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Adobe Premiere Adds Pro Productions Features

Adobe Premiere Adds Pro Productions Features

Adobe Premiere Pro is set to receive a major feature set update, focused on professional productions. Built from the ground up “with top filmmakers and Hollywood editorial teams” in mind, these features could change how you work on large or complex projects.

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Sundance 2020 Dispatch 3: Some Kind of Heaven, Black Bear, The Fight

The Villages—a planned retirement community approximately 130,00 strong in Florida—has, its happiest residents say, “everything”: an orthopedic clinic, karate classes, a bank, etc. There’s overlap here with limited American ideas about what, exactly, the Good Life might look like as cruelly/accurately imagined in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, whose community for the shrunk-down to live out the rest of their lives is a strip mall adjacent to character-less suburban sprawl. Lance Oppenheim’s Some Kind of Heaven, which explores The Villages through three subjects, isn’t here to either celebrate or roast a community established, as its founder explains in archival footage, to suggest a kind […]

SIGMA Cine Lenses with Cooke’s /i Technology used in Top Gun: Maverick

SIGMA Cine Lenses with Cooke’s /i Technology used in Top Gun: Maverick

The first batch of SIGMA CINE LENS with  Cooke’s /i Technology arrives in February to the market, but some of the lenses have already been tested in commercial production in Top Gun: Maverick.

If you drooled while viewing the behind-the scenes short film of Top Gun: Maverick, released December 18, 2019, you’re probably not alone. Under the banner “Real flying. Real G-forces. Pure adrenaline.”, the revealing trailer was much more enthusiastically received than the first trailer, from July 2019, and even the December 16 trailer, because it shows not only some of the most exciting air-to-air and cockpit videos of any aviation film, but it also takes audiences behind-the-scenes, to understand what the actors – and the crews – had to go through to make this story happen.

The video released by Paramount Pictures shows how the U.S. Navy cooperated with Hollywood for this sequel to the 1986 original. Not only did Tom Cruise, the other actors and a lot of cameras go onboard the aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Abraham Lincoln, they also got onboard the F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornets for the aerial sequences. Yes, actors had to endure some of the most difficult aerial experiences, all to capture the most realistic facial expressions you’ll see in Top Gun: Maverick. Remember, when you see the pilot’s faces in the movie, you’re watching their expressions while flying, even if they were passengers in the backseat.

SIGMA Cine Lenses with Cooke’s /i Technology used in Top Gun: Maverick
Motion Picture Aerial Coordinator and Stunt Pilot Kevin LaRosa II takes a moment between aerial sequences on-set of the next Hollywood blockbuster with the CineJet.

The CineJet Albatros

To capture those scenes, filmmakers installed an array of Sony VENICE cameras – six – inside the cockpit, and the images in the behind-the scenes featurette show what can be achieved with this setup. Director Joseph Kosinski and cinematographer Claudio Miranda have taken the concept of filming inside a cockpit to a whole new level, and the result is likely to make Top Gun: Maverick something special in terms of aerial filming. As Jerry Bruckheimer says, “ an aviation film like this has never been done and the chance is that it will never be done again”.

Although the Sony VENICE, which is IMAX certified, is the primary camera used in the new Top Gun, it is not the only camera used by the crews. Many of the aerial sequences were also shot using the SHOTOVER Camera F1 RUSH, a customized gyro-stabilized camera system designed for high-speed aerial cinematography, mounted on an Aero L-39 Albatros jet owned by CineJet and Helinet Aviation. The dynamic scenes  were captured under the direction of Aerial Coordinator Kevin LaRosa II, Helinet Aviation VP of Aerial Film Production. As PVC suggested months ago, an aerial system based on the SHOTOVER system was used.

Shot on SIGMA

Prototypes of the new SIGMA lenses were also used for shooting “Top Gun: Maverick”,  an initial rumor that was confirmed by an early comment from cinematographer Claudio Miranda. SIGMA is keen to use the information as a a piece of its marketing for the new lenses. When you visit SIGMA’s website, the new Top Gun film is already added to the list of Shot on SIGMA.

Optimized for large-format camera systems and 8K shooting, the FF High Speed Prime Line lenses deliver stunning image quality in compact construction. A new addition to this prime lens lineup comes with electronic contacts that supports Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol for Art Prime PL mount lenses.

By using an /i Technology-compatible cine lens with a cine camera that supports the same protocol, users can see and record lens metadata such as focus distance, focal length, and aperture. This helps streamline compositing in the post production process. This is particularly suitable for the latest forms of filmmaking, such as VFX, that call for detailed shooting data.

For SIGMA customers who has already purchased a SIGMA PL mount lens, Mount Conversion Service is available to convert the lenses to /i Technology-compatible PL mount. In order to apply for the service, those interested should contact their nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.

Can You Understand This Baffling Camera Setting?

Can You Understand This Baffling Camera Setting?

Do you ever get the feeling that people who make menu settings on cameras and manual instructions to follow are having a laugh at your expense by making things so confusing? Can you explain this Canon menu riddle to me? Because it’s baffling me.

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“The Objects of a Time Passed”: Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw | The Truffle Hunters

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? Our film is about a group of mirthful old truffle hunters who live in the forests of Northern Italy.  The time spent in their world felt like moving through a fairytale storybook where every object had a past and every cobblestone street and wooded path holds a secret waiting to be […]

Circles or Squares: A Beginners Guide to Filter Formats for Landscape Photography

Circles or Squares: A Beginners Guide to Filter Formats for Landscape Photography

Many aspiring photographers get intimidated by landscape photography because of their unfamiliarity to filters. While filters are not 100% essential to learning landscape, understanding this topic before making choices can lead you towards better gear decisions.

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What is the Future of Interactive Storytelling?

The New Frontier program is opening up possibilities that are both terrifying and thrilling.

Virtual and Augmented realities are here, they are becoming more powerful every day and the possibilities seem endless.

The creators behind the most innovative uses of the tech sat down with us and discussed the future of the tech, the endless possibilities, the opportunities to get in now on the ground floor, and what it’s like the be in the nascent wild-west stage of a new art form.

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Voices From Sundance: “Miss Juneteenth” Editor Courtney Ware

Art of the Cut Bonus episode Voices from Sundance Podcast with Miss Juneteenth editor Courtney Ware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to a special podcast series from Steve Hullfish and ProVideo Coalition! For the next few weeks, in addition to the regular Tuesday episodes of the Art of the Cut, we will be releasing Steves conversations with the editors of the top films at Sundance Film Festival 2020.

In the first episode of this limited series, Steve talks with Courtney Ware about her work on “Miss Juneteenth.” Courtney’s previous credits include “Light from Light”, “Never Goin’ Back” & “Sunny in the Dark.” You can listen to the full episode below:

The Voices from Sundance series is sponsored by Endcrawl. Endcrawls cloud render engine turns around preview renders in minutes, and 2k and 4k renders in about a half hour. The Endcrawl render engine is on-demand 24/7 so even if you’re in a late night session, you can sign in to your project, fix that typo — or add that late-breaking special thanks — with one click. Listeners of the Art of the Cut can skip the waitlist if you sign up using endcrawl.com/aotc. This is a limited time offer so if you want to skip the line go to endcrawl.com/aotc today!

Interested in listening to more podcasts focused on the art and craft of editing? Check out the Art of the Cut Podcast!

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“It Was As if We Shot With Ektachrome”: DP Balthazar Lab on Olla

After answering an ad for an Eastern European dating service, Olla moves in with a Frenchman named Pierre and his aging mother—and nothing goes as expected. Olla is the short film of first time writer/director Ariane Labed, and DP Balthazar Lab talks about the importance of a strong relationship between DPs and directors, finding solutions with a small budget, and shooting on super16.  Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Lab: A strong relationship with your director is […]

“It’s Always Fascinating to Realize the Divergence of Feelings and Meanings”: Editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis on Olla

Olla, an Eastern European woman, finds herself in a sketchy situation after she answers a dating ad and moves to the French suburbs to live with Pierre and his aging mother. Editor Yorgos Mavrosaridis talks about collaborating with director Ariane Labed and his natural penchant for the process. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the editor of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Mavropsaridis: It was Ariane’s choice. I happily accepted after reading the script. Filmmaker: In terms of advancing your film from its earliest assembly to […]

6 Wrong Ideas That Will Stop You From Improving Your Photography

6 Wrong Ideas That Will Stop You From Improving Your Photography

A lot of things are said about photography that are not always correct. Many photographers might get the wrong idea about a lot of things. Are you one of those photographers?

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72nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards  

The 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Guild Awards was held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The annual ceremony honored talented directors across 11 major categories within the film and television space, along with 2 lifetime achievement awards. The show was hosted by Judd Apatow. The […]

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“Walls are Used to Separate the ‘Normal’ From the ‘Different’”: Radu Ciorniciuc | Acasa, My Home

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? Integral to my film are the concrete walls around the Bucharest Delta, the place where most of the action of Acasa, My Home is happening. The story of the walls around the Bucharest Delta starts with the plan of Nicolae Ceausescu, the former Romanian communist dictator, to build the largest artificial […]

“Centering and Amplifying Trans Voices With Elegance and Dignity”: Sam Feder | Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? Using a technology that has historically dehumanized trans people, we focused on centering and amplifying trans voices with elegance and dignity. Using an anamorphic lens was integral for this. Historically, films favored an anamorphic format when shooting epic stories or explorations of new frontiers—that’s how we envision transgender liberation. Our aesthetic […]

“The Semicircle of Empty Chairs Being Set Up and Attended To”: James D. Stern | Giving Voice

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? I think the shot of the semicircle of empty chairs being set up and attended to before the finals of the competition at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway in New York is the prop or set design that truly stays with me. The image speaks to the anticipation of the […]

Video: Five reasons you still need vintage lenses in 2020

Photographer and filmmaker Mark Holtze has shared a video explaining ‘5 Reasons Why You Need Vintage Lenses in 2020.’

Throughout the eight-minute video, Holtze highlights five particular reasons vintage, manual lenses still make sense despite increasingly-impressive lenses manufacturers are making nowadays. Holtze says in a comment beneath the video ‘I could have made a list of top 100, but honestly…nobody is sitting through 90 mins of this,’ so eight minutes it is.

Not all of the reasons will make sense for all photographers or filmmakers, but each is valid in their own way. You can find more videos from Holtze on his YouTube channel and keep up with his work on Instagram and Twitter.

“A Handwritten Sign That Says: ‘Fearless, Revolutionary, Optimism’”: Fernando Villena | Giving Voice

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly integral to your film? What story does it tell? The object that stands out the most for me is a sign that one of our students featured in the documentary, Freedom Martin, had taped up on his wall. It’s a handwritten sign that says: “Fearless, Revolutionary, Optimism.” Freedom goes on to explain that it’s a quote from Stephen McKinley Henderson’s […]