For the past 20 years, Philip Bloom has been making films. Combining his love of cinematography and his passion for travel, he started his filmmaking career traveling the world as a cameraman for Sky covering news events globally, everything from wars to politics to natural disasters, before moving onto documentaries, commercials, short films and Broadcast TV work. In more recent years, this London-based independent DoP and Director has worked with all of the major Networks in the UK and many in the US, including Discovery HD, Channel 4, and ITV. Some of his commercial credits include: Greenpeace: “Voices of Change” which was filmed in Delhi, India and shot on the Canon 5DMKII, a commercial for M-Tel in Bulgaria, and a commercial that was shown in movie theatres around the world for the National Theatre in London.
Widely considered to be one of the new breed of cinematographers, Philip Bloom lives, breathes, eats, sleeps, and dreams filming. Globally, he has become known for his incredible passion for evangelizing low budget film making techniques, in particular 35mm Depth Of Field Adaptors and more recently the very popular Video DSLR cameras. Today, he continues to create independent short films and openly shares his knowledge and passion for independent filmmaking by traveling to different cities across Europe and the US with his F-Stop Academy Workshops, a company he founded jointly this year to teach and inspire film makers of every level on how to create the “Film Look.” He has made two training DVDs on the Canon 5dmkII and the Canon 7D for the F-Stop Academy. He is also the director of a small production company called “Some Like it Shot Productions.”
With his short film “Sophia’s People” he has created his Bloomesque signature of urban street filming, where he shoots hand-held raw footage of urbanites and travelers hanging out along busy city streets and popular pubs. “I just take my 5DMKII and go out on the streets,” says Bloom, “and get random shots of the inhabitants and visitors.” Following the success of “Sofia’s People” and armed with a pre-production Canon 7D, Philip shot “Dublin’s People” in which he received world-wide attention for his urban filmmaking style, including recognition from the shooting crews at Saturday Night Live.
Philip Bloom writes a hugely popular filmmaking blog www.philipbloom.co.uk that takes up most of his non-shooting hours and where he shares information freely with a global audience of similarly obsessed people and reviews lots of new pieces of kit. Philip claims, “My friends no longer invite me to any social events in fear I will film them and then broadcast it over the internet. However, I am currently receiving counseling so I can walk out of my front door without a camera. So far it isn’t working!" Also, it has been reported he spends far too much time on Twitter @philipbloom.
“For the last 20 years, I have been following my passion for making films and it has taken me around the world to places I feel privileged to have seen.” ~ Philip Bloom
FilmFellas Cast 6: “The DP Edition” will feature an eclectic mix of cinematographers from all spectrums of the independent film scene: Robert Primes, ASC (Thirty Something), Trent Opaloch (District 9), Philip Bloom (If I were Prime Minister) and first time host Jens Bogehegn, Cinematographer/Producer of FilmFellas/critics.
The dynamics of such an award winning cast of major players brings forth lively round table discussions from a unique set of perspectives and diverse points-of-view. FilmFellas Cast 6 covers such topics as: creative freedom; the art of collaboration, maintaining the vision/direction of the film, the challenging DP/Director relationship, and cutting edge “game changers” and techniques in cinematography.
Jens Bogehegn (Cinematographer/Producer of FilmFellas/Critics)
Robert Primes, ASC (Cinematographer)
Trent Opaloch (Cinematographer)
Phillip Bloom (Independent DP and Director)
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