It's All About the Lens for Sketch Comedy Show 'Documentary Now!'

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The humor from IFC's new sketch comedy series Documentary Now! is very much tied to the show's ability to mimic the documentaries that it is parodying.

"You take [the documentary's] aesthetic, and then put comedy in it, and the viewer is caught off guard,” star Bill Hader tells ICG Magazine. “The more serious, the better; that’s part of the joke.”

To that end, cinematographer and co-director Alex Buono, who also lenses Saturday Night Live's digital film unit, was most concerned with getting the lenses right when it came to each individual sketch. "Part of my job as cinematographer [at SNL] is detective work: ‘How did they shoot it? What camera and lenses did they use? What techniques were they going for?’" Buono says. "And, with these period films, the lens is such a huge part of the look – every film was different.”


Qoncept Inc. Uses DeckLink SDI Micro for Pitching Tracking System Baseboy

Qoncept Inc. Uses DeckLink SDI Micro for Pitching Tracking System Baseboy

Blackmagic Design announced today that Blackmagic’s DeckLink SDI Micro was used for capture and playback with the pitching tracking system “Baseboy,” a newly announced system by Qoncept Inc. capable of visualizing a ball’s path and interlocking with a camera feed. Baseboy was first used, in conjunction with a Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K, in the recent Japan/US international baseball match, Samurai Japan Series 2019, broadcast by TV Asahi as Japan’s first real time baseboy analysis system.