Insurance for media equipment

In the event that you borrow Slade School media equipment during out of term time, are travelling abroad with equipment or want to insure your own items for location work, one company we can recommend is Performance, film and media.   TEL 020 8256 4932 Please make sure you describe Slade items as ‘hired in equipment’ and give the total replacement value which will be the insured amount. In cases where the replacement value of items is difficult to find ask the media store staff for advice. A copy of the insurance cover should be sent or given to the Read more

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation  The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation provides financial grants to students and to artists in the early or developmental stage of their career. The Foundation focuses solely on those who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking. Grants are intended to assist applicants in the study or practice of their art, and the costs associated therewith, such as tuition, studio rental, model fees, travel and living expenses. Eligible courses of study or training include undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies and diploma programs from accredited institutions, recognized residencies, apprenticeships/internships and studio training.

Film and video art installation resource

KS Objectiv are a group of technical specialists based in London who provide solutions for artists, galleries, museums and independent curators displaying audiovisual artworks. They install film and digital media artworks for many renowned artists across the UK and worldwide and have a wealth of expertise in delivering cutting-edge film, video and sound installation art. Their aim is always to achieve the best possible presentation of an artist’s vision, whilst offering the best possible value. What they do offer a range of services to suit different requirements, from small installations through to providing a comprehensive project management package of exhibition design, Read more

Guide to projectors for interactive installations

Video projectors are one of the most important tools for creators of interactive installations. The information for projectors is available on various websites, but this 2 part guide will focus on their use in production and interactive environments. Part 1 will focus on the projector as hardware(lenses, lumens, surfaces etc), and part 2 will go into more details on the software and calibration considerations. This will gather some of that disparate knowledge into the important bits you need to make informed decisions about creating a high quality experience. They vary in scale from pocket-sized (or smaller) pico’s to refrigerator sized Read more


London based Film Photography, Traditional and Alternative Photography Specialists. They sell Film, Paper, Chemistry, Darkroom, Portfolios, Inkjet supplies.     Silverprint 120 London Rd, London SE1 6LF020 7620 0169

Online learning with

As of 1 October 2014, UCL are trailing a one year campus wide license to Go to the site and and choose log in, then log in through your organisation or school. This will bring you to the UCL single sign on page where you enter your UCL username and password and that will return you to where you can choose a course.

Final Cut Pro X myths busted

When Final Cut Pro X was released, a thousand editors suddenly cried out in terror. Far from being silenced, however, the noise continued as a rolling grumble, audible as background noise to this day. At release, FCP X was far from perfect, but it’s changed. While many (not all!) of the feature gaps have been plugged since release, there is still hear the same old criticisms levelled against it. To halt further misinformation, here’s rebuttal to a huge list of perceived, overheard, incorrect criticisms of Final Cut Pro X, and a few workarounds and solutions to genuine issues.   1. Read more

Converting a 16/9 sequence into a 4/3 video

This is an old post from Larry Jordan, FCP instructor NOTE: This process changed since this was posted. See the update at the bottom. When working with PAL just use DV PAL settings in place of NTSC Tom Porett, from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, writes: I enjoy your newsletter greatly – thanks very much.   I have a question about converting a 16:9 format to 4:3 in letterbox format (with bars). If there is an issue of the newsletter that has that info I’d appreciate it.   I am uploading work to Google video and they require Read more