Licensed to Fly!
Focal Point Television have added a 4k drone (for high resolution aerial filming) to our in-house equipment list. Pete has recently passed all his CAA drone exams, so we are now fully CAA licensed and just as importantly, fully CAA insured.
Any footage or stills used from a drone for use in a corporate or commercial piece must be obtained from a CAA licensed and insured drone operator.
Pete commented “Although I’ve been flying a microlight for some years, learning to fly was easy compared to getting my drone license!”
FPTV now with added 4K and super slow-mo!
We have just taken delivery of the latest 4K camera from Black Magic, complete with a lovely set of cinema-quality lenses.
Simon comments “I'm really looking forward to showing off this camera’s incredible 4k resolution, 15 stops of dynamic range and super slow-mo abilities to all new and existing customers!”
Lytro Cinema Camera
The Lytro ‘lightfield’ camera (one of which is owned by Focal Point Television) revealed their next step towards the future of cinema today at NAB 2016. Their new Cinema camera allows users to film in 4k, and yet refocus the camera in post using complex lightfield technology, a major boost for FX intensive productions. Development is under way, and it may be years before an actual product reaches the market. The technology seems extraordinary, but as users of their first camera, we can vouch the technology really does work!
Insulation has never been so interesting!
The brief from the client was to make their household insulation products, normally hidden from view in cavity walls and lofts, as interesting and visual as possible. With the film studio filled with rolls of loft insulation, bags of cavity wall wool and stacks of poly board panels, we were thankful that our own insulated studios enabled us to keep the heat out for a change.
Our latest TV commercial for eye experts Clarivu is currently running in a major campaign on ITV 1, ITV 3 and on Channel 4. Staring Ruth Langsford, presenter of 'This Morning', it shows Ruth describing how the Clarivu eye procedure has changed her life. Filming took place accross two studio sets, built by us, over several days at Maidstone TV studios (Kent) and on location at the Southampton Optegra eye hospital. The cast included over 40 'extras' as press and paparazzi at a red carpet event - the finale of the commercial.
We also produced additional films to support the campaign, including ‘Ruth’s Journey’ – a more detailed look at the eye procedure. You can see the ad and the ‘making of’ with time-lapse of the set construction and behind-the-scenes action in our 'Examples' section.
Simon has just returned from filming in Tanzania, filming for the charity Transaid. Edited back at our studios, the video production is being used to train and educate bus drivers in Tanzania the importance of safety, in an attempt to reduce the country's alrmingly high accident rate.