Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
That's not to say they are difficult cameras to use, but whenever something new comes out, there's going to be a learning curve. This is about more than just menus and feature sets, this is about understanding a particular camera and how it fits into not only your workflow, but also how it stacks up against other cameras in general.
That's why a few years ago Sony came up with the DMPC (Digital Motion Picture Center) in Culver City, CA on the Sony Pictures lot (they've also got a similar spot at Pinewood Studios in the UK). This video is a bit outdated in terms of showing off the place (they've got a much better setup now), but it gives a great rundown of what the DMPC is all about:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
However, Paul Thomas Anderson walks the line between the two with a subtly wild sensibility -- inspired by artists he respects, fortified by his vision. This is something Lenny Boyer of the Fairview Film Club explores in his video essay, sharing four elements of P.T. Anderson's cinematic style.
So, let's take a look at PTA's approach to these four cinematic elements:
Monday, October 19, 2015
The Sundance Institute and Adobe's Project 1324 have partnered to bring you the What's Next's Short Film Challenge, which will award winners a spot in the brand new Sundance Ignite Fellows Program.
They are looking for short films between 1-8 minutes long that are "pure, bold, renegade, independent, innovative, next wave, next breed, and stylistically adventurous," that also answer (or offer up whatever unique interpretation of) the question, "What's Next?" Again, films may only be submitted by filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 24.
Five winners will be awarded an Ignite Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship offering emerging filmmakers mentorship and exposure during the Sundance Film Festival. Fellows also receive a special ticket package for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which includes a roundtrip flight to Salt Lake City, ground transportation to/from Park City, lodging, and a meal stipend.
It's rare to find really wide angle full-frame still lenses even remotely this fast, so the fact that Sigma has gotten this to an f/1.4 (and under $1,000) is pretty amazing. Most 20mm lenses are around an f/2 or f/2.8, with Nikon making a particularly speedy 20mm f/1.8. There isn't a giant difference between f/1.4 and f/1.8, but the fact that all of the prime lenses in the Art series have consistent f1/.4 apertures is fantastic, and this one should fit nicely with the 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, and 50mm f/1.4 lenses already in the series. This 20mm will come in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts.
Here are the specs:
There are countless ways to make your footage look weird and trippy, but if you're particularly drawn to the look of infrared -- and don't have the cash to drop on a camera that is capable of capturing infrared in-camera, like the ARRI Alexa XT B+W -- our buddies at Film Riot have shared a tutorial that walks you through pretty simple process of creating this look in post.
Technically, the look in the video isn't completely IR (as they point out, it's a mixture of IR and lomochrome), but chances are you're just looking for something that looks otherworldly and dreamlike -- something that'll communicate to your audience that, "No, this isn't reality, guys."
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
As far as mirrorless goes, Canon has really only just started getting their feet wet, and in terms of technological advancements they, and to a less extent Nikon, are well behind both Sony and Panasonic. The stills quality might be there thanks to the sensors, but video lags dramatically compared to their competitors. The M10 might be the biggest news, but the Powershot G5 X and G9 X have a few tricks up their sleeves, even with their smallish 1" sensors.
Here's a look at the two current mirrorless offerings from Canon, the M3 (which was previously only available elsewhere in the world), and the new M10:
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Hexo+ Drone is the first autonomous flying system, and it’s getting very close to shipping; it’s scheduled to be available in October. Some footage from Xavier De Le Rue in Alaska: The project started off as a Kickstarter campaign, raised over $1.3m USD and funded by more than 2,000 backers from across the world. It was so successful that it… Read more →Read more...
Meet James Crawshaw. I asked James if I could feature his aerial videography work in an interview here, because I liked the footage he sent me, and he’s setting a great example as far as safety and professionalism and getting into the UAV industry the right way. James pilots a DJI Inspire 1 and originally got into the UAV industry with… Read more →Read more...