Film Friday: Phillip Bloom’s “13 Stops Down the Canals of Venice”

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who, for the past seven years of his 24-year career has specialized in creating incredible film-like images with low budget video. His most iconic work is created with Canon DSLRs. As one of the biggest evangelists for their use in productions his website has become the place to go to for budding filmmakers as well as experienced ones keen to embrace the new technology. His site now regularly has over a million visitors a month.

Today, we are sharing with you his most recent short titled “13 Stops Down the Canals of Venice” which was put together “using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera whilst arriving in Venice and going down the canals to the location of the workshop,” states Bloom.

13 Stops Down the Canals of Venice

About This Shoot

Bloom states, “This was almost all shot 30p and conformed to 25p to get a little bit of slow motion and to make the handheld more acceptable. I wanted a more classically shot example of footage from the camera even though a lot of this is handheld using the Zacuto Marauder Rig which gave more steadiness and reduced the rolling shutter issues. The tripod had way too much fine vibration going through it from the boat’s motor but there are still a few shots from the tripod. I REALLY needed a Gondola!

Minimal warp Stabilise was used in Premiere CC to steady it more. It’s a tricky plugin when there is a lot of work to do and the frame changes so much, after all the boat is moving the whole time….it’s close to being spot on though!

This was shot for the upcoming part 3 of the Blackmagic Pocket Camera review which is coming in a couple of weeks or so after I have spent more quality time with the camera!

Glass used was Lumix 7-14mm F4 and 12-35 F2.8. Both had a variable ND on. The 7-14 had filters steps ups pushed over the leaf and the 82mm thread ed heliopan was screwed over it as you can see in the picture.”


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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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