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Tony Brown

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About Tony Brown

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  • Birthday 12/26/1957

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    Cinematographer
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    London

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  1. Panasonic Plasma, 5 years old 1080p. I absolutely detest LCD, not keen on 4k and as for 3D....Pfffft. Still got an old 36" Sony tube job somewhere, best skintones ever...... Maybe I'll covert to OLED when this one dies as I do like my Small HD DP7 for shooting, but I hope its a while yet before that happens
  2. 300mm Canon T2.8 gives flares like those of you can live with a source close to or on the frame. Great lens
  3. Years and years and years ago...... it was trendy to project images, generally out of focus nonsense, onto peoples faces in close ups, or onto walls behind them, with 16mm (which tended to avoid shutter sync issues rather than 35mm) projectors. Time has moved on so can anyone advise the type of spec projector I should be testing for doing something similar in 2015. LCD? Reasonable Lumens? etc etc. Dont need anything too punchy, I can drop the levels and get the projector in close, just need to feed the image from a laptop.......... Thank you
  4. I also had astigmatism corrected. I think its 10 years since I had it done, never a problem and I still say its the best decision I ever made. Is Dougie Slocombe still with us? He must be 100 this year. I remember he had cataracts in the early 80's.What a nice man he was to work for.
  5. easy on stills but you'll fry person with enough hotlights. I briefly spoke to Unilux about the strobe thing a while back. they have a unit they developed for rollercoater pics they thought they might be able to adapt. In the end I got a bit bored trying to work out something you could more easily do in post. If you PM me your email I'll forward you the info they gave me...
  6. A great English Gaffer called Roy Rodhouse once said of the F.A. Cup "be easier to win the ******* thing than light it." Its all down to taste really, but never under estimate the real estate of white bounce you'll need if you go the 'white' route. A white tent can be useful and light through the fabric. They are usually quite shoddy when you get close up as people are usually drunk with either euphoria alcohol or both when they handle it, so the white route tends to smooth the imperfections out and give it a bit of star status When I shot the F.A.Cup it came with a security guard who was paranoid about us going too close to it (there are actually 3 copies of the cup so not sure why they get so precious. Good job he didn't see the dulling spray we loaded it up with. Dulling spray really spreads the highlights nicely by the way if you cant go the white route, probably your best bet......
  7. Then, clearly, they are wrong :) Its pants and the sooner it fades away the better IMHO, or keep it in a funfair sideshow booth where it belongs next to the Hall of Mirrors. And take all the noisy, smelly food that only seems to exist in the cinema seat directly behind mine too please. That feels better..... B)
  8. Ordered, thanks Matt, I'll give it a try.
  9. I'll go on the front if its just a CU of a woman who needs some kindness on a longer focal length but try to be EXTREMELY discreet when putting it on. There is an etiquette with nets ...... Yes many reasons to keep them on the back, consistent look, safer on wide angles, less flare and they dont get forgotten. The gel slides on Cooke zooms were handy and the rear rings for the old 25-250's would also fir 300 Canons. When I worked for a rental company in London we had a Japanese crew return a Panaflex kit .....they'd netted the gel slides LOL. They reshot the following week :) Snot tape works for my gauzes but not for stocking. The rings look interesting but would restrict the choice of lens @ Matt.....would you 'brand' your rubber cement suggestion please. (Its sounds like UHU which doesn't work but......) It maybe something I haven't tried. UHU doesn't work. Another way to get the right diffusion is to lessen the tension but remove some of the 'threads' from the stocking. Sadly I no longer have the eyesight nor the patience for that.
  10. Thanks David, unfortunately tape wont hold the sort of tension I'm after, I'd also be very concerned about it coming away in heat/cold. Appreciate any other suggestions.....
  11. I spend (too) many years as a 1st AC in a time when it was de rigueur to stick 7 denier Dior to the back of lenses. The practice then was to use clear nail varnish and to clean it off at the end of the day with acetate. Apart from the fact it trashed the anti reflective surfaces surrounding the rear element it took 15 minutes to net each lens and at least as long to take them off. People tried Black Tack, snot tape, UHU, elastic bands, super glue (I kid you not) usually with disastrous consequences, mainly that these alternatives never held the net tightly enough. I want to use nets / gauze on an upcoming project. Does anyone have a less destructive method than nail varnish for fitting nets to the backs of lenses please. many thanks
  12. Christ, I'd never heard of Arri Crew..... Its important to speak to diary services face to face as well as judging their phone manner. Remember you are interviewing them, not vice versa, you are the client. You'll also get a very different perspective on their services speaking to production people rather than fellow camera crew. They are ones picking up the phone after all, they soon get bored ringing a service who put them on hold or have a list of obvious favourites. I'll recommend Sue and Pam at Exec. 01753 646677
  13. I love Halibut.... if many more of our east Europeans cousins come here it'll be all Carp and Cabbage shops in my manor
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