I’ve been grading some Canon 7D footage I shot last year at the amazing biomass powerstation in Middlesborough. The place looks like something out of Ridley Scotts imagination and shooting there was no less spectacular. Giant JCBs running amok, piles of wood, plumes of steam spewing from pipes, needless to say I had plenty to film. Armed with 4 cameras, the Sony FS-100, Canon 7D, Canon 550D and Sony Nex-5N, I got plenty of footage! Continue reading
Last year my company Picnic Films were commissioned to make some films about scientific industries in the North-East of England.
We found this great biomass powerstation and made a film with them and for me it was a chance to fulfill some childish ambitions to film industrial spaces. Continue reading
50fps footage of Breadmaking filmed in Sussex on the 5D Mark III. Continue reading
My partner Nell and I make films as Picnic. And here’s a documentary we made about a landscape photographer on a dawn shoot. Continue reading
For my first shoot with the Mark III I wanted to take a look at how water looked now. Continue reading
I’m Dave Thomas, a 29 year old Cameraman and Editor who lives in Worthing West Sussex in the UK. My journey with DSLRs started in 2009 in October when I persuaded my girlfriend it’d be a good idea to get a 7D, that they were making waves in film-making and that we could finally afford to own our own kit for once. We used it as a B-camera for our first shoot and the quality blew us away and we haven’t looked back since. I’ve bought and used the 550D, the Sony Nex-5N and now the 5D Mark III.
This site is about my experiences using DSLRs for filmmaking, with tips about getting the best out of them, the do’s and do nots and some chat about my work. Feel free to ask questions and to contribute.