The 10 Best Prisoner of War Movies

By Bernardo Viotti

War has been a favorite topic of cinema from the very beginning of the medium. Few experiences can compare to the extremes of war, the stakes are huge and few subjects make for such compelling narratives. It’s no coincidence that Hollywood’s Golden Age ran right through World War II, starting in the mid-thirties and continuing on to the early fifties.

However, there is a particular genre of war film that didn’t have its heyday during the war, but after– in part because it focused on an aspect of the fighting which filmmakers weren’t eager to highlight during the conflict –the genre of films that deal with the experiences of prisoners of war.

As a whole, films in this genre tend to follow a set structure. Men from different walks of life, sometimes different countries are imprisoned together under the harsh circumstances of war and must band together to escape.

POW movies provide more than a convenient movie formula, they make for perennial classics because they explore universal themes of human nature, our capacity for self-sacrifice and the unshakable determination that comes with the innate desire for freedom.

10. Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

Staring Frank Sinatra as the complex Colonel Von Ryan– an American officer despite the German name –who leads a group of British and American POWs on a mission to escape the Italian peninsula after they capture the train transporting them from Southern Italy into the German heartland.

Conceived after the success of The Great Escape, Von Ryan’s Express can at times feel like a cheesy imitation that adds the train element to keep things fresh. The performances aren’t always convincing, the rear-projection effects haven’t aged well and the film’s attempts at humor fall largely flat, but if we’re willing to overlook its flaws, the film can be → continue…

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NAB 2018 Megathread

By Newsshooter

Now that the dust has settled from last week’s NAB Show 2018, we have compiled a master list of all the stories from the show. Of course, we also have…

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NAB 2018 Megathread

By Newsshooter

Now that the dust has settled from last week’s NAB Show 2018, we have compiled a master list of all the stories from the show. Of course, we also have…

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Not Everyone Has To Know About Your Calling Or Mission

By philcooke

In so many cases, when we’ve discovered our calling, or launched a new idea, project, or mission, we want to shout it from the housetops. I’m as guilty as anyone, because when a great idea hits, I want to share it with everyone. But there’s really good counsel in holding it back from some people […] → continue…

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Not Everyone Has To Know About Your Calling Or Mission

By philcooke

In so many cases, when we’ve discovered our calling, or launched a new idea, project, or mission, we want to shout it from the housetops. I’m as guilty as anyone, because when a great idea hits, I want to share it with everyone. But there’s really good counsel in holding it back from some people […] → continue…

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Blackmagic’s Cintel Scanner 2 makes 35mm film scanning as easy as a photocopier

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Adrian Pennington)

Blackmagic's Cintel Scanner 2 makes 35mm film scanning as easy as a photocopier

Film isn’t dead. It just needs a new digital life. Enter the Cintel Scanner 2 from Blackmagic Design. A 35mm film scanner that can scan 4K HDR files directly into Resolve 15.

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    Adobe has quietly added support for Sony’s .ARQ Pixel Shift files to Lightroom

    Files recorded using the Pixel Shift mode in the Sony a7R lll can now be opened in Lightroom Classic CC after the latest update released on April 8th, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at the update’s release notes. Marc Alhadeff of Sony Alpha Blog spotted the update, which adds support for the ARQ files that are produced once the original a7R III files have passed through Sony’s own Imaging Edge software.

    Note: Imaging Edge is still needed to combine the four ARW raw files into a single image, which it outputs as a raw ARQ file.

    While we’d still recommend giving the third-party SonyPixelShift2DNG software a go if you’re working with these files extensively, this additional support is definitely a step in the right direction for Adobe. Previously, ARQ files would need to be converted to DNGs in order to be edited in any of the Adobe products. But now, with Lightroom Classic CC 7.3, the ARQ file can be read without conversion.

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    Eli Green Directs Campaign Touting Luxury-for-Less Air Travel with JetSuiteX

    By Artisans PR

    LOS ANGELES

    A Common Thread’s Eli Green has directed a new campaign for boutique airline JetSuiteX that has accomplished the seemingly impossible task of making flying fun. Conceived by Sacramento agency MeringCarson, the spots tout the benefits of JetSuiteX, which offers a private jet experience at low…

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    Eli Green Directs Campaign Touting Luxury-for-Less Air Travel with JetSuiteX

    By Artisans PR

    LOS ANGELES

    A Common Thread’s Eli Green has directed a new campaign for boutique airline JetSuiteX that has accomplished the seemingly impossible task of making flying fun. Conceived by Sacramento agency MeringCarson, the spots tout the benefits of JetSuiteX, which offers a private jet experience at low…

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    New Canon USA Instant Rebates on Cameras & Lenses

    By Canon Rumors Canon USA has updated their instant rebate program for both cameras and lenses. A lot of new rebates are now live. Canon Cameras: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II – $500 IR Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R – $200 IR Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – $200-$400 IR Canon EOS 6D Mark II – $100-$300 IR Canon … → continue…

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    Bright Tangerine Clash 138 and More Announced

    By Graham Sheldon

    Bright Tangerine is out at NAB 2018 with a slew of new products covering everything from Alexa Mini and prototype Canon C200 accessories to a new matte box dubbed the Clash 138. Details below:

    Clash 138 Matte Box:

    As a Misfit Atom owner I’ve enjoyed its lightweight, gimbal friendly and easy to use design that works with both 4×4 and 4×5.65 filters. Now, we have a newcomer matte box built on the foundation of the Misfit Atom: the Clash 138. Weighing only 177 grams, the Clash 138 can also accommodate up to two 4×4 or 4 x5.65 filters. You can also fit a single 138mm circular filter for polarization.

    Just like the Misfit Atom, the Clash 138 is aimed at ENG shooters, steadicam and aerial work.

    Titan Arm Quick Release System:

    The Titan Arm, Bright Tangerine’s answer to the articulating arm, now has several new accessories including a 15mm rod adaptor (see above picture) for use with 3/8″ or 1/4″ quick release brackets. A optional modification, the quick release system replaces the standard 1/4 or 3/8 ends that ship normally with the arm. Pricing on the new Titan Arm accessories are as follows: 15mm Rod Adaptor ($24.00), 15mm Rod Adaptor ($37.00 for a set of two), 3/8″ Quick Release Anti Twist Bracket ($79.00), 3/8″ to 1/4″ Anti-Twist Adaptor ($39.00) and 1/4″ Quick Release Bracket ($79.00).

    Alexa Mini Accessories:

    The Alexa Mini now has a full range of accessories including a power distribution module for both V and Gold Mount. The module includes the following ports: 1 x D-Tap, 1x Twist D-Tap, 3x Lemo 2-Pin, 1x5v → continue…

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    IFH 233: Real Filmmakers Don’t Starve with Jeff Goins – Indie Film Hustle

    By Alex Ferrari

    Real Filmmakers Don’t Starve with Jeff Goins Today’s guest is bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins. In this episode, he dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is, in fact, a competitive advantage in the marketplace. For centuries, the myth of the starving artist has…

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    Cannes Lions announces Festival Schedule

    By Admin

    Cannes, France

    The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (18-22 June) has today released details of the 2018 Festival schedule.

    Built around the new Tracks system which unites the learning programme and awards structure, the 2018 Festival schedule will equip audiences with the knowledge and…

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    The 17TH Annual Tribeca Film Festival® Announces 2018 Juries Representing an Esteemed Selection of Directors, Actors, Producers and Story Tellers

    By Admin

    NEW YORK

    The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced the members of ten juries, which reflect the tone and texture of the annual cultural showcase, which celebrates storytelling in film, television, virtual

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    Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown

    Photo by chuttersnap

    Last week, the prestigious photojournalism contest World Press Photo announced its 2018 winning photos, and most of those winners included information about the gear used to capture their images. Taking advantage of this fact, Spanish photography website Photolari pulled that public data and created a series of graphs breaking down the equipment used by participating photojournalists.

    Of the 129 winning images, 97 included gear details; though the graphs don’t represent the models were used by all participants, they do cover the majority. And the short version of the results goes something like this: Nikon dominated the brands, and the DSLR continues to dominate over mirrorless.

    According to the breakdown, the Nikon D5, Nikon D810, and Canon EOS 5D Mark III tied for first place, with 11 winning photos each. Coming in second is the Nikon D800E and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with seven units each. Finally, both the Nikon D4S and Nikon D700 tied for third place with six units each.

    Nikon is the overall winner among gear use, representing a total of 51.5% versus Canon’s second place 29.9%. Other makers represented far smaller pieces of the pie, with Fujifilm taking 6.2%, Sony taking 5.1%, and both Pentax and DJI taking 2.1% each. Not represented in the percentage graph are three Leica models, two of them the M10 and the other a Leica SL.

    Further revealing the type of gear used is another category: types of cameras. That breakdown reveals DSLRs comprised the majority of participants’ gear at 83.5%, with mirrorless taking second place at 11.3%, and other unspecified types representing a total of 5.2%.

    This isn’t Photolari’s first breakdown of World Press Photo winner gear. Last year, the site → continue…

    From:: DPreview