Browse Articles by Phil Rhodes

Lasting Memories of Broadcast Video Expo

March 2013
Lasting Memories of Broadcast Video Expo

I hate to think that my enduring memory of London’s Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) this year will be the almost fluorescent green sweatshirts that the floor staff had been forced to wear, but it may be so. Suppressing an involuntary exclamation and shielding our eyes from the hideousness, let’s move swiftly past the dayglo-clad... »

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Contender – Production Designer Adam Stockhausen, Moonrise Kingdom

December 2012
Contender – Production Designer Adam Stockhausen, <em>Moonrise Kingdom</em>

My opening question for production designer Adam Stockhausen was whether one could politely refer to Moonrise Kingdom as a “little” film. Apparently, one can, possibly because it enjoyed an exceptionally positive critical response and success at the box office. This modesty of scale makes Stockhausen's work as production designer even more interesting, because Moonrise... »

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Contender – Best Animated Film, ParaNorman

December 2012
Contender – Best Animated Film, <em>ParaNorman</em>

For years, there have been no stop-motion contenders for best animated feature, and now, suddenly, three come along all at once. ParaNorman is a supernatural tale of a boy, the titular Norman, living in a small New England town bewitched by a centuries-old curse, realized by freely blending the traditional technique of stop motion... »

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IBC 2012 Wrap Up

September 2012
IBC 2012 Wrap Up

I must admit that I arrived in Amsterdam with a sense of deep foreboding at the amount of pixel peeping I was going to be asked to do at IBC this year. The recent availability of cameras like the Sony FS700 and Canon C300, and the realization that they're both quite decent, is an... »

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The Real Meaning of “High End”

July 2012
The Real Meaning of “High End”

There was a time when the world was simple. Ampex made video tape recorders, Pye made cameras, and the western world had manufacturing industries. Even in the modern world, where we’re more likely to be using specialist software running on commodity hardware, there are go-to names for the big stuff: Digidesign for audio editing... »

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Sony’s FS700 Reviewed

June 2012
Sony’s FS700 Reviewed

It has recently become a common desire to have things that go fast appear to go very slowly, and until quite recently, the only way to achieve the effect was to throw a lot of money at the problem. »

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NAB Report: Bits and Bytes

April 2012
NAB Report: Bits and Bytes

It seemed like a good idea to sign off our NAB 2012 coverage with a mention of the big splash, a major new release, something exciting – but although the exhibition seemed refreshingly, almost comfortingly replete with new stuff, it’s actually quite hard to pick out a shining example. »

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NAB Report: 4K Production Comes of Age

April 2012
NAB Report: 4K Production Comes of Age

I recently read an opinion – by a member of the ASC, no less – that while 4K images on 4K displays looked stunning, that degree of sharpness wouldn’t necessarily be popular among actors, especially actors who are, shall we say, not in their early twenties anymore. Personally, I think the increased availability of... »

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NAB Report: Stereo Production and Post Tools Proliferate

April 2012
NAB Report: Stereo Production and Post Tools Proliferate

I hate to be one of those people who immediately leaps to discuss stereoscopic 3D first, especially as I’m not personally a huge fan of the technique, simply because it always makes my head hurt. That said, if NAB 2012 has a defining characteristic, it’s the fact that tools for stereoscopic work both in... »

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BVE Expo: The U.K.’s Biggest Production Show Offers a Preview of NAB

February 2012
BVE Expo: The U.K.’s Biggest Production Show Offers a Preview of NAB

Apparently, 3D is still a “revolution.” That’s according to the Broadcast Video Expo in London this week, where the 3D Revolution Theatre hosted everyone from the BBC and Framestore down. I’m not sure it’s really necessary to talk up 3D any more than has already been done, and even Framestore admitted that the phase... »

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