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Digital Cinematography on “Café Society” by Vittorio Storaro

The film “Café Society” was Vittorio Storaro’s first real experience in digital capture. Analyzing the process and different aspects of digital cinematography, he has written this article based on his observations and recent lectures. Topics include: The idea, Location Scouting, Importance of Light, Technical Tests of Camera and Lenses, DIT, Video Control, Composition, Dailies, DI, Distribution, Preservation,  and Love of the Art of Cinematography. read more…

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BIRTV China 2016

The China film industry’s growth potential is big, increasing at 17% per year since 2011. The media and film industry at the end of 2016 will be worth $180 billion and next year an increase is expected, while the domestic film audience will exceed that of the U.S. in less than four years. Today, China’s movie ticket sales is second only to the U.S. Last year’s box office revenue hit a record $6.8 billion – up 49% from 2014. All this activity was tangible at this year’s BIRTV in Beijing, Asia’s influential exhibition for the film and broadcast industry. read more…

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Fujinon Lens Day In Hollywood at ASC

Tuesday May 24th was Fujinon Day in Hollywood, at the ASC Clubhouse.  It was an afternoon and evening to learn about lens design, technology, applications and Fujinon’s wide selection of PL mount zoom lenses. Workshops and panel discussions explored the creative, optical and budgetary considerations that are critical to modern optics design. Some of the topics, including objective and subjective differences, were: Flare Color Contrast Sharpness… read more…

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Forman’s FDTimes NAB 2016 Slideshow

Photo Gallery of NAB 2016 by Mark Forman. read more…

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Microsalon Italia 2016

MICROSALON Italia 2016. Rome, March 19. By Jacques Lipkau Goyard – The fourth edition of Microsalon Italia took place March 18th and 19th, held in the oldest film school in Western Europe and one of the most important movie archives in the world: the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” – the Experimental Cinematography Center. Slideshow of Images…. read more…

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Camerimage 2015

Article by Jan Grobliński. EXT. BYDGOSZCZ – EVENING Chilly. Dark figures in the background of the illuminated entrance to the Opera Nova. Evening fog and steam. Lively conversations in different languages, accidental meetings of old acquaintances, world-famous cinematographers passing by, a group of students hurrying to watch a film in the Main Competition… That could be a scene from a… read more…

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Mixing Anamorphic Lenses on “Ikari”

The following article ran in the November edition of FDTJ — Film and Digital Times Japan — distributed at InterBEE. Here it is in English. Cinematographer Norimichi Kasamatsu, JSC recently completed the feature Ikari using a variety of anamorphic lenses: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 30-72, 56-152, Hawk V-Lites, Kowa 35-BE. Alexa cameras, Tiffen GlimmerGlass filters.  read more…

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NAC Open House in Tokyo

NAC Image Technology’s annual Open House event was held on June 24 and 25 at Toei studio in Oizumi, Tokyo. Around 400 visitors attended during the two days. There were two parts to the event: an exhibition of equipment at a film studio and presentations at a preview theater.  Mr. Franz Kraus, Managing Director of ARRI, lectured to a full house (“Better Motion Pictures on… read more…

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More Gear from Cine Gear 2015

More Gear from Cine Gear 2015: photos by Mark Forman with Sony a7R and a7S. read more…

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MICRO SALON ITALIA 2015

The third annual AIC (Associazione Italiana Autori della Fotografia Cinematografica – Association of Italian Cinematographers) Micro Salon Italia, organized by Daniele Nannuzzi – just reelected as AIC President – and Luciano Tovoli,  with the help of Simone Marra, secretary general AIC, moved from its original Cinecittà Studios Stage 1 & 2 location to E.U.R.’s Salone delle Fontane. This is the same location that Federico Fellini used in the 70s as one of the sets for “Boccaccio 70” starring Anita Ekberg. read more…

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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 a Musical for the original Broadway Cast Recording. Other credits include “Jersey Boys” and “Hairspray.”) The “Canon Bring It” crew supplied… read more…

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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.

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Broadcast India 2014

  By Jacques Lipkau Goyard “Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can’t escape it,” says Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. (Brush with bottled water or beer.) Mr. Khan is right, considering the vast number of people who flocked to Broadcast India 2014 at the Bombay Convention Centre in Goregaon on October 15th to 17th. The… read more…

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BirTV 2014 Beijing

Confucius said, “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Beijing’s 2014 International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BirTV) is growing every year. It is one of the most influential exhibitions for the Broadcast and Film industries in Asia. read more…

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Mark Forman’s NAB 2014

The following things attracted Mark Forman’s attention at NAB 2014.

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Micro Salon Italia 2014

 [fsg_gallery id=”1″] The 2nd annual Micro Salon Italia took place this year a few weeks after the original Paris Micro Salon. Staged at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios, which is now its usual venue, it attracted  Italian and leading international manufacturers, distributors and rental companies. Everyone supported the AIC in expanding from last year’s Stage 1 to Stage 1 and 2, with… read more…

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BSC Expo – Images Added

The 2014 BSC Expo was held at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, near London, on January 24 and 25. This year, the Expo hosted around 2.500 visitors—up from last year at Pinewood. Attending the Expo was also an opportunity to visit part of the newly restored Studio. The facility was a historical WW II airfield and Rolls Royce aircraft factory…. read more…

Terre di Cinema in Sicily

 FESTIVAL & INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON CINEMATOGRAPHY  “TERRE DI CINEMA” (Taormina, Sicily) by Jacques Lipkau Goyard As Federico Fellini once wrote, “In cinema, light is the idea, the feeling, the color, the depth, the atmosphere, the style, the narrative, the poetic expression. Motion Pictures are written by light.” Light in Taormina, Sicily is extraordinary. As you look over the Ionian Sea from… read more…

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le Flux de Travail (Workflow)

Article by Florian Berthellot. Seminar: “Digital Cameras, Creative Workflows. Amidst all the screenings and seminars at Camerimage there was a drôle d’oiseau (funny bird, strange beast), a hybrid conference with an overview of flux de travail, (workflow) which in reality is not so obvious or easy to understand. read more…

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Sean Bobbitt Interview

Eva Sehet and Noé Bach, French film students, write: “We met Sean Bobbitt at the Holiday Inn hotel where he stayed for the Camerimage festival. As cinematography students we were very lucky to have the chance to interview him because he was very busy during this festival: he conducted an incredible handheld workshop, had a conference about film stock with Bruno Delbonnel, was part of the Polish competition jury and managed a very in-depth discussion after the screening of Steve McQueen’s latest movie, 12 Years a Slave…” read more…

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