Friday, February 17, 2012

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Awesome Directors Project : Cinematic Lighting Tutorial | Indy Mogul | Youtube
A very interesting behind-the-scenes video where the director shows how he put together a scene, including framing and lighting:
Filmmaker Tom Antos, this month's Awesome Director, demonstrates how storyboarding and strategic lighting design are key to achieving a cinematic look.

Accelerate your RED workflow with Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5.5 | Adobe
Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM US/Pacific
A free webinar from Adobe:
Join this webinar to learn how you can enable a robust workflow for editing, grading, and delivering native R3D footage in real time using Premiere Pro. See Wes Howell and Ted Shilowitz step through the RED editing workflow in Premiere Pro, including selecting RED sequence presets, quickly importing clips without transcoding or rewrapping, switching playback resolutions to meet the performance and image quality needs of every post-production task, adjusting the look of your sequence through extensive controls for RED RAW footage, and outputting it to virtually any format

Bill Roberts, Director of Video Product Management, Adobe Systems & Adobe's Past, Present & Future | Debra Kaufman | Creative COW
Bill Roberts talks about Premiere Pro CS5.5, the acquisition of IRIDAS, 3D, HDR and NAB 2012:
I know there are some Mac users who point to the fact that Premiere Pro was off the Mac platform for several years. At the time, which was the turn of the 21st century, Apple was a very different company. Avid waffled around the Mac too; in fact, everyone at the time was questioning its viability. But Mac's stronghold has always been the creative community. The Mac platform today is a fantastic part of our business and a great place to be. In fact, our presence on the Mac grew 45 percent in 2010.

New Camera: Sony FS100 | Alex Walker Studios | Blog
Alex has moved his Canon 7D to the status of B camera, and replaced it with the Sony NEX-FS100:
Below you'll find my first tests with the G-Log profile. I tested high contrast situations and skin tones specifically. I've been shooting with my Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 with a Fotodiox e-mount adaptor. No iris control unfortunately although I do plan on purchasing a live adapter. I've found that the onboard screen tends to crush the blacks a bit, so use the histogram to judge your exposure.

Samyang 24mm F1.4 ED AS IF – Review | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
A review of the Samyang 24mm (which is sold as the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED - and under other labels - any you can pre-order at [$699])
Affordable 24mm F1.4 lenses for full frame are relatively thin on the ground to say the least so if you want to look above the Samyang you have to step up to the mighty Canon 24mm F1.4L at double the cost.
Is it worth it? Probably not. Though I’ve not tested the Canon and Nikon lenses, the Samyang is so good that it is hard to see what the extra money will get you optically, apart from maybe less distortion and less flare.

Older Macs voted off the Mountain Lion island | Jacqui Cheng | Ars Technica
Ouch! Some comparatively recent Macs (some circa 2009) evidently won't be supported by the new Mac OS: Mountain Lion:
Apple's next OS X release, code-named Mountain Lion, will drop support for some older machines as the company continues to move forward with the iOS-ification of the operating system. The list of supported machines has not been publicly published (yet) by Apple, but a developer source has now passed that list along to TUAW after having downloaded the Mountain Lion developer release.

John August Announces 'Highland,' a Screenwriting App That Makes PDFs Editable Again | No FIlm School
Interesting tool that may even allow you to edit PDFs!
John August has announced “Highland,” a Mac app that takes the headaches out of screenwriting file types. Though it’s still in beta, Highland could become the go-to app for converting between Fountain, Final Draft, and PDF.

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