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1 Sixpence 1 Play

Rode Reel Entry For 2014

Two days of shooting, many days of editing; a collaboration with the assistance of Magda Rakita, who also shot the “Behind The Scenes” film and the talented Neil Patience, from TAP TV, who gave direction on the editing, and our new short documentary film is done.

It’s a story on James Millham who is a pinball enthusiast. A collector and renovator of machines from a pre-Space Invaders era, James says the best thing about his hobby is playing the games.

We shot this film for the Rode Reel 2014 competition. Part of the competition is the People’s Choice prize. If you liked our films, we’d really appreciate your support. Kindly take a few seconds and vote for us; we’d be tremendously grateful!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR “1 Sixpence 1 Play”;

Thank You!!

Preparing a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M1s for the first shot of the day. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Preparing a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M1s for the first shot of the day. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

"Action". 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

“Action”. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

A Rode VideoMic Go on an Olympus OM-D E-M1. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

A Rode VideoMic Go on an Olympus OM-D E-M1. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Testing the Rode NTG3 is connected properly to my Roland R26. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Testing the Rode NTG3 is connected properly to my Roland R26. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Magda Rakita filming the behind the scenes action. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Magda Rakita filming the behind the scenes action. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Gitzo carbon fibre tripod and fluid video head keeping things nice and steady. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Gitzo carbon fibre tripod and fluid video head keeping things nice and steady. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Audio for Video Webinar

With RØDE Microphones and Scan

I did a live webinar a short while ago with Jonathan Burrows for the fabulous folks at Scan and Source Distribution, talking about how I use Rode Microphones in my film making. If you’re not familiar with Scan, I can’t recommend them highly enough for all your computer component and peripheral needs; I’ve been using them for well over a decade!

The webinar is in two parts; hope you find it useful 🙂 To view the films mentioned in the webinar, please visit www.teravision.eu

 

LA Diary

A Multimedia Piece On LA; Its People, Its Places

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is a burger restaurant where every Friday night, classic car enthusiasts gather to show off their classic restored cars and hotrods. Los Angeles, California, USA. January 17, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank is a burger restaurant where every Friday night, classic car enthusiasts gather to show off their classic restored cars and hotrods. Los Angeles, California, USA. January 17, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

On a recent trip to Hollywood to attend the Taste Awards ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard as a finalist for my film on the Electric Coffee Company, I decided to shoot a project on Los Angeles.

My initial thought was to shoot a photo series of daily life, a photo series on TV Host Andrea Feczko and separately, a video interview with the legendary AP photographer, Nick Ut. As my time in LA continued, I shot a wider set of imagery and short video interview with LA street artist Plastic Jesus.

(L-R) AP photographer Nick Ut, author of the Pulitzer Award winning "Napalm Girl" photograph (shown) from the Vietnam War and Edmond Terakopian. Image shows some of Nick Ut's cameras used during the Vietnam War and more modern cameras; on the right is Edmond Terakopian's Olympus OM-D E-M1. Thompson Beverly Hills, LA, California, USA. January 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian (self timer image)

(L-R) AP photographer Nick Ut, author of the Pulitzer Award winning “Napalm Girl” photograph (shown) from the Vietnam War and Edmond Terakopian. Image shows some of Nick Ut’s cameras used during the Vietnam War and more modern cameras; on the right is Edmond Terakopian’s Olympus OM-D E-M1. Thompson Beverly Hills, LA, California, USA. January 18, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian (self timer image)

For the project, I took an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus M.Zuiko lenses; the 12-40mm f2.8PRO, 25mm f1.8 (see my review of this superb lens) and 45mm f1.8. I also took along a Roland R26 audio recorder and the Rode Lavalier and VideoMic Pro microphones. Lastly, possibly the most used accessory, a Lastolite reflector which didn’t stop getting used for the beach and pool shots with Andrea. I don’t think in my lifetime I’ve used a reflector as much as I did over those two days!

When looking at the material as a whole, it became apparent that it all would make an immersive multimedia piece, mixing photography (and time lapse photography) with video, some audio and the right music. After I’d done my photo editing and processing in Aperture, I fired up FCP X and started to look at the material as one unified project. 64 hours of editing later, I had my “LA Diary”.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens and Rode VideoMic Pro on a Manfrotto tripod. On the left is a Roland R26 audio recorder. January 18, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens and Rode VideoMic Pro on a Manfrotto tripod. On the left is a Roland R26 audio recorder. January 18, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The interviews with Nick Ut and Plastic Jesus are short tasters as I will be editing more in-depth versions of these in due course. For the LA Diary, it worked better to have shorter, sharper video segments to fit in with the flow of the entire piece. The flow was helped along tremendously wight he correct music and I spent a while listening to various pieces. I’ve mixed, edited and cut quite a few of the tracks, bringing in audio on it’s own or with video and getting the delicate balance just right was tremendously helped along by using the astonishing Event Opal audio monitors.

During the project I had a lot of help from various people, so a huge thanks goes out to: Nick Ut, Associated Press, Andrea Feczko, Rachel Rudwall, Plastic Jesus, Armen Khanlian, Yvette K. Mankerian, Nick Stern, Joseph Hovanessian, Thompson Beverly Hills hotel, Kellee Griffith, Michelle Nouraei, Roxana Alas, Rachel Rudwall and Mark Thackara. The project could not have been done without your help; you have my thanks 🙂

Entries In The Sony PROduction Awards

Voting Is Open!

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It’s competition time again and I’ve had two of my short films accepted into the Sony PROduction Awards. As much as I dislike competitions that have a public vote, alas, this one does too. So, if you like either of these films, please take a moment to cast your vote; it will be much appreciated 🙂

Plastic Jesus

This short film on an LA street artist was shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

VIEW & VOTE FOR “PLASTIC JESUS”

Solitude

An older film with a newer edit and grading, shot on a Canon 5D MkII. This was in fact my very first video.

VIEW & VOTE FOR “SOLITUDE”

Many thanks 🙂

The Photography Show 2014

Hope To See You There!

I’m pleased to say that I’ll be at The Photography Show from March the 1st to the 4th, 2014, at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. I’ll be there in two roles; giving talks at the Olympus stand and also working with my friends at Snapperstuff, showcasing the bags I use and generally chatting about photography.

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Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator - www.andreafeczko.com), is photographed by Edmond Terakopian with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens (pictured) whilst applying makeup at the lavish Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator – http://www.andreafeczko.com), is photographed by Edmond Terakopian with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens (pictured) whilst applying makeup at the lavish Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I shall be giving talks at the Olympus stand (G30, Hall 2) in their purpose built seminar room. Places are limited for each talk, and although the talks are free, make sure you stop buy and collect a ticket to reserve a place. I’ll be sharing my experience with the OM-D E-M1 and the new super sharp Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens (along with the Olympus 14-40mm f2.8PRO and 45mm f1.8), on a recent trip to Los Angeles and sharing pictures and video of my reportage during the trip.

I shall be showing a lot of images that’ll be shown for the first time at the show, along with a multimedia video combining photographs and video (all shot on the E-M1) along with audio; this will also be the first time this is shown. It’s going to be a visual delight! Come and see the LA Diary!

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator. www.andreafeczko.com), plays volleyball on Venice Beach. LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Andrea Feczko (American TV Presenter and digital content creator. http://www.andreafeczko.com), plays volleyball on Venice Beach. LA, USA. January 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Here’s the full Olympus seminar lineup.

I shall be giving my talks on the following days:

Saturday 1st March 2014 at 11am

Monday 3rd March 2014 at 11am

Tuesday 4th March 2014 at 2.45pm

There will be a Q&A ager each talk, so it’ll be a nice opportunity for a chat about the work and the kit.

Snapperstuff

Edmond Terakopian with two Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 bags (spreading the weight). Venice, Italy. December 2011. Photo: Jim Grover

Edmond Terakopian with two Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 bags (spreading the weight). Venice, Italy. December 2011. Photo: Jim Grover

I shall be at the Snapperstuff stands (H60 and J60, which are opposite each other in Hall 12) the rest of the time, showing and talking about my favourite bags from Think Tank Photo. I’ve been using these bags for well over seven years now and have taken them on assignment all over the world. If you have any questions about the range, or just want to talk photography or gear, pop by.

Members of the Snapperstuff team at Tower Bridge Studios in London. The team with some of the products from Think Tank Photo, KLM, Lightech and LumiQuest.  December 08, 2012. Photo: Ant Upton

Members of the Snapperstuff team at Tower Bridge Studios in London. The team with some of the products from Think Tank Photo, KLM, Lightech and LumiQuest. December 08, 2012. Photo: Ant Upton

We’ll also have some great stuff from FLM, Green Clean, Lightech, LumiQuest and Peak Design, so can show you equipment for your tripod, sensor cleaning, lighting and camera strap needs. What’s more, the majority of the team are professional photographers, covering press, social, portrait, wedding, underwater areas of expertise, so you know you’ll be chatting with people who know their stuff; Snapperstuff! Lastly, we’ll have some lovely prints up of our work, so there will some photography to see too.

The 5th Annual Taste Awards In Hollywood

Red Carpet Awards Ceremony & Celebrations

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Armen Khanlian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Armen Khanlian

Well, it’s not every day one gets invited to Hollywood for an awards ceremony; this was something I will definitely cherish. I was somewhat shocked to find that my short film on the Electric Coffee Company was shortlisted in the “Official Selection”: Best mini film or documentary. To then find out that the awards were to be in Hollywood became almost funny; my short film was in a Hollywood award’s ceremony!

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Armen Khanlian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Armen Khanlian

Sadly the film didn’t win its section, but in all honesty, I had seen four films (out of ten nominated finalists) in my section which were great, so wasn’t thinking I had a chance of winning. What was special though was realising I was the only solo film maker; the others were all either TV companies or production companies. Not too shabby to be a finalist in this talented group I guess!

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

TV interviews with some of the winners. The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

TV interviews with some of the winners. The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

For those interested in the technical aspects, the film was entirely shot using a Leica M (Type 240) using a Leica 28mm Summicron ASPH, 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE and 50mm Noctilux ASPH, with some shots using a Leica OUFRO macro adapter. Ambient audio recorded on the internal microphone and interview recorded on a Roland R26 using a Rode lavalier microphone. Edited using FCP X. Partially colour graded in “Color” by Neil Patience ( patience.tv ). Final grading with FCP X and Film Convert. A Manfrotto 561BHDV video monopod was used for all shots apart from the interview, for which a Gitzo video tripod was used. I also used a Lee RF75 filter holder & hood, along with Lee ND filters.

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Crossings

The Journey To Peace And Prosperity

Delighted to have had a second opportunity to collaborate with the talented Carol Allen Storey on a multimedia project commissioned by International Alert. Our first collaboration being Fractured Lives.

This project is on cross-border trading between the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbours Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. They are the centre of this trading in the war-torn Great Lakes region of Africa. This trade between neighbours is a journey to peace and prosperity, being a source of income for more than 45,000 traders and brings stability and economic strength to the region.

The images and video were shot by Carol Allen Storey using a Canon 5D MkII. We then collaborated on editing down the imagery. The chosen photographs were then processed using Aperture, Photoshop, Viveza and Silver Efex Pro. The voice over was then recorded in London using a Rode Lavalier microphone and a Roland R26 audio decoder. Finally, the project was assembled and edited in FCP X.