Archive Live in Athens DVD: interview with filmmaker James Tonkin

Hangman Studios’ James Tonkin likes a challenge – such as using eight Canon EOS DSLR cameras to film a two-hour live concert DVD for the band Archive. Here, he tells Robert Hull about last-minute venue changes, the stress of multi-tasking, and how Canon’s DSLRs captured the epic, cinematic sweep of a band in full flow.

“It’s been a labour of love really.” James Tonkin is sitting in his west London studio and explaining a project he admits he: “lived with for the majority of last year.” The project is ‘Live in Athens’, a DVD of the rock band Archive. Not only is the film an example of how live footage can be crafted to deliver a rewarding concert experience, it’s also a testament to the ability of Canon’s EOS DSLRs to deliver technological excellence and creative invention. Continue reading

iStockphoto, Kelly Thompson interview

iStockphoto, the royalty-free online photo and video resource, has revolutionised stock photography for customers and photographers. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, Kelly Thompson, spoke to CPN to explain the ethos, attitude and planning behind iStockphoto’s success. Robert Hull reports.

For Thompson there is virtually no overlap between Getty and iStock, though he’s quick to thank Getty’s Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Klein, for providing useful advice. “One of the great things he told us when he bought us was to ‘slow down and focus on quality’. Once you have more than five million images on a site that’s more than anyone can see in a lifetime, so we could step back and focus on how good the images are,” reveals Thompson. Continue reading

Making of … Charlotte Church’s Back to Scratch video: shot on Canon EOS 5D and 7D

Legendary music video director Kevin Godley was commissioned to help to launch Charlotte Church’s creative rebirth with an innovative video for the single ‘Back to Scratch’. Godley, DoP George Tiffin and producer Ben Sullivan tell Robert Hull a tale of white rooms, eight Canon EOS DSLR cameras and a finished video they feel hit the mark.

When a recording artist as high profile as Charlotte Church takes creative control of their career it’s usually an indication that they mean business. And with the Welsh singer forming her own label, Dooby Records, to launch the ‘Back to Scratch’ album, it also underlined her financial commitment to the project.

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House season finale shot on Canon 5D Mark II

The producers of ‘House’, one of the most successful and widely viewed TV programmes in the world, have confirmed that the show’s climactic episode in season six has been filmed entirely using Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera, reports Robert Hull.

Co-Executive Producer and Director of ‘House’, Greg Yaitanes, used his Twitter feed to inform fans and followers of the medical drama about this radical departure from traditional programme-making, using film, and to explain the benefits in choosing to shoot with the EOS 5D Mark II. Among a stream of positive comments about the shooting process, Yaitanes said of the camera: “I loved it and feel it’s the future.” Continue reading

Interview – Pieter Huisman: Wild and Free

Pieter HuismanInterview feature for Canon Europe website with wildlife filmmaker Pieter Huisman

Dutch filmmaker and cameraman Pieter Huisman has seen every side of the television industry since starting as a clapper loader in 1996. He now follows his lifelong passion for wildlife film-making and he has worked for major broadcasters such as Channel 4, RDF and National Geographic. Filming has taken him to Tanzania and The Gambia, while his most recent project, ‘Wild Dog Island’ for Animal Planet, was in Zimbabwe. Rob Hull spoke to him about his career and shooting experiences and why he always brings his trusted Canon XL H1 along. Continue reading

Canon XH A1s HD camcorder

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    A compact and manoeuvrable camcorder that delivers professional-quality HDV1080i recording, the XH A1S provides total user control with a comprehensive array of custom settings and presets.


        1080i HDV recording (50i, 25F, optional 24F/30F/60i modes)

        1/3″ 1.67MP 3CCD

        20x L-series HD Video Lens with simultaneous three-ring control

        Enhanced audio functions

        Full image control

        Improved ease of use

        Canon CPS Video Support

        Demand the best: fast and flexible HDV shooting

        Professional-quality HDV recording

        The XH A1S delivers 1080i HD recording with selectable frame rates of 50i and 25F. Choose 50i and shoot with ultra-crisp realism, or adopt 25F for the traditional look of film. 24F/30F/60i shooting modes are available via an optional upgrade, for truly global recording capability.

        The power of 3CCD and DIGIC

        High-resolution shooting is enabled by a 1/3″ 1.67 megapixel 3CCD sensor system that works in harmony with Canon’s DIGIC DV II – a processor built to handle the amount of data required for HD.

        Canon L-series HD Video Lens

        Canon has redesigned the 20x L-series HD Video Lens to make it more comfortable to use, and more efficient in operation. The lens now features a new control ring design, as well as simultaneous, independent control of Focus, Iris and Zoom. Lens ring operation can be modified to suit the individual user’s needs.

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Tommy Hilfiger spring/summer 09 swimwear


Tommy Hilfiger announces its new Swimwear Collection for Spring/Summer 2009. The new Collection takes in styles for men and women, and breathes the air of the long, warm evenings of a Miami summer. The Latin vibe is of summer heat mixing with sexy, cool style, as playboys meet with friends old and new, and girls sip long drinks and dance the Lambada into the night. Continue reading