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The Future is bright. The future is GREEN.

The Future is bright. The future is GREEN.

Greenscreen has been a critical tool in film and video productions, especially in the past two decades. Once a technology reserved for Hollywood blockbusters with big VFX budgets, the accessibility and improvement of chroma keying technology and innovations in both...

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Creative Productions in Studio 1

Creative Productions in Studio 1

Here at Camberwell Studios, we are fortunate enough to provide space to many creative and exciting productions every week. It always amazes us how our clients use the same space in so many different ways. Directing duo ‘Bing Bong’ were kind enough to walk us through...

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Studio 1 Improvements – June 2020

Studio 1 Improvements – June 2020

We recently completed a long-planned improvement to Studio 1 that will enable a wider variety of productions to get more value from their day of filming. These changes were made in response to demand from larger productions who need more space for the backroom teams...

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Safe Filming Post-Lockdown at Camberwell Studios

Safe Filming Post-Lockdown at Camberwell Studios

** Update 4th January 2021.  We remain open. In updated advice The Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden says on his Twitter Account "The situation is very serious & we must act ... For the arts/creative sectors this means ... You should work from home unless you can’t...

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Live Streaming – What you need to know

Live Streaming – What you need to know

With the world ever increasingly moving online, it is not out of the ordinary to enjoy a concert, partake in a conference or watch a talk live from the comfort of your own home or office. Live streams are much more ‘sticky’ in terms of viewer engagement. This makes...

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Case Study: Filming in Studio 2

Case Study: Filming in Studio 2

In this amalgamated case-study, we describe how we work with agencies, eCommerce, training and other online-focused businesses to deliver some - or all - of the elements of the production they come to film at our green screen studios in London. Common Production...

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The Sony Venice Camera Review

The Sony Venice Camera Review

The Sony Venice has been out for over a year now and, thanks to regular firmware updates, has matured into a camera that’s already gained a lot of headway into the world of drama and commercial shoots. The studio equipment hire company Shoot Blue have just acquired...

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What Brexit means for Filmmakers

What Brexit means for Filmmakers

The British Film Industry in undoubtably linked very strongly with the European Union and significantly contributes to the UK economy as a whole, so what are going to be the implications of Brexit? Without meaning to fan the flames of a Brexit debate, we have done...

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Removing Greenscreen Spill

Removing Greenscreen Spill

Greenscreen spill is a common problem, but an easy one to solve. In this video tutorial you’ll learn a quick and easy method to remove green from objects and body parts that shouldn’t have green on it. Key Takeaway: You will become familiar with the process and...

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Cropping Greenscreen

Another greenscreen basic tutorial for beginners. Here you’ll learn how about cropping images and create masks in order to remove unwanted equipment from greenscreen shots. Key Takeaway: You’ll be able to crop images or create bespoke masks that are also applicable...

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Cleaning the Key

This short video talks you through the various settings in Ultra Key that can help adjust your key and how they work. We cover the settings in Matte Generation, Matte Cleanup, Spill Suppression and Colour Correction. Key Takeaway: An insight into what greenscreen...

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Common Green Screen Mistakes

Common Green Screen Mistakes

Most filmmakers, camera operators and DOPs know the basic principles of a green screen shoot - light for an even green background and avoid shadows. Here are a few common issues to think about that can help your production look even better. Camera distance and...

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Getting Started in the Film, TV and Video Industry 

Getting Started in the Film, TV and Video Industry 

Here at Camberwell Studios, we always try our best to help others, giving them the foremost and best advice possible. We receive a lot of enquiries from new starters, often individuals eager to make their first break into the industry but not knowing where to start....

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SONY A7S Camera Review

SONY A7S Camera Review

Canon’s introduction of the 5D MarkII, with the possibility to shoot HD footage, was a game changer for video makers. It changed again with the launch of the Sony A7s, its full-frame mirrorless camera heavily orientated towards video filming. Now, as Canon announces...

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Keying Greenscreen Tutorial

Keying Greenscreen Tutorial

We’ve put together this short article and video that shows the editing process for extracting - or keying - greenscreen. It isn’t intended to be an in-depth tutorial, but to show the layman how straightforward this task can be and why they can consider filming on...

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Studio Life and New Website – March 2018

We write these ‘Studio Life’ articles to showcase the work filmed here and provide examples to others about what is possible in our two greenscreen studios. With that in mind, the first place we’d like to take you in this article is to the "behind-the-scenes"...

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Planning to Shoot on Greenscreen

Planning to Shoot on Greenscreen

When shooting scenes in a greenscreen studio, there are a few things to consider beforehand. Keeping these in mind will ensure you get the best possible results, a happy editor and a satisfied client.

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When and Why to Film on Greenscreen

When and Why to Film on Greenscreen

Greenscreen filming promises the possibility to create almost any type of scene in a studio environment. A lot of film and video production is problem solving, whether that is balancing a budget, figuring out how to light a difficult position or bringing an ambitious...

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Studio Life: October

Studio Life: October

The late summer was a busy time here in the studios with some interesting projects coming through the doors. Read more about the weird and wonderful productions we have hosted over the last few weeks.

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Perfume Advert: Concept to Creation

Perfume Advert: Concept to Creation

Camberwell Studios put together a production team in order to create a spec commercial to show off the functionality and creativity of the studio and its team. Here are a few words from the director of the shoot… The Finished Production Tom Watts (Director of...

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Studio Life: July

Studio Life: July

Our London-based studios have been inundated with weird and wonderful productions over the last few weeks. Find out more about some of them, here.

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Using Video Content to Sell Fashion

Using Video Content to Sell Fashion

Video is making a massive impact on the fashion industry with many brands taking full advantage of this medium in their marketing strategies. Find out why and how Camberwell Studios is suited for fashion shoots.

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Recording Sound In Studio 1

Recording Sound In Studio 1

We have worked hard to improve the quality of sound recording in our large studio space, and this article describes what you need to know about recording sound when filming in there. Have a read!

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Studio Life: March

Studio Life: March

We often get asked what we can do in our studios and it’s rare that something comes up that we haven’t seen here in some form or another. Here’s what happened in March.

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360 Video Seminar: Full Video

360 Video Seminar: Full Video

We held a free seminar about 360 Video in partnership with FootPrint Scenery and Broadsword Production in our London studios. If you missed it, you can watch the full video right here.

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360 videos and Shakespeare

360 videos and Shakespeare

Nothing’s new under the sun: why 360 degree video is as old as Shakespeare… with a few twists.With the dash towards 360 degree videos, super real experience, immersive headsets and videos, CGI and virtual and augmented reality it’s easy to imagine you’d never need to film…

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Our Brand New Studio 1

Our Brand New Studio 1

Over Christmas we were busy refurbishing our Studio 1 space in time for a busy January period. We have completed several new additions to the space that will give all our clients more options, a greater range of movement and flexibility…

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The Cooke Mini S4 Lens-Set

The Cooke Mini S4 Lens-Set

This short article provides an overview of the lens choices for a large format camera such as the Red Epic Dragon, Sony F65 or Arri Alexa. It explains why the lens you use matters and takes look at the Cooke S4 Lenses.

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The History of Green Screen

The History of Green Screen

There are several terms used in Green Screen filming. Colour Keying, the less commonly used ‘colour separation overlay’ or for ease of use CSO. CSO is more commonly found in weather maps on the news

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Camberwell Studios – Christmas Video 2014

Camberwell Studios – Christmas Video 2014

We enjoy making the Xmas video – a chance to stretch our own creative muscles. Nothing too serious. Enjoy Tai Campbell and Sam Parkinson as they round up the years major news stories with a right old fun-packed fiesta of festive frivolity.

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Sony PXW-FS7 Camera review

Sony PXW-FS7 Camera review

The Indie market could really do with a bit of friendly competition to the Canon C100/300 range so it was with great pleasure to visit Pinewood Studios for their recent product demonstration of the new Sony PXW-FS7 .

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Fashion Styling Tips from the Experts

Fashion Styling Tips from the Experts

In this guest blog, experienced fashion stylist Holly Barber talks us what is needed to succeed in this industry amid strong competition and rapidly changing trends.

Holly also offers some top tips about how best to get the most out of your fashion photo shoot or video.

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DSLR for Beginners

DSLR for Beginners

In this article we’ll go over the simple settings of your DSLR camera. They will give you an overall idea of the best settings to use in different situations

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What is a Sci Fi Film these days?

What is a Sci Fi Film these days?

Science fiction film making was usually reserved for big budget feature films,
very early work such as the ground breaking ‘A Trip to the Moon’ made in 1903 by director Georges Melies put audiences in a new type of world and introduced escapism never realised before

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Canon C300 Camera Review

Canon C300 Camera Review

Shooting couldn’t be much easier than on the Canon C300. In terms of ergonomics, design, and sheer image quality there really is nothing else comparable on the market at the minute.

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Black Magic Cinema Camera

Black Magic Cinema Camera

This review comes from one of our oldest clients and he talks us through the much hyped Black Magic Cinema Camera 2.5k. With the 4k version working its way around the indie market Chris Corey takes a seasoned look and the Pro’s and Con’s.

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Film Noir Lighting

Film Noir Lighting

Film Noir is about beautifully artistic lighting using the premise of light and dark and nothing in between. Using textures and locations to give hints of action and suspense as well as emptiness and optimism and other artistic cinematic devices.

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Filming with Puppets

Filming with Puppets

Puppets can be used for a manner of different purposes and goals. Puppets are not exclusively reserved for kids TV programmes. They can add a new approach and dimension to any corporate product.

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A New Years Resolution

A New Years Resolution

Ok. For those who have missed their smokie work colleagues at the bike sheds/ wheelie bins, fire escapes and covered awnings for a fag break. Your new years resolutions will not go un-noticed.

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The Role of the Make-up Artist

The Role of the Make-up Artist

Hair and make-up are key elements in the look and feel of most pieces of film and video. Consequently make-up artists are important crew members and work across many different types of project from fashion film/photography, music promos, commercials and films. They...

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Set Building for the London Film Academy

Set Building for the London Film Academy

These past few weeks have really stretched the studios capabilities and this was highlighted and bought to the fore by the arrival of the London Film Academy. They had a huge prep session here and were we were able to offer some consultation for their large production.

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