Lockdown day 1 - West London

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1y Mar 25, 2020


The second in my series of videos documenting the changing London over the next few weeks.

The previous one was filmed 6 days ago and painted a very different picture to this one. You can watch that one here: https://youtu.be/1_xTyDnt684

These are unprecedented times and I feel it my duty as a documentary filmmaker (yes that is my actual job, reviews are for fun) to capture the effect of the virus on London.

This was filmed in Richmond, Kew, Chiswick, Hammersmith and Ealing between 5 and 6pm.

I expect someone will lecture me (100% guaranteed) in the comments about leaving my house but this is my job. I have been a journalist and cameraman for over 30 years. I am officially recognised as press in the UK. This is no different from any other cameraman filming for the news. I am just making something visually quite different from what we are seeing on the news. I will always take precautions and be safe, here I didn't even leave my car for this one. With my 30 years of experience doing this and filming in some terrible situations, I never place myself on anyone else in any danger or risk. I am absolutely not advocating doing the same as me especially as different counties all have different restrictions right now.

This was filmed on the Kinefinty MAVO LF in 3K 195fps. At this frame rate, it captures in this aspect ratio, 2.4:1

The lens used was the Laowa 12mm EF mount. I used the normal adaptor for the shots including Chiswick then from then on the Kinefinity enhancer (like a speed booster) as at 3K the image is cropped from full-frame to micro four thirds. With the enhancer, I was able to get around a 1.3x crop.

I don't know when I will make my next video, sometime next week I expect. It all depends as the situation seems to be changing almost every day.

Music is "Apart" by Paul Mottram from Audio Network.

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About Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who, for the past 10 years of his 30-year career has specialized in creating incredible cinematic images no matter what the camera. Some of his most iconic work was created with Canon DSLRs.


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