London Then and Now. A Project from Simon Smith and Claude Friese-Greene.

Here is a rather interesting post from Vimeo for Monday. In 1927 cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene, inventor of the Friese-Greene Color process for film cameras traveled to London and shot some extraordinary silent footage of the city. In 2013, as a personal project   has attempted to recreate each of Friese-Greene’s shots. It’s pretty amazing to look at the split screen and see not only how much the city has changed, but how much of it has remained the same.

“During the 1920s, cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene travelled across the UK with his new colour film camera. His trip ended in London, with some of his most stunning images, and these were recently revived and restored by the BFI, and shared across social media and video websites.

Since February I have attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study, that has revealed how little London has changed.”

The Cup: Filmmaking with the Olympus EP-L PEN.

This afternoon while I was rendering out a bunch of CPU sucking video, I decided to peruse YouTube for any clips about the new Olympus OM-D. While on the Olympus Australia channel, I came across a great little documentary about “The Cup” by director Simon Wincer and Cinematographer David Burr.

What I found interesting is the way they used the Olympus PEN cameras to shoot sections of the film, and why they chose it. Another interesting item is how these cameras were used in “Secretariat” and why. About 3 minutes into this short documentary, Wincer talks about how cinematographer Dean Semler used the EP cameras to get some very specific and important shots in “Secretariat”.

They don’t show any of the footage from “The Cup”, but they do show the rigs they built, and how they shot certain sections of the film. If you are into film, cinematography, or photography this is worth a watch.