Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The News

“Directors These Days Really Have to Understand the Business of Film”: Producer Christine Vachon in Wroclaw | Filmmaker Magazine
These days when there’s a lot of downward pressure on the budgets of the movies we make, when we have to be more and more inventive about how to make our films work with the amount of money we have, we really need to be able to chart the audience. I only succeed as a movie producer if my movies make their money back. And the only way I can do that is to have an idea who the audience for my films is, and how to reach them.

DaVinci Resolve 10 Adds Editing to its Toolset | Filmmaker Magazine
But now Blackmagic is finding that the newer colorists have some editing background and for small changes “would like to just finish a project in Resolve rather than have to go back to the NLE.”

When should you use raw - and when should you avoid it? This is the definitive answer | Red Shark News
Shooting raw video seems to be a very loud and persistent buzz from the filmmaking and shooter forums these days, especially so since Magic Lantern announced they had successfully hacked Canon DSLRs to shoot 24 frames per second (fps) in the raw image format.  While there is a lot of information out there about technical side (what memory cards to use, how to install the firmware, etc.) there is another whole side to adopting raw image formats because this migration is going to completely change how you shoot.

DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera | B & H
The new release of the Phantom Quadcopter includes it's own HD camera. It's in-stock, and it's $1,199.
The Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera is the second generation of quad-rotor RC helicopter from DJI and features their own 14 megapixel wireless HD FPV camera, giving you first-person view (FPV) experience right out of the box. With a larger battery and improved prop design, flying time lasts to up to 25 five minutes, compared to around 14 minutes on the original DJI Phantom Quadcopter. 

Not everyone loves the Blackmagic Pocket Camera | Twitter
Matthew Allard ACS ‏@mattaljazeera
The BMPCC is horrible in low light and the rolling shutter is abysmal. The image quality in decent light is ok. Apart from that blah.

Just Touching the Surface of Dual Pixel Technology? [CR1] | CanonRumors
NL reports that they’ve been told to expect even more new features from Canon’s Dual Pixel technology other than autofocus. Currently the tech appears in the EOS 70D and will also appear in an upgraded EOS C100. Will the C300 get a similar upgrade?

A Message To The Employees Of DreamWorks Animation: Win The Crowd | VFX Soldier
More on the planned VFX protest to be held tomorrow:
You’re probably coming into work and wondering what the fuss is with all this green stuff. First off, this isn’t to make DreamWorks look bad. I’ve showered praise on how DreamWorks treats it’s workers and as a former Animation Guild member, I’m a converted evangelist for what they offer the VFX community. You all deserve the praise and recognition by President Obama.

Vine Star (With KC James and Dan Chung) GCS017 | Go Creative Show
Today we speak with Vine Megastar, KC James who in less than 1 year has transformed his career and built an audience of over 2.5 million followers. Plus Dan Chung from shares all the hot news from InterBee 2013. Cameras, Lenses and the future of 8K!!

Shitty Rigs | website
Fun collection of pictures from different productions. 
"Our PA lost the keys to the back of the truck while we were picking up some bead board but since we were super strapped for time, it’s gaff tape to the rescue!"

BulletProof Windows Beta | Red Giant
Red Giant has released the beta of the Windows version of BulletProof (the Mac version has already been released.) If they follow the Mac development plan, the actual release shouldn't be more than a month or so off. 

The Letus AnamorphX Adapter & DIY Lens Flares!
Film Riot takes a quick look at the Letus Anamorphic adapter. If you skip the three or four minutes of ads in the video, it has some very useful information especially about low-cost 'anamorphic' alternatives. The adapter is $1,695 from Letus.

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