Friday, January 24, 2014

The News

Inspiration vs. Plagiarism | Casey Neistat | Tumblr
A frenchman named Maxime Barbier copied one of my movies, the concept, the idea, nearly scene for scene, and in places line for line.  Then he sold that movie to Coca Cola.  Then he thanked me on Facebook for the ‘inspiration’.

Stephen Murphy [...] created a series of “personal study documents” – PDF files that compile quotes from a particular cinematographer placed next to stills from their cinematic efforts. Now we’re able to look at the frames of a cinematographer’s film while pairing it with their opinions on how they did it, why they did it, and what it means.

6 Lies of Film Distribution | Writers Store
Truth #2: All major distributors track the movies that have been listed in the trades under their production columns. If you were in those columns, you’re going to be phoned. Do not send them a rough cut. Do not send them a final cut. Do not send them the movie. If you do, you will not get a theatrical distribution deal, if this is what you are aiming for.

James Chressanthis and Canon EOS C300 Cameras Make History | Planet 5D
“The Canon EOS C300 camera is a lightweight camera that’s very agile and easy to hold steady because it has just enough weight and bulk to it,” Chressanthis said, noting that he worked with two full crews and two camera operators. Five different portions of the movie relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera’s compact size, high mobility, and other advantages.

The Video Ballhead Model #7100 is fluid-dampened and offers both pan and tilt movements. Acratech claim the ball of the head has fully adjustable tension control, but it is unclear how this affects the video movements.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Guide (Part Four): Tripods, Rigs, Accessories and Data Management | Wolfcrow
As we saw in Part Three, you might be inclined to mount a few devices on the camera body itself, for which it has three 1/4″-UNC threads. What could go wrong? Three things:

DP Andrew Shulkind on Demoing Kubrick’s f/0.7 Lens Kit | StudioDaily
Here's the backstory: Stanley Kubrick used Zeiss f/0.7 lenses with a modified Mitchell BNC camera to shoot candlelit scenes in his period film Barry Lyndon. He didn't want to use artificial fill, only natural candelight, and those superfast lenses — originally developed for a NASA project involving the dark side of the moon — made that possible.

Interview with Laggies 1st AD Lynn Wegenka | Filmmaker Magazine
Wegenka: I started working as an AD after college.  As a filmmaker I love production, the process of making films.  As an AD I’m right in the thick of it,  helping to create the director’s vision.

Sidekick Pro | Jag35
Jag35 has developed a new, geared follow-focus. They are offering a special pre-order price of $299.99 (unknown time limit.) Here's a short video about it's development:

BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera — Super Review - DigiDIREC | YouTube
"The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera from is a compact Super 16 format camera designed for digital film production offering a Super 16 sized sensor which has an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is capable of capturing 13 stops of dynamic range."

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