Ed Lachman ASC on Super 16mm “Carol”

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Rarely has a film looked as beautiful as “Carol,” especially a film shot in Super 16mm. A lot of stars aligned. Todd Haynes directed. Ed Lachman, ASC was the cinematographer, with breathtaking lighting, moving camera, motivated reflections, mirrors, flares, streaks and muted colors. There was a confluence of excellent choices: among them, Cooke vintage lenses, Kodak Vision3 16mm film, Arriscan, and two great actresses, gorgeously glowing in muted lightread more…

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Masaya Maeda named next Canon President

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Canon Inc. announced that Senior Managing Director Masaya Maeda will succeed Fujio Mitarai as President in March. Mr. Mitarai will remain chairman and CEO. The Japan Times writes that  Mitarai told a news conference in Tokyo that Maeda was chosen because of his efforts to position Canon at the top of the digital camera market. “As a digital leader, (Maeda) was one step ahead in advancing the digitalization of cameras,” Mitarai said. Maeda formerly led Canon’s camera division and launched the Cinema EOS series. read more…

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Imperial Hotel Tokyo

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  The story of the Imperial Hotel‘s triple reincarnation in Tokyo reads like a film script, full of drama, disasters, earthquakes, fires, conflict, rivalries and resolution. When in Tokyo, an antidote for “Lost in Translation” ennui is the Imperial Hotel. You… read more…

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Panasonic Yamagata Lens Factory Tour

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Tendo City, Yamagata is a one-hour flight north from Tokyo’s  Haneda Airport. The mountainous area is known for its hot springs, ramen and soba noodles, and factories that make most of Japan’s Shogi (chess) sets. We are here to visit a different kind of factory: Panasonic’s Yamagata Lens Factory. A year earlier, Panasonic’s principal  lens designer Mr. Kazutake Boku had suggested a visit to their optical factory. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever written about before,” he said. So here we are. read more…

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Milton Keslow 1935-2015

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The motion picture business mourns the loss of yet another prominent member in the past week. Milton L. Keslow, Co-Founder of General Camera and founder of Keslow Television, passed away on December 29, 2015, at age 80. read more…

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Linus Sandgren, Re-Coated and Vintage Glass

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LINUS SANDGREN: “For “Joy,” I worked with CamTec Motion Picture Camera Rentals. Kavon Elhami and the crew there have been experimenting with vintage lenses for a long time. In our current digital era, we cinematographers need to find ways to make the image interesting. The trend to use vintage lenses has been booming…” read more…

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Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC 1930-2016

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Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC passed away on January 1, 2016. He was born June 16, 1930 in Szeged, Hungary. In 1956, he filmed the Hungarian Revolution and escaped to the West. He originally wound up in Germany. But then he said, “As long as we’re this far, might as well go to Hollywood.”  In 1971 , Robert Altman hired Vilmos to shoot “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” His next films have become classics: “Deliverance” ( John Boorman), “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” (Michael Cimino), “Cinderella Liberty” (Mark Rydell), “Sugarland Express” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (Steven Spielberg), “Blow Out,” “The Black Dahlia,” and  “The Bonfire of the Vanities”  (Brian de Palma), “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” Melinda and Melinda,” and “Cassandra’s Dream” (Woody Allen).” In 1977, Vilmos Zsigmond received an Oscar for best cinematography on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”  In 1997, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Camerimage, and in 1999 from the American Society of Cinematographers. In 2014, Vilmos was honored with the Pierre Angenieux EXCELLENS Award at the Cannes Film Festival. read more…

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Haskell Wexler, ASC 1922-2015

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Haskell Wexler, ASC passed away today. He was 93. Haskell won Academy Awards as Cinematographer on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory. He was  writer-director-cinematographer of the film that inspired me to get into film: Medium Cool. Here’s the… read more…

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Merry Holidays, Happy New Year

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With best wishes for Merry Holidays, and hoping we will all climb to happy new heights in the new year!    

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Heated Gear

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If your teeth start chattering while watching “The Hateful 8” and “The Revenant,” or the thought of frigid locations this winter make your blood run cold, now you’ll be able to stay warmer with cordless heated jackets: Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear. Probably the most versatile jacket for a camera operator sitting on a freezing crane all day  is the Heated 3-in-1 Ripstop Jacket & Heated Ripstop Vest. read more…

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Twinkle Twinkle

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Only 6 shopping days until Christmas. Design and configure your own multi-colored rainbow coated tripod with Mac Group’s MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod. Choose from 12 colors and 792 combinations. http://www.mefoto.com/byo/intro

AJA Ki Pro ULTRA

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It was like science class at InterBEE — where AJA introduced their new Ki Pro Ultra. AJA’s  Andy Bellamy starred as your favorite physics teacher (with Eric Hamilton simultaneously translating to Japanese). The Ki Pro Ultra is the latest member of the family. It’s a 4K Recorder/Player with 4.8″ HD Monitor and two AJA Pak Media SSD slots. read more…

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Band Pro Open House 2015 Slideshow

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Band Pro’s annual Open House opened on December 10 at their Burbank offices. New Products on display included Leica’s 16mm and 135mm Leica Summilux-C lenses from CW Sonderoptik, IB/E Optics Macro FF Primes, updates to Cinetech Italiana’s Capinera Dolly, Movcam products from 16x9inc,  ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4, and much more. Thirty other brands were inside the big white tent for hundreds of attendees to try out and to meet with company representatives. Continue to view the slideshow… read more…

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IB/E Optics Macro Full Frame – Updated

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The Full Frame (24×36) Cine format race is heating up and focusing closer. A new line of FF Macro Cine Lenses were introduced at the Band Pro Open House on December 10 in Burbank by IB/E President Klaus Eckerl and Band Pro President Amnon Band. The first focal lengths in the new IB/E Macro FF lens family are 100mm T2.9, 150mm T2.9, and 180mm T2.9. They all cover Full Frame (24×36 mm / 44 mm diagonal). Close focus is 1:1 magnification.

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The Calling of Vittorio Storaro

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At Camerimage, Director Majid Majidi and Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC presented their film “Muhammad, the Messenger of God.” They were awarded a Special Duo Prize for Director and Cinematographer working together on a film. It will be screened at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater at 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 from Friday December 11 to Thursday December 17.

I met with Vittorio on October 12 at his hotel in New York. He was filming the latest Woody Allen feature, not on film, but on digital. read more…

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Sumo Tenba Cooper Messenger Bags

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Sumo wrestling in Japan began as a Shinto ritual and became a sport in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The original wrestlers may have been samurai or rōnin (freelance samurai). Somewhat like ronin cinematographers or ronin camera assistants who supplement their incomes by designing things…. read more…

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Uzumasa: Hollywood of Japan

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Uzumasa  is the district of Kyoto that’s also known as the Hollywood of Japan. The first film studio was built in 1926 by Tsumasaburo Bando, the “king of samurai dramas.” It’s now Toei Studios Kyoto. Makino Talkie Studios were built in 1935. It’s now  Shochiku Studios, a few blocks away from Toei—and a short walk along the Daiei Dori, the main street, which is painted like a roll of film, complete with perforations. read more…

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Mixing Anamorphic Lenses on “Ikari”

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The following article ran in the November edition of FDTJ — Film and Digital Times Japan — distributed at InterBEE. Here it is in English. Cinematographer Norimichi Kasamatsu, JSC recently completed the feature Ikari using a variety of anamorphic lenses: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 30-72, 56-152, Hawk V-Lites, Kowa 35-BE. Alexa cameras, Tiffen GlimmerGlass filters.  read more…

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AbelCine Chicago Open House

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On Nov 8, AbelCine celebrated its recent opening in Chicago at the Cinespace Studio Complex with an Open House: lectures, demos, party, and raffles. Cinespace is also home to Keslow Camera Chicago (see photos in slideshow below) and four TV series currently… read more…

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FDTimes 10th Anniversary Slideshow

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What began as a small gathering to honor our FDTimes Japan translators escalated into a major spectacle. We gathered on on Wednesday evening, November 18 in the “Tokio” private restaurant in the Hotel New Otani Makuhari at InterBEE. It was a trio of thanks:… read more…

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