Ollie Kenchington is an award-winning filmmaker, colourist and highly respected post-production trainer. He set up Korro Films in 2008, with the UK-based film production agency now producing brand films, commercials and documentaries for global clients. Ollie is also the founder of Korro Academy, where he is lead tutor, teaching thousands of aspiring filmmakers.
Ollie is an assured practitioner across all areas of filmmaking but, by his own admission, he is not an engineer. And that’s fine, because filmmakers using Canon EOS cinema cameras don’t need to be. Canon knows filmmakers simply want a tool that helps them turn creative ideas into striking footage, not a camera that gets in the way.
“I’m more interested in the technical aspects than most people,” Ollie explains. “But your average person doesn’t want to know what’s going on inside the camera, they just want a tool that allows them to do their job. The C200 is a perfect example of that. I’ve been using it for two years, because of how it deals with colour and contrast. I was blown away by how easy it was to get accurate skin tones. With very little effort, I can get beautiful results every time.”
Colour consistency and image quality are vital for so many reasons. Not least because it means a colourist like Ollie can concentrate on the creative aspects of their job, instead of wasting time fixing footage that’s noisy or unbalanced.
“What some cameras give you,” he explains, is “a plasticky or lifeless look”. It then takes a lot of skill to grade it back to an acceptable image. “You can struggle like hell just to get to the kind of starting point that the C200 provides. It’s actually very difficult to get bad results from the camera, whereas some cameras can give even experienced operators bad results.”