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The Digital Filmmaking Handbook by Mark Brindle
Published Monday 26 September 2016 by Stu Gaunt in Crew Hire

topic icon 4K slo-mo filming with Torville & Dean for TV advert

In our 3rd year of working together, we have once again been on set with production company Colour 247 to assist with the filming of a number of Television, Cinema & web adverts for the 2016 pantomime at the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Cinderella.

The shots were all filmed against a green screen backdrop in 4K. This will allow the director Colin to superimpose the cast against various fairytale backgrounds as required. for the first time we didn't film at the theatre, but in a local dance studio. This was advantageous as we were able to make use of the theatre lighting in the studio to light the green backdrop and concentrate our lighting on the cast.

The stars of the Panto came along including the Olympic gold medal winning ice skating duo Torvill & Dean and comedian Jarred Christmas. The main part of the TV advert featured Jarred and Torvill & Dean in a sketch involving an old broken TV set. Many of the other main cast members also came along and joined in (much to our surprise so a quick bit of re-planning was required by the director) and gave great performances.

For the shoot we borrowed a Blackmagic URSA camera, which allowed us to shoot 4K at 120 frames per second. This was ideal for filming a sequence with Torvill & Dean as they span around. We were able to then slow it down to 1/4 speed for a dramatic effect.

The footage looks great and the cast & crew had a good laugh throughout the shoot. The adverts will appear on local ITV channels later in the year.

Mark & Colin on set with the cast of Cinderella

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