Tuesday, May 24, 2011

News From Here & There

Sony PMW-F3 Scene Files
Andy Shipsides at AbelCine has put together a collection of custom Scene Files for the PMW-F3.
With the wide range of adjustments available in the F3′s picture profile control, I was able to make several looks that you might find useful. Some are aimed at maximizing the range of the camera, while others are aimed at creating a specific look.
CineTechnica: F3 Scene Files from AbelCine

CineStyle Picture Style
According to Technicolor, their CineStyle Picture Style for Canon DSLRs has already been downloaded over 30,000 times.
Technicolor: CineStyle

Interview with Benjamin Eckstein
Boston based DP, Producer and Editor Benjamin Eckstein is interviewed by Israel Hyman of Izzy Video:
I like to think of most of my work though as documentary-focused, with an advertising spin. Which is to say that I like to work on stories of people and companies, etc. but I like to think of interesting visual ways to tell those stories and I find I get a lot of inspiration from advertising in different ways to do that.
IzzyVideo: Meet the Shooter: Benjamin Eckstein
Benjamin Eckstein

London SuperMeet
Coming June 23rd at The Great Hall, Kensington Conference & Event Centre. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Sell! Sell! Sell!
Chris Thilk tells filmmakers that they have to sell their product, they can't just sit back:
By engaging in consistent activities to promote the movie - and themselves - beginning around the time the film begins shooting or even prior to that filmmakers can begin to build up an audience. That means talking to anyone and everyone they can about the movie, about what they hope to accomplish with it, about why they made it and everything else.
Ed Burns, who's been spending the past couple of months promoting his latest indie movie, and who tweeted about this article adds:
"The reality is that people need to see the movie in order to appreciate it." don't be bashful, go push your movie
-Ed Burns
Tribecafilm: Getting Your Marketing Hands Dirty

2D Movie Projection suffering because of 3D?
It seems that the cool Sony Digital Projectors have a dirty little secret; when projecting a 3D movie, a special polarized lens is added, which should be removed when showing 2D movies. If they aren't, the movie brightness drops by 50%, but many theaters are leaving them in place when projecting 2D movies because it takes time to remove the lens, and is a skilled job.
If you’re in a theater playing a digital print (the marquee at the ticket booth should have a “D’’ next to the film’s name), look back at the projection booth.If you see two beams of light, one stacked on top of the other, that’s a Sony with the 3-D lens still in place.
Boston.comA movie lover’s plea: Let there be light

Quick Links
  • Motion Capture at the Oscars: Should the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences consider motion capture as animation or live action? Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," raises the question again. OscarBlog‘Tintin’: Steven Spielberg animates an Oscar debate
  • White Balance: Kurt Lancaster explains why White Balance is important and how to do it with Canon DSLRs when shooting video: Masteringfilm.comWhite balance with Canon DSLRs — not as easy as video
  • Michael Bay and James Cameron talk 3D: some notes from a conversation about 3D the two had at a recent screening. "The two powerhouse directors disagreed about film vs. digital (Bay is still old school anamorphic) and the technical limitations of 3-D (Cameron is far more forgiving)" Animation World Network: Bay and Cameron Talk 3-D 
  • Creating A Viral Video: Steve Stockman offers suggestions on how to create a guaranteed viral video, though the best advice he gives is really the last; shoot what excites you, keep shooting, and hope you get lucky!: How to Create a Viral Video, Guaranteed!

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