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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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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Fast: 40mm T0.95 E-mount

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Band Pro showed the new 40 mm T0.9 lens from IB-E Optics at NAB.  Klaus Eckerl, Managing Director of IB-E Optics said, “Think of it as a Noctilux style lens for APS-C and Super 35 format.” This is the “video version” of the lens: with geared focus and iris rings. It’s a great companion on Sony’s FS-7 camera with its native E-mount. read more…

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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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Regarding RED 20×40

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Keep calm and keep all your current lenses. 

RED’s Weapon 8K, introduced at NAB, is an important new camera expected later this year. The good news is that all current cine lenses will fit, will work, and will remain relevant for a long time. The other good news is that most full frame still lenses will also fit. It’s not so much about the 8K. Yes, it’s an 8K camera, but it will also do 4K in Super 35 and Full Frame. What’s important is the sensor size — 21.60 x 40.96 mm. read more…

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Cameras Smaller, Trucks Bigger

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Cameras may be getting smaller, but look at the size of these campers, support trucks and craft service village on the streets of New York yesterday.  

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Optical and Digital Filters

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Optical and Digital Filters for Cinematography About 60 people attended the New York Section’s April SMPTE meeting at MPE’s Penthouse 45 Suite.  Presentations were given by Ira Tiffen of Schneider Optics on glass filters, by Jena Rappolt-Noyes of The Tiffen Company on  DFXV4… read more…

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