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Controversial opinion, female directors have a better eye for model photography. Let me tell you why.

You see me rock up to the studio, the first thing you will see is my dress sense. Not one shoot has anyone seen me in baggy, tasteless clothes. I arrive looking like you can’t afford to hire me. And what does that tell you? It tells you that I have been up at all hours cleaning myself, selecting what to wear, applying the makeup, wear the selected clothes, preparing breakfast for my son, all whilst coming up with concepts for how an image can look and how I’m going to tackle this shoot.

What do you think goes on behind one photo?

Well, believe it or not, I have a whole team behind me, from stylists to lighting gaffers, they are literally the skeleton of my work. Honestly, if I didn’t have the list of people you see below, I would struggle.

* Make-up artist
* Lighting Gaffer
* Hairstylist
* Costume stylist
* Set Designer
* Intern
* My Producer, Gareth (can’t cope without him)

Your standard shoot would have a white backdrop and Bob’s your uncle it’s simple and there’s not much to it. However, I am not a fan. I like gorgeous designs, but not too busy because the main focus is the model and that’s what’s always important. So with my team behind me doing all of the structure of the set and work with the model, it truly elevates the image to a higher plane.

Now, make-up. I have all the faith in my make-up artists, but as a director, I want to know exactly what is happening, especially, and most importantly, how my model looks. Not to shade the straight male directors, but I would have a better eye if the model doesn’t look quite right when make-up is applied.

Now if you want a fandabbydosey image, you need to work a fecking camera. Simple as that. What lens to use, the angles you take. I am in love with my Sony a6500 with my Sigma 18-35mm 1.8f lens, can’t use it enough for my filming and photography. Also, trust me, models have good and bad angles, communicate with them on what they are, work around their imperfections and make them perfect.

All of these elements will equate to a high quality, orgasmic image that would not need extended work done to it, maybe sometimes a wee tad of a skin touch up but that’s it.

Below is an example of a shoot, shot in our BMV Studios, with Wine Knocker in collaboration with JAMMco. Enjoy!

Author: Loraa White & Gareth Greenfield

Corel Video Studio x7 VS Avid Media Composer!


Corel Video Studio x7


Avid Media Composer 

            As an editor, one of the most popular issues one comes into contact with, is choosing the sort of software to use for editing. The market is saturated with hundreds of video editing programs, from elite software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer, to more basic and casual software like Windows Movie Maker and Virtual Dub. But what the market seems to be missing, is a good, fast, cheap editing platform that can act as a middle ground between the complex and the casual. This is where Corel Video Studio comes in.

In the following paragraphs we will see how Corel Video Studio stands out from the other editing platforms, with focus on how it differs from what Avid Media Composer has to offer. 

In the film industry, Avid seems to be the most popular choice for editors working for big broadcasting companies and production houses. The reason for this is because Avid is known for offering the widest range of really complex and detailed options in editing: from its capacity of being able to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, numerous intricate ways to cut, to the ability to edit straight to a cloud server. But all of this comes with a quite a few downsides:

  1. The interface is not very user friendly making really hard for someone who is new to it to find their way around it. The learning curve is much slower than any other editing platform because most of its layout is different from what editors are used to in software like Premiere Pro and Final Cut.
  2. Special Effects are not a strong point in Avid, most of them being just basic premade FX. It does give the editor the choice of modifying or making their own special effects, but because of its perplexing layout, the time it takes to build and effect is too big in comparison to other software.

Corel Video Studio has a different concept when it comes to editing platforms, making it a much faster and easier process. The way it does this is through a series of alternative approaches to what Avid does:

  1. The interface is very user friendly, making it very easy for any editor to quickly get accustomed to it. Making use of the “drag and drop” technique that most software is based on at the present. The learning curve is very fast, taking someone around a week to get to a comfortable level of knowledge on how the software works.
  2. The best feature in Corel is its massive table of Special Effects, Filters and Transitions. They come in a premade, ready to use state, giving the editor the option to just drag them onto their clips to apply them. This drastically reduces the time it takes to normally build or modify a Special Effect on other editing platforms.

These approaches that Corel Video Studio takes on the editing process, make it a much faster and easier part of film making. This software is the perfect tool for independent film makers or companies working with a tight time schedule. Written by: George Sonei