Back to One #91, a Special Episode: Rehearsal

On this special episode, I spend a few days with the cast of A City Of Refuge as they rehearse this powerful new play by Evan Cuyler-Louison for Primitive Grace Theater Ensemble in New York City. Having had no experience with theatrical rehearsal, I pose lots of questions to Louison (who also directed the production) and his incredible actors, Ylfa Edelstein, Wilton Guzman, Miah Kane, Hailey Marmolejo, Gregg Prosser, and Luke Edward Smith. If, like me, your experience is limited to film production or you just have gaps in your knowledge regarding rehearsal in general, or you’re just curious about […]

New Tilta Camera Cages for Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, & Canon

Tilta has added a number of new variations of the Tiltaing camera cages and now they have options for the Canon 5D/7D series, Fuji XT-3, Panasonic S series & Sony A6 series of cameras. This now opens up the Tiltaing line of rigging, battery and power accessories to the other cameras. Erik has previously reviewed … Continued

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New Tiltaing Camera Cages

Tilta has added a number of new variations of the Tiltaing camera cages and now have options for the Canon 5D/7D series, Fuji XT-3, Panasonic S series & Sony A6 series of cameras. This now opens up the Tiltaing line of rigging, battery and power accessories to the other cameras. Erik has previously reviewed the … Continued

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5 Lighting Patterns You Should Know as a Filmmaker

Want an easy way to add depth and drama to your scenes? You’d better master these lighting patterns!

And you can do so in less than ten minutes because Southern California photographer Pye Jirsa has teamed up with Adorama to discuss the main five lighting patterns in a new video.

Although this primer is photography-based and utilizes studio lighting, it provides some good basics that can be applied to film sets and can be used with natural lighting as well.

Watch the video for more!

1. Flat lighting

Flat light is a source that comes from the same position as the camera. Think the on-camera flash, or the light coming through a window behind the camera.

Flat lighting is going to have the fewest shadows. Because of this, it’s a soft and flattering light source often used in beauty photography.

2. Butterfly lighting

Light flat lighting, this light source is coming from directly in front of the subject, but is now raised above the subject and angled down.

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Living Life As A Paid Screenwriter For Three Months

SoCreate launched a contest to pay someone to write their script. Zachary Rowell won. Hear how it changed his life!

Ever wonder what it’s like to win a screenwriting contest? Would it be life-changing? Wallet-changing?

We advertised SoCreate’s screenplay contest and thousands of people entered for free. Now we got a chance to hear from the winner about how having his bills paid for three months allowed him to finish a spec and what he plans on doing next.

Check out what Zach had to say below!

Living Life As A Paid Screenwriter For Three Months – Zachary Rowell in his own words…

As kids, we all have dreams. You were going to be an astronaut, your best friend was going to be a basketball player, and the weird neighbor kid was going to be a live mannequin. When you’re a kid, everything seems possible.

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The Micro Film Tournament is for Big Movies with Small Budgets

This March Madness bracket-style film competition celebrates filmmakers who have “made the most with the least.” Submit Your New or Old Film Now on FilmFreeway.

Dear Micro-Budget Filmmaker,

Like many of you, I know what it’s like to make a dollar out of fifteen cents and also know how it feels to be overlooked due in part to a lack of resources. We all know there are so many great films made for so very little, and not nearly enough recognition of these highly creative and passionate endeavors. They end up getting lost on hard drives or Amazon and iTunes.

I’ve produced, written, and directed three micro-budget features over the past ten years and like many, have experienced ever-changing distribution and exhibition realities. Streamers currently dominate. Foreign and home video sales have dissolved. Although incredible advancements in digital tech now allow many to execute their visions more easily and obtain production value at lower cost, this lower bar to entry has led to significant saturation of the market.

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This Guy Used Free Software to De-Age ‘The Irishman’ and…It Looks Great

The Irishman cost almost $200 million. This guy redid it in his basement for free. Check it out.

You heard the buzz, You saw the movie. And like many, you were probably somewhat impressed by the de-aging process like I was. But then, some guy in a basement with free software saw the movie and said: “I can do that.”

He was right.

Check out the video from iFake below.

According to its creator, it took 7 days to make the footage in the video. Sometimes, the results turned out even better with DeepFaceLab.

That’s kind of wild.

It also terrifies me about what Deep Fakes hold for the future.

But let’s worry about that on another day.

What’s next? What is ADR and why is it important?

Professional movies have insane budgets, so they better have the best sound. But how can you achieve the same standards for much less? The secret is ADR in film.

Click to learn.

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Kopin Corporation at CES 2020: the largest color micro OLED in the world


The world’s first 1.3″ 2.6K OLED display, with a resolution of 2560 x 2560 is on preview at CES 2020, courtesy of Kopin, and its announcement paves the way for next-generation AR, VR, and XR applications.

Developed to use the power of the the fifth generation (5G) mobile communications system, which will allow a number of new services using VR glasses to be offered, as we noted in our previous article about the VR eyeglasses announced at CES 2020 by Panasonic, the new VR solution, still presented as a reference product, is based on a 2.6k display that is the result of cooperation between Panasonic, Kopin Corporation and Lakeside Optoelectronic Technology Co., Ltd..

Although a series of new VR and AR solutions were on show at this CES 2020, from the Pimax Artisan for VR to nReal Light or Samsung’s AR glasses, the offer from Panasonic’s fits in a different category, because it’s a VR system looking as the AR solutions easily available. This is due, no doubt, to the type of display used, which allowed the design presented by Panasonic during its conference at CES 2020. For a similar solution, check the Huawei VR Glass, an IMAX certified headset for video and games, which we mentioned before here at PVC.

To better understand what makes the world’s first HDR capable UHD VR eyeglasses so special, one has to see what Kopin Corporation is showing during CES 2020. The company, a leading developer of transmissive and reflective active matrix liquid crystal and organic light emitting diode (OLED) microdisplays, demonstrates at the Las Vegas event the latest advances in its Lightning OLED microdisplay line-up. The demonstration include Kopin’s new double-stack OLED technology for much higher brightness and longer lifetime, 2k and 720p displays, and a preview of the new 1.3” 2.6k x 2.6k display (2560 x 2560 resolution) for next-generation AR, VR, and XR applications.

The UHD display developed with Panasonic

The 1.3” 2.6k x 2.6k display (2560 x 2560 resolution) is the most exciting of the products on show, because it is the one develop with Panasonic, a clear indication that this is the display that will be used in the reference product unveiled by the company.  Featuring a Double-Stack OLED structure, it offers a resolution of 2560 x 2560 in a 1.3” diagonal size, making it the largest color micro OLED in the world, along with offering the highest resolution.

According to the information provided by Kopin, the display also integrates a high-speed CPHY/DPHY MIPI interface and has 10-bit color control for high dynamic range (HDR) control. With a double-stack OLED structure, the 2.6k full-color display exhibits brightness higher than 1000 nits, contrast ratio of more than 10,000: 1 and high color fidelity (NTSC 70%). Kopin also has two other displays on show:

2K Color Display with Double-Stack OLED Structure: With a resolution of 2048 x 2048 in a 0.99” diagonal size and adopting a double-stack OLED structure, the 2k display exhibits brightness higher than 1000 nits, contrast ratio of more than 10,000: 1 and high color fidelity (NTSC 70%). Able to operate up to 120 Hz with low power consumption,  which was, as the other features firsts for the VR industry, the display received a 2017 CES Innovation Award.

High-Brightness Green 720p Display with Double-Stack OLED Structure: 720p OLED microdisplay with a 1280 x 720 resolution in a 0.49-inch diagonal size exhibits ultra-high brightness at more than 20,000 nits with very low OLED power consumption of only 130 mW.

Kopin at CES 2020: the largest color micro OLED in the world

VR solutions for the real-world consumer

Kopin’s new technical advances include its patent-pending silicon backplane technology which enables the creation of double-stack OLED structures for microdisplays. A double-stack OLED is two OLED structures connected in series so that carriers (electrons-holes) pass through the double-stack OLED and generate photons twice, instead of once in a conventional single-stack OELD structure. This results in much higher efficiency, higher brightness, lower power consumption and longer lifetime. Combined with patented backplane design architecture for lower power consumption and faster frame rate, Kopin’s Lightning Silicon wafers enable OLED microdisplays to meet the needs of real-world consumer and enterprise applications.

“To date the applications for OLED microdisplays have been limited by the performance and the supply constraints, but we believe Kopin’s Lightning backplane technology and the emergence of high-volume OLED manufacturing facilities is going to greatly expand the applications for OLED microdisplays,” said Dr. John C.C. Fan, CEO of Kopin. “The double-stack OLED microdisplays have exhibited far superior performance already and we believe they will improve further as the technology matures. Our patent-pending backplane wafer technology is critical for us to create the double-stack structure necessary for high performance. We believe the partitioning of the OLED manufacturing into multiple parties, each focusing on their core competencies, will make a huge difference in the OLED microdisplay performance and supply chain.”

Panasonic at CES 2020: the world's first HDR capable UHD VR eyeglassesThe ultimate immersive experience

“For wearable applications, especially for AR, super high brightness (up to 5000 nits) color OLED microdisplays have been the “dream” displays. This is many times brighter than current micro OLED displays. To achieve this high brightness, we believe one must transition from a single stack to a double stack OLED structure. The double stack structure should provide up to approximately 2500 nits with some additional optimization, and by combining it with micro lens technology, we expect to reach the target brightness of 5000 nits in the not too distant future,” said Dr. Boryeu Tsaur, Kopin’s OLED product head.

The introduction of this type of display will not only allow to change the design of VR headsets, which may well look like the VR eyeglasses unveiled by Panasonic, but will also help to push AR solutions forward, as they open new horizons in terms of what is possible. While there are many questions that have no answer yet, from price to how the whole system will work, Panasonic seems to know the end goal for the devices, if and when they reach the market.  One just has to read the words from the company:

“The ultimate immersive experience while gaming or in your personal theater with ultra-high quality visual and audio on these small, lightweight VR Glasses with stylish design featuring Panasonic’s HDR image processing and optical technology.”

Apple Shows Off iPhone 11 Pro Camera in Cool New ‘Experiments’ Video

Apple has released the fourth installment in its “Experiments” series, showing off the iPhone 11 Pro’s camera with a stunning series of shots on the theme of “Fire & Ice,” and then taking us behind the scenes to reveal how each scene was captured.

There are seven Experiments videos in all, but the latest might be the most captivating of the bunch. Each shot captures “elements at their most extreme,” and several of them look like they were created using CGI.

Thing is, they weren’t. As you can see in the accompanying behind-the-scenes video, all of these shots—unlike most of those “Shot on iPhone” productions that Apple releases—could be replicated by anyone with a little know-how and appropriate safety precautions:

Honestly, for as cool as the main video is, the behind the scenes reveal is much more interesting to us. Check out both videos above for a dose of inspiration, and if you enjoyed this video, you can find the full Experiments series on YouTube by clicking here.

(via 9to5Mac via DPReview)