Thursday, January 24, 2013

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The Five C’s of Cinematography | Stew Redwine | Fresh DV
Cameras don’t tell stories, people do. Since we can all agree this is the case, there is really only one thing you need to tell great stories… YOU. However, none of us are born knowing anything about the tools of the trade. In an effort to improve the one tool all storytellers have in common, their mind, a must-have addition to their library is Joseph V. Mascelli’s The Five C’s of Cinematography.

Cine Meter for iPhone | Adam Wilt | Website
Turn your iPhone into a lightmeter? Cool!
Cine Meter is a professional film/video/photo application for your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®, using the built-in camera to provide a shutter-priority reflected light meter, an RGB waveform monitor, and a false-color picture mode. Cine Meter works on any iDevice with a camera running iOS 5.0 or higher.

Shooting DNxHD with ALEXA in paradise | ARRI News
One of the major challenges in the tropics is the humidity. From the moment you leave your hotel room you're pretty much wet through until you get back and this obviously necessitated rigorous camera care. The ARRI ALEXA coped very well and during the whole five months of shooting we had no problems or camera faults at all. Undoubtedly we ended up with a certain amount of rustiness on Noga arms and other bits of kit, but the ALEXA seemed to rebuff most of this.

Can you do it all? The importance of a good team | Phil Arntz | Blog
You have to build a team, to be able to make a movie. Or lets say: Make a movie worth watching.You have to realise what you are good at, and what you lack and find people who make up for it! Find someone who is good at what they are doing and has fun doing it!

Wide Open Camera Fader ND Filter Test | Jared Abrams | YouTube
We tested the new crop of fader ND filters from Genus, Heliopan, Light Craft Workshop, Schneider and Tiffen. For more info go to our website.

Test new Zoom Zeiss 70-200 mm with Sony PMW-F3 | Vittorio Moretti | Vimeo
A short video with some test shots taken with the New Cine Lens Zeiss zoom 70-200 mm

Tempo - Visual Effects Breakdowns | Red Giant | Vimeo
Seth Worley and Aharon Rabinowitz talked at Tuesday's Boston Creative Pro User Group meeting about the making of their latest short: Tempo. A great little sci-fi thriller, and a great example of producing great VFX on a budget. Well worth checking out.
See: Tempo

LIFE OF PI: Max Ivins – VFX Supervisor – Look Effects | Vincent Frei | Art Of VFX
The flamingo shot was about inserting the elephant mural into the shot. Principal photography was done with a blue screen where the mural was to go. The big challenge to the shot ended up being the intersection of the water and the bottom of the blue screen-mural and the reflection of the mural on the water and, with all stereo screen compositing, tiny objects such as blades of grass, flamingo feathers, flamingo legs do not pull the same for each eye. So you end of with a huge number of stereo discrepancies that have to be repaired with either roto or removal and replacement – all in the correct stereo depth.

William Goldenberg gives us a behind-the-scenes look at editing this year’s most Oscar-worthy film, Argo | Production Apprentice
We were in the room a lot together. We talk about what the scenes are suppose to do, why they’re not doing them if there not and how we can make them even better if they are working. It’s a collaborative process once the shooting is done. While the shooting is going on I’m on my own. What I like to do is have a lot of conversations with the director I’m working with and even though they’re not saying specifically what to do, I find it easier and I can get into their head.

Vintage Typography Tutorial | BOBBY HAIQALSYAH | GoMediaZine
I have a soft spot for typography, and this shows you the steps in recreating an old typeface:
As the idea is to make a petty remake of a classic styling of a historic lettering, it’s paramount to remain faithful to the styling of the period. The International Association of Mater Penmen, Engrosser and Teachers of Handwriting (or IAMPETH for short) has a collection of scanned rare books on penmanship and engrossing in their online collection that is free to the public.

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