2018 Sci-Tech Oscar Awards Celebrate The Winners

By Staff

The Sci-Tech Oscars awarded 10 technical achievements at the Academy’s 90th Award Show on February 10th. Patrick Stewart himself served as host at the Beverly Wilshire venue where technological honors were also presented to visual effects technologist Jonathan Erland, with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, whose credits include Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and the […]

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From:: BLT News

2018 Motion Picture Moving Camera Platform Lifetime Achievement Award

By D Can we just call it the Dolly Grip Award already?

Anyway, my old friend Danny Pershing (Django Unchained, Eat, Pray, Love, Baby Driver, Hateful 8, Iron Man, ok, I give up) just won the lifetime achievement award from the SOC. It’s one of the few arenas where the contributions of the Dolly Grip is recognized by our industry. Recent winners include: Brad Rae, Mike Moad, And Moose Schultz.
I’ve known Danny for almost twenty years. He is one of a kind. I have a story. Years ago Philippe Rousselot called me to Key a commercial for him in Los Angeles. I had been Philippe’s Dolly Grip on several movies and he trusts me. I told him, ” I’m not a Key Grip, but I’ll do my best.” Anyway, I knew I needed a good Dolly Grip to come in because there was a lot of crane and jib work and I wanted to concentrate on the lighting with Philippe and not deal with camera.. Without hesitation, the first name I thought of was Danny, and surprisingly he was available. I then proceeded to micromanage him to the point where I finally pulled him to the side and apologized. I said, “Danny, the last person you need telling you how to do this job is me. I’m sorry, I’m just nervous because it’s Philippe.” Danny was so gracious and handled it so much better than I probably would have and that’s one of the reasons he deserves this award. He is quite literally the best in the business. I’m proud to call him a friend and so proud of him for this much delayed recognition,
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10 Overrated Movies That Shouldn’t Be On The IMDb Top 250 List

By David Zou

People take IMDB way too seriously. The message boards being wiped away are proof positive of that. The miserable little trolls that navigated those boards were just awful, turning the site into such a cesspool that IMDb got rid of them all together.

There were conscious efforts to over-rate or under-rate movies ratings on the site. Newer releases get a higher rate of reviews than older ones, so there was a discrepancy in that regard. IMDb can be a useful tool but it is also one with its own learning curve. How to figure out what is right and what was fooled with. Their Top 250 Movies list is one of those things that is not entirely accurate.

There are some good movies and accurate choices, but there are also some decent movies that are overrated by neckbeards and those blinded by the sheen of a new release. Here are the 10 most egregious examples of movies that shouldn’t be on the top 250.

10. The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

M. Night Shyamalan blew up with this massive hit in 1999. An R-rated thriller about a boy being haunted by ghosts, the twist ending became the talk of the town. Shyamalan got everybody with that little switcheroo. Except as time has gone on, the movie has revealed itself to be equipped with just that one thing. The twist is the only memorable element of it, and it actually doesn’t really work.

The movie cheats pretty massively to get this twist, as Bruce Willis goes throughout the movie doing things and interacting with people while apparently being a ghost the whole time. So the movie’s entire reputation is built upon a phony foundation.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 20 Best Written Movies of 2017

By Jakob Jurisch

The screenplay is the core element of a movie. It is the place where everything builds up on: the direction, the acting, even the post-production. While it is true that a good director can make a good movie out of a bad screenplay and a good actor can make a flat written character round, it is still important that those aspect are already visible within the script.

Fortunately, 2017 provided a great variety of well-written movie screenplay from all genres. For a screenplay to be good, it does not necessary have to tell an original story or invent the wheel of the genre anew, but rather tell the story in an interesting and creative way.

The following list contains the top 20 of the most well-written screenplays of 2017. While many of them are original, some are adapted from other sources. Also, some rather unknown movies of last year are included as they deserve to be mentioned among the well-known ones.

20. Good Time (Writ. By Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein)

Let’s be clear on this: Good Time by the Safdie brothers most certainly is not a film to be watched for its writing. Clearly, it’s the psychedelic direction of two brothers that bring this film to life. However, it is questionable if the movie would have been the same with a not so focused screenplay, as the one that Safdie and co-writer Ronald Bronstein bring to life.

While their story is as simple as it gets, it is filled with creative details and small gestures that bring the urban New York at night to life. The character constellation between the Nikas brothers is, while they don´t have many scenes together, the constellation most explored in the movie. It does not need many scenes to illustrate the bound both → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Why Mastery Of The Craft Is The Only Formula For A Successful Filmmaking Career

By Noam Kroll

Every Sunday, I send out my Micro-Budget Weekly newsletter exclusively to my e-mail subscribers. Each installment consists of a single article, containing actionable tips and advice for true independent filmmakers looking to hone their craft, increase creative output, and make a living doing what they love.

While the vast majority of these articles will only ever appear on the Micro-Budget Weekly (in e-mail form), every so often I will re-publish one here, as I am doing today.

So without further ado, below is a popular installment released just a couple of weeks ago –

Can you commit to working on your film career every single day?

Recently I’ve been thinking about the immense amount of effort, time, and dedication that it takes to succeed as a filmmaker. Filmmaking – and more specifically directing – is a craft that requires such a wide variety of skills and talents that simply can’t be taught, and can only be developed through years of persistent, focused effort, and an uwavering ability to keep at it even when the going gets tough.

People often ask what the one quality is that a director needs to succeed. That’s an extremely difficult question to answer, since there are so many qualities a director needs to possess to even have a chance at success… But when I’m asked that question, the only answer I feel comfortable giving is: Consistency and dedication.

I truly believe that every skill you need to have as a director – from technical know how to leadership skills – can only be fully developed by actually getting out there and working. It doesn’t matter what kind of project you’re working on, or where your starting point is… If you pick up a camera and shoot a film, you will learn. If you do it again and again and again, → continue…

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Want to Increase The Dynamic Range of Your EOS 5D Mark IV Raw Files?

By Canon Rumors FastRawViewer and RAWDigger have created a utility that will split the Dual Pixel RAW files from the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV do increase dynamic range of the highlights about +1EV in a single explosure. FastRAWViewer explains how this works: Canon 5D Mark IV’s sensor has a somewhat unusual pixel arrangement: each pixel is composed … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

A quick tour of Fujifilm’s camera and lens factory in Sendai, Japan

Documentary cameraman Johnnie Behiri of Cinema5D was in Japan recently, when he was invited to visit one of Fujifilm’s camera and lens factories in Sendai, Japan. Having been on a few factory tours ourselves, we suggest you do exactly what Behiri did: say yes, and bring a camera to document your journey.

The factory Behiri visited is responsible for putting together Fujifilm’s Fujinon MK lenses, the X-T2 ILC, and the GFX 50S medium format camera and lenses. The tour is short and sweet, but you get to see how careful Fuji must be about cleanliness in a factory like this, and watch as the technicians assemble each Fujinon MK lens by hand.

This isn’t the first time someone has been invited inside the Sendai Factory. In fact, we went there ourselves in 2016. And one year before that, The Fuji Guys took their own tour of the factory, which you can watch below (even if it is a bit dated now):

Fuji fans can watch both tours above. And if this inspires you to go behind the scenes with a few other manufacturers, check out our visit to the Hasselblad factory in Sweden, the Leica factory in Germany, Canon’s L lens factory in Japan, and more.

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From:: DPreview

Live Stream WINNER Announcement of Our FUJINON 1 Minute Film Competition

By Johnnie Behiri

It is a big moment for many of us! Our FUJINON & cinema5D one minute film competition is coming to its end, and the winner is?

Join our soon to begin live stream announcement in our YouTube channel. We were having A LOT of fun watching 233 from 56 countries! We will update this article right after the announcement. We will embed about 10 videos of the runners up and winners so please refresh this page for getting the updated content.

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From:: Cinema 5d

The Canon EOS M50 Will Shoot 4K [CR3]

By Canon Rumors We reported last month that the next mirrorless from Canon would shoot 4K video and it looks like we’ve confirmed that it will. This would make the EOS M50 the first APS-C shooter in the Canon lineup to shoot 4K and adds a bit of credence to that special invite from one of Canon’s subsidiaries … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

The History of Canon L Lenses

By Canon Rumors Canon Europe has put together a great article about the history of Canon L lenses, including what they consider to be landmark lenses in the evolution of the series. It’s no surprise that innovation of lenses at Canon seems to be accelerating as every few years, there seems to be a new “world’s first”. Below … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Photography tour guide killed by toxic lava fumes in Hawaii

Photographer Sean King, owner of tourism company Hawaii Stargazing Adventures, tragically passed away during a tour group excursion on February 1st after breathing in toxic fumes from a lava flow, according to local news organization KHON2. Heavy rains over the lava flow resulted in noxious steam, according to officials speaking with the news agency, which made it difficult to see and breathe.

According to friends and officials, King was with three other people as part of a guided hiking tour when it began to rain—he soon lost consciousness. The three individuals were forced to leave King behind and hike several hours before they had cell reception to call for help. Hawaii Fire Department officials spotted King from a helicopter and used it to airlift him to a nearby ambulance, but unfortunately it was too late.

Friends describe King has having been a passionate photographer with a great fondness for the Kilauea volcano. Speaking to KHON2, Bruce Omori, a friend of King’s, described the conditions that led to the photographer’s tragic demise:

The conditions today, I mean they were horrible. It was dumping so much rain out there. There was a stationary cell that was directly over the flow field, and it was really heavy. We’re shooting that and I’ve never gotten so wet in the helicopter, because it was raining so hard. It was raining so hard that we couldn’t venture any further, because we normally fly the entire length of the flow field, but it was impossible. So much rain was coming down.

According to Big Island Now, Hawaii’s Criminal Investigation Section detectives are investigating the incident as an “unattended death.”

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From:: DPreview

More From The Canon CPS Gear Center in PyeongChang

By Canon Rumors Canon, as always, has a big CPS presence at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Canon Professional Services (CPS) headquarters is at the media center at the Alpensia resort. Canon says they’ll have 60 tech reps and service reprensentatives from 10 different countries, speaking 10 different languages ready to provide services such as cleaning, … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

The 10 Most Perfect Movies Ever Made

By Woodson Hughes

To be perfect is to be without a flaw. It’s an old truism that nobody’s perfect (per “Some Like It Hot,” a pretty perfect film itself, though not one to be discussed here). Though there are very absolute standards for perfection in some areas, perfection can also be a subjective thing.

Are there films without flaws? This article hopes to provide an affirmative answer to that question. However, the reader should know that perfection can also relate to what a film’s ultimate idea or goal was, and how the elements put together all contributed to making the notion of perfection possible for these films. Film history is full of pictures that were compromised, flawed by miscalculation, or were the victims of caprices of fate.

The films appearing on this list, happily, were finished as their creators wished and those wishes, in the opinion of very many, were proven to be correct. Not all were big hits and many readers may argue about some components of some of these entries. However, in this quite subjective opinion (supported somewhat by facts), here are 10 choices for cinematic perfection.

1. The Rules of the Game (1939)


Many a film buff/scholar will crow about the cinematically triumphant year of 1939. This great year was a bit more true of Hollywood than a Europe that was then going to war, but that continent did have some superb moments as well. One of (if not THE) the best European films of the year came from the man who had been France’s leading filmmaker throughout the decade.

Jean Renoir was the son of the great post-Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and, thus, had some big shoes to fill and he filled them magnificently. Near the end of a platinum → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema