Saturday, May 05, 2012

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Do Filmmakers Really Need A Digital Camera As Beautiful As This One?
| John Pavlus | CoDesign
John Pavlus considers the design of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera; as in how it looks, not what it does:
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera looks more like an iMac crossed with a Polaroid than a piece of production equipment: all smooth aluminum curves and lush matte plastic, with a sheer touchscreen interface gracing the back panel. The aluminum body allegedly gives the camera a rugged solidity without excessive weight.

Behind the Scenes with the Phantom Miro's | filmbot | Vimeo
Shooting with the new "lower cost" Phantom high-speed camera:
Shot on Phantom Miro M series
Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 & After Effects CS6
Graded in Davinci Resolve
Plugins- Red Giant Denoiser II
Apple Mac Pro & Macbook Pro

How one young filmmaker has embraced Final Cut Pro X | FCP.Co
Comments from young filmmaker Chris Gatewood who is using FCPX:
Since the introduction of FCPX, I've gotten very aggressive with tackling complicated projects; its faster, leaner, and the organization was really intuitive for long term projects. I've been an intern at a few production companies shooting and editing with FCP7 and Premiere. But as I've gotten more experience, I've ventured off into not only editing and shooting, but directing and producing music videos, corporate films, and narrative films professionally.

Zacuto has been sponsoring a yearly camera comparison - The Shootout - and here Steve Weiss of Zacuto talks about it:
Norm chats with Steve Weiss and Bruce Logan, A.S.C. about Zacuto's Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout challenge for 2012. Steve Weiss is the co-founder of camera accessory maker Zacuto and Bruce Logan is the famed cinematographer who worked on the original Tron, Star Trek, and Star Wars films. Steve and Bruce talk about the digital cinema cameras they tested and why good technique is so much more important

Trippy Example of Hitchcock Zoom Shot on a Beach | Michael Zhang | PetaPixel
Steven Spielberg used this technique for a shot in the movie "Jaws" too:
“Dolly zoom” is a technique that was popularized by Alfred Hitchcock in his film Vertigo, after which it was commonly referred to as “Hitchcock zoom” and the “vertigo effect”. The basic idea is to photograph (or film) a subject while moving towards or away from it, and at the same time changing the focal length to keep the subject at the same size in each frame.

NAB 3D News Report: Sony PMW-TD300 | 3D Guy
A 3D video of a 3D video camera from Sony, the $30,000 PMW-TD300:
With new offerings from Grass Valley,GoPro, Emotion 3D, StereoTec, Vision Research, Canon, Black Magic Design, Adobe, RED and many more.
New tech advances like HFR or High Frame Rate video were showcased what scenes from the upcoming Hobbit shown at 48 frames per second. RED introduce us to the future of projection with laser powered REDray 4k projector.

ProAm DVC250 Camera Crane Review | Luc Buelens | Vimeo
Video review of this $500 camera crane:
Just bought a ProAm DVC250 Camera Crane and did some testing. The crane is made of aluminum and is quite solid, the tripod witch is also made of metal, is still not very stable under the weight of the crane and counterweights.
The crane performs well but is a bit wobbly when stopping or changing direction.
Overall, the Crane works well and is a good investment for it's value !
The optional electronic Pan & Tilt head is performing very well and makes the unit into a very usable item to get those special shots you might want.

Writing for Animation & Games – Character Development | Jean Ann Wright
| Best Animation Books
While this is written about characters for animation, it may apply to other genres:
Consider these other norms. Real people are often in conflict with their character opposite. However, some people seek out others that complement their strongest traits. Usually, people are a combination of two or more types.

PluralEyes 3.0 preview! Bruce Sharpe gives planet5D a sneak peek | Planet 5D
The developer of PluralEyes gives a demo of the latest version:
Many of you are pluralEyes lovers and we know you’re excited to see what is coming in the next release – and we’ve got it for you! Bruce Sharpe gives us the scoop and a preview of what is coming in the next release as well as an overview of some of Singular Software’s other products.

[News] Nikon D800 Has Confirmed Focus/Viewfinder | Lee Morris | Fstoppers
Oh no, first Canon with the light leak in the 5D Mark III, and now the Nikon D800 has a problem:
Steven’s camera (serial number 3003228) seemed to have 2 separate issues; focusing, and viewfinder alignment. Sometimes autofocus worked properly, other times it was way off. When the camera did focus properly the scene still looked slightly out of focus through the viewfinder. After doing some tests with live view and then comparing his D800 to another, Steven confirmed that there was something very wrong with his copy.

Staples Slate | The Black and Blue | Facebook
Improvising a simple slate:
With little time to spare, I repurposed my $1.99 binder from Staples into this slate. I found a stick on the ground and used black paper tape, two washers (for clackers) and white gaff tape to create this low-budget state.

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