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den lennie
London, UK
Cinematographer, Educator & Entrepreneur Helping Aspiring Film Makers Shoot Like Pro's
Interests: Film Making, Lighting, Music, Off Roading, Apple products, Editing
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Hi folks and thanks for visiting. I'm no longer updating this blog. Instead I'm focussing my efforts over at You can find great free film making resources there as well as a series of online courses and all the upcoming film making workshops. Den Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Den Lennie
Congratulations to Nuno Barbosa from Portugal, who's entry 'Life's a Soundcheck has won the inagural Rode Mic Rockumentary film competition. The standard of entries was very high and as one of the judges I found it very difficult to narrow field down fom 20 shortlisted finalists to the final 10.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Den Lennie
I think by his own admission he screwed up by underestimating the complexity of task. From talking with Erik, he has a desire to produce a very advanced mount that will control iris and focus wirelessly at a price point well under $1000. I guess we'll have to wait and see. But I guess it's big of him to fess up and say sorry.
Back at NAB 2010 Birger Engineering announced the Birger adaptor for the Sony FS100.... I got very excited and even got a prototype to try out. And then we waited....and we waited.... and then ......nothing. Since then the Hong Kong made Metabones adaptor has been doing a great job at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at Den Lennie
Increasingly big brads are turning to film makers to come up with more imaginative ways to sell their products, services and widgets. This presents even more avenues for creative film makers to capitalise on his shift away from bland corporate films into interesting narratives and more considered storytelling. Here's what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Den Lennie
My Mate Ed Moore is really annoying! Because he is young, talented and a very successful DOP. Ed's work is excellent and he's always busy. This morning he just posted his latest project on Facebook and it's great. It's a promo film for a further education colege in London called... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Den Lennie
Roger Deakins is one of my all time favorite cinematographers. His work with the Coen brothers ranks as some of the most vivid and stylised sculpiting of light I've ever seen. Thanks to Arri and IBC he did an interview last weekend where he openly discussed the reality that Film... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Den Lennie
John Brawley is the DP who has been helping Black magic Design - develop their eagerly anticipated Cinema Camera due for release any day now. Black Magic Camera – John Brawley reveals all. John Brawley is a Director of Photography working in both Australia and LA. His work has taken... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Den Lennie
I've just released the first episode of a brand new poscast series called "Industry Insights" I'm thrilled that I will be joined by Bruce Logan , ASC and Mick Jones. We all met in February this year at the Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout in Chicago. During this time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at Den Lennie
Hi Robin, When you hit slow mo trigger the file writes simultaneously to the samurai from the HD-SDI. The trouble is the Samurai only records 50i so you need to ensure the output is set to 50i not 25P. Then you simply de-interlace the samurai footage- using JES de-interlacer. It's ok but not a great solution- to be honest we find the internal codec handles the slow mo pretty well
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2012 on Sony NEX FS700 on Location at Den Lennie
So just where would you begin? The good new is you don't need to fumble around trying to figure that one out. Why? 3 legends of Hollywood are sharing a golden opportunity for you to learn how to make $1 million Indie movies for two special days in August in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at Den Lennie
Sorry this blog has been quiet for a while - I'm actually posting more frequently on but I'm probably going to turn this site at into more of my shooting /production blog. Anyway talking of shooting Zacuto/kessler have just released the 2nd part of the Revenge of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Den Lennie
You'll need to click on this link to be taken to Zacuto's webpage to watch the episode Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Den Lennie
Modern production is demanding and frankly hard work at times. So why do we still do it? Because we love it. But just how do you navigate through the harsh environment with clients changing their minds at the last minute and expecting you to do 3 days work in a... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2012 at Den Lennie
We've seen a few of these over the last couple of years and this one is particularly funny. All to be taken with tongue firmly in cheek - Not for the sensitive :) Here's what all the talk is about... Blackmagic Cinema Camera Tech Specs More info here: Camera... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Den Lennie
There sure is a lot to choose from right's a tough decision what to invest in.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2012 on Sony NEX FS700 on Location at Den Lennie
Paco, I'm a big fan of Zeiss ZF lenses. They have a Nikon mount but there are many adaptors out there to convert from EMount to Nikon. I'd look to get a 35mm f1.4 , a 50mm f1.4 and and 85mm f1.4 as a started lens set.
I was in the US last week partly for NAB where I was speaking for Tiffen , but I tapped on a few days in LA and while I was there I did an interview for Jared Abrams at, he is creating a short documentary about what inspires us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Den Lennie
I'm currently in LA and today drive over to Las Vegas with Mick Jones and Bruce Logan ASC. to speak and attend the NAB SHOW 2012. It's going to be a great show this year. I've been comning to NAB since 2003 and it's an absolute heaven for gear junkies... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2012 at Den Lennie
Back in February I was invited to take part in the Zacuto/Kessler Crane Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout. Along with eth extremely talented Mick Jones from Australia together we were Camera Masters for the Sony NEX FS100. This was an incredible experience working in collaboration with around 60 people... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at Den Lennie
It has been delayed
Hi Rene, Yes I will be at NAB. I'll be speaking on the Tiffen Booth and at Zacuto about the shootout
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2012 on Sony NEX FS700 on Location at Den Lennie
A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend shooting under NDA with a pre production model of the recently announced Sony NEX FS700. I teamed up with James Tonkin of who I shot Vertigo with on the FS100 and we shot a film that will be available in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at Den Lennie
Guy Thatcher from and I have spent a part of today playing with the new Nikon D4 and D800 and comparing them to the Canon 5D Mark II and my trusted Sony FS100. Now we did not set out to create any sort of camera test but out of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at Den Lennie
On Saturday I'm DP'ing a shoot and will be using Briese Lights for the first time. A few years a go I was on set shooting BTS of a fashion commercial and the Photograher was using them. They're an unusual looking light source but they produce the most incredible light... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Den Lennie