“Documentaries Are Less an Act of Creation and More an Act of Discovery”: DP Bob Richman on The Price of Everything

By Filmmaker Staff

Brooklyn-born DP Bob Richman began his career as a production assistant for Albert and David Maysles. He’s since gone on to shoot some of the most widely seen documentaries of the past 20 years: An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for ‘Superman’, the Paradise Lost trilogy and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, to name a few. His latest feature, The Price of Everything, is a vérité doc on the puzzlingly astronomical price of fine art. Richman spoke with Filmmaker ahead of the film’s Sundance premiere about his preferred camera for vérité filmmaking, reuniting with director Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) and the essential importance of a good […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Hasselblad’s new HD6-400c: a 400 megapixel multi-shot beast

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Andy Stout)

The new Hasselblad HD6-400c: for those times when only 400MP will do

Hasselblad has followed up the Multi-Shot version of its H5D camera a few years ago with a new version of its H6D that will produce a mammoth 16-bit, 400 megapixel, 23200 x 17400 TIFF file.

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    From:: RedShark News

    Hands-On Sony VENICE Band Pro Workshop

    By Jon Fauer Wednesday 1/31/2018 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm for a Hands-On Sony VENICE Workshop at Band Pro’s Burbank HQ. Test drive the equipment at 4 separate Sony VENICE workstations, each featuring a different lens company together with their latest offerings. Filmlight will also be on hand showcasing on-set and near-set DIT setups with live colorist and workflow demos. Explore many flexible shooting options and production… read more… → continue…

    From:: FD Times

    Trailer Watch: Beuys

    By Evan Louison

    A German fighter pilot shot down over Crimea, rescued by nomadic tribesmen. A chronically depressed veteran, in near total isolation in the wilderness. A difficult pupil turned iconoclast pedagogue. Whether apocrypha or self-imposed legend, all these identities defined the persona of artist Joseph Beuys, arguably one of the most relevant and revolutionary forces in modern and post-modern art in the 20th century. A former soldier of the Third Reich, rehabilitated through a lifelong commitment to innovation, Beuys redefined the artist’s role in society as the ultimate act of public penance. From renowned pieces such as “How to Explain Pictures to […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    25 Films We’re Excited about at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    By Scott Macaulay

    Sundance starts tomorrow, and just before the curtain raises we’re squeaking in with a list of films our correspondents — Vadim Rizov, Meredith Alloway and myself — are excited to see. I’m about to start packing, and colleagues from other magazines and companies are Facebooking their SARS-mask covered faces on their way to the influenza petri-dish of Park City. I could spin this intro out longer — quote Sundance festival director John Cooper on how this year’s festival is full of “alternative voices” — or perhaps left-turn into some metaphor or another, but I’ll just do what we do here […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Vocas accessories for the Sony VENICE

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    Vocas have released a range of accessories for the Sony VENICE including a top handgrip, a 19mm viewfinder adapter, and dovetail adapter plate just to name a few. The VENICE…

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    The Auteur Collection: My Latest Cinematic LUT Master Pack Is Available Now!

    By Noam Kroll

    I am thrilled to announce that today I am officially releasing my latest master pack of Cinematic LUTs: The Auteur Collection.

    Thousands of you have been putting my existing LUT packs to use on your incredible film, television, and commercial projects, and I have truly been blown away by the results. As such, I have decided to continue to expand the line with this brand new master pack, which features 3 powerful sets – each inspired by some of the most iconic looks associated with extraordinary periods in film history.

    Below is an excerpt from my original LUT announcement, detailing how and why these LUT packs were created:

    My Cinematic LUTs have all been crafted around the same goal: To give filmmakers a means to improve their color quality dramatically while mitigating post-production time.

    Unlike simple translation LUTs, which are typically designed to convert color spaces (for instance converting Log footage to Rec. 709), the LUTs that I have created are stylistic in nature. They are intended to be used as creative tools that will help filmmakers experiment with different color looks quickly and easily, giving them more freedom to work creatively and spontaneously in post.

    These LUTs can be used with footage from virtually any camera. Whether you are grading RAW footage from a RED or Blackmagic camera, ProRes from an Alexa, H264 from a DSLR, or any other format for that matter – the Look Up Tables included in these 3 packs will work every time.

    Many of the other LUT packs that are currently available online are far too extreme in nature, at least in my opinion. Some of these extreme LUTs will only work well on daylight shots, while others might only look good when applied to low-light footage. While those types of LUTs may be useful in some scenarios, they are → continue…

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    The 10 Biggest Box Office Flops of 2017

    By Justin Gunterman

    Not every movie can rake in money like Wonder Woman or Beauty and the Beast. Every year, studios take big risks by putting too much hope in a project that ultimately fails. Sometimes, the box office failure can be seen from a mile away, as was the case for last year’s Gods of Egypt. Other times, an otherwise promising movie ends up failing to connect with its audience.

    Examples include The BFG, Rise of the Guardians, and Hugo. There are countless reasons why movies underperform at the box office. Bad marketing, word-of-mouth, and overambitious budgets play a huge part. As of recently, Rotten Tomatoes has been blamed for box office numbers. Regardless of the reason, it’s the sad truth that every year brings in a few blockbuster flops.

    2017 is no different. So far, there have been quite a few movies that had trouble earning their budget back. As mentioned early, some of these were easy to predict toward the beginning of the year, but several of the more promising films underperformed due to solely to disappointing reviews.

    Listed below are ten of the biggest flops of the year. This is solely based off of estimated numbers. One movie listed has had actual confirmation regarding its studio loss. Otherwise, most of the estimated budgets and all of the box office totals were provided by Box Office Mojo. We just did a little bit of math to estimate how much the movies below have lost.

    10. A Cure for Wellness

    Estimated Budget: $40 million
    Worldwide Box Office: $26,559,557

    Gore Verbinski is the 10th-highest-grossing director based on worldwide box office, but he can thank the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for that. His non-Pirates endeavors have unfortunately not done as well financially. The Weather Man failed to earn back its budget, Rango → continue…

    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    Gina Rodriguez To Host The 20TH CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards)

    By Admin


    The Costume Designers Guild announced that Golden Globe award-winning actress Gina Rodriguez will host the 20th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) taking place February 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel….

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Pomfort PocketControl for Arri Cameras review

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    Pomfort PocketControl for Arri Cameras is a iOS App designed to allow users of the Alexa Mini or Amira (premium version) to remotely monitor and control their cameras from a…

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    Shooting The Expanse on Cooke 5/i Primes

    By noreply@redsharknews.com (RedShark News Staff)

    Hard edged without being clinical: The Expanse has a unique look

    We don’t often feature manufacturer-supplied case studies on this site, but given the collision of two subject matters — compelling small screen science-fiction and lenses — this one made the cut. Read on.

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      Video: Using a $50 lens on a $12,500 5K RED cinema camera

      YouTuber Potato Jet recently had a ridiculous idea (not out of character…): what would happen if you slapped a super-cheap 50mm photography lens onto an ultra-expensive cinema camera? That’s how we ended up with this video, in which he pairs a beautiful 5K RED cinema camera with Yongnuo’s 50mm F1.8 knockoff of Canon’s already-cheap nifty fifty.

      As best we can tell—Potato Jet doesn’t reveal what camera he’s actually using—the cinema camera in question is the Scarlet-W RED Dragon 5K. That camera body alone retails for $12,500 on the RED store. On the other end of the spectrum, the Yongnuo nifty fifty knockoff retails for under $50, and even if you go for the official Canon version, you can usually find it for around $100 (or $125 brand new without any discounts).

      So, can the RED camera redeem what is pretty widely accepted as a lackluster lens? Or does the lens ‘ruin’ what is otherwise a glorious camera body?

      You can watch the video above—starting at around 0:46—to see the sample footage for yourself, but Potato Jet’s conclusion is surprisingly positive. Sure, the Yongnuo falls far short of almost any other 50mm F1.8 lens you could adapt, and getting focus with so little focus ring travel was a nightmare, but it turns out RED’s ultra-high quality sensor can still capture good quality footage in a variety of challenging situations, even behind such mediocre glass.

      So, did we learn anything? No, not really. But if you’re like us, you’re still curious what that final footage looks like. Go ahead, hit play… we won’t tell anyone.

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      From:: DPreview

      “If You Want That Melodramatic Shaft of Light, You’d Better Mean It”: DP Sam Levy on Shooting Lady Bird

      By Matt Mulcahey

      There’s a tradition of young directors looking for inspiration in the bygone eras of their adolescence. For George Lucas in American Graffiti, it was the California car culture of the early ’60s. For Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused, it was the Texas high school rituals of the ’70s. And for Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird, it’s Catholic school and the suburban doldrums of early-aughts Sacramento. Written and directed by Gerwig, Lady Bird follows the titular character (Saoirse Ronan) through her senior year of high school as she fights with her mom (Laurie Metcalf), pines for a philosophical dilettante from the […] → continue…

      From:: Filmmaker Magazine

      DJI teases new folding drone announcement for January 23rd

      DJI is getting ready to unveil a new… something… on January 23rd. We know this because the Chinese drone maker (and camera company) just released a teaser video that hints at a live product announcement that morning. The tagline, Adventure Unfolds, implying that it might be a new folding drone, possibly a replacement for the Mavic Pro that only recently got some real competition.

      The video is made up mostly of stock video footage with epic music playing in the background, but DJI does offer a few tantalizing closeups of a sleek looking new drone (we assume… at least). The photos don’t reveal anything at all, really, but here are a couple of screenshots just in case you want to get speculating:

      The description of the video reads, “Your next great journey begins at 10 am EST on Jan 23, 2018,” and it looks like DJI will be streaming the announcement live at this link.

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      From:: DPreview

      Production News Weekly January 17, 2018

      By Paul Tenebrini

      TV Production Is Booming In California. Big-budget blockbuster movies still shoot mostly outside California, but the surge in content from streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, as well as the major networks and premium cable channels has had a trickle-down effect through the L.A. production industry. Expanded state film tax credits also are […]

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      From:: BLT News