Philip Bloom

Portrait of a Projectionist: A Touching Homage to a Rapidly Vanishing Craft

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  Recently I watched a roundtable discussion with several directors including Quentin Tarantino. He was quoted as saying: "I won't be a director forever. Part of the reason I’m feeling this way is, I can’t stand all this digital stuff. This is not what I signed up for. Even the fact that digital presentation is the way it is right now — I mean, it’s television in public, it’s just television in public. That’s how I feel about it. I came into this for film. Film is quickly disappearing in favor of the digital."

Portrait of Ridwaan Fridie. A film projectionist in the Labia theatre in Cape Town, South Africa for the past 24 years but with big changes on the horizon where does that leave Ridwaan?

What do you think about film giving way to the new digital medium?

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Skywalker Ranch: A Look at the Ultimate Otaku Crib

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Star Wars blew me away when I was a kid(still does), The Battle of Hoth, one of my favorite scenes.

One of the major themes on this site is Otaku Lifestyle Design. We have to look no further than George Lucas and his Skywalker Ranch for envy and inspiration on how to put Otaku at the center of your life. A lot of people shit on George Lucas but I draw an enormous amount of inspiration from his accomplishments and how he has structured Lucas Film. Even the sale of his empire to Disney I think is good move as long as they maintain its integrity.

In today's world I don't think going out and shooting your films for pleasure and expecting to get paid for them is really gonna to support a sustainable lifestyle. I think you have to attack the OTAKU lifestyle from a number of different angles as George Lucas has(not that he had to worry after the success of a New Hope). First, he made his films and kept the rights for the collectibles. Then he used those revenues to finance the other films and build his empire into Lucas Arts (video games), Lucas Industrial Light and Magic (VFX work), Skywalker Sound, Lucas Animation, etc. For example, going forward I will be doing a number of things to share and maintain my lifestyle such as workshops, continuing to sell collectibles, freelance gigs for factual pieces, maybe iPhone apps, etc.

Anyway, the point of this post is I really just wanted to show you George's pimped out crib, Skywalker Ranch. This short piece was filmed by Philip Bloom, a UK director and cinematographer. I have recently been really getting into his site. He generates a lot good work and shares a lot of amazing stuff.

Skywalker Ranch from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Would love to hear your feedback. Do you have any ideas or experiences on sustainable ways to maintain your creative lifestyle?

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A Full Review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Philip Bloom

The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been causing quite a stir in the camera world. We have heard lots of news about it and have seen some test footage from their go to cinematographer, John Brawley. However, until now not many other people could actually get their hands on it. The camera is now shipping and slowly getting out into the wild. Below is a some test footage shot by Philip Bloom and his review of the camera follows. He has a lot of great things to say about this dynamic camera that cost $3,000 and shoots 2.5K RAW, however he also lays out the pitfalls such as the 2.3 crop factor and the EF only lens mount.

I think a good way to keep review straight in your mind is to think of things in terms of hardware and firmware. A lot of the quirks he mentions about the camera operation can be fixed through firmware updates that will be forthcoming.

I think a good way to keep review straight in your mind is to think of things in terms of hardware and firmware. A lot of the quirks he mentions about the camera operation can be fixed through firmware updates that will be forthcoming. However, things like sensor size and the internal battery design are things that you have to live with.

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