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The Business of the Business: Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom

Matt Danilowicz, CEO of Vitec Videocom.

Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom: “Our marketplace is moving much faster than it ever has before. I feel like there are more changes, more people entering the business… All of those things require a faster and more powerful response from companies… I think the market’s always going to be tiered. It’s going to be the high-end of the pyramid where people really demand the best and they have to have it and absolutely are going to pay for it. Then you have an intermediate part of the market where people are going to aspire to have those products. Maybe they can’t always afford them. And then you have the part of the market that’s growing the fastest, that’s broadening the fastest: all the people who are entering the business and buying their first camera, buying their first tripod…” read more…

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Editing: Sight, Sound and Story

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Stephanie Mergal reports on the Manhattan Edit Workshop Seminar “Sight, Sound and Story” held on Saturday, June 13. With William Goldenberg, Gordon Burkell,  Alanda Yudin, Joe Schuck, Jolie “Bob” Lombardi, Garret Savage, Andy Grieve, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Pax Wassermann, Fabienne Bouville, Jesse Averna, and Sidney Wolinsky. read more…

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FDT Japanese Edition 70J

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FDTJ — Film and Digital Times Japanese language Midsummer 2015 Edition is now online and ready for free download. A limited number of printed copies are available in the offices of the sponsors in Japan. Cover photo of sandstorm at NAB by Mark Forman. read more…

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New Cine Standard Size & Mount?

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This is a preview of the Introduction to FDTimes June 2015 Issue 70 – coming Tuesday. It raises an important question: can all the camera and lens manufacturers agree on a new cine lens mount standard? Especially if 24x35mm format takes off. The Popular PL and PV mounts were dreamed up in the age of spinning mirror shutters — which took up a huge amount of room between lens mount and image plane. Without mirrors — with electronics viewfinders — the distance can be much less… read more…

FDTimes June Issue 70 Coming

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Film and Digital Times June 2015 Issue 70 will be ready at Cine Gear Expo on Friday – Sat June 5-6. Visit us in Booth 53A or get a free copy everywhere at the show. Subscribers’ copies ship at that time–and the PDF and  iPad editions can be downloaded then. What’s inside? Here’s the contents, with a few secret NDA things hidden until Friday: read more…

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Canon 5D 10 Year Anniversary

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Hard to believe–Canon will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the EOS 5D camera. It was launched in September 2005: an affordable DSLR with 35mm full-frame 24×36 mm CMOS sensor. In November 2008, Canon shipped the second-generation EOS 5D Mark II. This… read more…

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Innocinema & ActionProducts Open in Atlanta

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Innocinema opens in Atlanta: Open House and Demo Day
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Innocinema USA headquarters has  moved to the Atlanta area.   They will have an open house and open their doors this Friday, May 29, 3pm – 9pm, with a demo day and gear from RED Digital Cinema, ActionProducts, Schneider Optics, and Bright… read more…

“Dheepan” Cannes Palme D’Or

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Éponine Momenceau was the cinematographer on Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan.” “Dheepan” won the coveted Palme D’Or — first prize at Cannes. “Dheepan” was shot with a Sony F55 from Panavision Paris. Eponine said, “I like the fact that it is a lightweight, comfortable, shoulder resting camera. We did tests in advance, and I thought it had the best colors for faces, with the best color gamut, and color space.  We shot in spherical widescreen with Cooke S3 lenses and an Angenieux Optimo 24-290 zoom.”

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Deakins’ Cannes Angenieux Award

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Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC was honored at Cannes 2015 with the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinematography.

A convoy of Cannes cars from the Majestic Hotel to Festival Hall, Red Carpet and stairway of the stars, reception on the Mouton Cadet terrace overlooking the harbor, welcome by Angenieux President Pierre Andurand and presentation of the award — an Angenieux Optimo 45-120. Speeches by directors Agnieszka Holland, Denis Villeneuve, the Cohen Brothers, and actors Frances McDormand, Jake Gyllenhaal–and Roger Deakins. Photo Gallery below.

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Denis Villeneuve on working with Roger Deakins

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At 6:30pm Friday, May 22, Roger Deakins ascended the red carpet at Cannes, on his way to receiving the Pierre Angénieux Excellens Award for Cinematography. During the cocktail reception prior to the event, Denis Villeneuve discussed working with Roger. Denis was Director of “Sicario,” which opened at Cannes. (Variety’s Scott Foundas wrote, “Villeneuve has once again delivered an impeccably well-crafted film, not least in Deakins’ arresting lensing.”) read more…

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Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC Interview about Cannes ExcelLens Cinematography Award

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This year is the 80th anniversary of Angénieux. Three years ago, the company became an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and established the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” Award and Ceremony. It’s named after the founder of the company, Pierre Angénieux, whose designs and inventions in zoom lenses have been used by cinematographers since the first Angénieux 16mm format 17-68 mm f/2.2 1956 was built. The first 35mm Angénieux Zoom was the 35-140 f/3.5 in 1960. Download our Angénieux History 12 MB PDF here. Tonight Roger will be honored by the Cannes Festival, by Angénieux President Pierre Andurand, colleagues, and some of the many directors and actors with whom he’s worked. Here’s an interview with Roger.

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Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC @ 1 fc

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Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC will receive the Pierre Angénieux Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinematography at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, May 22. Pierre Andurand, President of Angenieux, explained the selection process. A committee makes recommendations based on body of work and artistic achievement, and the selection… read more…

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ZEISS Museum of Optics

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  The ZEISS Museum of Optics is open to the public. It’s a beautiful, new, architecturally crisp, white and bright addition to corporate headquarters in Oberkochen, Germany. 288 km from Frankfurt airport (3 hours’ drive) or 184 km from Munich (2… read more…

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Monet Exhibit in Frankfurt

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“Monet and the Birth of Impressionism” is an exhibition at Frankfurt’s Staedelmuseum  not to be missed. The show has been  extended to June 28 because of huge attendance. Try to book tickets online. (The website is challenging.) It’s art as a contact… read more…

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Anamorphic 118 page Review (PDF)

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Here’s a 118-page review of anamorphic cinematography from Film and Digital Times articles since 2007. It all began with a visit to Vantage, makers of Hawk Lenses. Peter Martin and Wolfgang Baumler suggested a book on anamorphic, something about which they know quite a lot. This led to more articles over those 8 years, as anamorphic widescreen took off and has been embraced many cinematographers and manufacturers. read more…

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Paulette Dumerc at Angénieux

Paulette Dumerc  has been appointed Thales Angénieux VP Sales & Marketing, Cinema/TV.  Pierre Andurand, President and CEO of Thales Angenieux, said, “Paulette will lead the worldwide sales organization of Thales Angénieux, responsible for continuing and developing the company’s momentum in the market. Paulette brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the high-tech and media industries, supporting and developing sales at a worldwide level, with the customers as a priority. Paulette is going to be a valuable addition to our team, and I’m pleased to welcome her on board.” read more…

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NYU VB Cinematography Awards

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The Volker Bahnemann Awards for Cinematography are presented each year to an NYU undergraduate and a graduate cinematography student. The award is made possible by generous gifts from ARRI Rental employees and friends. They were presented yesterday evening, May 6, at NYU.

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EasyRig Expands

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Johan Hellsten is back in Sweden, working on expanded facilities for his EasyRig factory in Umeå, just south of the arctic circle. Response to the NAB introduction of the new EasyRig Vario 5  at 16×9 Inc has been huge, and they are shipping now.

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Vive le Film

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Reports from around the world show that film is alive and well and living and thriving in Tokyo and Paris. Masa Yasumoto of Sanwa reports 4 motion picture film labs in Tokyo, and “We still rent film cameras… and some customers can shoot cheaper on film than with digital cameras.” Alexander Bscheidl called with exciting news from Vantage Paris about their recent workshop with Kodak and Film Factory: “We shot on film in 16mm and 35mm, spherical and anamorphic. The film was processed at Film Factory while we had lunch, and by 2:30 pm we were looking at dailies and grading shortly after that. It was wonderfully quick.” read more…

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Cooke Annual NAB 2015 Gathering: Anamorphics, Zooms, Rentals, RED 8K

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Getting a coveted seat at the annual Cooke NAB dinner requires connections worthy of entry to a restaurant like Rao’s in New York. It also helps to be the owner of a substantial number of Cooke lenses, spherical or anamorphic. In an undisclosed location at a distinguished Las Vegas restaurant, more than 80 prominent rental houses and cinematographers convened to discuss the latest topics and trends and to meet new colleagues. Later in the evening, fueled by a dinner of Jurassic-sized steaks and fine wines, speeches are made on the state of the industry. Here is the edited transcript of Cooke Dinner NAB 2015. read more…

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