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1 Codex, 4 Alexa Minis, No Waiting

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Normally associated with barbershops (4 barbers no waiting) and Jimmy Contner, when he was a camera operator (2 cameras no waiting)… Codex announced 8-channel HD-SDI recording for the new ARRI Alexa Mini camera. The Codex recorder will enable simultaneous ARRIRAW recording from… read more…

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AMIRA SUP 2.0 & 3.0 Updates

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  ARRI Amira SUP 2.0  Scheduled for release in March 2015, SUP 2.o promises UHD recording with the purchase of a license at the ARRI License Shop (and camera sensor calibration at an ARRI service center for cameras purchased in… read more…

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AFC Micro Salon

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  Images of AFC Micro Salon, Feb 6-7. This was the 15th year of the annual expo and seminars held at la fémis in Montmartre–organized by the Association of French Cinematographers. Photos by Garry Yankson and Hugues Faure from EMIT. Click… read more…

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Andreas Kaufmann, Leica Camera

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Interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of Leica Camera, on the Leica Summilux-C cine lenses and the Academy Scientific and Engineering Award. Leica Summilux-C lenses got a Sci-Tech Oscar on Saturday. As the lenses were developed, I had interviewed most of the cast of characters involved in developing them. But we had never really discussed the point of view of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of Leica Camera. Here is his interesting narrative on how these lenses came about.

 

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Leica Summilux-C Sci-Tech Oscar

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Feb 8. Beverly Wilshire Hotel. An Academy Scientific and Engineering Award was presented to Iain Neil for the optical design and André de Winter for the mechanical design of the Leica Summilux-C lenses. (In photo above, L-R: Erik Feichtinger, Managing Director, CW Sonderoptic; Christian Skrein, Member of the Board: André de Winter, Mechanical Designer; Iain Neil, Optical Designer, Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of Leica Camera and CW Sonderoptic; Gerhard Baier, Managing Director, CW Sonderoptic. read more…

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Rune Ericson 1924-2015

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Rune Ericson, FSF passed away, age 90, while on vacation in Thailand. Father of Super 16 and 3-perf, he was a cinematographer, inventor, distributor, and fellow sailor. read more…

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Enzo Castellari at USC

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Enzo G. Castellari was born on July 29, 1938 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Enzo Girolami. He directed “A Few Dollars for Django (Pochi dollari per Django),” the original “The Inglorious Bastards (Quel maledetto treno blindato),” “Any Gun Can Play,” “Keoma,” “One Dollar… read more…

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Cinematheque Online Catalog

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La Cinémathèque française just published an online illustrated catalog of their historical motion picture equipment collection. It also includes the CNC’s (National Center for Cinema). The French Cinematheque has acquired, nurtured and maintained one of  the finest equipment collections  in the world, thanks… read more…

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FDTimes Issue 66 Now Online

Film and Digital Times February 2015 Issue 66 is now online. 96 pages.
See Download Buttons at left. Free 17 MB PDF Limited Time Download to celebrate BSC Expo and AFC Micro Salon read more…

Sci-Tech Awards Announced

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Congratulations to Leica and Tiffen. They will receive a Sci-Tech Awards from the Motion Picture Academy (aka Scientific and Technical Oscars) on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Here is the official AMPAS announcement: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 21 scientific and technical achievements represented by 58 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. read more…

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EMITified AJA CION

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AJA presented their new CION 35mm Digital Camera at the ASC last night, and is conducting hands-on demos in Hollywood today. The first CIONs are now in Paris and EMIT is busy accessorizing. Here are pictures of their Emitized/ Pagified / Chroszielized/Transvideoified/Ronfordized/Cookeified AJA CION. read more…

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EMMY for Sony Pres. Kazuo Hirai

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Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Corporation, was awarded the EMMY Technology & Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award. He was introduced by Chris Dodd, former Senator, currently Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. Mr. Hirai graciously accepted the awarded with a wry reflection on Sony’s recent hacking ordeal. He noted how the Christmas holidays can be a stressful time–but certainly not as bad as his. read more…

EMMY for Sony Multi-Format Camera

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On January 8, Hiroshi Kiriyama was awarded a Technology & Engineering EMMY. Mr. Kiriyama is General Manager of Sony’s Content Creation Professional Design Team, responsible for professional camera development, including the F55. read more…

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Larry Thorpe EMMY

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Canon Senior Fellow Larry Thorpe got the Charles F. Jenkins EMMY Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan 8. The award was a highlight of the 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards ceremony in Las Vegas during CES. read more…

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Dariusz Wolski, ASC on AngenZooms

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Dariusz Wolski, ASC attended film school in Lodz, Poland. Then he went to New York, tried to get a job, worked as a camera assistant and moved to L.A. where he started in music videos, commercials, and movies. His many credits include recently released “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” directed by Ridley Scott. He is currently working on “The Martian” in Budapest. 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of Angénieux. To kick off the New Year, here’s an interview we did with Dariusz the other day. His comments on working with zooms are very interesting. This is  part of FDTimes’ work-in-progress “History of Angénieux” Booklet. read more…

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Theo van de Sande, ASC on VariCam 35

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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.” read more…

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Band Pro Expo Spaghetti Western

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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. read more…

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Canon 7D Mk II and 70D on Broadway

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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… read more…

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Denny and Otto

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Denny Clairmont and Otto Nemenz at the ARRI Alexa 65 Hollywood Launch.

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BSC Operators Night

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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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