By Marc Swadel – NZCS Committee member and ACS cinematographer member
It was midday on a cold February when I arrived at the Battersea Evolution Events Centre, clutching my invitation to the British Society of Cinematographers or BSC Expo opening luncheon. Film industry overload greeted me. The Techno Crane and Panavision Scorpio rig were duelling outside, while in the main hall there was the sheer crush of numbers, created by the intensity and the noise of hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of punters.
Marc Swadel, Peter Hannan, Nigel Walters
New Camera Unveiled
At the BSC luncheon, ARRI unveiled their newest camera – the new Alexa LF (large format) camera with 4.5K sensor size midway between the Alexa SXT sensor and the Alexa 65.
I had a talk with Stephan Shenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik, about the camera. Stephan called it Netflix ready, thanks to it being a true 4K camera, and told me it has its own new lens mount – the LPL mount which is 62 mm in diameter and 44 mm in flange focal depth.
ARRI are also releasing their own brand of large format lenses for this mount called the Signature Primes. I had a look at the 24 and 35 mm f1.8 lenses – they were fantastic, and light too.
The wider, deeper neck of the LPL mount gives the ability to place filters at the rear of the lens, in front of the sensor. ARRI also offers a LPL to PL adapter – so regular PL mount lenses can also be used. The sensor is 36.7 mm x 25.54 mm which is significantly larger than super 35 so to use PL lenses for an UHD shoot you can either crop the frame in post, or use a couple of → continue…
From:: Imago News
Russell Carpenter was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award while the ASC’s Dean Semler presented Producer/Director/Actor Angelina Jolie with the Board of Governors Awards on Feb. 17, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The 2018 Winners List includes: Theatrical Release Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Blade Runner 2049 Spotlight Award Mart […]
From:: BLT News
Martin Hammond was a remarkable human being to whom film makers of all ages owe a debt of gratitude. The kindness, courtesy and dedication with which he conducted his life had been nurtured by his earlier years working for his benevolent extended family of Kodak. He became a company man with a work ethic to match. Following early retirement, he determined to continue utilizing his contacts and energy for the benefit of the wider film industry.
His death after a terrible car accident on the M4 has impacted the many institutions, companies and friends to whom he had dedicated his time and energy following retirement. The initial sadness and shock at this tragedy has given way to universal grief at the loss. This has been followed by countless tributes from Britain and abroad. Martin could truly be described as a facilitator with a habit of turning up almost anywhere, from his beloved Jackson Hole in Wyoming to Wildscreen in Bristol, from Camerimage to Hay on Wye. He had an insatiable love of the industry, life and people.
The Guild of Camera Technicians and the BSC were two of many such organisations to benefit from his determination and dedication. His energy matched his friendship for everyone his path crossed. He genuinely took pleasure in helping others. He was a Friend of the BSC, honorary member of the GBCT, always cheerful and willing to help anyone. His journey in self-fulfilment had been challenging and dedicated since being sent in the late 1980’s to sell video stock to the BBC in Ealing Studios. He grasped the opportunities ahead. All whom he touched on that sadly curtailed journey have benefited.
Thank you, Martin, you have more than earned your place in our gratitude and love.
From:: Imago News
By Tim Fok
ARRI has used BSC Expo in London to announce their venture into true 4K acquisition. The ALEXA LF is a new large-format system with new LPL lens mount.
It’s been some time coming, but finally ARRI has “ true 4K” (not up scaled from 3.4K) camera in its arsenal.
Whilst this article ducks under the lifting embargo barrier, I’m headed to BSC to get an interview with ARRI, so we’ll have a bit more hands-on info imminently.
ARRI LF with 4.5K Resolution
The ALEXA LF resolves a 4448 X 3096 image, like previous ARRI camera systems it will record to a selection of Apple ProRes flavours and unencrypted ARRIRAW, but up to 150fps (50fps slower than the likes of the Alexa Mini).
“Featuring a sensor slightly bigger than full frame, ALEXA LF records native 4K with ARRI’s best overall image quality. Filmmakers can explore a large-format aesthetic while retaining the sensor’s natural colorimetry, pleasing skin tones and proven suitability for HDR and WCG workflows.”
One of the main talking points will be the brand new lens mount – LPL. ARRI have implemented this to supposedly offer full frame lenses in a smaller and lightweight form factor, due to the wider diameter and shorter flange distance.
Not to worry however, the lens mounts is backwards compatible to PL. You’ll be able to purchase a LPL to PL adaptor that will accept all PL lenses including puny super35mm (there will likely be some sort of image crop applied).
ARRI Signature Prime Lenses
Alongside the new ARRI LF is a new set of full frame lenses. 16 of them ranging from 12 to 280mm at a tasty T1.8.
4 will be initially announced (35mm, 47mm, 75mm and 125mm) and will ship early June 2018. The camera itself should ship end of March.
IMAGO would like to congratulate all cinematographers for their nominations for the next Academy Awards for Best cinematography. The year of 2017 registers an historical mark by nominating for the very first time a female cinematographer Rachel Morrison ASC for her work in “Mudbound». The other three nominations include IMAGO members, from the Netherlands Hoyte Van Hoytema, ASC, FSF, NSC for “Dunkirk”, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for “Blade runner 2049” and Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF for “The Shape of Water”. Another curiosity is the fact that none of these nominated cinematographers have yet not got an academy award. Two of them are already nominated for a few times, like Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC nominated for the 5th time this year for “Darkest Hour” and Roger Deakins BSC ASC who is nominated for the 14th time. Is it this year for Roger? No matter who gets the statuette IMAGO would like to congratulate these talented cinematographers for their outstanding work.
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for “Blade runner 2049”
Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for “Darkest Hour”
Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF for “The Shape of Water”
Rachel Morrison, ASC for “Mudbound”
Hoyte Van Hoytema, ASC, FSF, NSC for “Dunkirk”
|Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for “Blade runner 2049”|
|Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF for “The Shape of Water”|
|Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for “Darkest Hour”|
|Hoyte Van Hoytema, ASC, FSF, NSC for “Dunkirk”|
|Rachel Morrison, ASC for “Mudbound”|
From:: Imago News