Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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RED Epic - HDRx Tests (in 4K) | Neumannfilms | YouTube
Shot in 5K on the RED Epic
Lenses used: Tokina 11-16 and Nikkor Ai-s 50mm f 1.2.
Graded using Neumann Films Presets (The Blockbuster Presets) and 4K Film Grain.
Exported at 4096x2304 in After Effects.

Greenwich Market - Sony PMW F5 | Don McVey | Vimeo
Nice little short documentary shot on the PMW-F5, though personally, I don't like the way everyone is creating things that look flat:
Short documentary highlighting some of the people and products of Greenwich Market. Shot on Sony F5.

Magic Lantern Users Complain of Overheating on Canon DSLRs | James DeRuvo | Doddle
Well, all good things are about to have a crack in their armor from time to time, and it looks like the latest version of Magic Lantern is no different. Users of the popular third-party firmware for Canon cameras  have taken to the Magic Lantern forums and on Facebook have begun to complain about their batteries overheating on the Canon T3i/600D. Is this normal? It just may be.

Rode Reporter Omnidirectional Handheld Interview Microphone | ChessyCam
Rode continues to expand their mic line, now with an ENG mic, the Rode Reporter ($199):
The Rode Reporter uses an Omnidirectional pickup pattern for fairly balanced sound levels whether the microphone is pointing towards the subject or slightly away. There are other microphones that offer an Omnidirectional pickup pattern, but need to be very close to the source.

A Comparison: Latitude and Color Correcting the Canon C300, 5D MkIII, Sony FS100 | Bobby Marko | Vimeo
You've heard me talk about using the Canon C300 as a great choice for shooting a documentary film. Now see why the C300 is a great choice from a post stand point. I show you examples of the same scene, similar shots but three different cameras rolling. See not only why color correcting the C300 footage is much easier but using some scope tools, why the information captured by the C300 will make your editor and colorist much happier to work with your footage.

After Effects and CINEMA 4D | Steve Forde | Adobe
Adobe announces a working alliance with Maxon, though are a little vague on the actual details:
The alliance between Adobe and MAXON allows us to be very creative in how After Effects and CINEMA 4D work together now and in the future. Both MAXON and Adobe care very deeply about our respective users and see great opportunities in terms of workflow, time savings and creative flexibility.

Premiere CS6: Broadcast Colors Filter | Larry Jordan | Blog
Now that we know how to read scopes, there’s still a basic problem: today’s digital cameras shoot video that is fine for the web, but the white levels they record are too hot for broadcast, cable, or DVD.
In addition, programs like Photoshop allow us to create colors that are fine for the web, but excessively over-saturated for broadcast, cable, or DVD.

Wide Open Camera Combat Cage For The GoPro Hero 3 | Jared Abrams | KickStarter
Putting together a cage for the Hero 3 - cost is ~$120 with shipping:
We have tried using the current GoPro mounting hardware and it just simply does not hold up to professional motion picture standards. The  plastic 1/4-20" tripod mount is not stable for car mounts or any type of real abuse. No safety options, only one point of contact. Not good

Five Different Routes to a Web Series | David Licata | Filmmaker Magazine
The Unreleased Feature Film Repurposed into a Web Series
Benjamin Piety likes to tread the line between narrative and experimental film. In 2006, his daring short film The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons was awarded SXSW’s Special Jury Prize for Best Experimental Short. Piety’s next project went even further. 2 28 is based on the entries of a blog he kept, beginning on February 28, 2008, when he tested positive for HIV.

Photographers Becoming Filmmakers: Editing the Shopbop Video Ad
| Vashi Nedomansky | Blog
I like to look for variety in the size of shots, camera movement (or lack of), variance in amount of light and shadow and other elements when picking my “A” takes. The goal is to amass a large pool of approved shots that help tell the story while also being visually stimulating when strung together in an interesting way.

30 Minutes with Lincoln Screenwriter Tony Kushner | FilmmakerIQ
DP/30 sits down with Tony Kushner who adapted “Team of Rivals” into a theatrical glimpse of the political manuevering for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

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