Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS on “VICE”

“VICE” opened today, Christmas Eve. Round up the reindeer and steer your sleigh to the nearest movie theater.  Directed by Adam McKay, “VICE” swings from drama to satire with a hint of the absurd (if it weren’t so true.) It’s the story of Dick Cheney, the Washington insider who maneuvered to become the most powerful person in the US government… read more…

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NAB 2018 belated Slideshow

New Year 2019 Resolution: Get these slideshows posted on time. Here are Mark Forman’s excellent photos from NAB 2018. Click on any thumbnail to enlarge and click through all 330 pictures:    



Tristan Boxford has a great job. He is founder and CEO of the Waterman League, a worldwide organization that represents all kinds of Ocean sports. Tristan was a professional World Champion windsurfer in the 1990s and early 2000s. His latest endeavor is the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour and Stand Up Paddling (SUP).

It just so happens that APP uses Blackmagic Design products on all their productions. Distributed in more than 100 countries, they are covering the 2018 championships in London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and the Canary Islands. read more…

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The Story of Easyrig: 25 Years

Johan Hellsten, inventor of Easrig, will release his new book at IBC. The Story of Easyrig, 25 Years is the story of his fascinating journey from an idea to a final product. Johan has been working on the book for the past two years. It is not only about Easyrig but also about his interesting life. read more…

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RGB – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG is everywhere. Streaming, screening, in theaters, on DVD and devices. RBG opened in January 2018 at Sundance Film Festival.

The documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg was directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Claudia Raschke was the Cinematographer, working with ARRI Amira, Canon C300 Mark II and Sony F55 cameras—all shot in LOG. Ken Sirulnick, President of Glue Editing & Design in New York, graded the film using DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel. read more…

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Gottfried Pflugbeil and Preston Light Ranger 2

Here’s the latest episode in the continuing series, Season Two, of “The Superstars of Focus.” Gottfried Pflugbeil has been a Camera Assistant since 1994 and a 1st AC since January 1999. Recently he’s been working on the TV Series “Condor” for MGM and “The Handmaid’s Tale” for MGM/Hulu. He writes, “When the Preston Light Ranger 2 came out, focus tools came to a new level. The LR2 uses infrared light to calculate the distance, but it takes the idea of a focus tool to two additional levels…” read more…

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ARRI Large Format Signature Primes

Alexa LF and Large Format Signature Primes were announced in February and are working on productions worldwide. The core set of ARRI Signature Prime Large Format lenses have shipped. They include ARRI Signature Prime 18, 25, 35, 47, 75 and 125 mm lenses. New lenses pretty much arrive every month from now until April 2019. read more…


Panavision DXL2, DXL-M, New Lenses, LCND

At Cine Gear in June, Panavision previewed the latest firmware for the new Millennium DXL2 8K camera, four new Large Format lens sets, Modular DXL-style accessories for RED DSMC2 cameras, and an innovative LCND filter. read more…

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Crithary and Barber and crew at ARRI Rental

Peter Crithary has been appointed President of ARRI Rental US, Camera Division. For the previous 13 years, Peter had a number of roles at Sony Electronics in market development and as the go-to guy for anything about digital cinema cameras. Before Sony, he was a cameraman in Australia and then moved to the USA where he worked in motion pictures,… read more…

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Film and Digital Times Japan Annual Meeting

InterBEE – Mukahari, Chiba, Japan. Nov. 13. Leading luminaries Japan’s cine business, shoguns and guests attended the 5th annual meeting of FDTJ- Film and Digital Times Japan.

The agenda was to thank everyone for all their great work on FDTJ; discussions of common topics and trends; sushi, sashimi, sake, tempura and ramen–not necessarily in that order. read more…

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ARRI has released SUP 4.0 — a suite of  helpful new updates for ALEXA LF cameras.

Download the Release Notes here ( 310 KB PDF.)

Download the ALEXA LF SUP4.0 User Manual here (8.17 MB PDF.)

Our favorites:

New Anamorphic Desqueeze ratios: 1.8x for Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses
and 1.65x for Panavision Ultra Vista Full Frame Anamorphic lenses. And support for the new ARRI Operator Control Unit OCU-1, Master Grips, cforce mini motors and more. read more…

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Creative Solutions Acquires Amimon

Teradek has acquired Amimon. The official wording is that Amimon Inc has been acquired by The Vitec Group plc. Amimon will be integrated into Vitec’s Creative Solutions division.
Creative Solutions has its headquarters in Southern California and their brands include Teradek, SmallHD, Wooden Camera, Paralinx, Rycote—and now Amimon.  Creative Solutions products are used on motion picture, commercial, documentary, television, sports, news, streaming and event productions worldwide. If you work with a wireless video system, chances are that an Amimon chipset is inside. read more…

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Sony VENICE Version 2 and 3 Updates

Sony VENICE Version 2.0 firmware update was announced on June 27, 2018. Version 3.0 details are shown at IBC in September. read more…


Scorpio FFA Full Frame 2x Anamorphic Primes

Jeff Berlin recently shot The Shoot, a short, in Full Frame with Sony VENICE and Scorpio Full Frame 2x Anamorphic lenses. The Shoot was shot 16-bit linear in X-OCN ST with Servicevision Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x lenses, covering the full 24mm height of the VENICE sensor. read more…

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DJI Mavic 2 and Aerial Dolly-Zooms

There’s a good example of a dolly-zoom in Joseph Losey’s 1967 film Accident. Accident is Losey’s steamy love quadrangle of Oxford students and professors, punctuated by the inevitable pregnant pauses of Pinter’s screenplay, filmed in saturated wood-panelled interiors and humid green exteriors by Gerry Fisher, BSC. It was one of Fisher’s first jobs as DP. Now, you can do a dolly-zoom simply, seamlessly, nimbly and in the air with DJI’s new Mavic 2 Zoom. It’s one of two new DJI camera drones that landed this August. read more…

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Musitelli Montevideo M 0.8 + MONSTRO

Musitelli Film & Digital, based in Montevideo, Uruguay, has been supplying productions with Leitz M 0.8 lenses lately. The Leitz M 0.8 primes worked on multiple RED MONSTRO cameras at the Teatro Colón opera house in Buenos Aires, famous for acoustics that rank among the best in the world. read more…


Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design

It is always fascinating to catch up with Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. After a bit of mischievous banter (jamming systems, cones of silence, wire cutters?) on how to foil a vexing public address system that insistently interrupted our conversation, we got down to serious stuff about Blackmagic Design’s latest products, philosophy and aspirations. read more…

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RED Report September 2018 (and 8K, Turing)

Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema and Brent Carter, COO of RED, patiently endured another episode of FDT questions about Full Format, Lenses, Motors and other matters. read more…

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Mounting Questions: September 2018

Revisions and updates on lens mounts. Updates include new L, LPL, Z, and R. What are the trends? Shorter Flange Focal Depth and wider inside diameter of mounts.   Mount Flange Focal Depth (FFD) Inside Diameter of Mount Nikon Z mount 16 mm 55 mm Fujifilm X-series 17.7 mm 43.5 mm Sony E-mount 18mm 46.1 mm Canon EOS M-Mount 18mm… read more…

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Leica, Panasonic, Sigma L-Mount Alliance

Leica launched the L-mount with their Leica T (APS-C) mirrorless, interchangeable lens  camera in 2014. It was the 100th anniversary of Oskar Barnack’s Ur-Leica. A year later, the Leica SL (Typ 601) arrived: Leica Format (36x24mm), mirrorless, autofocus, with the same mount, now renamed “L-mount.” The L-mount has a Flange Focal Depth of 20mm. The mount’s inside diameter is 51mm…. read more…

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