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Portrait of Large Format on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) won the Best Cinematography Award at the 2019 New York Film Critics Circle on December 4. Directed by Céline Sciamma with stunning cinematography by Claire Mathon AFC, it is “a superbly elegant, enigmatic drama” (The Guardian) — an 18th century story of a young woman facing marriage and an artist commissioned to paint her portrait. It is also a portrait in Large Format cinematography: RED MONSTRO 8K VV, LEITZ THALIA primes, Preston Light Ranger 2 and more. read more…

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BIRTV 2019 Report

Jacques Lipkau-Goyard’s annual report on BIRTV in Beijing. This year was the 28th running of BIRTV—China’s most prestigious exhibition for film and television. Jacques also interviews filmmaker and cinema icon Mr. Percy Fung Tze-Cheong. They discuss the current state of cinema production in China and where they think it is heading. read more…

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FDTimes Japanese Language Edition 98J

Film and Digital Times Japanese language online edition 98J is here. Download the 44-page 8MB PDF free. The print edition was distributed in Tokyo and at InterBEE. This November 2019 InterBEE edition is a “greatest hits” compilation  from recent worldwide editions. More than 25 topics are covered. read more…

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Band Pro Open House 2019

12/12/19
Band Pro Open House 2019: Dean Semler ASC, ACS guest of honor

Band Pro’s annual Open House takes place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 1 to 8 pm at their Burbank Headquarters. Dean Semler, ASC, ACS is the guest of honor. (Academy Award for Best Cinematography on Dances with Wolves – 1990). Exhibitors this year include almost every brand from A to Z. Two prototypes of the new full frame Angenieux Optimo Primes will be available for eyes-on review: the 40mm and 135mm. Also new: ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, Sony FX9, Canon C500 Mark II, etc. read more…

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance (SPR) lenses are a new set of 7 lenses that artistically emphasize ghosting (flares) and are consistent across the entire set. They are based on Supreme Primes with a warmer color tone. They are not simply the same lenses with the coatings removed. There is no loss of light and no uncontrolled “white-out.” Instead, Radiance lenses have newly formulated T* Blue coatings. While there are 13 focal lengths in a set of Supremes, a Radiance set consists of 7, from 21mm to 100mm, all T1.5. There will be limited production runs. read more…

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design’s new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is highly capable Super35 cinema camera “hiding” in a DSLM body (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless). There are many things to like. For many, it is the new, larger, 6144 x 3456 Super35 sensor. The effective image area is 23.10mm x 12.99mm. It has an EF lens mount.

How does the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K compare to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? The 4K model, shown below, was introduced last year. It has a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) size 18.96 x 10 mm sensor. The MFT lens mount’s Flange Focal Depth is 19.25mm and its inside diameter is 21.64 mm Ø. read more…

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AbelCine Brooklyn ASC Master Class

10/19/19 – 10/20/19
AbelCine ASC Master Class: taught by Stuart Dryburgh ASC

Stuart Dryburgh, ASC will teach the next AbelCine ASC Masterclass this coming weekend. The ASC Master Class is an intensive weekend seminar taught by accomplished cinematographers. It is intended for students and filmmakers with intermediate-to-advanced cinematography skills. read more…

Before the Fall

I’m now in lovely Freyung Hospital with a bunch of broken ribs after a close encounter with a metal post while mountain biking with Klaus Eckerl on Sunday. Photos of the carnage and recovery are on Instagram @fdtimes.

Freyung is about 2 hours east of Munich. IB/E Optics headquarters are in two large, modern buildings on -the main road leading into town. IB/E is also conveniently located right next door to the hospital. So, should you choose to visit, Klaus and team can demonstrate their impressive line of products in their offices or in the privacy of a hospital room :) read more…

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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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