Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Right away we knew we wanted a grungy 16mm handheld look, with hard contrasty lighting and strong primary colors that screamed that late 70s period. We certainly weren’t going to shoot with an actual 16mm camera – no time for processing on this schedule and I don’t think there’s even a lab in New York that still processes 16mm. My first thought was to use a 4/3” sensor camera like the Black Magic, with some beat-up old 16mm lenses.
Note that Alex is also going to be doing a "Art of Visual Storytelling" workshop series around the country this summer: Visual Storytelling Tour

Females Beware: It’s a Feeding Frenzy for You in the Ocean of the Film Industry
| Evan Luzzi | The Black and Blue
Amber’s story doesn’t have a dramatic ending. No, this ending is more like an ellipsis — incomplete, but suggestive — that implies females will have to learn how to toe the line between a professional relationship and a personal one on a much higher level than men are expected to.

CinemaCon: The End of Film Distribution in North America Is Almost Here
| Hollywood Reporter
As a result, when a studio now releases a title wide in North America -- sending it out to 2,000-2,500 theaters -- they typically make just a small number of prints, maybe 300, according to Claude Gagnon, president of Technicolor Creative Services.

4K From the Sensor to the Grade with the F5 and F55 | Sony Professional USA
| Vimeo
From this year's NAB show, listen to DP Alistair Chapman tell of his experience discovering the F5's and F55's features. Also, hear about shooting tips and 4K workflow.

Technicolor demonstrate Color Assist running on Final Cut Pro X at NAB 2013
| FCPdotCO | YouTube
We were so impressed by the demo we had on the Monday with Technicolor's Color Assist plugin for FCPX, we had to go back and film it! Some very clever colour correction going on.After Monday's demo, we had numerous conversations with other editors and colourists about Color Assist and all of them showed great interest in the newly updated plugin. 

fxguidetv #170: Dedo on Dedolight | FX Guide
This week we talk about LED lights with Dedo Weigert, the founder of film, television and still lighting system maker Dedolight. Our thanks to Lemac and the Australian Cinematographers Society for making this interview possible. In this episode we also highlight the new April 2013 term of visual effects courses over at fxphd.

Atomos Samurai Blade is a great looking monitor | DSLR Film Noob
At first I thought the price of the Samurai Blade ($1295) was a bit much, but when I started comparing it to the latest SmallHD monitors, the price starts to look a little more reasonable. Above is the Smallhd AC7 ($600) on the left and the Smallhd AC7 OLED ($1100) on the right.

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC continues his collaboration with director Terrence Malick on the abstract, poetic love story To the Wonder | ASC
He said, ‘If you want to read the script you can, but you don’t have to — in fact, it might be better if you don’t, so you can act like a documentary filmmaker and come onto the locations and capture these ideas we’ve been talking about. I don’t want to prep a movie the way they prep a movie in Hollywood.’ I’m stubborn and I’m used to doing things a certain way, so I still read the script.

8 Gadgets For Low-Budget Filmmaking at the National Association of Broadcasters | IndieWire
The new Fill-Lite (shown by BandPro at the show) lends extreme portability and low profile to indie productions. The LED soft light panel is about an inch thick and uses about 1/10th of the power a soft light box uses to deliver the same amount of light. Buh-bye generator. Also, because they’re low-power LED-based, multiple Fill-Lites can be powered by a standard photographer’s battery pack and the brightness can be regulated manually with a dimmer knob or with a remote control via an iPad/iPhone. 

VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone | Shure
It's not out yet, but might be interesting
The Shure VP83F LensHopper™ is a compact, condenser shotgun microphone with detailed, high-definition audio and integrated flash recording/playback capabilities for use with DSLR cameras and camcorders. Integrated flash recording/playback (MicroSDHC) enables WAV file capture at 24-bit/48kHz sampling rate, while the intuitive menu and one-button recording make it fast and easy to use in almost any environment.

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