Capture One update 10.2.1 adds RAW support for the new Sony A7rIII, RX10m4 and RX0

By SonyAlpha Admin

Capture One added RAW support for the three new Sony cameras and the 100-400mm FE lens. Release notes: downloads.phaseone.com (PDF) Download: phaseone.com/en/Download/Software-Archive.aspx

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What Happens When You Put a Mic Arm on a Light Stand?

By V Renée

Is the answer “pure genius?” Seriously though, this combo could be a real lifesaver on your next project.

One of the most annoying things about setting up lights is the constant need to adjust the stands. You know, you set up your light to where you think you need it and then realize it doesn’t work quite the way you wanted it to, so you have to adjust the height a little, as well as the angle of the boom, and pretty soon you’ve spent ten thousand hours tightening and loosening tension knobs.

But Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has come up with a solution to this tedious process. In the video below, see how he combined a microphone arm and your everyday light stand to create the ultimate articulating lighting setup for LEDs that, in my humble opinion, is pretty damn ingenious.

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5 Great Movies Influenced By “2001: A Space Odyssey” That Aren’t Sci-fi Films

By Charlie Jones

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Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, regardless of genre. It consistently ranks high in polls of critics, directors, and audiences when determining cinema’s best offerings, and it’s easy to see why; 2001 is unforgettable, a grand visual spectacle chronicling man’s evolutionary journey from ape to Star Child, as mystifying as it is dazzling, a film that must be seen on the big-screen to be fully appreciated.

Its influence on science-fiction, particularly with regards to visuals and special effects (for which 2001 earned an Academy Award), cannot be overstated, and is evident in the filmographies of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Christopher Nolan, to name only a few of the film’s more high-profile admirers.

Yet 2001’s impact on cinema is not confined solely to science-fiction; its influence can be seen in experimental films, horror flicks, crime-thrillers, and even straight dramas. Like other masterpieces before and after it, 2001 goes beyond the genre with which we attempt to classify it, giving weight to the argument that such classification is both incidental and restrictive.

As such, 2001 demonstrates how films that are truly influential transcend the boundaries of genre, travelling through the Star Gate, and reaching a higher stage of cinematic evolution that we call ‘classic’.

1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2001)

Terrence Malik’s largely plotless experimental drama The Tree of Life often draws comparisons with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Each film is comprised of several vignettes, which must be pieced together to form anything close to resembling a conventional narrative. It was probably this avant-garde filmmaking that drew derision for both films upon their respective releases, The Tree of Life even being booed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, after which it took home the Palme D’Or.

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The 15 Best Character Introductions In Movie History

By Mike Gray

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Even in film, first impressions count for a lot. Since movies only have a relatively brief amount of time to establish their story, setting, and characters, it takes skill to concentrate and shorthand entire characters and what they ultimately mean to the story being told. It’s how a character is presented that leads to why they are being presented that way: a ruggish-looking man with face stubble wearing a leather jacket and carrying a whip, for example, tells you a lot through visuals alone of who this character is. Place him in the jungle and already half his story is told almost immediately to the audience.

Character introductions mean a lot because filmmakers rely on these few minutes to get across to audiences everything they need to know. Sometimes they’re done clumsily, leading to character development that’s dragged across an entire film to unsatisfactory ends.

But when they’re done right, they exemplify the artistry that goes into filmmaking, where directors, editors, actors, set designers and wardrobe departments work in concert to create a striking, singular vision of a character that will stick in an audience’s mind. Some of these have even become iconic, and for good reason: they are images that themselves become shorthand within our culture.

The guy with stubble and a whip? Adventurer. Intense, well-mannered, but scary guy? Serial killer. Super-smooth man in a nice suit smoking a cigarette? Secret agent. Let’s look at fifteen of the best character introductions in film history and what makes them so iconic.

15. Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Stephen Cone on Princess Cyd, George Cukor and the Bisexual Cowboys of Brokeback Mountain

By Vadim Rizov

In brief—this interview is long as is—Stephen Cone’s new feature Princess Cyd begins with what’s almost a feint: a phone call to 911 reporting trouble next door and a potentially helpless young girl, heard before we actually see now-grown protagonist Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) on the soccer field. 16-year-old Cyd comes to Chicago to spend some time away from her father, carshing with her writer aunt Miranda (Rebecca Spence). They’re opposites: Cyd’s all body and bluntly atheist, Miranda is cerebral and Christian. The question of what happened to Cyd fades away over the course of a seemingly low-key movie in which Cyd […] → continue…

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The African American Film Critics Association sets February 7, 2018 for its 9th Annual Awards ceremony, the AAFCA Awards, celebrating the best of the year in film, television and new media

By Admin

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The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will hold its annual awards ceremony, the AAFCA Awards, on Feb. 7, 2018, it was announced today by AAFCA President Gil Robertson. The event, now in its ninth year, will celebrate the best of the year in film, television and new media in 18…

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How Walt Disney Taught the Art of Storytelling to His Animators – Indie Film Hustle

By Indie Film Hustle

How Walt Disney Taught the Art of Storytelling to His Animators Walt Disney is by far a giant in many realms, storytelling being one of the biggest. His ability to produce monster hit film after monster hit film is a testament to his knack for telling and constructing an intriguing story. Below is a memo, written Walt…

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This Clear Underwater Housing Is like Putting Your DSLR in a Condom

By V Renée

This waterproof housing not only lets you see your camera, but adjust it easily as well.

Waterproof housings are an absolute necessity if you’re going to shoot underwater, but the main problem filmmakers face when using them is that they can’t see or adjust their cameras once the unit is on. This is an issue JR deSouza aims to address with the Clear Outex, a transparent, malleable, and portable waterproof housing for underwater cinematography.

Currently on Kickstarter, the Clear Outex has a lot of interesting features. It’s stretchy enough to fit many DSLRs, lightweight and compact so you can take it on the go, and is waterproof at up to 33 feet. So, you know, it’s basically like a condom for your camera.

The Clear Outex is an upgrade from the non-transparent design and functionality of the original, with an improved material composition that makes it more elastic and malleable, allowing for easier application and removal. Furthermore, a new manufacturing process reduces oxidization and deterioration, making the Clear Outex last much longer than its predecessor.

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PODCAST: 5 Tough Listener Questions From True Micro-Budget Filmmakers

By Noam Kroll

For the first time on the podcast, I take listener questions that were sent in via e-mail and Twitter from micro-budget filmmakers looking for advice. Topics covered includes: the creative process, career advice, working with unprepared actors, abandoning projects and much more.

If you would like to have your question answered on a future episode, be sure to leave a comment here or ask me via Twitter.

Take a listen to Episode 29: 5 Tough Listener Questions From True Micro-Budget Filmmakers

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Shoot 4K 360° Video That You Can Edit on Your iPhone with the $499 Rylo

By Christopher Boone

Say hello to the 360° action camera for the masses.

With the death of the Nokia OZO and the introduction of the Insta360 Pro, the market for 360° cameras is certainly shifting as price points drop from five digits down to four digits. Now, we have a 360° camera that can capture 4K video for only $499. Say hello to Rylo.

Rylo is a small 360° camera with two wide angle lenses that each span 208° (the equivalent of 7mm lens), capturing 4K footage at 30 fps, which can then be edited and shared using the Rylo app on your iPhone (Android app coming soon).

In addition to capturing 4K 360° video, Rylo touts its built-in cinematic stabilization as one of the key selling points as the camera is currently targeted at the consumer market to capture action shots in a similar manner as the GoPro was upon its introduction.

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From:: No Film School

Canon Launches New 4K UHD Portable Zoom Broadcast Lenses

By Canon Rumors The New Broadcast Lenses Feature 45x Zoom, The Highest Zoom Ratio in Their Class MELVILLE, N.Y., November 1, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today two new portable 4K UHD broadcast lenses for use with broadcast cameras featuring 2/3-inch sensors: the Canon CJ45ex9.7B 4K UHD Portable Zoom Lensprovides users with the … → continue…

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No More New Photographic Gear From Canon in 2017 [CR3]

By Canon Rumors Earlier this week we posted new Canon gear that had appeared for overseas certification, this lead to some speculation that we’d be seeing more new cameras and lenses in 2017. I have confirmed that this is not the case. There will however be a lot of gear coming in early 2018 for CES in January … → continue…

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‘Stranger Things 2’: Duffer Brothers on How Being Weird Can Make Your Career

By Eric Baker

Matt and Ross Duffer describe how their “weird” childhoods inspired ‘Stranger Things’.

The twin brother creators of Netflix’s Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer, went from being Chapman University Film School grads struggling in menial industry assistant jobs to the creators of one of the biggest streaming shows on the planet in the span of a few short years.

Your childhood can be a goldmine for storytelling, so dig deep.

In this short, candid video interview, launching exclusively through No Film School, Matt and Ross discuss how they used their “weird” childhood to create something personal that launched their careers into the stratosphere. Check out the video and read our top takeaways below.

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HTC U11+ combines U11 camera specs with large 6-inch display

HTC has launched the HTC U11+ which shares many characteristics with its smaller cousin U11. Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and come with, depending on region, 4 or 6GB of RAM. They also share the same camera specifications that made the U11 one of the best camera phones in 2017.

A 12MP sensor with large 1.4µm pixels is combined with optical image stabilization and a fast F1.7 aperture. In video mode the U11+ can record 1080p footage at 120fps, and 4K clips with Hi-Res audio.

At 8MP the front camera pixel count has been reduced compared to the U11’s 16MP sensor. The front module also offers an 85-degree field-of-view, an F2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording.

The big difference between U11 and U11+ is the latter’s almost bezel-less LCD display with 18:9 format and a 1440×2880 pixel resolution. It means there are now no physical controls on the front and the fingerprint reader was moved to the back.

The body is IP68-certified and comes in Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver and Translucent color options. There’s also a microSD card slot and the 3,930mAh battery offers support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

In Europe the HTC U11+ will be available for €800 (approximately $930). For now a launch in North America is not planned.

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REVIEW: Hasselblad H6D-100c Foreshadows the Medium Format Cinematography Revolution

By Charles Haine

Is this the beginning of the next cinematography wave?

Bigger sensors are the future. As we discussed in our NAB podcast, the camera market hasn’t felt super dynamic lately (with the exception of perhaps the EVA1), and at least part of that is the feeling that the Super 35mm sensor size has really peaked. Super 35mm cameras are amazing and affordable. The Alexa sensor is almost a decade old and still cranking out beautiful footage. The Varicam has a native 5000 ISO that provides clean footage. The new Red Helium is squeezing 8K out of Super 35mm. Where do we go from here?

More resolution doesn’t get that exciting anymore, with 8K not being wildly more exciting than 6K. Instead of focusing on more pixels and higher frame rates, the next wave of cinematic camera development will be larger sensors. At the high end, this has already started with the Alexa 65 turning out truly stunning imagery in films like The Revenant. And while you can’t buy an Alexa 65, you could buy a 4K medium format camera today: the Hasselblad H6D-100c. That is, if you have $33,000 to spare.

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From:: No Film School