10 Famous Movies That Benefited From Switching Actors

By Scott Mattner

The Penguin (Batman Returns)

Lately, everyone has been talking about Kevin Spacey being replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World. With only weeks left before the film’s release, Scott went back and reshot all of Spacey’s scenes with the new actor. That alone is enough to make this a trend-worthy topic. Now Plummer is receiving countless award nominations and nearly unanimous praise from critics, claiming it’s his best work in years.

While this is easily the most extreme example of an actor being replaced in a film, it’s far from the first. Now, of course, it’s impossible to predict what the film would’ve have been had the original choice worked out. What is certain is just how perfect the following actors and actresses turned out to be for the role they wound up playing.

1. Beverly Hills Cop
Sylvester Stallone replaced by Eddie Murphy

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The original script for Beverly Hills Cop was meant to be a more serious picture. The first actor to be attached was actually Mickey Rourke. But he dropped out when scheduling fell behind. The producers next choice was Eddie Murphy. Because the script had gone through rewrites and become a more comedic picture, it seemed more appropriate to cast a comedian.

The studio, however, wanted a more bankable star. So, they offered the film to Sylvester Stallone. Being a seasoned screenwriter himself, Stallone decided to rewrite the script to his own liking. Changing his character into a leather-clad, monosyllabic biker. This, of course, was not the film that producers Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer wanted to make.

Luckily, Stallone bowed out amicably, and they were able to hire Murphy, and, therefore, film the script that they originally had in mind. With Murphy in the lead, the comedy was heightened even more and the film went → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

NBC Olympics Selects Canon U.S.A. to Provide Field and Studio Equipment for its Production of 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

By Canon Rumors Canon to Assist NBC Olympics in Providing Viewers with Outstanding HDTV Picture Quality and Long-Zoom Image Detail MELVILLE, N.Y., February 8, 2018 – NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, to provide a wide variety of HDTV Field, Portable and Studio lenses for … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Firmware: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Update, New Firmware Coming at the End of March

By Canon Rumors Future Firmware Plan for the EOS 5D Mark IV Upadate: On February 6, 2018 we revised the availability of future Firmware from late February to a late March 2018 release. The original advisory content is provided below. Release of the new EOS 5D Mark IV Firmware which was originally scheduled to be available on November … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

10 Sci-Fi Movies That Are Begging for a Remake

By Raphaelle Hoffmann

Remakes hold a special place in the heart of every movie fan, often more akin to hate than love. The announcement of the remake of a beloved movie is almost always met with considerable resentment. Fans are anxious to see the outcome and feel betrayed when their expectations are let down. Needless to say that everybody has a different view on what perfection would look like, same as with adaptations of favorite novels.

A remake should always have something to add to the original movie, otherwise there is no point in going through the trouble of making it. We often feel like our favorite movies belong to us, and the one thing a remake can never achieve is make us feel like we did when we saw something for the first time. That is one reason why the new Star Wars movies will never be loved the way the old ones are. The sense of discovery cannot be reproduced.

And yet, there are a few points in favor of remakes:

First, let’s face it, just because a movie is old or has achieved cult status doesn’t mean it really is a great movie that couldn’t possibly be any better. Sometimes the original is sorely lacking and doesn’t do justice to an otherwise promising idea.

Second, no matter how nice it feels to have insider connoisseurship of a half-forgotten cult movie, great movies and stories should be known to as many people as possible. Remakes often spark a renewed interest into the original and thereby help to keep them from being forgotten. Great stories and compelling characters can and should live on. Reviving the original and bringing new viewers and generations to an otherwise forgotten gem is a worthwhile endeavour.

And third, as technology advances, it becomes possible to achieve things that were infeasible before. Elements → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Big week end for cinematographers in Brussels

By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

On Jan 12th and 13th, Eye Lite and TV Connections, rental companies in Belgium hold their Event Action 18, for the 5th time.

This is a unique opportunity in Belgium for Cinematographers, gaffers, grip and camera technicians to meet manufacturers and be introduced to new equipment, like the Cooke S7i, RED Monstro, Sony Venice, the new camera range from Canon & Panasonic, led lighting from Avalon, LC, DMG, Exalux, Kinoflo or Digital Sputnik, the drones and stabilized systems from ACS and Access Motion or Kopterman. Plenty of new toys that gathered more than 500 visitors. Product specialists were presenting workshops and one of these was dedicated to ECO Responsability and New technologies in film making by the funds Screen Brussels and VAF.

On the Saturday morning, the Event hosted the Annual General Assembly of the Belgian Society of Cinematographers(SBC). More than 35 cinematographers came. Important meeting because it was meant to vote the admission of 5 new members (bringing the new total of 67) and to renew the administration board and the President: Willy Stassen was stepping out after 10 years of dedication to the association. SBC decided for co-presidency, reason was for more efficiency with the 2 languages in Belgium: Lou Berghmans and Louis Philippe Capelle are stepping in.

The new board decided to start working immediately. We wish them good luck.

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From:: Imago News

Schneider True-Streak Rainbow filter

By Matthew Allard ACS

Schneider has introduced the True-Streak Rainbow filter that creates anamorphic style optical streaks in 8 colours. Schneider has had a range of True-Streak filters, including the popular Blue Streak that…

The post Schneider True-Streak Rainbow filter appeared first on Newsshooter.

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From:: News Shooter

Martin Hammond: Friend of Film-Makrers.

By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

Martin Hammond was a remarkable human being to whom film makers of all ages owe a debt of gratitude. The kindness, courtesy and dedication with which he conducted his life had been nurtured by his earlier years working for his benevolent extended family of Kodak. He became a company man with a work ethic to match. Following early retirement, he determined to continue utilizing his contacts and energy for the benefit of the wider film industry.

His death after a terrible car accident on the M4 has impacted the many institutions, companies and friends to whom he had dedicated his time and energy following retirement. The initial sadness and shock at this tragedy has given way to universal grief at the loss. This has been followed by countless tributes from Britain and abroad. Martin could truly be described as a facilitator with a habit of turning up almost anywhere, from his beloved Jackson Hole in Wyoming to Wildscreen in Bristol, from Camerimage to Hay on Wye. He had an insatiable love of the industry, life and people.
The Guild of Camera Technicians and the BSC were two of many such organisations to benefit from his determination and dedication. His energy matched his friendship for everyone his path crossed. He genuinely took pleasure in helping others. He was a Friend of the BSC, honorary member of the GBCT, always cheerful and willing to help anyone. His journey in self-fulfilment had been challenging and dedicated since being sent in the late 1980’s to sell video stock to the BBC in Ealing Studios. He grasped the opportunities ahead. All whom he touched on that sadly curtailed journey have benefited.
Thank you, Martin, you have more than earned your place in our gratitude and love.
DNW

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From:: Imago News

RGG EDU is giving away a $300, 8+ hour beer photography course for free

If you’re looking to get into professional beverage photography—and specifically tap into the market for professional beer photography—this course from RGG EDU is a godsend. Produced by RGG and photographer Rob Grimm, the 8+ hour course covers everything you need to know. And the best part? This course, which usually retails for $300, is being given away 100% free.

As with all free offers like this, you’ll have to put in your personal info at checkout, but you can uncheck the “keep me up to date on news and exclusive offers” checkbox and avoid the marketing emails if you’re not keen on those.

The process takes just a few clicks—we went through it ourselves to check that it actually works—and once you’re done, you’ll get an email with a bespoke download link that gives you access to all 25 chapters of photography and retouching tutorial content, 27 RAW files, four full photo shoots, and access to a private Facebook group where you can chat with fellow members of the RGG community about the stuff you’re learning.

Here’s RGG’s description of the course:

In this tutorial, you will see Rob’s entire process for creating beverage images by breaking the composition down into its parts and obsessing over the details. You will learn the foundations of beverage photography from capturing a bottle on white, photographing cocktails including drink styling, proper use of ice, realistic condensation, creating appetite and appeal, and the use of duratrans to make an image that appears to be shot on-location with all the control of a studio.

Rob will share with you his method for generating portfolio ideas that will make you rethink your entire approach to creating images. Finally, world-renowned retoucher Earth Oliver, will walk you → continue…

From:: DPreview

DJI will set up temporary no-fly zones at the 2018 Olympics

Photo by Matthew Brodeur

File this one under “well… obviously.” DJI is creating no-fly zones near Olympics venues in South Korea that will prevent its drones from operating in the regions. The no-fly zones will be implemented at the software level as a precaution to prevent any foolish or negligent DJI users from putting safety or security at risk.

These no-fly zones will be in place for the duration of the Games in the following cities:

  • Pyeongchang
  • Gangneung
  • Bongpyeong
  • Jeongseon

Drone security is a big topic for this year’s Games. Earlier this week, South Korean officials confirmed that they’ll have their own anti-drone UAVs in operation. These UAVs—the ones operated by security officials —will launch nets at any uninvited drone to take them out of the sky.

For its part, though, DJI has confirmed that it will be releasing a software update that creates temporary no-fly zones. This isn’t the first time the Chinese company has created temporary airspace restrictions. In a statement to Tech Crunch, DJI explained:

Safety is DJI’s top priority, and we’ve always taken proactive steps to educate our customers to operate within the law and where appropriate, implement temporary no-fly zones during major events. We believe this feature will reduce the potential for drone operations that could inadvertently create safety or security concerns.

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From:: DPreview

Google Photos adds new AI-powered themed video options

The Google Photos app has been capable of automatically generating themed videos using image recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) for a while now. The feature was originally introduced in 2016 and automatically creates videos from your images for special occasions, such as Mother’s Day (see you video above), or by selecting a specific type of photo in your collection—for example selfies.

Now Google has expanded the selection of themed videos that can be created in the Photos mobile app or on the web platform. There are nine themes in all, and the naming is pretty self-explanatory:

  • Mother’s Day Movie
  • Father’s Day Movie
  • Smiles of 2017
  • Doggie Movie
  • They Grow Up So Fast
  • Meow Movie
  • Selfie Movie
  • Valentine’s Day Movie
  • In Loving Memory

To create a video, you have to tap on the Assistant tab in the app and then tap on Movie. Once the theme and the people or pets you’d like to appear in said theme are chosen, algorithms create the video, including background music. You’ll receive a notification when everything is finished.

The service is rolling out to most regions today. You can see some more sample videos on the Google Photos Youtube Channel.

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From:: DPreview

Understanding Microphone Polar Patterns

By Azden

The term polar pattern describes how a microphone picks up sound. More specifically, it describes how sensitive the microphone is to sound waves coming in from different directions. A microphone’s polar pattern is an important consideration when it comes to figuring out if a microphone is the right or wrong tool for a particular situation. So it’s important for filmmakers to know what the different polar patterns are, how they work, and in what situations to employ them.

Omnidirectional

The simplest microphone polar pattern to understand is omnidirectional, or often just called omni. As the name would suggest, an omni microphone picks up sound equally from all directions. This means that the direction the microphone is pointing is not important, and proximity is the main factor in how strongly it picks up a sound.

In film making applications, omnidirectional microphones are best suited for lavaliers. The omni characteristic gives you the freedom to clip the microphone on your speaking subject in any orientation, while giving you the added benefit of consistent sound levels even if your subject moves their head from side to side. Azden’s wireless PRO-XD lavalier system, and EX-503i smartphone lavalier, are both examples of omnidirectional microphones.

Directional

There are actually a few different types of directional microphones. Cardioid (kar-dee-oid) is the most common directional polar pattern, with the highest sensitivity to sound coming in from directly in front of the microphone capsule (0º), practically no sensitivity to sound coming directly from behind (180º), and a reduced sensitivity to sound coming in from the sides (90º/270º).

SMX-30 microphoneA cardioid mic is a lot better at excluding background noise and room reflection than an omni mic. Its most common use → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers

“Everybody Can Make Their Money Back and You Get to Make the Movie”: Mark Pellington on Nostalgia

By Jim Hemphill

Director Mark Pellington has long been one of the American cinema’s foremost chroniclers of the connection between mortality, memory, and identity; questions related to how we define ourselves in life and how those lives define our legacies have been key in films as diverse as The Mothman Prophecies (a thriller in which Richard Gere becomes obsessed with the supernatural ramifications of his wife’s death), Father’s Daze (a documentary about Pellington’s father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease) and Of Time and Memory (an unconventional adaptation of Don Snyder’s novel about Snyder’s attempts to know his deceased mother). In Pellington’s last several features, […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Leaked: Sigma preparing to release 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens

Earlier today, Sigma sprang a pretty major leak ahead of the CP+ show in Japan. According to leaked images from Nokishita, Sigma is planning to add a 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens to its ultra-wide angle lineup very soon. In fact, it looks like Nokishita got their hands on all of Sigma’s standard product shots.

You can scroll through them above, and see some rumored specifications below:

  • Mount: Canon, Nikon, Sigma
  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 11 groups
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (circular aperture)
  • Maximum photographing magnification: 1: 5.4
  • Size (Sigma mount): ų 96.4mm x 135.1mm
  • Weight (Sigma mount): 1,150g

Of course, this isn’t the Sigma 70-200mm that’s been rumored (and hoped for) since before the Photo Plus Expo, but it does make for an impressive lineup of ultra-wides in the much-beloved Sigma Art series.

If previous experience is anything to judge by, Nokishita’s product photo leaks usually come just days (sometimes less than 24 hours) before an official announcement, so we’re expecting this lens to make landfall very soon.

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From:: DPreview

ARRI Signature Primes: Faces and Food

By Jon Fauer What better way to test the new ARRI Large Format Signature Primes than some food photography in the company of fellow Film and Delicious Times foodies Thorsten Meywald and Howard Preston. Thorsten is ARRI Product Manager for Optical Systems and Howard is head of Preston Cinema Systems. Thorsten discreetly smuggled into the restaurant a rapid prototyped LPL to E-mount adapter and a Signature Prime. read more… → continue…

From:: FD Times

Worth the money? Fully loaded iMac Pro vs fully loaded iMac

A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you an eye-watering $13,200… but if you’re set on an Apple all-in-one, is it really almost $8,000 better than a fully-loaded 5K iMac? Parker Walbeck of Full Time Filmmaker ran some tests to find out, putting both all-in-ones through their paces using RED 8K footage, Canon 1D X Mark II 4K footage, and DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4K footage.

He also tested the machines using both Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X, to eliminate the CPU-crushing effects of Adobe’s software.

As you might expect, the iMac Pro outperformed the iMac in nearly every test, playing back full resolution footage flawlessly while the iMac dropped frames, and rendering/exporting at about 2x the speed. However, it didn’t win in every regard. The iMac actually outperformed the iMac Pro by 25% when it came to applying Warp Stabilizer, because this feature is only using an individual core to do the work.

Playing back 8K RED footage on the iMac Pro was much smoother than the iMac, which had to be dropped to 1/8th resolution to match performance.

All of this leads Parker to his very reasonable conclusion:

“I definitely think there is a point of diminishing returns, where you’re paying a premium for slight, incremental improvements,” says Walbeck. “But that’s how it is with most new technology, it’s overpriced and you’re going to pay a premium for the latest and greatest.”

As for the value, he sums it up pretty well in the video, and it’s probably exactly what you expected coming into this comparison. Is it worth the money?

For most people? No. For a select few, yeah, it may be a difference maker. Do I personally need a computer this powerful? No. I’m sure → continue…

From:: DPreview