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Luc Besson’s “Lucy” Opens Today… Interview with Thierry Arbogast, AFC

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“Lucy” opens this Friday. It was directed by Luc Besson–famous for “The Big Blue” (1988), “La Femme Nikita” (1990), “The Fifth Element” and Léon, the Professional. He built the Cité du Cinema stages and post facilities in Saint-Denis, and worked on more than 50 films as writer, director and producer. Luc Besson’s films are renowned for their highly visual style, edge-of-the-seat action, quirky characters, and delicious dialog (Léon: “And stop saying ‘okay’ all the time. Okay? Mathilda: ‘Okay.’ Léon: ‘Good.’)

Besson writes and is involved in every aspect of his films. He operates the camera himself. His prodigious handheld camera work and great gliding moves deserve recognition by the Society of Camera Operators. He has always favored the latest, most innovative technologies. He also seems to be daring in his choices of cameras, no matter the size or weight—as long as it fulfilled the high technical bar he required.

Thierry Arbogast, AFC was the cinematographer on “Lucy” and most of Besson’s films. He is an award–winning French cinematographer, born in France in 1957. His work with director Luc Besson began in 1989 with “La Femme Nikita.” Their most recent collaboration, “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson, opens July 25, 2014. Among many awards, Thierry won the Vulcan Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for “The Fifth Element” in 1997, the César Award for Best Cinematography in 1998 for “The Fifth Element,” and the César again for Best Cinematography in 2004 for “Bon Voyage.” Thierry’s other credits include “Léon: The Professional” (1994), “Asterix at the Olympic Games” (2008), “The Lady” (2011), “Malavita (The Family)” (2013), and about 70 more films.

Here’s an interview with Thierry about “Lucy.”  More…

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Criterion Collection on British Airways

British Airways began showing some Criterion Collection in-flight movies this month. Criterion Collection has provided some of the highest quality DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming transfers of original films since 1984 – uncut and in the original aspect ratio. Hopefully they will be presented without the dreaded…

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Passport Expirations and Travel Woes

With the IBC-Photokina-Cinec trifeca rapidly approaching, check your passport. Does it expire in 6 months? Do you have at least 2-4 blank pages for stamps/visas? The tales of woe from many colleagues and the lack of clear guidance from the airlines means it’s wise to check….

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Leica Cine Camera 1911

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Leica Camera. Wetzlar, Gemany. We’re back at Leica’s new headquarters, investigating a mystery. Last month several jaws dropped at the sight of a 1911 hand-cranked 35mm cine camera, built by Oskar Barnack, on display in the lobby. Why did this camera not…

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ARRI Alexa gets ProRes 4444 XQ

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ARRI Alexa now supports Apple’s new ProRes 4444 XQ codec. This is now the highest quality version of ProRes — with a 1:4.5 compression ratio and a data rate of around 500 Mbps. (In comparison, ProRes 4444 had a compression of 1:6.8 and…

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Keslow Camera’s New Space

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Keslow Camera has moved to a stunningly beautiful new building on Blackwelder Street in Culver City (off La Cienega, just south of I-10). The 35,000 square foot space looks like it jumped right out of the pages of a coffee-table book on architecture….

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Cine Gear Expo 2014

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Cine Gear Expo 2014 LA Slideshow.

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Cine Gear Expo 2014 Slideshow

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More images from Cine Gear Expo 2014.

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Issue 61 Now Online

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Film and Digital Times Issue 61, June 2014 Cine Gear Edition is now online. Subscribers can download the 16 MB PDF. iPad Edition goes lives Friday, May 30. Print Editions ship week of June 1. Free copies of the 48-page…

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Vilmos Zsigmond honored in Cannes

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Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC was honored this evening at the Cannes Film Festival with  the  Pierre Angenieux EXCELLENS in cinematography award. We spoke last week about cinematography, Cannes, lenses, and life.

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Remembering Gordon Willis, ASC

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Gordon Willis, ASC passed away on Sunday. He was a god to cinematographers, and inspired us all. He told me, “A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist, moving an audience…making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark.”…

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Servicevison & Scorpiolens (PDF)

06/07 – 06/07
Scorpiolens Screenings: At Cine Gear Expo Paramount Theater
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Once upon a time there were two brothers living in Barcelona: Alfredo Valles and Andres Valles. They built a company, Servicevision, one of the largest rental companies in Spain. But what they really loved to do was build lenses. Andres and Alfredo will receive the Cine Gear Lifetime Technical Achievement Award on June 6. Here’s a Special Report reprint about the Brothers Valles, the company, and their latest Scorpiolens Anamorphics.

2014 Volker Bahnemann NYU Awards

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The 4th annual Volker Bahnemann Awards for Cinematography were presented on April 30th at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Three undergraduate and three graduate cinematography students were nominated. The two winners received grants. The award was funded by ARRI, CSC, friends and colleagues in…

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Delivering Anamorphics

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TSF (headquarters in Paris) and Movietech (at Pinewood Studios London) have received their first sets of Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses: 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 mm T2.3. EMIT delivered the first set in France to TSF’s Danys Bruyere. TSF has been busy buying anamorphic…

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Vilmos Angenieux Excellens at Cannes

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In 2013, Angénieux became an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and awarded the first  “Pierre Angenieux EXCELLENS in cinematography ” tribute to Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC. This year, Angénieux will honor Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC in Cannes at a special evening, accompanied by the…

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Delacoux gets Legion d’Honneur

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Jacques Delacoux, President and Managing Director of Transvideo and Aaton-Digital, received the Legion d’Honneur medal in a ceremony at la Femis in Paris this evening. The Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (Order of the Legion of Honor) was established by…

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Sophia Loren at Tribeca Film Festival

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Sophia Loren received a standing ovation at the Tribeca Film Festival screening tonight of the “Human Voice,” a short directed by Edoardo Ponti, with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC. Ponti and Prieto met for the first time at Tribeca last year,…

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Scorpiolens Anamorphic Video

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ServiceVision presented a 7 minute 30 second video at NAB, “Walk in Barcelona.” Shot with their Scorpiolens 35, 75 and 100 mm 2x anamorphic lenses, with a hauntingly beautiful score by Jordi Solans and Narcis Coromines. Here it is on…

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Mark Forman’s NAB 2014

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The following things attracted Mark Forman’s attention at NAB 2014.

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Oli Laperal’s NAB Report

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By Oli Laperal Jr. The omnipresence of 4K and 8K systems over HD at NAB reminded me of the HD-over-SD transition a dozen years ago.  As in the past, there are no shortage of nay-sayers.  But the quantum leap of…

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