16 Films to Anticipate at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival gets underway today and with it a rush of premiering Oscar-preening specialty titles as well as festival favorites traveling from Cannes, Venice and Telluride. And, yes, anyone attending TIFF this year should have films like Trey Shults’s Waves, Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems, Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Kasi Lemmons’s Harriet and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out on their must-see list. But at Filmmaker our recommendations stray from the Galas and Special Presentations to the other sections, where films that might not be hitting the multiplex in just a few months are […]

“Jay Myself” Is An Insightful Film About Photographer Jay Maisel by Stephen Wilkes

I recently watched Jay Myself, a documentary film about the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 35,000 square-foot, 100-year- old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Sold for over 50 million dollars, it was the largest private real estate deal in the history of New York City.

Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Maisel’s life as an artist, mentor and man; a man grappling with time, life, change and the end of an era in New York City.

Part of what’s so fantastic about the film is how the building itself serves as a vehicle to get to know the artist. Maisel sees beauty everywhere he goes: not only through his camera lens, but in everyday objects. Each room in the building is home to various items he’s been collecting throughout his lifetime, providing viewers with tangible evidence of what inspires an individual that sees the world as a playground of inspiration. So copious are his collections, it takes him six months to pack up and a bill of approximately $200,000 to transport the 35 truck loads.

The filmmaking decisions Wilkes makes also gives the documentary a unique edge. The film is about Maisel, but it’s told via his relationship with the filmmaker. Watching the documentary, viewers are privy not only to their close relationship, but Wilkes’ process and thoughts as he makes the film. He includes footage of conversations he and Maisel have about what the film will entail, as well as clips that feel like behind-the-scenes footage most filmmakers relegate to supplementary extras.

Jay Myself opened at Film Forum in New York City July 31, 2019. Make sure to stay for the post-credit audio.


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NVIDIA’s new Studio Driver for DaVinci Resolve 16 and Cinema 4D R21

NVIDIA’s new Studio Driver for DaVinciResolve and Cinema 4D

NVIDIA announced  the availability of its new Studio Driver, to optimize performance for Cinema 4D R21, Unreal Engine 4.23 and other top creative apps.

NVIDIA Studio Drivers provide artists, creators and 3D developers the best performance and reliability when working with creative applications. To achieve the highest level of reliability, Studio Drivers undergo extensive testing against multi-app creator workflows and multiple revisions of the top creative applications from Adobe to Autodesk and beyond.

As part of the NVIDIA Notebook Driver Program, this is a reference driver that can be installed on supported NVIDIA notebook GPUs. However, users should be aware that notebook’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) provides certified drivers for each specific notebook on their website. NVIDIA recommends that those interested in trying the Studio Driver check with their notebook OEM about recommended software updates for that specific notebook, as OEMs may not provide technical support for issues that arise from the use of this driver.

Cinema 4D R21 and Redshift

The Studio Driver is compatible with GeForce RTX 20 Series (Notebooks) using the GeForce RTX 2080, GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce GTX 16 Series (Notebooks) using the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce 10 Series (Notebooks) using the GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 graphics cards. Consult the download page and the release notes for more information.

The Studio driver now released optimizes performance for Cinema 4D R21 and other top creative apps. It also offers improved support for recent updates to Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.4, Adobe Substance Designer 2019.2, the full release of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.0, and the just released Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.23.

Released this week, as ProVideo Coalition mentioned earlier, Cinema 4D R21 brings new capabilities besides workflow and core improvements. The app also supports a new materials system, which simplifies selection of materials available within any supported 3D renderer, such as Redshift. Redshift is a GPU-accelerated renderer that uses NVIDIA CUDA and OptiX for denoising and in a future release, will add OptiX support for RTX ray tracing.

DaVinci Resolve 16 and Unreal 4.23

The latest Unreal Engine 4.23 update also expands its set of features, with RTX users getting ray tracing improvements, while Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 makes use of several NVIDIA AI libraries, and the Tensor Cores found on the latest NVIDIA RTX GPUs, to accelerate inferencing. RTX-powered AI features include:

  • Speed Warp, which interpolates frames when changing the playback speed of videos resulting in smooth slow-motion with fewer artifacts
  • Super Scale, to increase footage resolution by up to 4x
  • Auto color and shot matching to accelerate the color grading workflow
  • Facial recognition for automatic tagging of clips for smart bins and tracking of facial features easy feature refinement
  • Stylize for creating artistic looks on video footage

“DaVinci Resolve 16 Studio uses the latest multiple GPU innovations for AI and deep learning,” said Dan May, Blackmagic Design’s USA president. “With the new DaVinci Neural Engine using NVIDIA CUDA 10 and TensorFlow acceleration, our tests show a better than 2x performance increase over previous NVIDIA GPUs. These same GPUs are also used for decoding and debayering Blackmagic RAW images which makes them an attractive investment.”

Adobe Substance Designer and Adobe Lightroom Classic also use the power of NVIDIAs RTX GPUs to speed up workflows.

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What It’s Like to Be a Female DP for Network TV [Interview]

Alison Kelly gives us a peek into her rarified world, and how we can get there.

From SkyPanels on gimbals to pointing an Angenieux 24-290 at Eva Longoria, shooting for television can be a pretty sweet deal. At least it has been for Alison Kelly, who just shot ABC’s Grand Hotel and sat down to speak with us from the set of Disney’s Diary of a Female President.

Starting off like every other Tom, Dick, and Harriet: At the bottom

Kelly didn’t start off with any contacts to anyone on a network show. In fact, having grown up in the Midwest, Kelly was as removed from the film industry as you get. She hadn’t even heard there was a job called cinematographer until the end of school. But when she first heard about the field, it was electric. “A light bulb went off in my head, ‘That’s what I need to do!’” she described.

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FilmConvert Nitrate is Now Available – 10% Discount with cinema5D

The new version of the popular color grading plugin, FilmConvert Nitrate, has been released for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects on both Windows and Mac OS. Nitrate includes new features like Cineon Log film emulations of FilmConvert film stocks, advanced grain controls, camera-specific exposure, white balance, and tint controls, and support for Metal GPU acceleration. FilmConvert will add support for Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve by the end of this year.

FilmConvert Nitrate is now available. Source: FilmConvert

FilmConvert has been available for us filmmakers for a while and it got fairly popular by offering a relatively simple way to apply “film look” to the footage from any supported camera. FilmConvert functions as a plugin for today’s main editing programs. During NAB 2019, FilmConvert first teased the new Nitrate – check our article with the video interview if you haven’t seen it yet. FilmConvert Nitrate has finally been released, so let’s take a look at what’s new.

FilmConvert Nitrate

FilmConvert Nitrate works in a similar fashion to the classic FilmConvert. It applies all corrections based on the used camera. Users select the source camera, select the target film stock, and then tweak the image from there. Nitrate brings a couple of new useful features, which provide users with more flexibility. The biggest difference is that it’s really made to exactly match the image from different cameras, on a sensor level, because it “knows” exactly how each of these cameras behaves.

New features in FilmConvert Nitrate. Source: FilmConvert

Cineon Log Film Emulation enables to dial back the contrast or saturation of FilmConvert original film stock emulations while preserving the film stock colors. In Nitrate, Log footage (SLog, CLog, V-Log, etc) or RAW will be converted to the Cineon Log film stock, which will result in the film stock colors with a film gamma curve. FilmConvert added a Cineon to Print Film slider, which allows users to blend between the Cineon Log and print film look.

Another new feature is the full custom curve control. For each of the FilmConvert film stocks, users can now modify highlight and shadow roll-offs or even design their own film stock from scratch. Nitrate now uses a full Log image processing pipeline, so the full dynamic range of the footage is retained through the grading process.

Advanced film grain controls enable users to adjust the appearance of the grain individually in the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. The default curve is native to the film stock, but users can drag points on the curve to get exactly the grain they want in the image. Grain Saturation slider helps with further tweaking of the grain.

Other new features include Camera-specific exposure and white balance controls (which now work on the camera’s native response curve to get more natural results when making adjustments), new Tint slider, and support for Metal GPU acceleration.

Price and Availability

The FilmConvert Nitrate upgrade is currently available for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects on Mac OS and Windows. FilmConvert is planning to launch Nitrate for additional platforms (Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, HitFIlm, Magix Vegas, etc) later this year. The FilmConvert Desktop App and Photoshop plugin will not be updated.

The whole FilmConvert Bundle including Nitrate and all plugins costs $199, plugins for specific software of your choice retail for $139. There is an upgrade fee of $69 for FilmConvert owners to get the new features available in Nitrate. When purchasing FilmConvert bundle including Nitrate, you will get a 10% discount when using our buy link.

Do you use FilmConvert for your editing workflow? Are you planning to try out the Nitrate? Let us know in the comments below the article.

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Kodak-Branded Smartphone Lenses, Ring Light and More Unveiled at IFA

Earlier today at IFA 2019, Eye Caramba revealed a new line of official Kodak-branded smartphone accessories, including several clip-on lenses and a miniature ring light that attaches to your smartphone for better portrait photography.

In all, Eye Caramba—who is “an authorized brand licensee of Eastman Kodak Company”—has created five Kodak-branded smartphone accessories. A clip-on smartphone lens with three different attachments—a 100° ultra-wide angle, a 15x macro, and a circular fisheye—the aforementioned smartphone portrait light, and an 8-inch mini tripod that comes with a detachable bluetooth shutter remote.

You can see each of these up close below:

All of the accessories will be available online in “early October.” The 3-in-1 kit with all three lens options will cost $40, the tripod will be $30, the miniature ring light will cost $20, or you can pick up a kit with all five accessories and handy carrying case for $70.

To find out more about any of these new accessories, head over to the Kodak smartphone accessories page, where you’ll also find some Kodak-branded smartphone cases, an AirPods case, and a couple of Apple Watch bands… oh how the mighty have fallen.

(via Imaging Insider)

Why Shooting at ISO 100 May Not Be the Best

Why Shooting at ISO 100 May Not Be the Best

I see a lot of people asking what were the camera settings for this shot? While it differs in each situation, one common setting that seems to matter to many is shooting at ISO 100. Is that really the best setting to be shooting at?

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Who Wants Up to $40K to Make a Narrative Short?

Short films can get expensive. If you’re lucky, SHIFT happens.

Back and bigger than last year, the SHIFT Creative Fund will fund budgets anywhere from $5K to $40K.

If you’re in the middle of figuring out how to finance a narrative short, you’re probably in the muck of it. It’s hard to convince people to bankroll you, and there are limited grant opportunities for narratives in the short form. That’s where a group like SHIFT comes in.

In its first year, the SHIFT Creative Fund was launched to help filmmakers get the much-needed funds to make original, creative narrative shorts. It worked! SHIFT picked four filmmakers from a pool of 500 applicants and doled out funds that summed up to about $100,000. Check out the launch video for this year’s grant, including some visually arresting clips of films that were made last year.

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Filmtypes is a Film Stock Database with Details, Sample Images and More

If you’re new to film photography, or you’re curious about the variety of film stocks that are out there, there’s a useful new website you should definitely check out. It’s called Filmtypes, and it’s a database of emulsions that wants to help you find your next roll of 35mm film.

Created by analog photography enthusiast Dominik Sobe, the website features a growing database of 35mm film stocks that can help newbies and seasoned shooters alike figure out which film they want to try next.

In the search bar, you can filter films by type, brand, speed, grain and contrast. Once you land on a film stock you want to explore, each page includes the emulsion’s “specs,” characteristics, aggregated sample photos, links to reviews, and more.

Here’s a screenshot of the Kodak Portra 400 page, for example:

The point of the site, says Sobe, is to educate beginners so that more people can get into analog photography.

“When I first got into film photography, I had a hard time figuring out which films I should buy. The beauty of film is that each emulsion has its very own characteristics that make it stand apart from the others,” writes Sobe on the site’s About page. “While there are already some great blogs about film photography and particularly articles about film stocks, there is little to nothing out there which helps people finding the right film in a very condensed and dedicated way. Filmtypes helps starters as well as people who already shoot film to educate themselves about the variety of films.”

To learn more about Filmtypes or explore the database for yourself, head over to filmtypes.com and start exploring. Sobe promises to “continuously improve the website by adding even more information and film stocks,” so if you don’t see one of your favorite emulsions, don’t worry—the site isn’t done growing yet.

(via DPReview)

A Fun,Truly Wearable Action Camera?

A Fun,Truly Wearable Action Camera?

Action cameras are all the rage these days. As cell phones get better, more weather-resistant cameras, some may say that they’re past their prime and on the way out. However, Insta360, the makers of the Insta360 One X 360 degree camera, has released a new camera: the Insta360 Go.

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Creating Emotion with Color in Cinematography

Learn how to use color as a dynamic visual storyteller.

When I first saw Skyfall, shot by Roger Deakins, I was struck by his use of bold colors in one scene, and then the complete lack of colors in another. From the high energy neon lights and costumes in Shanghai to the drab gray of the remote and deserted Japanese Island of Hashima, the colors in each of these scene settings established a tone that would give a savvy viewer a hint as to the story that would unfold.

But Deakins isn’t the only master of light and color. Cinematographer Seamus McGreevy was interviewed by CookeOpticsTV for their Masterclass series on YouTube. Talking about how the proper use of a color palette, carefully aligning opposite color shades, McGreevy outlines how a cinematographer can set a tone for the emotional gestalt of a scene. Check out the video below:

“Something that I really love, that is the most potent part of cinematography, is color itself. Color contrast, the juxtaposition of colors, they do have a very unconscious physical effect when watching a movie.” -Seamus McGreevy

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D6 will be Nikon’s most advanced DSLR

D6 is Nikon’s most advanced DSLR to date

The next full frame professional camera  from Nikon is the D6, announced as “in development”. The company says it will be its most advanced DSLR to date. Nikon also has a new lens being developed, a 120-300mm.

Canon will officially announce the EOS C500 Mark II Cinema EOS Camera tomorrow, which is suggested to be a completely different take in terms of cameras (sorry, a NDA does not allow me to say more) but Nikon had its day today, even without any new product to show. It just promised that the Nikon D6 will be its “most advanced DSLR to date.”  While the websites known for sharing rumors have revealed everything about the new EOS C500 Mark II, there is not much information about the Nikon D6, simply because there is, apparently, nothing to share yet.

Nikon’s announcement looked, instead, at the story of the D series, since the introduction of the D1 model, in 1999, making 2019 the 20th anniversary of the single-digit D series. The company said that “thanks to the imaging know-how cultivated over Nikon’s long history in camera development, Nikon’s professional DSLR cameras have continued to evolve by introducing some of the industry’s most advanced technologies and responding to the strict demands of professional photographers with the ultimate in performance and reliability, even in the most severe conditions.”

Nikon F mount 60th anniversary

Professional models are usually developed in cycles that allow them to be made available closer to major world events. With the Olympic Games occurring next summer in Tokyo, it’s only logical that Nikon will have its new model ready for professionals to test, before making the Nikon D6 available to the general public. Nikon says that the model being developed is “its most advanced DSLR to date” a note that gives a good news title but leaves you wonder if a company would ever aim for less than that. More interesting, I believe, will be to see if any of the innovation introduced with the Z mirrorless cameras will make it to the new DSLR.

The Nikon D6 is not the only product being developed. The company announced that this year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F mount, and a new lens is being developed: the new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR F mount lens. The lens will provide professional photographers in fields such as sports photography with even greater support.

Details including release dates, pricing and specifications for these products will be announced at a later date.

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Country Star Kacey Musgraves Gives Struggling LA Photo Shop a Big Boost

Multiple Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves earned kudos from the entire photo industry last week when she took to social media to help a struggling mom-and-pop photography shop in LA, breathing new life into the small business.

As detailed in the LA Times, Musgraves and her sister first wandered into ‘Tom’s One Hour Photo Studio and Lab’ in LA’s Koreatown last Wednesday. They were looking for a place to develop some film (+10 brownie points) when they stumbled across this family-owned, cash-only shop with no social media presence to speak of.

The shop, which opened in 1991, has been struggling in recent years, but after chatting with the owner Musgraves decided to use her significant celebrity to change that. First, she created an Instagram account for the small shop. Then, she took to her own Instagram (1.6 million followers) and Twitter (814.5K followers) accounts to share the story of this struggling shop and encourage her followers to support them.

“We were just in LA and needed to find a One Hour Photo place quick. Sandwiched between little bodegas, my sister randomly found this place on Beverly Blvd in Korea Town called Tom’s One Hour Photo & Lab,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s one of those rare mom-&-pop gems that has lasted thru trends coming and going and weirdly has come back around again without even realizing it. The owner, Tom, was SO adorable.”

“He sadly told us his business used to be really busy back in 1991 when he opened but has slowed way down since the digital wave. So, like any good millennials would do we started an appreciation Instagram for him, @tomsonehourphotolab 🌹” continued Musgraves. “Not sure he’ll even see this. Stop by, tell all your friends, and don’t forget to tag. Let’s keep this charming business afloat! #TomsOneHourPhoto”

Her plan worked like gangbusters. As of this writing, the Tom’s One Hour Photo & Lab Instagram account has 59.7K followers, and the LA Times reports that “a happy and overwhelmed Tom has been flooded with calls and portrait requests.”

The (still cash-only) shop has been given a massive boost, and Musgraves has earned the gratitude of photographers and small business owners the world over.

True, the initial influx of business from Musgraves’ posts may be a “flash in the pan.” But with a new and thriving social media presences now established, and given the rising popularity of film photography, we can only hope that Tom’s One Hour Photo & Lab is in for a true renaissance.

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Filmtypes website makes emulsion comparison easy for analogue shooters

When getting into film photography it can be very difficult to find out not only what films are available but also the differences between them and what they are designed to do. Austrian photography enthusiast Dominik Sobe has built a website that lists available emulsions, shows a collection of images shot on that particular film and links to reviews on other sites.

Almost 50 films are listed and can be filtered by brand, contrast, grain type and speed rating

Filmtypes automatically draws in images from Flickr that are tagged with the film they were shot with and displays them on the landing page for that film, while offering a short description of the film’s characteristics, its origins and the formats in which it can be bought.

The landing page for each film pulls in images from Flickr that use the tag of that film, so users can see for themselves the characteristics of that emulsion

At the moment just under 50 films are included, and users can filter the list by contrast, color/B&W, manufacturer, speed and grain type to whittle the list down to specific requirements. Of course, there is also a link to buy the resulting film.

The site is still young and Sobe says he will continue to add new films but already it is very useful. If you are into film photography go take a look and maybe suggest a favorite film that hasn’t made the list yet.

Check Out Kurosawa’s Hand Painted Storyboards

Akira Kurosawa was an aspiring painter who became one of the greatest directors of all time but he never let his other talents go to waste. Check out his storyboards!

When Akira Kurosawa was younger, he wanted to be a professional painter. As he grew and found film, he realized he didn’t have to give that calling up. Kurosawa loved to prep his movies and get his images down on the paper. He had so much in his mind he wanted to share with the cast and crew. And a lot of times it was easier to just show them.

So Kurosawa took time to painstakingly hand-paint all his storyboard before shooting.

That way his artistic vision could be shared with every department.

Lucky for us, the storyboards are available to check out!

Akira Kurosawa’s HAND PAINTED Storyboards

Storyboarding is super important to the process. While some directors choose not to do it, we recommend trying it at least once to try to get your vision out in front of people. Kurosawa released these images of his storyboards along with this statement:

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National Geographic will shutter its ‘Your Shot’ photography platform in October

Following a report late last month from Variety that claimed Disney layoffs would impact National Geographic, NatGeo has officially shuttered its ‘Your Shot’ platform. The announcement was made on the National Geographic website’s ‘Your Shot’ page, where a new notice advises photographers that the program will now take place through the company’s ‘Your Shot’ feed on Instagram.

The National Geographic ‘Your Shot’ platform was a photo community that offered photographers advice from experts, as well as assignments, the opportunity to get one’s work featured on digital and print platforms, and to engage with the wider community of photographers.

According to the notice on the National Geographic website (above), the ‘Your Shot’ platform will be shuttered on October 31, after which point all of the assignments, promotions, and engagement opportunities will be discontinued. Photographers will be able to find the continued version of the platform on the National Geographic Instagram Your Shot account.

Though the message suggests that the ‘Your Shot’ program will continue with assignments on Instagram, both the National Geographic website and the company’s Instagram account lack details on how the process will proceed beyond October 31. Users of the current ‘Your Photo’ platform will soon receive the ability to download their images from the community before it closes next month.

Is Retouching Cheating? A Fine Art Photographer’s Perspective

Photographer, YouTuber, and educator Serge Ramelli must be a glutton for punishment, because his most recent video reveals his opinion on a very controversial question: is retouching cheating?

Let’s get the conclusion out of the way first: Ramelli believes that it is not cheating to retouch your images, and in the video above he uses several of his own photographs and a little photo history to illustrate why.

Now, it’s easy to write off Ramelli’s point of view since at least some of his business is based around teaching photographers how to process their images in Photoshop and Lightroom. But he doesn’t heavily process all of his images, and much of his point made by using those photographs. What is the difference, he asks, between retouching an image and using a fast aperture lens or an ND filter to create an effect you could never actually see in real life?

This panorama is made up of several 2-minute exposures that were converted to black-and-white. Does using an ND filter count as cheating?

Excluding reportage or documentary photography, Ramelli believes that the point of photography is to create work that people enjoy. Over-processing a photograph until it looks unnatural often leads to the opposite effect, but great fine art photographers from the film era onwards still spent hours in the darkroom ensuring they captured the feeling and effect they were going after.

“Retouching is an art, it has been around since photography was invented,” concludes Ramelli. “Don’t feel bad about using it. Concentrate on the effect you create with your photographs—do people enjoy your work, do they get some emotion out of it? That’s all that matters to me.”

Check out the full video above to hear Ramelli’s thoughts in full, and then feel free to weigh in on this conversation in the comments.