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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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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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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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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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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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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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Panavision DXL2, DXL-M, New Lenses, LCND

At Cine Gear in June, Panavision previewed the latest firmware for the new Millennium DXL2 8K camera, four new Large Format lens sets, Modular DXL-style accessories for RED DSMC2 cameras, and an innovative LCND filter. read more…

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Crithary and Barber and crew at ARRI Rental

Peter Crithary has been appointed President of ARRI Rental US, Camera Division. For the previous 13 years, Peter had a number of roles at Sony Electronics in market development and as the go-to guy for anything about digital cinema cameras. Before Sony, he was a cameraman in Australia and then moved to the USA where he worked in motion pictures,… read more…

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Film and Digital Times Japan Annual Meeting

InterBEE – Mukahari, Chiba, Japan. Nov. 13. Leading luminaries Japan’s cine business, shoguns and guests attended the 5th annual meeting of FDTJ- Film and Digital Times Japan.

The agenda was to thank everyone for all their great work on FDTJ; discussions of common topics and trends; sushi, sashimi, sake, tempura and ramen–not necessarily in that order. read more…

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ARRI ALEXA LF Update SUP 4.0

ARRI has released SUP 4.0 — a suite of  helpful new updates for ALEXA LF cameras.

Download the Release Notes here ( 310 KB PDF.)

Download the ALEXA LF SUP4.0 User Manual here (8.17 MB PDF.)

Our favorites:

New Anamorphic Desqueeze ratios: 1.8x for Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses
and 1.65x for Panavision Ultra Vista Full Frame Anamorphic lenses. And support for the new ARRI Operator Control Unit OCU-1, Master Grips, cforce mini motors and more. read more…

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Creative Solutions Acquires Amimon

Teradek has acquired Amimon. The official wording is that Amimon Inc has been acquired by The Vitec Group plc. Amimon will be integrated into Vitec’s Creative Solutions division.
Creative Solutions has its headquarters in Southern California and their brands include Teradek, SmallHD, Wooden Camera, Paralinx, Rycote—and now Amimon.  Creative Solutions products are used on motion picture, commercial, documentary, television, sports, news, streaming and event productions worldwide. If you work with a wireless video system, chances are that an Amimon chipset is inside. read more…

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Sony VENICE Version 2 and 3 Updates

Sony VENICE Version 2.0 firmware update was announced on June 27, 2018. Version 3.0 details are shown at IBC in September. read more…

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Scorpio FFA Full Frame 2x Anamorphic Primes

Jeff Berlin recently shot The Shoot, a short, in Full Frame with Sony VENICE and Scorpio Full Frame 2x Anamorphic lenses. The Shoot was shot 16-bit linear in X-OCN ST with Servicevision Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x lenses, covering the full 24mm height of the VENICE sensor. read more…

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