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Diversity in Cinematography

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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DaVinci for DPs: Lens Correction

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Studio has a terrific tool to correct lens distortion. Let’s say you’re intercutting fisheye, wide-angle, action shots with pristine, undistorted landscapes. You love the GoPro’s 170 degree field of view curving horizon. But the art director, client, producer— whoever has final cut and final say— doesn’t share your enthusiasm. There are two options. Reassemble the crew,… read more…

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Leica Cine MacroLux and Summicron-C

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Here’s an interesting use for Macro close-up attachments to reduce depth of field. Most of the time, Macros (Proxars) are used for extreme close-ups at minimum distance. Here’s a user story about working with Leica Summicron-C lenses and Leica Cine Macrolux. read more…

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Full Frame & S35 Lenses at IBC

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Full Frame was careening inexorably down the corridors of IBC like the stagecoach in the opening of The Hateful Eight. But a curious thing was afoot. IBC was packed with a plethora of Full Frame cine lenses. But there was a perplexing paucity of Full Frame cine cameras. What’s going on here? Why was the cart before the horse? read more…

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Carl Zeiss 200th Birthday

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Today marks the 200th birthday of Carl Zeiss, founder of ZEISS. Carl Zeiss opened a small workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena in 1846. This was the beginning of a company that would grow into the major technology company it is today. Read more about ZEISS history, optics and factory tour in this FDTimes special report. read more…

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FDTimes September Edition 2nd Cover

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This is the rear cover of September 2016 FDTimes, going online and in the mail at the opening of IBC — Friday, Sept 9. That’s Cinematographer Pierre Edelmann with the a Sigma Full Frame Cine Lens on RVZ’s RED 8K VV camera. Download the 20-page 3.7 MB PDF of the Sigma article — which also includes a comprehensive tour of the Sigma Factory in northern Japan and an interview with Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma. read more…

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