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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Even More Gear at Cine Gear

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More products and people at Cine Gear Expo in LA on June 5-6. Photos by Jon Fauer. Click on any picture in the thumbnail grid for larger lightbox view.  

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More Gear from Cine Gear 2015

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More Gear from Cine Gear 2015: photos by Mark Forman with Sony a7R and a7S. 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 Gear at Cine Gear

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Here’s a gallery of new gear I saw at Cine Gear Expo 2015 in LA last week. Apologies to anyone we missed, and acknowledgement that some things may not be totally new–but this was the first time I’d seen them. Additional Cine Gear Photos to be posted shortly. read more…

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Sony α7R II Details

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Sony’s new α7R II Mirrorless Digital Still/Video Camera demonstrates innovative technology that I think foreshadows additional 4K Full Frame and Super35 cinema cameras to come. The camera records Full Frame 4K 24×36 mm video. Additionally, the camera can also record APS-C format in 4K. The α7R camera’s E-mount with 18mm flange depth offers a world of adapters for almost any photo or cinema lens known to man–including PL and PV. read more…

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Sony a7R II – 4K FF, 4K S35

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  At a penthouse press conference and demo in the Parker Meridien Hotel overlooking midtown and Central Park, Sony gave us the camera I was wishing for: The α7R II (model ILCE-7RM2). It does everything I was whining about at Cine Gear:… 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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Motorcycle Diaries: Alexa Mini

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FDTimes’ Motorcycle Diaries changes horses. In the saddle: Walter Trauninger, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik. Walter likes fast cars, fast bikes, and rapid camera assembly. In Munich to visit Alexa Mini. Report to follow.

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“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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High Noon at Cannes with CST

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The CST (Commission superieure technique de l’image et du son) supervises the technical details and projection at Cannes. They also host noon time presentations by manufacturers. Today, CST hosted AFFECT (Association des Fabricants Francais d’Equipments Cinematographiques de Tournage.) Ah acronyms. AFFECT is an affiliation of… read more…

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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