Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The News

Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras: Production Workflow Roundup | Premium Beat
For a truly cinematic look it helps to shoot in a cinematic aspect ratio using anamorphic lenses. Redshark News offers some insights into working with the BMDCC cameras and anamorphic lens adaptors in this short post. In the video above DP Ryan Glover shot in Log Pro Res on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Kowa/B&H 2x anamorphic adapter.

EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1] | CanonRumors
According to the rumor, the sensor is not yet confirmed, though it does mention it won’t be the same as the EOS 70D. Also a mention of innovative video features, something we’ve talked about previously. There’s not much new here as far as specs go, but at least the camera is being talked about.

Consumer DSLRs “dead in 5 years” | EOSHD
Until now the ‘smartphone problem’ had been pretty much isolated to the low end compact camera market. In my opinion this market is defunct and will vanish entirely within 10 years. Compacts used to sell 10 million units a month globally on average in 2011 and in 2013 this has fallen to around 4 million.

The REAL difference between normal DSLR video and 5D Mark III raw video | EOSHD
Skin tones are also terrible in compressed 8bit when backlit or exposed to the left. Many top cinematographers like to shoot in backlight for continuity and depth. Blade Runner and Tree of Life used backlighting on their cast to great affect. Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Tree of Life) is a big fan of shooting that way, and this is where raw REALLY comes in handy.

Drew Janes and Seth Compton from Defy Gimbal were flying a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera on their G2 3-axis brushless gimbal on the floor of PhotoPlus Expo. We stopped them just long enough to find out their G2, for small cameras, and G5, for DSLR-sized cameras, are now shipping from the Arizona company.

Zacuto’s First Look: The ARRI AMIRA | Zacuto
Steve and Jens take a look at the Amira at IBC, though ARRI has been vague about the specs of the actual production machine, so this may be a close-to-final prototype, or it might be a trail balloon and ARRI may release something very different.
The new ARRI AMIRA documentary style camera made a big splash at IBC earlier this year.  The AMIRA features  ALEXA image quality, single-user ergonomics and perfect shoulder balance, the cost efficient in-camera grading, and the industry standard ARRI rugged quality and reliability. 

So You Want to Make a Horror Film? On Jump Scares and Other Basics of Fright | Filmmaker Magazine
If you’re looking to make a horror film simply because you think it might be an easy road to notoriety, you’d be dead wrong. This is a dish that’s best served cold by filmmakers who are fans — those who have long loved being chilled to the bone — so it should be in your blood. If you’re a filmmaker who’s new to horror, immerse yourself in the classics and study their techniques before you set out to try to create a monster of your own.

How to Fund a Documentary: Eight Takeaways from the Film Independent Forum | IndieWire
1. Hang on to your rights. The panelists focused on the difficulties of scraping together production financing, but they agreed that it worked in their favor not to sign away any of their rights too early. It left things open for them creatively and allowed them to hold out for theatrical distribution.

The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic | Slate
There’s only one problem: The supposed panic was so tiny as to be practically immeasurable on the night of the broadcast. Despite repeated assertions to the contrary in the PBS and NPR programs, almost nobody was fooled by Welles’ broadcast.

For Everyone In Massachusetts

Starting Friday, Mass. To Collect Sales Tax From Amazon | WBUR
Beginning Friday, the state will apply its 6.25 percent sales tax to purchases made from the online retail giant, following an accord reached late last year between the Patrick administration and Amazon.

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