What’s The Secret That’s Holding You Back?

By philcooke

I’m on the road this week, and yesterday, while pulling out of my hotel parking lot for a dinner meeting, I watched a man dressed in workout clothes open his car trunk. Looking around to see if anyone was watching, he quietly pulled a quart bottle of vodka out of the trunk and began filling […] → continue…

From:: Phil Coke

BPS 007: How to Create an Emotional Impact in Your Screenplay with Karl Iglesias – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

How to Create an Emotional Impact in Your Screenplay with Karl Iglesias This week we were lucky enough to have as our guest best-selling author Karl Iglesias. He has written award-winning books including The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, Writing for Emotional Impact, and Cut to the Chase. (FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSIONS HERE) I discovered Karl Iglesias’ work reading Writing…

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Inovativ Apollo – The 40% Stronger Compact Camera Cart

By Tim Fok

Cult favorite cart manufacturer Inovativ has announced a new flagship line of carts. The Inovativ Apollo is a new heavy duty, portable camera cart offering up to 40% more strength over previous models.

Inovativ Apollo 40 with/without drawers

Inovativ has been around for some time, gaining status as the go-to for owner-operator camera carts.

Their existing range offers high customizable camera carts that hold a distinct advantage over other manufactures in that they can pack down into an extremely low profile.

The newly announced Inovativ Apollo takes a stride closer to build over portability – boasting figures like 40% stronger, with 14% thicker verticals, 56% thicker shelves.

The result is two length models, 40 and 52 both with a 1200lbs (544kg) weight capacity. The models reside either side of a typical Magliner senior length (around 50”).

You’d expect such an increase in build comes less portability, in weight terms that’s about right – the Inovativ Apollo 40 and 52 weigh as light as 102 lbs. and 115lbs respectively, meaning neither with a standard airline (this is one of the advantages of the smaller Scout line).

Yet both still pack down to the thickness of both shelves – fantastic for local travel.

What’s new over the existing lines?

One side of the top shelf now folds down; great for if you’re using your cart as a DIT station and need prolonged desktop access.

The aforementioned strengthened verticals now sit much closer to the corners of the cart, maximizing shelf space.

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From:: Cinema 5d

10 Great Movies To Watch If You Liked “Annihilation”

By Chris van Dijk


For those who have been fans of Alex Garland’s written work and his cinematic directorial debut “Ex Machina,” “Annihilation” was eagerly anticipated. “Annihilation” was based on Jeff VanderMeer’s original novel of the same name, which was also the first part of a cerebral and mysterious trilogy known as “The Southern Reach.” Reading the original novel, it became clear that adapting it wasn’t going to be easy and when the trailer eventually came out, it diverted a lot from the source material.

Many feared that the finished film was compromised by the studio, as reports leaked out about how the main financier was worried that the film was ”too intellectual.” The film was originally supposed to be distributed by Paramount, but had then been sold to Netflix after poor test screenings.

Only those who lived in either the United States, Canada or China had the virtue of seeing this splendorous film in theaters, while the rest of Europe and the UK had to be content with streaming it via Netflix.

One apparent difference from the novel and the trailer was its emphasis on monster horror. Though there were hints of monster action in the novel, it was mostly kept to the reader’s imagination as the main character – named ‘the biologist’ in the book – would find the gory remains of numerous victims instead of witnessing actual slaughter. In the trailer, we already saw a strange bearlike organism attack the main characters. This could have been perceived as a studio mandate – stripping down the film’s intellectualism and bulking up conventional horror beats.

It turns out that we had nothing to fear. Garland won the final cut and “Annihilation” is his complete vision. In a strange twist, the changes to the novel worked, not just because they translate better to the medium of → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Intellytech goes RGB with the LiteCloth RGBW LC-160 2’x2′ Foldable LED Mat

By Erik Naso

The Intellytech LC-160 LiteCloth 2’x2′ Foldable LED Mat is a nice light. I did a full hands-on review recently and was very pleased with the performance and light quality. Intellytech at NAB…

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Kinotehnik Practilite 802 First look

By Matthew Allard ACS

Today at NAB we got a look at the Kinotehnik Practilite 802 bi-colour, a high output half panel LED light. The Practilite 802 has been designed to be a powerful and…

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Atomos Ninja V: a 1000nit 4K monitor/recorder for smaller cameras

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Adrian Pennington)

Atomos Ninja V: a 1000nit 4K monitor/recorder for smaller cameras

Atomos announces what could be an ideal 4K HDR monitor recorder at an affordable price for smaller camera setups.

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  • PQ
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    From:: RedShark News

    NAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control Systems

    By Jourdan Aldredge DJI showed off its latest camera control technology with the Master Wheel and Force Pro at NAB 2018. We take a closer look. DJI, the Chinese technology … → continue…

    From:: Premium Beat

    DJI’s new Master Wheels and Force Pro offer ultra-precise gimbal control

    Amid the wares DJI introduced at NAB 2018 this week are a pair of professional gimbal control tools designed for “every level of filmmaker and scenario.” Called the Master Wheels and Force Pro, these two DJI products are built to control the company’s Ronin 2 and Ronin-S gimbals, offering high precision control and hoping to simplify the shooting of complex and/or fast-moving scenes.

    DJI Master Wheels

    Master Wheels is a control device that adjusts gimbal movements using a trio of weighted wheels. These wheels control roll, pan, and tilt in part using ultra-high-res optical encoders capable of detecting “the subtlest” adjustments, DJI explains. Each wheel’s angle can be adjusted, and the wheels can also be detached.

    Master Wheels supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless transmission and has an operating distance of more than 1.9 miles / 3km. Latency is as low as 10ms, and users have the option of detaching the wireless transmitter to remotely mount it with a 5m / 16ft cord, providing a stronger signal.

    Other features include dials to control dampening, speed, and smoothness, support for 1/4″ and 3/8″ accessories, and a dedicated Mitchell mount on the main console’s base.

    DJI Force Pro

    The other product announced at NAB 2018, Force Pro, enables users to remotely control gimbals via a 2.4GHz/5GHz wireless transmission system and DJI’s remote control tech. Force Pro also offers latency as low as 10ms, plus a CANBUS cable physical tether with a 200Hz signal for avoiding interference issues.

    The control tool also features a built-in Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and compass that work together to prevent gimbal drifting and improve movement precision. Force Pro features up to 5 hours of battery life and supports recharging using the CANBUS port, USB-C, and a DC-in port.

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    From:: DPreview

    PXW-FS5 II Secret Sauce and Venice Colour Science.

    By alisterchapman

    FS5II-1-1024x564 PXW-FS5 II Secret Sauce and Venice Colour Science.

    At NAB 2018 a very hot topic is the launch of the FS5 II. The FS5 II is an update on the existing FS5 that includes the FS Raw output option and the HFR option as standard. So out of the box this means that this camera will be a great match to an Atomos Inferno to take advantage of the new Apple ProRes Raw codec.

    Just like the FS5 the FS5 II can shoot using a range of different gamma curves including Rec-709, HLG, S-Log2 and S-Log3. So for those more involved projects where image control is paramount you can shoot in log (or raw) then take the footage into your favourite grading software and create whatever look you wish. You can tweak and tune your skin tones, play with the highlight roll off and create that Hollywood blockbuster look – with both the FS5 and the FS5 II. There is no change to this other than the addition of FS-Raw as standard on the FS5 II.

    The big change, is to the cameras default colour science.

    New color science from the Sony PXW-FS5 II

    Ever since I started shooting on Sony cameras, which was a very long time ago, they have always looked a certain way. If you point a Sony camera at a Rec-709 test chart you will find that the colours are actually quite accurate, the color patches on the chart lining up with the target boxes on a vector scope. All Sony cameras look this way so that if you use several different cameras on the same project they should at least look very similar, even if one of those cameras is a few years old. But this look and standard was establish many years ago when camera and TV technology was nowhere near as → continue…

    From:: XDCAM-USER

    NAB 2018: Watch these camera robots ‘dance’ at the Nikon booth

    Nikon-owned Mark Roberts Motion Control (aka MRMC) brought its high-speed Bolt and Bolt Junior ‘cinebot’ camera robots to NAB this year. And in a fit of “just because we can, probably means we should,” the company decided to choreograph a little dance number for the two robots on the showroom floor.

    DPReview decided to skip NAB this year, but friend of the site Jim Goldstein graciously allowed us to share his two videos of the bots in action. To quote Jim, it seems it’s “Out with ‘booth babes’ at NAB and in with ‘booth bots’.” We 100% support that decision.

    You can see the full routine from two angles in the video above and below.

    Videos by Jim M. Goldstein and used with permission.

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    From:: DPreview

    NAB 2018 has been full of big, industry changing surprises

    By noreply@redsharknews.com (Ned Soltz)

    NAB 2018 has been full of big, industry changing surprises

    Ned Soltz reflects on the new technology being shown and his aching feet as he takes us through the major announcements of the first day of NAB 2018.

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    • BMPCC4K
    • Atomos
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      From:: RedShark News

      PGA TOUR Introduces New Advertising Campaign, Capturing Vitality of Today’s TOUR

      By Admin

      Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

      For the first time in more than 20 years, the PGA TOUR is launching a new advertising campaign designed to capture and celebrate the energy and spirit of today’s TOUR. Titled “Live Under Par,” the campaign plays on golf’s unique scoring…

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      From:: Shoot OnLine

      ADG Film Society Presents Grand Hotel Screening Honoring Cedric Gibbons (1890-1960), MGM’s Legendary Oscar-Winning Art Director

      By Admin

      GRAND HOTEL (1932) will launch the

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      iFixit teardown reveals OIS on all three cameras in the Huawei P20 Pro

      Credit: iFixit

      The team at iFixit has performed its usual teardown on the new Huawei P20 Pro triple-cam equipped smartphone to assess the device’s repairability. The score for the latter is 4/10—which means it’s probably advisable to leave repairs to trained service personnel—but far more interesting to us photographers is the detailed look iFixit got at the Huawei triple-camera setup.

      You can see the full teardown here, but the main and most pleasant surprise is that Huawei actually built in more stabilization than their specs revealed.

      In the official Huawei specifications, only the tele-lens with 80mm equivalent focal length is listed as optically stabilized, while the RGB main camera and the the monochrome secondary unit rely on the Kirin chipset’s neural processing unit for ensuring sharp images. However, according to the iFixit engineers, all three cameras come equipped with OIS hardware, which makes us wonder if there are plans to activate this hardware via a firmware update at some point in the future.

      Credit: iFixit

      The image above shows the triple-camera in all its glory. The primary RGB camera is placed at the center of the setup and uses a large 40MP 1/1.7 inch sensor with an F1.8 aperture and a maximum ISO setting of 102,400, on the left you can see the 20 MP monochrome camera with F/1.6 aperture, and the 8MP/F2.4 telephoto is on the right. Next to the triple-camera the engineers have placed the 24MP front unit.

      For more information and images, as well a video showing the OIS hardware, check out the full report on ifixit.com.

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      From:: DPreview