Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:16 PM
Music and dance are a big part of the contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ holiday musical drama Black Nativity. “Practically every dance or song number relied on instinct and the ability to whip pan, snap zoom or even grab the focus in the process of discovering the most dynamic shots,” says cinematographer Anastas Michos, ASC. “That’s where my favorite support—the OConnor 2575—was invaluable.”
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:03 PM
As an independent photographer providing images to Japanese television stations, I own and am responsible for my camera equipment. In the last few years a lot of my business has involved golf tournaments, so I began investigating lightweight camera support gear that would be easy to carry and deploy. I knew that I would need a well balanced camera head in order to follow the fast-moving golf balls. When capturing this sort of action, the camera has to smoothly follow the ball as it moves up in its trajectory and then very rapidly tilt down and stop without any jolts or jars as the ball drops on the green.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:03 PM
Last month, Invisible Cities, the world’s first large-scale opera for wireless headphones, completed its limited run of sold-out performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station – the largest railway terminal in the western United States. At the heart of the production, which was staged within the vast, multi-room expanse of the terminal as well as among its outdoor courtyards, was Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system. The microphone system delivered uncompressed, artifact-free audio night after night to patrons donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:35 PM
As 19-year-old adventurer Parker Liautaud made his way from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole in an attempt to set a world speed record, Willis Resilience Expedition TV used a NewTek TriCaster 860 multicamera production system to broadcast a daily 60-minute live show tracking Liautaud’s progress.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 11:12:14 AM
In the below video from RedShark News, get a full-length tutorial on how to get started using the Magic Lantern raw software for the Canon 5D Mark II.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/27/13 11:12:58 AM
DP Captain Hook has gotten his hands on a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and provided the world with just a bit more test footage from the new camera. He writes on his Vimeo page, "Honestly I kind of went into this thinking I probably wouldn't like this camera as much as the other two [Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera], but right now I like it more! The images are really nice, really really nice. This time the BMDFilm coming from the camera has a lot more contrast and saturation than the previous two, so you don't have to do anywhere near as much to grade it (but yes i already have a LUT I've made/been using with it to speed things up even more). I went for quite a contrasty/saturated grade with most of this to see if I could push it 'there' (combined with my LUT i made it for it). I think it holds up really well."
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/26/13 01:12:02 PM
Check out the below video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory telescope which converts different wavelengths that the sun emits into an image viewable by humans. Explains Filmmaker IQ, "As the colors sweep around the sun in the movie, viewers should note how different the same area of the sun appears. This happens because each wavelength of light represents solar material at specific temperatures. Different wavelengths convey information about different components of the sun’s surface and atmosphere, so scientists use them to paint a full picture of our constantly changing and varying star." Watch below and read more here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/23/13 12:12:30 PM
Colin Rich has just released the last part of his Trilogy of Light time-lapse series, "City Lights." He says of his creation, "It was a nightly adventure that took me to almost every angle of Los Angeles. It was an exercise in patience. A lesson in light. An understanding of what it is to live amongst each other and to understand the system and order of a city, the seemingly complex organics that make it up and the life form that the city truly is." Watch below and read more here on The Creators Project.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/20/13 01:12:19 PM
Photographer Michael Shainblum has a plethora of detailed time-lapse tutorials on his site, going over a lot of specific techniques in Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and more. Shainblum is known for his striking short time-lapses, including the Vimeo Staff Pick "Mirror City" (found below). See all the tutorials here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/20/13 12:12:20 PM
British filmmaker Shane Meadows has shot a music video for up-and-coming artist Jake Bugg with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. He says, "Blackmagic’s cameras were unbelievably manoeuvrable, which meant we could react more quickly to changes in the environment, while also being a little more spontaneous. During set piece scenarios we were able to use all of the two Pocket Cinema Cameras and one Blackmagic Cinema Camera in very small spaces because they were so small making coverage and locations easier to handle. This really complemented the fun nature of the shoot as we could chop and change, or grab anything interesting as we went along without worrying about long set ups.”
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/18/13 02:12:52 PM
Documentary filmmakers (and brothers) Craig Renaud and Brent Renaud talks to Filmmaker Magazine about their guerrilla filmmaking style that allows them to shoot in combat zones and the like.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/17/13 04:12:43 PM
News Shooter's Matthew Allard discusses what it's like to shoot news footage in a disaster area and the equipment choices he made for capturing footage of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. He writes, "You have to pack light, but you also have to take everything you need. You cannot count on being able to get anything once there – and with survivors in dire need of food, water and basic supplies, you should try not to add to the demand. You have to be quite ruthless with your decisions about what to take and what to leave behind. You may face weight restrictions on planes, boats, helicopters and other vehicles. You also need to be able to carry the equipment yourself and you may very well not be able to leave anything anywhere." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/17/13 12:12:32 PM
Airbnb has made a sweet travel commercial from crowdsourced Vine videos. To make the video, director Miles Jay sent out instructions on Twitter, and a hundred Vine creators complied with 6 seconds apiece. Watch it below. (via DesignTAXI)
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/16/13 02:12:20 PM
In the below video, James Whiffen looks into which file formats and codecs are best suited to different situations. He says, "No one file format or codec will be the best for every situation. Let's have a look at the different things when choosing file formats and compression that are best for us." Watch below. (via Filmmaker IQ)
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/13/13 02:12:49 PM
In an interview from Creators Project, Intel and Vice, photographer Michael Shainblum explains what drew him to time-lapse and how getting diagnosed with learning disabilities as a child led him to pursuing art. He says, "I just loved taking picture before I knew anything about what taking a picture meant....I couldn't afford a nice video camera, but I could take my images and click the button a bunch of times and that essentially would make a video. That concept really struck me: all a video is is a bunch of pictures." Watch below.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/13/13 12:12:18 PM
Den Lennie reviews the Sony HXR-NX3, writing, "I’m lucky enough to use cameras like Sony’s NEX-FS100E with its large-format Super 35mm sensor. But what’s exciting about the NX3 is the way it squares up shot for shot. I’d be very happy to use this as a second B-camera on serious projects. The color profiles look great against its high-end siblings. There’s so much detail to play with, plus some really thoughtful features. I’m truly impressed." Read the full story here on Sony's site.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/12/13 01:12:36 PM
A girl gives a guy his phone number and the rest is a bit of surrealistic magic thanks to a clever stop-motion animation that was shot entirely on Google Glass. The creators behind this gem are Tu Uthaisiri, Nam Daon, Freddy Arenas and Isam Prado. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/12/13 12:12:49 PM
Creative Bloq's George Georgeadis predicts some of the top video production trends and looks we might see in 2014. He writes, "Video has quickly become the communications medium of choice. It’s easy to consume, and people love to share it on social media. For filmmakers and videographers, equipment and software are more advanced, less expensive, and easier to use. With all this interest, some cool trends are emerging in the way videos are shot and produced. Here are a few of our favorites to dominate in 2014." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/10/13 05:12:14 PM
The music video for Estate and Liquid Pegasus' "Tendency" may look retro-inspired, but it's actually shot with some cutting-edge technology. Explains Dodge & Burn, "The piece was shot by Josh Johnson on a Nimslo, one of the first consumer level three dimensional cameras to hit the market. Each exposure shoots 4 images from slightly different angles across the space of 2 full 35 mm exposures." Watch below and read more here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/10/13 02:12:01 PM
Jaron Schneider of Fstoppers reviews the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from the point-of-view of an avid DSLR user.