Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The News

New Blackmagic Camera Specific Metabones Speedboosters | Cinema5D
Another look at the new Speed Boosters for the Blackmagic cameras:
So, what do these adaptors offer in terms of increased light sensitivity and angle of view? The Blackmagic Cinema Camera Speedbooster offers a 0.64 angle of view increase, and a 1 1/3 increase in light sensitivity. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Speedbooster offers a 0.58 increase in angle of view, and a 1 2/3 increase in light sensitivity.

10 Common Elements Of Award Winning Screenplays | Raindance Film Festival
2. Heroes Have A Second Problem To SolveIn your bog-standard Hollywood movie, the cliche is of the action hero shot in the chest, the bullet stopped by an object in their chest pocket. Usually this is a copy of the Bible, or a picture of the girl they left behind.

SNL Editor Adam Epstein: 6 Pieces of Advice for Editors and Other Creative People | Tribeca Film
Oh, hi there – it says here that you’re an “artist” whose process of discovery requires chaos and a complete lack of structure or constraints? Buuuulllllshit. Work clean. Work really clean. Creative pursuits are innately loose, free-flowing explorations dependent on intellectual flexibility and improvisation, but there still must be a solid, locked-down foundation that anchors even the most insane experiments.

Compound Clips as Projects in FCPX – My Response | Dare Dreamer Magazine
A response to concerns about using a "feature" of FInal Cut Pro X that might change:
Earlier this year I wrote about a radical workflow idea for Final Cut Pro X where you do away with the use of Projects altogether and instead use compound clips. The most common response I hear with regards to this is method is “What if Apple changes the way compound clips work and that messes up all of your projects?” It was recently asked in a comment on this blog, and I even heard that concern brought up on an episode of “Final Cut Grill.”

Lens flare: how to avoid glare when shooting wide-angle scenes | Digital Camera World
Lens flare method 01: Fit a lens hoodIf your wide-angle lens has a lens hood, get into the habit of fitting it. It will cut down on unwanted lens flare when shooting scenes lit by low sun. Alternatively, use a piece of black card or your hand to shield the front of the lens – but check the viewfinder to make sure it isn’t creeping into the frame!

Will Delays in Blackmagic 4K Prompt Going to Next Model? | DoodleMe
Some speculation about the Blackmagic 4K camera:
The suggestion comes from NoFilmSchool’s Joe Marine, who points out that an update of the CMOSIS CMV12000 4K Sensor is about to come out and it can image at 300 frames per second.  Marine says that the problem is that even the current model of the CMV12000 is capable of 150 frames per second, five times more powerful than the how it’s being used in the announced Blackmagic 4K Cinema Camera.

New Dell Monitors Deliver Four Times the Resolution of Full HD | Dell
Here comes the 4K displays. Dell has a $1000 28" UltraHD monitor coming next year!
  • New Dell UltraSharp 32 and Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitors provide superb visual clarity for design professionals and other power users
  • Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor delivers Ultra HD resolution at mainstream affordable pricing

Blackmagic Design Announces New Apple ProRes Formats for HyperDeck Studio | Blackmagic
Update for the HyperDeck Studio:
This new software update adds three additional Apple ProRes™ file formats, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes (Proxy) which provides customers with significantly reduced video file sizes while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality.

Hosed The Movie | Kickstarter
This campaign for a local movie ends today:
Hosed began as a web series that I wrote and created about a volunteer fire department in the fictitious town of Effingwoods, NH. The overwhelming support and demand from fans for more has led us to kickstarter. We are trying to raise $200,000 to cover the pre-production costs and get us one step closer to making this into a full feature film in 2014.

Upcoming Events in Boston

MPC YEAR END MEETING. Wednesday, December 4th.
Revere Hotel Boston Common • Theatre 1. 200 Stuart Street, Boston.
6:00 - 7:30 PM Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres
7:30 - 9:00 PM Presentations
2013 Massachusetts Film Highlights, MassAccess, MPC News and Updates


High Output Studios • 495 Turnpike St. Canton, MA.
Coffee & Bagels at 9:30 AM. Seminars from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.

For our final seminar of the year we will be joined by a diverse group of panelists who use a range of platforms to distribute and promote their content, and market themselves. An emphasis on how the online environment and social media are used to engage audiences will be discussed, with insights from our panel on how they successfully distinguish and promote their work.

Seminar Panel:
• Michelle Cove – Author / Filmmaker
• Dave Cutler – Social Media & Community Manager, TIBCO Spotfire
• Erica Derrickson – Hollywood East Actors Group
• Ian McFarland – Director, McFarland & Pecci
• Mike Pecci – Director, McFarland & Pecci


A test with the Sony NEX-FS100 and the Metabones Speed Booster.

Metabones Speed Booster
Samyang 24 & 35mm T1.5

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