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Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphics in Japan

RED MONSTRO 8K VV Camera with Scorpiolens FFA Full Frame Anamorphic prime, presented by Maki Itakura of RAID during InterBEE in Tokyo.

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Japanese language INTERBEE 2017 edition

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Storyline Studios & Camera Rental

STORYLINE STUDIOS hosted an open house and party for the Norwegian film community and guests attending the IMAGO Oslo conference on September 9. Storyline is the largest camera, grip, lighting rental house, studio and post production facility in Norway—and one of the biggest in Scandinavia. Their roots go back to 1932 and Norsk Film. An energetic team of 44 manage… read more…

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Imago Conference in Oslo

Slower than dreaded latency in video transmission, this article arrives a month late. “The dog ate my homework,” the internet was slow, and other excuses abound. The European marathon tour of companies and events is finally completed: Wetzlar-Frankfurt-Oslo-Munich-Berlin-Amsterdam-Munich-Freyung-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Asolo, Feltre, Bassano del Grappa, Venice and Vienna. Let’s catch up and start with Oslo. Imago’s 2017 Digital Cinema Conference was… read more…

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Correction: 6 Canon CN-E Full Frame Primes

Correction to error on page 29 of FDTimes September Edition #84: There are 6 (not 5) Canon Full Frame EF-mount Cinema CN-E Prime Lenses. The online PDF has been updated. Thanks to Chris Hurd, Mitch Glick and the many readers who pounced on this egregious omission in our growing list of Full Frame cine primes.     

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IB/E Optics Lens Day

Freyung, Eastern Bavaria, Germany. September 20-21. IB/E Optics celebrated their 5th anniversary in Freyung, a town that is close to the Czech border and the Bavarian Forest. It is a hilly region with the largest protected forest in Central Europe. (Previously, IB/E Optics was located in Passau.) Managing Director Klaus Eckerl (above) welcomed several hundred guests who arrived from around… read more…

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Art of Large Format

It was fitting that Sony introduced a working Full Frame prototype of Venice the camera in Amsterdam the city. Two weeks ago, Sony showed a Super35 version of Venice in LA. Howls of despair were surely heard in Tokyo and in the short intervening time, a Full Frame 24x36mm model serendipitously  appeared at IBC. A short walk to the Rijksmuseum is… read more…

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History of ARRI in a Century of Cinema

One hundred years ago, August Arnold and Robert Richter founded ARRI on September 12, 1917. Download FDTimes’ Special Report as a 24-page PDF – with illustrations. (Best viewed in two-page mode, show cover page).   Here’s the full text: ARRI was founded a century ago by two aspiring cinematographers who saw the value of technology in the pursuit of their… read more…

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New Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x Zoom: Full Frame, U35, S35

The next-generation Angénieux Optimo Ultra 12x is a high-end, multi-format zoom with interchangeable modules to cover  sensor sizes from Full Frame 24×36 and RED 8K VV to U35 and S35. It is the venerable Optimo 24-290 reference redefined, the zoom lens that accompanied almost every major motion picture production since it was introduced in September 2001. Download the FDTimes PDF… read more…

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Martin Kreitl Managing Director Band Pro Munich

Martin Kreitl is the new Managing Director of Band Pro Munich beginning September 1. Martin has been a familiar face in the industry since 1985.  In 2000, Martin and some partners produced one of the world’s first films in 1080 / 24p. The short film “Gone Underground” jump-started  most HD productions in Germany. Three years later Martin Kreitl founded his own company, MKMedia Production. For more than 13 years, Martin worked at Band Pro Munich in various positions, most recently as Head of Sales and Marketing. read more…

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Clairmont Equipment for Sale

Denny Clairmont writes, “I have sold Clairmont Camera to Keslow Camera and am happily  retiring. They did not want the film cameras so I have a lot of them to sell.  “I have two brand new Vist Vision movements.  There are 2-perf cameras, 3-perf cameras, and 4-perf cameras, and any kind of magazines that were ever made.  Even 800 ft Arri 16 SR magazines.”

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Filming the Solar Eclipse Aug 21

This is the story of Stephen Pizzo’s enthralling preparations to shoot the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. This is the first total solar eclipse across the continental United States since 1918. The Moon will pass between the Sun and Earth, blocking the face of the Sun and leaving only its outer atmosphere, or corona, visible in the sky. The epicenter of the total eclipse will be in Carbondale, IL. The project includes a number of firsts that rely on state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras as part of an advanced astro-imaging system built specifically to capture the first US-wide eclipse in a hundred years. read more…

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FDTimes Summer Reading – #83 Now Online

Film and Digital Times Summer 2017, Issue 83 — 80 page PDF now online. Limited time FREE download for all. Higher rez download for subscribers. Paper edition printing now and shipping week of August 9. See information at left or click here

Interview with Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design; Interview with Paul Cameron ASC; Christopher Doyle HKSC Interview; Full Frame Grabs with Leica Thalia, Sigma T1.5 FF, Schneider Xenon, IB/E Optics Raptor, ZEISS CP.3, Cooke S7/i on Leica M10; Canon C200; Panasonic EVA1; Camalot’s Dyaliscope Anamorphics; Hawk V-Lite ‘74 Anamorphics; ARRI LMB 4×5; Best short at Cannes Semaine de la Critique; Lighting with Paint and Pixels; NAB and Cine Gear Reviews. read more…

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Keslow Camera Acquires Clairmont Camera

Keslow Camera announced today that it is acquiring Clairmont Camera in Hollywood and its Vancouver and Toronto operations. The move will more than quadruple Keslow Camera’s anamorphic and vintage lens inventory, and add a substantial range of custom camera equipment.  Clairmont founder Denny Clairmont, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. Clairmont Hollywood will eventually be consolidated to Keslow Camera’s headquarters in Culver City. The acquisition is expected to be completed on or before August 4. The end of an era. The beginning of a new one. read more…

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Canon Burbank Grand Opening

The beautiful, new  Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center is now officially open in Burbank. It is located at 3400 West Olive Ave., Burbank, Calif. — near Warner Bros, Disney and The Burbank Studios. The new location is much more convenient than Canon’s previous, colorful 6060 Sunset Boulevard facility. Visitors will appreciate underground parking in the building. read more…

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Jason Joseffer’s Pinhole PL Lens

Looking for a vintage look? Tired of decoating or recoating precious cine lens optical elements? San Francisco cinematographer Jason Joseffer machined his own pinhole lenses with PL mount for the music video “On The Road”. Jason has been intrigued by Pinhole photography for a long time. Applying it to motion pictures is now helped by new, low-light cameras. The dreamy aesthetic of pinhole and its timeless quality were well-suited for the music video “On The Road,” written and performed by Seth Lael  about his experiences as a production sound mixer and the people who work in film. read more…

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No Humbug: Australian Photo Review Digitized

The complete run of the Australian Photo Review from 1894-1956 has been digitized and made available by the State Library of New South Wales.  The description of the editor, Edwin J. Welch, is something FDTimes might consider: “Bluntness is also one of his strong points, combined with a fluent facility of expression when he gets badly aggravated; he likewise abhors humbug and discerns it from afar.”

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Angenieux AngeNews: Andurand and Sprauel

Pierre Andurand (above left) was in LA last week to introduce his successor Emmanuel Sprauel (right) to key Angenieux partners. Pierre has been CEO and President of Thales Angenieux for a little more than 5 years. He moves on to a VP position at Thales Air Systems. This is a natural progression—successful Thales  executives are usually promoted within the Group every five years. Among Pierre’s accomplishments at Angenieux, he was responsible for key decisions in the renewal and growth of the Angenieux lens portfolio (30-72, 56-152 and 25-250, 44-440, Optimo Style and Type EZ series… and more to come)

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Chris Doyle Angenieux Award at Cannes

At a black tie event in the Salle Bunuel theater at the Cannes Film Festival, Christopher Doyle HKSC was presented this year’s Pierre Angenieux lifetime achievement award for cinematography. Accepting his prize–an Angenieux Optimo 15-40 T2.6 zoom–Chris said, “This is something I can use every day and will cherish. It’s much better than a statue that sits on a shelf.” read more…

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Chris Doyle, HKSC & Du Ke Feng Interview

Christopher Doyle, HKSC (aka Du Ke Feng) receives the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award for Cinematography on Friday, May 26 at Cannes.  JON FAUER:  Congratulations on the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award at Cannes.  CHRISTOPHER DOYLE:  I’m honored. I’m not sure how they chose me. Maybe they saw pictures of me using their lenses [laugh]. Or maybe they wanted to throw a spanner in the works [chortle] by bringing in a “ringer” like me. They’ve already given the prize to all the great cinematographers. So now they wanted to reassure “the kids” that  “If Chris can do it, anybody can.” read more…

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