- ARRI AMIRA Factory Tour
- Sony’s New “Minima” PXW-FS7
- Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 11
- Leica Still Moving Pictures
- Interviews with Stephan Schenk and Walter Trauninger of ARRI,
- Interviews with AJA’s Nick Rashby
- New ZEISS lenses and servo
- New Angénieux 30-72 Anamorphic
- Lucy and the Tiffen Filter Factory
- Tour of Ronford-Baker Factory
Thanks for your publication: I find the technology articles useful, and behind closed doors tours and interviews fascinating.”Matt Choules, 1st AC / Focus Puller London, UK“
Your publication continues to be impressive.”Ross Lowell, Cinematographer, Inventor, Author, Founder Lowel Light“
It’s what I read to get real information about equipment, the industry and the people in it.”Bill Turner, Senior VP, Schneider Optics“
As a camera builder, your articles and books have been a constant and valuable source of information on what’s out there and how well it works in real life.”Martin Mueller, MSM Design“
Everyone agrees: FDTimes is the world’s best technical magazine for motion pictures.”Christian Skrein, Leica CW Sonderoptic Supervisory Board“
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy the magazine. I think you are doing an excellent job keeping us informed in the best possible way of what’s going on. No one comes even close to the level you have reached.”Kees Van Oostrum, ASCView All Readers’ Comments
Jon Fauer’s Film and Digital Times is published on paper, online and on iPad roughly every two months. Depending on events, introductions and technological breakthroughs, we sometimes combine issues into larger editions. Join us for the adventure and subscribe online. We talk about products and procedures in practical production—here’s the job at hand: how do we use tools and techniques to get the results we want?
Film and Digital Times is an inside-the-industry look at the nuts and bolts of high-end prodcution: how-to and how not to, technique and technology, style and strategies, tips and trends for Cinematographers, Directors, Producers, Rental Houses, Manufacturers, Camera Assistants, Camera Operators, Photographers, Videographers, Gaffers, Grips, Students, and Faculty.
Jon Fauer, ASC is an award-winning cinematographer and director who has written 12 bestselling books, famous for their user-friendly way of explaining things as if you’re right there on location with him.
Over 120,000 of his books on cameras, cinematography, film and digital video have been printed. Think of this bimonthly Journal as Fauer’s next book — arriving a year early, with up-to-the minute information brought to you in episodic format.
- Theo van de Sande, ASC on VariCam 35
This is an interview with Theo van de Sande, ASC on his first experience with the Panasonic VariCam 35 camera. He said, “I worked with it for seven days. I love the idea of shooting simultaneously in 4K and 2K or proxy inside the camera itself. Immediately, I worked with the 5000 ISO setting because one of our locations was a very dark bookstore in downtown LA. Shooting at 5000 ISO was “crazy.” It’s a completely different ball game. Your eyes are not used to it and we cinematographers are not used to it. I had to adapt very quickly to this new, low light level.”
- Band Pro Expo Spaghetti Western
The theme at Band Pro’s 2014 Open House and Expo was “Spaghetti Westerns.” The food was Italian inspired. Yes, there was spaghetti. The models in the hay-strewn camera shooting gallery were garbed in Franco Nero ponchos and Italian Western outfits. The center of attention was wonderful Enzo G. Castellari, Director of Keoma, One Dollar Too Many, Seven Winchesters for a Massacre, Go Kill and Come Back, the original Inglorious Bastards, numerous spaghetti westerns, macaroni combat films, and inspiration and friend of Quentin Tarantino.
- Canon 7D Mk II and 70D on Broadway
Last week Mark Forman was invited to a Canon Press Event hosted by Broadway star Andrew Scott Rannells (“Girls,” “New Normal,” and as Elder Price in the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.” He won a Grammy for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in…
- Denny and Otto
Denny Clairmont and Otto Nemenz at the ARRI Alexa 65 Hollywood Launch.
- BSC Operators Night
Operators Night was originally instigated as an opportunity for BSC Cinematographers to celebrate the achievements and companionship of their creative team members. Operators are alive and kicking in the British film industry and this annual occasion is intended as a token of respect and gratitude by the Cinematographers for whom they have worked.
- AbelCine 25th Anniversary NYC
AbelCine celebrated 25 years in New York. The place was packed. Seminars, raffles, auctions, demos, and discussions.
The major companies presented their equipment and latest developments. There were some notable first sightings. Jean-Marc Bouchut showed what I think is the first Angenieux 30-72 sS Anamorphic Zoom in the USA. There was a nice memory lane in the showroom with an early Aaton LTR and A-minima — along with many of the first users swapping tales and checking who had the lowest serial numbers. Food was fine and plentiful. Drinks flowed faster than workflow. Colleagues reconnected faster than an HMI re-strike. Congratulations Pete and Rich Abel and all the AbelCine family, friends, and staff. – continues with pictures -
- BSC Bert Easey Award to Angénieux
Thales Angénieux got the British Society of Cinematographers Bert Easey Technical Award at the annual BSC Operators Night on Friday, November 28, 2014. The award is named in honor of Bert Easey, who was head of the camera department at Denham and Pinewood Studios in 1947,…
- InterBEE 2014 Slideshow
InterBEE 2014 took place in the massive Makuhari Messe on November 19, 201, 21. The convention center with the German name (Photokina is held in the Koelnmesse) is about an hour’s train ride north of central Tokyo, past the giant ferris wheel and…
- FDTJ Board Meeting
The first annual board meeting of Film and Digital Times Japan was conducted last night in a private teppanyaki dining room of Yebisu Restaurant — on the top floor of the Westin Hotel Tokyo. Chef Aya presented a refreshing take on what can usually…
- Hawk V-Plus Vintage ’74 45-90 T2.9
Vantage introduced their new Hawk V-Plus Vintage ’74 Front Anamorphic Zoom Lens 45-90mm/T 2.9 at Camerimage. It is one of the few front anamorphic zooms on the market — providing glorious oval bokehs and the ever-popular look of front anamorphic lenses, along with vintage low contrast, flares, aberrations, vintage coatings — all in a modern mechanical housing that works with the latest accessories, matteboxes, and lens controls.
- Alexa 65 Launch in Hollywood
There were gasps of wonder and OMG tweets at the ARRI Alexa 65 screening last night. It was a fitting Hollywood venue for the official worldwide launch of the camera. The 65mm digital camera’s 6K images were projected on a 4K projector in the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy. These were the very halls where it had been agreed a while ago that film would not be replaced by digital until it looked as good–or better. This was better.
- FDTimes in 5 Languages
Film and Digital Times now comes in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. Click on the International Editions links at the top right of any page. So far, the international edition PDFs are free downloads. Enjoy.
- Get a Grip
Richard Franiec is a still photographer. He also is an inventor/manufacturer of elegantly machined metal grips for all those stylish but slippery still cameras that fit in your pocket but are not terribly easy to hang on to. I first…
- Jon Dreams of Sushi
I began dreaming of Jiro on a visit to AJA last month. Nick Rashby, President of AJA, invited me to dinner at Sushi in the Raw–in Grass Valley, CA. Cut to: Tokyo, a few weeks later. Sushi maestro Takashi Ono presides over 10 seats at the counter and 2 tables. He is the second son of Jiro Ono, the 90-year old dreamer of sushi. If we were naming films, this would be “Son of Jiro” — as good as, perhaps better than, the original.
- Canon 8K Zoom
Canon showed a prototype 8K 19.7-138 mm T2.8 Zoom at InterBEE Tokyo. It covers Super35 format.
- Sony F55 Doc Dock
Updates from InterBEE in Tokyo. Sony showed the latest improvements on their “Doc Dock” (also known as Build Up Kit) that turns the F55 into a comfortable, shoulder-resting Documentary/ENG style cameras system. Introduced a few months as a prototype, the…
- AJA CION to Ship December
Tokyo. InterBEE. Nov 19. If you are good and the elves in Grass Valley deem the camera to be ready, AJA CION is expected to ship around Christmas time. AJA announced at InterBEE this morning that they are now accepting orders…
- Hurricane Wheels
Wheels for GimbalRigs. Matthias Uhlig is releasing the successor to his Brushless Gimbal RC Interface (BGRCI) (www.hurricanewheels.tv) — the new Brushless Gimbal RC Interface MK2. The BGRCI offers a more professional way of controlling handheld (or airborne, crane mounted, car mounted…) gimbal rigs…
- FDTimes Japan
November 1614. The two-year Siege of Osaka began. The Tokugawa shogun ended the last opposition to rule from Tokyo (Edo). November 2014. A 400th anniversary celebration in Osaka, with Samurai museums, tours of the castle, concert by Aiko, and the launch of Film and Digital Times Japan.
- Sony 28-135mm f/4 FF Zoom
Meet Masahiro Hosoi, Sony Designer of the 28-135mm f/4 Full Frame (24x36mm) Zoom Lens. It could be what you would call “disruptive technology.” How can a 35mm cine zoom have a suggested price of a mere $2,500 when it ships in December? Admittedly, it…
Film & Digital Times is made possible through the generous support of subscribers like you, and with grants from the following companies.
Content is in no way linked to sponsorship. We write about the things we use.
IBC 2014 Edition
September 2014: Issue 62-63
Delivered free at IBC on paper and online. Print editions have shipped to subscribers. Online PDF edition for subscribers.