NPACT Partners With Pond5 to Connect Independent Nonfiction Producers with Global Marketplace of Licensable Footage Content

By Staff

NPACT, the trade organization that serves the producers of non-fiction entertainment content in North America, has announced it has signed an exclusive partnership with stock-footage and creative-asset company Pond5, making the media marketplace the first Gold Associate Member to join NPACT. NPACT general manager John Ford and Pond5 CEO Jason Teichman made today’s announcement. As a […]

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The 10 Oddest Directorial Choices Made by Great Directors

By Scott Johnson


Trying to predict the trajectory of a director’s career is never an easy task—which is usually why it’s far more fun to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Some directors, like Alfred Hitchcock for example, tend to stick to the same genre in order to perfect their technique. Others, such Steven Soderbergh, prefer to dabble in all varieties of genres and prove they can be a jack of all trades

But then there are some directors who simply make a strange choice every once in a while that makes audiences scratch their head and wonder what they might be up to. Some of these choices have produced truly spectacular, game-changing films that feel like natural progressions for the director in question.

Other choices have the opposite effect, sometimes proving to be the worst film of a director’s career. Whatever the result, these are ten of the strangest choices made by great directors.

10. Jack (Francis Ford Coppola)

Francis Ford Coppola is a name we commonly associate with one decade. Nowadays, we look back on his legendary works like The Godfather Saga, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now, with nothing but praise and reverence. He was the director of the 70s; introducing us to the Corleone Family, Kurtz, and cementing himself in history even though he hasn’t done anything quite as good since.

The 80s came around and his influence began to decline. After a stellar start to the decade with Rumble Fish and The Outsiders, he made a series of films that didn’t quite live up to his name until he released the final installment of the Godfather which was surprisingly solid, despite being over a decade late. After adapting Bram Stoker’s Dracula with gorgeous set designs and a wild Gary Oldman, it wouldn’t be for four more years that Coppola → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch: Get Up Close and Personal with a DSLR Shutter to Find Out How It Works

By V Renée

Oh, so that’s how DSLR shutters work.

Unless you’re a camera expert, professional camera repairman, gear head, or some kind of wizard or magician, the mechanics of a DSLR body may be a bit of a mystery to you. But in this short video, photographer and videographer Chris Marquardt takes a close look at the shutter mechanism of a DSLR camera to show us how it and all of its components work together to help you expose images. Check it out below:

I know exactly nothing about the inner workings of DSLR cameras (which is why this video was so mesmerizing to me), so since I’m completely incapable of explaining how shutters work, I’ll let Marquardt do the honors:

Here’s how a DSLR shutter works. The first and second curtain are both cocked against spring tension and held back by electro magnets. When it’s time to fire the shutter, the electronics release the first curtain, then after the exposure time is up, the second curtain. This is one of the reasons why cameras use up battery during long exposures: the second curtain is still held by an electro magnet.

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From:: No Film School

HP Debuts Virtual Reality Solutions and Services for Businesses

By Staff

HP has announced new commercial products for virtual reality (VR), intended to reduce concept to production cycle times, improve training procedures and deliver fully immersive customer experiences. As part of this strategy, the company is unveiling the world’s first professional wearable VR PC1 – the new HP Z VR Backpack. Crafted to bring the full potential […]

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From:: BLT News

Panasonic Leica 8-18mm lens with Panasonic GH5 and Zhiyun Crane

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From:: Movie Machine TV


By (Tony Costa)

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Giuseppe Rotunno AIC ASC better known by his colleagues by the nick name Pepinno will be deservedly honoured at the oldest festival dedicated to cinematographers. It is with great joy that IMAGO receives such good news. Peppino is our honorary member since 2008. He was awarded in the eDIT Film Festival in Frankfurt by the initiative of Nigel Walters who was elected IMAGO

president early that year. You can see the photo gallery here which documents the occasion. Unfortunately eDIT film Festival no longer exists. It was closed in 2011 due to the sever cuts to culture activities because of the financial crisis which hit Europe around 2010.
Here below you can read the Manaki Film Festival directors text.
IMAGO would like to congratulate the festival and its director plus our dear friend Pepinno.

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Giuseppe Rotunno AIC

MANAKI FILM FESTIVAL will be giving the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement this year to GIUSEPPE ROTUNNO AIC, as one of the members of the club of greats, and the greatest among the great cinematographers of Italian and world cinema

Giuseppe Rotunno was born in 1923 in Rome. As a founder of post-war Italian cinema which succeeded Italian neorealism, Rotunno has made a dozen of anthological films from, first and foremost, Italian cinema, mainly working in collaboration with the master director Federico Fellini in one of the greatest and most effective partnerships in cinema history.

Their joint achievements are: AMARCORD (1973) the masterpiece which earned them the Academy Award for Best Film in a Foreign Language, a nostalgic autobiographical reminisce of Fellini’s birthplace – Rimini. Fellini wrote the script for Amarcord together with his fellow citizen Tonino Guerra, while Rotunno created the majestic visual atmosphere of the town on → continue…

From:: Imago News

The Pros and Cons of Making a Film with Your Smartphone

By V Renée

They’re compact, easy to use, and capture beautiful images, but should you really use your smartphone to shoot your next project?

I’m a huge fan of smartphone filmmaking—mostly because I’m lazy and don’t want to pack up all of my heavy film gear. But aside from it being easier, shooting a project with a smartphone is not as weird of a concept as it might’ve been a few years ago, especially as the cameras and technology get better, which means we can spend less time defending it and more time testing it to see if it’s a viable option, and if so, for what kinds of filmmakers/projects.

In the video below, the Film Riot team talks about their experience using an iPhone to shoot a comedic sketch, including how they beefed up the device in order to give themselves more control and creative options.

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From:: No Film School

RED Raven + FCP X = $15K Phoenix camera?

By Elliot Smith

The RED Raven was, until recently, unavailable from RED’s website. The combination of the camera’s price and popularity was described as – I’ll paraphrase – “really not a good situation…

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From:: News Shooter

Apple to sell RED RAVEN kit

By (David Shapton)

RED RAVEN KIt available from Apple

Apple, it seems, is going to start selling RED cameras. Specifically, the RED RAVEN in the form of a comprehensive kit

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    From:: RedShark News

    Fusion 9 Gets a VR Toolset and Big Price Break in Major Upgrade

    By Liz Nord

    Blackmagic has announced significant updates to Fusion 9—at a sweet new price.

    Blackmagic has appropriately chosen SIGGRAPH, the world’s largest computer graphics conference, to release news of its own largest Fusion upgrade to date. Fusion has long been an industry standard in visual effects, compositing, 3D, and motion graphics, but with today’s announcement of Version 9, the software adds another major capability: VR.

    There are over 40 new features in Fusion 9.

    According to the company’s press release, Fusion’s new VR toolset gives users “a full 360º true 3D workspace, along with a new panoramic viewer and support for popular VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.” Even better, the new features come with a significant price drop on its Fusion Studio, from $995 to only $299. (Like Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve, there is also a free version of Fusion available to wet your feet with.)

    The company boasts over 40 new features in Fusion 9. See details of some of the standouts below:

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    From:: No Film School

    Post-Romero Zombies and Others in a Post-Trump World: Fantasia International Film Festival 2017

    By Erik Luers

    “Holy shit.” “George Romero just died.” “Wtf?!?!?!” “Did you see that?” Those frantic texts, sent in rapid succession by a friend on July 16th, days before I was to head to the Fantasia International Film Festival, hit hard. The legendary horror filmmaker had passed away from lung cancer at the age of 77; his death came as a shock, and not just due to the severity of his private illness. To the outside world, old George was still as productive as ever, and his new project, George A. Romero’s Road of the Dead, was to continue a restless franchise nearing its 50th year. Less than a […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    The breathtaking winners of Nat Geo’s Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

    National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Winners

    Photo and caption by Sergio Tapiro Velasco/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

    Grand Prize and 1st Place, Nature: The power of nature

    Powerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average.

    National Geographic has announced the winners of its coveted Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 competition.

    The grand prize and 1st place in the Nature category was awarded to Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco, whose stunning photograph of the erupting Colima Volcano, complete with lightning strike, beat out over 15,000 entries from photographers in more than 30 countries.

    In addition to the $2,500 prize that all category winners receive Velasco will also receive a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions.

    Check out the full winners gallery at this link.

    National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Winners

    Photo and caption by Hiromi Kano/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

    2nd Place, Nature: To live.

    Swans who live vigorous even in mud.

    National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Winners

    Photo and caption by Tarun Sinha/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

    3rd Place, Nature: Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles

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    From:: DPreview

    Lawsuit ruling sends clear message: Register your photo copyrights ASAP

    Though copyright is automatically granted to creators for their created works in the United States, the option remains to officially (and voluntarily) register those copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. As detailed on, this registration bestows certain benefits and may, in certain circumstances, be necessary: “Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.”

    A recent U.S. lawsuit involving infringement may set a precedent regarding whether a copyrighted work is considered registered for the purposes of an infringement suit if the registration application is still pending.

    The matter revolves around a lawsuit filed by photojournalist Matilde Gattoni against clothing retailer Tibi over its unauthorized use of her photo. According to the lawsuit, Gattoni posted one of her own photos on her Instagram; this image was taken in Morocco and her copyright registration was still pending in the U.S. Though the Instagram post included a copyright notice, the lawsuit claims Tibi cropped the image, posted the cropped portion on its own Instagram, and included only a link to Gattoni’s Instagram sans copyright info.

    The lawsuit aimed to hit Tibi for both a DMCA violation and copyright infringement, seeking between $2,500 and $25,000 for the alleged DMCA violation and up to $150,000 in damages for the copyright infringement.

    However, things didn’t quite go as Gattoni had hoped. U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet has ruled that while the case can proceed with the DMCA claim, it must do so without the copyright infringement claim due to the copyright registration’s ‘pending’ status. Discussing this matter in particular, the court stated:

    Because Gattoni has alleged only that the registration for the allegedly infringed film is pending, and because no application has been made by Gattoni to amend the → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    “Every So Often a Train Would Come Rumbling By and the Set Would Shake”: DP Doug Emmett on Shooting HBO’s Room 104

    By Matt Mulcahey

    An octogenarian couple returns to the hotel room where they spent their first night together — it’s a logline that would typically preface an elegiac rumination on love and mortality. But by the time that set-up arrives in the season finale of HBO’s new anthology series Rooms 104, it seems just as likely to give way to horror or violence…or interpretive dance. That’s the joy of the newest Duplass Brothers creation — each episode begins as a blank slate capable of unexpectedly evolving into any genre or tone. The 12-episode series — which debuted last Friday night — unfolds entirely […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Watch: How a 2-Minute Short Can Launch Your Career

    By Eric Baker

    ‘Annabelle: Creation’ director David F. Sandberg shares his remarkable journey from short filmmaker in Sweden to top Hollywood horror director.

    In 2013, David F. Sandberg’s life changed in a big way. His hard work and persistence making no-budget horror shorts in his apartment with his wife paid off when Hollywood came calling. Since then, Sandberg has directed the horror hit Lights Out, the upcoming film Annabelle: Creation (part of The Conjuring cinematic universe), and, as just announced at this year’s Comic-Con, will be directing DC Comics’ upcoming Shazam!.

    In this video interview, launching exclusively through No Film School, find out how Sandberg did it (and how you can, too).

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    From:: No Film School