Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/24/14 01:04:43 PM
Charles Frank and Jake Oleson direct the short film, "Still Life" which captures New Yorkers doing a variety of activities in slow-motion. The film was shot with a RED Epic and Phantom Miro. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/24/14 10:04:37 AM
The short video profile below explores the work of nature photographer Asgeir Helgestad as he shoots animals in extreme weather conditions. "It is not about getting as close as possible, but to capture the feeling of being there. I don’t want to just look into their world, I want to be a part of it," he says. The video is part of RED's RED Collective series. Watch below. (via PetaPixel)
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/24/14 10:04:47 AM
Lytro is introducing the $1600 Illum, a light ray camera that allows users to focus a shot after it has been captured. Explains Digital Arts, "The difference this time is that the Illum looks like an actual DSLR camera, rather than the box-shaped design of the original Lytro camera. It has a 30-250mm equivalent focal lens up front, a 4-inch touch screen on the back and a slew of physical controls for things like the shutter, exposure and auto-focus. The mechanical shutter has a speed of 0.25 milliseconds." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/23/14 06:04:10 PM
In many ways, Hatsune Miku is a typical teenage pop star. She is a popular performer in Japan with her own signature style and she sings regularly to large, excited crowds. But unlike other pop stars, Hatsune Miku is a computer-generated image and synthesized voice. Because of its popularity, many Hatsune Miku live events have taken place since 2009. Tokyo-based MAGES Inc. regularly hosts one of the bigger ones, the “Hatsune Miku Live Party,” also popularly known as “MIKUPA.” To stage the MIKUPA event, MAGES uses Blackmagic Design’s UltraStudio 3D capture and playback device and HyperDeck Studio SSD recorder and player.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/23/14 04:04:16 PM
For Divergent, Method Studios completed 381 visual effects shots, creating a variety of complex environments, set extensions, digital doubles and CG characters. “Divergent required exclusively invisible and seamless effects work,” explains the production’s visual effects supervisor, Jim Berney, “particularly the scene in the ‘mirror room.’”
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/23/14 03:04:15 PM
Director Darren Aronofsky chose Deluxe New York’s mixing stage to create the layered soundscape for his epic feature Noah. Skip Lievsay and Craig Henighan mixed the film using Dolby Atmos technology, which allows mixers greater control over the audio, offering “object based” mixing and the ability to spread sounds throughout the theater, including directly overhead. Atmos audio mixing is scalable and allows each Dolby Atmos-enabled theater to get the most of the sound design, independent of its size or the number of speakers it has.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/23/14 11:04:26 AM
Vincent Laforet is leading a series of workshops across the country this spring all about camera movement. Directing Motion is a full-day workshop aimed at all levels of filmmakers. The workshop will provide attendees with a solid foundation in camera movement, blocking, lensing, and sequencing, and being able to direct any crew precisely and effectively to execute a vision. Tickets are $295 for the full experience (going from 9 AM - 9 PM) and includes the Daytime Movement & Direction Workshop, Evening Applied Theory Seminar, an HD download of the Daytime Movement & Direction Workshop, and a free pass to the 2015 NAB Show. Separate tickets are also available for just the daytime ($219) or evening ($79) seminars. Go here for a full list of dates and stops and to register.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/22/14 01:04:17 PM
Ole C. Salomsen's "Silent Storms" mixes gorgeous time-lapse footage of the Northern Lights with real-time footage. Salomsen tells PetaPixel, "I find it particularly exciting filming the aurora in real time, since it is so difficult to do! And the 14bit RAW video option of the Magic Lantern is just phenomenal for doing this. The 5D Mark III still struggles with color noise when pushing it, and lifting shadows, and often some banding, which the more expensive 1DX does not have. But, I have also filmed with the 1DX, and even if it has one stop advantage over the 5D3 in SNR/ISO, I prefer the RAW video on the 5D3 since there is so much more color information in RAW video… which gives you better results if handled well in post!" Watch below and read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/21/14 04:04:25 PM
Randy Scott Slavin used a GoPro HERO3 attached to a DJI Phantom quadcopter to capture these unique aerial views of New York City. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/21/14 04:04:51 PM
Gizmodo's Brent Rose tests 6 action cameras--the Ion Air Pro 3, the Drift Ghost-S, the Garmin VIRB Elite, the Sony Action Cam 2, the JVC Adixxion GC-XA2, and the GoPro HERO3+--by securing them side-by-side on one helmet. He writes, "It's worth noting that while there are six cameras and we had to rank them one through six, none of these objectively suck. If someone gifts you any of one these, or you need to pull the trigger based on price alone, you're going to end up with a decent rig no matter what." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/21/14 03:04:00 PM
EOSHD compares the 4K-capable Panasonic GH4 against the Sony a7S. They write, "It looks like the story of 2014 is taking shape in the form of very high quality 4K on large sensor mirrorless cameras. Last year for me it was raw on the 5D Mark III which excited me the most and before that it was the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. This year is more exciting on the tech and creative front than any I can remember. Here’s my look at how the GH4 and A7S compare in detail for 4K cinematography…" Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/21/14 10:04:09 AM
Richard Mosse's Infra is a 39-minute art film which shows the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo as seen through infrared film. The film is now on display at London's Vinyl Factory. Watch a clip and read more here on It's Nice That.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/18/14 01:04:38 PM
Time-lapse photographer Oli Haukur Myrdal captures the stunning, psychedelic light show that is the Northern Lights over Iceland. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/18/14 11:04:01 AM
Documentarians Olly Lambert and Jezza Neumann explain why they choose the Sony PMW-200 for their work shooting in combat zones. Says Lambert, "What I’m looking for in a camera is not just it being able to take very good pictures; it has to be quite an all-round tool in terms of it being very ergonomic, very adaptable, to be able to manage things automatically if I need it to, and to be able to rig it and de-rig it very, very quickly and for it to be very portable. The 200 has a bigger sensor than most cameras, so if I have time, I can sit down and be quite measured, get quite a nice shallow depth of field. But similarly, if something is happening that’s very kinetic, that’s unrepeatable, where I’m having to not only watch my characters in my story but watch my own personal safety, then it’s a very ergonomic camera and I can switch it to automatic functions if I need to.”
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/17/14 05:04:31 PM
Documentary filmmaker August Sandberg writes up his experiences traveling the world with his Sony HXR-NX70 camera.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/17/14 11:04:24 AM
Digital Video magazine, published by NewBay Media’s Broadcast/Video Group, has announced its Best of Show Award winners at the 2014 NAB Show. NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a small number of products were selected to receive a Best of Show Award from among hundreds of new products in competition. The 2014 winners are: AJA CION Camera Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 11
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/16/14 05:04:27 PM
Creative agency's DBLG's "Bears on Stairs" combines 3D animation, 3D printing and stop-motion for an impressively smooth final video. Writes PetaPixel's Gannon Burgett, "From watching the video, it looks to me like there are roughly 40 separate pieces of the bear climbing the stairs. And although they seem to have markers on the screen to keep things consistent, keeping that many frames as stable and smooth as they did is downright astounding." Watch below and read more here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/16/14 04:04:25 PM
NoFilmSchool's Robert Hardy calls the AJA Cion the "most exciting new camera at NAB 2014."
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/16/14 02:04:10 PM
Ars Technica gathers up some of the gears and rigs of note that were on display at NAB Show last week. They write, "We also hit the show floor, which was filled with hundreds of booths showing off vendors' professional products and services. We already took a look at the high-end consumer video recording tools that are hitting the market this year, but there was plenty more visually striking things to see at NAB. Here are a few favorites, from stuff you could go out and buy tomorrow to rigs that are worth more than your car (probably)." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/16/14 12:04:32 PM
Following AJA's startling announcement that it is moving into the camera manufacturing business with the Cion, the company has released an introductory video showcasing the first footage shot with the camera. Writes RedShark News, "The color is looking very impressive. Sadly the footage lacks any glimpse of skin tones which is the thing people tend to be most concerned about with digital video cameras at the moment. We will have to wait a little longer to know more about that." Watch below and read the full story here.