Welcome to a blog about a film-maker, one who could be described as a story teller with an experimental approach to technology.
Hello, my name is James Tomkinson and this is my microscopic slice of the world wide web which should give an idea of what I do.
I think we can agree that people make films in a number of different genres. Mine is drama, a human story of either fact or fiction recreated in a gripping performance. Although that isn’t a dictionary definition it is what I write and capture either ‘in camera’ or on-stage.
An interest in building things has stayed with me throughout my younger years. I have to admit my DIY skills could use a little polishing yet that didn’t stop me from designing and refining the designs for my stereoscopic 3D rig since 2010 the results of which are on my YouTube channel.
Feel free to have a look around.
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Monday, 1 December 2014
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Here is a sample of an upcoming project. Lens reviews. Not unfamiliar territory I know however I though seeing as I spend a good deal of my time using lenses to film things I should take it upon myself to understand a little more about how they work. The above image was shot with a 500mm prime lens, so not the nifty fifty but the abundant five-hundred. That was awful, I do apologies.
o Onion effect
o Chromatic adoration
o Tactile Switches
Features and extras
o Vibration Reduction
o Auto Focus
o Filter threads
o Lens hood
Now I may not be able to test all of these for every lens and I may add things to this list if I think of more point to discuss between now and the reviews release. This should be interesting on way or another.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
As a dyslexic who didn’t enjoy any but one of the Shakespeare plays I had to study at school, it feels a little strange that I’ve been on stage performing in my second Shakespearian play and have thoroughly enjoyed it once again.
I’ve entered a new area of characters as my first villain, Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing. With just shy of nighty mines most of which were grouped in long speeches this was by far the most I’ve had to learn for any production. Focusing on slowing down my speech and emphasising certain letters proved to enhance both my diction and the evil nature of the character.
Another aspect of the role was my gestures. By making deliberate, pointed and slow indications I could give the character a dangerous manner which on person commented on as being “spider like”. This was all the more important as Borachio’s behaviour needed to change in his last scene to convey his remorse.
Now, corpseing on stage is any actor’s nightmare. Thankfully that didn’t happen to me during this show but one line in particular was the source of much hilarity during rehearsals. The line in question was:-
Now it’s all over. I’ve realised that I’m as much a victim of after show blues as anyone else involved in theatre. Now the waiting for the next show begins.