Monthly Archives: May 2014

Issue 61 Now Online

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 print edition will be everywhere at Cine Gear Expo in LA on June 6-7, in the booths of our sponsors… read more…


AbelCine Cine Gear Events

6/3/14 – 6/8/14
AbelCine Cine Gear Week: Workshops and Events in LA

AbelCine has a week of events and workshops planeed around Cine Gear Expo 2014. Along with exhibiting at booth #S231, Sound Stage 31, their Burbank office will be hosting several events showcasing the latest tools and technology leading up to the Expo. They will also be host special Cine Gear Master classes. Reserve your seat now.

Preston Light Ranger 2

Light Ranger 2 from Preston Cinema Systems — premiering at Cine Gear–could be the most important invention of the year for motion picture production. It is an innovative tool that graphically divides a monitor into zones and intuitively guides your focus pulling in the correct direction. The system consists of two units. The sensor unit sits atop the camera, preferably above the lens. Using parallax correction found in the on-screen menu, it can be placed anywhere that’s convenient. A quick setting calibrates the offset.The Video Interface box attaches easily to the back of almost any monitor. It receives focus information from both the Light Ranger 2 and the Preston FIZ HU3 Hand Unit. read more…

Vilmos Zsigmond honored in Cannes

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. read more…

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Remembering Gordon Willis, ASC

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.” Ah yes, the dark. I don’t think Gordon woke up at night worrying if a scene he had shot was too… read more…

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Amira in Uruguay

Amira in Uruguay: Presentation, Open House + After-Party

ARRI AMIRA Presentation, Open House and After-Party in Montevideo, Uruguay Thursday, May 22nd,  17:00 – 21:00 Jeffrey Reyes from ARRI will be in Montevideo to present the new ARRI Amira Digital Cinema camera. Register online. DJ  Live + Food and Beverages Musitelli Facebook link :


Servicevison & Scorpiolens (PDF)

Scorpiolens Screenings: At Cine Gear Expo Paramount Theater

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.

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Denz Denzhead Dutch Head

Here’s an updated and improved Dutch Head from Denz. The new Denzhead “dutches” your camera by pitching it 180° around the optical axis. That’s 90° off horizontal in either direction. The Denzhead normally would be attached on top of your regular fluid or geared head—but it can also be fastened to car mounted, remote heads and rigs. You can quickly… read more…

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2014 Volker Bahnemann NYU Awards

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  recognition of Volker Bahnemann’s half century of service to the filmmaking community. Volker spent 48 years at ARRI: 32 years as… read more…

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Delivering Anamorphics

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 lenses lately. They  just received one of the first Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm T4 Anamorphic Zooms. More lenses to… read more…

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