15 Miscast Roles That Completely Ruined Movies

By Cameron Harvey

Every once in a while you get a performance from an actor that is so selfless and honed to perfection that they make everyone else around them better as a result. It’s not an easy task. Acting is reacting, as they say, and the best performances are the ones that play off of each other and challenge one another to take it up to the next level.

On the other side of the equation, every now and then an actor will give a performance that is so baffling, so out of place, or so incredulously and absurdly terrible that the entire film suffers as a result. Sometimes these results are amusing, other times alarming, and occasionally downright despicable.

Whatever the reason for the disaster, they are on film – black and white or glorious Technicolor – for all time, and for all the moviegoing world to watch, appalled, as they sink into their seats and cover their eyes and wonder when this horror is going to come to an end. Disasters very much like the list below.

1. John Wayne, The Conqueror (Dick Powell, 1956)

When Nikita Khrushchev visited America in 1959, he made two requests: to go to Disneyland and meet John Wayne. The man born Marion Morrison in 1907 was an indisputable icon even during his life, a living symbol of America’s frontier-conquering past and the exploration of the West so undeniable even foreign leaders were in awe of him.

Throughout his career, Wayne made a name for himself playing cowboys, lone wolfs, and rugged individualists, and few would argue that he helped defined the American Western during the middle third of the 20th century. However, even icons make mistakes, and arguably the biggest offense Wayne ever committed onscreen was his portrayal of the legendary → continue…

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How to use your phone to diagnose problem lighting

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Phil Rhodes)

How to use your phone to diagnose problem lighting

Light flicker is the bane of many a camera operator, and it isn’t always caused by the mains frequency. Here’s how to diagnose problem lights with your phone!

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    Bellus3D uses the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera to 3D scan your face

    Bellus3D, a Silicon Valley startup that last year launched a 3D face scanning accessory camera for Android smartphones, today unveiled its FaceApp iPhone X application. The app does pretty much the same thing as the accessory camera but does not require any additional hardware as it is making use of the iPhone X’s front-facing TrueDepth camera, which Apple uses for Face ID.

    FaceApp captures more than 250,000 3D data points on a face in 10 seconds while the user slowly turns their head in front of the camera. The app then reconstructs a virtual high-resolution version of the face that can be rotated, zoomed and viewed in three dimensions. Additionally, the face model can be viewed with interactive lighting, using the device’s gyro to control viewing angles.

    The resulting 3D selfie videos can be saved, shared or posted on Facebook.

    The app is not all about 3D selfies though. Bellus3D imagines the technology being used in a range of consumer applications, including: mobile gaming, custom eyeglass design, virtual make-up sessions, medical applications and custom dolls.

    “We are thrilled to be introducing this exciting breakthrough to Apple iPhone X users,” said Eric Chen, co-founder and CEO of Bellus3D. “Our FaceApp takes full advantage of the TrueDepth camera to bring easy-to-use and professional quality face scanning capability to millions of users and will inject an entirely new level of personal presence into our daily use of digital media.”

    Bellus3D is launching a public beta program today, and version 1.0 of FaceApp will be available at no charge. Future releases will allow file export in industry standard 3D formats and the company will also release a Face SDK for iOS to enable third party developers to use the technology.

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    Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2018 Tribeca Immersive Program

    By Admin

    NEW YORK

    The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, has been the premier curator of cutting-edge interactive storytelling for more than a decade. The 2018 Tribeca Immersive program showcases works by artists who are

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    Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 Camera Makes NAB Debut

    By ignite strategic communications

    Woodland Hills, CA

    Panavision, the motion picture industry’s most respected designer, manufacturer and provider of state-of-the-art cinema lenses, high-precision camera systems and…

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    Leica will increase its prices in the US starting May 1st

    According to a report from Red Dot Forum by Leica Store Miami, Leica will increase the price of most of its products in the US starting May 1st. The site has published a list of the 66 products that will become more expensive next month, which includes most Leica M cameras and nearly all M lenses—for example, the Leica M10 with chrome finish will increase in price by $400, from $6,895 to $7,295.

    You can check out the full list here, but according to the report you’ll pay:

    • $200 to $500 more for Leica M cameras
    • $100 to $600 more for Leica M lenses
    • $100 to $200 more for Leica S lenses
    • $45 to $245 more for Leica APS-C gear
    • $245 more for the Leica Q (Typ 116) black anodized model
    • $200 more for the Leica X-U (Typ 113)
    • and a whopping $1,045 more for the Leica S (Typ 007), which will now cost $19,995.

    You’ll notice the SL system, new Thambar 90mm and Noctilux 75mm lenses, and Leica CL camera are not affected by this price increase.

    Per Red Dot Forum’s report, orders placed by April 30th will honor the current, lower prices—that includes items that won’t be in stock until May 1st or later. If you’re in the US and are interesting in purchasing a Leica product, you can browse the full list of affected products here.

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    Rapid VR Creates A Virtual Reality Surf Adventure with World Surf League and Jeep Brand

    By Admin

    LOS ANGELES

    The World Surf League (WSL) and the Jeep® brand announced the release of their virtual reality (VR) experience, Jeep Sessions: A Surfing Journey in 360°.

    Jeep Sessions: A Surfing Journey in 360° follows WSL Championship Tour surfers Jordy Smith and Malia Manuel as each embarks on a Jeep…

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    SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross and Richard Friedel Earn Lifetime Achievement Awards From NATAS

    By Admin

    White Plains, NY

    SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross, senior vice president for East Coast operations at CBS Engineering, and Richard Friedel, executive…

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    Canon U.S.A. to Debut Newest Cinema and Broadcast Products at This Year’s NAB Show

    By Richard The Company Will Showcase Latest Products and Professional Service and Support as well as Provide Hands-on Demonstrations and Panel Discussions at the Show MELVILLE, N.Y., April 4, 2018 – At the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will unveil its newest cinema and … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    5 Things You Should Consider When Adding Text to Video

    By Jourdan Aldredge Here are the five most important things you should consider when adding text to your future film or video editing projects. → continue…

    From:: Premium Beat

    Adobe Premiere Pro CC just got some really useful AI-powered features

    Yesterday, Adobe announced a ‘massive update’ to Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Classic CC, adding new Adobe RAW and Custom profiles that showed the company was taking color and tonality more seriously. But that wasn’t the only update to come out of Adobe this week.

    In preparation for NAB 2018, Adobe has also updated its video editing applications with useful new features for both After Effects and Premiere Pro users, and some really cool Adobe Sensei AI integration specifically for Premiere Pro.

    The video above gives you a good overview, or you can can keep reading to dive a bit deeper.

    Adobe After Effects

    After Effects received a few interesting new features, including a new Advanced Puppet tool for creating complex motions, and Master Properties that allow you to apply changes to individual effects across multiple versions of a composition. Or, to let Adobe explain it:

    With Master Properties, you can create compositions that allow you to control layer properties in a parent composition’s timeline. You can push individual values to all versions of your composition or pull selected changes back to the master.

    Adobe has also added Immersive Environment into After Effects, providing 360-degree and VR content creators with a more efficient workflow.

    Adobe Premiere Pro

    Master Properties and the Advanced Puppet tool are pretty neat, but to see the most useful and impressive new features you’ll have to open Premiere Pro.

    First and foremost, the new Color Match feature leverages the Adobe Sensei AI to automatically apply the color grade of one shot to another. This feature comes complete with Face Detection so Premiere can match skin tones where necessary, and a new split-view allows you to see the results of your color grade as you go, either as an interactive slider → continue…

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    Biamp Systems to Showcase Vocia Networked Paging and Voice Evacuation at ISC West 2018

    By Dundee Hills Group

    BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 4, 2018 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, will showcase its award-winning Vocia® networked paging and voice evacuation system in booth 22140 at this year’s ISC West 2018, April 11-13 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Using a decentralized network architecture, Vocia is designed to eliminate the potential for a single point of system failure and to provide the healthcare industry, corporate offices, convention spaces, and high-volume transportation environments with a reliable, future-proof emergency communications system (ECS).

    Vocia’s distributed networked approach gives security personnel unprecedented flexibility, scalability, intelligibility, and reliability to meet current and future ECS requirements. Vocia uses standard IP technologies such as CobraNet® and VoIP, and it integrates with existing IP networks for multi-site installations. Vocia also meets the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) compliance requirements for voice paging in the United States, as set forth in the 2016 code revisions.

    More information on Biamp’s full product portfolio is available at www.biamp.com.

    Visit Biamp Systems at ISC West, Booth 22140

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    About Biamp Systems

    Biamp Systems, LLC is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each one with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

    Biamp is dedicated to creating products that drive the evolution of communication through sight and sound. The award-winning Biamp product suite includes: Tesira® media system for digital audio and video networking, Devio® collaboration tool for modern workplaces, Audia® digital audio platform, Nexia® digital signal processors, and Vocia® networked public address and voice evacuation system. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, huddle rooms, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, → continue…

    From:: Student Filmmakers

    Cobalt’s New 9971 Series UHD Multiviewers Offer Flexibility, Cost Savings With Wide Range of I/O Configurations

    By Dundee Hills Group

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    Versions Range From Six To 18 Asynchronous 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI Inputs and Provide 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 Outputs at up to Full 3840 x 2160 UHD Resolution

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. April 4, 2018 Cobalt Digital today introduced the new 9971 series UHD multiviewers for openGear® that provide a wide range of I/O configurations with respect to signal count, signal type, and signal interface options. The multiviewer base unit handles six asynchronous 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI signals at the input stage and provides simultaneous 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs at up to full 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution, giving users a cost-effective means of leveraging professional and widely available consumer-grade 4K monitors to display the mosaic image output. In addition to enabling flexible configuration, units in the multiviewer series increase the pixel space available to source signals while maintaining as much original picture information as possible.

    “Our new 4K multiviewers are the perfect complement to our growing line of 4K production and broadcast products,” said Jesse Foster, Cobalt Digital’s director of product and business development. “We are constantly rolling out new features, and the next-gen platform design will provide years of investment protection for our customers.”

    With the additional available resolution, the six-input 9971-MV6-4H-4K can, for example, display two of the 10 total inputs at full 1920 x 1080 resolution while leaving 4096 x 1080 pixels available either for display of the other six inputs or for use as a dynamic DashBoard custom control panel workspace. In the latter example, a computer graphic UI screen is ingested, and active video inputs are displayed over or under the UI screen on the same display. This example uses the 9971-MV6-4H-4K hybrid input version, which adds four independent HDMI 2.0 inputs to the six 12G-SDI base inputs to provide as many as 10 picture-in-picture displays in the combined mosaic output. This → continue…

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    Behind the scenes with some incredible camera robots

    Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee of MKBHD recently took a trip to Portland, OR to meet up with the team behind Motorized Precision and show off some of the incredible camera robots they’ve built. The resulting behind the scenes videos show you why these robots exist, and the kinds of shots they’re able to get that are just plain impossible for a human to recreate with the tools we currently have available.

    Forget stabilizers and dollies and tracks and sliders, a human would have a very hard time capturing a shot like this:

    Which was done like this:

    You might recognize this robot and its CGI-like moves from the commercial that introduced Microsoft’s Surface Studio to the world. Anything that wasn’t CGI or visual effects in that commercial was shot using the KIRA robot:

    Brownlee and the team at Motorized Precision set up several example shots using both the KIRA—MP’s most powerful and capable robot—and the smaller MIA. Both of these are controlled by a piece of software called MP Studio, which also allows you to manipulate the robot using an XBox controller, something Brownlee also demos.

    Check out the full ‘Dope Tech’ video at the top to see more interesting behind-the-scenes shots.

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    SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross and Richard Friedel Earn Lifetime Achievement Awards From NATAS

    By Dundee Hills Group

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    April 8 Awards Presentation in Las Vegas Will Recognize Ross and Friedel for Their Industry-Changing Innovation and Vision

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. April 4, 2018 SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross, senior vice president for East Coast operations at CBS Engineering, and Richard Friedel, executive vice president at FOX Engineering, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards on April 8 in Las Vegas.

    “Robert Ross of CBS and Richard Friedel of FOX have had a hand in many of the innovations enabling today’s advanced media formats and the availability of television anytime, anywhere,” said Chuck Dages, chairman of NATAS. “For their vision and their many significant achievements, the National Academy is pleased to honor them both with our Lifetime Achievement Award in Technology.”

    The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards honor technology companies and individuals whose innovation and vision have materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry.

    “Bob and Richard have made exceptional contributions to SMPTE’s standards development work and have led the way in bringing key technological advances into the realm of reality,” said SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson. “We’re proud to be closely associated with two esteemed leaders in the motion imaging field. We congratulate them both on this latest honor and look forward to celebrating with them at the 2018 NAB Show.”

    About Robert Ross
    Ross has served as senior vice president for East Coast operations at CBS Broadcasting since October 1998, and he has led the engineering and technical teams and overseen → continue…

    From:: Student Filmmakers