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Guest Tutor: Callum Just, Digital Orchard

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Guest Tutor: Callum Just, Digital Orchard
by Tom Davies - Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 11:36 AM

Our BA Practical Filmmaking students were honoured to receive a great guest lecture today from digital imaging innovator Callum Just.

Callum started his training at Royal Holloway, with a half-theoretical, half-practical film training, but really wanted to get shooting as soon as he finished. He gravitated towards cinematography, given a natural affinity for cameras and kit, and worked on low-budget films as a trainee and loader.

The arrival of the Red One introduced a whole new access point into the industry, and Callum became aDigital Imaging Technician (DIT). Based on-set, DITs set up cameras, creating looks for DOPs, backing up data, and preparing imagery for editors.

He received an early break working on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the first production with tapeless flow filmed in the UK, and even though Callum was only 21 years old at the time, he brought a significant knowledge of changing technology to the big-budget production. As a result, he set up Digital Orchard, an agency and diary service for (at present) twenty-two Digital Imaging Technicians, working on productions like Prometheus, Jack The Giant Slayer, and Game of Thrones.

Callum is also part of the Guild of British Camera Technicians, training younger technicians, and giving advice on the industry for the next generation.

His one-day seminar at Central Film School looked at the role of the DIT - how they fit into the digital world, how to build workflows at different budgets, and how to get the best look for the least amount of budget. BA Practical Filmmaking students received expert knowledge on camera settings, image Quality Control, on-set colour grading, producing dailies, and moreā€¦

Thanks for coming to see us, Callum!