As part of my research trip for BFI Sci-Fi late night screenings we are producing, I went to Raw Shorts: Painting with Light, Texture, Colour & Tone workshop organised by BFI Southbank. It kicked off with a panel discussion with Marc Price & Prano Bond-Bailey independent films director and Alex Neville a cinematographer. During the discussion speakers explained how they use colour and light as important elements of creating atmosphere and bold visual themes. Marc Price is known for producing films on a VERY low budget so it was really encouraging to hear him talk about overcoming financial obstacles.
Below you will find some a few links to the clips we watched during the discussion. Prano Bond-Bailey’s The Trip & Man vs Sand trailers are great examples of using colour to set the mood. Tribute to Roger Deakins: Shadows in the valley is a stunning compilation of some of his beautifully photographed movie scenes, well worth 5 minutes of your time.
After the discussion we attended a practical workshop with Marc Price, who showed us how to build a space ship from scraps found at a junk yard and how to animate it to add dynamics to scenes using light.
Although the workshop was mainly aimed at film-makers, most concepts could easily be adopted to events, which is why I was able to draw a lot inspirations for our supporting events. The BFI building itself has quite a sci-fi vibe to it and even their toilets have some amazing lighting ! Both the panel discussion and the practical workshop were a great source of inspiration for creating bold visual themes for our audience and hopefully enhancing the cinematic experience.
Also, it was great to hang out with fellow future producers, exchange ideas and brain storm outside the usual groups.
Shadows in the valley http://vimeo.com/99589995
Marc Price- showreel http://vimeo.com/35509608
Prano Bond- Bailey- http://www.pranobaileybond.com
Alex Neville- Cinematographer http://www.alexnevill.co.uk
Man vs Sand http://vimeo.com/56635161
The Trip http://vimeo.com/81314243