Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/06/13 04:03:10 PM
Jason Silva calls himself a media artist, filmmaker and “idea-dj”. His video “Radical Openness”, supported with a multitude of Shutterstock footage, premiered at the TEDGlobal Conference in 2012 and has since gone viral. Together with his other videos, Silva’s inspiring anthems have been seen nearly two million times on his Vimeo channel.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/06/13 12:03:35 PM
The below four videos from Radiant Images show off their modified GoPro called the Novo. The first video focuses on the camera's wireless monitor and wireless follow focus. The below video focuses on Novo's wi-fi app. Below is a demonstration of Novo's back focus.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/06/13 11:03:41 AM
AbelCine Los Angeles is holding their premiere AbelCine Expo event on March 28th. Called "Filters for Digital Cinema," the event will feature an in-depth analysis of the optical issues raised by digital cinema cameras and the latest filter offerings to deal with them in areas including Infrared (IR) and “Far Red” pollution, color correction and diffusion. Representatives from Formatt, Schneider Optics and Tiffen will have booths at the expo, where they will demo their latest products. The free event will run from 6-9 PM. Read more and register here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/05/13 04:03:03 PM
Danny Lacey's short film "Host" is now available to view online. It has the distinction of being the first narrative that Philip Bloom shot on the RED Epic and was made for about $500. Watch it below and read more production notes from Lacey and Bloom here on Bloom's blog.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/04/13 06:03:50 PM
Definition Magazine reviews Drift Innovations' HD Ghost action camera, writing, "There is a lot to like about [it]. From the moment you open the gorgeous packaging, the camera oozes quality. The body is magnesium alloy finished in the mattest of matte black. The LCD cover is Corning’s Gorilla Glass – the same stuff they make smartphone screens from. There is a good range of accessories supplied and the specification of the basic model is outstanding...the GoPro range has serious competition." Read their full review here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/04/13 04:03:45 PM
Canon Inc. has announced that the company has successfully developed a high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor exclusively for video recording. Delivering high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance, the new Canon 35 mm CMOS sensor enables the capture of Full HD video even in exceptionally low-light environments.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/04/13 02:03:11 PM
Cinematographer Ryan E. Walters continues his three-part comparison of the ARRI Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and RED Epic with his second installment, which tests low-light capabilities. He writes, "The more I explore and experiment in my craft, the more interested I am in what happens at the limits of our recording mediums. I am definitely pushing these cameras to their limits...If you are looking for clear winners and losers then you've come to the wrong place, as that is not the point of test. The point is to see how these tools perform when they are pushed beyond what is normal, or considered safe.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/04/13 01:03:47 PM
Red Shark News has a rundown of the 4K cameras that are available for purchase right now, writing, "Ultimately, we really should be originating at a resolution higher than we distribute, if only to make our own lives easier by providing a little wiggle room for focus, framing, stabilisation and visual effects. Happily, that's rarely been easier. So here’s a quick rundown on what's actually available. This is, as far as I'm aware, a complete list of the people who currently offer cameras with sensors at or approaching 4000 photosites wide, capable of shooting at sync-sound rates." Read it here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/01/13 06:03:28 PM
Autodesk Inc. has introduced Socialcam 5.0 for iOS, delivering the next generation of mobile video sharing. Major new features on the iOS platform include a complete redesign of visual effects, 720p HD video, video High Dynamic Range (HDR), and a new icon for Socialcam. Developed in collaboration with Autodesk's expert professional video effects teams, the new 720p HD video and video HDR with one click real-time mapping and color correction enables Socialcam-with more than 20 million downloads-to continue to break through barriers to mobile video adoption by making it easy to express creativity and individuality wherever inspiration strikes-anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/01/13 05:03:19 PM
Documentary filmmaker Lara Damiani talks about using Miller tripods, and specifically the DS10 Solo System on her new film, Meet Banjo. She writes, "My first tripod wasn't a Miller but I'm glad to say that my second one was and I've never looked back since. I love the Miller DS-10. It's perfect for the work I do which is often in remote and harsh environments so it's light weight enough to carry around for long stretches of time but sturdy enough to do the job." Read more here on Miller's website.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/01/13 03:03:44 PM
On March 6th, Canon is presenting a free seminar with Vincent Laforet all about creating timelapses with their cameras. Laforet will share tips and techniques for shooting timelapse. He will discuss and demonstrate the gear used and offer insights on what factors influence lens choice, shutter speed, and position. He will also discuss color correction of Camera RAW files and discuss the post-production workflow process used for creating beautiful, time lapse segments. The seminar is taking place from 6-8 PM at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center in Holylwood. It is free of charge but you can register here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,03/01/13 12:03:06 PM
Vimeo has added visual enhancements called Looks to its video Enhancer toolbox, so now everyone can apply high quality, stylistic visual effects to their videos in addition to the licensed music options currently available. “By adding Looks, Vimeo continues to provide the tools that help people easily make better videos,” said Vimeo CEO, Kerry Trainor. “Nearly every minute you see on TV or in movies has been visually enhanced. Everyone wants the same quality as the pros, but it’s out of reach for most people. Our aim is to make these types of high quality visual effects easy and accessible to everyone.”
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/28/13 03:02:42 PM
This trailer for Nicole Kidman vehicle Stoker is made entirely out of GIFs, giving the short promo an eerie, slightly unsettling vibe. The thriller is about a girl (Mia Wasikowska) who comes to find out family secrets when her uncle (Matthew Goode) moves in with her and her disturbed mother (Kidman). Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/28/13 01:02:41 PM
Cinematographer Ryan E. Walters pits the ARRI Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the RED Epic against each other in a series of tests, the first being how "each of the cameras handles IR contamination as ND is increased." Watch the results below and read more here on Walters' blog (where you can also download the raw files).
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/27/13 05:02:07 PM
DP Marc Ritzema shot Red Bull's latest skateboarding short film starring Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Ryan Decenzo and Zered Bassett. He used a RED Epic and a Phantom Flex to capture some truly beautiful shots. Watch below. (via Fstoppers)
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/27/13 05:02:27 PM
Filmmaker Kim Beamish describes his learning curve purchasing and using a Panasonic AF101 to make a documentary in Cairo, Egypt. He writes, "Cairo is a crazy place, especially when you first arrive. Nothing happens the way you think it should and everything takes more time. There is a lot of noise and it is not always easy to get your bearings. That is also how I felt about my new camera. Nothing happened the way I thought it should, everything took more time and initially I couldn’t find anything I was looking for. I was, though, determined to make it work." Read his full post here on DSLR News Shooter.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/27/13 03:02:58 PM
Filmmaker and photographer Samuel Orr spent almost two years living in a small house at the edge of a forest. He then documented that forest via photographs taken over the course of 16 months. The result is a beautiful timelapse that shows the seasons coming and going while nature sounds play in the background. Orr tells Wired about the sound, "“I wove them in seasonally accurate ways, so if you were in these woods say in early March, you’d hear Sandhill Cranes honking overhead as they migrated north to Wisconsin. In April, tree frogs. In the summer cicadas, and so on. I took a few liberties with species gone from the area (elk bugling in the fall, wolves), but they once were here, and I like how they seem to be calling for their lost homes." Read more here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/27/13 01:02:14 PM
In the below video, Tony Reale explains how he shot a live rock concert with only 5 DSLRs and achieved some of his best close-up shots by making the smart decision to also film the rehearsal. He writes on NextWaveDV, "A year ago we were asked to shoot a multicam, high-energy rock concert for the band Separate Ways. Working within a no-budget scenario, I used what was available to me which was a Canon XA10, 2x Canon 5D MkIIs, Canon 60D and a GoPro. We also had my Kessler Pocket Jib and a DIY dolly. As I plotted out the shoot, I realized to get a the fast pacing that they wanted, we’d need more footage than we would get just from 4 or 5 cameras. This caused me to suggest recording the rehearsal. By doing this, we were able to go onstage and get closeup shots we wouldn’t have been able to get do during the live concert."
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/27/13 12:02:26 PM
Connect 2 Media & Entertainment (“Connect 2 ME”) is a new year-round news and information source and online community for media and entertainment professionals. Inspired by NAB Show, the world’s dominant B2B event for media and entertainment professionals, and produced in partnership with NewBay Media, the industry’s largest publisher, Connect 2 ME is a socially-enabled digital gateway where NAB Show attendees, exhibitors and the media and entertainment community at large can access content via a website, frequent e-newsletters, social media and mobile/tablet editions.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,02/26/13 06:02:04 PM
Film Independent at LACMA presents An Evening with David Fincher, taking place on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30 PM. A conversation with the famed director (Fight Club, The Social Network) will be followed by screenings of the first two episodes of the Netflix original series House of Cards, which he directed. Tickets are $10 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and NY Times Film Club members and $20 for the general public. Purchase them here.