3 Different Types of LUTs That Filmmakers Use (and How to Use Them)

By V Renée

Find out how to use LUTs to make your images more dynamic.

LUTs are an essential tool for any filmmaker. They can make your images more stylish, rich, and dynamic while making the process of color grading a whole lot easier to navigate. This aesthetic purpose is typically what a lot of new filmmakers think about when they think about LUTs, but these color tools can actually do a lot more than that. In this video, Ted Sim from Aputure lays out the different kinds of LUTs filmmakers use as well how they use them on and off set.

Ted mentions three different types of LUTs in the video and each one serves a different but very important purpose at different points in production.

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This week SAR readers photos selection

By SonyAlpha Admin

Uldis Plinte‎ A7 II + FE 28mm f/2 @ f8 + Tiffen Variable ND + Smooth Reflection: 8 shots https://www.instagram.com/bokeh_uldis/ 1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section. 2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/posts_to_page/ and on SonyAlphaForum. 3) A selection of […]

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10 Movies That Tried and Failed To Be The Next “Harry Potter”

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

The Harry Potter Film Franchise spawned eight films, and made over seven billion dollars at the worldwide box office. It is one of the highest grossing film series of all time and has made more money than other popular film franchises such as Star Wars and James Bond.

Its success led to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin off film series, which will comprise of five films. These films serve as an expansion of the Harry Potter Film Franchise, and are set to increase the value of the franchise even more.

The massive success of the Harry Potter Film Franchise has had a significant impact on the film industry. Film studios realised that established material had the potential to be hugely profitable, and every studio wanted to emulate the films’ popularity.

The films are also credited with being responsible for the rise in films based on young adult and children’s literature. Novels became the go to point for film studios, and a plethora of films in this vein followed. The success and reception of these films was mixed. As of yet, none have managed to reach the same colossal heights as the Harry Potter Film Franchise. But many have tried. Here is a look at some films that hoped to be the next ‘Harry Potter’ and failed.

1. The Golden Compass (2007)

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The Golden Compass is based on ‘Northern Lights,’ the first novel in Phillip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy. The novels have won a number of awards, and were adapted into a successful stage play in 2003. The novels have also been a source of controversy, with some of the themes addressed in them being seen as anti-religious.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

10 Movies That Tried and Failed To Be The Next “Harry Potter”

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

The Harry Potter Film Franchise spawned eight films, and made over seven billion dollars at the worldwide box office. It is one of the highest grossing film series of all time and has made more money than other popular film franchises such as Star Wars and James Bond.

Its success led to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin off film series, which will comprise of five films. These films serve as an expansion of the Harry Potter Film Franchise, and are set to increase the value of the franchise even more.

The massive success of the Harry Potter Film Franchise has had a significant impact on the film industry. Film studios realised that established material had the potential to be hugely profitable, and every studio wanted to emulate the films’ popularity.

The films are also credited with being responsible for the rise in films based on young adult and children’s literature. Novels became the go to point for film studios, and a plethora of films in this vein followed. The success and reception of these films was mixed. As of yet, none have managed to reach the same colossal heights as the Harry Potter Film Franchise. But many have tried. Here is a look at some films that hoped to be the next ‘Harry Potter’ and failed.

1. The Golden Compass (2007)

the-golden-compass

The Golden Compass is based on ‘Northern Lights,’ the first novel in Phillip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy. The novels have won a number of awards, and were adapted into a successful stage play in 2003. The novels have also been a source of controversy, with some of the themes addressed in them being seen as anti-religious.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Pomfort PocketControl- iOS app for the Arri Alexa Mini and Amira

By Matthew Allard ACS

Pomfort PocketControl for the ARRI Alexa Mini and Amira is the first (iOS) app that enables you to remotely monitor and control your ARRI camera settings. The app directly connects…

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Uses Shallow Focus to Show Oppression

By V Renée

“As a slave in an authoritarian state…your only agency is mental.”

In recent years, shallow depth of field has become cliché. Seen almost as a shorthand for the “film look,” it’s used constantly by beginners to give an almost instantaneous boost to their production values despite the many potential flaws in composition, lighting, and overall quality of their filmmaking. However, shallow focus shouldn’t be written off as a cheap device to make images look more cinematic—instead, look at the many gifted directors and cinematographers who utilize this technique to tell more dynamic stories through their visuals.

In this video essay, Evan Puschak of Nerdwriter does just that by highlighting the brilliant way director Reed Morano and DP Colin Watkinson use shallow focus to effectively communicate the devastating oppression and totalitarian theonomy in Hulu’s hit TV show The Handmaid’s Tale.

Though shallow focus has its obvious visual merits, Morano and Watkinson use it more for its narrative potential. Puschak notes three ways in which they do this:

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From:: No Film School

‘Motherland’: Ramona Diaz on the Many ‘Leaps of Faith’ That Got Her Film Into Sundance and Theaters

By Liz Nord

This director found a way to shoot her documentary where every day was a “revelation.”

Ramona Diaz’s latest documentary does not hold your hand. In fact, it throws you right into the heart of chaos: the busiest maternity ward in the world, Fabella Hospital in Manila, Phillipines. Like many of the patients and staff in a place that averages 60 births a day, you are a little bit overwhelmed upon entrance.

It’s not the easiest viewing experience, but it is effective. So effective, in fact, that Diaz walked away from the film’s Sundance 2017 premiere with a jury award for “Commanding Vision.” And the director exhibited a commanding vision indeed, insisting from day one that the film be shot fully fly-on-the-wall without a single interview. The resulting work should be given to every film student as a modern example of vérité mastery.

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From:: No Film School

TIFF Critic’s Notebook 2: The Death of Stalin, Molly’s Game

By Vadim Rizov

In its own way, it’s an enlightening experience to attend, at least once, a Big TIFF Premiere, which I didn’t do during my first time attending last year. The Death of Stalin premiered in the Winter Garden, a venue on the seventh floor of a building whose ground level houses the Elgin theater; per Wikipedia — in a phrase which Googling only traces to there, so perhaps there’s a different way to refer to this — they are the world’s only surviving “stacked Edwardian theaters.” The Elgin seats 1,561, the Winter 992, so you can gauge the perceived star value and […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape

By Chris O’Falt Jennifer Lawrence’s house is alive with the sound of a whale’s heartbeat and creaky pipes, but nothing resembling a traditional score. → continue…

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‘I Love You Daddy’ DP on Shooting B&W 35mm, Hitchcock’s Influence on the Secret Movie, and the Discerning Eye of Louis C.K.

By Chris O’Falt C.K.’s longtime DP Paul Koestner: “I’m sure I’m going to roll some eyes, but if anything Louie has a more discerning eye for lens characteristics than me.” → continue…

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LOCKED – A Time-Freeze Fashion Film by Konrad Bak

By Konrad Bąk

Konrad Bak

My name is Konrad Bak, and I’m a filmmaker and photographer based in Wroclaw, Poland. My work is primarily portrait photography enriched with a pinch of unique expression. Each of my photographs is a tribute to the beauty of the female body presented in unique arrangements. I also work as a freelance cinematographer on a wide range of film projects, from fine-art fashion films, comedy short films, to various commercials.

My short fashion film LOCKED is about misunderstandings and tensions that exist between different women, about the the nuances of feminine beauty, and about capturing the mood of the moment.

Name: Konrad Bak.

Currently based in: Wroclaw, Poland.

Language(s) spoken: Polish, English, German.

Occupation: Freelance cinematographer, freelance and stock photographer.

How did you get started in our industry? At the beginning it was associated with passion, but very quickly I began to see in this a new possibility to make some money realising my own fine-art projects. I spent my life developing my craft, and now my work is gradually starting to be recognized and appreciated throughout the world.

What types of productions do you mostly shoot? I work on a wide range of film projects, mostly fine-art fashion films, but also on commercials. I try to work in productions that are more appropriate to my shooting style, such as lingerie ads like this one, which was shot in 2016.

What is your dream assignment / job in our industry, and what are you really passionate about? I consider myself mainly a cinematographer and production designer. I really like to work with light on set, as well as scouting extraordinary locations.

In the work that you are presenting us, now that it is done, what would you have done differently throughout the production? Basically everything went exactly as planned. However, → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

Video: 3 simple Lightroom tricks you should definitely know

Photographer Travis Transient recently put together this helpful tutorial that might just teach you a thing of two about Adobe Lightroom. The video outlines three simple ‘tricks’ that Travis discovered by playing around with the sliders in Lightroom and really digging deeper than most of us ever try to dig.

These are the kinds of tips we usually see from Adobe itself—from enabling edge detection when using the brush tool to make a selection, to finding and eliminating color fringing by using the Dehaze tool to emphasize it. Check out the full video above and let us know which (if any) of these tips are totally new to you.

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From:: DPreview

The Lomo Instant Square brings back the fun of instant photography

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Freya Black)

Hip to be square: the Lomo Instant Square

Film is dead, long live film! For some the allure of film in all its forms will never die. For those hankering after the good old days of instant photography, Lomography has come up with a solution for you. Get your Walkmans at the ready.

  • Lomo
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  • Instax
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    Sony Tidbits…

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    The Change From Nikon To Sony Is Complete! Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es. Nat Geo Photographer Shows How To Be A One-Camera Traveler (Alphauniverse). Sony Unveils the RX0, a Miniature Camera with Big Ambitions (Explora). SmallRig Atomos monitor cage hands-on review (Newsshooter). Sony 24-70mm […]

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