SmallHD has announced a new line of 4K HDR field monitors which will be available in Q1 of 2020. There isn’t too much information as of yet but we’ll be getting a closer look at them at IBC which starts today. This also explains the recent discounts on SmallHD’s production models like the 1703 & … Continued
Teradek has announced the new Orbit, a zero-delay, 4K, HDR wireless video solution for broadcast with a range of up to 2km. The Orbit line of products utilizes Teradek’s patented Joint Source Channel Coding (JSCC) combined with both MIMO and OFDM, to encode and transmit video over the 4.9 – 5.8 GHz bands. The JSCC … Continued
When it comes to horror films, it seems like Stephen King has some good taste and if you are to scroll through his Twitter feed (but don’t worry, we already did it for you) you will find out some really good movie recommendations. That of course if you don’t consider the times he talks about horror movies adapted from his own work. It seems like King has something good to say about all of the movies based on his novels as long as they are not Kubrick’s “The Shining”.
Back in 1981, King even wrote a non-fiction book called “Danse Macabre” where he talks among other things about some of his favorite horror films released between the 1950’s and the 1980’s. You can come across some great movie recommendations in that book too, but we won’t list those here – you can already find them all over the internet. On this list, we selected some more recent horror films which the King of Horror has personally recommended via his Twitter account and which we think are worth your attention.
1. The Night Eats The World (2018)
What Stephen King said about it: “Just when you think the zombie genre has been squeezed dry, along comes a perfectly amazing film by Dominique Rocher called THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD. It will blow your mind.”
It is not so easy to make a zombie film that doesn’t seem like something you’ve seen before. However, over the last few years, a couple of zombie films such as “Train to Busan” or “The Battery” seemed to revitalize George A. Romero’s favorite genre. “The Night Eats the World” is yet another zombie film that manages to be a little different than you’d expect.
Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie), a young musician living in Paris, comes to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment party in order to retrieve some of his tapes. After an incident, Sam passes out without anyone noticing. The next morning, he finds himself in a different world. Most of the people – including his ex-girlfriend and her guests – have turned into zombies and he is the sole survivor in the building.
What was great about “The Night Eats The World” is how it ditched the whole action element of the zombie genre (there are little to no zombie killings taking place in the whole film) and instead focuses on the main character – who is the only character for most of the film – and on his desperation caused by loneliness.
This film is far from a masterpiece, but it is much better than you’d expect it to be. It has a strong lead performance, some unexpected twists and scenes including a bunch of musical numbers that you’d not expect to see in this kind of film but that work surprisingly well, and is overall a lot of fun for a zombie film where there aren’t many zombie killings going on.
2. Cam (2018)
What Stephen King said about it: “Loved CAM, on Netflix. Great lead performance by Madeline Brewer.”
“Cam” is a pretty decent entry in the series of thriller/horror movies that revolve around today’s technology. The film follows Alice (Madeline Brewer), a webcam girl who discovers that her account has been stolen by an exact replica of herself. Perplexed, Alice tries to regain control of her online identity and to find out who is behind the mysterious happening.
“Cam” works out like an extended episode of “Black Mirror” and is much better than you would expect from its premise. Its tight and suspenseful plot, creepy atmosphere and its impressive lead performance make it one of the best modern techno-horrors we’ve seen.
3. Train To Busan (2016)
What Stephen King said about it: “TRAIN TO BUSAN: Holy shit, it’s like John Woo meets the zombie apocalypse. This makes THE WALKING DEAD look tame.”
The protagonist of “Train To Busan”, the workaholic Seok-woo, is traveling to Busan with his young daughter who wants to see her mom on her birthday. As the title suggests, this is a film that mostly takes place on a train, but this is probably the worst train ride to be embarked on, for a virus is spreading throughout the passengers and they are quickly turning into vicious, fast and very aggressive zombies. Seok-woo has to struggle for his and his daughter’s survival and to find a way to reach a safe place in the zombie-infested South Korea, but his task is nearly hopeless.
Stephen King said it really well: the zombies from “Train To Busan” really make the ones in “The Walking Dead” look tame. These are not the George A. Romero creepy, slow-moving type of zombies. They are fast and nearly impossible to escape from and the fact that the survivors are stuck in the confined space of the train makes it even harder for them to defeat the undead.
This makes “Train To Busan” one of the wildest, craziest and most entertaining zombies films you will ever see. From beginning to end, you won’t find time to catch your breath, for Yeon Sang-ho’s film is as thrilling as it gets.
4. The Witch (2015)
What Stephen King said about it: “The Witch scared the hell out of me. And it’s a real movie, tense and thought-provoking as well as visceral.”
Robert Eggers’s “The Witch” follows a Puritan family in the 1630’s New England which is unsettled by an unknown evil lurking in the dark woods surrounding their recluse farm. As their animals start to act strange, their crops fail and one of the children is seemingly possessed by an unseen entity, the paranoid family members accuse Tomasin, the teenager daughter, of being a witch.
The historical setting, complex themes of religion, fanaticism and female suppression, the unsettling, dreamlike atmosphere and the lack of horror clichés set “The Witch” apart from all the other horror films you’ve seen. There are no jumpscares or buckets of blood, yet this is still one of the most captivating and creepy horror films of this decade.
5. Ready or Not (2019)
What Stephen King said about it: “READY OR NOT is big fun–a variation on the “last girl left” horror movie that is by turns scary and very funny. Samara Weaving is terrific, and the cinematography is gorgeous. The film doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s damn cool.”
The most recent film on this list, “Ready Or Not” is a horror-comedy which no one anticipated, but which turned out to be one of the year’s most pleasant surprises.
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (both of them produced the 2016 horror anthology “Southbound”), “Ready or Not” takes place on the wedding night of Alex and Grace Le Domas (Mark O’Brien and Samara Weaving). But the eccentric and wealthy Le Domas family has a long tradition which consists of playing a game each time there is a new addition to their family. At first, Grace believes that the game is just harmless fun, but it turns out that her new family is serious about it and what starts as a game of hide and seek soon turns into a violent fight for survival.
Critics compared the film to “Get Out”, but unlike Jordan Peele’s film, “Ready or Not” was not a hit. This is unfortunate, for “Ready or Not” is entertaining, darkly funny, twisty and way better than it had any right to be.
The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2019, we’re featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.
This month’s winner is Barbara MacFerrin! Her work is notable for its technical mastery and its artistry that evokes the Baroque period. Be sure to check out our favorite shots of…
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After testing the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF large format cinema camera with several major films, including Dune, Outlander, and Roger Deakins’ latest World War 1 epic 1917, ARRI has announced that their latest large format cinema camera is shipping to all customers worldwide. And Deakins is saying it’s about as close to what you see with your naked eye that cinematographers are gonna get.
Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik/Business Unit Camera Systems says:
“Large format is taking off now. In 2018, when we introduced the ARRI large-format camera system with the ALEXA LF camera, ARRI Signature Prime lenses, and LPL lens mount, the production community was excited to try something new. Now that the ALEXA Mini LF is officially shipping, we can offer the perfect team of tools.”
These full-frame classic art primes pave the way for an affordable 8K option.
Prime lenses can be pricey, but SIGMA has managed to put together an impressive array of affordable, yet high performing lenses that make for a viable alternative. And this year, on the eve of IBC, is no different. The lens company has announced a new line of Classic, high-speed Cinema Prime Lenses, which are designed to take full advantage of large format and full-frame image sensors. And they look NICE.
Headlining our Deals of the Week, save $300 on the Canon EOS R full-frame camera.
This week in filmmaking deals: Right now, you can save $300 on a Canon EOS R full-frame camera and a Nikon D850 DSLR. Also, the popular Zoom H6 handheld audio recorder gets a sizeable $70 price drop. If you’re looking for ultra-portable lighting gear, you can get a Lume Cube AIR kit, which includes two Lume Cube AIRs and a GoPro mounting bracket for just $150. Finally, Adorama is running a special on the Sigma 135mm T2 FF High-Speed prime cine lens that will save you $400.
Jen Underdahl, the Visual Effects Producer for Marvel, provides a look at the impressive visual effects featured in “Avengers: Endgame” and “Infinity War.”
Avengers: Endgame is the biggest movie of all time. It also had one of the biggest budgets. A movie this size takes a ton of people to put it together and make sure everything looks real and inspiring. To do that, they enlist the help of Jen Underdahl.
Underdahl is Marvel’s Visual Effects Producer. It’s her job to bring all the visuals of the movie together and make sure the directors and other producers love what hits the screen.
In this video from Wired, Underdahl walks us through the process of creating “Smart Hulk,” making Chris Evans look considerably older, and how they were able to digitally create the entirety of the Avengers’ time suits.
“Who is this film made for, in what way is power present, how does the film understand its relationship to its subjects, and who benefits from the film being made?” That’s Samara Chadwick, Senior Programmer at the Camden International Film Festival, on this 2019 edition’s theme of “Story and Power.” But if you’re attending the festival, don’t look for this theme to be a didactic one, she says. “It’s less a series of affirmations and arrival points and more about the process of questioning — opening up a space where the questioning of power is normalized instead of invisibilized.” The […]
We say, “never forget” when we think of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. And while none of us will forget the event itself, it’s easy to lose sight of the individuals who lost their lives in the attacks.
In order to expand my field audio recording options for interview situations, I recently purchased both the new RODE wireless Go system as well as the Tascam DR-10L. While each priced the same at just under $200, and both very compact, these systems are really quite different from each other. The RODE system is a paired wireless transmitter and received with a built-in omni-directional condenser microphone and the ability to accept any standard lav mic as an input. The Tascam system is a lav mic and a field recording device that is designed to be attached to the talent. It’s really not appropriate to directly compare them to each other since they are different systems for different purposes, but it does make for an interesting way to compare the features and benefits of each.
For example, the RODE system can plug directly into your camera, obviating the need for dual-system sound. And it works over surprisingly long distances. However, the wireless connection is easily interrupted if the receiver loses line-of-sight from the transmitter, for example if the talent turns while talking.
The Tascam unit, because it records directly attached to the mic, will never suffer from dropouts, the recording quality is quite good, and it can recorded a duplicate safety file at a lower db level in case of clipping, which is a great feature. However, as opposed to the RODE system, you can’t monitor audio during recording unless you are tethered to the recorder (and therefore the talent).
If you use both systems together, however you can overcome the limitations of each to get the best of both worlds: you can use the Tascam for recording, and also feed it into the RODE transmitter for monitoring back at the camera. You can also plug the RODE receiver into a separate recording devices instead of the camera to take advantage of a better pre-amp with a lower signal-to-noise ratio.
Check out what I learned in the video above and let me know what you think.
Rumors are circulating that Tamron is about to announce the launch of a lens that would complete its trio of fast zooms for Sony full-frame cameras with the 70-180mm f/2.8 lens. Will it be tiny, how much will it cost, and how will it stack up against Tamron’s two other amazing Sony f/2.8 zooms?
PhotoPlus 2019 is only a month and a half away, meaning the exhibitor list and floor plan should be all-but-finalized. Which is why it was shocking to discover that there is no Sony booth on the floor plan, and the company is not listed as an exhibitor either. However, Sony tells PetaPixel that they WILL be at the show.
The news was spotted by the eagle eyed folks at PhotoRumors, who checked the official PhotoPlus Expo website yesterday, and found Sony conspicuously absent. The current exhibitor list shows all of the typical names—Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic will all be in attendance—but no Sony:
And when you check the floor plan, it’s the same story. Sony had one of the largest booths at the show last year. There’s no sign of them on this year’s floor plan:
However, Sony tells PetaPixel that they actually WILL BE GOING to the Expo. A spokesperson responded to our request for comment by writing that the Photo Plus team “has just been delayed in adding Sony to the site.” and they expect Sony “will be officially listed on there either later today or tomorrow.”
This is a relief, since the most recent and reliable rumors have Sony revealing the Sony a9 II in October and showing off the camera at the expo. For reference, the PhotoPlus Expo 2019 is scheduled to take place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 24th – 26th.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards just revealed this year’s finalists. And, as always, they offer a bit of comic relief, and the reminder that nature is occasionally as funny as it is ruthless… especially if you anthropomorphize it a tiny bit.
This year’s finalists run the gamut: from the a fox who seems to be performing a proctology exam, to a deer experimenting with camouflage, to a grizzly bear who’s destined to become the next popular facepalm meme.
The awards serve a dual purpose. On the one hand, the finalists and winners are undoubtedly entertaining; on the other, they’re able to share a conservation message in a lighthearted way that doesn’t feel preachy. This year, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are encouraging people to become “conservationists at home” by shopping responsibly and restricting at-home water use. You can learn more about this appeal on the competition’s website.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite finalists from this year’s awards, in alphabetical order by photographer’s name:
To get your dose of comic relief for the day, check out all of the finalists and learn more about the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards over on the awards’ website.
The competition’s winners will be announced on November 13th, with the grand prize winner earning a one-week safari with Alex Walker’s Serian in the Masai Mara, Kenya, and a “unique handmade trophy” from the Art Garage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Credits: All photos courtesy of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
BMPCC6K’s Super 35mm sensor provides greater dynamic range and cinematic look.
So I’ve had the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K for a few days to test out and I have to admit, it’s been really fun to shoot with. Why? Because it’s so damn easy to jump in with both feet. If you’re a BMPCC4K user, you will definitely be able to hit the ground running. But beware, like it’s 4K cousin, you’re going to want to have more than one battery on a shoot, or it’s going to be a very short day.
It’s important to know that this camera shares about 75% of the same components with the 4K model. Factor out the BMPCC 6K’s larger Super 35mm image sensor and the larger form factor (including a protruding nose housing for the full-frame EF mount), and it’s essentially the same camera. So, since we’ve already reviewed the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K here, we recommend spending some time with that review for comparison and contrast.
And, before I get into my first impressions of Blackmagic’s 6K Pocket Model, take a look at some BMPCC6K footage we shot out at Burning Man during a field test.
Distribber Bankrupt? How to Protect Yourself In this episode, I update filmmakers on the emergency situation going on with the film aggregator Distribber. In last weeks episode, I spoke a bit about what is going on with this company. After that show I kept getting emails, messages and tweets of filmmakers telling me their horror…
Color management company X-Rite has introduced i1Display Studio and i1Display Pro Plus, two new display color calibration products for photographers and other imaging professionals. The products offer advanced display calibration, the Pro Plus building upon the Studio’s features to include capabilities for professionals who use ‘super-bright, HD, and HDR’ displays.
The i1Display Studio features the i1 colorimeter for use with the i1Studio software, offering display calibration to ensure a consistent color profile over time. The product features Flare Correct, Intelligent Iterative Profiling, and X-Rite Ambient Light Measurement.
In addition to support for NTSC, PAL, DCI-P3, SECAM, Rec. 709, and Rec. 2020 video standards support, i1Display Studio allows users to control the color adjustment, color match up to four displays, validate results, and get reminders when it is time to re-profile a display.
i1Display Pro Plus builds upon these features, offering the i1Display Pro Plus colorimeter and i1Profiler software. This product adds support for accurately measuring brightness and luminance levels up to 2,000 nits, BT.1886 default gamma curve, and a new Black Current Subtraction tech that X-Rite says is particularly useful for displays offering close to zero black point, including OLED. The company includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter for USB-C compatibility.
Both products can be used to calibrate monitors, projectors, and mobile devices like tablets. The i1Display Studio is available now for $179 USD and the https://xritephoto.com/ph_product_overview.aspx?id=2640&catid=156&utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=i1Display%20Pro%20Plus%2C&utm_campaign=xrite_i1DisplayPro_pressrelease is available now for $299 USD.