Friday, February 28, 2014

The News

'Midnight Rider' Death: DGA Says Employers 'Ultimately Responsible for Ensuring a Safe Set' | The Hollywood Reporter
The death of the assistant, Sarah Jones, has prompted concerns about the safety of crew members on film sets. While the DGA couldn't comment specifically on the Midnight Rider incident, noting that there's an ongoing investigation into the accident, they did express their sympathy for those who were affected.
A petition has been started to get Sarah's name on the Memoriam tribute at the Oscars. The deadline is today:
Petition To Add Sarah Elizabeth Jones To The Academy Awards Memoriam Tribute | The Petition Site

The Diamond Brothers Dissect the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K | Filmmaker Magazine
“The interesting thing about this camera is what happens when you change from ProRes 4K to just ProRes HD,” Josh said. “Surprisingly, in a good way, there is no field of view change. I don’t know how many people here have ever shot with an Epic, but when you change resolution from 5k down to four, three or two, it gives you what seems to be a zoom feel.

My RØDE Reel an international short film competitionRØDE
With more than $70,000 in prizes up for grabs there’s no excuse not to get out and start shooting! Watch the video above to learn more, and enter your email address below to be sent the competition pack and get started. Good luck!

The lenses every One-Person band wedding videographer needs | Videomaker
Most of us need versatile lenses for both photo and video so here are some options: For APS-C, the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, and Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 are all solid choices. For full-frame, The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 are both really great lenses.

Here’s How The Comcast & Netflix Deal Is Structured, With Data & Numbers | Streaming Media
You will notice that when Netflix was using third party CDN providers Akamai, Level 3 and Limelight for 100% of their video delivery, there were no quality issues. Just look at their speed ratings from 2012. The reason for this is that those CDNs already have their servers connected to ISPs like Comcast and have put in place all the necessary links, both free and paid, to guarantee, via an SLA, that they can deliver Netflix’s video.

Jason Blum's Crowded Movie Morgue: Downside of a Microbudget Empire | The Hollywood Reporter
The Jason Blum business model boasts a very simple and alluring logic: Make movies fast and for a price -- $5 million or less -- and then spend the $20 million or $30 million needed to release them in theaters only if they have a shot at selling at least $25 million worth of tickets.

25 Years with the Sony NAB Student Experience Program | Sony
This year will mark the 25th year in which Sony will bring communication and film school students from across the country to National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference as part of a unique student program entitled, “Sony NAB Student Experience Program”. The program which was started in 1989 as a collaboration between Sony and Baylor University has since grown to include additional schools as a way to thank them for doing business with Sony.

Macro Photography on the D16 | Digital Bolex
The following piece was shot with a series of different macro lenses and regular lenses on extension tubes. All of the lenses were set on F5.6 or F4 / 5.6 split to try and regulate the light / depth of field a little bit. The intention was to find macro lenses that would lend a narrative feel to 3 inch tall characters.

While I love the portability, design and ease of use there where a few things that really frustrated me. The belt mechanism tends to come off quite often especially during transport. It was designed so you can put it back in but that’s not a quick thing to do when your in a hurry – you can miss shots all too easily.

Winning an Oscar in bankruptcy: Rhythm and Hues and the visual effects biz one year later | KPCC
“Finally, I want to thank all the artists who worked on this film for over a year, including Rhythm and Hues,” Westenhofer said as the orchestra loudly played theme music from "Jaws" over him.  “Sadly, Rhythm and Hues is suffering severe financial difficulties right now. I urge you all to remember…”

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