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Fujinon Moves to Cypress, CA

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If you’ve been going to Redondo Beach for Fujinon lens service for the past 21 years, it’s time to reprogram your GPS. Fujinon’s Western Service and Sales facility is moving to a big, new Fujifilm location in Cypress, CA beginning Feb… read more…

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Ed Lachman ASC on Super 16mm “Carol”

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Rarely has a film looked as beautiful as “Carol,” especially a film shot in Super 16mm. A lot of stars aligned. Todd Haynes directed. Ed Lachman, ASC was the cinematographer, with breathtaking lighting, moving camera, motivated reflections, mirrors, flares, streaks and muted colors. There was a confluence of excellent choices: among them, Cooke vintage lenses, Kodak Vision3 16mm film, Arriscan, and two great actresses, gorgeously glowing in muted lightread more…

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Masaya Maeda named next Canon President

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Canon Inc. announced that Senior Managing Director Masaya Maeda will succeed Fujio Mitarai as President in March. Mr. Mitarai will remain chairman and CEO. The Japan Times writes that  Mitarai told a news conference in Tokyo that Maeda was chosen because of his efforts to position Canon at the top of the digital camera market. “As a digital leader, (Maeda) was one step ahead in advancing the digitalization of cameras,” Mitarai said. Maeda formerly led Canon’s camera division and launched the Cinema EOS series. read more…

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Imperial Hotel Tokyo

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  The story of the Imperial Hotel‘s triple reincarnation in Tokyo reads like a film script, full of drama, disasters, earthquakes, fires, conflict, rivalries and resolution. When in Tokyo, an antidote for “Lost in Translation” ennui is the Imperial Hotel. You… read more…

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Milton Keslow 1935-2015

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The motion picture business mourns the loss of yet another prominent member in the past week. Milton L. Keslow, Co-Founder of General Camera and founder of Keslow Television, passed away on December 29, 2015, at age 80. read more…

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Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC 1930-2016

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Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC passed away on January 1, 2016. He was born June 16, 1930 in Szeged, Hungary. In 1956, he filmed the Hungarian Revolution and escaped to the West. He originally wound up in Germany. But then he said, “As long as we’re this far, might as well go to Hollywood.”  In 1971 , Robert Altman hired Vilmos to shoot “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” His next films have become classics: “Deliverance” ( John Boorman), “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” (Michael Cimino), “Cinderella Liberty” (Mark Rydell), “Sugarland Express” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (Steven Spielberg), “Blow Out,” “The Black Dahlia,” and  “The Bonfire of the Vanities”  (Brian de Palma), “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” Melinda and Melinda,” and “Cassandra’s Dream” (Woody Allen).” In 1977, Vilmos Zsigmond received an Oscar for best cinematography on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”  In 1997, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Camerimage, and in 1999 from the American Society of Cinematographers. In 2014, Vilmos was honored with the Pierre Angenieux EXCELLENS Award at the Cannes Film Festival. read more…

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Haskell Wexler, ASC 1922-2015

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Haskell Wexler, ASC passed away today. He was 93. Haskell won Academy Awards as Cinematographer on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory. He was  writer-director-cinematographer of the film that inspired me to get into film: Medium Cool. Here’s the… read more…

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Merry Holidays, Happy New Year

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With best wishes for Merry Holidays, and hoping we will all climb to happy new heights in the new year!    

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Band Pro Open House 2015 Slideshow

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Band Pro’s annual Open House opened on December 10 at their Burbank offices. New Products on display included Leica’s 16mm and 135mm Leica Summilux-C lenses from CW Sonderoptik, IB/E Optics Macro FF Primes, updates to Cinetech Italiana’s Capinera Dolly, Movcam products from 16x9inc,  ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4, and much more. Thirty other brands were inside the big white tent for hundreds of attendees to try out and to meet with company representatives. Continue to view the slideshow… read more…

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The Calling of Vittorio Storaro

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At Camerimage, Director Majid Majidi and Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC presented their film “Muhammad, the Messenger of God.” They were awarded a Special Duo Prize for Director and Cinematographer working together on a film. It will be screened at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater at 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 from Friday December 11 to Thursday December 17.

I met with Vittorio on October 12 at his hotel in New York. He was filming the latest Woody Allen feature, not on film, but on digital. read more…

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Uzumasa: Hollywood of Japan

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Uzumasa  is the district of Kyoto that’s also known as the Hollywood of Japan. The first film studio was built in 1926 by Tsumasaburo Bando, the “king of samurai dramas.” It’s now Toei Studios Kyoto. Makino Talkie Studios were built in 1935. It’s now  Shochiku Studios, a few blocks away from Toei—and a short walk along the Daiei Dori, the main street, which is painted like a roll of film, complete with perforations. read more…

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Mixing Anamorphic Lenses on “Ikari”

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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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AbelCine Chicago Open House

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On Nov 8, AbelCine celebrated its recent opening in Chicago at the Cinespace Studio Complex with an Open House: lectures, demos, party, and raffles. Cinespace is also home to Keslow Camera Chicago (see photos in slideshow below) and four TV series currently… read more…

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FDTimes 10th Anniversary Slideshow

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What began as a small gathering to honor our FDTimes Japan translators escalated into a major spectacle. We gathered on on Wednesday evening, November 18 in the “Tokio” private restaurant in the Hotel New Otani Makuhari at InterBEE. It was a trio of thanks:… read more…

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FDTimes 10-Year & Japan Editions

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FDTimes celebrates with this 10th Anniversary Edition 73, ready to download for free.   Film and Digital Times Japan Edition 72J is also ready online, and paper copies will be handed out at InterBEE. We are in booth 2407. The first… read more…

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Birth of Cinema in Kyoto: 1908

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Shinnyo-Do Temple has a monument to the birth of local cinema in Kyoto, Japan. It’s to the left as you face the main temple. The plaque explains: In 1895 the Lumiere brothers developed the Cinematographe in France. Two years later, in 1897, businessman Katsutaro Inabata… read more…

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Canon Expo: A Very Good Year

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Canon Expo takes place every 5 years in select cities around the world: New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. It was a wonderful display of new technology, science experiments, leading edge products and audacious concepts from Canon’s engineering teams, an intoxicating mix of actual as well as proof of concept technology. There was  an APS-H-size  CMOS sensor with 250 million pixels. Video on a Canon prototype camera showed detail on the Eiffel Tower 11 miles away. This year we were treated to an 8K camera and lens.  Like the mountain-climber’s phrase, Canon sometimes does things because it’s there…or because they can. Please read the two interviews that follow — with Mr. Maeda,  Senior Managing Director, and Mr. Okada, Deputy CEO — for additional insight. read more…

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Worth the Trip

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As they say in the Michelin guidebooks, it’s definitely “worth the trip.” There are three very good reasons to visit Weiden, Germany. 1. Have dinner nearby,  in the best restaurant in Germany. Chef Thomas Kellermann is a maestro, presiding over a kitchen surely staffed by muses. 2. Spend the night in recently renovated rooms above the restaurant, in the Relais & Chateau Burg Wernberg. The castle was built in 1280. 3. Visit Vantage Film, ten minutes away, home of Hawk lenses and mother-ship of world-class rental houses in Weiden, Prague, Paris, and Berlin. read more…

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Ali’s AJA Asprey Films

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Ali Walker is a British filmmaker and artist. He has been working on fashion and beauty, product and corporate image films for Asprey using AJA CION cameras. Asprey London was founded in 1781. Their jewelery and luxury products continue a grand tradition of craftsmanship, quality, and design.  This was the first time they did a video project. read more…

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Cine Theft

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More than $8 million in cine equipment was reported stolen last year. What to do? Don’t leave equipment unattended. Don’t leave equipment unattended, even in locked vehicles. Lock up equipment in a safe area at night, even if the studio is locked. Treat camera equipment as risky business — like jewelry. At trade shows like IBC, watch your cameras and lenses like hawks, and hire guards. read more…

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