Author Archives: Jon Fauer

The Show will Go On

The Academy’s Board of Governors did the right thing today, issuing this statement: “The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.”  

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Cinematography Oscar during Commercial Break?

At the ASC Awards on Saturday, I thought someone was joking when he mentioned that the Oscar for Best Cinematography would be presented during a commercial break. Alas, it is true: “We [The Academy] believe we have come up with a great way to do this, and keep the show to three hours. While still honoring the achievements of all… read more…

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BSC Expo 2019

BSC Expo in London was the best ever. More than 5500 visitors gathered in the Battersea Park Evolution exposition space on Feb 1-2. If there was a theme, it was full frame and large format lenses. Panavision had 11 or 12 series of large format sphericals and anamorphics at their lens bar. Michael Cioni’s 4-screen display let you compare the… read more…

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Leitz Cine Leica Format Primes

Leitz Leica Format Cine Lenses (not the official name) made a prominent prototype debut at the CVP Lens Bar in BSC Expo. Four focal lengths were shown: 18mm, 21mm, 65mm and 100mm — all T1.8. The new Leitz lenses were first presented to the world inside an untouchable glass case at IBC. This time the Leitz Leica Format Primes were… read more…

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RED Ranger at Rental Houses

Jarred Land talks about the new RED RANGER Camera, available exclusively to Rental Houses. “The RANGER is a special camera that we will sell only to authorized rental houses. They will get this camera that hopefully addresses some features and requests that are unique to rental houses.” read more…

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FDTimes February 2019 now online

Limited time complimentary download of the full 96-page edition. read more…

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FDTimes at BSC Expo

The ever- fabulous BSC Expo begins in Battersea Park Evolution: Friday Feb 1 – Saturday Feb 2. FDTimes will be there with a BSC Expo complimentary special printed edition. The full 96-page worldwide edition goes online later this evening and paper copies ship tomorrow. read more…

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TRIBE7

Neil Fanthom and Bradford Young ASC are up to something. Today they launched a new venture called TRIBE7 and a technology called BLACKWING7. Since I’m sitting in London within shouting distance of Sherlock Holmes’s 221B Baker Street, a bit of deduction might help unravel some of the mysteries that are yet to be revealed. As Holmes might have told Watson,… read more…

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RED Ranger Rental Only

New custom camera called RANGER is being built by Red Digital Cinema exclusively for authorized rental houses. Designed at Red Studios Hollywood by Jarred Land and Matt Tremblay. More details to follow around BSC Expo time.

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Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS on “VICE”

“VICE” opened today, Christmas Eve. Round up the reindeer and steer your sleigh to the nearest movie theater.  Directed by Adam McKay, “VICE” swings from drama to satire with a hint of the absurd (if it weren’t so true.) It’s the story of Dick Cheney, the Washington insider who maneuvered to become the most powerful person in the US government… read more…

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Panasonic EVA1 and ProRes RAW

Panasonic has a new, free VariCam LUT Library online.

You can preview, view, create and load 35 Look-Up Tables for VariCam and EVA1 cinema cameras. They were created by Panasonic with the help of Local 600 DITs. read more…

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NAB 2018 belated Slideshow

New Year 2019 Resolution: Get these slideshows posted on time. Here are Mark Forman’s excellent photos from NAB 2018. Click on any thumbnail to enlarge and click through all 330 pictures:    

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SUP

Tristan Boxford has a great job. He is founder and CEO of the Waterman League, a worldwide organization that represents all kinds of Ocean sports. Tristan was a professional World Champion windsurfer in the 1990s and early 2000s. His latest endeavor is the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour and Stand Up Paddling (SUP).

It just so happens that APP uses Blackmagic Design products on all their productions. Distributed in more than 100 countries, they are covering the 2018 championships in London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and the Canary Islands. read more…

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The Story of Easyrig: 25 Years

Johan Hellsten, inventor of Easrig, will release his new book at IBC. The Story of Easyrig, 25 Years is the story of his fascinating journey from an idea to a final product. Johan has been working on the book for the past two years. It is not only about Easyrig but also about his interesting life. read more…

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cmotion cPRO, cVision Focus Assist

Here’s an update on the latest cmotion lens controls: cPRO hand unit, cPRO motors, cPRO Camin, cvsion focus assistn, cinefade, and more. read more…

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RGB – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG is everywhere. Streaming, screening, in theaters, on DVD and devices. RBG opened in January 2018 at Sundance Film Festival.

The documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg was directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Claudia Raschke was the Cinematographer, working with ARRI Amira, Canon C300 Mark II and Sony F55 cameras—all shot in LOG. Ken Sirulnick, President of Glue Editing & Design in New York, graded the film using DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel. read more…

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DENZ MFC65 Large Format Lens Projector

Rental houses and repair facilities need lens projectors—and especially the new DENZ MFC65. It tests all photo and cine lenses with image circles up to Ø60mm — from 8mm, 16mm, Super 35, Full Frame 35 up to Alexa 65 format. The MFC65 has been designed from the ground up for speed, accuracy and avoidance of mistakes while working — one of the main reasons why ARRI Rental has selected it as the test projector for their facilities worldwide. read more…

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Technovision 1.5x Anamorphic LF by P+S

Technovision Anamorphic lenses were “reborn” by P+S Technik at Cine Gear 2018. The new lenses are named Technovision Classics and are 1.5x squeeze Full Frame anamorphics. The series consists of 5 primes: 40mm T2.2 , 50mm T2.2, 75mm T2.5, 100mm T3.0 and 135 T3.0 mm. There are 2 zoom lenses: 40-70mm T3.2 (previously 35-70) and 70-200mm T3.0. They all have cylindrical front anamorphic elements. read more…

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Gottfried Pflugbeil and Preston Light Ranger 2

Here’s the latest episode in the continuing series, Season Two, of “The Superstars of Focus.” Gottfried Pflugbeil has been a Camera Assistant since 1994 and a 1st AC since January 1999. Recently he’s been working on the TV Series “Condor” for MGM and “The Handmaid’s Tale” for MGM/Hulu. He writes, “When the Preston Light Ranger 2 came out, focus tools came to a new level. The LR2 uses infrared light to calculate the distance, but it takes the idea of a focus tool to two additional levels…” read more…

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ARRI Large Format Signature Primes

Alexa LF and Large Format Signature Primes were announced in February and are working on productions worldwide. The core set of ARRI Signature Prime Large Format lenses have shipped. They include ARRI Signature Prime 18, 25, 35, 47, 75 and 125 mm lenses. New lenses pretty much arrive every month from now until April 2019. read more…

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