The 10 Most Overrated Best Picture Winners Ever

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

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Every year since 1929, Hollywood has gathered together on one night of the year to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements. Twenty four awards are given out, with their recipients voted for by thousands of Academy members.

The most sought after and recognised award is that of the Best Picture award with the nominees in that category considered to be the best of the best – the films that show the pinnacle of filmmaking that year.

Recently the 90th Academy Awards took place with The Shape of Water winning the highest accolade of Best Picture. As with every Best Picture award given out, there are those who feel that another film was more deserving or that another film has lost out. And with the awards celebrating their ninetieth year – there are bound to be films that the Academy did not make the right choice on.

A Best Picture winner should essentially not only be the best film of the year, but it should also be a film that stands the test of time and can be looked back on as an example of excellent filmmaking.

With that in mind, this list looks at a number of Best Picture winners that may now be considered overrated. This is especially when viewed next to the other nominees of that year. This does not mean that the following films are bad or not great viewing, but there are films from the same year that just pip them to the post as the best film of the year.

10. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire was a massive hit with both audiences and critics, starting off as a sleeper hit and eventually earning $378 million at the box office. It was named in various top ten lists in its year of release and widely nominated. → continue…

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Individual Grease Packs for DIY Iris De-Clicking

By Matthew Duclos With the ever growing popularity of new and vintage photography SLR lenses being used for cinematic projects, the Cine-Mod®, popularized by Duclos Lenses back in the turn of the millennium, has become increasingly attractive to DIY users. Duclos Lenses recognized this trend and decided to bring a new product to market – Individual Grease Packs … Continue reading Individual Grease Packs for DIY Iris De-Clicking → continue…

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The 10 Greatest Movies Ever Made

By Robert Kirkendall

These are the greatest films of all time. They are the reason people watch movies. They fill you with joy, sadness, hope, laughter, and everything else you are suppose to feel. They are the reason directors even try to make films. They are the reason why you live life 24 frames a second. They are the only place true cinephiles live. They are the only drug that can get you high. They are everything you wish you saw in society. They are the parents that raised you to be the people you are today. They are the reason you spend so many hours in the dark. They are the only happiness you find on those awful, rainy days.

They contain the moments that you try to share with the ones you love. The moments that you keep visiting year after year like an old friend. The moments that motivate you to keep going. The moments that change who you are as a person. The moments you relive more than your actual memories. The moments you try to recreate in your life.

These are the only things that never let you down in life. These are quite possibly the only reason you are alive. These are the study guides you actually study. These are the things you swipe right on. These are the things you lie awake thinking about at night. These are the things you use to test whether or not you’ll date someone. These are the best days. These are the worst days. These are the only manuals to life that you need. These are the things you cuddle at night when you’re lonely. These are the things you cry about at night. These are the things you talk about day and night. These are the things that you → continue…

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Here Are Some Claimed Specifications For One of the Prototype Canon Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras [CR1]

By Canon Rumors We’ve been receiving a lot of information lately about Canon’s upcoming full frame mirrorless camera, the following information is apparently about one of the prototype camera bodies currently being tested. Canon Full Frame Mirrorless Prototype Specifications: Look & Feel: large grip with top LCD, very comfortable to hold; dials are very similar to those we … → continue…

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Nuovo SYRP Genie II ora con controlli di movimento multiasse avanzati e molto altro

By News

La Syrp ha annunciato Genie II ora più potente, più veloce e più silenzioso rispetto al suo predecessore, ma costruito con la stessa attenzione alla semplicità, alla portabilità e funzionalità. Tra le tante nuove funzionalità aggiunte al Syrp Genie II ora è possibile trovare l’impostazione completa dei keyframe per sequenze time-lapse, controllo completo della telecamera, funzionalità di

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Panasonic interview: “Our business philosophy is based on ‘changing photography'”

From L-R, Hidenari Nishikawa, Asistant Chief, Merchandising Group, Kohei Fukugawa, Supervisor, Software Design Group, Tetsuji Kamio, Staff Engineer, Image ENgineering Group, Emi Fujiwara, PR / Communication Group, Naoki Tanizawa, Manager, Communication Group, Michiharu Uematsu, Advisor, Merchandising Group.

Recently we visited the 2018 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan and booked an in-depth interview with Panasonic. Among the topics covered were the company’s new twin flagships, the Lumix GH5S and G9, as well as how Panasonic hopes to grow their appeal to professional and advanced amateur stills photographers.

The following interview has been edited slightly for clarity and flow.

Why did you feel that the GH5S was necessary, when the updated GH5 is in many ways so competitive?

The Panasonic Lumix GH5S comes with an oversized 10MP sensor that forgoes a stabilizer, but allows for shooting in multiple aspect ratios without cropping the field of view.

For the GH5, we aimed for hybrid users shooting both photos and video. We thought that we needed 20MP for stills, and that was kind of a compromise for video users. With the GH5S, we had a lot of video users who wanted more video capability, but with the conventional [20MP] sensor, it was quite difficult to shoot in low light situations because of [hardware and software] limitations.

Professional shooters will prefer a multi-aspect sensor versus IBIS

So we developed a video-centric camera to open up more freedom for video users by having a 10MP sensor, which is good for low light. Also, we incorporated multi-aspect ratios, which many people prefer to have. For example, professional shooters will prefer a multi-aspect sensor versus IBIS.

Is there a technical reason why the G9 and GH5-series continue to rely on contrast-detect autofocus with depth-from defocus technology in preference to a hybrid/PDAF system?

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Swapping a Canon EOS 1D X Mark II for a Sony A9 (Luke Massey)

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sony A9 vs Canon 1DXMarkII via Camerasize. The Sony A9 is the first camera aiming to win over professional Canon/Nikon photographers. Photogearnews shared a short interview with one of the Canon pro’s that made the big switch: We spoke to wildlife photographer and cameraman, Luke Massey, about his camera kit, his work and how he […]

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Sony Tidbits…

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sony a7r3 w/Godox ad600 – Sand Dunes Photoshoot Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,, How to buy a high-end camera in 2018 (Engadget). Fuji once more closes the door to any Fuji Full Frame camera development (Mirrorlessrumors). Things We Love: Really Right Stuff Base Plates […]

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The 10 Worst Movies With Big Star Cast

By David Zou

It’s always great to see a movie with a stellar ensemble cast. Movies like The Help, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and American Hustle benefit from excellent casts that eventually led them to being awards favorites. It’s less great to see a movie waste a talented cast.

Contrary to popular belief, that actually happens far more than the average person believes. A good cast does not equal a good movie, and that’s never been more clear than when this list was put together.

Below are ten movies that simply don’t know what to do with their exceptional casts. More accurately, these are the ten worst movies with excellent casts. There is a lot of competition, but these ones stand out as the worst of the worst.

To be included in the list, a movie has to have at least five highly bankable stars. The movie also has to be notably bad, but that part should have been pretty obvious. The good news is that most of these stars recovered. The bad news is that they still have to admit to being in these sucky movies.

10. Ocean’s Twelve

Soderbergh isn’t one to make mistakes, but Ocean’s Twelve is a shining example of a career misstep. While the film isn’t the worst thing directed by Soderbergh (that dubious honor goes to Full Frontal), it’s certainly the most soul crushingly disappointing. After the blockbuster success of Ocean’s Eleven, folks decided to tinker with an unrelated script and turn it into an Ocean’s movie. The result was a messy and convoluted heist movie without any of the brains found in its predecessor.

Since this is a sequel to a massively successful movie, it’s not surprising that the top notch cast decided to hop back in for round two. Unlike other movies on → continue…

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László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer Awards

By (Tony Costa)

László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer Awards

The Sparks Camera and Lightning LTD, The Hungarian Society of Cinematographers and the HSC Crew School has founded the László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer Awards. This award continues the traditions of the Aranyszem (Goldeneye) Cinematographer Awards which was founded in 2004 by Emil Novák.

The awards will be given out every year in January. The first award ceremony was on January 30th, 2018 in the Pesti Vigadó. Here the widows of László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond handed Life

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From left to right: Susan Jane Roether, Zsigmond’s widow; Sarah Marie
Monday, Vilmos niece, Audrey Vaught Kovacs László Kovács widow and
Julianna Maria Kovacs László’s daughter.

Achievement Awards to János Kende, Lajos Koltai, Elemér Ragályi, Gyula Pados and Sándor Sára. Vilmos Zsigmond has supported the student category of the Goldneye awards since 2005. For this reason this was the only category this year.

From left to right: Sándor Sára, István Szabó Oscar winning director,
Lajos Koltai President of the HSC, Elemér Ragályi and Lajos Kende

The jury was made of Tamás Lajos producer, András Nagy cinematographer, Csaba Káel director – who worked with Zsigmond Vilmos in Bánk bán – and Emil Novák cinematographer and President of the Hungarian Film Academy. The winner of the student category also received Vilmos Zsigmond’s camera package from Sparks Camera and Lightning LTD. and service offer from the Hungarian Film Laboratory.
2018 is an important year for the cinematographers’ society, because it marks the 80th anniversary of the first organization of cinematographers founded by István Somkuti in 1938.

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The supporters of the László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer Awards were: Hungarian Academy of Arts, National Film Foundation and Sparks Ltd.

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The Huawei P20 Pro is another big step forward for phone cameras

By (Phil Rhodes)

The Huawei P20 Pro is another big step forward for phone cameras

Each time a new top of the range smartphone is released, it seems as though mobile video and photography takes another step forward. The Huawei P20 Pro looks to be no exception to this. Phil Rhodes looks further.

  • sensor fusion
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  • Depth of Field
  • depth mapping
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    Fotopro Mogo flexible monopod kits are designed for various photography needs

    Photo gear company Fotopro has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a series of photography kits centered around Mogo, a flexible monopod based on the Fotopro UFO. Mogo features flexible legs that can be wrapped around a rail or post, used on uneven surfaces and more. The monopod has a universal screw-head and removable mount for use with mobile devices, action, mirrorless and any other type of camera.

    “Our aim in delivering Mogo with additional gear was to ensure each gear kit was mobile, lightweight and easy to put together and apart for anyone,” Fotopro explains on Indiegogo, where the campaign is live.

    The company is offering a total of four kits (detailed below), each designed for a different usage scenario. The Mogo monopod itself has an 800g / 1.7lbs maximum capacity, can be used underwater and features a metallic wire core covered by a rubber skin. Fotopro expects to ship the kits to Indiegogo backers starting in June; the prices listed below are discounts from the planned eventual MSRPs.

    Mogo Starter Kit ($39):

    – Mogo Monopod
    – Bluetooth Remote Trigger
    – Small Metal Tripod Stand
    – Smartphone Clamp (x2)
    – GoPro Screw

    Mogo Tablet Kit ($49):

    – Mogo Monopod
    – Bluetooth Remote Trigger
    – Metal Tripod Stand
    – Smartphone Clamp (x2)
    – Large Tablet Clamp
    – GoPro Screw

    Mogo Mobility Kit ($59):

    – Mogo Monopod
    – Bluetooth Remote Trigger
    – UGO2 Flexible Tripod
    – Smart Metal Tripod
    – Smartphone Clamp (x2)
    – GoPro Screw

    Influence Kit ($99):

    – Mogo Monopod
    – Bluetooth Remote Trigger
    – Smartphone Clamp (x2)
    – Large Tablet Clamp
    – Sliding Metal Bar
    – Metal Tripod Stand
    – Mic Clamp
    – Mic Dampender
    – LED Light
    – GoPro Screw

    Via: Indiegogo

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    Pond5 and DJI to offer licensable collection of aerial footage

    A new partnership between DJI and stock video library Pond5 might make it easier for Part 107 certified drone operators to connect with potential stock footage customers – and vice versa.

    Anyone with a DJI drone and an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certification can apply to participate as a video creator. Accepted applicants’ videos will be included in a Pond5 + DJI collection. Prospective customers will also be assured that the videos in the collection were shot by FAA certified drone operators, and can therefore be used for commercial purposes.

    Applications can be submitted at Pond5’s website.

    Press release

    Pond5 and DJI Join Forces to Create an Online Marketplace for Aerial Footage from FAA Certified Pilots and Filmmakers

    Program will curate and promote collections of aerial footage captured by licensed pilots using DJI drones to Pond5’s millions of users searching for professional video

    NEW YORK MARCH 28, 2018 – Global content marketplace Pond5 and DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today launched an innovative collaboration to develop a premium collection of licensable aerial footage.

    By applying to join this program, pilots operating with a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is required for commercial use, will be eligible to have their footage included in a series of collections shot exclusively with DJI drones.

    Pond5 will showcase these collections to its millions of users, while denoting video clips shot by licensed pilots in searches for customers who need to ensure their video assets comply with Part 107. Pilots will also be able to leverage Pond5’s industry knowledge to identify their most in-demand shots and obtain assistance in preparing their footage for licensing in the Pond5 marketplace.

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    NAB 2018: What You Should Know Before You Go

    By Robbie Janney With NAB 2018 on the way, here’s what you need to know before you go, including the big announcements we’ve heard so far. → continue…

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