Red DIT - Paul Clements
Red Camera and digital imaging Technician DIT Paul Clements
Telephone: 07786444333
paulclementscx@gmail.com

As well as bringing lots of practical experience and knowledge to any production at an honest and affordable daily rate, I can also bring a Red One camera kit with Arri MB19 mattebox, Arri FF4 follow focus, a DIT cart including an Apple Mac Pro tower with LTO4 Tape backup, Red Rocket card and monitor, accessories and lots of the latest software, as well as a camera kit bag full of useful accessories.

In recent years I've been fortunate enough to be the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) on a whole host of projects including commercials, feature films, short films, music videos and lots more.

I work tirelessly to insure a quality service with quality equipment and all at a quality and affordable price suitable to the project. I am available for suitable deferred payment projects so please feel free to enquire.
Please feel free to email me on paulclementscx@gmail.com or better still call me on 07786 444333 for a chat about your shoot. If you require it I will be happy to liaise with whoever you've lined up for both production and post and offer helpful, friendly advice to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.

If you require any file conversion during or after the shoot I will be happy to discuss such requirements and provide a workflow that fits with your timescale. With the Red Rocket I can have your footage ready in whatever format by the end of an average shooting day.

I can also provide LTO4 tape based backup for your upcoming or previous projects. LTO4 can record upto 800GB on a single tape with a shelf life of approximately 30 years.



 
Sky - Must be the Music
Ft. Dizze Rascal, Jamie Cullum & Sharleen Spiteri
Alan Carr - Chatty Man (C4) ITV World Cup

 






 
If we hire you and your camera what do we need to provide?


What type of harddrive(s) should we supply?


What is your role as the DIT?

We need to start editing as soon as possible after the shoot how long will it take?

What's included with the Red One Camera?

What's included in the Camera Kit Bag?

What's included with the Mac Pro?


 
 


If we hire you and your camera what do we need to provide?


You will need to supply Lenses, Grip (Tripods, steadicam or dolly) and Monitoring (HD-SDI compatible monitors such as the popular Panasonic BT-LH1700w with HD-SDI cable drums and cable lengths) (Please note, for larger lenses you may want to hire a larger mattebox, the MB19 I can provide fits a variety of lenses so please contact me beforehand to check if it will work correctly for you). You can hire all of this extra equipment from one of the many rental houses in the UK. Most DoP's have their favoured grips, rental houses and choice of lenses so it's not in my interest to provide a limited amount of equipment in these sectors and instead focus on providing the best DIT infrastructure for your shoot.

I provide a complete camera kit (see further down the page for complete listing). If you are unsure of whether something will work or not please forward a list of the kit and I will consult as to whether there are any issues you may need to think of (For example: Hiring a Video Assist may require an HD to SD down convertor to provide a signal to work on their monitors).

You will need to provide at least one harddrive to take your footage away on (See below for more information).

You will also need to provide a copy of your insurance for the shoot.
 
 


What type of harddrive(s) should we supply?


Ideally you need to supply a harddrive(s) which has eSATA and Firewire 800 (FW800) capabilities. These two means of plugging the drive into a computer are two of the fastest, mainstream means of transferring data. A drive with both will be usable in all good post production facilities. USB 2.0 and Firewire 400 are too slow. An average shoot day is typically no more than 250GB's of rushes for one camera. I would go with a minimum of 500GB to be on the safe side as harddrives that are too full tend to slow down.

It is possilbe to use a 1TB drive for 2 or 3 shoot days, even if they are seperate productions (This is dependent on what you are shooting, how long for and how long your takes are). If you do not wish to supply two harddrive's on set please make sure you have at least one other copy created immediately after the shoot using a checksum application to ensure a perfect backup. A further backup will also be made during the shoot and kept on my own mirrored RAID for upto 14 days after the shoot. Do not rely on just one copy of the footage to last forever.

My personal preference are the following drives, they are reliable, fast and can be set to RAID 1 for making a mirrored copy within the drive (So should one of the two built in drives fail you can still get the footage back):
1TB GRaid GTECH drive

Alternatively these small rugged Lacie drives offer a good means of backup on location with little or no power supply available, although they don't offer as fast or reliable backups as the GRaid:
LaCie Rugged XL 1TB Hard Disk
 
 


What is your role as the DIT?

My role as the DIT is in some ways similar to a clapper loader on 35mm film productions but in others very different. As well as knowing all about the camera, it's pro's and con's and technical aspects the DIT must know all about the post workflow of the many different applications from Baselights to Apple Color and Avid to Final Cut. I help to setup the camera at the begnning of the day. I then check with the Director of Photography and focus puller that they are happy with the settings on the camera.

I handle the footage from the camera from formatting media through to the creation of backups whilst running checks on the shots throughout the day. Often the DoP or focus puller will ask me to check backed up footage on certain elements of a shot from noise in the dark areas to how something in shot is clipping or simply to check the focus on a tricky focus pull. I will also grade the footage to the DoP's desired look and clients satisfaction, giving them an idea of the scope of choices once they begin colour grading further down the line.

More often than not I will liase with post production over delivery of the footage and which file type it is required in. Often I will provide converted offline files for the editor or 1080p HD footage for an online. I also provide other helpful features between set and post that will help make your editors life easier.

The task of simply backing up data is relatively simple but there are issues one must always watch out for and be extremely careful of. With every task of the DIT there are very subtle nuances that must be checked and double checked against. I know of entire shoots that have lost all their footage or many important shots because they didn't use an experienced DIT or the correct protocols.

There are some who feel the role of the DIT is not an essential one and that a four day course can teach you everything you need to know. But the fact of the matter is that with experience and a continually changing understanding of the many different Post production methods, new tools, features, accessories and Red camera firmware upgrades means that a good DIT could be the difference between a succesful and unsuccesful shoot.

I will also transcode the footage into the required file type for offline or online during the shoot if so required.

Owning my own camera allows me to continually improve my own understanding and effectiveness in a production environment.
 
 


We need to start editing as soon as possible after the shoot how long will it take?


I can convert your files to practically any format by the end of the shootday. Naturally this is dependant on the amount of footage shot and the amount of cameras being used. But for the average shoot day I can transcode your rushes to HD1080p Full quality files of your choice (For example: Apple ProRes (HQ) or MXF). I charge £1.50 per minute (£90 per hour) of footage for file conversion (Average shootday is approx. 1.5 hours of footage - £135).
 
 


What's included with the Red One Camera?


RED ONE CAMERA BODY
ARRI MB19 MATTEBOX
ARRI FF4 FOLLOW FOCUS
4 x RED BATTERIES
2 x CHARGERS
2 x RED DRIVES (Approx 6 hours record time)
4 x COMPACT FLASH
VIEWFINDER (EVF)
VIEWFINDER MOUNT (Element Technica)
ON BOARD MONITOR (Red 5.6" Monitor)
COMPACT FLASH MODULE
ARRI BRIDGE PLATE (Element Technica Hybrid plate)
ARRI BASE PLATE (Element Technica 12" plate, can fit directly to O'Connor heads)
19mm STEEL BARS (18" and 12")
RED DRIVE CAGE W/ BATTERY MOUNT
TOP HANDLES
NOGA ARMS
HANDLES AND SHOULDER MOUNT
RED LEMO CABLES
MINI-BNC TO BNC ADAPTORS
MINI-XLR TO XLR ADAPTORS
PL MOUNT
ALUMINIUM FLIGHTCASE
 
 


What's included in the Camera Kit Bag?


HDLINK (FOR CONNECTING CAMERA TO DVI OR HDMI CAPABLE MONITORS USING BNC )
CLAPPER BOARD
10M FOCUS PULLER TAPE MEASURER
FOCUS CHART
FOLLOW FOCUS MARKERS
WHITE TAPE
BLACK TAPE
4' x 4' POLYBAGS
BNC T CONNECTORS
BNC TO BNC CONNECTORS
CLOTHS
HURRICANE BLOWER
KENAIR NOZZLE
KENAIR REFILL CAN
DULLING SPRAY
12" SAUSAGE MARKERS
CHINAGRAPH WHITE
FLAT HEAD 'T' SCREW DRIVER
MAGLITE AA TORCH
DOUBLE SIDED HOOK & LOOP FASTENER 5M BLACK
VELCRO
ASSORTMENT OF TOOLS
ASSORTMENT OF CABLES
... AND MORE
 
 


What's included with the Mac Pro?


MAC PRO TOWER
HP 24" MONITOR
RED ROCKET CARD
BUILT IN 2TB MIRRORED RAID ARRAY
BUILT IN 2TB STRIPED RAID ARRAY
RUNS MAC OS AND WINDOWS 7 - CROSS PLATFORM FILE SHARING
VARIOUS RED BASED/RELATED SOFTWARE
CHECKSUM SOFTWARE FOR ACCURATE BACKUP
ESATA TO REDDRIVE CONNECTION FOR FASTER BACKUP/CHECKSUM
SPARE ESATA/USB PORTABLE HARDDRIVE
SURGE PROTECTION AND UPS BATTERY BACKUP PROTECTING YOUR DRIVES & FOOTAGE!
 
 



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