Women of Horror: Exploring Directors Who Are Making Their Mark on the Genre

By V Renée

Horror has been good to these directors. (Or is it the other way around?)

Like comedy, horror is a tricky genre to get right, because right away you’re faced with the inescapable expectation that your work must, in fact, be the very thing that makes the genre what it is. For comedy, it has to be funny, but for horror, it has to be scary. Though there are plenty of horror flicks out there that are reductive, predictable, and barely able to make you flinch, there have been some truly great films that have come out in the last several years that remind horror film fans of why we love this bloody genre so much—and an exciting number of them have been women.

In this video from Fandor, we get to explore the work of three female directors who chose to make a name for themselves in the horror genre with their transgressive, challenging, and yes, really, really scary films. Check it out below:

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From:: No Film School

5 Ways In Which “Blade Runner 2049” Evolves Beyond The Original

By Bennett Ferguson

There is a scene early in “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve’s hypnotic and heart-bursting sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 future-shock detective movie “Blade Runner,” where two men crash through a wall. One is the bulbous Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), who is one of many humanoid robots known as replicants, and the other is the slender, trench-coat-wearing assassin known simply as K (Ryan Gosling), who the LAPD dispatches to “retire” (i.e. kill) rogue replicants.

It’s grisly work (the swift, savage scuffle between Sapper and K ends with an eyeball being washed in a sink) made all the more nauseating by the fact that K is a replicant himself. Designed by the wan industrialist Niander Wallace (Jared Leto), he has been programmed to obey—even if that means, as Sapper puts it, killing his “own kind.”

Once he has completed his murderous task, K is free to climb into his flying Peugeot and soar home to his sterile apartment in Los Angeles. But then he spots something. Beneath a pale, leafless tree lies a cluster of small yellow flowers. Plucked from the ground, they have nothing left to do but shrivel. Yet K slips them into a plastic bag before heading home.

Can you blame him? Like Scott’s film, Villeneuve’s unfurls in a misery-laden future where pollution has eclipsed sunlight, ceaseless rain and corporate greed pummel crowded streets, and police officers like K, known as blade runners, have normalized state-sanctioned murder. No wonder K wants to find and preserve something beautiful; in this ghastly, failed state, it’s just about the only rebellion he’s capable of.

At times, beauty has been a problem for Villeneuve. His first English-language U.S. release, “Prisoners” (2013), received effusive reviews from critics like The New Yorker’s David Denby, who dubbed it “a thriller that digs into the dark cellars of American paranoia and → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

FIFA World Cup 2018 confirms 4K HDR’s status

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Andy Stout)

A cameraman at one of the three 2014 matches captured in 4K

Major sports events are often the litmus paper that tells us which way the industry is heading and news that next year’s soccer World Cup from Russia will be available in 4K HDR underlines its official annotation as Format of the Future.

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    Behind the scenes: Capturing creepy Halloween wet plate portraits

    While most people will be out experimenting with a little chemical called Ethanol on Halloween, at least one photographer decided to use some Ethyl Ether and Silver Nitrate instead. Markus Hofstaetter—whose work we’ve featured in the past—decided to take a few wet plate collodion portraits this Halloween, and documented the entire process in a creative 360° video.

    The main shot Hofstaetter was after is actually not the hard-core looking skull portrait in the GIF at the top. Instead, he wanted to take a self-portrait in the style of Walter White “Heisenberg” of Breaking Bad.

    “I feel always like him when I prepare the chemicals for my collodion wet plate process,” Markus writes on his blog. He also went for an imperfect look. By not cleaning the edges of the plates after the silver bath and not cleaning the plate holder. “It’s not always about perfection.”

    Here are a few BTS shots, the final images, and a couple of high res crops from the wet plate scans Markus sent over:

    Speaking to DPReview, Markus explained some of the particulars of his process:

    I like to use trays for sanitizing my plates much more than typical silver bath tanks. That’s because mamut plates are easier to handle, the alcohol (that comes from the collodion coating into the silver bath) can easier evaporate in a tray and it’s so much easier to fill 2 Liters of nitrate back in a bottle with a tray.

    All Chemicals I use are self-made and the collodion is typically done on the day before the shooting to get the plates more sensible to light. I make developer and fixer occasionally – these are very stable. The silver bath is Maintained two to three times a year.

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    From:: DPreview

    Lexar responds to rumors: will continue making XQD memory cards

    Almost 2 weeks ago, Nikon Rumors reported that B&H Photo had discontinued Lexar’s line of XQD cards. In light of Lexar’s recent acquisition by Chinese flash storage manufacturer Longsys, people assumed the worst—for once, they shouldn’t have.

    Yesterday, Lexar responded directly to Nikon Rumors on Twitter, assuring the publication (and everyone else) that the it will continue producing XQD cards, which are currently used by some high-end Nikon DSLRs like the Nikon D5 and Nikon D850. Here’s the response in full:

    Hi Nikon Rumors! We will continue producing XQD cards and will fulfill B&H’s inventory in a few weeks – hang tight! 🙂

    — Lexar (@lexarmemory) October 30, 2017

    Exactly what Lexar’s future looks like, we still can’t say. Longsys has been quiet except to say that “the innovative solutions and excellent support that they have experienced from Lexar will continue.” For now, that apparently extends to XQD cards.

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    Leica Q in Silver brings a new look to the compact camera

    Leica has announced a new silver version of the Leica Q camera, giving customers the option of buying a model featuring a silver top plate, baseplate, and silver lens. The back of the new Leica Q Silver model is black, giving the camera what Leica describes as a ‘modern take’ on the two-tone color arrangement.

    This rendition of the Leica Q features control elements that have been given the silver touch, while the lens sports red engraved focal length numbers and distance scale. All of this is rounded out by the same high-grip pattern found on the regular model’s black leather trim. The Leica Q in Silver is otherwise identical to the standard model, including its 24MP full-frame sensor.

    Leica stores, boutiques and dealers will begin offering the Leica Q in Silver late next month for $4,495 (the all-black Leica Q retails for $4,250).

    Press Release

    Leica Camera Announces the Leica Q in Silver

    A new look for the ground-breaking compact camera complements its innovation and classically elegant style

    Leica Camera reimagined the photographer’s everyday camera with the Leica Q, featuring a trailblazing design, full-frame sensor, the fastest lens in its class, and an interface for easy and intuitive handling. Today, Leica Camera announces a new style for the same innovative technology that many photographers now call their favorite Leica camera yet – the Leica Q (Typ 116) Silver Anodized.

    DESIGN

    A silver top plate, silver baseplate and silver lens create a striking appearance for this new version of the Leica Q, while the rear of the camera is a sleek and refined black – achieving a modern take on the classic silver and black two-tone look. The characteristic, high-grip pattern of the standard Leica Q black leather trim has been maintained, while the control elements are redesigned with a silver finish. Red engravings of the distance (feet) → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Macphun has changed its name to ‘Skylum’ now that it’s not Mac-only

    Macphun—the Mac-based software company that launched about seven years ago—branched out onto the Windows platform this year with the debut of its HDR and Luminar products for PC. In light of that, Macphun has decided to change its name to the platform-agnostic moniker Skylum, explaining in a blog post that, “we think that this name is a better fit, since we’re no longer a Mac-only developer.”

    The company will fully transition to the Skylum name in early 2018.

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    Novoflex introduces electronic lens reversing system for Sony E-Mount

    German accessories manufacturer Novoflex has launched a version of its Retro Reverse Adapters for the Sony E-mount system. The adapter allows users to reverse-mount lenses for macro shooting while maintaining full electronic control of the lens via the body controls.

    The system works by using a pair of cable-connected rings that communicate information from the camera to the rear of the lens, even when it is mounted away from the body.

    Reversing a lens is a quick way of achieving macro and close-up abilities, but Sony E-mount lenses need to be connected to the camera to operate at apertures other than the widest. This adapter, which has been available for Canon EOS users for some years, allows the lens to be mounted in reverse with no loss of control or EXIF information.

    The adapter also allows a bellows unit to be fitted between the camera and any Sony E lens, reversed or not, for extra-high magnification work while still maintaining contact between lens and body.

    The Novoflex NEX-RETRO will retail for $440/£309/€350. For more information, visit the Novoflex website.

    Press Release

    Sony Users Now GO RETRO with NOVOFLEX!

    New NEX-RETRO from NOVOFLEX

    Allows users with Sony E-Mount cameras (e.g. Sony Alpha 7/Alpha 9 series, Alpha 6000 series, etc.) to reverse mount their existing lenses to achieve closer focus. NEX-RETRO transfers all electronic functions such as aperture control, EXIF data and autofocus, from the reversed lens to the camera body as if it were mounted directly.

    Look More Closely

    With a 18-105 mm zoom lens in reverse position, you get an image ratio of 1:7 at 105 mm and 2.8:1 at 28 mm expanding the versatility of your zoom lens exponentially. The adapter itself has a 58mm filter thread. Stepping rings are available for other filter sizes.

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    From:: DPreview

    Rylo 4K 360° camera uses a one-tap app to produce cinematic videos

    Launched today by a company of the same name, Rylo is a 360-degree camera that uses some nifty software to produce “beautiful, cinematic video” that is “impossibly smooth.” You just focus on shooting, and Rylo can just about handle the rest.

    Rylo relies heavily on companion software that makes it possible to transform the raw 360-degree content into smooth videos, including ones that follow specific points of interest or that track a specific object. The camera can also be used to generate stabilized, moving time-lapse videos.

    The portable little camera features integrated horizon leveling and stabilization to produce smooth videos in the absence of a stabilization rig, something possible “no matter the conditions,” according to the company. To capture the raw 360° video it uses a pair of lenses—one on the front and the other on the back—both with a 208-degree FOV and fixed F2.8 aperture. Content is captured as 4K 360° 30fps footage and can be output in a variety of ways: from 6K 360 panoramic photos, to 4K 360° video, to standard 1080p.

    Rylo includes a 16GB microSD card for storage, but supports cards with capacities up to 256GB. Other features include an anodized aluminum alloy body, small OLED display, and a single button for both powering on the device and recording. The internal rechargeable battery supports about 60 minutes of continuous recording.

    But the specs aren’t the key thing here; Rylo really shines when coupled with its related software and all of the features it enables.

    The company bills its product as a way for anyone to shoot and produce cinematic video. “The combination of Rylo’s hardware and software gives anyone the confidence and creative freedom to get the perfect shot every time,” company CEO Alex Karpenko explained in a press → continue…

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    Director Kiran Wants You To ‘Own Halloween’ With Costumes From HalloweenCostumes.com

    By kinkoshy

    LOS ANGELES

    The fun, lighthearted campaign, helmed by up and coming director Kiran, features two spots, one focused on a group of kids post trick-or-treating and comparing their candy “loot,” and the other on a mom discussing her daughter’s future career ambitions in the most tenderhearted way. The…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Yard Dog Signs Director Brent Jones

    By Artisans PR

    LOS ANGELES

    Director Brent Jones has joined Los Angeles-based Yard Dog, led by executive producers Joe Piccirillo and Beth Pearson, for work in commercials, branded content and web media. Bringing a diverse reel and more than ten years of directing experience to his new home. Jones is perhaps best

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    5 Horror Films You Should Study to Learn Cinematography

    By V Renée

    Blood and guts aren’t the only things that make horror films so terrifying.

    For a horror filmmaker, almost every cinematic tool she has at her disposal is used to scare her audience, from creepy sounds to bloody special effects, but perhaps one of the most powerful elements is cinematography. And even though it can be used in horror films to offer big scares and terrifying thrills, cinematography is also used to provide so much more. In this video from Aputure, we get to learn how films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Silence of the Lambs work to build tension, create wonder, and give us all a greater understanding of our humanity.

    There are so many great horror films out there that use beautiful and powerful cinematography to tell stories—in fact, the video’s list is painfully short for any horror fan—but let’s take a look at what the camera work in a few of these films teach us.

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    From:: No Film School

    Renegade Animation Expands Original Programming; Taps Brittney Jorgensen To Head Development

    By Artisans PR

    Glendale, CA

    Continuing to grow its original programming unit, Renegade Animation has promoted Brittney Jorgensen to the newly-created post of Head of Marketing and Development. Jorgensen will work with creators, writers and animators in developing concepts for animated television series and features, and…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    On Streamlining Your Work and Wearing Different Hats – with Ben Griffin – ON THE GO – Episode 74

    By Fabian Chaundy

    Ben Griffin

    In this part of our talk with music video director and producer Ben Griffin, Ben tells us about how he adapted his workflow to change with the times.

    The evolution of the music industry during the past couple of decades meant that big artists were no longer spending millions on their music videos. In order to adapt to the times, music video producer, director and DP Ben Griffin saw the necessity to streamline in order to reduce costs and be able to offer his work at a competitive price.

    In a time when most music videos were still being shot on film, Ben saw an opportunity in the emergence of the then brand-new RED One. Although many were skeptical of the new era of digital filmmaking, Ben Griffin was one of the early adopters of the technology, which allowed him to offer an image comparable to film, but at a fraction of the cost.

    This very same drive to stay ahead of the curve by streamlining logically led him to initially wear many hats on his productions, taking the roles of director, DP and producer. However, upon moving to LA, he would soon discover that, while this method of working may have worked in the smaller filmmaking industry of the Bay Area, things were done very differently in Hollywood.

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    From:: Cinema 5d

    Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve

    By Scott Essman

    The new horror movie, Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve, is the culmination of nearly 25 years of Tucker’s endeavors in special makeup effects, prosthetics, puppets, and all things filmmaking. For Tucker and his Illusion Industries crew, the biggest challenge in pre-production of The Terror of Hallow’s Eve was ensuring that they came up […]

    The post Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve appeared first on Below the Line.

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    From:: BLT News