old ones like me! As video goes yes, I suppose it is art, and it's quite amusing but not really satisfying as a piece of work in my view. It works better as it gets more surreal but the connection with the Mona Lisa ...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Good quality machines, bad quality films
Replies: 13
Views: 8838

Re: Good quality machines, bad quality films

It goes without saying that equipment does'nt make a film, as Willy and others acknowledge, it is the film maker alone who does that. There are situations sometimes, (eg unavoidably low light or difficult sound conditions) which certain types of kit can help in overcoming, but by and large the final...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Tape is fading away
Replies: 7
Views: 6087

Re: Tape is fading away

Tom is probably right (isn't he always, well nearly always!) but it certainly shouldn't stop any on from buying a tape camera. I have recently gone over to a tapeless workflow and it hasn't been trouble free. I now shoot in full 1920 X 1080i codec and since I have a big Mac G5 and TB's of external s...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: PROJECTORS
Replies: 15
Views: 16603

Re: PROJECTORS

I have just presented an evening at Finchley Film Makers in North London and I have never had my stuff shown through such fantastic kit. I know they went to a great deal of trouble to get it right and the research was thorough. They first of all up scale both DVD's and Mini DV tape and then put it t...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Adobe Premiere Pro 2 for HD
Replies: 4
Views: 3887

Re: Adobe Premiere Pro 2 for HD

Although I'm not an Adobe user I can answer quite a few of these points because I've been editing in full HD (not HDV) for a year or more. I use Media 100 but I'm sure most systems are similar in that you have to set your codec before you start work. There are many codecs in use but I use Media 100 ...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:41 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: 70x optical zoom ... aaaargh!
Replies: 11
Views: 8895

Re: 70x optical zoom ... aaaargh!

Well, I have to admit that much of my footage over the years, on both film and tape (now S X S cards) has been shot with the tele end of a zoom lens! I specialise in documentaries, as some of you will know, and I rely on the ability to observe without drawing attention to the camera, besides I like ...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: PUBLICITY
Replies: 17
Views: 14500

Re: PUBLICITY

I was a fellow club member of Peter's and in fact the cameraman for the film he mentions he directed. A very good director he was too and a good film maker. I was puzzled Peter when you suddenly chucked it all in to return to your first love music if I remember correctly. It is true that our club ha...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: SH SONY FX1 - What`s it Worth?
Replies: 31
Views: 21243

Sorry about straying from the original topic but it was raised earlier in this thread and it concerns the playing of HD. I shoot in full HD (1920 X 1080 at 35 mbps) and edit in the same codec but now that these wonderful players 'upscale' so well have decided not to try and produce the finished arti...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Film Comments - a moderated forum
Topic: Ratio conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 6378

Ratio Conversion

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding on this. I shoot in 16:9 and try and give proper 16:9 anamorphic copies for projection in that aspect. If I am not confident with the projection team I do a 'letterboxed' version which is what Billy is referring to. That is a 'wide picture' with black...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: HD/SD integration
Replies: 9
Views: 7848

HD/SD Integration

Yes, I'm sure you can have them on the same timeline but if you have a SD timeline any HD clip you want to lay will have to be conformed by the software. I don't know if this is possible the other way around though. With my system (Media 100) I get told this when I drag the clip to the timeline and ...
by Michael Slowe
Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: This forum...
Replies: 66
Views: 40196

This Forum

OK, OK, I'm convinced. Separate forums for separate subjects!
by Michael Slowe
Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: This forum...
Replies: 66
Views: 40196

This Forum

As an old IAC member (as long as Michael Gough!) I have read this thread with interest. The suggestion of funding it with advertisements is a good one and the ingenious idea of shielding members from them even better. The splitting up into different categories is not good because it would take too l...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Movie titles - what's in a name?
Replies: 22
Views: 15609

Movie Titles - What's in a Name?

Couldn't agree more with Tom. Some people have no idea of scale or taste for that matter. How I hate those great big letters in gaudy colours. Small, neat and legible is certainly preferable. Look at the titles of, say, Woody Allen's films. Just white letters on black, small font but laid just right...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Would you let your award winners be circulated?
Replies: 12
Views: 8928

Circulation of Films

Dave Watterson raises the subject of film circulation as a novelty. In my experience this already happens. I personally get frequent requests either for individual tapes or DVD's of my films and I'm perfectly happy to oblige, after all why do we make films if we don't want the widest possible circul...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Optimum Length! Is Longer Better?
Replies: 20
Views: 14350

Optimum Length is Longer Better?

Since I have been quoted ad nauseum on this thread can I add a couple more comments? Ned, suporting my feeling on the matter, puts it in a nutshell. The retention of the audience is paramount, end of arguement. That applies of course to judges since THEY are the audience. I watched spellbound for ov...