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The Gods of Focus Speak: LR2

Here are recent reports about using Preston’s Light Ranger 2 on some major features and TV series — from Gods of Focus: Paul Santoni, Richie Masino, Jonas Steadman, Serge Nofield, Pergrin Jung, Daniel Bombell, and Jason Garcia read more…

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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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Happy Holidays from FDTimes

Jazz, Lenses and ZEISS

by Thomas R. Zecher Photos by Alexander Kopp Most cinematographers and still photographers know about Obekochen. It’s a small town, three hours from Frankfurt and two hours from Munich. This is where ZEISS cine and still photography lenses come from. What many of us did not know is that the 25th Aalener Jazz Festival opened in Oberkochen this November 2016. Aalen is a large… read more…

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NYTimes on Steadicam

Here’s an excellent article in the NYTimes: “The Invention That Shot Rocky Up Those Steps.” The accompanying video is like a Steadicam Greatest Hits with a description of Garrett Brown’s Steadicam camera operating system that made “The Shining,” “Rocky” and “Goodfellas” possible.

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Band Pro Nouvelle Vague

Befitting Band Pro’s French connection with the new Angenieux Type EZ Zooms, the theme of their Open House this year  was the French Cinema. Pierre-William Glenn, AFC was the guest of honor. The events began with a screening of his “Day for Night” (“Nuit Americaine”) at the Sony Backstage Theater on December 6. The Open House had a record attendance on Dec 8. read more…

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Diversity in Cinematography

Madelyn Most writes: “for the first time ever, Camerimage, the festival of cinematography, IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, and illuminatrix, a U.K. collective of female cinematographers, hosted a forum on gender and diversity in cinematography. The panelists discussed what made their career work, while questioning the myths, inequalities, and obstacles that still exist in their respective countries.” read more…

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Camerimage Docs: Essay by Axelle Coquelet

Bydgoszcz, Poland. Axelle Coquellet writes: Camerimage is the marvelous international festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. It is all about cinematographers, and even more so when you look at the documentary program where most of them are also directors. I think it is one of the main interests of documentaries: how these directors see the world and how they manage to communicate it through the cinema screen. read more…

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InterBEE 2016 Tokyo

InterBEE 2016 ran for 3 days — November 16, 17, 18 in the Makuhari Messe Convention Center, Chiba, about an hour northeast of Tokyo. 1,090 companies and organizations exhibited in 1,926 booths. There were 593 exhibitors from 34 countries. 38,047 visitors attended. 6,000 copies of the Special November Film and Digital Times InterBEE Edition in Japanese were printed in Tokyo and distributed at… read more…

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FDTimes InterBEE Japanese Edition

FDTJ – Film and Digital Times Japan November 2016 InterBEE Japanese Language Edition is now ready to download. read more…

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ALEXA 65 at Age 2, ARRI Rental & ARRI Tour

This Report is a 24-page “reprint” from FDTimes November 2016 Edition, #79: ARRI ALEXA 65 at Age 2, its newest 65mm format lenses,  ALEXA Prime 65 S Series and Prime DNA Series, a tour of ARRI Rental’s new facility near Munich, a look at camera manufacturing on Türkenstrasse and ARRI’s post facilities at Bavariafilm. 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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Leica Lens Service Training

Oli Laperal, Jr. writes about his lens service course at CW Sonderoptic: “Having attended lens service training at Angenieux, ARRI, Cooke, and ZEISS, learning more about the Leica CW Sonderoptic cine lenses was most welcome. When Osamu Tsukada, Asia Regional Sales Manager of CW Sonderoptic invited me to attend a lens technical service training seminar in Wetzlar, Germany, I did not hesitate…” read more…

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New Lens Mount FFD and ID Chart

At PhotoPlus Expo yesterday, cameras with missing specs were measured and the Lens Mount FFD and ID Chart has been updated. read more…

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Mounting Questions: Please Reply

At high noon on September 22, representatives of many of the world’s prominent lens companies convened in Sigma’s meeting room at Photokina. The idea was to discuss what might happen for the next generation of full frame (24×36 mm) cine cameras and lenses.  Could there be a common lens mount. Please read this discussion and let us know your opinions. read more…

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Behind a Kiss in Cinema

Camera and lens designers, cinematographers, directors, rental managers, producers–plan a trip to the French Cinematheque in Paris. This is the most important, historical exhibition about the technique and technology of cinema from October 6 – Jan 29, 2017. Any questions about format, ergonomics, shape, pristine vs distressed images are revealed here. Larger formats? Two years after the birth of 35mm cinema, we… read more…

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Art Criste, Rental Manager at Clairmont

Art Criste has joined Clairmont Camera Hollywood as the new Rental Manager.  Art has worked for more than 25 years in the motion picture industry. He was a freelance 1st AC and then camera operator. He filmed Superbowls XXXI to present for NFL Films and Ultimate Pictures. Art also was an Associate Producer, Production Manager and Rental Manager — in other words, he has lots of industry experience. At Clairmont, Art will handle equipment scheduling and coordination between clients and additional offices, take care of client services, and more. read more…

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Leica Portugal

Leica Portugal is an easy half-hour drive north of the beautiful city of Porto. A whimsical Leica M-like gatehouse greets the visitor. Beyond is the modern factory, the size of several football fields, where many of Leica’s cameras, lenses and sport optics are made. It’s one of the most high-tech, impeccable places in the industry, with a highly skilled, enthusiastic workforce. Some… read more…

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Lello in Porto: Harry Potter Bookstore

JK Rowling roamed here. The Harry Potter author frequented Livraria Lello when she taught English in Porto, Portugal. It is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world and certainly inspired not only Rowling but also set designers and the hundreds of tourists who swarm the fantastic spiral staircase and aisles. There’s a book trolley on tracks that looks like a Gringotts cart… read more…

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Medium Format the New 35mm?

Medium Format for Still Photography cropped up as a major theme at Photokina 2016 in Cologne. This is the world’s largest photo trade fair in the world. It’s helpful for cineastes to watch what’s happening in the still world. After all, as Godard said, “The cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second,” and the original RED concept was the recognition that a digital motion picture… read more…

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