Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The News

The D16 Ships This Week! | Digital Bolex
We’re pleased to announce that the Digital Bolex D16 will begin shipping to backers starting this week. If you are a backer, we will contact you shortly to verify your shipping addresses and contact details, so please make sure that emails from will clear your spam filter.

Anamorphic sample footage shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot – and which lenses go best with it? | EOSHD
The new SLR Magic Anamorphot 50 jointly developed with the help of EOSHD is here in it’s final non-prototype form and I’ve shot the above video with it (Sony FS100). This should give you an idea of how the flare moves around during a shot and the general anamorphic aesthetic you are able to get with the adapter.

Slating like a Butler | John Brawley
"Doesn’t anyone know how to slate? Don’t they know how they can influence the beginning of a scene? That they can set the tone for the actors? Why are they taking so long to announce the slate and get out of there? What ever happened to the discipline of the film days where you’d get the slate and only the slate in shot and get the hell out of there ???”

Marrakech Q&A: Martin Scorsese The Desire To Make Films, Suggests He Only Has A Few Left & Hopes ‘Silence’ Is Next | IndieWire
In answer to the diverse questions that came in from the largely student audience, Scorsese may have made frequent reference to his advancing years, but especially considering the 71-year-old was at the end of a long ten days viewing and adjudicating the competition films, he was, as ever, gracious and chatty about his life in film, past, present and future. Here are the highlights of that talk.

Stabilization with mocha AE and mocha Pro | Imagineer | Go To Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
In this free, live webinar, Imagineer Systems product specialist, Mary Poplin will cover planar tracking stabilization techniques using mocha AE, mocha Pro, and mocha import+ for After Effects and Nuke. More than just a tracker! Use mocha's planar tracking tools to artistically stabilize or refocus your shots, extend your sets, and more.

With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap! | Creative COW
The idea was to create to a show that would feature these and other friends of Paul's in intimate conversation with him, one-on-one. Paul's big concern was that it not feel like a TV show and we began to brainstorm about how to do that. He asked me produce it and left it to me to execute the look that would best support the feel he wanted the show to have. Once we'd discussed his desires and he knew I understood what he wanted, he gave me free rein to figure out how to pull it off.

The Revolution Won’t Be Televised – 4 Reasons the Future of Filmmaking is Online | RainDance
Web series creators are dealing with a unique situation where audiences expect quality writing and acting worthy of ‘real TV’ but can also get away with lower production value because the audience can understand the lack of studio backing for independent channels and lack or resources especially when there are no big names attached. If the writing is good, and a real passion is there, it will find an audience.

Working with Less Part 4: Postproduction | Philip Bloom
David Kong guest piece at Philip Bloom's blog:
This article/video is all about Postproduction. I’ll be talking about editing and color correction workflow, Premiere and After Effects, touching up shots with “Visual FX,” and my techniques for handling files. I’ll also be taking a look at a bunch of shots from my Portrait of Macerata video and explaining what finishing work I did on them.

So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says | Gigaom
While the FAA suggested in 1981 that model aircraft operators fly below 400 feet, the document was just an advisory, and two aviation lawyers contacted by Gigaom said the agency has no authority below 700 feet — for now.“The FAA is already looking at it .. but it’s not going to happen for two years,” said John Todd of Todd & Levi in New York, who noted that the number of amateur drones in the sky is growing quickly.

Freezing time w/ ONLY ONE camera, 360 degrees, 7200 fps | YouTube
Interesting, though maybe rather complex technique that probably only has limited application....

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