Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The News

Assembling the Billing Block | New York Times
The blurb at the bottom of a movie poster is called the "billing block." And while it might look like a bar code of haphazardly packed type, it is in fact the product of detailed legal agreements and intense contract negotiation.

Shooting RAW with the Sony F55 and R5 recorder: Just how good is it asks Matt Allard? | News Shooter
Shooting RAW on the F55 really was a pleasure and I was blown away by the results.  The downsides are of course the ginormous file sizes and the extra work involved in post.  I can do basic grades myself, but dealing with RAW and DaVinci Resolve is something that definitely takes me out of my comfort zone. 

If you're interested in the PMW-F5 or PMW-F55, then Sony is offering a promotion where you get a free Sony Prime lens with your purchase...but you don't get to pick which one.
Many are speculating that this is a pre-NAB clearance thing. Offer expires March 31. NAB opens April 5th...
NEW Promotion for F55 and F5 | Sony Community

Color Correction: Make People Look Normal | Larry Jordan
See that line going up-left, about 10:30? That’s called the “skin-tone line.”  Skin is actually gray. (You, ah, know this by checking out your dead skin in the bathroom when no one is looking.) What gives skin its color is the red blood circulating underneath. Because all of us have the same color red blood, the skin tone line represents the color of red blood under skin.  The skin tone line is a very, very powerful color indicator, as you’ll see in a bit.

The best way to shoot better shots is to take greater control over the look of the things you are shooting. This means thinking less like a video camera operator and more like a Director of Photography. Think about it: a video camera operator stands behind the camera and shoots what he or she sees. But, a Director of Photography moves all over the set and takes control over everything in the frame.

STUBILIZER for GoPro’s | HD Warrior
Extreme Sports Fanatic Launches Kickstarter Campaign for World’s First Helmet-Mounted Video Stabilizer
RockSolid Technologies’ Stubilizer range has been created to put an end to shaky action sports videos, and put the creative control in the hands of the athlete. Whether they are paragliding, mountain biking, snowboarding or indulging in some other adrenaline-boosting activity, thrill-seekers can now record every second of their experience and replay it perfectly, with no shakes or wobbles, to recreate the adventure to a tee.

How Robert Rodriguez is Going to Revolutionize Television By Getting Rid of The Executives | IndieWire
Rodriguez earned himself a place in the indie film canon forever by funding his $7000 1992 debut "El Mariachi," which he wrote, directed, shot and edited, by participating in medical research studies. He's since gone on to make much bigger features, including "Spy Kids" and "Sin City," while maintaining the same run-and-gun approach, something he's also brought to El Rey, the cable network he founded in December.

Hollywood becoming ghost town as states offer tax incentives | Fox Business News
Visual effects artist Tom Capizzi, legal editor Dominic Patten and Manny Lopez of Michigan Capital Confidential on the film industry fleeing California for other states.

Louisiana film tax credit fraud concerns Legislature | NOLA/The Times-Picayune
Several members of the Louisiana Legislature said they were concerned about fraud taking place in Louisiana's film tax credit program. State Inspector General Steven Street told state House members Tuesday that his office has been dealing with film tax credit problems regularly over the past year.

Sam Mendes’s 25 Rules for Directors | Vanity Fair
1. Always choose good collaborators. It seems so obvious, but the best collaborators are the ones who disagree with you. It means they’re passionate, they have opinions, and they’ll only ever say yes if they mean it.

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