DJI unveils the Super 35 sensor Zenmuse X7 camera for DJI Inspire 2 drone

By Erik Naso

DJI today introduced the new Zenmuse X7, the world’s first Super 35 sensor camera for aerial cinematography. Designed to work with the DJI Inspire 2 drone the Zenmuse X7 uses interchangeable lenses…

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The 10 Best 2000s Movies Currently On Netflix

By Mike Gray

It’s difficult to discern the “best” of anything. What’s the best song? Or the best country? Or the best historical period? Quantifying anything is bound to lead to disagreement, after all. So it is with “Best” lists in general: they are, more often than not, based on opinion. Perhaps by providing a few qualifiers, however, at least some can be persuaded to see why something would be considered “greater” than another–if not necessarily agree with the opinion.

This list is not a “Best Of” 2000s films, but simply what’s currently available on Netflix. And most of these movies aren’t obscure indie films or underrated gems–in fact, a good number of them experienced great success both critically and commercially at the time of their release. However, that decade is now nearly a decade behind in the rearview, and as hundreds and thousands of films continue to be released, even the most prominent films of a time period can become obscured beneath the seemingly never-ending flow of the new and now.

For your consideration, and in case you’ve perhaps only heard of these films but have never actually sat down and watched them, here are the 10 best movies from the 2000s that are currently available on Netflix. If you haven’t seen them before, now would be a good time to do so–before they disappear from streaming and fall back into just a title you’ve heard of but have never actually watched.

10. Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009)

When young Coraline moves far away from her hometown and into an old house subdivided into three residences, and with her parents too busy to pay attention to her, she starts to feel neglected. Exploring their new home one day, Coraline finds a small door that’s bricked up on the other side. However, later that → continue…

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Camera & Accessory USD Pricing

By Canon Rumors It’s being reported that the upcoming Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III will retail for $1299 USD at launch. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera and accessory pricing. PowerShot G1 X Mark III Camera $1299 WP- DC56 Waterproof Case $499 Lens Hood LH-DC110 $49 PSC-6300 $99 We expect the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark … → continue…

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5 of Guillermo del Toro’s Favorite Surrealistically Creepy Films

By V Renée

Who wouldn’t want to see what’s on Guillermo del Toro’s list of best horror/surrealist movies?

Director Guillermo del Toro is definitely no stranger to the horrific and the surreal. His films, including The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak, can be described as nightmarish fairytales that have his signature creepy, otherworldliness—magic, wonder, and a fleshy monstrosity with eyeballs on the palms of its hands. How del Toro comes up with his grotesque cinematic ideas? Or better yet, what kinds of films have inspired him to make his uniquely macabre brand of cinema?

In this Fandor video, we get to see five of his favorite films, all of which have that same unsettling, surrealistic horror that has made del Toro a horror icon. Check it out below:

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The Other Side of Hope – VIFF 2017 Review

By Shane Scott-Travis

Ostensibly the middle film in Aki Kaurismäki’s still in the works Le Havre harbor trilogy (following 2011’s Le Havre), The Other Side of Hope is another eccentric humanist tale from the forever happy-sad Finnish auteur.

Once again achieving the blissful balance between melancholy and mirth, Kaurismäki offers up flapdoodle optimism in this shaggy-dog detour involving a former shirt salesman named Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), now on the outs with his wife but keen on playing a high stakes poker tour, and a Syrian refugee named Khaled (Sherwan Haji), who is desperate to find his missing sister, Miriam (Niroz Haji).

The Other Side of Hope displays some of Kaurismäki at his bittersweet best, though it must be said that a good deal of the film feels a little bit like self-plagiarism. There’s the wry comedy we’ve come to expect from Kaurismäki, to be sure, but with all the cigarette smoke, surfeit strumming guitar, and even an adorable dog, the worst thing you can say about this movie is that we’ve driven down these vodka-splashed streets before.

But is that really such a bad thing when the recognizable route has so many comically dark distractions, stylistic circuits, and unique alternate routes? And mixed amongst the familiar is the director’s quirky yet critical commentary on the present refugee crisis in Europe, and it isn’t all laughable, either.

Khaled spends some time being slapped around and disgraced as the authorities at last determine he is to be sent back to Aleppo––his flight via the Balkan passage and the separation from his sister is all in vain. Until that is, when Khaled, fists swinging, comes into contact with Wikström, who by this time has cashed in his poker winnings and bought a rundown restaurant called the Golden Pint.

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Lady Bird – VIFF 2017 Review

By Shane Scott-Travis

Delving into equal parts poignancy and playfulness with surety and poise, Greta Gerwig makes an impressive and unhesitating directorial debut with the charismatic coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird. A rare and relatable portrait of youth, and from a female perspective (Gerwig also wrote the screenplay), this is a film effected with affection, authenticity, and deliberate indulgence.

Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, in the umbrage of post-9/11 America and the uneasy economy that came with it, Lady Bird limns the often bitter bonds between break loose seventeen-year-old Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) and her strenuous mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf).

Lady Bird’s affable father Larry (Tracy Letts) has lost his job and struggles with depression as he tries to reenter the workforce, putting additional stress on Marion, who works industriously as a nurse, and worries endlessly about her daughter and her post-high school plans. Lady Bird dreams of going to school on the East Coast, or anywhere that isn’t Sacramento, a place she feels is a cultural vacuum.

Ronan, who’s amassing a very impressive resume in diverse and extolled films such as Atonement (2007), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Brooklyn (2015), here presents what may be her career-best performance as the titular rebellious heroine.

Lady Bird is a wide eyed young woman, yes, but she’s no sucker, and watching her find first love, revived self-determination, faux pas, failures, and success is a no small wonder. Lady Bird glides towards unassuming greatness, building from the teen-centric youth-oriented films by the likes of Amy Heckerling and John Hughes, but downplaying the male gaze and with an emphasis on better pronounced honesty and insights.

“Aren’t they the same thing; love and attention?” asks the mother superior (Lois Smith) of Lady Bird’s Catholic high school to her in her office after a refractory little prank. The Sister, → continue…

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Another EOS 7D Mark III Wishlist Makes the Rounds, Along With Some Opinion [CR0]

By Canon Rumors Another list of recycled specifications for the EOS 7D Mark III is making the rounds. Canon EOS 7D Mark III Rumoured Specifications: 28mp Sensor (It was 30mp a few weeks ago) [see here] 4K video [see here] More video oriented features [see here] Tilt-able touchscreen (Likely a feature for pretty much every Canon DSLR going forward) A … → continue…

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DJI Releases the Highest Resolution Drone Cinema Camera Ever

By Randall Esulto

The Zenmuse X7 Captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera.

Lately, the rumor mill has been buzzing with theory and speculation as to what DJI’s new announcement would be. The mystery ended this evening when DJI announced the world’s first Super 35mm digital camera designed for professional aerial cinematographers to use seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 2 drone. In its announcement, DJI heralded the arrival of the Zenmuse X7 which boasts up to 6K video recording at 30fps, a Super 35mm sensor, compatibility with 4 DL-Mount lenses (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm), and a brand new DJI Cinema Color System to allow for greater freedom in post-production.

The Zenmuse X7 integrates with the CineCore 2.1 Image Processing System. It is currently only compatible with the Inspire 2 platform though DJI promises future compatibility with other products. The Zenmuse X7 is the highest resolution camera in the DJI / Zenmuse catalog and offers filmmakers cinematic image resolution and quality that previously required larger airframes capable of lifting larger, heavier cameras.

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DJI launches Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm camera module with Raw video capture

DJI has launched the Zenmuse X7, a Raw video capable Super 35 camera module. The camera/gimbal system which mounts to the company’s drones features a new, proprietary lens mount.

The camera can shoot 6K CinemaDNG Raw or 5.2K Apple ProRes footage at up to 30p or 3.9K CinemaDNG and 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94p. The company claims 14 stops of dynamic range but, like all video manufacturers, doesn’t specify how this is assessed.

It uses the new “DJI Cinema Color System” based around a D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space.

The camera includes two exposure modes, one that varies amplification gain and an “EI” mode that always uses minimal amplification (~base ISO) with metadata tags to denote the intended final brightness, to preserve DR. This is increasingly common practice in the video sphere but has yet to make its way across to stills photography.

The previous model (the Zenmuse X5) was based around a Micro Four Thirds mount and came with a distinctly Panasonic-like 15mm F1.7 lens. Instead the Zenmuse X7 is based around the company’s own ‘DL’ mount.

Alongside the camera, the company is releasing 16mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm F2.8 lenses, the longest three of which will include mechanical shutters. The carbon fiber bodied lenses will cost $1,299 each, with the exception of the 50mm, which is $100 cheaper, though a camera bundled with all four lenses will cost just $4,299.

The camera on its own will cost around $2699 and will be available from November.

Press Release:

DJI Reveals Zenmuse X7, The World’s First Super 35 Digital Film Camera Optimized for Professional Aerial Cinematography

Superior Image Quality, Interchangeable Lenses, and a New Color System Deliver Complete Creative Freedom

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IFH 188: Making a Micro Budget Film That Cracks iTunes’s Top 3 with Julian Galea – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

Making a Micro Budget Film That Cracks iTunes’s Top 3 with Julian Galea Today on the show we have writer/cinematographer/director Julian Galea. He directed a micro-budget film called Love to Paradise. Set in the magical Mediterranean islands of Malta, this indie travel romance proves it’s not love until it’s paradise. When American tourist Giovanni falls for local…

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This is why you should have kept your film camera – Ektachrome film to make a comeback this fall

By (George Shaw)

Out with the new, in with the old - the resurgence of stills film

One of the quiet little revolutions going on in stills photography is the return to shooting pictures on film. With SLR film cameras and lenses cheap and easy to find on eBay, and with digital shooters wanting to get a retro look beyond the digital manipulation you can get with software, it’s easy to see why Kodak is going to bring back one of the most iconic film stocks ever. Ektachrome.

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    ‘Call Me by Your Name’: Luca Guadagnino on Finding a New Take on the World’s Oldest Story

    By Liz Nord

    This director got rid of a traditional three-act script to make the film that had Sundance swooning.

    It’s the classic storyline: Boy meets girl (or, in this case, boy meets boy), they fall in love, they are torn apart by circumstance. We’ve seen it play out on screen countless times. And yet, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino and his exceptional cast in Call Me by Your Name give the tale a freshness and a raw, quiet urgency that somehow makes the oldest story in the book feel new again.

    In the film, based on André Caiman’s novel, breakout talent Timothée Chalamet plays Elio, a teenage boy spending a languid summer in Italy with his parents and a slightly older graduate student who comes to assist his father on a research project. The student, played by Armie Hammer, soon becomes more than a friend to Elio, as the two begin a passionate affair. Taking place in the ’80s, the film could easily be about politics, but it’s not about politics. It’s about the searing, beautiful, gut-wrenching pain and pleasure of first love.

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    Hung Le and Ricardo Roberts Launch Bicoastal U.S. Motion Design Studio BIEN

    By DWAgency

    LOS ANGELES and Raleigh, N.C.

    Hung Le and Ricardo Roberts are very proud to announce the launch of their new motion design studio BIEN (, effective immediately. Hung, an accomplished designer who previously ran a boutique motion design studio in New York City and Los…

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    This free app finally lets you post to Instagram from your computer

    Photographer and programmer Felix Sun has designed an app called Windowed that finally allows you to post images to your Instagram account straight from your computer—no tablet, smartphone, or strange loophole workaround required.

    Instagram is a great way to build an audience and even earn yourself a commission or two, but the app’s mobile-only upload has been a thorn in every professional photographer’s side from the very beginning. Most of us don’t shoot our best photos on our phones, and many camera brands don’t have the best systems (read: some downright suck) in place for getting those photos off of your main camera and onto your smartphone.

    Enter Windowed, a simple app that allows you to upload images straight to Instagram from your Mac or PC. And best of all, the application is open source and “100% free.”

    The app is able to provide this functionality thanks to a semi-recent update to Instagram that allows you to post photos from a mobile browser. Under normal circumstances, you’re unable to access this functionality from your Mac or PC; Windowed pretends to be a mobile browser to get around this limitation.

    There have been workarounds posted online for ages that make it possible to post to Instagram from your desktop, but this is the first implementation we’ve seen that’s truly easy. In fact, it’s no different than posting to IG using Chrome or Safari on your smartphone.

    To learn more about Windowed, see the source code, or download it for yourself, head over to the app’s website by clicking here.

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    Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ is ‘Revolutionizing Our Industry With No Apology’

    By Hawkins DuBois

    From the ubiquitous presence of female directors to the depth of the show’s characters of color, this series tells its stories on its own terms.

    When Queen Sugar debuted in 2016, it wasn’t long before the show became one of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s premiere television shows. From the show’s inception, creator Ava DuVernay went out of her way to make the program a voice for women and people of color. And while a significant chunk of that concept is presented on-screen through lead actors like Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe, the cast was emphatic in stating their universal adoration of the show’s inclusive and empowering environment behind the camera as well.

    Wesley, Gardner, and Siriboe recently attended the Tribeca Film Festival, where they chatted with moderator Jim Halterman about the show’s mid-season premiere, as well as the process of developing their characters, collaborating with each other and the rest of the show’s filmmakers, and finding sympathy for people that can be so complicated.

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    From:: No Film School