Alex Webb film stock (1 reply and 12 comments)
Does anyone know what film stock Alex Webb used? He is by far the most inspiring artist when it comes to the way I approach photography. His color photography is so rich and bold. I love the contrast, theres something raw and transcendent about his photos, something that's impossible to put into words.
Alex Webb uses all type of camera’s and film stocks he also uses digital SLR’s and his favourite is Leica digital. The first photo could be digital medium format but I’d say it was Fujichrome 100 professional ‘reversal’ stock, this stock is really good and will give you breathtaking images used in conjunction with quality lenses. The other photos are a mixture of digital and film but unsure of the stock used. Use an Amber/ orange filter which will make reds explode with colour. Grab yourself a medium format camera and Fuji reversal stock and you will never look back. I have two fridges full of Fuji stock including 35mm which I just love!
Two fridges full of film! Now that's what I call dedication! Back in the days before digital, I used Agfa because I like the colour blue - and I did the E6 thing myself as I was working in journalism and had to get the pictures over to London, NY or wherever the next day.
UK magazines were painfully slow in taking up the Interweb and we had to send copies of slides by post very often. Even into the late 90s many mags were still using gallies (those large sheets of cellophane) instead of DTP.
I forgot to mention the freezer in the garage? “Hello” magazine type mags still produce stunning photos (digital) probably all freelance stuff. although I still love the old 5x4 negs, lovely quality.
When we did the news agency thing for mags, the larger weekly glossies had a staff of between 25 and 50. But a monthly 100-page trade mag was often just two people for editorial - editor and staff writer. Everything else was 'stringers' and agencies like ours. Layouts would be done in a large publishing house by either a central layout department or someone in the editorial office and ad-sales were usually centralised but had a dedicated person that covered one or two mags.
EMAP Business Publishing had 470+ trade magazines, but shortly after I sold my agency, the trade mag bubble burst and the lesser titles were just scrapped. Those that were not thrown into the jaws of oblivion were sold to small publishing operations or just donated to the editorial staff, who could make a go of things without the huge overheads of Fleet Street or Canary Warf.
Digital v. film - like in the movies, time is money! Watching a scanner churn its way through a few dozen 4x5s just is not on the cards, let alone the developing and sorting involved.
Today everything has to be quick and everything has to be as cheap as possible. I was very lucky to get out when I did and with a paycheque that allowed me to retire at the grand old age of 49 and start a lifestyle business.
Very interesting. Ah! You have money? Can I interest you in a film called “Summit fever” going to be filmed on the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc shortly. You are an
ideal investor, You have good German legs, perfect for carrying equipment up mountains. Great investment to throw, sorry, I mean invest your money in a great film and turn a profit. Much better than buying a silly cinema in Paignton and watch Keystone cops followed by a pole dancing act!
Mike, do you have any recommendations for some Amber/Orange filters?
Lee filters, Format filters are extremely good. USA ones are excellent too but look on EBay, there are thousands all at give away prices. Get the other colours too.
Edit suites have a whole range of filters. The world is awash with them.
Photography is all about filters so make sure you have access to them.
David W, go to LEE filters, Masters of light site. Can’t find the link myself but it’s there, well worth reading.
Quote: "I mean invest your money in a great film and turn a profit. Much better than buying a silly cinema in Paignton and watch Keystone cops followed by a pole dancing act!"
I could tell you some toe-curling but screamingly funny stories about pole dancers - and one Glaswegian pole dancer in particular!
But that to one side - I can imagine that a comedy about a pole dancer would have more traction than a story about hardship and pain. Life is miserable enough as it is, without paying good money to watch other people being even more miserable!
Anyway, I'm fully involved in the preproduction of the story of the rise and fall and rise again of 'Raving Jim Grunt and the Pubes' (an all-girl band from the 60s).
All girl band from the 1960’s. That is new, didn’t know they existed. I have heard of the “Pheasant pluckers” and only last week I watched the “plonkers” plucking their ‘Rickenbacker's’ and drinking scrumpy at the same time.
It was me being silly (again!) But I am toying with the idea of really calling our first attempt at losing money 'Raving Jim Grunt' - either that or Hoogendooble.
I shall write something about what statistically makes for a successful movie later today, but right now I have to go to a meeting. Further to that - one question - How many producers does 'Summit Fever' have?
Ah! Pub meetings are the best. Two Executive Producers and just one Producer for that film but that may change.
Statistically, the more producer credits a movie has, the less likely it is to make money. Just one producer means an average 108% return on investment (i.e. 8% profit) four or more means 39% RoI or an average 61% loss. I shall discuss this and other factors in a piece here today or tomorrow.