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Manfrotto Tour

Lino Manfrotto was a photo journalist, based in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. He worked for Il Gazzettino and Il Giornale di Vicenza and also did industrial and advertising photography. By the late 1960s, he realized that his photo equipment was cumbersome, heavy and slow. There were many studio lights on the market, but Lino saw that they neglected the basic necessities. So, with the help of a colleague, Lino made his first product: a lightweight and a rugged lighting stand that extended high enough to be practical. Download our 11-page PDF Report of the Factory Visit to Manfrotto Manufacturing in Feltre. read more…

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FDTimes Free Holiday Edition Dec 2017

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! What if it came as a free download. The latest #85 edition, December 2017, is here and all 64 pages are free. 

After your Dickens of a dinner on artery-clogging roast goose, mince pie, and Scrooge's Christmas Pudding (“a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half a quartern of ignited brandy”), curl up by the smoke-free fireplace next to the environmentally recycled and recyclable tree, and dig into Tales of Two Cities (Venice Beach, Venice Venice), Merchants of VENICE (Sony) and stories of monster-size sensors (RED MONSTRO).

Read on: Stories of the Startup Upstart Carl Zeiss, and another storyline, Storyline Studios in Norway. Join our roadtrip grand factory tour of IB/E Optics, Manfrotto in northern Italy, ARRI Austria in Vienna and lots more. Here's the rest of the table of contents…With best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, a happy new year, and no humbug, please enjoy FDTimes December 2017 with our compliments.

—Jon Fauer

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Severine Serrano at Angenieux

Severine Serrano was appointed Managing Director of Angenieux International Sales in May. She has been working at Angenieux since 2009, initially in marketing and as a member of the Angenieux advisory team investigating new opportunities in the cinema industry. Severine then advanced to sales management in the demanding fields of avionics, aircraft systems, night vision, heads-up displays, and optical devices… read more…

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Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC on “Wonder Wheel”

Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC perched atop a hard stool at a wooden trestle table high above Manhattan. Outside, the city was transforming from orange to azure to magic hour. Vittorio had been grading “Wonder Wheel”earlier in the day. Like most conversations with him, one question evoked a doctoral dissertation-worthy monologue that lasted several hours. He called it a confession. It was… read more…

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Musitelli Film & Digital 20th Anniversary

11/30/17
Musitelli Film & Digital 20th Anniversary: Celebrating 20 years of Camera, Lighting and Grip Rental in Uruguay

Musitelli Film & Digital celebrates 20 years in camera, lighting and grip rental on Thursday, November 30, 2017 — with a new logo, party (by invitation only) and lots to come. Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, Musitelli is one of the largest rental houses in South America and among the best equipped and organized anywhere.  Congratulations!  

Easyrig’s Johan Hellsten reports on Camerimage

Johan Hellsten, Cameraman and Inventor of the Easyrig, visited Camerimage for the first time. Camerimage was a mere 20 hours or more to the south by car and ferry from his hometown of Umeå. Here’s Johan, above, with an 18 kg ARRI Alexa 65 on his Easyrig Vario 5. He sent these photos and notes.  Turkish cinematographer Cansu Bogulsu, above,… read more…

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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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