“If the mortar had landed 15 minutes later, the children would have been in their classrooms,” lamented a school official in the Bab Touma area of the Old City of Damascus not long after a mortar slammed into a schoolyard full of children this week.
“At 07:45 in the morning, nearly 300 children were playing outside.”
Mortars are inaccurate, indiscriminate, and many more are landing in cities across Syria.
They’re believed to be fired by rebels, but the government is also accused of launching them into neighbourhoods under its control. So brutal is this war that nothing is considered unthinkable.
More football this weekend, not quite as glamorous as Wembley but the catering in the press room at Chelsea is pretty amazing.
Roger Deakins is the director of photography on films such as The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, No Country for Old Men, True Grit and Skyfall, the most successful British film ever.
He’s won more than 60 awards for his work, including three Baftas, and was last year presented with a lifetime achievement award by the American Society of Cinematographers. When he isn’t working, he spends his time living in LA, but his heart belongs to Devon, where he was born. “I miss it every day,” he says. Here are his top ten tips for becoming a successful cinematographer.
Yesterday I was filming at the World premiere of Amazing Spider-Man 2 which was shown live on Yahoo (the link above may still be showing the broadcast?)
It was a 5 camera Outside Broadcast with cameras and all technical facilities provided by Video Europe and the broadcast production by Sassy Films. I was on the red carpet with Will Best doing interviews with the stars of the film.
An interesting article by Sony ‘guru’ Alistair Chapman about recording and exposure techniques on the Sony F55/5 –
Prior to version 3 of the F5 and F55 firmware, Cine-EI was only available in raw mode with the R5 recorder attached. Now from version 3 onwards Cine-EI operation can be selected in both raw and non raw modes. You no longer need to have the R5 attached to use Cine-EI. EI stands for “Exposure Index” and in many respects Cine-EI mode mimics shooting on film.
The latitude and sensitivity of the F5/F55 like most cameras is governed by the latitude and sensitivity of the sensor and processing, which is 14 stops. Different amounts of conventional gain or different ISO’s don’t alter the sensors actual sensitivity to light, only how much the signal from the sensor is amplified.