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ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques – Uxbridge

ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques – Uxbridge
29/6–1/7/2018 @ ARRI Cine Technik, 2 Highbridge, Oxford Road, Uxbridge UB8 1LX

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Manchester

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Manchester
3 Jul 18 @ Procam Manchester, Clayton Court, 5 Welcomb Street, Manchester M11 2NB

Enhance your camera skills and master new trends like HDR - Milano

Enhance your camera skills and master new trends like HDR - Milano
04–06/07/2018 @ ARRI Italy, via Achille Grandi 50, 20017, Milano, Italy

Visual Impact: Lighting Workshop

Visual Impact: Lighting Workshop
4 Jul 18 @ Visual Impact, Teddington Business Park, Station Road, Teddington TW11 9BQ

ARRI Certified User Training for large-format camera system – Uxbridge

ARRI Certified User Training for large-format camera system – Uxbridge
5 Jul 18 @ ARRi, 2 Highbridge, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Glasgow

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Glasgow
5 Jul 18 @ Procam Glasgow, Roseberry Court, Ibrox Business Park, Glasgow G51 2JR

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Labour Party Political Broadcast: a question of style?

As the Chairman of The Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) and a professional Director of Photography/ Lighting Cameraman for more than 40 years, I was appalled when watching – or trying to watch – the Labour Party Political Broadcast transmitted on 3 October (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJEwnCgVsAc).

The subliminal effect on the electorate of the style of filming adopted for Ed Miliband's message must surely have been completely opposite to that intended as it successfully managed to make him come across as untrustworthy and shifty. Since politicians want above all else to be perceived as straight-talking, honest – the 'guy next door' – why on earth would the programme-makers go out of their way to totally distract from what Mr Miliband was saying in this broadcast? Only the day before, he had made an off-the-cuff speech that many political commentators suggested was his finest to date. Surely the broadcast should have been designed to build on that achievement?

In fact, Mr Miliband's words in the Party Political Broadcast may well have come over as sincere… but the message was completely swamped by the appalling distraction of the gratuitous camera movement. I really cannot think of anything positive to say about the filming of this broadcast. The direction was abysmal. The camerawork appeared abysmal. The lighting was abysmal.

If indeed a director was employed for this job, you can’t blame the poor cameraman. As cameramen we have all worked with the screwball director who thinks it's trendy to spray the camera around for all the wrong reasons. And in these circumstances, the cameraman, unless experienced and confident enough to challenge the mad, over-the-top camera moves that annoy viewers so much, will inevitably end up party to travesties such as this. Our business is hierarchal, the director has the final say even if he/she is inexperienced. This may be fine in feature films, but the term ‘director’ in certain parts of television programme-making is basically an abuse of the title.

This was a political leader trying to get across a message, presumably an important one. It's a ‘talking head,’ not a pop video or Formula 1! There's nothing wrong with talking heads – they are very important in television – and what is particularly crucial is what they say. We should be allowed to use our craft skills to set the right style and use good lighting technique to make the images visually complementary, the main aim being to enhance rather than dilute the message.

Keith Massey
Chair of the Guild of Television Cameramen 

 

 

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ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques – Uxbridge

ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques – Uxbridge
29/6–1/7/2018 @ ARRI Cine Technik, 2 Highbridge, Oxford Road, Uxbridge UB8 1LX

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Manchester

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Manchester
3 Jul 18 @ Procam Manchester, Clayton Court, 5 Welcomb Street, Manchester M11 2NB

Enhance your camera skills and master new trends like HDR - Milano

Enhance your camera skills and master new trends like HDR - Milano
04–06/07/2018 @ ARRI Italy, via Achille Grandi 50, 20017, Milano, Italy

Visual Impact: Lighting Workshop

Visual Impact: Lighting Workshop
4 Jul 18 @ Visual Impact, Teddington Business Park, Station Road, Teddington TW11 9BQ

ARRI Certified User Training for large-format camera system – Uxbridge

ARRI Certified User Training for large-format camera system – Uxbridge
5 Jul 18 @ ARRi, 2 Highbridge, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1LX

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Glasgow

Procam DJI Roadshow 2018, Glasgow
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