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: Cinematographer Ben Cole
Making Films With a Positive Message
UK cinematographer Ben Cole has established himself as a spiritually oriented, one-man film crew, often working around the globe with first time directors who want to make films with a positive message. “This mission is still my quest and life seems to point people who have heard of my positive adventures towards me.”
Cole’s latest effort will take him to Cape Town, South Africa to lecture
at a screening (on February 7, 2013) to spread his message of positive filmmaking.
To accommodate his extensive travel, Cole is constantly fine-tuning a high quality, light-weight digital film kit compact enough to take as hand luggage on a flight.
Presently Cole owns and operates RED and DSLR camera equipment that allows him to be mobile, to get into remote locations. “The Epic camera I love, but it's not a documentary tool. On the RED, I love to shoot feature dramas and commercials, to pay my rent and support my family, and because I have many years experience as an actor to bring to the table.” But for Cole the RED has its limitations. “The cooling fan on the Epic makes a loud noise when you’re not filming, which often interferes with the event you’re supposed to be a silent witness to.
“My philosophy is to disappear when I'm shooting documentary, so that the people being filmed can get on with their life without feeling self conscious of the film crew. The DSLRs are wonderful for that. 'I'm just a tourist taking photos approach'. On many projects I'm asked to shoot some of the footage 'guerilla style’. That means no permissions, just wander in and shoot. Of course sometimes this can compromise one's integrity, but most of my films are trying to make a positive comment on life and I find a good excuse in that, to shoot first and ask permission later. I often shoot on my Nikon D800 and then shoot some beauty shots on the Epic once I have permission.” READ MORE...