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Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 3 – part 3

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during the filming of series 4 episode 3 in Oxford back in August 2016. Most of this episode takes place in a hospital so I was fortunate to come across this sequence being filmed on Queen’s Lane. Now that I’ve seen the finished episode I know that the screen time for this sequence is not very long but it took a lot of careful planning to work out the shots and camera angles – I can also tell you that the car boot was a very tight squeeze for both supporting actors. I really like how these shots turned out – all from the same roll of Fuji Reala 100 which sadly Fuji have stopped making. It renders colours in open shade very nicely with plenty of shadow detail. It’s one of my favourite films to use but I only bring it out on special occasions because it’s hard to find now.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Reala 100 film (expired), developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Morning fog

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Here are some pictures I made on my cycle ride into work on a foggy morning in early November, 2016. The film I used expired in 2012 and was from the first batch of film I bought from Poundland when it opened in the Westgate Centre. I had never seen film at £1/roll so I cleared the shelf and when I got to the checkout they all had to be scanned individually, all 43 of them!

[Tech info:] Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 50/2, Kodak Colorplus 200 film developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit. Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 5

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Behind the scenes during filming in Radcliffe Square, Oxford of Endeavour series 4 episode 2. This was the first day of filming in Oxford for this episode on what started out as an overcast morning but turned out to be a very hot and sunny day. The tourists were out in force and the crew did an amazing job of crowd control with minimal staff. I must give a shout out to the props and art departments for the attention to detail that went into the table that was laid out with the petition (most of which was never seen on screen). It was so convincing that I saw some tourists trying to sign up! While all of this was going on the set at New College was being prepared for the dance routine that was due to be filmed the following day (last shot). More to come.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Agfa Vista 200 film developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit. Pakon scans.

 

Gear: Kodak Retina test with colour film

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

I’ve enjoyed using my Kodak Retina camera since I got it recently and I wanted to test it with some colour film to see what the lens is like. This is the first test roll which was expired Kodak Color Plus 200 film which I bought in the Oxford Poundland shop when it first opened. The film expired in 2012 but I don’t think it’s too bad at all. These shots were made on a short walk around Sutton Courtney so don’t be surprised if this doesn’t look anything like Oxford.

[Tech info:] Kodak Retina loaded with Kodak Color Plus 200 (expired) film. Developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 4

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography from Endeavour – Series 4 Episode 2 at New College, Oxford. This was at the end of the day which you can tell by the long shadows and harsh sunlight in some of the shots. At the time I had no idea that the main storyline revolved around the band Wildwood so after watching the episode I’m glad I managed to get the group shot with the band’s manager and some of the crew. For most of my Endeavour behind the scenes photography I tend to use b&w film the most overall but on this day I only took colour film because although I had no idea how colourful the song and dance routine was going to be, I did get a little peek at part of the set the day before when a couple of scenes were being filmed in New College so I got to see the final touches of glitter being added to the rainbow and a few of the props such as the coloured watering cans and the step ladders. That was when I felt I had to use colour film.

Funnily enough, the spot where the scene with the screaming Wildwood fans was filmed in New College Lane is the same place where Tom Cruise was filming scenes from The Mummy reboot a few months earlier. You can see some of my pictures of that here.

[Tech info]: Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton, Kodak Colorplus 200 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 3 – part 2

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

These behind the scenes shots of Endeavour are from the first day of filming in Oxford for Episode 3 of Series 4. This was the first scene they filmed in the morning of Dr Max DeBryn cycling around Radcliffe Square but it didn’t make the final edit. I’ve cycled over those cobble stones and it’s not comfortable at all.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Agfa Vista 200 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 3 – part 1

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour, Series 4 Episode 3 in Oxford. This was the first day of filming, a Sunday as I recall. It was an early-ish start and I remember the streets being quite empty and quiet but that didn’t last for long. One of the things I enjoy about putting these Endeavour blog posts together is going through my images and remembering things that happened around 6 months before. I don’t usually rush to develop my Endeavour films because I know I won’t be doing much with the shots until after the episodes have been broadcast so it’s often weeks or months until I see if there’s even anything on the rolls. After I’ve watched an episode I go through the film scans and pick out my selections to blog. That’s when the various scenes I photographed make sense. More to come.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton, Kodak Supra 200 film (expired), developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 3

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during filming of Endeavour series 4 episode: Canticle in New College, Oxford on a blazing hot day last July. Fortunately I was in the shade most of the time but I really felt for the dancers in their rain mac’s and welly boots. I’ve tried to show some different angles of the set that weren’t seen in the final edit because a huge amount of work had gone into it. The colours in these pictures are very different to the previous post because I used a different film, in this case Fuji Reala 100 which is one of my favourites for sunny weather photography but sadly it’s not made any more.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35, Fuji Reala 100 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 2

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography from Endeavour series 4 episode 2. This was part of the opening sequence which was filmed in Radcliffe Square. The crew started very early to set this up and the day started off overcast but the clouds burnt off quite quickly as I recall and it became a real scorcher of a day. At the time I think it was the hottest day of the year. As the morning progressed the temperature started to rise and so did the numbers of tourists that flowed into Radcliffe Square. If the buildings weren’t enough to get mobile phones snapping it was the presence of a film crew that certainly did. The security crew did a fantastic job with crowd control as the numbers of onlookers increased.  These shots are all from the same roll of film and you can see the harsh sunlight in some of the later shots.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5, Ilford FP4 film @ ISO 200, developed in Kodak HC110 1+31, Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 1 – part 6

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during the filming of the first episode of Endeavour series 4 which is titled ‘GAME’. This was the morning of the very first day of filming in Oxford for this episode. The episode was broadcast last night (8th January 2017) on ITV and as I write this blog post I realise that I made these pictures 7 months ago. It’s nice to look back through them and remember how the 8am start meant that the streets were quiet to begin with but within a couple of hours it was mayhem as fans and onlookers crowded the pavements. I remember being impressed at how the fairly small film crew managed to clear Turl Street for a long lens shot from the Trinity College gates on Broad Street. Unfortunately I had a mishap in the darkroom while I was rushing to develop my films and two rolls got ruined so I’m unable to share those shots.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Reala (expired) film, developed by ASDA, Swindon, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Transformers 5 filming – part 2

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Hollywood came to Oxford in the form of Michael Bay and his Transformers 5 film crew to film some scenes for The Last Knight (or was it E75). Security was quite heavy handed but I did my best to document some of the goings on in-between the rain showers. There was a good variety of camera vehicles and they used a drone for some aerial footage of the black Citreon car driving along New College Lane. I’ve got a feeling the scenes filmed in Oxford will probably be set in London in the final edit of the movie.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35, Ilford FP4+ @ ISO 200, developed in Kodak D76 1+1 15mins. Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: Remembrance Sunday, 2016 – part 1

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

This is the first part of my coverage of the 2016 Remembrance Sunday event in Oxford. The sky was clear in the morning which made for very contrasty light. Last year I used large format film so this year I decided to change things up a bit and mainly used 35mm. I did also take a 6×9 medium format camera but didn’t use it very much. More images to follow.

[Tech info:] Olympus OM40, Ilford HP5 film developed in Kodak HC110 1+31 for 5 mins. Pakon scans.