Atomos 8.42 firmware for Shogun Inferno

By Matthew Allard ACS

Atomos have released 8.42 firmwarefor their Shogun Inferno. The firmware fixes a few problems with the 6G SDI output as well as corrects a few bugs. If you were using…

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The 10 Greatest Comic Book Supervillains of All Time

By Tom Lorenzo

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When it comes to the superhero movie thing, villains are the fuel that keeps them burning bright. The best superhero movies tend to have a great villain at the center. Sometimes a great villains can be stuck in a mediocre movie, or a great movie can have a mediocre villain. It tends to be rare when those cases happen, as a blockbuster comic book movie needs a villain that works well enough to make these typically apocalyptic narratives work.

As we reach the end of 2017’s output of superhero cinema with “Justice League” arriving soon, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the best villains in the game.

10. Valentine (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Valentine (Kingsman The Secret Service)

James Bond is a superhero. There are no capes or tights involved in the Bond series (for the most part), but it’s a super hero series if there ever was one. So Matthew Vaughn taking on a project based on a comic that is a supremely over-the-top riff/satire of the James Bond mold is going to steer even more into the superhero frame. And much like the best straight-up superhero movies, Bond and his ilk work best when they got a great villain to bounce off of. And this riff on Bond has a great villain in Valentine.

What makes Valentine work is that he isn’t outwardly villainous in his look or in his demeanor. He doesn’t scream villain. There’s also the fact that he isn’t completely in the wrong. The world is dealing with a severe population and global warming crisis. Something does need to be done. But it’s in the way that he goes about achieving his goals that is some supervillain crap.

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IFH 198: The AFM Wrap Up (Indie Film Hustle Edition) – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

The AFM Wrap Up (Indie Film Hustle Edition) I had the pleasure of attending this year’s AFM (The American Film Market). This was my first time actually walking the entire market. I met a ton of people, made great connections and really got the inside look at how films are sold internationally. In this episode,…

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The importance of Cinematographer´s Collaboration beyond the Borders.

By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

The importance of Cinematographer´s Collaboration beyond the Borders.

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ASC and IMAGO Panel discussion: The importance of Cinematographer´s Collaboration beyond the Borders.

On Thursday Nov 16th, 11.00 in the seminar room in the Opera Nova

1 – Maintaining creative control throughout all stages of film production:
2 – The use of new digital tools and how it is affecting cinematographer’s collaborative process
3 – How is current production environment dictating the use of particular cameras (Netflix and Amazon 4 K native requirements).
4 – Choice of the lenses and filters, the last kept secret of cinematographer’s art.
5 – A need to have more camera technical processes standardized?

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From:: Imago News

Can the iPhone compete with a professional camera?

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Simon Wyndham)

Made in Paris shows how the iPhone can be used in a serious context

Can we now, finally, lay to rest the question over mobile phone video quality? Perhaps so.

  • iPhone X
  • mobile filmmaking
  • Mobile phones
  • Mobile photography

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    TOUCH THE LIGHT IN BITOLA

    By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

    TOUCH THE LIGHT IN BITOLA

    Report by Jure Černec and Simon Tanšek, Slovene Association of Cinematographers ZFS

    The 38th Manaki Brothers Film Festival, dedicated to cinematographers, once again offered us film treats from all over Europe and beyond. The festival provided a quality programme, but, most importantly, it offered a pleasant socialising with colleagues from all corners of the world. The credit for this goes to the entire festival team headed by Blagoje Kunevski and Gena Teodosievska, who, despite the problems during the preparations and at the beginning of the festival, brought the festival ship quite masterfully to the safe harbour of a happy end.

    In addition to the excellent projections, the festival also offered inspiring lectures by experts such as Milčo Mančevski, this year’s recipient of the award for an outstanding contribution to world cinema, and Giuseppe Rotuno, this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, represented by his student and colleague Luca Coassin, who provided an insight into some of the greatest secrets of the grand master Rotuno. Among other things, Giuseppe Rotuno also cooperated in the processes of restoring some of the masterpieces of Italian cinema, which confirms the importance of the cooperation between DOPs and restorers.

    Pierre Lhome, also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, had a master class with Nigel Walters, he talked about his work and especially about the necessity of decent working conditions in filmmaking, which often lack in the current capitalist world. In cooperation with First Film First, Christian Berger presented a few secretes of his work and stressed the significance of the cooperation among all film professionals and the exaggerated ascription of importance to techniques and technology. The next day, Maria Djurković described her approach in preparing for a film shoot and presented in words and images some of her most magnificent achievements. This event also took → continue…

    From:: Imago News

    FOCUS ON DIVERSITY

    By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

    FOCUS ON DIVERSITY

    CAMERIMAGE, IMAGO & ILLUMINATRIX PRESENT

    Friday 17th November 2017

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    Biannual Magazine The September Issues Launches In The U.S.

    By RACONTEUR

    LOS ANGELES
    The September Issues is a new biannual magazine that gives women creatives the opportunity to express themselves freely, explore their identities, and build a community without any constraints—a place where art, beauty, fashion, and topical issues can be discussed from a purely…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Ten Nikon D5 DSLRs will arrive at the International Space Station tomorrow

    Back in August, NASA’s love affair with Nikon cameras made the news when the space agency ordered 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLRs that it would use on the International Space Station and for ‘training purposes’ here on Earth. Ten of those D5 cameras are scheduled to make it to the ISS this week.

    Packed aboard the Orbital ATK OA-8 Space Station Cargo Resupply Mission that took off this Sunday at 7:19am Eastern time, and are scheduled to arrive at the ISS tomorrow morning around 4:50am (you can actually watch live coverage of the rendezvous on NASA TV starting at 3:15am).

    Nikon tells us that NASA is “reusing Nikon lenses and accessories previously launch with the Nikon D4 and D2Xs cameras,” and are planning to keep the D5 cameras in circulation for 12-18 months. With any luck, the astronauts aboard the space station will use them to capture more images like these:

    NASA’s relationship with Nikon began in 1971, when the Nikon Photomic FTN (a modified Nikon F) went to the moon with the astronauts of Apollo 15. Fast forward to 2008, and NASA ordered its first digital cameras for use in space, a set of six Nikon D2XS DSLRs, followed by an order for 11 Nikon D3S cameras in 2009, 38 Nikon D4 DSLRs in 2013, and another 10 D4s in 2016.

    The only question now, I suppose, is when is the Space Agency going to replace its glass? NASA’s latest order of Nikon glass was placed in 2010, when 64 NIKKOR lenses were delivered to the space agency. If astronaut photographers are anything like us Earth-bound folk, that means they’ve been drooling over ‘better’ lenses than they currently have since about… three days after they got those lenses.

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    Amazon Will Create an Original, Multi-Season ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

    By Christopher Boone

    Amazon’s original series will explore storylines preceding Tolkien’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ as part of an estimated $250 million deal.

    Today, Amazon announced that it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings to create an original, multi-season series that will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Amazon Studios will produce a series that will explore storylines that precede Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, taking fans on a new journey through Middle Earth.

    According to Deadline, the Tolkien estate had approached Amazon, Netflix and HBO about the project with an upfront fee of $200-$250 million, with sources claiming that Amazon secured the deal with an agreement close to the $250 million mark. That $250 million is only for the rights. Amazon will still need to pony up to pay for production, which could likely cost between $100-$150 million per season.

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    From:: No Film School

    Kodak will lay off 425 employees after reporting millions in losses

    Kodak recently disclosed its third quarter fiscal results, revealing that it had a GAAP net loss of $46 million on $379 million in revenues during its Q3 2017. This marks a sharp downturn of fortunes for Kodak, which saw $12 million in net earnings during the same quarter last year. “An overall print market slowdown and rising aluminum costs have impacted our commercial print business,” explained Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke in a release.

    Clarke went on to explain that Kodak is, “taking immediate actions to accelerate cost reduction and reduce investments to sharpen our focus as we continue to actively pursue changes to the Kodak product and divisional portfolio.” According to New York Upstate, “accelerate cost reduction” translates to the Eastman Kodak Company cutting 425 jobs.

    The quarter had its upsides for Kodak, however, which reports that its Kodak Sonora Plates saw a 24% growth in Q3 and its Flexcel NX revenue grew 2% year-on-year. Overall, Kodak’s CFO David Bullwinkle said the company anticipates generating cash during Q4 2017. “We plan to improve our cash balance through reducing working capital and through cost actions,” Bullwinkle explained, “including focusing investments in technologies most likely to deliver near-term returns.”

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    These 7 Post Production Tips From the Pros Will Save You Time, Money and Headaches

    By Rachel Elizabeth Seed

    “[Post] facilities are like going into a hospital. You have to trust the doctors.”—Joe Beirne of Technicolor Postworks NY

    Joe Beirne and Ben Murray, both veterans of Technicolor Postworks NY, want to earn your trust. They start with a universal offer: “If you have a project and know when you’re finishing, meet with [us] and bring samples.” They’ll help you assess where you’re at and how you can best be prepared for a smooth post process. And if you hire them to do it, all the better.

    “We don’t look at it like ‘how hard can we squeeze the lemon,’ it’s more like you have something you need to fulfill for a broadcaster and we try to be as efficient as we can. We help you do as much as you can yourself to help you save money. Having time helps a lot.”

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    Stunning ‘orbital drone-lapse’ captured by flying a drone in huge circles

    It’s difficult to stand out when creating a time-lapse these days—from the storm-lapses of Mike Oblinski, to the ‘flow-motion’ hyperlapses of Rob Whitworth, to the award-winning work of Michael Shainblum, it seems like it’s all been done. Until, that is, someone comes up with something like ‘Low Earth Orbit.’

    This drone-lapse from Folegandros Island, Greece was captured by Hong Kong-based production company Visual Suspect using a simple ‘orbital’ technique; translation: they flew a drone in massive circles while recording time-lapse.

    The results look like something out of Google Earth, but instead of static low-res images from orbit, you have living landscapes captured in HD. Here’s an explanation of the “how” and “why” by the creators themselves:

    Orbital drone movements are the ones with power to convert two dimensional images into dancing focal layers escaping out of the frame. We wanted to further explore the technique, with high altitude long orbits, along with ones very close to the ground, we call them “Orbital drone-lapses”. These shots are a mix of automatic and manual flights.

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    Watch: For the Coen Brothers, Stillness is the Move

    By Jon Fusco

    Some of the duo’s most powerful scenes owe a debt to the absence of motion.

    Early on in their career, the Coen Brothers made a name for themselves with their odd brand of raw violence in films like Miller’s Crossing and Blood Simple. Of course, the brothers would only continue to sharpen this trademark blend of dark humor and bold action as their career went on, perhaps reaching their apex at 2007’s Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men.

    But what sets these action flicks apart from their blockbuster studio counterparts? Well, a lot. Namely, their attention to every little detail within a frame of their film. While some of these efforts are clearly evident in their production design and composition, one thing that may fly under the radar is camera movement.

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    From:: No Film School

    Eight-Time Academy Award- Nominee Kathleen Kennedy Set To Receive Cinematic Imagery Award At The Art Directors Guild Awards

    By Admin

    LOS ANGELES
    Eight-time Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy, whose films have consistently reflected the highest quality of production design, will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE, Local 800)…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine