Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2] | CanonRumors
Now the rumors say sooner rather than later on the 5D Mark III. But don't be surprised if it changes again!
Barring another manufacturing problem in Asia, count on the 5D Mark III being announced around the end of March or early April 2012.

Don’t Hold Back Your Art | Ron Dawson | Dare Dreamer
The next two posts are sort of similar. This one is an argument for putting yourself out there...
Do you know what’s so ironic about my initial feelings regarding this video? It has a sound bite by designer Rick Anwyl of (the presenter the day the video was shot) saying how each of us is unique and special, and that we each have something to give. He goes on to say “Find your voice. Be confident in who you are and what you do.” I guess I need to pay more attention to my own work.

Under The Circumstances: The Phrase That Means Nothing & Everything | El Skid
| Wide Open Camera
....and this post argues that you shouldn't apologize for your work:
On my recent WW1 short we got stuffed when our lead actor pulled out three days before the shoot. So what? I want people to judge the film for what it is. No more excuses. If it turns out the lead actor ruins the film, then we’ll take that on the chin. I will do better work from now on and stop making excuses for where it did or didn’t work. If it turns out that I’m not capable of the level I aspire to then I’ll have to take that on the chin too.

Tascam iM2 Microphone Quick Take Audio Test. Wide Open Camera | Jared Abrams
| YouTube
I also don't think this device is appropriate for most work, but here's an audio test:
Here is a quick test of the new Tascam iM2 stereo microphone and PCN Recorder App. The stereo mic feels pretty cheap and the App is fairly clunky. Files have to to be uploaded to soundcloud then downloaded to your editing suite. The audio is better than the on camera mics but I cannot recommend this for pro use. It might be a decent back up system.

Various Uses For Teleprompters Prompt Variations | Pat Nordell
| Government Video
An overview - not reviews - of several brands of teleprompter:
Tiffen of Hauppauge, N.Y. has introduced a four-inch prompter—the PW-04—that attaches to the lens of a small camera. “It comes with a case and remote control and software, so the user is ready to go,” says Ray Blumenthal, Tiffen’s vice president of broadcast systems. The PW-04 provides professional video prompting in the palm of the user’s hand, he said.

How could Amazon Studios change the way we make movies? | Roy Price, Director, Amazon Studios
Interesting defense of Amazon Studio's that somehow suggests having more people reading and adding their input in the process will improve the quality of movies being produced. I'm not convinced that's true:
This approach makes complete sense in a world where (a) it is hard to solicit people’s opinions on a large scale and (b) it is expensive to produce any sort of audiovisual representation of a film. But that’s not the world we live in. Mass online discussions are all around us, it is easy to share video and it is not uneconomical to create a viable test movie. Today’s development process yields a lot of box office surprises. If a more open development process, one that looks a bit more like a conversation with fans, can reduce disappointing surprises, it should yield more movies that moviegoers like.

The Secret to Success on Your First Film Job | Evan Luzi | No Film School
Evan normally writes at The Black And Blue blog, but here's an article he's written about how to be a success on your first job:
Before you stepped on set with the professionals, there were dozens just like you who came and went. I bet most of the crew didn’t even bother to keep in touch with them. It’s not that they weren’t nice people, or that they weren’t capable of the job, it’s that they didn’t approach it in the right way.

The real secret is you can’t be satisfied with the job you’re doing.

Five Predictions For Online Video In 2012 | Peter Csathy | Tech Crunch
Peter Csathy, President and CEO of Sorenson Media, offers his thoughts on the future of online video:
(3) Battle for Your Living Room & Cutting of the Cord. Not to be outdone, Google will continue its massive push—and billions of dollars in investment — into the premium video and “TV” world. It doesn’t matter whether Google’s initial experiments have worked so far (they haven’t); Google is patient and recognizes that we are still early in the video game.

Hollywood says goodbye to celluloid | Nick Allen | The Telegraph
It's looking like the end of film will come even quicker than we thought:
A single celluloid print of a movie can cost more than £1,500. A big release can see millions of dollars spent on prints to distribute to cinemas.
With digital projection each copy of the film can be sent out on a hard drive costing just £150. The lower cost makes simultaneous worldwide releases more feasible, which in turn reduces the risk of piracy.

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