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ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers. 

The 16th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place on 9th-11th April 2021. Now open for submissions!




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Olympus iSpeed 3

It’s not surprising that since the release of Paul Bryan’s music
video, sales of the Olympus iSpeed 3 camera have doubled, as it has
proved the camera’s capabilities for so much more than its original

The Olympus iSpeed 3, used by Paul Bryan in his music video for
Knuckles/Sovnger, is a versatile and impressive piece of kit.
Originally designed for use in industrial research and ballistics
testing, they offer incredibly high speed, high resolution image
capturing with extreme low-light sensitivity.  Its Controller Display
Unit (CDU) increases its portability as it does away with the need to
link with a laptop or PC.  Solid aluminium construction, the camera with
monitor, is robust and weighs about 6kg.

Paul explained to me that despite the camera’s high specification it
is relatively simple and self-explanatory to use.  Following a brief
training session at Peterborough Station with an Olympus rep, Paul began
experimenting and finding out what the camera could do.  The main
advantages for Paul were the ability to enhance the frame speed under
low-light conditions—imperative for filming on the Paris Metro.  The
pulsating lights, are also achieved by bumping up the frame rate to
capture the natural flicker of the metro’s neon-strip lighting.

Olympus quality custom designed CMOS 1280 x 1024 sensor
Full resolution recording to 2,000 fps
Monochrome or Colour options
Pixel Size 21 micron
Dimensions 112 mm (W) x 141 mm (H) x 341 mm (L)
Weight 5 kg (including battery), 6.25kg(including CDU monitor)
ISO Rating: Mono 5,000/Mono 40,000 and Colour 1,600/Colour 12,800

Internal Li-Ion battery provides 45 minutes of unsupported operation


Rien d’étonnant à ce que les ventes de caméras Olympus iSpeed 3 aient
doublé depuis la sortie du clip de Paul Bryan. Cette vidéo prouve que
cet appareil possède bien plus de qualités que ne le prévoyait sa
fonction originale.

L’Olympus iSpeed 3, utilisé par Paul Bryan dans le clip de
Knuckles/Sovnger, est d’une polyvalence  impressionnante. Conçue à
l’origine pour la recherche industrielle et les essais balistiques,
cette caméra haute vitesse  offre une haute résolution d’image et une
excellente sensibilité en basse luminosité. Grâce à son unité
d’affichage de commande (CDU), elle n’a plus besoin d’être reliée à un
ordinateur, ce qui améliore considérablement sa portabilité. De plus,
bien qu’il ait un écran et un solide boîtier en aluminium, il ne pèse
que 6kg.

Paul Bryan explique que malgré ses spécifications élevées, sa caméra
est relativement facile d’utilisation. Après une brève séance
d’entraînement avec un représentant d’Olympus à la gare de Peterborough,
Paul Bryan a commencé à faire des essais pour explorer les capacités de
la caméra. Ce que le réalisateur a vraiment apprécié, c’est la
possibilité d’accélérer la vitesse d’obturation dans des conditions de
faible luminosité, ce qui représente atout essentiel pour filmer dans le
métro parisien. Les effets de pulsations lumineuses sont aussi obtenus
en augmentant le débit d’images, afin de faire ressortir le clignotement
des néons du métro.

Caractéristiques :

Capteur CMOS 1280 x 1024 sur mesure, qualité Olympus
Enregistrement jusqu’à 2 000 images par seconde en pleine résolution
Option monochrome ou couleur
Taille du pixel : 21 microns
Dimensions 112 mm (l) x 141 mm (H) x 341 mm (L)
Poids 5 kg (avec batterie), 6.25kg (avec l’écran CDU)
Batterie interne Li-Ion 45 minutes d’autonomie
Sensibilité ISO : Mono 5000/Mono 40000 et Couleur 1600/Couleur 12800




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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.  
Scott began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction. 

He moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France. 




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