10 Reasons Why “The Shape Of Water” Deserves Its 13 Oscar Nominations

By Elias Garcia-Smith

Guillermo del Toro has been recognized as one of the leading creators in today’s scene, focusing on creating films that add something new and innovative to the table while challenging rigid and lifeless ways of filmmaking.

He has explored a wide variety of subjects, but his films always seem to revolve around dark and creepy subjects; from a child killed in an orphanage whose ghost returns, to a girl who is convinced by a faun that she is a princess in another world she can go to once she proves herself, and, in this case, to a woman who works as a janitor in a research facility where she falls in love with an amphibian humanoid, del Toro has proved to own a very vivid imagination and an acute understanding of fear as one of the prime motivators of human activity and curiosity.

“The Shape of Water,” his most recent film, has gained a lot of attention lately because it’s received an insane amount of awards and nominations all over the world. This is not the first time a del Toro film has been in the spotlight; in 2006, “Pan’s Labyrinth” was a strong contender for six Oscars, of which it won three.

This year, “The Shape of Water” has amassed 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Achievement in Directing, Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Original Screenplay, and with a good amount of important awards already behind its back, things are looking good for this film. Here I present a list of 10 reasons why “The Shape of Water” has received so much attention from the critics and the spectators alike, and why it deserves all of its nominations.

1. It is visually rich, employing visual metaphors in a really clever manner

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Scripps Networks Interactive Goes Full Cloud with Thinkbox Deadline and Amazon Web Services

By stephanie@razpr.com


Scripps Network Interactive is the leading developer of lifestyle content across TV, digital, and emerging platforms. With brands including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel under the Scripps umbrella, it collectively engages more than 190 million consumers each…

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2018 Society of Camera Operators Awards

By Denise Brassard

Several themes come to mind after attending the 2018 SOC (Society of Camera Operators) Lifetime Achievement Awards, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel February 3rd. Award winners and presenters alike expressed their overwhelming passion for visual storytelling and love of the filmmaking process. They thanked mentors, supporters and collaborators – their film families, and simultaneously declared […]

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CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus: Drastically increase your Mac’s connectivity

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Erik Vlietinck)

Expand your horizons with the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus

Review: Running out of ports to hook your stuff up to? CalDigit has the answer with the Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus.

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    Sony’s huge 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens spotted at the 2018 Winter Olympics

    The gigantic Sony 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens announced as ‘in development’ back in October 2017 has allegedly been spotted IRL at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

    A photo that claims to show the un-released lens—covered in tape to hide telltale markings, of course—was shared by the Photosthelife blog (here it is translated) and later on Instagram by SonyAlphaRumors. This appears to be the first image of the 400mm lens, whose rumored price tag will very likely tip the scales around ten grant, just like the Canon and Nikon versions of the same lens.

    In its announcement last year, Sony explained that the new lens would “deliver a new elevated shooting experience for all professional sports” photographers, among others. The Olympics presents a great opportunity to put the lens to the test in an incredibly challenging environment, so it makes sense that Sony would be testing it out there.

    Unfortunately, additional details—such as how many of these lenses are actually being tested in the wild, and by whom—aren’t public.

    Sony says it plans to release the 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens in Summer 2018. Until then, this blurry picture will just have to hold all of those Sony a9 owners over.

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    Leica unveils limited edition Leica Q ‘Snow’ inspired by an Olympic snowboarder

    A new, white version of the Leica Q full-frame compact camera has been announced that was inspired by Olympic snowboarder and photographer Iouri Podladtchikov. The ‘Snow’ edition will be limited to only 300 units worldwide, and will cost $5,395/£4300.

    As with most Leica special editions, on the inside, this camera will be exactly the same as the standard Q. What differentiates it is the special white leather trim and anodized silver top plate, base plate and control dials.

    A white leather case and strap complete the ‘Snow’ theme:

    Speaking about the special edition camera, Podladtchikov says the white finish doesn’t only reflect the snow he is so closely associated with:

    ‘White, for me, also means ‘carte blanche’ – it’s up to you. It’s time to get creative’.

    The Swiss Olympic gold medalist and world champion is also a keen photographer, and intends to open his own photographic studio. He was due to compete in the current Winter Olympics in Korea, but had to pull out after sustaining an injury at the 2018 X Games.

    The Leica Q ‘Snow’ will be available starting in March. For more information, read the full press release below, or visit the Leica website.

    Press Release

    Leica Q ‘Snow’ by Iouri Podladtchikov

    The Swiss Olympic gold medallist and dedicated Leica photographer designs a special edition of the iconic Leica Q

    Wetzlar, 12 February 2018 – Leica Camera AG presents a new version of its high- performance compact camera with full-frame sensor and fast prime lens: the Leica Q ‘Snow’ by Iouri Podladtchikov. This limited edition has been created in collaboration with Swiss Olympic gold medallist, World Champion snowboarder (halfpipe) Iouri Podladtchikov, whose own ideas inspired the design of the camera.

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    US Navy confirms: Combat camera units will be eliminated over budget issues

    The U.S. Navy has confirmed that it will eliminate a pair of combat camera (COMCAM) units. Confirmation was given by the Pentagon’s Navy spokesperson Lt. Lauren Chatmas to the Navy Times, which reported last week about the Navy’s plans to eliminate the units by October 1st.

    The U.S. Navy has two COMCAM units, one called Expeditionary Combat Camera, the other called Fleet Combat Camera. Both units will be eliminated because of budget constraints, according to Chatmas’s statement:

    …difficult decisions were made in order to ensure the resourcing of critical mission areas that support Navy’s expeditionary operations. Other expeditionary mission areas took precedence over COMCAM. Therefore, as an overall cost savings measure, the decision was made to provide this capability to the fleet from the existing Navy Public Affairs Support Element command.

    Sources expanded on that statement to Navy Times, claiming that COMCAM budget cuts in fiscal year 2017 decreased funding by 60%, and was joined by a declining workload. Officials reportedly decided to eliminate the COMCAM units entirely when working out the fiscal year 2019 budget, having failed in 2017 to consolidate the two units into a single COMCAM unit.

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    RED and Foxconn want to produce affordable 8K cameras for the general public

    Photo by Jakob Owens

    The head of iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has said that the company is working with RED Digital Cinema to build top quality video cameras at a third of current prices. Speaking at a company party at the weekend, Chairman Terry Gou announced that the two companies are already in talks with the aim of producing cameras:

    …that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes.

    Foxconn assembles over 70% of Apple’s iPhones, which accounts for 50% of its business, but the company wants to diversify into areas with a better profit margin, according to a report from Nikki Asian Review. Its acquisition of Sharp’s semiconductor business will give Foxconn the chance to manufacture critical components for digital cameras and displays, including chip technologies that go into image sensors.

    The company already has a working relationship with RED, and builds and assembles ASIC/front-end LSI circuits for the movie camera maker, according to EOSHD.

    Within a few years we might see this powerful combination challenging Panasonic and Sony for space in the enthusiast-level 8K handheld video camera market. It’s still a ways out, but that would be interesting!

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    “The Narrative Model Used in TV Series Brings Us Back to a Stage That We Long Surpassed in Cinema”: Lucrecia Martel’s Rotterdam Masterclass

    By Giovanni Marchini Camia

    Lucrecia Martel’s Zama was one of the few titles to escape the sweeping critical scorn heaped upon the cinematic year 2017. After getting passed on by Cannes (potentially because one of its producers, Pedro Almodóvar, was president of the jury – though that would only have disqualified it from the main competition) and inexplicably landing an out of competition slot in Venice, the long-anticipated fourth feature by one of today’s most distinguished auteurs was received with Twin Peaks: The Return-levels of enthusiasm in certain quarters. The comparison to Twin Peaks isn’t merely incidental: both are works of staggering confidence and […] → continue…

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    Google strikes deal with Getty, will remove direct image links from search

    Getty Images has announced a licensing deal with Google that resolves a 2016 lawsuit filed by the photo agency against the Internet giant. The lawsuit accused Google of “promoting piracy” by linking to high-resolution copyrighted images without watermarks, enabling anyone to save and use the images without paying the related fee.

    At the heart of the issue was Google Image Search, and how it directly links to high-resolution images found in articles and other online destinations. Because the high-resolution images could be readily found on Google Images, users had little motivation to hunt down the proper image source. This resulted in many “accidental pirates” infringing image copyrights, the lawsuit claims.

    To settle the matter, Getty and Google have jointly announced a new multi-year agreement last week, with Getty’s CEO Dawn Airey explaining that Getty “will license our market leading content to Google, working closely with them to improve attribution of our contributors’ work and thereby growing the ecosystem.” That, unfortunately, is as far as official details go.

    Fortunately, The Verge elaborated on the agreement, reporting that Google will start removing direct links to image URLs and more prominently displaying copyright disclaimer—good news for all photographers and photo agencies, assuming this practice will go beyond images licensed by Getty.

    Getty Images has formally withdrawn its legal complaint against Google.

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    Steve “Scof” Schofield Joins The Mob Museum For Book Signing and Facebook Live Podcast for “Scof on Scof: A Colorful Arrangement of True Crime Stories”

    By HYPE


    On Wednesday, February 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Steve “Scof” Schofield, Co-Founder/Managing Director of Modop Films, will conduct a book signing of “Scof on Scof: A Colorful Arrangement of True Crime Stories,” at The Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The date…

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    Con AKiTiO Node e GPU esterna quanto diventa più veloce un MacBook Pro 13 ?

    By News

    L’ultimo MacOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple supporta ufficialmente anche le schede video esterne (eGPU), installate in box collegati al computer mediante Thunderbolt 3. Il supporto ufficiale per queste connessioni è previsto in primavera, con l’arrivo dell’update a MacOS 10.13.4 vedremo funzionalità specifiche che consentiranno di collegare e scollegare queste schede da un comando sulla barra

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    DPRSplit will help pull more dynamic range from Canon 5D Mark IV Dual Pixel RAW files

    RawDigger and FastRawViewer have released the beta version of an application called DPRSplit, designed for Canon 5D Mark IV owners. With DPRSplit, photographers can input a CR2 file from a Canon 5D Mark IV and then extract a second image from it, one with an exposure value that is about one stop lower than the original CR2 image.

    This utility works only if the camera’s Dual Pixel RAW mode was enabled when the shots were taken.

    Canon explains how this technology works on its website:

    The Dual Pixel sensor’s pixels have a dual photodiode construction. This sensor design means the sensor can receive an A and B signals from the subject and to detect any phase differences between the two signals, allowing them to attain focus as part of the Dual Pixel AF system … During Dual Pixel RAW shooting, a single RAW file saves two images into the file. One image consists of the A+B combined image data and the other only the A image data.

    Photographers benefit from this technology by using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software, which enables users to make “microadjustments” to focus, bokeh shift, and reduce ghosting. However, the software doesn’t enable users to extract both images from the CR2 file separately—that’s where DPRSplit comes in.

    With this utility, photographers get access to that second frame, which has half the light of the composite image. This means that, in essence, the camera is automatically capturing two shots, bracketed by about 1EV.

    Extracted images are saved as DNG files for editing with any software that supports the format, so you can blend the images back together and get about +1EV more usable dynamic range. And since the exposures are captured simultaneously, you don’t have to worry about → continue…

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    Sigma Announces Brand New 14-24mm F2.8 Art Lens

    By Zazil Media Group

    Ronkonkoma, NY

    Sigma Corporation announced the brand new 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art wide aperture zoom lens. In addition to the new Global Vision full-frame lens model, Sigma also announced a new front…

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    Marmoset Launches “Origins”

    By HYPE

    Portland, OR

    Marmoset is a full-service music agency, meticulously curating a roster of rare, vintage, and emerging artists and bands for original scores & soundtracks for every creative need imaginable. To showcase its work by highlighting the creatives and the processes undertaken, Marmoset has…

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