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Best Documentary
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Edmond Terakopian, Magda Rakita and Neil Patience
A short documentary on Pinball Machine enthusiast, renovator and collector James Millham. A journey through these arcade games from an era before the Space Invaders types of video games. A passion for art, craftsmanship and gameplay, along with renovation, creating an interesting past time.
Behind the scenes...
We talked through and planned with storyboarding and a list of interview questions how to approach making this mini documentary. We also got photographs of the location sent to us, so we could have an idea of the space. The filming was done using two Olympus OM-D E-M1 cameras. A huge consideration was that the camera has a built in 5-axis stabiliser, meaning hand held shots would be smooth; essential for some of the planned shots. We used a variety of Olympus lenses, ranging from 8mm to 75mm. For the non hand held work, the cameras were on Gitzo and Manfrotto tripods. We also used a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition for some of the shots inside the machines. In parts, the audio was challenging as the pinball machines produce a buzz. For the audio we used a range of Rode microphones; VideoMic, VideoMic Go, VideoMic Pro, Lavalier and NTG3. Audio was also recorded externally onto a Roland R26. The BTS film by Magda Rakita was shot on a Canon 5D MkIII, using a Rode VideoMic. The editing was done on a MacPro using FCP X. We used Aperture for asset management, ensuring all video and audio clips were catalogued and backed up. To ensure correct colour, we used a pair of Eizo CG277 calibrated monitors. For audio monitoring, a pair of Event Opals were used.

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