Why You Should Never Forget Your Failures

By philcooke

The 1983 college basketball season was over. Duke University had just been clobbered by 43 points in the ACC tournament. Everything about the Duke basketball program was a disaster and many people thought young coach Mike Krzyzewski was at the end of his short career as a coach. In the book “Herding Tigers,” Todd Henry […] → continue…

From:: Phil Coke

Top 10 Failed Oscar-Bait Movies of 2017

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

There used to be a time when you could spot a Best Picture nominee from a mile off. Big studios, big names and big dramas were usually a shoe in, and yet in recent years the Academy’s nominations have been far harder to predict.

Last year a low budget independent drama took home the big prize. And so it looks as though the Academy is diversifying, and it may well be time for the studios to reconsider their big bets.

With that in mind there are an excess of films that didn’t meet the expectations of their initial hype and failed to catch the attention of the Academy. Whether they didn’t meet the mark critically, financially or just didn’t capture the voters’ imaginations, the following films had all the makings of an Oscar nominee but just didn’t gain the all-important nomination.

10. Last Flag Flying (Directed by Richard Linklater)

Larry, Sal and Richard served together in the Vietnam War. Thirty years later they come together again, but this time it is to bury the son of Larry – a young Marine who has been killed in Iraq. The three friends decide to take the casket on a road trip along the coast to New Hampshire, where they relive their memories of fighting together and reminisce on the war that continues to shape their lives.

Last Flag Flying is based upon Darryl Ponicsan’s novel of the same name, and he and director Richard Linklater wrote the screenplay for the film together. Academy Award nominees Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston were cast and there were expectations that between the strong casting, Linklater’s vision and the film’s current subject matter, Last Flag Flying would catch the attention of the Academy. The film had its premiere at the 2017 New York → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Sigma’s ultra wide angle Art lens with “zero distortion”

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Simon Wyndham)

The new SIGMA 14-24mm wide angle lens could be a worthy addition to any professional still photographers bag of tricks

For those who are after the ultimate in stills optics, Sigma has just announced a new 14-24mm addition to the Art lens lineup that makes claim to have almost zero distortion.

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    From:: RedShark News

    Producer Scott Niemeyer Gets Green Light To Open New Orleans Studio

    By Paul Tenebrini

    Well-known film producer, Scott Niemeyer, has been attempting to open a studio in the New Orleans area for about four years and faced many hurdles as the Legislature shrank its original tax incentives, which caused potential investors in his studio to grow wary. But the producer persisted, with support from people who saw promise in the […]

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    From:: BLT News

    Who’s Filming in Louisiana? From Tom Hanks to Motley Crue.

    By Paul Tenebrini

    The new year is off to a promising start for the local film industry, with a number of high-profile projects setting up to shoot in New Orleans and surrounding areas in the first quarter of 2018. http://www.nola.com/movies/ index.ssf/2018/01/whos_filming_in_louisiana_from.html

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    From:: BLT News

    Production News Weekly February 14, 2018

    By Paul Tenebrini

    Louisiana Production Is On The Rise. Another good week with many new productions in our listings and it’s continuing to look like another strong year. One of the things I have noticed this week are the number of new film and television productions in New Orleans. Spending on film and television productions in Louisiana rebounded […]

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    From:: BLT News

    DJI Master Wheels – Cinematic control for the Ronin 2, Ronin-S and Inspire 2

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    The DJI Master Wheels are a high-end cinematic control system for the Ronin 2, Inspire 2, and upcoming Ronin-S. You may have never seen hand wheels in this age of remote controllers…

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    From:: News Shooter

    Dalet Galaxy Federates IMF Interoperability Showcase at 2018 HPA Tech Retreat

    By Zazil Media Group


    Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase concrete IMF production and delivery workflows at the 2018 Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat’s Innovation Zone. The special HPA showcase organized by the worldwide IMF User…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    LG will introduce a powerful new camera AI for the V30 smartphone at MWC

    LG won’t unveil the successor to the G6 at MWC in the final week of February; instead, the new device will be launched at a stand-alone event at a later point in time. However, there will still be some interesting news for mobile photographers from LG at the trade show. Namely, the Korean manufacturer will introduce a suite of AI technologies for its smartphones, with the 2018 version of the flagship V30 being the first device to feature the new tech.

    LG’s objective for the new system was to deliver a “unique and more intuitive user experience”, focusing on the camera technology and voice recognition.

    “As we communicated last month at CES, the future for LG lies in AI, not just hardware specs and processing speeds,” said Ha Jeung-uk, senior vice president and business unit leader for LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Creating smarter smartphones will be our focus going forward and we are confident that consumers will appreciate the advanced user experience with the enhanced V30 that many have been asking and waiting for.”

    The Vision AI component puts the focus on camera usability and performance. It automatically analyzes objects and recommends the best suited out of the following shooting modes:

    • Portrait
    • Food
    • Pet
    • Landscape
    • City
    • Flower
    • Sunrise
    • Sunset

    In addition to any detected objects in the frame, the system takes into account the angle of view, color, reflections, backlighting, and saturation levels in order to pick the best mode. For example, framing a plate of pasta will result in food mode being triggered. The final image result will show warmer colors and increased levels of sharpening for a pleasing visual presentation of your lunch.

    A new low-light shooting mode, also on board, automatically brightens images in dim environments by a factor of two.

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    From:: DPreview

    Here’s Why Canon Doesn’t Need to Innovate, But it Does.

    By Canon Rumors Fstoppers has posted an article on why Canon does not need to innovate that will strike a cord in some people. I used to be a bit of an apologist when it came to Canon camera innovation, believing that Canon cameras were a sum of all their parts, and not just about a fancy specification … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    After the Credits: Fifty Shades Freed

    By Film School Rejects This week on After the Credits, Matthew is joined by Mashable author Angie Han to discuss Fifty Shades Freed, the third and final installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy. Will Anastasia and Christian get their happily ever after? Will jealousy and possessiveness tear the two of them apart? Hell, will they have even the most rudimentary pre-marriage conversations about children and last names? SPOILER ALERT: the answers are yes, no, and no, respectively. → continue…

    From:: Sound Cloud

    US intelligence agencies warn against purchasing Huawei smartphones

    Directors from six US intelligence agencies, including the CIA, FBI, and NSA, have told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they wouldn’t recommend Americans use Huawei services or products, according to CNBC.

    FBI Director Chris Wray explained to the Committee:

    We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks. That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.

    This saga actually began in 2012, when the Chinese tech company was the subject of a national security investigation by US government officials who worried that its products may pose a cybersecurity risk. Huawei publicly dismissed the concerns, though the final investigative report alleged the Chinese company wasn’t fully cooperative with investigators. Australian government officials had expressed similar concerns at the time.

    Huawei has consistently denied claims that its products and services may be compromised by the Chinese government. These concerns, however, have persisted to varying degrees over the years, and recently came to a head when AT&T abandoned plans to offer the Huawei Mate 10 phone in its stores.

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro went up for pre-order in the United States earlier this month.

    Sources speaking to Reuters last month claimed that US lawmakers pressured AT&T into cutting commercial ties with Huawei over national security concerns, and that included asking AT&T to stop offering Huawei phones through its Cricket subsidiary. Bloomberg reported similar issues related to Verizon’s abandoned plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10.

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    From:: DPreview

    Skydio R1 4K camera drone boasts game-changing autonomous tech

    California-based company Skydio has announced the R1, a drone described as a “self-flying camera” that autonomously follows and records a subject. Unlike some competing models, R1 was built specifically for autonomous flight; it is able to fly itself at up to 25mph / 40kph while maneuvering around obstacles thanks in part to Skydio’s Autonomy Engine.

    While many drones depend on GPS for autonomous flight, Skydio’s R1 is different—it features 13 cameras that work with the Autonomy Engine to perceive and map the world around the UAV. Skydio packed an NVIDIA Jetson AI supercomputer into R1, and the little drone is using it to power intelligent features like real-time movement planning and complex environment navigation.

    Here’s a quick intro video that explains how it’s all done:

    Users launch the drone in either Side, Follow, or Orbit modes using the companion mobile app. No manual operation is necessary, and in fact, Skydio claims that users can move through complex environments, such as dense woods, without interrupting the R1’s tracking and recording abilities. Skydio goes so far as to claim R1 is “the most advanced autonomous device—of any kind—available today.”

    Skydio goes so far as to claim R1 is “the most advanced autonomous device—of any kind—available today.”

    The R1, which is small enough to fit in a backpack, is made with carbon fiber and lightweight aluminum. The drone’s primary camera can record subjects at Full HD/30/60fps and 4K/30fps with a 150-degree FOV. The primary camera is isolated from vibrations, stabilized with a 3-axis gimbal, and joined by 64GB of onboard storage. The remaining 12 cameras provide omnidirectional vision for navigation.

    Skydio R1 is available now in the United States and Canada through the company’s website for $2,500 USD. Buyers are currently limited to one unit → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    DoPchoice Lantern Snapbag Introduced

    By Jakub Han

    DoPchoice Lantern Snapbag is a newly introduced light softener which is compatible with a variety of LED light panels through the “rabbit ears” mounting system. It is available now and will be on display at NAB.

    DoPchoice Lantern Snapbag

    German company DoPchoice specializes in producing light softeners and grids for LED light panels. They are now introducing another product in their line of lighting softeners called Snapbag – the Lantern Snapbag. It is a lantern-type soft box which can be used with a variety of LED lighting fixtures and sizes. It even allows users to change the depth of the sphere – it can be fully expanded like a traditional lantern or contracted shallower for use in tighter spots.

    When hung overhead or on a boom from above, the three-foot (100cm) diameter Lantern creates a large soft source to use as a space light. In low ceiling applications the depth of the Lantern can be reduced to keep it out of the shot. As a soft key light, the circular Lantern provides a pleasant round eye reflection.

    Mounting the DoPchoice lantern snapbag to different light panels should be easy with company’s “rabbit ears” mounting system which is sold separately though. According to DoPchoice mounting process with their system is easy and quick. Take a look at a short informative product demonstration video from DoPchoice:

    DoPchoice Mini and Rectangular Rabbit-Ears models fit a wide variety of LED light fixture makers, including ARRI, BB&S Lighting, Cineo, Creamsource, Kino Flo, Litepanels, Lupo and Velvet. For the full list of supported light panels visit the product page on DoPchoice website.

    As an accessory for the DoPchoice Lantern there is customized Lantern Skirt that cuts spillage and enhances creative light directing. Thanks to 4 zip-up sides users can focus output → continue…

    From:: Cinema 5d

    Marvel Ignored #BlackPantherChallenge, But the Founder Says It Proves the System Needs Disruption

    By Chris O’Falt Frederick Joseph breaks down how he built the grassroots effort to send kids to see “Black Panther” by harnessing the power to amplify unrepresented voices. → continue…

    From:: Indie WIRE Filmmaker Toolkit