Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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EF Mount Video Camera [CR1] | CanonRumors
A hint of a rumor that Canon is testing a prototype camera that works with Canon EF mount lenses. Large sensor? Probably. Shipping? No word, though it seems an announcement isn't even expected until next year.

Samsung Patent Creates Shallow Depth-of-Field in Digicams | Charlie Sorrel
| Wired
A patent to create shallow depth-of-field from a small sensor camera, but using two lenses. I have no idea if this makes sense; I suspect it might be simpler and easier to stick with a large sensor and a bigger lens.

3DA1 Camcorder in Space | Flickr
NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus, STS-135 mission specialist, is pictured recording imagery of the International Space Station from the flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis during rendezvous and docking operations with the orbital outpost. NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, mission commander, is at left.
See also: The Critical View: Panasonic AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D Camcorder En Route to Space Station Onboard the Final NASA Space Shuttle

Call For Entries | Prescreen
Prescreen, an online movie service is looking for content:
Prescreen is currently accepting feature length films on a variety of topics and genres. Whether your film is a documentary on competitive hopscotch, a sci-fi romantic comedy thriller, or a live performance we look forward to viewing your submission to determine if it is a good fit for Prescreen.

Just When You Think You’re Being Original | Alex van Hurkman |
Alex finds that someone has already been using a color technique he thought he had created:’s sobering to realize that whatever look you’re tinkering around with, some painter or another probably did the same thing a hundred or more years ago.

London SuperMeet: Autodesk Part 1 Joe Billington on Smoke For Mac 2012
| FCPUGSuperMeet | YouTube
Joe Billington of Autodesk gave a presentation on Autodesk Smoke for Mac 2012 at last months London SuperMeet.

2 Reel Guys - Episode 7 - Lighting | Larry Jordan | YouTube
In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of lighting, and provide some examples of how a simple change in lighting can have a dramatic effect on the viewer's emotions.

A Conversation with 'Tabloid' Director Errol Morris | Adam Schartoff | POV Blog
In his latest film, Tabloid, Morris has found a spectacular protagonist in Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming who became a tabloid sensation decades ago when she tried to kidnap the object of her obsession, a Mormon missionary.
See also: The Playlist: Interview: Errol Morris Talks The Anxiety Of Making ‘Tabloid’ & Finding The Laughter In His Films

Rocking out with ToonIt | Sarah Wise | Red Giant
Using ToonIt (a tool that makes video look like a comic book) to create a music video:
We initially tried compositing all of the footage and then running it through ToonIt, but we found that the faster motion and switching dynamic of the flames caused havoc with the settings depending on the pattern of the flames. Too much detail on the flames, and you got too much detail on the faces etc. Too little detail on the flames, and you lose the toon effect on the faces. We ended up running each element through the software individually and then compositing them together. Some of the sequences ended up being 4-5 passes.

D|Zoom | Jag35
The D|Zoom is a gear driven zoom lever allowing the operator to pull zoom from the side of the camera, similar to how a follow focus enables focus pulls from the side. Single rail, all aluminum, CNC machined 15mm rod mount. $199.99

Why You Should Get Google Plus and Unlock Its Potential for Freelance Filmmakers
| Evan Luzi | The Black And Blue
I don't even have a Google+ account, but Evan seems to think it will be very useful for filmmakers.
For you as a filmmaker, if Google Plus is here to stay, it has the opportunity to change how you network with crew, how you produce movies with them, and even how you find work.

The perseverance of Media Manager Alex Hemingway | Sara McIntyre | 25 Hour Day
If you're interested in getting into the film industry, this article about how Alex got to be media wrangler for a project with over 85 hours of digital footage and 15 hours of film footage may be inspiring:
He started out running errands and getting coffee, and soon discovered that he was happiest with the consistency found in post-production. His formula for success combines a knack for editing and media management, a strong work ethic, and the ability to handle anything that comes up

Seven Inspiring TED Talks About Filmmaking | Nadia Jones | NoFilmSchool
I love TED talks, they are often intriguing, inspiring, and or thought provoking. Nadia has collected together the best ones about filmmaking, including:
  • Jehane Noujaim Wishes for a Global Day of Film
  • Jeff Skoll Makes Movies that Matter
  • Shekhar Kapur: We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves
  • James Cameron: Before Avatar… a Curious Boy

Roger Deakins talks with John de Borman | BSC | Vimeo
Roger Deakins BSC ASC talks with BSC President John de Borman after a screening of The Shawshank Redemption in London's Apollo cinema. An interesting chat; there's quite a bit of discussion about dealing with constraints during production.

Roger Deakins talks with John de Borman. from BSC on Vimeo.

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