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FDTimes September Issue 110 Shipping Now

To all subscribers asking, “Where is my September 2021 Film and Digital Times Issue 110?”

It is shipping today, October 11.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the USPS couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds—except a confluence of supply chain, paper and ink shortages and shipping backlogs. read more…

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What lenses fit ARRI’s next S35 4K camera?

Will standard 35mm lenses (before Open Gate era) cover ARRI’s next, new Super35 camera? ARRI Camera Systems Product Manager Marc Shipman-Mueller was kind enough to elucidate. “Yes, the sensor has almost the same dimensions as the ALEXA Mini Sensor,” Marc said. “I think that is an important feature of this camera. We want to make sure that our customers’ extensive investment in Super35 glass is protected. Without giving away too much, we have a 4K (4096) 16:9 recording mode for spherical lenses that has a diagonal of 28.55 mm and a 6:5 recording mode for 2x anamorphic lenses that has a diagonal of 27.39 mm. Both fulfill the 4K mandate.” read more…

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Dominick Aiello at Creative Solutions

Dominick Aiello was appointed as divisional senior director of accessories at Creative Solutions, working on Wooden Camera, SmallHD and Teradek brands. His job is product management and product design—to build tools that solve problems for camera professionals.Dominick said, “I am constantly talking with camera assistants to get feedback on our designs. I like to attend camera prep and set visits to observe how they do their job — and try to think of an easier way. Trying to find that answer is the goal.” read more…

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NAB 2021 Cancelled

  Statement from NAB: To Our NAB Show Community: For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community. As we have always kept the best interest and safety of… read more…

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URSA Mini Pro 12K price drop to $6K

This is irresistible. The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K can now be had for US$5,995. That is a $4,000 drop from its original $9,999.

Blackmagic says, “This price reduction has been made possible by efficiencies in manufacturing combined with an improved supply of 12K sensors. With this new low price for Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K, a much wider range of customers will have access to feature film production.”

That has been a guiding business model of the Melbourne, Australia company—make great products eminently affordable so lots more people can buy them, thus enabling the lower cost. read more…

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ARRI ALEXA Mini LF 1:1 for 2:1 Anamorphic

Why would ARRI include a new 1:1 square sensor mode in the latest ALEXA Mini LF Software Update SUP 7.1?

Shoot with a 2x squeeze anamorphic lens on an ALEXA Mini LF in this new 1:1 (2880 x 2880) format, and the image desqueezes horizontally in a glorious 2:1 widescreen aspect ratio.

Furthermore, this new ALEXA Mini LF 2.8K 1:1 salubrious sensor mode has an image circle of 33.60 mm. How convenient. ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic and other Super35 format lenses conveniently cover this diagonal.     read more…

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Agnès Godard AFC: Cannes Angénieux Tribute

On Friday, July 16, 2021, Agnès Godard, AFC, is honored with this year’s Pierre Angénieux Tribute for achievement in Cinematography at Cannes.

As an official partner of the Cannes Festival, Angénieux has celebrated a prominent Cinematographer every year since 2013 with the Pierre Angénieux Tribute. The ceremony typically opens with an introduction by Cannes Film Festival’s chief Thierry Fremaux and the presentation is hosted by Pierre Zéni, editor-in-chief at Cine+ Canal+.

Agnès Godard has won 11 awards and 13 nominations for her Cinematography. She won a César in 2001 for Beau travail, directed by Claire Denis, with whom she has worked on more than 15 films.

We spoke several weeks go. read more…

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SIGMA fp Update 3.00. Framelines! EVF!

Faster than you can say fp Firmware Update 3.00, this free download brings many of SIGMA’s new fp L camera features to the fp camera.

Best of all, Version 3.00 lets you use the essential accessory SIGMA ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER EVF-11 on the fp. And it add custom framelines and aspect ratios.

The EVF is modular and screws onto the camera’s left side. It’s makes the fp a great DP / Director’s Finder. read more…

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Latest FDTimes Edition lands at SIGMA America

Sigma Corporation of America appears to be first to receive the latest edition of FDTimes—May-June 2021. Mark Amir, President of Sigma Corporation of America, (center, with tie) sent this team photo from their newly renovated Ronkonkoma, NY headquarters. SIGMA Corporation CEO Kazuto Yamaki is on the cover and the cover story is about the SIGMA fp L camera / DP – Director’s Finder. read more…

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ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.0 with Super35

No sooner had ARRI ALEXA Mini LF arrived than users clamored for Super35 recording formats. And now, ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.0 provides Super35 in addition to its existing Full Frame / Large Format sensor modes. The new Software Update Package provides your ALEXA Mini LF with identical recording formats as an ALEXA Mini.  As an added bonus, maximum frame rates are faster in S35 and recording data rates are lower for the two new LF formats. read more…

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Seth Emmons returns to LEITZ

Seth Emmons is back at Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH as Director of Communications. Seth previously worked with Leitz for five years. He will continue to be based in Los Angeles and will work primarily with the North American market of cinematographers, directors, rental houses, and professional organizations to increase exposure to the Leitz line of cinema lens products. read more…

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11 ZEISS Radiance Primes

And now there are 11. Initially, 7 ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance (SPR) lenses were introduced in June 2019. Inevitably, cinematographers asked for more. Now, just short of 2 years later, ZEISS introduced 4 more Supreme Prime Radiance lenses. ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses artistically emphasize ghosting (flares). They are consistent across the entire set. They are based on Supreme Primes but have a warmer color tone. And no, they are not simply the same Supremes with coatings removed. There is no loss of light and no uncontrolled “white-out.” Instead, Radiance Primes have newly formulated T* Blue coatings. While there are 13 focal lengths in a set of Supremes, there are now 11 Radiance Primes, from 18 to 135 mm, all T1.5. read more…

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DJI FPV @ MIT

Jonathon Brearley, MIT Master of Architecture and colleagues fly the DJI FPV. ” The FPV system’s precise navigation makes it feel extremely easy to position the drone in the sky. With this drone, the intention is to use the superb first-person-view (FPV) goggles that provide the pilot with a high definition stream of the 150˚ FOV drone camera. The goggles are so immersive, if you’ve had dreams of being a bird, free to roam the skies, this might be the closest you’ll get  with your feet planted safely on the ground. It’s slightly uncanny how natural the flight felt, especially the ability to assess depth and proximity of obstacles through the goggles, something I do not find easy to do while flying other phone-screen operated drones. read more…

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Steven Meizler on “The Queen’s Gambit”

In its initial month of streaming, The Queen’s Gambit was viewed by 62 million households. These are Netflix numbers. Director Scott Frank has brought so much excitement to a story about chess and a conflicted prodigy that the New York Times headlined Marie Fazio’s review with “The Netflix show has reignited interest in the game and fueled demand for chess sets, accessories and timers.” Reviews were quick to extoll the beautifully lit and masterfully composed cinematography of Steven Meizler. And so— read more…

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DMG DASH

Dash Dot Dot / Dash Dash / Dash Dash Dot.That’s Morse code for DMG as in DMG Lumiere.And now, DASH is the brilliant new pocket LED light fixture from DMG Lumiere by Rosco. It is housed in a rugged aluminum housing that can endure most production scenarios. DASH can all be controlled with the myMIX app for iOS, Android and APK.  DASH is tiny (5″ x 3.1″ x 1.1″) but powerful (up to 35 footcandles at 3.3 feet / 380 Lux at 1 meter.) read more…

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Jeff Cree 1951 – 2021

Jeffrey Allen Cree passed away on January 13, 2021 at home in Santa Clarita, California. He was born December 10, 1951 in Modesto, California. His first job ewas at KGO, an ABC owned and operated TV station in San Francisco. Next, Jeff traveled the world as an ABC news cameraman. His exploits became legendary and as his friend George Lang said, “Almost all of them are true.” Jeff joined Sony in San Jose, California in the 1990s and then moved with the Sony team to New Jersey. His next excellent adventure continued at Band Pro Film & Digital in 2002 as CTO. There will be a Zoom tribute to Jeff on Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm PST. read more…

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Nicol Verheem and Teradek at Sci-Tech Awards

Saturday, February 13.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 55 individuals and 2 companies in a virtual Scientific and Technical Awards (Sci-Tech) presentation. Three of these recipients are well-known to FDTimes readers. They graciously endured interviews. Here is the first of three: Nicol Verheem is the Founder & CEO of Teradek and CEO of Creative Solutions. read more…

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Greg Smokler – Teradek – Sci-Tech Award

Greg Smokler is Vice President of Cine Products at Teradek. He grew up in LA, worked as a camera assistant, DP and ICG Local 600 Camera Operator. He was co-founder of Paralinx, the wireless video company, that was acquired by the Vitec Group. Today, Greg is responsible for Vitec’s Creative Solutions Cine business unit, which comprises Teradek, SmallHD, and Wooden Camera. Greg discusses his Sci-Tech Award. read more…

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Awards (Sci-Tech Academy Plaques) honored Dr. Zvi Reznic, Prof. Meir Feder, Guy Dorman and Ron Yogev. In the following interview, Dr. Reznic says, “It is a great honor for us to receive this award. Usually, only the people who develop the technology are aware of its level of sophistication, while the users are simply enjoying its merits. In this case, the Academy realized that what is simply described as ‘low-latency robust wireless video’ encompasses an enormous set of innovations, robustness layers, and creative engineering. read more…

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Sci Tech Awards to Teradek and Amimon

SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL AWARDS 2020 (to be presented Saturday Feb 13, 2021).
Announced today by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: February 2, 2021. LOS ANGELES, CA — 17 scientific and technical awards will be presented in a virtual Scientific and Technical (Sci Tech) Awards presentation on Saturday, February 13, 2021 on the Oscars® website beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. You can go to the website now to read summaries of the awards. read more…

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