Photoshop for iPad Is a Disaster

Photoshop for iPad Is a Disaster

Photoshop for the iPad was touted as Adobe’s most important mobile application, with iPad owners very keen to use the image editing software. However, the app is lacking some key features, seems to have a horrific lag when using certain tools, and is now attracting shockingly bad reviews on the App Store. What happened?

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #201 – Pierre Michel- Estival

We are back to our regularly scheduled content this week and in this episode we chat with director Pierre Michel-Estival.  

Pierre has a unique story on how he came to be a commercial director and in this episode he shares his path from the VFX world to the on set one.

Be sure to check out a small sample of his work below.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast – BooKKKlight

This week over on Patreon we take a long look at BlacKkKlansman shot by a former guest of the show Chayse Irvin.

Beautiful images throughout the film and you throw Tom Poole in the mix as colorist and you have a winning formula for the film. 

Head over to the Patreon page to listen to the podcast and see the images discuessed throughout the episode.

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Director Pierre Michel-Estival

Personal Website: Pierre Michel-Estival

Instagram: @pmichel_estival

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Kodak’s film business saw a revenue increase of 21% last quarter, but overall profit is down

Eastman Kodak has announced that revenue for its film business grew in the last quarter by 21%, offering a rare glimmer of positive news in a generally shrinking market. The growth though is somewhat tempered by the fact that the company made a loss of $5 million over all in the same period, and that total revenue was down compared to the same quarter last year.

Much of the company’s business is tied up in the industrial sector with specialist printing and graphics applications, and a deal with Chinese counterpart Lucky has seen it off-loading a printing plate factory in China while securing licence fees from Lucky for the use of Kodak technology. The deal also ensures that Lucky will provide services to Kodak so it can fulfil its own customer demand.

It would be nice to think that the uplift in the film business came from a rush in demand from enthusiast and professional stills photographers through sales to Kodak Alaris, but it is likely that it is the movie industry that is driving that growth. A number of recent big-budget films have been shot using Kodak stock including Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Ad Astra and half of The Irishman – all of which have a run time of between 2 and 3 and a half hours. That’s a lot of film!

Hopefully this success will spur the company on to produce the 120 version of Ektachrome E100 that we’ve been waiting for since the summer.

For more information see the Kodak website.

Press Release:

Kodak Reports Third-Quarter Revenue of $315 Million and Growth in Key Product Areas

ROCHESTER, N.Y.–Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: KODK) today reported financial results for the third quarter 2019, including a net loss of $5 million on revenues of $315 million and growth in key print and film product areas.

Highlights include:

GAAP net loss of $5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to GAAP net earnings of $19 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Revenues for Q3 2019 of $315 million compared to revenues for Q3 2018 of $329 million.

Operational EBITDA for the quarter of $14 million compared to Operational EBITDA of $9 million in the prior-year period.

The Company finalized the establishment of a strategic relationship with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics Co, Ltd in the People’s Republic of China, including the sale of Kodak’s offset printing plates facility in Xiamen, China, a supply agreement to help Kodak fulfill its customer demand, and an IP agreement under which Kodak licenses its plates technology to HuaGuang to expand the market in China. The current quarter Operational EBITDA includes $13 million of license revenue received from this transaction.

Key product lines achieved strong year-over-year growth for the year to date:
Volume for KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates grew by 22 percent.

Annuities revenues for the KODAK PROSPER Inkjet Platform grew by 5 percent.
Revenues for the Company’s film business grew 21 percent year over year for the year to date.

The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $225 million.

“The Company will continue to concentrate on delivering industry-leading solutions to customers in our core print and film businesses,” said Jim Continenza, Kodak’s Executive Chairman. “Looking ahead to 2020, we will focus on generating cash by growing profitable revenue, making smart investments and eliminating unnecessary spending.”

For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, revenues decreased by approximately $14 million compared with the same period in 2018. Kodak ended the quarter with a cash balance of $225 million, an increase of $27 million from the June 30, 2019 cash balance of $198 million when adjusted for the assets associated with Kodak’s offset printing plates facility in Xiamen, China being reported as assets held for sale. The current quarter revenues and Operational EBITDA include $13 million of license revenue related to the HuaGuang Graphics Co. Ltd transaction.

“We have strengthened our financial position by eliminating significant interest costs with the transactions completed earlier in the year,” said David Bullwinkle, Kodak’s CFO. “For the year to date we have delivered growth in SONORA Process Free Plates, PROSPER Inkjet annuities and our film business. We plan to build on those successes and drive further cost efficiencies to help achieve our goal of generating cash.”

Helpful Tips for Posing Men

Helpful Tips for Posing Men

Posing is one of the subtlest and trickiest things for photographers to master, and it can take a lot of work to master it. This excellent video will give you lots of helpful tips for learning how to pose men.

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AMD teases huge Adobe performance boost with new 3rd-gen Ryzen ‘Threadripper’ CPUs

American semiconductor company AMD has taken the wraps off its new 3rd-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors. The product line is comprised of the 24-core 3960X and the 32-core 3970x models featuring the company’s 7nm ‘Zen 2’ core architecture, 140/144MB cache, and up 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes.

In its announcement on Monday, AMD provided some examples of the performance increases consumers can expect from its new Threadrippers, including up to a 47% performance boost in Adobe Premiere. That’s with the 3970X processor model in comparison to the market’s ‘top-end HEDT processor,’ according to AMD.

The company offers a more detailed look at the technical aspects of its 3rd-generation processors in the video above. Both models will be available to purchase globally starting on November 25. The 3rd-gen Ryzen Threadripper 3960X will be priced at $1,399 USD and the 3970X at $1,999 USD.

Best Free Screenwriting Software Options

Best Free Screenwriting Software Options

If you want to get a start in the film business without spending a dime, there is free screenwriting software to do just that! But don’t forget, getting your start means more than putting words on paper. Study the craft and learn how to tell a story first. But that’s why you’re here, right? You already have one rattling in your head and you want to put it in a script. Congratulations! Now you face the technical task of formatting your writing to the industry standard for screenplays. As you probably already know, formatting your script is crucial, not only for writing it but if you want to have it read by a professional and you want to have a career as a Screenwriter, it’s absolutely mandatory. Luckily, there is screenwriting software to help! But before you spend any money, take some programs for a test drive first. And beyond looking into software, make sure you learn the elements of a screenplay and formatting rules before you dive in.

Most screenwriting programs come with tools for organizing your ideas, mapping your stories, and keeping track of characters, among other things, while others offer full production suites for you to take your script through production. Some are cloud-based programs and others are downloadable. (In case you don’t know, cloud-based software is accessed online like Google Docs, so you need an Internet connection to use it.)

Our picks for the best free screenwriting software:

  • Trelby
  • Writer Duet
  • Page 2 Stage
  • DramaQueen
  • DubScript
  • Highland 2
  • Story Touch
  • Fade In
  • Causality

As you shop, assess your needs as a Writer. I, for example, prefer to do my prewriting away from the computer with a pen and paper, so I don’t use a lot of the in-program tools. I also like to unplug when I write, so I don’t like cloud-based programs. On the other hand, if I were collaborating with another Writer, I would opt for a cloud-based program, so it just depends on what you need for your project. Maybe you want a TV pilot template instead of a feature film template. Maybe you like to customize your windows. Find a tool that works for you. If you have no idea what you want, try them all!

One of the things to look for in a scriptwriting program is one that is compatible with industry-standard software like Final Draft or Movie Magic. That way, if you have the opportunity to get the script into the hands of someone who can make it, you can export a file that can be imported into other industry standard programs used by various department heads. I will touch on this a little bit below.

So let’s look at the free screenwriting software currently available in 2019. Some of the sites I discovered are not secure, which I will note in my description.

Trelby

Trelby is available as a download and is designed for Windows and Linux. It offers writing and editing tools and many of its features are customizable. It also has story tracking and revision tracking tools, which allows you to compare drafts. It also offers many export options that include .pdf and Final Draft.

How Free is It?
It’s totally free. You can even contact the programmers and make suggestions on how it can be better.

Writer Duet

Writer Duet has a cloud-based and a downloadable version, but the download is only available with a subscription. The biggest selling point to this program is that it is designed for collaboration. You can work with writing partners on the same document at the same time. You can also fly solo with Writer Duet, which is what you will do with the free version, which is the bare bones program that has feature, TV pilot and stage play templates with basic writing and editing capabilities.

How Free is It?

Your first three scripts are free, regardless of the length. You can export as many .pdf files as you want with these three scripts, but once you start your fourth script, you will be asked to buy in for $11.99 a month. Once you unlock this “pro” version, you will have more features, like the collaboration tools, unlimited scripts, Final Draft export capability, version tracking, and other tools. However, it does not require that your writing partners are “pro” users, so it won’t inhibit collaboration if you are the only one to purchase it.

As you shop, assess your needs as a Writer. I, for example, prefer to do my prewriting away from the computer with a pen and paper, so I don’t use a lot of the in-program tools. I also like to unplug when I write, so I don’t like cloud-based programs. On the other hand, if I were collaborating with another Writer, I would opt for a cloud-based program, so it just depends on what you need for your project.

Page 2 Stage

Page 2 Stage is another program available only for Windows. It appears to have standard writing and editing capabilities, but the website does not specify export options. It does offer multiple languages, which is a plus for non-English Writers. One of the features it offers is called “Advanced Auto Cheat” in which you tell the program how many pages you want your script to be and it will make the script that length. This may sound like a good idea, but script pagination is a serious thing. It shouldn’t be cheated. If you are new to screenwriting, one page equals roughly one minute of screen time. In order to properly pace your film, you need to pay attention to page numbers. I wouldn’t cheat.

How Free is It?

It’s totally free, and like Trelby, it encourages program feedback. However, it comes from an unsecure website.

DramaQueen

Drama Queen is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux. It is a download with a free option, which has basic writing and editing capabilities, as well as tools to write a novel. You are able to export several formats, including .pdf and Final Draft. Unfortunately, in the free version you are unable to track changes.

How Free is It?

There is a free version, however, it has limitations and comes from an unsecure website. They have two additional tiers with pricing ranging from $99 to $297, with upgrades costing $38 and $78. The differences are clearly mapped out here.

DubScript

For those of you using Chrome or who have an Android phone, Dubscript is your option. It has standard writing and editing capabilities, with a version tracker and other story tools. You can use it on your tablet, phone or Chromebook and it offers .pdf and Final Draft export capabilities.

How Free is It?
Free!

Highland 2

Highland 2 is a Mac-based suite of downloadable tools for both Screenwriters and Novelists and is a favorite among some professionals. It has many customizable features as well as tools to help you track changes and organize your thoughts. However, export seems to be limited to only .pdf or Highland files. They argue that Final Draft is not necessarily the industry standard and that most people read a .pdf when they read a script. However, reading a script is a fraction of the life of a script. If your script turns into a movie, it will need to be in either Final Draft or Screenwriter in order for the crew to use their programs, from budgeting to script breakdowns. For example, the popular Script Supervisor program ScriptE imports only Final Draft or Screenwriter files.

How Free is It?

There is a free option. Most of the bells and whistles (including an export without a watermark) are unlocked with the “pro” purchase option, but the cost is not indicated on their website.

One of the things to look for in a scriptwriting program is one that is compatible with industry-standard software like Final Draft or Movie Magic. That way, if you have the opportunity to get the script into the hands of someone who can make it, you can export a file that can be imported into other industry standard programs used by various department heads.

Story Touch

Story Touch is another downloadable program for Mac and Windows. It has basic writing and editing capabilities but also has a lot of tools to help you organize your thoughts and ideas. It does not specify the export options but the benefits of this program are the organization and analysis tools that it offers.

How Free is It?

There is a free option, with the “pro” version costing $270. The comparison of the two are here. This is another unsecure site.

Fade In

Fade In is my favorite. It can be used with Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad – you name it. I took this program on a test drive and purchased it when I needed to make an export without a watermark. I find it to be intuitive and it has all the tools I need, from writing and editing to version tracking and exporting in Final Draft. It also offers real-time collaboration tools. It’s the best of all worlds. It is a favorite among many film professionals and is inching toward being an industry standard.

How Free is It?

They have a free trial version that exports with a watermark and is missing a few bells and whistles. The “pro” version is only $79. That’s it!

Causality

Causality is another program worth exploring. Though they have a free option, it’s only good for ten pages, so in my opinion, that doesn’t count. But it does have some amazing tools, so I will mention it here, anyway. It is very user-friendly and you can purchase it yearly for $71.88 or purchase a permanent license for $279. Though I do all of my pre-writing by hand, Causality piqued my interest with its rewriting tools that make moving scenes around a breeze.

How Free is It?

Your first ten pages are free, so if you are writing a short, I’d try it.

Summing It Up

As you explore free screenwriting software, you will see that the basic functions of each program are similar. They keep things formatted as you write and edit and help you keep track of your pages and revisions. As I mentioned above, you must find what works for you and what is compatible with the rest of the industry, because after all, that script of yours should live beyond that .pdf output.

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An Experiential Review of the Atomos Shinobi External Monitor for Photography

An Experiential Review of the Atomos Shinobi External Monitor for Photography

The use of external monitors in shooting stills at honestly seemed unnecessary at first, especially in shooting more pace-sensitive kinds of photography. But as an architectural photographer who generally has more room for precise compositions, it seemed more feasible.

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The 8 Best Film Schools Where You Should Study

Love movies and want to learn how to start making your own? These schools can help.

So, you love film. You’ve memorized entire movies, know everything about the filmmakers involved, and want to carry that passion forward by attending one of the top film schools. But where do you go? You want to make sure you’re going to one of the best film schools in the country, one that fits your specific needs, wants, and specifications.

Well, we are here to rundown a handy list of some of the best colleges for film. Obviously this is not the end-all, be-all list, as we encourage you to do your own research before signing on the dotted line (and keep in mind that online film school might be a great alternative for you), but as a starting point, this should do the trick.

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Martin Scorsese Really Thinks You Should Watch These Movies

Director Martin Scorsese is not only known for his filmmaking prowess, but also for his genuine love of film and storytelling.

IndieWire put together a list of 35 movies that Scorsese has mentioned over the years as being particularly important to him. Although each of us will find inspiration in our own favorite films, fellow cinephiles and aspiring filmmakers should take note — these are movies that speak across generations and get many fundamental storytelling elements right. Take a look at these greats, and why Scorsese loves them, and you’re likely to learn something invaluable.

The list draws heavily from the top ten list that Scorsese made for Criterion in 2014, which is also definitely worth checking out. These 35 films encompasses a diverse mix of genres, including drama, horror, musicals, and foreign movies. Here are a few standouts, along with examples of Scorsese discussing why the films matter so much to him.

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Rules: Love Them, Leave Them, or Break Them Just on Principle?

Rules: Love Them, Leave Them, or Break Them Just on Principle?

One of the interesting trends in the comments on a previous article on the rule of thirds was a reaction not just to that rule specifically, but to “rules” more generally. That got me thinking a bit. What are “rules”? Where do they come from? Is breaking them an act of rebellion; or one of self-destruction?

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FANTASY ISLAND

Here is the first trailer for FANTASY ISLAND:

The VFX are made by:
Cutting Edge (VFX Supervisor: Simon Maddison)

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Release Date: 14 February 2020 (USA)

© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2019

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Kevin Feige Finally Responds to Scorsese’s Marvel Criticisms

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, the most successful producer in Hollywood history, addresses Scorsese’s comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe not being cinema.

For over a month, Film Twitter has obsessed over Martin Scorsese’s comments about Marvel movies not being cinema — along with The Irishman director’s recent New York Times op-ed further explaining his problematic position. Now, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has finally spoken out about the Oscar-winners divisive opinions on his and Marvel’s historic output of blockbusters. While interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, Feige disagrees with the Oscar-winning director’s assessments:

“I think that’s not true. I think it’s unfortunate … I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people.”

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The Four Fundamental Attributes of Light

The Four Fundamental Attributes of Light

Being a successful photographer or videographer requires a good understanding of the fundamentals, with perhaps nothing more foundational than the behavior of light. This excellent video will show you four fundamental aspects of light that you should definitely know.

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The End of the F***ing World Season Two Graded In DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design has announced that CHEAT has continued its expansion with DaVinci Resolve Studio, adding a new HDR ready grading suite as well as a research and development lab. The first project to be realized through the new workflow is The End of the F***ing World season two. Returning following the critically acclaimed first season, which has been […]

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Canon reveals its first two 8K broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7×10.7 KAS S

Canon has taken the wraps off the new UHD-DIGISUPER 51 (SP51x15.5B) and 7×10.7 KAS S, its first two 8K broadcast lenses. The models are compatible with 8K broadcast cameras that feature 1.25″ sensors, according to Canon, which notes that this equipment has become more popular in documentary production and sports coverage.

The UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K model is a 51x field zoom lens with what Canon says is the longest focal range in the world at 15.5 – 790mm. An integrated 1.5x extender brings the total telephoto focal length to 1185mm. Canon says this new model offers high-end quality ‘from the center to the periphery of the screen.’

Joining the zoom lens is Canon’s new 7×10.7 KAS S 8K portable 7x zoom lens with a 10.7 – 75mm focal range. As with the UHD-DIGISUPER model, the 7×10.7 KAS S 8K lens features the ‘same operability’ as its 4K and 2/3″ HDTV lens counterparts, according to the company.

The 7×10.7 KAS S model will arrive first; customers will be able to special order it starting in January 2020. The UHD-DIGISUPER 51 will likewise be offered as a special order, but not until May 2020. Pricing information hasn’t been revealed at this time.