Monday, November 12, 2012

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| Filmmaker Magazine
The third part of the series about the production of the low-budget indie movie Game Changers, with filmmakers Rob Imbs (director) and Benjamin Eckstein (cinematographer):
Eckstein: The thing that surprised me is how we’ve been lighting the film. We’ve been pretty sparse in what we have been doing, and I am definitely not a believer in “don’t light.” I love lighting. I think about lighting all the time, it’s totally the thing I’m most passionate about. But it was kind of surprising how much we were working with practical lights and just reshaping practical lights rather than bringing in a ton of our own fixtures. I think that is something that would have been different with the AF100.

Every Little Thing You Love | Overdue Films | Vimeo
The BOSCPUG SuperMeetUp took place last Friday. Unfortunately, I was only able to be there for the first half hour, but I did get to see a great short film, "Every Little Thing You Love." It's also a music video set to the music of The Bynars. It was shot on the Nikon D7000, with the help of volunteers, some Emerson students and on a very small budget. Definitely worth watching.

Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine vs. Canon 35mm f/1.4L | Marco Solorio
| OneRiver Media Blog
Samyang actually makes these lenses, and for film making they look like a very good, budget lens. The cheapest 'cine' lenses available I think.
I have the non-cine 35mm lens, which is a bit of a drag as I'm trying to decide whether to sell it and get the cine model.
They also offer an 8mm T3.8 fisheye [$349], 14mm T3.1 [$49], 24mm T1.5 [$749], and 85mm T1.5 [$349]. Most of these aren't widely available yet.
Note that Samyang lenses are also sold under other names including Rokinon and Bower.
All in all, I have to say I’m very pleased with the optical results of the Rokinon on the Cinema Camera. Is it worth the $550 bill, or does the extra $1k on the Canon make it a much wiser solution? Honestly, despite some of the build-quality hits on the Rokinon, I’d say this is actually a nice companion to the Cinema Camera. If I was starting my lens collection from scratch specifically for the Cinema Camera and I wanted to save some coin, I wouldn’t have any issue buying these lenses to build my collection from.

Five new E-mount Rokinon/Samyang lenses released and preorders!
Sony Alpha Rumors
It appears that Samyang is going to make the same lenses available in the E-mount.
Bhphoto listed five new E-mount lenses from Rokinon Samyang! These are all Cine lenses (smooth aperture control). Someone raised the question that this may be a BH mistake. But their text clearly says it’s for NEX.

Could We Split the Difference? | Alexis van Hurkman | Blog
I find I’m a bit skeptical when someone asks me to do something incredibly brash and bold. I don’t want to spend too much of the client’s time working up an elaborate grade when all they want, in fact, is something pretty simple. On the other hand, you want to take the client seriously, and if they really are looking for something bold, you don’t want to seem too meek, lest you’re thought of as a creative simpleton.

Sennheiser G3 Sony UWP Shure FP Azden 330 Wireless Mic Shootout
| Dave Dugdale | Learning DSLR Video
Comparing four wireless mics: the Sennheiser EW112-p G3, Sony UWP-V,1Shure FP and Azden 330LT
Audio Quality TestThe Sennheiser and the Sony sound really good, they both have some low end and the “S” sounds don’t sound unnatural, perhaps the Sony has to much S sound. Both sound very similar.The Shure has a little more nasal sound to it, like I have a slight cold and my nose is a little clogged. The Azden doesn’t sound that bad if you can concentrate with all the background hiss.

GoPro Hero 3 Black 2.7K 24fps Cine Test With Leah Petersen Stunt Motorcyclist. 4K & 2.7K Downloads | Jared Abrams | Wide Open Camera
The strongest attribute of the new GoPro Hero 3 Black is the 2.7K 24fps Protune Cine mode. Chris Collins hooked up this shoot with Leah Petersen. We decided to stick with the 2.7K 24fps Protune rather than drop down to any other resolution. We know what 1080 x 1920 60P looks like and forget about 720 x 1280 120fps. We wanted the best resolution possible. The 4K would have been nice but I do not trust it for anything beyond portraits.

New Nikon D600 Firmware Update Could Make It the Best Bang for Your Buck Full-Frame DSLR | Joe Marine | No Film School
The other big problem with the D600, which may or may not be addressed in this new firmware update, is the fact that the HDMI output only fills 95% of the screen. Just like Canon’s 5D Mark III, the live view output is window-boxed (though that will change when Canon releases the uncompressed HDMI firmware upgrade for the Mark III next year). Even though Nikon has made the HDMI output on the D600 recordable, having to zoom in post to fill to 100% makes the 8-bit 4:2:2 capability a lot less useful.

How To Get Out Of A Funk | Alex Lickerman, MD | The Creativity Post
Commit to a new goal. Sometimes my listlessness is purposelessness in disguise. Human beings are not only intrinsically driven by a sense of purpose but also seem to require a sense of purpose to lead a satisfying life. It needn’t be a grand purpose, but it must be a purpose that feels important to you.

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