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15 Movie Directors Who Make The Most Visually Stunning Films

By Shane Scott-Travis

So much of what makes cinema so engaging and exciting is the awe-inspiring visuals that they contain. These stirring visuals have captured our imaginations and lit up living rooms, bijous, drive-in, and multiplexes the world over for generations.

Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite filmmakers was no easy charge, and not one we undertook lightly. The assembled list presented here offers up the finest filmmakers of dazzling depth, stirring symmetry, gorgeous framing, and assured grace.

But of course we couldn’t get to them all, and that’s why you’ll find a considerable “honorable mention” section following the list and why we also encourage you to add names of those we overlooked in the comments below. As ever, thanks for reading and enjoy!

15. Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson

A prominent American filmmaker since he first appeared on the scene in 1996 with his debut feature film, Bottle Rocket, Texas-born director Wes Anderson has amassed a very distinctive, idiosyncratic, and singular body of work.

While his critics and detractors may never warm to Anderson’s sweet-tooth cinema spoils and auteur labelling, his colorful and quirky comedy dramas (such as Rushmore [1998], The Royal Tenenbaums [2001], The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou [2004], and Moonrise Kingdom [2012]) have won critical acclaim, endless plaudits, cult status, and deep devotion from fans.

Other films from Anderson include his highly stylized comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), which smartly contrasts that fast-paced and multi-character story with melancholy, dazzling production design, varied film formats (2.35:1, 1.85:1, and the classic 1.33:1), elaborate costumes, and an all-star cast.

And while the Grand Budapest Hotel may well be Anderson’s most exhaustive, integrated and delicious offering to date, it may well be that his stop-motion animated films, The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018) → continue…

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Twarz – Berlinale 2018 Review

By Redmond Bacon

Twarz’s very first images — close-ups of blank faces in the cold — initially give the viewer the impression that we will be in for a serious drama. Then it cuts to establish the setting: these characters are standing outside a Christmas underwear shopping spree that’s just about to start. The lights turn on, the doors open, and people stream in, stripping down to their garters and going crazy over cheap televisions.

This opening scenes quickly establish the tone of the film as a whole — mixing sadness and comedy to approximate something like life itself. For the most part, this genre-blending works, resulting in a symbolically rich, at times hilarious movie about identity, family, Catholicism and relationships.

Twarz (Mug) stars Mateusz Kosciukiewicz as Jacek, a happy-go-lucky young man without much direction in his life. His family tell him as much, imploring him to cut his hair and start acting like a real man. His sister (Agnieszka Podsiadlik) is a little nicer, telling him to run away to London — even if they supposedly don’t like immigrants anymore.

He is happy nonetheless, because he has a sweetheart, the beautiful Dagmara (Malgorzata Gorol), and they plan on getting married together. But while he is working on a grand construction project, he falls dramatically and destroys his face. Thankfully he survives thanks to a face transplant, but this leads to a complete change in how people see him and how he goes about his life.

This change is reflected in the film’s style. While the first act feels chaotic and inspired — with the sense that it could really go anywhere — the second and third acts are much slower and more contemplative, thus deepening the story. Director Malgorzata Szumowska has many personal flourishes that give this film a wacky feel — most notably → continue…

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Fujifilm X-H1 versus X-T2: what does the new camera bring?

Introduction

The Fujifilm X-H1 sits at the top of the company’s APS-C lineup, lifting expectations and capabilities beyond what was offered by the X-T2 that previously held the position.

The price and feature set, as much as Fujifilm’s claims, make clear that it’s an additional model, rather than a replacement. So just what’s changed? What’s been added and who does the new model make sense for?

Video

The X-T2 offers 4K video, but the X-H1 takes things to a different level.

Virtually every aspect of the X-H1’s video feature set is upgraded compared to the X-T2. Thanks to its larger internal volume it can shoot 4K for longer (15 mins compared to 10), and while the two cameras both impose a modest 1.17X crop, the X-H1 boasts a maximum bitrate of 200Mbps and the option to shoot F-Log internally.

The X-H1’s new ‘Eterna’ film simulation preset is intended to provide a quick and easy way to shoot gradeable, wide dynamic range video footage. For the first time, you can apply dynamic range ‘DR’ expansion settings in video mode on the X-H1, too. When combined with the DR400%, setting, footage shot using the Eterna preset, Fujifilm says it should deliver a total of 12EV of dynamic range.

Video

Less obvious improvements, but equally significant to serious videographers include a video-specific shutter speed of 1/48sec, which will give a 360, 180 and 90 degree shutter angle for 24, 30 and 60p footage. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it. But if you do, you’ll appreciate it. Likewise support for time code display, and silent touch operation, which enables exposure control via the rear touch-screen.

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Happy Birthday! E-mount now 8 years old and this was the first “prototype”

By SonyAlpha Admin

E-mount is now 8 years old and the image above shows the first prototype shown on February 24th 2010 by Sony at the CP+ show. Sony wrote: Concept model of an ultra-compact interchangeable lens digital camera system that packs the quality of a DSLR camera in an extraordinarily small body, along with interchangeable lenses Here […]

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Ikan releases the new Pivot 3-axis single handheld gimbal

By Newsshooter

Ikan has released a new handheld gimbal named the Pivot. The Pivot features a design that is becoming more common in handheld gimbals with an angled arm that holds the…

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Ikan releases the new Pivot 3-axis single handheld gimbal

By Newsshooter

Ikan has released a new handheld gimbal named the Pivot. The Pivot features a design that is becoming more common in handheld gimbals with an angled arm that holds the…

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Sigma releases firmware update for the 30mm f/1.4

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sigma issued a firmware update for their new 30mm f/1.4 APS-C E-mount lens: ● Improved AF performance when the “Eye AF” function is selected. ● Improved AF performance in the peripheral areas in the image, when the “Lock on AF” function is selected. ● Improved feeling of the MF operation of the lens. Get the […]

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The 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

By Mary Ann Skweres

20th CDGA Honors Shape of Water, Wonder Woman and I, Tonya The 20th Annual CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) celebrated excellence in film, television, and short form costume design. Actress Gina Rodriguez hosted the star-studded, fabulously attired event at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. […]

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The 54th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards February 24th

By Staff

The 54th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards (CAS), presented by Dolby Labs, recognizing Outstanding Achievements in film and television sound mixing will be held Saturday, Feb. 24th at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Joe Wright, Oscar nominated for Darkest Hour, is to receive the CAS Filmmaker Award this year, and Anna Behlmer will […]

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PGA Now Accepting Applications For 14th Annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop

By Staff

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is proud to announce it’s now accepting applications at www.pgadiversity.org for its 14th annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop. Designed to foster the development of aspiring and seasoned producers bringing their diverse perspectives to television, film, documentary and digital media, for the past thirteen years, the workshop has inspired top […]

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Tiffen announces foot operated gas-lift Steadicam Air monopod

Tiffen has joined the monopod market with the new Steadicam Air line, which uses a gas spring and a foot pedal to help photographers quickly and easily adjust the monopod’s height.

The Steadicam Air is a three-section carbon fibre model that features a foot pedal close to the base that, when pressed, assists in lifting the mounted camera to the desired height. The monopod will come in two configurations to hold either 25lb or 15lb, and are suitable for both still and movie photographers.

Of the three sections, one uses a twist lock that allows the top of the monopod to rotate about 360°, while the other two are spring loaded for lifting the camera. A large rubber foot makes it easy to angle monopod without it slipping across the floor.

Here’s a look at the Steadicam Air in action:

The Steadicam Air-25 is available now for $500, while the Steadicam Air-15 will go on sale “at a later date” with a price of $400. For more information, head over to the Tiffen website.

Press Release

THE TIFFEN COMPANY INTRODUCES THE STEADICAM AIR

A Lightweight Carbon Fiber Pneumatic Monopod for Photographers and Cinematographers

Steadicam, a division of The Tiffen Company and Master Cinematographers teamed up to release the Steadicam Air, a revolutionary monopod that is gas lift activated by a foot pedal for adjustable height.

Setting a new standard, the Steadicam Air brings versatility back to the monopod. With its gas lift spring, the Air makes it easy for professional photographers and cinematographers to raise their heights and never miss a moment. Available in two different configurations, a 25 lb and soon after a 15 lb weight capacity, the Air is the perfect complement for professional image-makers to stabilize and support their equipment.

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Kodak Alaris is bringing back T-Max P3200 high-speed B&W film

Film photographers are celebrating today after news broke that Kodak Alaris will resurrect another popular product: Kodak T-Max P3200 high-speed black-and-white film. After teasing the resurrection on Twitter, a brief press release confirmed the news this morning, revealing that the debut will happen some time next month.

Kodak originally discontinued T-Max P3200 film in October of 2012 due to a severe drop in demand, directing its customers toward the T-Max 400 as an alternative. However, the film photography market has seen an increase in demand over the last few years, and Kodak Alaris is using that demand as proof that products like T-Max P3200 and the soon-to-be-rereleased Ektachrome film deserve another shot.

The ‘rebirth’ of T-Max P3200 began on social media. In a tweet posted yesterday, Kodak shared an image that reads “Are you in the dark?” followed by a series of numbers that total 3200. The combination hinted at the T-Max P3200 film, which Kodak says can be push processed up to ISO 25,000.

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— Kodak Professional (@KodakProFilmBiz) February 23, 2018

Though the company didn’t provide any additional details via that tweet, someone did spot an image shared by Australian film store Ikigai Camera on its Instagram account. The image—which has since been removed, hinting at an ‘accidental’ leak—showed the T-Max P3200 film box alongside the words, “Welcome back March 2018.”

Screenshot from the Kodak Alaris website.

Fortunately, it’s not just teasers and leaks anymore. The company followed up the unofficial news with an official announcement earlier today, saying it will begin shipping the product to US stockhouse dealers and distributors starting in March, followed by other markets “shortly thereafter.”

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Massis, Monstro, Mont Blanc

By FDTimes Contributor by Stéphan Massis, AFC. Translation by Lucy Allwood. Samuel Renollet (RVZ) contacted me in mid-November 2017 for an adventure I couldn’t refuse: head to high altitudes and test the new RED MONSTRO 8K VV camera with SIGMA Cine Lenses. Samuel’s idea was a test shoot with this large sensor camera in difficult conditions, in the high mountains, with a small… read more… → continue…

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Here is the USD Pricing for the EOS M50 & Speedlite 470EX-AI

By Canon Rumors We now know the USD pricing for the upcoming EOS M50, EOS M50 kits and Speedlite 470EX-AI. We figured we’d let you know just in case you wanted to save some extra pennies this weekend for a preorder. Canon EOS M50 Body (Black) $779 Canon EOS M50 (Black) w/EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM $899 Canon … → continue…

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Ex-Lexar execs have launched a new memory card company, here’s why you should care

ProGrade Digital is a brand new memory card brand founded by former executives of memory maker Lexar.

In June 2017 parent company Micron unexpectedly announced the end of Lexar, but the brand was shortly after acquired by Chinese company Longsys. Now, a group of former executives from both managerial and technical backgrounds has teamed up to produce and market high-quality memory cards, directly competing with Lexar itself and other high-profile storage brands, such as SanDisk.

Initially the new company will offer two lines of cards: The CFast 2.0 cards will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities for $230, $350, and $700, respectively, and offer transfer speeds up to 550MB/sec. The UHS-II SD-card line comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities for $55, $95, and $190, respectively, delivering speeds of up to 200MB/sec.

ProGrade says the controllers in all cards are optimized for use in professional cameras, and will each be tested from component-level down to individual memory chips before leaving the factory. Add a three year warranty into the mix, and the new cards look like an enticing alternative to the established brands for photographers who demand maximum reliability.

The brand was officially announced last week, but rather than simply cover the news, we decided to send ProGrade a few questions instead. Specifically, we wanted to know what sets the brand apart, how they expect to compete with the big guys, and why they started the company in the first place.

Mark Lewis, Vice President Marketing for ProGrade Digital, was kind enough to answer these questions:

Do we really need another memory card company?

Yes. With Micron’s sale of the Lexar brand and Western Digital’s purchase of SanDisk, there seems to be a shift in market → continue…

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