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FDTimes Sep 2019 IBC Edition

Film and Digital Times September 2019 Edition will be distributed at IBC on Friday, Sep 13 beginning 12 noon Amsterdam time. That’s when the last embargo lifts. Paper copies will be available all over Hall 12 and elsewhere at IBC. It will also go online here at that time.

Also, visit FDTimes at IBC Booth 12.F30 (Aaton-Transvideo).

The worldwide edition printing in Los Angeles will ship on September 13 as well.

Watch the top left column of this page to download the PDF on September 13 at 12 noon Amsterdam time. read more…

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William Rexer’s Equipment List on “The Hunt”

William Rexer is shooting The Hunt, a TV series in New York for Amazon Studios. This article first appeared in June 2019 FDTimes, but now it’s updated with his comprehensive equipment list. REXER: “We’re shooting in Full Frame with three RED MONSTRO 8K VV cameras. I was attracted to the Sigma FF High Speed lenses and then I was blown away by them. We have three sets. I’m a big fan of Full Frame.  Amazon wants 4K deliverables. Al Pacino is the lead actor. It was very easy for me to explain that if we were shooting a medium close up and it was a perfect performance, you could easily pull a tighter shot out of it in the MONSTRO’s Full Frame 8K resolution. You have that flexibility. read more…

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Film and Digital Times Chinese Edition – FDTC

In time for BIRTV, the Film and Digital Times Chinese language PDF August 2019 Edition is now ready. Go to the FDTC (Film and Digital Times Chinese Language) landing page and download the latest issue.

Pick up a free paper copy  in the booths of many companies who were kind enough to do the translations. (Thank you!) And follow the FDTimes Chinese Edition on WeChat. read more…

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FDTimes August 2019 Edition #96

Film and Digital Times August 2019 Edition #96 is now online for subscribers. Print copies are going out the week of August 12. Read all about the Angénieux introduction of Optimo Prime Lenses at the Cannes Film Festival. SIGMA Full Frame Classic Art Primes and fp Full Frame camera. “The Innocents of Florence” by David Battistella, shot with RED and… read more…

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July 20, 1969 – One Giant Leap for Mankind

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the moon. They had lifted off in the Apollo 11 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969 and splashdown back on Earth was on July 24, 1969. Armstrong had a Hasselblad (HDC Data Camera) Medium Format Camera with a ZEISS Biogon 60mm f/5.6 lens fitted to his chest harness to shoot stills of the lunar excursion. An Angenieux 6×25 16mm format zoom lens in the Command Module shot live color images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their trip to and from the moon. A 16mm Maurer camera with Angénieux 75mm f/2.5 prime lens was also shooting film of the Lunar Module’s separation and docking maneuvers from the porthole read more…

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Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Prime Lens

Mark Forman tests the new  Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM. “It really delivers. This prime at f/1.8 brings more low light opportunities. When shooting landscapes at magic hour or at night, the lens is sharp edge to edge at f/1.8 and even sharper when stopped down to f/8.” read more…

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Koerner Pacific Northwest Lens Summit 2019

Koerner Camera Systems hosted the third annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit on a sunny Saturday, May 4th, in their spacious Portland, Oregon facility. The Lens Summit is a single-day event focused on cine optics. You can meet two dozen lens, optical and accessory vendors and ogle their products with few distractions. Perhaps 500 people attended, twice as many as last year. read more…

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Cine Gear 2019

Cine Gear 2019. This is probably the first time I can remember wishing a trade show actually lasted longer. Cine Gear 2019 was bigger and more packed with people than ever. It was impossible to see all the exhibits and stay on schedule with all the meetings in two days. Here’s a report on new announcements and a slideshow of Cine Gear highlights. read more…

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Tribe7 plus One: Alexander Schwarz

After more than fifteen years as Senior Director of Worldwide Key Accounts at Vantage Film, ASC Associate Member Alexander Schwarz has decided to move on. Effective June 1, 2019, he has been directing worldwide sales strategy and business development activities at Tribe7 — the technology start-up founded by Bradford Young, ASC and Neil Fanthom. Tribe7’s first venture is with the new Blackwing7 lens system – a highly creative, tuneable range of cine optics for large format image capture. read more…

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First Angénieux 35mm Prime in 1951

Here’s an update from Cannes about the newly announced Angénieux Optimo Prime lenses. (18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm, 200mm.) Specifications and prices will be announced at Cine Gear.

Willy Kurant, ASC, AFC talked about working with Orson Welles and the first Angénieux wide angle 18.5 mm prime lens (FDTimes September 2013). “In the 1950s, I bought the 18.5 mm Angenieux Retrofocus wide angle prime. read more…

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Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC and the Angénieux Excellens Award at Cannes

Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC was born in Nancy, France and graduated in 1978 from ESEC film school in Paris. A distinguished cinematographer, he has worked with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Tim Burton, the Coen brothers, Joe Wright and many others. Bruno Delbonnel has been nominated five times for Best Cinematography Oscar: Amélie (2001), A Very Long Engagement (2004), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Darkest Hour (2017). On May 24, 2019, Bruno receives the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens Award in cinematography at the Cannes Film Festival. read more…

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C’est Cannes 2019

The 72nd Festival de Cannes is now open. Follow the 12 days of Cannes on the official Festival website. The Cannes 2019 poster celebrates filmmaker Agnès Varda. If anyone knows the name of the camera assistant or grip whose back she’s standing on, please contact FDTimes. It was August 1954 and, as the official Cannes press release describes, she was filming… read more…

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SIGMA Burbank Studio

Sigma recently opened a new 10,000 sq. ft. studio, showroom, screening room, lens repair shop and office facility. And, at NAB 2019, Sigma showed three new high-speed Full Frame cine prime lenses: 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF. This brings the total count of Sigma cine lenses to 13: FF Zoom, High-Speed Zoom and FF High-Speed Primes. They have PL, E and EF mounts. LF to come. read more…

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Sony VENICE Firmware Update 4.0 — 120 fps

VENICE at 120 fps in 4K 2.39:1, 60 fps in 6K 3:2 Full Frame and lots more…Sony VENICE continues to catch the attention and imagination of filmmakers worldwide. It is working on many features, commercials and television productions. Full Frame is gaining traction as almost every lens manufacturer rolls out an increasing number of Full Frame lenses. With Version 4.0, you can purchase an optional HFR license (High Frame Rate) that takes VENICE up to 120 fps in 4K Super35 2.39:1 (4096 x 1713) and 60 fps in 6K Full Frame 3:2  (6048 x 4032). read more…

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Pacific Northwest Lens Summit

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Koerner Camera Lens Summit: Pacific Northwest Lens Summit

Koerner Camera Systems in Portland, Oregon will host their annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit on May 4, 2019, 10:00am-5:00pm. It could be the center of the optical universe, with a load of lenses, lens technicians, gurus, users, wireless lens controls, supports, rigs and AKS from lots of manufacturers and exhibitors. read more…

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Micro Salon Italia 2019

Federico Fellini used various visual effects in his film Casanova, one of which was a gigantic overly graphic head of Medusa rising from the dark waters of Venice’s Canal Grande during the Carnival sequence. Now, this gigantic Medusa head rests in the Cinecittà Studios of Rome, not far from Stage 10 – right across Federico Fellini’s famed Stage 5. This is where the 2019 Micro Salon Italia took place on March 22nd & 23rd. read more…

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Guillermo Granillo on LF and Supremes

Guillermo Granillo, AMC, AEC graduated from the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in Mexico City, studied graphic design at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) and film at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). He is a member of the Sociedad Mexicana de Autores de Fotografía Cinematográfica (AMC) and the Asociación Española de Cinefotógrafos (AEC). read more…

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Don Burgess, ASC, RED Camera Owner

“I want to have the cameras that I can really get to know. It gives me more control over the images that I’m delivering. We recently shot Sextuplets. The challenge was the fact that one actor was playing six, and at one time seven, parts in the movie. The RED camera with the MONSTRO 8K VV sensor was a perfect choice for the movie because you need to oversize. We decided on a 2:1 aspect ratio. Mike Tiddes, the director, and I basically had conversations about how this show would be viewed and what Netflix wanted. We wanted to fill up the frame with as big an image on the TV as possible. When we looked at the various ways to approach that idea, this one seemed to be a balance between shooting for the big screen in 2.39:1, which I love. I’m not crazy about 16:9. So 2:1 was something that could work for the director and me. read more…

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FDTimes Japan: ALEXA Mini LF

With thanks to NAC Inc for translating the FDTimes Japan ALEXA Mini LF Special Report, here is the Japanese edition.

Paper copies were printed for the ALEXA Mini LF Launch in Tokyo yesterday.  The event was held at NAC’s office and in the café in front.  Yas Mitsuwa reports, “More than 120 people participated in the event and people are looking forward to this new camera.  Mr. Schenk and Mr. Shipman-Mueller were in Japan for the event.”

Special thanks to Yas Mitsuwa and Keith for the translation, and Amemiya san (Mr. InDesign).

Here’s the landing page for all FDTimes Japan editions. read more…

NAB 2019 FDTimes Slideshow

NAB 2019 was the year of Full Frame, Large Format, VV. The Big Picture. Anyone illusions of insufficient Full Frame lenses were quickly dispelled. They were everywhere.

ARRI launched ALEXA Mini LF. It was the camera ARRI users were waiting for. Light, small, flexible, Large Format.

Mole-Richardson’s new 20K LED draws 30 Amps and outputs the equivalent of a 20,000 Watt tungsten unit. You can plug it into 2 household sockets, as long as they are separate circuits. I always remember gaffer Sal Martorano’s motto, “A 20K is like a 10K with a double until you ask me for more exposure.”

Here are some of the things we didn’t cover in FDTimes April editionread more…

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