Anton du Beke – Strictly Come Dancing

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We recently spent five days filming at Centrestage Studios in Islington with the highly talented and charming Anton du Beke from Strictly Come Dancing. We were working on various dance numbers for a new show – to be shown on cruise liners as they negotiate the seas of the Caribbean.  We filmed Anton with various partners dancing to many of the old classics and some modern numbers too.

We used a variety of cameras on the five day shoot including, Sony F55, Fs7 Mk II and Panasonic GH5’s.  With fixed cameras, track & dolly and Polecam we had plenty of footage to cut together for each number.  We edited on Adobe Premier Pro and Da Vinci.

It was a fantastic shoot enjoyed by all.  One major highlight was the London West Indian Calypso Choir – fantastic sounds and singing………and lets not forget the dancing!


Bluefin Television Produce Fishing Promo's


BLUEFIN TELEVISION have recently completed two films for East Lodge Fishing, a Hampshire based fly-fishing company. The first film is an introduction to the specific methods of fly-fishing on the chalk-streams of southern England. The intention was to demystify the world of fly-fishing and encourage new-comers of all ages to try the sport. No longer the preserve of the tweed-wearing classes, fly fishing is becoming more and more popular and the films aim was to promote that.


Producer / Director of Photography, Ant Leake, explains - 'We worked with Freddie Rostand ex BBC Presenter, who co-wrote and narrated the promos. Our intention was to film the beauty of the East Lodge beat and the surrounding floodplains of the Itchen Valley throughout the year capturing, each season in all its glory. But the reality was rather different with last minute scrambles to get down to the river when the light was right, or there was a particularly spectacular sunset. We filmed some lovely footage using underwater cameras, drones and Polecam which caught the stunning scenery in all its beauty, along with instruction from expert fly-fisherman & Presenter, John Reeve.'

Size matters for Bluefin Television.

 Marcus du Sautoy, Precision - The Measure of All Things. Bluefin Television for the BBC 

Marcus du Sautoy, Precision - The Measure of All Things. Bluefin Television for the BBC 

Bluefin Television has been filming a 3 x 1 hour documentary series, ‘Precision – The Measure of All Things’ for the BBC. Covering the history of measurement, the series, presented by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, is due for transmission early in 2013.

The series has been shot all over the world including the US, UK, Germany, Italy, France & Switzerland using Sony PMW-500 cameras with DSLRs and Sony MC1 Mini-Cams all supplied by Bluefin TV.

DoP Ant Leake: ‘The PMW-500 camera aligned with Canons HJ lenses produces beautiful images and was the perfect camera for this series. We had to be fairly mobile and were often working as a small crew so it’s relatively light weight was an added advantage too. The SxS workflow is fast and efficient and the images look fantastic fresh from the camera. Series Director, Mike Cunliffe, has also spent time grading and has done a terrific job, it looks sharp and vibrant and brings the best out of all the varied locations’.

Established in 1995, Bluefin Television have been BBC ‘Approved Suppliers’ of Equipped Crews since 2006 and offer a full range of camera, sound and lighting equipment, along with some of the UK’s top camera crews.

Specialist filming services include, Underwater, Altitude, Marine, Vehicle, Aerial Ski-Cam & Mini-Cams.

New Dry Hire equipment available

 Sony F55 Camera - Available for hire from Bluefin Television, along with a huge range of other gear.

Sony F55 Camera - Available for hire from Bluefin Television, along with a huge range of other gear.

Sony F55 large-sensor camera

Aligned with the OLED viewfinder the camera produces stunning images with 14 stops of latitude and is a genuine rival to the Arri Alexa and RED cameras. At 1080 it looks fantastic but also has 2K and 4K recording options. We have a range of PL lenses, including Zeiss, Cooke and Canon. Adaptors allow use of Canon EF lenses and the Canon HJ series zooms.

Sony FS700 Camera

Sony 35mm large-sensor Camera. Shoots 240 fps at 720p and up to 940 fps. Perfect for those dramatic slo-mo shots that can add production value. The camera shoots at 28mbs but we can supply an Aja Ki-Pro recorder to shoot at 50 / 100 mbs – although only in standard frame rates. Slo-Mo records at 28mbs but looks very good.

Other recent purchases include:

Kino Flo Celeb LED Light

Similar to the Kino Flo Diva light the Celeb can be run from battery’s so perfect when no mains power is available. It’s LED’s work perfectly across the colour spectrum.

Sound Devices 664 Field Production Mixer

This award winning recorder / mixer has 6 input channels and four output buses. All inputs and outputs are recordable to both CF and SD Cards. The 664 can send its main L/R outputs to three cameras simultaneously so very useful for complex multi-camera productions.

Datavision Teleprompter

This is a full ‘over the lens’ unit – which can also be stand-mounted next to the camera too. It uses an iPad or iPhone interface with a wired remote control. An iPad comes with the kit. It comes with full instructions and you can be up and running within minutes.

Visit our Sound & Lighting Hire page for more information on our fantastic range of kit available for hire. Or get in touch