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Lighting with Paint: Vintage 1876

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The Pendulum of Styles   The following review was uncovered in the dusty archives at the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Cinematheque. Then, as now, style was a dialectic. Artists experimented. Tastes changed. Academies and the Establishment were challenged. In one year,… read more…

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“A Beautiful Planet” – Canon, IMAX

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Three Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Cameras and two EOS-1D C cameras were sent to the International Space Station for the IMAX production A Beautiful Planet. FDTimes discussed the technique and technology of this production with James Neihouse, ASC and Marsha Ivins, along with Tim Smith and Leigh Nofi of Canon. As Variety wrote, “Short of putting Emmanuel Lubezki through Astronaut training, it’s difficult to imagine more rapturously beautiful images of the Earth from orbit than those supplied by A Beautiful Planet, the latest collaboration between IMAX and NASA.” read more…

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Tatara Samurai: Film on Film

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By Yasuaki Mitsuwa Director Yoshinari Nishikôri and Cinematographer Akira Sako, JSC recently completed the feature Tatara Samurai. This interview took place at the Imagica head office in Tokyo after the first screening of the film in April.     FILM… read more…

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Panasonic VariCam Workshop at Keslow Camera

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Article and photos by George Leon On August 6, Panasonic hosted a workshop at Keslow Camera covering Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam LT Cameras. The event introduced camera crews to the cameras and the latest technical details. Panasonic staff provided technical… read more…

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Meeting Sony Designers and Planners in Tokyo

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Meeting the Designers and Planners Shinagawa sits on the southeastern shore of Tokyo, just before you hit Tokyo Bay. It’s a collection of modern highrise office towers housing many of the area’s major corporations. The large building with the diamond… read more…

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The Rolling Stones in Cuba—Worldwide Release

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The Rolling Stones Havana Moon feature-length film of the historic concert by The Rolling Stones in Havana, Cuba will be shown on September 23, 2016, for one night only, in cinemas around the world. Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele, Coldplay) this concert film features ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘It’s Only Rock ’n Roll’, ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Satisfaction’ and more. The concert film and documentary were produced by JA Digital. SR Films handled all outside broadcast services, with PhotoCineRent Paris providing cameras, lenses, controls and heads. read more…

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Brexit, Part 2

Yas Mitsuwa, Business Development Director, Import Dept. NAC Image Technology Inc. in Japan, spoke with two industry insiders and finds out their take on the Brexit vote in the UK. Ronan Girre is Chief Executive & Head of Studies of ace (ateliers du cinema european) in Paris, France—a center for training and development to help independent European producers. Adam Torel is a British producer living in Japan and CEO of Third Window Films, distributing Japanese and other Asian films in the UK.

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Preston LR2 Demo and Keslow Open House

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On Saturday, July 16, the crew from Preston Cinema Systems pulled into Keslow Camera’s Culver City headquarters on Blackwelder Street for a day of Light Ranger 2 demos and a Keslow Camera Open House. Howard Preston, Alanna Berkson and Matt Davis provided hands-on demos with a large… read more…

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“Cafe Society” opens July 15

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“Cafe Society” opens in the US this Friday, July 15. It should be seen twice. First for the story, acting and directing. The second time for the art of the cinematography. Every frame a Rembrandt…er…a Storaro. The cinematography is spectacular. Although Vittorio will be the first to say that the most important thing in a film is the idea (story, concept), his cinematography is like watching  paintings that move. read more…

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Interview With RED’s Jarred Land – Episode 2

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This is Episode 2 of “Interviews with Jarred” about RED Digital Cinema, the state of the industry, large format, and more. Another sequel in this saga is inevitable. I expect Episode 3 will include more about RED Helium 8K S35 3.65 micron pixel sensors.

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“Film is Like a Colony”

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Orson Welles said, “Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists. When America was wide open, with the Spanish at the Mexican frontier, the French in Canada, the Dutch in New York, you can be sure that the English would go to a place that was still unoccupied.” He was discussing wide lenses in 1958 Cahiers du Cinéma interviews. The Angénieux Retrofocus 18.5 mm lens was introduced in 1951. What he says sounds familiar today—finding new lenses to define new looks and stand out from the crowd. read more…

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Brexit and Film Production

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About Brexit, your broker is surely saying, “Keep calm, carry on, stay the course.” Sinking ships come to mind. Markets hate uncertainty. They also make big bad bets. So do bookies. Online British Betting websites have long been a favorite barometer for predicting… read more…

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Creative Solutions Open House New York

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Creative Solutions opened their doors on June 23rd in the new Greenpoint Creative Solutions Showroom at 190 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Mark Pederson (CEO / Co-Founder) and Aldey Sanchez (COO / Co-Founder)  hosted about 100 members of the New York production community. CSNY will provide rentals and sales of motion picture and television equipment. read more…

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Preston LR2 Demo at Keslow Camera

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Preston Light Ranger LR2 Demo: Preston Cinema Systems will present their Light Ranger 2 Focus System at Keslow Camera on Saturday, July 16, 2-5 pm. Border Food Truck will be outside
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Preston Cinema Systems will present their Light Ranger 2 Focus System at Keslow Camera on Saturday, July 16, 2-5 pm. The Open House will provide hand-on demos with a large variety of camera and lens combinations equipped with the LR2. Howard Preston and crew will be there. Bring your own Preston MDR3 for a necessary Light Ranger 2 update that can be done on site. Also, the famous BORDER GRILL Food Truck will be outside from 2:30 – 4:30 pm with complimentary beverages and gourmet tacos, sides and more… read more…

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Tiffen’s Steadicam LA 2016 Workshop

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The Queen Mary Workshop, Long Beach, California, April 2016  by Chris Fawcett, inventor of the Steadicam Fawcett Exovest photos: Nadiya Rodkina Steadicam remains one of the strongest storytelling tools for cinematographers. There is no other way to move the camera… read more…

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First painting of a Movie Theater:
Sickert’s “The Gallery at the Old Mogul”

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Christie’s will auction “The Gallery at the Old Mogul” on June 20th in London. The painting, by Walter Sickert, is one of the earliest paintings in the world of a theatrical projection in a movie theater. (The Old Mogul was not… read more…

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Ian Casas, Band Pro’s Key Grip

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Ian S. Casas has joined Band Pro Film & Digital in Burbank as Product Manager in charge of sales and support for the Cinetech Italiana Dolly line and related grip products. Ian is an accomplished Hollywood Dolly Grip and Key Grip with numerous… read more…

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FDTimes in Translation, updated

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Thursday, June 9. Ten luminaries of the Japanese cinema industry gathered high above the humid haze of Tokyo—in the New York Bar of the Park Hyatt Hotel. What better place than the bar location made famous by Lost in Translation. The conversation was unmistakably more animated than… read more…

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Cine Gear 2016 Highlights

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Here’s the first batch of Cine Gear 2016 photos. More to follow, along with text. read more…

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FDTimes at Cine Gear Booth 53A

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Film and Digital Times returns to Cine Gear Expo 2016. We’ll be in our usual location: Booth 53A in the New York Streets (between Preston Cinema and Bright Tangerine). Pick up a free copy of Issue 75. Café Society is on the Cover. It will be screened on Friday evening in the Paramount Theater at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with Vittorio Storaro and Jon Fauer. read more…

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