7 Reasons Why Paul Thomas Anderson Should Win Best Director Oscar This Year

By Andreas Babiolakis

2017 kept its greatest work toward the end of the year. This went as expected; many producers and studios try to get their most proud work recognized during the awards season. One film that definitely made an impact was the secretive “Phantom Thread” by Paul Thomas Anderson. All we knew about the film was that it is apparently the last performance of Daniel Day-Lewis’s brilliant career.

Otherwise, we didn’t get a single piece of promotional material until the winter release date was looming over our heads; it was almost as if the film wouldn’t arrive at all. This isn’t unusual for Anderson, who has hidden behind the spotlight of other films while “The Master” seeped into the forefront from out of nowhere.

“Phantom Thread” worked the same way. This works because we have come to expect great things from the Californian director, whose canon is possibly one of the most solid you can find today (“Hard Eight,” “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood,” The Master” and “Inherent Vice”). That isn’t an unranked top 10 list. I simply spewed out the films he made in order, and the quality from all of the above says enough that it could be mistaken for either.

When it comes to “Phantom Thread,” whose lush qualities have the cinematic world in a stranglehold, it is a typical day at the office for PTA. In terms of how it sits in the scope of 2017’s films, it certainly is one of the best of the year. When you look at Anderson’s directorial work on the film, it is actually difficult to argue against the notion that it may possibly be the best direction in a film from 2017.

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New Lumix GX9 from Panasonic aims to be the perfect street photography camera

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Adrian Pennington)

New Lumix GX9 from Panasonic aims to be the perfect street photography camera

The new Lumix GX9 from Panasonic looks set to build on the success of its compact camera range with much improved stabilisation, 4K photo mode and much more.

Panasonic has introduced a new compact in its Lumix range targeting wannabe paparazzi and discrete street photographers. Given a sleek profile the DC-GX9 is rigged with features for run and gun reportage including a view finder that tilts up 80-degrees offering an extraordinary shooting style.

Retailing at £699 body only from next month, the Lumix DC-GX9 houses a 20.3 megapixel sensor, the same as in the flagship G9, and its 4K video prowess is rated at 3840×2160 in 25p or 24p in MP4.

Standout features

However, what marks the camera out is the viewfinder that tilts up 80-degrees and makes for surreptitious photography by enabling you to hold the camera down around the hips and still see more or less what you’re shooting.

This version of the Live View Finder (LVF) has an eye sensor AF which starts auto focusing as soon as it’s in use “to ensure no shooting opportunity is missed”.

The LVF boasts a 2760,000-dot equivalent resolution, “almost” 100 per cent colour reproduction, 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1.39x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) magnification and 100 per cent field of view.

To save power, the camera will automatically enter sleep mode after detecting the eye is off the LVF’s eye sensor at a designated time. Panasonic claim approximately 900 images per battery charge is achieved with this power-saving function.

It comes with a 3-inch touch screen monitor too of course and this also tilts up 80-degrees and down by 45-degrees, which should make shooting in either high or low angles easier. With a 1240,000-dot resolution this monitor allows you to check composition on screen even in total darkness by boosting the sensitivity.

Autofocus and 5 axis stabiliser

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Theatre Journalist Mark Blankenship Joins AKA NYC’s Digital Content Team

By Artisans PR


Entertainment marketing agency AKA NYC has appointed Mark Blankenship to the newly-created post of Integrated Content and Community Director. Blankenship joins the agency’s team of digital experts and will utilize his unique skills and experience to foster high-level ideation and the delivery of…

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From:: Shoot OnLine

Fujifilm Imaging Solutions posts excellent financial results

Fujifilm Holdings has posted its financial results for the third quarter of the 2017 fiscal year, and it’s all good news for the Imaging Solutions division. The segment recorded a revenue of 297.7 billion yen (approximately $2.77 billion USD), a bump of 15.6% year-on-year. Imaging Solution operating income totaled 50.0 billion yen (approximately $465 million USD), up 76.1% over the same period during the previous year.

In its earnings presentation, Fujifilm says that the increase in revenue is based on strong sales of the mirrorless digital camera X Series, including the X-E3, X-T20 and X100F models, and the mirrorless medium-format camera GFX 50S and corresponding lenses. Sales were also increased in the optical device business, largely due to strong sales of various industrial-use lenses, used for example in vehicle cameras or projectors.

Additionally, Fujifilm’s presentation mentions the launch of the new MK series of lenses, which are designed for cinema cameras and targeted at the growing area of video creation for online purposes.

If you want to dive into more detail, you can find all the report documents, including a video of the presentation, on the Fujifilm Holdings website. But long story short: Fujifilm’s Imaging Solutions division seems to be doing very well.

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Cinematographer Jerry Henry Relies on Hawk-Woods’ Sticky Battery To Power Gear

By Artisans PR

Ashford, Kent, UK

Newly available in the United States through Manios Digital & Film, the Hawk-Woods Sticky Battery packs a big punch in a small package. Fitting comfortably in the palm of a hand, the battery comes in two versions, 38Wh and 75Wh, and is capable of powering cameras, lights, rigs and other gear…

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Sohonet Heads to the Desert for HPA Tech Retreat 2018

By ignite strategic communications


Sohonet, the global experts in connectivity and media services, has unveiled its plans for the HPA Tech Retreat, including participation in a panel during the Supersession and in demonstrations in the Innovation Zone. The 23rd Annual HPA Tech Retreat will be held in Palm Springs (…

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Science photography award goes to image of a single trapped atom

Single Atom in an Ion Trap | Photo by David Nadlinger/University of Oxford/EPSRC/PA

A photo of a single trapped atom has won the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council‘s (EPSRC) science photography contest. The image, which is titled “Single Atom in an Ion Trap,” was taken by David Nadlinger of the University of Oxford. Showcased in the image is single positively-charged strontium atom trapped by electric fields produced by metal electrodes.

You have to zoom in to really see it, but even that is incredible when you really wrap your mind around what you’re looking at. Here’s a closer crop:

This closer crop better shows the glowing strontium atom, trapped by electric fields produced by electrodes in the vacuum chamber.

According to the EPSRC, the image is a long exposure that was taken through an ultra-high vacuum chamber’s window. A blue-violet laser was used to illuminate the atom, which absorbed light particles and then re-emitted them. That process produces enough light that a regular camera can photograph the atom if a long exposure is used.

Photographer and overall EPSRC contest winner David Nadlinger discussed the idea behind the image:

The idea of being able to see a single atom with the naked eye had struck me as a wonderfully direct and visceral bridge between the minuscule quantum world and our macroscopic reality. A back-of-the-envelope calculation showed the numbers to be on my side, and when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot.

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Lightroom Classic 7.2: Major performance boost, new features, and more

Lightroom Classic 7.2—the performance boosted version of Lightroom DPReview got to test for ourselves at the end of January—has finally arrived! And with it come numerous performance improvements, better support for Intel hardware, a fix for speed issues experienced by some users, and some new features to boot.

Additionally, Adobe has also updated the new cloud-based Lightroom CC ecosystem for both desktop and mobile operating systems. Let’s take them one at a time.

Lightroom Classic Performance Boost

The company explains that it has worked with Intel to improve performance scaling on computers that have multiple cores and at least 12GB of RAM, and as we showed in January, the result is much faster importing and preview generation, and improved speed for things like adjustments rendering in Develop, HDR/Panos rendering, and more.

“One key attribute of the enhancements is that they scale appropriately with a customer’s investment in hardware,” says Adobe. Users who invest in newer, more powerful hardware will see more performance improvements, particularly if the system has at least 12GB of memory. This time around, Adobe says it focused on batch processing improvements (how efficiently system resources are used and batch tasks are completed), but the company will also focus on Interactive (interface response speed) needs in the near future.

Some users had experienced problems with Lightroom Classic slowing down over time, an issue Adobe says it has fixed “in most cases,” though it is possible some users will still experience this issue.

Lightroom Classic Feature Enhancements

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Canon U.S.A., Inc. Named One of the 2018 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute

By Canon Rumors MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2018 – As a testament to the company’s strong standing as a good corporate citizen and its proactive approach to corporate social responsibility initiatives, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has been recognized as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining … → continue…

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Schneider True-Streak Rainbow Filter For The Anamorphic Look

By Tim Fok

Schneider has announced a new filter called the True-Streak Rainbow. Just like the current True-Streak line, this type of in-camera filtration is designed to mimic anamorphic lens flares, this time a blend of eight ‘brilliant’ colours.

Mimicking is something of the norm in filmmaking – digital to film, small budget to big, spherical to anamorphic.

A while back, Schneider announced a set of coloured streak filters (aptly named True-Streak) that helped filmmakers with the latter imitation – a filter that added a coloured horizontal streak to blooming areas of your image; similar to the way an anamorphic lens flares.

The True-Streak line was, and still is, available in a variety of colours. This new one however, has them all.

The True-Streak Rainbow filter is about as self-explanatory as it gets – a streak filter with an array of eight coloured strips across the surface.

How does a Streak filter work? Easy:

“Rainbow Streaks are made with a colored interlayer sandwiched and sealed between two sheets of crystal-clear SCHOTT water-white glass to maintain consistency and durability”

The results are interesting – I can certainly see a time and place where you’d want a bit more pezaze in your shot.

Why in-camera, why not Post?

There are always advantages of doing things in-camera. In post, you are dealing with a flat plain, any effects like this happen across the board. In contrast to in-camera, that deals in real 3D space; in-camera effects like this can be controlled to background/foreground much more easily.

The Anamorphic Look

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Rent your own gear with Motiontribe

By wpadmin

Intro by Philip Bloom: I have a lot of gear as many of you know and a lot of it isn’t used anywhere near enough. I tend to sell things if I haven’t used them for 18 months but some stuff I am too attached to and always think “I will use it one day […]

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FedEx is Now B&H Photo’s New Primary Customer Delivery Partner

By Canon Rumors From B&H Photo: Effective Immediately: FedEx is now B&H’s new primary customer delivery partner. After many years with UPS, we decided that FedEx is the best-positioned carrier to provide the highest level of service possible for our customers. As everyone knows, customer experience is paramount at B&H. Delivery service has been a major challenge, and we believe we can do better … → continue…

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Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 Released, Performance Boost The Big News

By Canon Rumors Adobe has finally released Lightroom Classic CC 7.2, which promises boosts in performance. You can update to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 right now. From Adobe: Performance Improvements In the past, many users have reported that Lightroom becomes slower after a prolonged usage. This issue should have been fixed with this version. Also, resource-intensive activities, such as … → continue…

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Inexplicable Traces: On the Beautiful Epiphanies of Mark Pellington’s Nostalgia

By Larry Gross

Mark Pellington, along with David Fincher and Mark Romanek, began his filmmaking career in what might be called MTV’s heroic age. After a series of music videos, which included Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy,” U2’s “One” and R.E.M.’s “Drive,” he made two skillful, flashy, mid-sized star-driven studio thrillers — Arlington Road and Mothman Chronicles. Over the last ten years, a succession of his indie films have all dealt in sometimes comic, sometimes melodramatic terms with people trying to manage death. Alex Ross Perry, perhaps at one point associated with the mumblecore movement, whatever that exactly was, has for the last eight years, […] → continue…

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The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of Berlinale 2018

By Redmond Bacon

It’s nearly that time of the year again, when the whole movie world descends upon the German capital of Berlin to watch hundreds of films, cut deals and party. It may be the coldest time of the year for a festival in the grey city, but that won’t stop thousands of people from attending.

With over 400 films expected to be screened at the festival, it is hard to say which one will prove the favourite with critics — the average critic only able to see about around ten to twenty percent of films available. That’s why we have created this list to help show you what films we think are worth looking out for.

There are a great crop of auteur filmmakers showing films at the festival, with Wes Anderson, Hong Sang-soo, Lav Diaz and Steven Soderbergh all screening their latest works.

In addition, there are intriguing first-time films spanning any genre you can think of across the Competition, Forum and Panaroma categories. Read on for the essential films to watch at Berlinale, including some that may even be featuring in contention at next year’s Oscars!

1. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)

The latest film from Wes Anderson is opening the Competition and is probably the most anticipated film of the entire festival. Returning to the stop-motion animation techniques that made Fantastic Mr Fox such a success, The Isle of Dogs boasts an all-star cast of Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and many, many more.

Set in Japan, and telling the story of a boy looking for his dog, this delightful-looking tale is going to be a tribute to the films of Akira Kurosawa. Probably the odds-on favourite to win the Golden Bear.

2. Grass (Hong Sang-soo)

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