Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,05/02/13 01:05:53 PM
Tony Rowell, a photographer from California recently released a new short film featuring the iconic landscapes in Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. We had a chance to talk to him about his project.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,05/01/13 09:05:26 PM
Chris Gampat of The Phoblographer writes: At long last, it is here: the long awaited Canon 5D Mk III firmware update to allow uncompressed HD video recording has been released and is available for download
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,05/01/13 08:05:20 PM
Nino Leitner of Ninofilm.net writes: The music video for “DEJA – Struck by the Light” came around at the right time to make it a camera test for the brand-new Sony F55. The target audience for the song are teenage girls, and I think few of my readers fall into this target group, so I don’t blame you if the music is not for you – but if it is, please support the artist Deja by buying the song via iTunes or Amazon.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,05/01/13 04:05:34 PM
Eugene Hernandez of Film Society Lincoln Center writes: “Cinema is under assault,” Steven Soderbergh told an audience in San Francisco over the weekend. He said that the Hollywood studios are to blame and that moviegoers are their accomplices. "Fewer and fewer executives in the industry love movies,” Soderbergh continued, “There's a total lack of leadership in my opinion, that's what's killing cinema."
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/30/13 12:04:08 PM
Cinescopophilia writes: Peter Crithary Sony’s Marketing Manager large sensor acquisition, fronted the cameras at NAB and caught up with 3rd party providers offering 2K and 4K workflow solutions for Sony. The Sony workflow alliance partners such as DaVinci Resolve, Baselight, Avid, and Autodesk Flame Premium, quickly run through what their systems do and offer the F65, F55, and F5 cameras by way of workflow solutions. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/30/13 11:04:26 AM
Rebecca J. Rosen of The Atlantic writes: For three days and two nights in the middle of March, a team of five "starchasers" camped out in the remote wilderness of Death Valley National Park as their cameras snapped up long shots of the night sky. The result is the gorgeous video above. "No special effects used, just the natural rotation of the earth's axis," the team explains.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/29/13 09:04:58 PM
Vision Research Digital Video Magazine contributing editor Ned Soltz will present a session entitled "All Tomorrow's Cameras: The Future of Digital Imaging" on Center Stage at DV Expo East on Wednesday, June 19th at 10:00am in New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/29/13 12:04:53 PM
John Brawley of Ramblings of a Cinematographer writes: So it’s time to look at some footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it’s just home movies. I was literally grabbing shots where I could whilst I was shopping ! But, you do get to see what one man can do with a pocket cinema camera and a 12-35 Panasonic m4/3 zoom. I guess for those that like to shoot discretely, guerrilla or documentary style, this will give you a good sense of what you’re going to get. The same great DR and look has been inherited from the BMCC.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 11:04:06 PM
Mat Gallagher of NewsShooter writes: In the first of our discussion panels, originally streamed live from the Teradek booth at NAB2013, Matt Allard hosts Andy Shipsides from Abel Cine, Jason Wingrove, and Paul Schnieder as they discuss the question ‘is DSLR Video dead?’ With the growth of cameras such as the C300, Epic and Blackmagic, cinematographers are moving away from the DSLR, but does the EOS 5D still have a use? READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 11:04:39 PM
Vincent Laforet writes: I was commissioned to do a Time Lapse Tutorial series late last year that was just recently published by Canon and people really seem to be enjoying it so I thought I would share it on this blog as well. You can find the first video below and then go to Canon’s site for the remaining episodes. I also wanted to write about some of the gear that I’ve come to rely on to do all of my time lapse photography – notably motorized sliders by Kessler. So go ahead and check out the video below if you’re interested, and read on for a detailed list of gear and why I use it below that.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 09:04:02 PM
Luke at NeumannFilms.net writes: As you may have heard by now, we got our hands on the new Magic Lantern firmware for the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III. We are impressed, to say the least! This firmware is still in the early stages as we are only able to capture 10-14 fps for 1-2 seconds but we are confident that Magic Lantern will (like they always have) maximize the camera and it’s potential. From Magic Lantern: No mirror flip or shutter curtain movement; DNG silent pics for 5D2/5D3. This is a big deal for time lapsers who sometimes shoot 1000 or more shots in 1 sitting. This can significantly extend the life of their cameras. Also bodes well for RAW video in 14-bit RAW data in LiveView in the future. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 09:04:42 PM
Philip Bloom of PhilipBloom.net writes: Jib shots can be epic. Especially on the really big ones. I have seen some shots which are beyond amazing from enormous ones. But these require large crews and cost a fortune. Smaller jibs ARE capable of getting gorgeous shots too though, and the quest for an ultra-portable low cost jib for the new generation of lighter cameras has been going for about a year now. I have tried four different ones. First off, the DSLR Devices one, then the one from Lightcraft Workshop, then the one I backed on Kickstarter the Aviator Jib and now this one, The Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 09:04:16 PM
Michal of motionVFX Team writes: The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is shipping again, so it's nice to find another indeep review of the camera. This time it was made by Lionel Josh Lee, but the video also features many filmmakers who share their opinions on the camera. According to Lionel, this is not exactly a review made to allow you to decide if you should get the camera, but more of a short documentary that covers the importance of RAW and resolution and where in reality the Blackmagic's camera fits in. But it can still be pretty helpful and if features a lot of info on the unit, besides Lionel shared some of his thoughts in the video description and he believes that it offers great RAW and can be perfect for shooting movies even though he feels that some changes should be made. Anyway, make sure to watch the video!
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 07:04:27 PM
Erik Naso of ErikNaso.com writes: I recently finished up shooting and editing two news image spots for the May sweep. I now use a Canon C300 for my broadcast work and I'm really liking the images coming out of the camera. Below is the first full C300 spot I have done. I shot this in Canon Log gamma and used the internal Canon XF codec. My main lenses were the Canon 24-105 f4L and the Canon 35mm f1.4L. Here is the plan. I'm working on breaking down this and one more spot from shooting to editing them. The second spot was also shot in Canon log but I used the Canon C100 as well. I didn't have the Canon C300 yet and rented the C100 for a week to try it out when it was first available to rent. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 07:04:55 PM
Jakob Schiller of Wired writes: Extreme sports demand extreme documentation, and the latest example of this involves mounting a $750,000 4K Ultra High-Definition camera rig to a helicopter to capture luscious skiing videos that rival Hollywood blockbusters. Earlier this year Teton Gravity Research, a production company with several well-known ski and snowboard films under its belt, announced that it was the first company to use the new Gyro-Stabilized Systems' C520, a portable five-axis gyro-stabilized camera platform that works with several 4K cameras including the RED Epic. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/28/13 01:04:26 PM
Andrew Reid of EOSHD.com writes: I shot with the Canon 1D C and Canon C100 Cinema EOS cameras recently with SlashCam in Berlin. The 1D C is the most Jekyll and Hyde camera I’ve ever used and a difficult camera to review. The 1D C is a marriage of beautiful 4K images and an unwilling partner who hasn’t shifted an inch to accommodate it. High end DSLR stills are ahead of even the best digital cinema cameras for image quality on a per-frame basis. The Nikon D800 does 7K raw images with 14.5 stops of dynamic range. If ever there was an opportunity to marry Canon’s expertise in high speed stills shooting to a moving image, the 1D C is it, but what a shame it makes no concessions at all to video ergonomics. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/24/13 03:04:32 PM
Shane Hurlbut of Hurlbut Visuals writes: Many of you have asked me to write a post on camera movement that encapsulates the three questions of: Why, Where and When. Motion is a very powerful tool in telling your story. It can create tension, evoke tears, make you laugh and keep you on the edge of your seat. I love moving the camera, but only if it helps the story. Moving a camera just to move it is not a good rule. Read the scene and ask yourself how will movement make this better? How will it support your character’s emotions?
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/24/13 01:04:29 PM
Vincent Laforet writes on his blog: You may have noticed that I seldom post about workshops, let alone my own speaking engagements on this blog. Here’s an easy exception for me: Alex Buono and his "Art of Visual Storytelling Tour." As you may know Alex and I are both Canon Explorers of Light (EOL) and that means that we both speak at the same big venues (Such as NAB) on a regular basis.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/24/13 12:04:00 PM
Elia Saikaly writes on Zacuto: Majestic mountains, stunning vistas, limitless time-lapse possibilities, Buddhist temples, beautiful children and the highest mountains on planet Earth! This is but a glimpse of what you experience while trekking through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest base camp. With a DSLR camera in hand: the possibilities are truly infinite. Last fall, I was contracted to shoot an expedition to Mt. Everest base camp. A team of novices were planning to push themselves beyond their limits, step outside of their comfort zones and journey to the foot of the highest mountain on Earth: Mt. Everest base camp at 17, 500ft above sea level. Having previously reached the summit in 2010 and undertaken 4 Mt. Everest expeditions as an adventure filmmaker, apparently I was the man for the job. I happily accepted.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/24/13 11:04:03 AM
Stillmotion and Vimeo present part three in their four-part Storytelling series. The 12-minute video focuses on creating storyboards and shotlists as well as choosing the right lighting gear. Watch below.