Tuesday, June 29, 2010

News from Here & There

Canon Rumors
The Canonrumors website has had a bunch of interesting reports over the past few days about a 60D (with articulating LCD screen) a 3D (something between the 5D and 1D?) and some kind of video camera with an EF mount.

The 60D seems very likely since the 50D is aging and Canon may have even stopped production of that model, but the 3D has been rumored off and on for the last couple of also seems odd that - if the rumors is to be believed - they'd use another vendors chip in a camera.

Color Grading in Photoshop Extended
Richard Harrington, one of the authors of the book From Still to Motionhas posted a video from the book to YouTube that covers using Photoshop for Color Grading. Note: you need Photoshop Extended to do this.
YouTube: Color Grading Footage In Adobe Photoshop Extended

Interview with Zacuto co-founder Steve Weiss
The latest Digital Convergence podcast has an interview with Zacuto co-founder Steve Weiss. Zacuto makes some great gear for the DSLR filmmaker, and also produces some interesting educational web-series about filmmaking, including FilmFellas and the Great Camera Shootout.
He gives his thoughts on DSLR video and independent filmmaking and the need to focus on quality rather than gear. He also talks about the genesis of the FilmFellas and Critics webisodes and shares a few of his ideas on monetization of web content and the future of the content production business.
16x9Cinema: Digital Convergence Episode 24

Sony Pictures renames theater after Ray Harryhausen, Blu-ray release of Jason and the Argonauts
On the eve of his 90th birthday, Sony Pictures Digital Productions has announced the renaming of its 119-seat screening theater after visual effects and stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) also recently paid tribute to Harryhausen with a special evening and award celebrating his contributions to film.

The Ray Harryhausen Theater will be formally dedicated on Monday, July 12, 2010, with the unveiling of a sign displaying the theater's new name, a reception, and the screening of one of Harryhausen's seminal hit films,  Jason and the Argonauts. The 1963 classic, originally produced and released by Columbia Pictures (now part of Sony Pictures Entertainment), has been restored to its original splendor by Sony Pictures. The film makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc on JULY 6 – the fifth Harryhausen Blu-ray title from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, the most of any filmmaker from the label.

The disc features new commentaries by Harryhausen himself, as well as Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, along with film historian Tony Dalton and visual effects expert Randall William Cook, and a new interview with Harryhausen with filmmaker John Landis.

The London Film Museum has also opened an exhibit entitled "Ray Harryhausen - Myths and Legends." The exhibition focuses on the work of Ray Harryhausen and showcases the techniques he used to bring his movies to life. The exhibit opens today, and will run for a year.
Guardian Film Blog: Happy birthday, Ray Harryhausen!
London Film Museum: Ray Harryhausen - Myths and Legends Exhibition
Empireonline: Ray Harryhausen's BAFTA/BFI Birthday Tribute
Amazon: Jason and the Argonauts [Blu-ray]

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