The IMAGO Oslo Digital Cinema Conference

By (Tony Costa)

Report by Ron Johanson ACS OBE

The IMAGO Oslo Digital Cinema Conference took place in Oslo, Norway under the auspices of the Norwegian Society of Cinematographers and the guidance of IMAGO President, Paul Rene Roestad FNF on the 8th, 9th and 10th September at the Norwegian Film Institute and Cinematek in Central Oslo. This particular event was one that I believe the Society can also implement in the future, as it requires minimal set up time as long as the venue and of course funding can be found, as the whole running of the event does centre around the most practical venue.

The Oslo Digital Cinema Conference began with a presentation from London based NSW Branch member, Brett Danton who spoke glowingly about the new Canon C700 and the advantages he found with RAW workflow on a recent TVC for Jaguar shot here in Australia. Brett has agreed to share this presentation with us when he returns Australia in November. I must say that the screen at the NFI was superb and all images were screened at optimum quality for all to see, particularly relevant given IMAGO and the Committee for Creative Technologies are in discussion regarding establishing a grading “Star System” for all cinema screens, at this stage in Europe, but the future does hold promise for our region as well.


Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger spoke enthusiastically about the Panasonic Varicam and the added positive impact it brought to his low light work with the high speed sensor. There is more here at this link:

Alex Forsyth flew from Los Angeles and gave an insightful presentation on ACES.
So, What is ACES? ACES (Academy Color Encoding Systems) is a series → continue…

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The Other Side of Hope – VIFF 2017 Review

By Shane Scott-Travis

Ostensibly the middle film in Aki Kaurismäki’s still in the works Le Havre harbor trilogy (following 2011’s Le Havre), The Other Side of Hope is another eccentric humanist tale from the forever happy-sad Finnish auteur.

Once again achieving the blissful balance between melancholy and mirth, Kaurismäki offers up flapdoodle optimism in this shaggy-dog detour involving a former shirt salesman named Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), now on the outs with his wife but keen on playing a high stakes poker tour, and a Syrian refugee named Khaled (Sherwan Haji), who is desperate to find his missing sister, Miriam (Niroz Haji).

The Other Side of Hope displays some of Kaurismäki at his bittersweet best, though it must be said that a good deal of the film feels a little bit like self-plagiarism. There’s the wry comedy we’ve come to expect from Kaurismäki, to be sure, but with all the cigarette smoke, surfeit strumming guitar, and even an adorable dog, the worst thing you can say about this movie is that we’ve driven down these vodka-splashed streets before.

But is that really such a bad thing when the recognizable route has so many comically dark distractions, stylistic circuits, and unique alternate routes? And mixed amongst the familiar is the director’s quirky yet critical commentary on the present refugee crisis in Europe, and it isn’t all laughable, either.

Khaled spends some time being slapped around and disgraced as the authorities at last determine he is to be sent back to Aleppo––his flight via the Balkan passage and the separation from his sister is all in vain. Until that is, when Khaled, fists swinging, comes into contact with Wikström, who by this time has cashed in his poker winnings and bought a rundown restaurant called the Golden Pint.

The pairing of Wikström and Khaled––together the unalike outsider pairing → continue…

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The 6th Oslo Digital Cinema Conference

By (Tony Costa)

A report by Lars Pettersson FSF

Let it be said once and for all, that the 6th edition of the ODCC was a highly rewarding experience, especially for anyone interested in feature film cinematography, since it boasted no fewer than two masterclasses with high-ranking cinematographers Luciano Tovoli ASC, AIC and Luca Bigazzi AIC. As is their habit, IMAGO and the FNF, under the competent leadership of messieurs Paul René Roestad, FNF, and Rolv Håan, FNF, respectively, put on a well-oiled and excellent three-day conference.

Compared to the conference held two years ago, there has also been a pleasant evolution in terms of equality, in 2015 all speakers were exclusively male, but this time around at least three of the presentations were held by female experts. As is customary, the ODCC is held in the excellent facilities belonging to the Norwegian Film Institute situated on Dronningens Gate in downtown Oslo , just a stone’s throw from the central train station with its direct shuttle to the airport.

The seats in the film Institute’s Cinema are rapidly filled with participants perhaps mainly from Europe, but also from Australia, the US and many other corners of the world. After a short introductory speech from the President of IMAGO, Paul René Roestad, FNF, the conference is off to a flying start with three camera presentations in a row: The Canon C700, the Panasonic Varicam and the brand-new Sony Venice.

British cinematographer Brett Danton recounts his experiences with the Canon C700 while shooting a Range Rover commercial in the remote Australian outback. He emphasizes how quickly you can work with this camera -in only seven hours they managed to shoot two full commercials! The fact that the camera house has built in “cheese plates” both on top and below, means that you can very quickly mount it on, say → continue…

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J.L.Fisher becomes IMAGO Sponsor

By (Tony Costa)

J.L.Fisher becomes IMAGO Sponsor

The long time prestigious grip company J.L. Fisher as joined IMAGO as a new member sponsor.

From its humble beginnings in 1952 between a basement at Jim Fisher’s house, Republic Studios, and a Gasoline/Petrol station in Studio city, J.L. Fisher, Inc. was born.
The company first started making microphone booms and bases and became the industry standard with these products.
In 1963 the first model 8 dolly came out and later around 1967 the model 9 was introduced. The model 9 is still used today on many multi-camera sitcoms.
In 1980 the model 10 dolly was introduced and soon became the industry standard and still is today.
The smaller model 11 dolly rolled out in 1994. The model 11 is very popular in Europe because it’s small size and small radius round steering. This was built into the model 11 from inception.
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