Monday, March 04, 2013

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LC: We didn't actually light them that much. Traditionally the way day-for-night has always been done in the past is that you take an image lit by daylight -- ideally on a day where it's a nice bright source rather than being overcast -- and you then turn that sunlight into moonlight by underexposing a couple of stops in-camera and some more in post, twisting everything towards a cooler look with increased contrast. What we did was to expose normally and apply the LUT, which is the equivalent of creating the look in the grade, but with the advantage of being able to monitor it on the set.

The Speed Booster – a New Type of Optical Attachement for Increasing the Speed of Photographic Lenses [PDF] | Brian Caldwell and Wilfried Bittner | Metabones
A white paper on this new optical adapter for full-frame lenses on APS-C format DSLRs:
Ever since the introduction of DX and APS-C format DSLR’s many have wondered why it isn’t possible to build an “inverse” teleconverter that would reduce the focal length. After all, this sort of attachment, called a focal reducer, is widely available for telescopes. The short answer here is that the reflex mirror of DSLR’s gets in the way, and makes the design of a true general purpose DSLR focal reducer essentially impossible.

Red Dragon - Anticipated Coverage | Art By Phil
A chart showing the coverage on the Dragon sensor on a Project Target courtesy Duclos Lenses

Saturday Night Live shoots with Canon C500
Alex Buono ‏‪[@AlexBuono‬] DP at the SNL Film Unit, tweeted that a skit shown on this weekends show was shot on the Canon C500:
We like to broadcast our workflow tests here at SNL: here's our C500/Gemini 4K overnight experiment, "Z-Shirt"
Saturday Night LiveZ-Shirt | Hulu

VFX Solidarity: Is the Future of the Visual Effects Industry at Stake?
| Micah Van Hove | No Film School
Wonder why all your production friends on Facebook have changed their profile pictures to a familiar shade of green? News of Rhythm & Hues Studios going bankrupt, the studio behind the recent Oscar-winning Life of Pi, has acted as a catalyst for awareness.
It Ain't Easy Being Green-Screened: One VFX Artist Speaks Out at Risk of Being Erased and Replaced | Maggie Kraisamutr | IndieWire
What has happened to the animation industry a decade ago is now happening to the VFX industry. Due to poor management, bad business deals, and the comparative cheapness of outsourced labor, the VFX industry is at risk of imploding. The biggest advantage that animators have over VFX workers is that they have the benefit of union representation to standardize and protect their terms of employment.

Rodney Charters Showreel 2013 | Rodney Charters | Vimeo
This weekend I sat in again with Paul Antico to interview Rodney Charters for the Anticipate Media NeedCreative Podcast. It was a great interview; Rodney talked about a lot of stuff covering shooting with digital, lighting, and much more. Definitely check it out; it should be up later this week.
And Rodney just posted his show reel.

Rodney Charters Showreel 2013 from Rodney Charters on Vimeo.

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Encourages Investors Who Suffered Substantial Losses Investing In Avid Technology, Inc. To Contact The Firm | Yahoo
Things just get worse for Avid, though this looks a bit like ambulance chasing (until we known what the full story at Avid is):
Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential securities fraud at Avid Technology, Inc. ("Avid" or the "Company") (AVID).

Steven Spielberg Developing Stanley Kubrick's Dream Project 'Napoleon' As TV Miniseries | KEVIN JAGERNAUTH | IndieWire
"I've been developing Stanley Kubrick's screenplay -- for a miniseries not for a motion picture -- about the life of Napoleon. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago," Spielberg told French network Canal+. 

Inside ILM – The History of the Magic | FilmmakerIQ
Grantland takes you into the storied confines of George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic headquarters to marvel at the art and relics from Lucas’s films, including the Yoda fountain, original ‘Star Wars’ character sketches, Slimer from ‘Ghostbusters,’ and much more.

The Zero Budget Software Suite | Christian Bell | Raindance
These packages give you an entire office set up for every stage of the filmmaking process, from drawing up budgets and schedules, writing your script right through to advanced editing and special effects.  All for a most reasonable price.  Free.

Former senator Chris Dodd made $2.4 million as MPAA head in 2011
| Adi Robertson | The Verge
2011 was Dodd's first year at the MPAA; more notably, it was also the year that saw the inception of extraordinarily unpopular anti-piracy bill SOPA. Dodd was instrumental in pushing SOPA — which was authored by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) — and was up-front about paying politicians for their support.

Sony F5 – F55 Booklet v5.5 February 2013: Special Edition | Film & Digital Times
An update on their previous report on the Sony PMW-F5 & F55:
Updated (v5.5) on Feb 27 with latest revisions and software versions of Sony F5 and F55 cameras. This is a free online edition only. We are not printing on paper.

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