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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.”

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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.

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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…

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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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AbelCine 25th Anniversary NYC

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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

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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,…

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InterBEE 2014 Slideshow

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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…

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FDTJ Board Meeting

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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…

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ALEXA 65 Updated Specs

These latest specs did not make it to print or PDF in time for the Camerimage and InterBEE Japanese editions. For the ARRI Alexa 65 — please note: Maximum recordable resolution: 6560 x 3100 and sensor size: 54.12 x 25.58 (diagonal 59.86). Current maximum frame rate:  28 fps

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Ban Banner Ads

FDTimes decided to totally eliminate banner ads. They were annoying, ugly, and slowed the website to a crawl. We only ran a few, seldomly, and only for trade shows. It was gratifying to read Farhad Manjoo’s article “The Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web” in the NYTimes today. “Twenty years ago…a team of well-meaning …coders…inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting world one of the most misguided and destructive technologies of the Internet age: the web banner ad.

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Broadcast India 2014

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  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…

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ARRI Rental Atlanta

ARRI Rental Atlanta is now open. Ed Stamm presides. Ed ran the ARRI Rental Miami office (previously named ARRI/CSC). ARRI Rental Atlanta will be the USA mother ship for the new ALEXA 65 camera system. Craig Chartier takes over at ARRI Rental…

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BirTV 2014 Beijing

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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.

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Musician on the Cover

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The man on the cover of FDTimes February 2014 is Lenzan Kudo. He is a master musician, specializing in shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese flute. He was playing in the spectacular setting of the Peninsula Hotel lobby in Tokyo a year ago when…

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ARRI Alexa SUP 10.0.1

Bug fixed — ARRI Software Update Packet (SUP) 10.0.1 for ALEXA XT/XR cameras is now ready to download. SUP 10.0.1 fixes the distorted image recording bug in SUP 10.0. It includes updated viewfinder software, so the viewfinder should be attached during the installation.   SUP…

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The LED Gold Rush

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by Fabrizia Ianiro Whoever observes the LED lighting industry’s current “Gold Rush” may feel overwhelmed. Is the bubble about to burst? We think not. Worldwide energy goals widely proclaimed by governments, albeit not at the same pace, suggest that this…

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Panasonic Varicam 4K Ships

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 Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam HS cameras are shipping. The VariCam 35 has a 35mm sensor, PL mount, and records 4K RAW,  4K, UHD, 2K, HD and ProRes. The Varicam HS has three 2/3″ sensors, B4 mount, and records 1080p up…

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Blackmagic Camera Update 1.9.7

Blackmagic Design Camera 1.9.7 software is now available on the Blackmagic Design website. It includes dashboard on screen menus and disk formatting for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The new disk formatting feature lets us format SSDs and…

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ARRI Alexa SUP 10.0 Bug

ALEXA Software Update Packet (SUP) 10.0 has been removed temporarily from the ARRI website because of a critical recording bug. This bug could cause distorted images being recorded — while the image in the viewfinder, REC OUT and MON OUT looks OK. ARRI recommends…

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