I shot this piece on my FS700. Most of the grade and colour was achieved in camera, using a custom picture profile based on Cine4. S-log2 was too wide for this and lifted the black background too much. Only used two lenses, Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L and the 70-200 f/2.8 L.

Key is a 500w softbox, filled with a Sachtler Reporter 300. Backlights are two F&V K4000 Daylight Panels. There are then two Dedolights, one adding a bit more cold light onto the black cloak, and the second one with the DP1 kit, break up gobo and purple gel to add some dappled reflections from the crown.

It was also the first time I’d used my new Sound Devices 552 mixer/recorder – feeding it with a Sennheiser G3 lav kit clipped to his t-shirt, and a Sanken CS3e Shotgun. The limiters in the 552 really helped me cope with the huge range in volume from the very talented actor.

It makes for a rare treat that I can shoot something and share it here – most of my work being for internal use within corporations!

You can see more about the book and project here: www.rhymesofhistory.com - along with a second video featuring Queen Emma.

I was working for, and it was produced and edited by my good friends at oXyFire