DEFIANT 2 - The Weekly Video Newscast

THE WEEKLY VIDEO NEWSCAST FROM DEFINITION MAGAZINE DEFI NT 2-8 APRIL 2020

What’s happening to our industry? COVID-19

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o what does a publisher do in a time of global upheaval? You innovate. For us, that’s taking what we know – desktop publishing – and mixing it with off-the-virtual-shelf telecoms software. Put all that together, place it in an ideas oven at 200˚C (gas mark 6) and you get this – a weekly video newscast with a pinch of traditional magazine formatting. Over the next few weeks, we’re talking to – and connecting with – a captive audience of industry professionals. Enjoy the chat!

JULIAN MITCHELL EDITOR/ VIDEO EDITOR CHELSEA FEARNLEY VIDEO EDITOR

CONTENTS

04 SELF-ISO DOP We hear from DOP Stefan Ciupek about what he’s learning in lockdown 06 GROUNDED CEO Helicopter Film Services’ Jeremy Braben on the potential scheduling issues ahead 08 VFX GOES ON Discover how VFX artist, Derek Moore, is creating content in the time of coronavirus 10 REMOTE EDITING Adam Garstone begins editing on a BBC

drama – from his spare bedroom 12 DEFINITION DIARIES

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DEF IANT | TAKES FROM THE BUNKER | DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY? DOP Stefan Ciupek was promoting his new movie Guns Akimbo when coronavirus prompted his return to Berlin

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s the production world goes into lockdown, we wanted to find out just how deep the impact was going to be for those working in film and TV production. The answer is huge! German DOP Stefan Ciupek tells us from his home office in Berlin how he is now spending his time retuning his skills, while encouraging the German government to support the freelance market – and not just the huge German automobile industries.

ABOVE Ciupek breaks down Guns Akimbo chase scene

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ABOVE Stefan Ciupek talks to DEFIANT, Berlin, late March

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STEFAN CIUPEK Ciupek is a creative artist and technologist. He has been at the forefront of digital cinematography since working on Alexander Sokurov’s one-shot opus Rus- sian Ark in the 2000s. He was also the digital camera supervisor and one of the camera operators for Slum- dog Millionaire , and was vitally important in making all the smaller cameras work in the film 127 Hours .

Now’s the time not to panic, but freelancers are in quite a difficult position ” “

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ABOVE Jeremy Braben, west London, late March

HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY? Jeremy Braben was working on a huge movie shooting in Europe when the production was closed down

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erial cinematography is a huge business globally and Jeremy Braben is CEO of one of the longest-serving companies, Helicopter Film Services. From his west London home, he explains why scheduling could become a real issue when productions begin again.

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JEREMY BRABEN Braben has been a cameraman and director of photography for more than 34 years, specialising almost exclusively in aerial cinematography since 1990. He began as a cameraman in news and current affairs in 1980, moving into documentary, music videos and drama, before specialising in aerial cinematography in 1993, launching Helicopter Film Services the same year. Jeremy Braben Associate BSC, GBCT is chief executive of the HFS group of companies.

100% of the productions we were on and those that were coming up were all cancelled ” “

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DEFIANT | TAKES FROM THE BUNKER | VFX STUDIO HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY? Derek Moore, head of visual content studio Coffee & TV, reveals how he and his team are pushing the remote-working envelope

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ABOVE Coffee & TV’s recent ‘no capture’ work with the Mayhew animal welfare charity

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ABOVE Derek Moore, London, late March

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We produce content, we make things from nothing a lot of the time ” “

DEREK MOORE Moore is an award-winning former VFX artist and co-founder and CEO of Coffee & TV. This Soho-based visual media company specialises in design, CG animation and visual effects for TV, film and commer- cials, and has worked on projects like Doctor Who and Planet Earth . Its motto is: If you can’t shoot it, we can make it, and if you can shoot it, we can make it better. While we stand impartial to the latter com- ment, we can attest that the former is true for Coffee & TV, as it continues to make original content in spite of the closures on productions across the UK.

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LEFT Garstone edited and graded time travel thriller Dimensions, which was shot in Cambridge

HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY? TV and film editor Adam Garstone has just taken on a huge edit of a BBC drama from his back bedroom, but how is it going?

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dam Garstone was booked in to a large London edit studio for months when the coronavirus lockdown was enforced. Luckily for him, he managed to persuade the producers to let him take the edit to his home edit studio to complete the programme. He tells us what measures he had to take to make this a reality and how the edit is going.

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We’re supposed to be at a large post-production house in the centre of London. It’s now a stand-alone system edit in my suite ” “

ADAM GARSTONE Adam has 20 years of prime time editorial credits with most of the major English-speaking broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the UK, and Smithsonian, PBS, CNN, Discovery and National Geographic in the US. He works on a variety of programming, from science and arts documentaries like the BBC’s Horizon and Imagine , to observational documentaries, history, drama and feature films.

ABOVE Adam Garstone, Cambridge, late March

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DEFIANT | TAKES FROM THE BUNKER | DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY F ATURE | DEF INI T ION DIARIES

DEFINITION DIARIES During self-isolation, there is plenty of advice on what to do with your time – but we want you to perform on our virtual diary stage. Send us a link to your self-iso videos today!

FILM CREW // Robertas Nevecka

SELF-ISO Filmmaker during lockdown

SELF-ISO movie

SELF-ISO documentary

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