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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/28/14 12:03:05 PM

Does Wraparound Projection Technology Take Away from a Film's Storytelling?

This week at CinemaCon, Barco revealed a wraparound projection system called Escape which allows filmmakers to project footage on the side walls of a movie theater--in theory, making for a more immersive experience. But filmmaker Stu Maschwitz, for one, is not convinced. He writes on his Prolost blog, "An event happening in a room is reality. When you put a box around it, it becomes storytelling. The conceit of the frame is what makes cinema possible. Yes, it makes composition possible—a pleasing arrangement within the frame, but more importantly, it makes a cinematic voice possible. Removing the “limitation” of the frame is actually removing the storyteller’s most important tool—the ability to show us exactly and only what matters. The ability to tell the story, rather than merely present it."

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/27/14 03:03:17 PM

DP Matthew Libatique on Shooting 'Noah'

Cinematographer Matthew Libatique talks to The Daily Beast about his work shooting Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic, Noah.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/27/14 12:03:25 PM

First 4D Theater to Open in the U.S.

South Korean company CJ Group has unveiled plans to open the first 4D theater in the U.S. in Los Angeles' L.A. Live district. The theater will be equipped to add wind, fog, rain, strobe and scents to moviegoers' experiences. Said Byung Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPlex, “Los Angeles was the natural choice for us in making it the first U.S. location to carry 4DX. We wanted to bring this experience to where all the movie magic happens. With AEG, owner and host of the world’s most exciting entertainment venues as our strategic partner, we are very much looking forward to welcoming our audiences to a moviegoing experience never before seen in the U.S.” Read more here on PSFK.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/26/14 02:03:52 PM

Choosing an Entry-Level 4K Camera

Videographer Michael Murie explains why he chose the Sony FDR-AX100 for his first foray into 4K. He writes, "I just got the Sony FDR-AX100, which I think can be accurately described a being their 'most inexpensive (currently) available' 4K camera. I thought it was time to at least dabble in 4K, but I didn't really have the budget to buy anything really good - no Sony F5 or Canon C500 in my budget!" Read more here on his Notes on Video blog.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/26/14 12:03:12 PM

VFX House Framestore: 4K Content Needs to Be Made to New Specifications

VFX house Framestore was one of the first to work with 4K (for a Sony commercial) and they explain some of the medium's challenges and its future on Creative Bloq.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/26/14 11:03:05 AM

'Nymphomaniac': How Cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro Brought Lars von Trier's Vision to Life

From the time word got out that notorious Danish director Lars von Trier was making a “porn” film with well known actors, speculation was rife about how graphic the mysterious Nymphomaniac project would be.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/25/14 12:03:40 PM

More Details Emerge on Kinefinity KineMAX and KineMINI

EOSHD's Andrew Reid interviews Kinefinity's Jihua Zheng to get more details on the company's 6K KineMAX and 4K KineMINI. He writes, "Footage from the 6K KineMAX (sporting a 18MP CMOS sensor) is due to be released in a few days, says Jihua. The KineMAX is one of only two 6K cameras in the world right now, the other being the Red Dragon. I’m curious to know what sensor they are using for such high resolutions, but this is a commercial secret! Something I loved about the KineRAW MINI was 100fps in raw. The new cameras now do this frame rate at 2K instead of just 720p and this time moire and aliasing is barely an issue at 100fps, with a new OLPF design and new sensor. The current MINI shoots 100fps but with quite a bit of moire in that mode."

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/25/14 12:03:00 PM

'Godzilla' Trailer Uses Sound Design to Maximum Effect

Watch the moody, evocative trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla which only teases at the appearance of the famed movie monster, and relies on clever sound design to create anticipation for the summer blockbuster. Watch below.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/24/14 03:03:14 PM

Bringing the Beautiful 'Grand Budapest Hotel' to Life

Wes Anderson doesn’t create films; he creates worlds. For The Grand Budapest Hotel, released by Fox Searchlight Pictures on March 7, that world became the fictional town of Zubrowka, located in the mountains of Eastern Europe. To bring Zubrowka to life, Anderson developed a complete history mirroring that of 20th century Eastern Europe. Building this extensive history was key to developing the characters and story, as well as essential to creating the look of the world that they inhabit, which in turn reinforces their existence, making it truly believable for the audience.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/24/14 11:03:17 AM

Focus Issues of 'American Hustle' Ascribed to Use of Vintage Lenses

American Hustle has been getting some flack for having focus issues throughout the movie and now, first AC Gregory Irwin has given an explanation as to why. He writes on a discussion thread on Cinematography.com, "You’re right!  Much of the movie had focus issues. The cinematographer insisted upon using old Canon K35 lenses for their 1970s look, the time period that the movie takes place. Unfortunately, the K35′s have 1970s technology as well. Since AMERICAN HUSTLE was shot entirely on steadicam, the use of Preston FIZ remote focus units were necessary. Since the K35 lenses have a compressed focus scale and are known for 'loss of motion,' they could neither respond to the Preston transmitter commands nor return to a prescribed focus mark. There wasn’t much chance for success in the focus department with these lenses."