Friday, March 15, 2013

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Why Apple Must Fear Roku | Andrew Wallenstein | Variety
And yet as passable as the Roku-TW Cable deal is, it highlights a vulnerability to Apple: The longer iTV takes to get to market, the higher the risk someone is going to crack this market wide open before Apple even gets a chance.

A Colour Grading Round Up For Virgin & Veteran Colourists | Jonny Elwyn | Blog
If you’re a young colourist in the making then this 6 tip post from Reel Life Television will give you a decent structure to think about what you need to be learning; ranging from what apps and hardware to be investing in to the importance of taking breaks.

Celebrating Ford and Wayne's Classic Western 'The Searchers' | Ryan Lattanzio
| Indiewire
"First, apart from being an American epic, 'The Searchers' also is a John Wayne Western; for many, even at this late date in film history, that's still an excuse to ignore it. Secondly, it doesn't go down quite as easily as the pictures mentioned above. Like all great works of art, it's uncomfortable. The core of the movie is deeply painful."

Film Lighting Tutorial: Qualities of Light | Zacuto | Vimeo
The understanding of light is the most fundamental skill in cinematography. In this 3 minute film lighting tutorial video, watch and learn about the two basic types of light used in filmmaking and photography; hard and soft. Hard light creates a sharp solid shadow; while soft light creates a rounded gradient shadow. We break down these concepts and show you how to harness their power to improve your lighting.

Step Behind the Scenes at Laika, the Stop Motion Animation Company Behind 'ParaNorman' | Mar Belle | No Film School
Here are a few of the BTS videos which, although promo pieces at heart, provide quite a bit of insight into the vastly labor intensive production process behind animated feature work:

Photographing with Remote Helis & World Class Athletes in Crazy Locations — Behind-the-Scenes in Aspen | Chase Jarvis | Blog
Remember last year’s Aspen campaign? Well, we’re back at it again this year with even better conditions. We’ve been up before dawn and burning the midnight oil. Out the door right now – but stay tuned via social channels to follow along. In the meantime here’s a gallery of behind-the-scenes photos. Enjoy.

XDCAM Essentials Episode 6 - Recording Four Channels of Audio | Sony | YouTube
Four channel recording with the Sony PMW-200, PMW-160 and PMW-100:
Doug Jensen dispels some common myths and misconceptions of what recording four channel audio really means. He demonstrates several ways to configure the four channels using various audio sources including external microphones and mixing boards. Doug also explains the differences between channels 1 and 2 and channels 3 and 4 and how to use them to your advantage.

Christopher Doyle Interview Part 2: “Life of Pi” Oscar is an Insult to Cinematography | Sam Gaskin | Artinfo
I can't remember when I last saw this much swearing in an interview...
But what it says to the real world is it’s all about us, we have the money, we put the money in, and we control the image. [...] That’s not cinematography. That’s control of the image by the powers that be, by the people that want to control the whole system because they’re all accounts. You’ve lost cinema. This is not cinema and it’s not cinematography. It’s not cinematography.

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