Thursday, April 25, 2013

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ARRI Says: Don’t Believe the (4K) Hype | Studio Daily
And just today I got an email from Best Buy introducing Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs
Noting that ARRI is showing footage on a Sony 4K display in its booth, Shipman-Mueller encouraged viewers to take a critical look at those pictures."4K, right now, is way overhyped," he said. "What's more important than resolution is overall image quality. Once you have that, you can upres [the images] to 4K, and they look spectacular."

(Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera) Footage in your pocket | John Brawley
This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning.  So yeah, it’s just home movies.    I was literally grabbing shots where I could whilst I was shopping !  But, you do get to see what one man can do with a pocket cinema camera and a 12-35 Panasonic m4/3 zoom. 

The Why, The Where and The When to Move the Camera | Shane Hurlbut
Motion is a very powerful tool in telling your story. It can create tension, evoke tears, make you laugh and keep you on the edge of your seat. I love moving the camera, but only if it helps the story. Moving a camera just to move it is not a good rule. Read the scene and ask yourself how will movement make this better? How will it support your character’s Emotions?

Random DIY Project Ideas using Motorroid Motorized Kit | CheesyCam
On a budget, this Varavon Motorroid motor kit looks interesting:
Here’s a couple of DIY projects (video below) using the Varavon Motorroid Kitin ways it was never intended to be used. Don’t take the build quality on these DIY projects too seriously, it was something I whipped up in a matter of minutes to show proof of concept of what can be achieved.

Independent Film Festival April 24-30
Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) was started in 2003 to provide Boston with the type of film event it had been looking for: one that discovers emerging talent and celebrates the leading edge of cinematic story tellers. A showcase for the best films from around the world—a festival that would bring directors, actors, producers, sponsors, and attendees together in an interactive environment. 

Short Film: Spy vs Guy | Red Giant
Red Giant has done a series of entertaining short movies with Seth Worley. But the best part can be watching the behind-the-scenes

| VideoMaker
Vimeo recently announced it's new initiative, the Vimeo Brand Creator Fund, which aims to match major brands with creative individuals from the Vimeo community. We spoke with Vimeo CEO, Kerry Trainor to get the the details about what this means to filmmakers and videographers.

NAB 2013: Ryan Connolly from Film Riot | YouTube
The wide shot is my NEX 7 w/ 16mm f/2.8 pancake, the medium is my FS700 w/ 35mm f/1.8, and the close up on the One Man Crew is Redrock's Nikon that they let us use. I dialed the settings on the Nikon to match my FS700 as close as I could by eye and then color corrected them to match in post.

Today sees the launch of the new Lumix G6. The model is from the mid-range G line but has much better specs than the previous G5 model and is now much closer to GH models for video. While the DSLR revolution may have passed, the lower end offerings are getting much better for video – with cameras such as the Nikon D5200 – and this is good news for budget-conscious shooters.

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