Leia- the driving force behind REDs Hydrogen holographic screen tech

By Matthew Allard ACS

Arri may have Han Solo, but it seems RED have Leia. The holographic screen tech behind RED’s upcoming Hydrogen phone is coming from Leia Inc, a technology spin-off from Hewlett-Packard…

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Nori SquareBounce – The collapsible lighting reflector that doubles as an umbrella

By Matthew Allard ACS

The Nori SquareBounce is a piece of kit I’ve been using for years and years, and now they have a new version. If you are not familiar with the product…

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The 10 Most Terrifying Documentaries of All Time

By Zach Wee

Documentaries, be it exposés on industries, character studies on interesting subjects or just plain non-fiction narratives, are the penultimate medium of education in the language of film. The filmmakers release such films with the intent of enlightening the general public on the issues they chose to highlight, however more often than not, education ends up being the sole intent.

Nevertheless, there are filmmakers who understand that documentaries are at the end of the day, still feature films, and create documentaries that not only educate, but entertain, and are held in high regard as pieces of art.

With that being said, if documentaries are in fact, a sub-category of film, rather than a separate form all together, then the same genres that apply to film should very well apply to documentaries – Action, Comedy, Drama and more importantly, Horror.

The documentaries in this list are all, in some shape or form, horror films. They not only educate, but they scare, inciting as much fear within audiences as any mainstream horror film. Without further ado, here are 10 terrifying documentaries.

10. Faces of Death (1978)

Faces of Death (1978)

Kicking off the list is Faces of Death, the 1978 film by John Alan Schwartz. In the counterculture era of New Hollywood, filmmakers like Roger Corman popularized the idea of the exploitation film, low-budget horror, erotic or martial arts films catering to very specific demographics. A lesser known sub-genre of this class of film is the mondo film, exploitation documentaries, documentaries that focus on the taboo, often using explicit footages of death and the dead, the most notable of which being Faces of Death, the 10th spot on this list.

Don’t let the low iMDB score of 4.0 fool you, this is by no means a poorly made film. Faces of Death, as → continue…

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6 Reasons Why “Inherent Vice” Is Criminally Underrated

By Hrvoje Galić

“I don’t know what I just saw.”

– “Doc” Sportello

“Inherent Vice” is the 2014 film by the wunderkind Paul Thomas Anderson; it is based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed postmodernist author Thomas Pynchon. Jean-François Lyotard famously defined postmodernism as an “incredulity towards metanarratives,” meaning that the narratives that gave meaning to political, ethical (etc.) concepts in the past are simply no longer credible.

In the New York Times article on Pynchon’s novel, the author says: “The private eyes of classic American noir dwell in a moral shadow land somewhere between order and anarchy, principle and pragmatism. They’re too unruly to be cops and too decent to be crooks, leaving them no natural allies on either side but attracting enemies from both.”

Pynchon is a writer who is “notoriously” reclusive; only a few photographs have been taken of him. He started publishing in the late 1950s and early 1960s and that fact is crucial for understanding “Inherent Vice”.

Anderson’s film follows that idea in the spirit of Pynchon’s novel; the film is not easily ‘digestible’, to say the least. The film seemingly follows the tradition of stoner films like “The Big Lebowski”, but it is also very different than that particular type of film.

When the viewer watches it, they should ask themselves: “Who can I ‘trust’?” The answer is – no one. Not the narrator, not the characters who even don’t trust themselves, not even the director who seems to ‘play’ with the viewer, making him believe what is not, and the other way around.

This may look stark, but it surely is not. It is what gives this film a spell-binding attraction, but also incurs the loss of popularity among the viewers. The film gained a rating of only 6.7/10 on IMDb. This article will try to present the arguments as → continue…

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Proof that the Nikon D850 takes stunning 8K timelapse [video]

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Andy Stout)

Iceland in 8K

Much has been written about the Nikon D850’s ability to create 8K timelapse movies using its combination of 45.7MP sensor and built-in interval timer. Now we can all see for ourselves.

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    Sigma To Offer Installation of Rear Filter Holder for 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

    By Canon Rumors From Sigma: The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce a chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon. From September onwards, the dedicated service staff for Sigma products will be able to install the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG … → continue…

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    Firmware: Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 DG OS Art & 100-400 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM

    By Canon Rumors Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | Art & Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Sigma / Canon / Nikon Benefit of this firmware update It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh … → continue…

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    TIFF Critic’s Notebook 1: Canadian Border Security, Call Me By Your Name, Bodied

    By Vadim Rizov

    It’s customary, when diving into a series of festival dispatches, to include some prefatory, contextualizing stuff up top, which has always been tough for me. This year, though, reality has made it easy: by having me arrive at Sundance a day late thanks to Air Force Two speeding Trump off to the inauguration, and in Canada in the form of a Canadian border security official, one officer Nicoara. I’d remembered last year that Canadian customs is a little more severe than you’d expect: I think I answered about five minutes’ worth of questions about anything and everything relating to my […] → continue…

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    TIFF 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 40 of This Year’s Best Films

    By Chris O’Falt The world’s best DPs explain how they created looks for Guillermo del Toro’s “Shape of Water,” Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” and many more. → continue…

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    RED Unveils Tech Behind Hydrogen’s Holographs

    By Randall Esulto

    The secret to RED Hydrogen’s holographic display has a name and that name is Leia.

    When RED announced it was going to release a smartphone, it was big news. Even bigger news was that the Hydrogen would feature a holographic display. Of course, we all wanted to know more about that feature, and with RED’s recent announcement of its strategic investment with a company called Leia, we have more insight into that technology than we did before. So without further adieu, here are the details we have.

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    Can China Bests Oculus and Vive with the PiMax 4K VR Headset?

    By Al Caudullo

    Getting people to watch VR in the right headset can either make or break the experience. If it doesn’t look good, you lose the audience. If it does, then they are converted to VR believers for life.

    The biggest issue facing VR today is resolution. When you have VR headset that close to your face, resolution, pixels per inch of the display make a huge difference.


    Oculus Rift 2160×1200 with 456 PPI

    HTC Vive 2160×1200 with 447PPI

    PiMax 4K 3840×2160 with 806PPI

    Right from the start, you can see that the PiMax 4K has better specs. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive offer 2.5 million pixels (1.25 million pixels per eye), but PIMAX delivers 8.29 million pixels. The first time you put it on and view a 360 video in the PiMax 4K, there is absolutely no doubt that it is the best VR Headset for video on the market.

    Let’s examine All the specs of the PiMax 4K VR Headset

    110 degree Field of View (FOV)

    60Hz refresh rate

    3840 x 2160 4K UHD screen resolution with 8.29 million pixels and 806 PPI.

    An acceleration sensor, magnetometer sensor, range sensor, and a light sensor with 18ms MTP.

    Auto light adjustment system, auto demisting system and blue light filter coating.

    1000Hz dual Gyroscope

    Dual 53 mm large aspherical optical lens

    Self-adaption 58 -71 mm pupil distance

    HDMI 1.4B Video Output Port, USB v2.0/USB v3.0 Interface

    Audio: Virtual 5.1 Soundstage

    3.5 mm earphones jack and features 40mm driver unit

    1x USB Cable

    1x HDMI Cable

    Build: ABS Plastic, Glass, and Sponge

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    9 Most Anticipated Films in TIFF 2017’s Edgy Lineup

    By NFS Staff

    Here are the films we’re most excited to see at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

    The 10-day Toronto International Film Festival, fondly known as TIFF, has grown from a subcultural gathering for Canadian cinephiles to one of the largest and most internationally renowned film festivals on the circuit. With a projected 500,000 attendees and over 300 films being screened this year, TIFF is a reliable pit stop for Oscar hopefuls and buzz-generator for international indie gems. This year, TIFF programmers cut the lineup by 20%; as a result, the lineup is more refined—and edgier—than ever. The selected films represent a world embroiled in complex issues, from the migration crisis to the definition of modern masculinity to the geopolitical and interpersonal conflicts in which all of us are implicated in some way or another.

    Below, we’ve selected nine movies we can’t wait to see.

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    RED Hydrogen One smartphone will feature Leia lightfield holographic display technology

    Earlier this summer, RED announced its new Hydrogen One, a pricey smartphone with what it describes as a holographic display. The company revealed very little about the smartphone at the time, but that changed yesterday with a small but illuminating revelation: RED has teamed with Leia Inc. (not to be confused with Leica) to use the latter company’s lightfield holographic display technology for the Hydrogen One.

    Leia produces lightfield holographic displays for mobile gadgets using Nano-Photonic technology, according to the company, which was founded in 2014. RED has invested into Leia as part of this deal, though the particulars of the new exclusive partnership weren’t revealed.

    Leia’s technology involves adding a Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting (DLB) layer to an ordinary LCD. The company explains on its website that this ‘gives [the displays] almost magical properties while preserving their standard imaging capabilities.’ The result is a phone screen capable of producing things as complex as interactive holograms or as ‘simple’ as privacy viewing zones.

    RED plans to begin shipping its Hydrogen One device in the first half of next year. The smartphone is available to pre-order now from RED for $1,195 (aluminum) or $1,595 (titanium).

    Via: BusinessWire

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    ‘Unforgiven’ 25 Years Later: 5 Ways Eastwood Masterfully Deconstructed the Western

    By Christopher Boone

    “The script’s not playing with the tropes as much as lighting them on fire and watching them burn away.”

    Twenty-five years ago, in August 1992, Clint Eastwood unveiled his classic western Unforgiven. The film has held up as one of the best of its genre, mainly due to its ability to take the tropes of the western and flip them all on their heads. Instead of giving audiences a hero to cheer, the film holds up a mirror to reflect their horror when the killings they usually root for in a western come to bear. Critics adored the film, which went on to win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director for Eastwood, Best Editing for Joel Cox, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Gene Hackman’s brilliant turn as sadistic Little Bill Daggett.

    Unforgiven takes the tropes of the western and flips them all on their heads.

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    “The Industry of Big Game Hunting and Breeding is Such a Closed and Secretive World…”: Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau on Trophy

    By Lauren Wissot

    Trophy, directed by longtime photo-journos Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, has been garnering buzz and sparking debate ever since its Sundance premiere. The film is a meticulously researched look at every possible angle of the “wildlife industry versus conservation” showdown, taking place in some of the most majestic parts of our world. Undeniably riveting, it’s also the only film I’ve seen all year that made my blood boil to the point of tossing all critical objectivity aside. I spoke with the duo, cofounders of Reel Peak Films, which aims to bring the cinematic nonfiction treatment to journalism, prior to the […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine