Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Blackmagic Design helps student filmmaker tackle men's mental health

27/09/2022

From the Edge of the Clouds was shot in 1080p using Blackmagic RAW and edited and graded with DaVinci Resolve

By Contributor

Published: September 27, 2022

From the Edge of the Clouds was shot in 1080p using Blackmagic RAW and edited and graded with DaVinci Resolve

target=_blank title=Share on LinkedIn class=share-linkedin>

For most people, creating a short film for their final year dissertation is a stressful enough process, let alone considering the prospect of using it as a platform for discussions around men's mental health and suicide. But for recent graduate and independent filmmaker Melanie Keeler, the challenge was an important one.

I always want my films to engage with topics that are important, said Keeler. My first productions looked at LGBT issues and a rare medical condition that my brother suffers from, and I wanted to keep moving the needle. Men's mental health and discussions around suicide are still taboo subjects; all too often, if men talk about their feelings, they're seen as weak', which is wrong and unhealthy.

The film, From the Edge of the Clouds, features Ian Kay and Niamh Forster, who play two childhood friends, Peyton and Sienna. The pair lose touch and are reunited years after Sienna loses her mother. The film examines themes such as depression, suicide, and how men often struggle to express themselves emotionally.

I was particularly keen to work with talent that could empathise with the issues raised in the film, continued Keeler. Kay had previously dealt with mental health challenges, which helped portray the themes accurately. The film's mood also changes significantly, and colour is a key part of expressing how the characters feel.

From the Edge of the Clouds was shot in 1080p using Blackmagic RAW and edited and graded with DaVinci Resolve.

I loved shooting with the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, said Keeler. It was a great camera for the Steadicam rig we used, and the touchscreen interface makes it very easy to use. When shooting with DSLRs, you often have to go through several different sub-menus to find the setting you want, but Blackmagic's OS makes it really intuitive. The URSA also captures skin tones very effectively, giving the whole film a rich, true-to-life feeling.

The short film was edited in DaVinci Resolve, and with colour being a prominent part of the film, the grading was crucial to give it the right feel. Keeler chose to focus on blue and orange as the film's primary colours, with blue representing the times when Peyton was alone and orange showing moments where warmth and hope were coming back into his life.

Using Blackmagic RAW also gave us the freedom to achieve the cinematic effect we wanted, continued Keeler. We could play with the colour scheme to emphasise different aspects of the film, which wouldn't have been as easy with other formats.

Depression, mental health, emotional literacy and suicide were tough themes to engage with, but I hope this film shines a light on the importance of friendship, patience, communication and working through tough times together, Keeler concluded. The more we can talk about these issues, the less they become taboo - and perhaps more crucially, the greater our chance of preventing future losses.
LINK: https://www.tvbeurope.com/production-post/blackmagic-design-helps-stud...
See more stories from tvb

More from TVB Europe

05/12/2022

Work to start on Littlewoods Film Studios

Remediation of the site is expected to complete by the end of 2023 By Jenny Priestley Published: December 5, 2022 Remediation of the site is expected to co...

05/12/2022

European Broadcasting Union elects new executive board

The board will serve for a two-year period from January 2023 to December 2024. By Jenny Priestley Published: December 5, 2022 The board will serve for a tw...

05/12/2022

TVBEurope's December 2022 issue now available

The new issue covers everything from virtual production to MAM, MPEG-H audio, live sport production and plans to inspire the next generation of engineers By Je...

02/12/2022

Making audio more sustainable

Making life and business more sustainable is now a priority for governments, manufacturers and individuals. The audio market is among those playing its part, wh...

02/12/2022

Capturing the beautiful game's global showcase with Vizrt

Andy O'Neil, regional head of sports, Vizrt, explains how billions of eyeballs around the world will be tuning into tournament coverage with graphics powere...

02/12/2022

Deluxe makes Post Haste acquisition

Post Haste Digital has been acquired by Deluxe as part of the latters global expansion and technology investment strategy By TVBEurope Staff Published: Decemb...

01/12/2022

Live streaming is booming: how broadcasters can take advantage

Live streaming's usage has been growing steadily over the past few years, in large part due to the pandemic, and is expected to increase further in 2023 wit...

01/12/2022

Seven Network uses Imagination for TV trading solution

Imagine Communication's Landmark Sales ad management platform and GamePlan dynamic ad placement engine are both being deployed as part of a new partnership ...

01/12/2022

Rise celebrates media tech's amazing women

Annual Rise Awards celebrate the outstanding women working in the media technology industry By Jenny Priestley Published: December 1, 2022 Annual Rise Awar...

30/11/2022

ITN launches rebrand

The new rebrand, announced today, reflects ITNs evolution to a global production powerhouse By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 30, 2022 The new rebrand...

30/11/2022

Gravity Media adds to equipment rental team

Two new hires, Ian Morrison and Leila Ghazzawi, are welcomed to the business equipment rental division By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 30, 2022 Two ...

29/11/2022

dock10 provides home comforts for BBC's World Cup coverage

The UK's leading television facility is serving as the UK production base for BBC Sport's coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2022 By TVBEurope Staff Publi...

29/11/2022

The future of filmmaking is cloud-based production'

The Rings of Power producer Ron Ames discusses how cloud was a major part of the shows production process, enabling the production team to make art with technol...

28/11/2022

Ealing Studios reveals expansion plans

The new development will include the first Net Zero Carbon stage in the UK By Jenny Priestley Published: November 28, 2022 The new development will include...

28/11/2022

Meet the global head of HR

Anna Nilsson, global head of HR at Vizrt Group, describes her journey into media and falling in love with the industry By TVBEurope Staff Published: November...

25/11/2022

Sky opens Innovation Centre

The centre, which is located at Skys Osterley campus in West London, houses 600 tech engineers By Jenny Priestley Published: November 25, 2022 The centre, ...

25/11/2022

Blackmagic Design updates Cintel to include real-time HDR scanning in UHD

The new model retains features from the original Cintel Scanners, such as digital servos, gentle capstan drives, advanced colour science, 35mm and 16mm film sup...

25/11/2022

Film and TV Charity launches initiative to celebrate the #HiddenHero

Charity is launching an inaugural week-long celebration of everyone who works in TV and film By Jenny Priestley Published: November 25, 2022 Charity is lau...

25/11/2022

Meet thejunior virtual studio developer

dock10s Katie Bayman explains why anyone wanting to enter the media industry should apply for everything, and why its important not to limit yourself to just on...

24/11/2022

How do you create the sound of Mars?

Mark Mangini, sound designer on documentary Good Night Oppy, talks to TVBEurope about creating believable sounds for the Mars Opportunity rover, including when ...

24/11/2022

Canon Europe supports marginalised talent on and off screen

Canon is providing kit for two short films made with the backing of Sir Steve McQueen By Jenny Priestley Published: November 24, 2022 Canon is providing ki...

24/11/2022

James Poole joins outside broadcasting company Televideo

Poole has over 15 years of experience in the outside broadcasting industry and joins Televideo from Timeline Television where he was most recently senior commer...

23/11/2022

Netflix opens Tres Cantos production facility expansion

Tres Cantos features the first remote editing system in Spain, as well as with 30 new rooms which Netflix says will make it easier for creatives to work on proj...

23/11/2022

Meet thesoftware architect

Vizrts Marcus Bergner explains how a computer programming hobby led him into the broadcast industry, and why a software architect needs to be ready to answer an...

22/11/2022

Blu Digital Group expands into Europe with Haymillian acquisition

Blu Digital will take over the companys localisation operations in UK, Greece and Mexico By Jenny Priestley Published: November 22, 2022 Blu Digital will t...

22/11/2022

Tributes paid to ITV's Roger Pearce

Pearce was in Qatar working on his eighth World Cup when he passed away By Jenny Priestley Published: November 22, 2022 Updated: November 23, 2022 Pearce...

21/11/2022

Chapek out as Disney CEO, Iger returns

Iger has agreed to serve as CEO for two years with a mandate from the board to set the strategic direction for renewed growth By Jenny Priestley Published: No...

21/11/2022

Analysis: Global AVoD revenues to almost triple by 2028

The analysts suggest that by 2028, 15 platforms will generate AVoD revenues in excess of $1 billion By Jenny Priestley Published: November 21, 2022 The ana...

21/11/2022

A shared experience: Celebrating World Television Day 2022

From the World Cup to the Queens funeral, TV can still catch the attention of the masses. TVBEurope hears from a number of key industry executives as they analy...

18/11/2022

LYNX Technik appoints new Italian distributor

CVE will offer the entire LYNX Technik range, including yellobrik, greenMachine, testor, and Series 5000 By Jenny Priestley Published: November 18, 2022 CV...

18/11/2022

Canal Plus Group in talks to acquire Orange's pay-TV operations'

Any deal would add another three million subscribers to Canal Pluss streaming offerings, enabling it to gain traction on the global tech giants By Jenny Priest...

17/11/2022

There's a lot more acceptance of the cloud and a lot less fear'

Globecasts Ian Redgewell explains how the power of the cloud is leading to a true operational paradigm shift as well as opening up new ways of working and think...

17/11/2022

Meet thecustomer success manager

From not understanding the broadcast world when he first joined, to working on a World Cup and Super Bowl, Flowics Carlos Martinez explains why he loves being p...

17/11/2022

West Side Story, Euphoria colourists win at 2022 FilmLight Colour Awards

The awards recognise the work of colourists using any technology platform while working across theatrical feature, TV series/episodic, commercial, music video a...

17/11/2022

Mick Bass joins Presteigne Broadcast

Bass has over 30 years of experience in the TV industry overseeing the delivery of live sporting and cultural events for broadcasters across the globe By Jenny...

17/11/2022

Meet thecustomer services manager

From not understanding the broadcast world when he first joined, to working on a World Cup and Super Bowl, Flowics Carlos Martinez explains why he loves being p...

17/11/2022

S&P: TV will benefit the most from Qatar 2022

S&Ps research found football is the most popular live sport in eight of 10 major global markets and in the top three for nine markets, including Poland, Italy, ...

16/11/2022

Latest Unreal Engine update includes dedicated in-camera VFX editor

Unreal Engine has now been used on over 425 film and TV productions, and is integrated into over 300 virtual production stages worldwide By Jenny Priestley Pu...

16/11/2022

Netflix, AWS partner to bring rendering in the cloud to visual effects companies

Netflix said the aim of the partnership is to support a healthy VFX ecosystem, and helping VFX studios move toward the cloud is a step towards that. By Jenny P...

16/11/2022

Ministers spend 2 million on Channel 4 privatisation'

The figure was revealed following a question from Labours Emily Thornberry By Jenny Priestley Published: November 16, 2022 Updated: November 17, 2022 The...

15/11/2022

Daniella Weigner named Rise Woman of the Year

Weigner is being honoured for her work helping Ukrainian TV channels stay on air during the Russian invasion, as well as helping members of the Cinegy team base...

15/11/2022

Report: Average day of filming generates more than one person's annual carbon footprint

The video streaming industry's annual carbon footprint now exceeds that of t...

15/11/2022

Danielle Weigner named Rise Woman of the Year

Weigner is being honoured for her work helping Ukrainian TV channels stay on air during the Russian invasion, as well as helping members of the Cinegy team base...

14/11/2022

Sky's Landscapers tops nominations at RTS Craft & Design Awards

The BBC leads with 35 nominations followed by Sky with 13 and ITV with 11 By Jenny Priestley Published: November 14, 2022 The BBC leads with 35 nominations...

14/11/2022

Up to 5,000 industry workers could be pushed into poverty, warns Film and TV Charity

Charity has launched a fundraising campaign to support film and TV workers who a...

14/11/2022

Exclusive: Andrew Cross steps down as Grass Valley CEO

Cross took the decision to step down following a restructure of the company due to market conditions, but will still continue to serve as an advisor By Jenny P...

11/11/2022

Chris Bailey appointed head of innovation at Jigsaw24 Media

His new responsibilities also include researching and exploring new forward-looking solutions and managed services for Jigsaw24 Media clients By Jenny Priestle...

10/11/2022

The cameras will go where TV doesn't usually have access': Discovery Sports prepares for metaverse debut

Warner Bros Discoverys Francois Ribiero and Scott Young talk to TVBEurope about ...

10/11/2022

NUGEN Audio appoints new CEO

CTO Charles Blessing is stepping into the role following co-founder Dr Paul Tappers decision to step down By Jenny Priestley Published: November 10, 2022 C...

10/11/2022

ProSiebenSat.1 exploring' Sky Deutschland acquisition

According to reports, ProSiebenSat.1 would be interested in acquiring the pay-TV broadcaster due to limited synergies between the two companies By Jenny Priest...