Some of my other work as a director, lighting cameraman and editor, including personal projects, tests and other non-commercial films. I hope to update this page regularly.
I filmed this video for a very talented multi-instrumentalist friend of mine David Youngs. He plays astonishing acoustic guitar using a very percussive tapping technique that has to be seen to be believed – hence the video. He also plays drums and percussion to a very high level – he is stupidly talented basically!
I used a combination of PMW350 and Canon 5DMk11 and the clolur grading was done with Magic Bullet Colorista and Looks.
As part of Hawstead’s entry to the Suffolk Village of the Year competition 2014 we were asked to produce a video to show at the ‘semi-final’ stage.
We were very happy to help. In the little more than a year we have lived in Hawstead we’ve made many friends and enjoyed being pat of a real community. The villagers got behind the project – as they invariably do – and in less than a week we’d produced a film that captures the strong sense of community that exists here.
This interview with the late Douglas Adams was filmed in November 1997 at his home in London, on Betacam SP in 4×3 – state of the art at the time!
I was making a video for CyberLife about the artificial-life (AL) technology being used in their Creatures series of computer games. Douglas was impressed with the evolutionary, bottom-up approach that CyberLife had used to evolve life-like digital entities that could learn and pass on characteristics from generation to generation. Douglas was a true geek, fascinated by evolutionary biology and computer science, and one of the first people in the UK to own an Apple Mac. Douglas’s ability to ‘riff’ on subjects that interested him was exceptional and in this interview he talks about the potential for AL, as it seemed at the time. CyberLife’s unique approach to developing artificial-life seemed then to have huge potential outside of Creatures, for example in industrial applications that could fundamentally change the way we interact with computers and software.
Thirteen years later and we’re still waiting for the AL revolution to happen. Perhaps the world was not (and still isn’t) ready to hand over control to digital life forms, or perhaps the difficulties in applying AL to the real world were insurmountable. I’m not sure, but either way the company CyberLife no longer exists. However, Creatures continue to survive and thrive with many devoted fans breeding digital communities. Steve Grand, the chief architect of CyberLife’s technology, is still working on AL and may yet unleash his creations on an unsuspecting world.
The two things I remember most about interviewing Douglas Adams, as well as how engaging he was, were firstly that he was very tall (at least 6’ 5”), and the furniture in his house was correspondingly huge. So although he looks perfectly in proportion sitting on his vast sofa, I felt rather small in comparison. And secondly he insisted on sitting next to a life-sized sculpture of a naked human figure which looks innocent enough in the wide shot but I had to try and frame it out in the close-ups as the thing’s groin appeared next to Douglas’s head and was extremely distracting!
Steve Furber (CBE FRS FREng FBCS FIET CITP CEng) is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester.
Steve talks about developing the historic BBC Micro’ the ARM processor’ his current research and future directions for computer science. The interview was conducted in Cambridge on 30 November 2010.
From 1980 to 1990 Steve worked in the hardware development group within the R&D department at Acorn Computers Ltd, and was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. Moving to the University of Manchester in 1990, he now leads the Advanced Processor Technologies group with interests in multicore and low-power computing, on-chip interconnect and neural systems engineering.
Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the IEEE, a member of Academia Europaea and a Chartered Engineer. In 2003 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal; he held a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award from 2004 to 2009; in 2007 he was awarded the IET Faraday Medal. He was awarded a CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours list and is a 2010 Millennium Technology Prize Laureate.
Test film for the Canon 5D Mk11 on an afternoon around my home city of Cambridge, UK.
Lenses used: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L and Nikon 105mm f/2.5 Ai-s.
Overall I’m very pleased with the image quality, although there are occasional moire and aliasing artefacts which is only to be expected.