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Canon Cameras
Homeland: Behind the Scenes with Canon Glass/David Klein ASCHomeland: Behind the Scenes with Canon Glass/David Klein ASC

David Klein, ASC, who is nominated for a 2014 Best Cinematography Emmy® Award for his work on Homeland, first AC Dominik Mainl, and B camera operator Bob Newcomb break down what's in their tool kit: an ARRI Alexa mounted with Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses, a RED Epic, a Canon Cinema EOS 1D C, and a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

  07/31/2014
Author: Stefani Rice
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Shooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie FilmShooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie Film

Paul Del Vecchio is a filmmaker with an independent spirit. When he had the chance to beta test Blackmagic's new firmware on the Cinema Camera while serving as director of photography on the indie film "Trent & Isabella," he found that the new debayer process became a huge asset to getting the raw-like images he wanted without the price of storage and processing. Less time and money spent there means more focus on the film's visual style which ranges from spaghetti western to film noir.

  07/22/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Art of the Edit
House of Cards: Coloring the Game-Changing Netflix SeriesHouse of Cards: Coloring the Game-Changing Netflix Series

Season 2 of the pioneering Netflix series "House of Cards" brought a number of changes, including new Lead Colorist Laura Jans-Fazio. She spoke to us about her approach to this visually distinctive show, her remote collaboration with Executive Producer David Fincher, and her use of the Baselight grading system for fast turnarounds with the show's 5K footage.

  07/07/2014
Author: Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Jonathan Bird's Blue WorldJonathan Bird's Blue World

Jonathan Bird's Blue World is an underwater adventure series co-produced by the titular Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and naturalist, and the Oceanic Research Group. This epic conversation with Jonathan covered his trajectory across over 20 years in the industry, through NLEs (from Avid, Media 100, FCP, and now Premiere), camera formats (Hi-8 to 4K), computing platforms (adding HP workstations to his previously all-Mac shop), and business models -- starting with creating the TV show he'd always wanted to work on.

  06/06/2014
Author: Tim Wilson
Cinematography
The Ultimate POV ShootoutThe Ultimate POV Shootout

Douglas Spotted Eagle has a broad experience base with POV cameras designed for action shots. Rather than choosing one catch-all, must-buy cam, he will provide information about which action-camera is best suited for specific criteria which can be then used to help you make informed purchasing decisions.

  05/22/2014
Author: Douglas Spotted Eagle
Adobe After Effects
mocha Tracks The Wolf of Wall Streetmocha Tracks The Wolf of Wall Street

With multiple VFX Oscars (Hugo and Titanic, plus a nomination for Apollo 13) plus a couple of Emmys (Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) under his belt, the most remarkable thing about Rob Legato's latest VFX extravaganza is that it doesn't appear to have any VFX at all! Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is a masterpiece of what has become known as invisible effects, and this article from our friends at Imagineer, highlighting Rob's work with mocha, is a real eye-opener.

  05/19/2014
Author: Imagineer Systems
ARRI
ARRI AMIRA Puts 35mm Sensor in Documentary-Style PackageARRI AMIRA Puts 35mm Sensor in Documentary-Style Package

Shooters with a need for efficiency and hardiness and a desire for great image quality will want to check out ARRI AMIRA, a new documentary-style camera available in April.

  04/12/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Canon Cameras
Canon Gets Compact and Versatile with XF205/200 & CINE-SERVOCanon Gets Compact and Versatile with XF205/200 & CINE-SERVO

Versatile optics and compact cameras are among Canon's spring updates for shooters.

  04/12/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Introduces New Ultra HD Film and Studio CamerasBlackmagic Introduces New Ultra HD Film and Studio Cameras

Continuing what has become true Blackmagic Style, the company introduced a variety of products to cover the full range of content creation -- including film and studio cameras and a film scanner.

  04/07/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Cinematography
AJA Enters the 4K/UHD Production Camera World with CIONAJA Enters the 4K/UHD Production Camera World with CION

AJA Video Systems has revealed they've been working on their own 4K camera called CION. This ergonomic true 4K professional camera is designed with the shooter in mind and features a ProRes workflow.

  04/07/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Cinematography
Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to DallasRodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to Dallas

Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC is probably best known for his work as cinematographer on the groundbreaking international hit 24. The most recent of his many jobs since then is TNT's Dallas, where he has shot 36 episodes so far, and directed three. Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman spoke to Rodney about his work on both sides of the lens, including his use of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera to complement the production's ARRI Alexas.

  03/24/2014
Author: Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
360 Degrees of Historical Immersion360 Degrees of Historical Immersion

How do you tell a story visually without a frame? Mike Sullivan had to build a 360° museum film from 4K footage from the Sony F-55, 9 2K cameras in a dedicated rig, 100 actors, and horses, explosives and a crew of 45 -- and it turns out that figuring out how to tell a story in 360° was only the first of many post challenges that Mike had to face.

  03/15/2014
Author: Mike Sullivan
NAB Expo
NAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & TechNAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & Tech

Panasonic unveils their new NAB line-up for us, including new VariCam cameras with 35mm sensors, high-speed and 4K recording, and multiple new form factors, along with new P2 media and broadcast switchers.

  03/02/2014
Author: Ryan Salazar
Indie Film & Documentary
Ten Tips to Indie FilmmakingTen Tips to Indie Filmmaking

We love talking about tools and technologies, but there's a lot more to filmmaking than cameras and computers. Writer/director/producer Rick Castañeda has made over 30 short films, and just wrapped his first feature. Here, he offers hard-won insights into the practical details of making an independent film.

  02/17/2014
Author: Rick Castañeda
Cinematography
BlackVue SC500 from PittasoftBlackVue SC500 from Pittasoft

Filmmaker Douglas Spotted Eagle takes a look at the new BlackVue Sport SC500 HD action POV camera.

  02/12/2014
Author: Douglas Spotted Eagle
Cinematography
The Last Film Lab?The Last Film Lab?

Sure, some of the biggest movies are still being shot on film, but in a world where film cameras haven't been in production for years, where only one company still makes motion picture film, and by the end of the year, there may be no more film prints for theatrical distribution, it's no wonder that the number of businesses who can sustain themselves by processing film has plummeted. In this latest dispatch from the film BUSINESS, Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman finds industry leaders asking themselves, will 2014 be the year we see the last film lab?

  02/03/2014
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Tribe of The Wild: New Gear in the Real World, In ActionTribe of The Wild: New Gear in the Real World, In Action

After collaborating on the 1985 pilot for the highly successful "Power Rangers" franchise, DP and Digital Cinema Society President/Co-Founder James Mathers recently worked on a new pilot with the same producers. This offered him the perfect opportunity to put several new products through their paces on his RED Epic-based 4K production: including greenscreen virtual sets and on-set VFX previz tools, a wide variety of lighting options, the Aja Ki Pro Quad, and much more.

  01/26/2014
Author: James Mathers
Art of the Edit
Becoming a Better Editor (but mostly a better human being)Becoming a Better Editor (but mostly a better human being)

Everyone has goals, makes New Year's resolutions, tries to find the path to enrichment, enlightenment, healthier thoughts, minds and bodies. How about not only becoming a better editor, but also becoming a better human being with some great advice from social media maven, Kylee Wall.

  12/30/2013
Author: Kylee Wall
DSLR Video
Wilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRsWilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRs

Wilfred, the FX Networks quirky comedy about a manic-depressive man who sees his neighbor's dog as a man in a dog suit, is shot entirely with DSLR cameras, including greenscreens. Randall Einhorn, a cinematographer turned Executive Producer/Director, and Director of Photography Kurt Jones talk here about some of the innovative production set-ups they use for this unusual series.

  12/09/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Business & Marketing
An Odd Delight: A Corporate Editor's Leap Into BroadcastAn Odd Delight: A Corporate Editor's Leap Into Broadcast

Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall moved from Indianapolis to Atlanta as part of a move from corporate video into broadcast. Sure, some things stayed the same, but so much more was so different -- a new place to live, a new kind of workspace, new kinds of projects, AND TAPE -- that transitioning to a new NLE in Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud was the least of it. Certainly nothing compared to a fever of 104 that took her out for most of her first week. It's a remarkable tale that Kylee tells as only she can.

  12/09/2013
Author: Kylee Wall
Indie Film & Documentary
With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!

When Paul Mazursky decided to create a series of intimate conversations with Mel Brooks, Leonard Nimoy and his many other industry friends, Cinematographer Bill Megalos came on board to produce. In this article, Bill talks about the choices he made with regard to camera, lighting and direction to make compelling interviews with a limited budget.

  12/06/2013
Author: Bill Megalos
Adobe Creative Cloud
Scruffy.TV Transforms Workflow with Adobe Creative CloudScruffy.TV Transforms Workflow with Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe sat down with the multi-talented creatives behind Scruffy.TV and talked about why they decided to move to an all Adobe workflow based on Adobe Creative Cloud. A recent endeavor, Flight Club (a spoof on the movie Fight Club), was their first collaborative experience working with an end-to-end Adobe pipeline using Adobe Creative Cloud.

  12/04/2013
Author: Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy HollowBehind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC has shot over 60 films, including Thor: The Dark World. He has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys for his television work, and won an ASC Award for his work on HBO's Game of Thrones. He also shot the pilot for the Fox hit Sleepy Hollow, which gave us an opportunity to talk to him about his work, his influences and his philosophy of lighting and camera moves.

  11/21/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Windows Hardware & Software
Panasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E MarketPanasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E Market

Panasonic introduced Toughpad 4K, a 20-inch tablet that offers 4K resolution in a thin, lightweight and "business-rugged" package, for just under $6,000. This new tablet adds to Panasonic's UltraHD portfolio, which includes the recently unveiled 4K production monitor.

  11/07/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and NowJohn Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW had the great pleasure of speaking to visual effects pioneer John Dykstra, whose work first came to prominence on the original Star Wars. Dykstra received his first Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, and, the same year, won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award for the Dykstraflex motion-control camera that made so many of Star Wars' effects possible. Join us as he shares behind the scenes on Star Wars, speaks about his transition from an artist to a VFX supervisor, and gives us his thoughts on the state of VFX today.

  10/28/2013
Author: John Dykstra, ASC
Art of the Edit
Story Stuff Is Story StuffStory Stuff Is Story Stuff

Insights for becoming a better writer easily make the transition to the editing world. Kylee Wall gleans from the masters - Vonnegut, Elmore Leonard, Palahniuk - and highlights simple ways to finesse your storytelling abilities.

  10/14/2013
Author: Kylee Wall
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick AlvarezBehind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Based on an autobiographical comedy by acclaimed author and NPR contributor David Sedaris, "C.O.G." focuses on a summer of misadventures and growing up one young man named David [as in David Sedaris] encounters on an apple farm in Oregon. This look behind the lens of "C.O.G." with filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez reveals a captivating story on both sides of the camera.

  10/02/2013
Author: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Archiving and Back-Up
Sony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced ServicesSony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced Services

Sony Media Cloud Services just debuted three new production applications (RoughCut, AudioReview and VideoReview) as well as integration of Sony’s wireless camera adapter. The cloud service has already been in heavy use at Sony Pictures, and is newly adapated by broadcasters and other media and entertainment organizations.

  09/16/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
SIGGRAPH 2013: Highlights from a Great Party!SIGGRAPH 2013: Highlights from a Great Party!

SIGGRAPH member Ryan Salazar highlights animation tech, visual tech featuring powerful LED and DLP projection and ultra-high resolution, provides links for keynote speeches, and first-hand looks at the Canon MREAL Mixed Reality handset. This was a must-see show, and we wrap up with a few of our COW favorites.

  07/26/2013
Author: Ryan Salazar
Film History & Appreciation
Pacific Rim Animated by Industrial Light & MagicPacific Rim Animated by Industrial Light & Magic

When director Guillermo Del Toro conceived the battle between the Kaiju monsters and human-controlled Jaeger robots, he knew the best possible VFX facility to bring this vision to reality would be Industrial Light & Magic, the company that pioneered CG creature-creation. In an unusually close collaboration between director and VFX facility, Pacific Rim gets up-close-and-personal with organic and metallic creatures that are both believable and thrilling.

  07/19/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
ARRI
The Lone Ranger: A Contemporary Style for a Classic GenreThe Lone Ranger: A Contemporary Style for a Classic Genre

When cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, ASC decided to shoot The Lone Ranger with 35mm film, he also realized that some of the scenes might best be served with a digital camera. Choosing the ARRI Alexa Studio for the film's anamorphic look and Codex recorders, Bazelli was able to create a filmic look in digital that seamlessly integrated with the 35mm footage.

  07/11/2013
Author: David Heuring
Film History & Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After EarthBehind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After Earth

British cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, BSC, ASC has shot an astonishing number of films that have become iconic: Privilege (the film that inspired George Lucas to ask him to shoot Star Wars), Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and every David Cronenberg film since Dead Ringers. He got his career start as a child, fascinated by the dark room work of his father, cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, who shot Get Carter among his other credits, and as a very young man shooting documentaries in Latin America. Most recently, Suschitzky was the first to get his hands on Sony's new F65 cameras, to shoot After Earth.

  06/05/2013
Author: Peter Suschitzky ASC BSC
Sony Vegas
NAB 2013: Sony Creative SoftwareNAB 2013: Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software offered some important updates with its Vegas Pro 12 software. Chief among the upgrades was native support for 4K and support for Panasonic's P2 cameras. Sony Creative Software also highlighted SpectraLayers Pro and Sound Forge Pro Mac, which were shown as a technology demonstration at last year's NAB but are now shipping. With a range of in-depth presentations by Sony Creative Software users, a visit to this company's booth was an education in the various creative ways that the software can be used successfully.

  04/27/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
AJA Ki Pro
NAB 2013: AJA Video SystemsNAB 2013: AJA Video Systems

AJA Video Systems debuted its Ki Pro Quad solid-state portable video recorder for 4K camera-to-editorial workflows with Apple ProRes and RAW data. The new Ki Pro Quad supports 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 recording at HD and 2K resolution and real-time scaling from 4K/Quad HD to 2K/HD among its many other features. AJA also introduced its Hi5-4K Mini-Converter, which offers a monitoring connection from professional 4K devices to consumer 4K displays, and its Region of Interest Mini-Converter, which enables conversion and real-time scaling of computer DVI-D and HDMI outputs to baseband video over SDI. AJA also came to the show with lots of partnership news from Adobe, Avid and FilmLight as well as Quantel is now using AJA's Corvid Ultra OEM cards to power its Pablo RIO.

  04/26/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx ReviewCut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx Review

Recent wireless HD systems have gotten way better and much cheaper. DP/cameraman Helmut Kobler takes a look at two systems from Teradek and Paralinx that show just how impressive these units have become.

  04/24/2013
Author: Helmut Kobler
NewTek TriCaster
NAB 2013: NewTekNAB 2013: NewTek

At NAB 2013, NewTek unveiled 3Play 4800, a multi-camera server for live sports production that features real-time uses, redundant capture, high-end visual effects and slo-mo, as well as live replay switching and social media publishing. 3Play 4800 is the latest in the 3Play series of replay server technology and intended to provide affordable access to more sports broadcasters. NewTek also showcased the latest products benefitting the TriCaster 8000 from companies in the NewTek Developer Network, in categories ranging from content to controllers.

  04/22/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
NAB 2013: Anton/BauerNAB 2013: Anton/Bauer

Anton/Bauer came to NAB 2013 to celebrate its Scientific and Engineering Award from AMPAS earlier in the year...and to introduce three new products: the Anton/Bauer Gold Spectrum Wireless Series, the result of a collaboration with sister Vitec company Integrated Microwave Technologies; the DIONIC HD battery, aimed at use with some of today's high-end digital cameras; and the PowerCharger 3000 Series of three new chargers.

  04/21/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Canon Cameras
NAB 2013: Canon Demonstrates 4K Workflow, Intros New CamerasNAB 2013: Canon Demonstrates 4K Workflow, Intros New Cameras

Canon highlighted an end-to-end 4K workflow at NAB 2013, showing a digital intermediate suite and a live 4K broadcast with "Ultra-Zoom" applications. The company also debuted two new, entry-level professionals video cameras, the XA25 and XA20. The cameras feature Canon's first-ever Organic LED (OLED) touch panels, weigh 2.6 pounds and are priced at under $3,000. Canon also announced that it's begun development on a new 35mm prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers.

  04/21/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
ARRI
NAB 2013: ARRI Upgrades Alexa & Shows Off Anamorphic LensesNAB 2013: ARRI Upgrades Alexa & Shows Off Anamorphic Lenses

ARRI made good on its promise to plan a long-life path for Alexa; at NAB 2013, the company offered the XR Module and several components of the Alexa XT configuration as upgrades. The first three focal lengths of the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens series are slated to ship next month, and ARRI showed a 10-minute film shot with the 50 mm MA50 lens. Also on tap were Pro Camera Accessories for the Sony F5/F55, new Alura LDS Extenders, lightweight matte box LMB-6, and the new Cage System II.

  04/19/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Debuts an UltraHD WorkflowNAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Debuts an UltraHD Workflow

At the Blackmagic Design, UltraHD/4K reigned supreme. The company not only introduced a 4K camera, the Blackmagic Production Camera, but a range of products that create an entire UltraHD workflow. Blackmagic Design has been focusing on 6G-SDI technology for multiple products including the ATEM Production Studio 4K live production studio, Blackmagic Audio Monitor and ATEM Studio Converter 2, all of which support UltraHD resolution. In addition, Blackmagic introduced its Pocket Cinema Camera, a compact Super 16 digital cinema camera with 13 stops of dynamic range, and DaVinci Resolve 10, both priced under $1,000.

  04/19/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Adobe SpeedGrade
NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Wrap UpNAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Wrap Up

Finally at home from an eventful NAB, Dennis Kutchera sorts through his show notes to deliver to COW readers thoughts on 4K and HD, hints on Adobe's upgrades on Premiere Pro and Adobe SpeedGrade, and the advantages of FilmLight's Baselight.

  04/15/2013
Author: Dennis Kutchera
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Day Three With Ryan SalazarNAB 2013: Day Three With Ryan Salazar

Wrapping up day three of NAB with Ryan Salazar finds a look at GoPro, Blackmagic 4K Production Camera, Adobe, Pelican Cases, Induro and more.

  04/10/2013
Author: Ryan Salazar
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Day Two With Ryan SalazarNAB 2013: Day Two With Ryan Salazar

Ryan Salazar fills Day Two of NAB Show with interviews. Ryan spoke with Marc Hamaker, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Creative Finishing at Autodesk, with Vince Pace, co-founder of the Cameron | Pace Group, and stopped by the Panasonic, Canon, GoPro and Camera Corps booths.

  04/09/2013
Author: Ryan Salazar
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: The Flight to NAB - Blog EntryNAB 2013: The Flight to NAB - Blog Entry

Official NAB Show Media Partner & Blogger, Ryan Salazar will be reporting to us from NAB, beginning with his flight to Las Vegas!

  04/06/2013
Author: Ryan Salazar
Cinematography
The Making of 1000 to 1: Lenses & Lighting For The RED EpicThe Making of 1000 to 1: Lenses & Lighting For The RED Epic

Working with Angenieux on new lens solutions for the RED Epic, wrestling freakish gym fluorescent lighting, wrangling national park filming permits: these were just a few of the challenges facing cinematographer and co-producer (and Digital Cinema Society founder) James Mathers in the making of "1000 to 1," an inspirational indie drama to be released later this year. James tells a remarkable tale of the lengths one production went to make their film look much bigger than its budget, with practical advice for filmmakers on every scale.

  03/05/2013
Author: James Mathers
Cinematography
KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and director Frederic Goodich, ASC got together to push the new Sony F65 to its limits. The result is Kickstart Theft, a short film based on De Sica's classic The Bicycle Thieves, which was shot in downtown Los Angeles in a range of challenging lighting and shooting conditions.

  02/12/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Camera Is An Eye - Not A Vacuum Or A GunThe Camera Is An Eye - Not A Vacuum Or A Gun

This article is intended to be a friendly guidepost for all shooters who wish to improve their craft. At the highest level, you, the shooter, are involved in one of the greatest art forms the world has ever known. At the lowest level, you, the shooter, are still involved in one of the greatest art forms the world has ever known. Find out how to channel your "Inner-Welles" and create the majestic poetry we all crave from your art.

  02/05/2013
Author: David Allison
Art of the Edit
Unique VFX Challenges for Live One-take Shooting on Les MizUnique VFX Challenges for Live One-take Shooting on Les Miz

Les Misérables, based on Victor Hugo's novel of crime and redemption in 19th Century France, has been a huge hit in theatres. Though it's gained acclaim for director Tom Hooper's technique of one-take shots of actors singing the songs, digital visual effects have provided many key elements. Les Miz represents a unique combination of in-camera effects, 2D and 3D compositing, adding elements, removing elements -- and not a single green screen shot.

  01/20/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Apple FCPX Techniques
SHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP XSHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP X

Embracing FCP X and the RED Camera System from the earliest releases has been proven a successful choice for filmmaker David Battistella, whose enticing respect for the RED/FCPX workflow shines through from detailed explanation to his finished work. Everything we dreamed RED could be in post is beginning to unfold with the new FCP X update.

  11/21/2012
Author: David Battistella
Stereoscopic 3D
The Making of Flight of the Butterflies in 3D on IMAXThe Making of Flight of the Butterflies in 3D on IMAX

SK Films has released Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, an IMAX/giant screen film that details the true story of the scientist who spent 40 years researching the incredible epic migration of the monarch butterfly. Using, among other technologies, a specialized 3D snorkel camera designed by Peter Parks for close-up photography, the feature film features spectacular real footage of the brilliant monarch butterfly sanctuaries.

  10/30/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
SMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference & ExhibitionSMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Ryan Salazar brings us highlights from SMPTE's annual convention - three days of highly-technical sessions with the industry's top masters, hosted by the accredited industry standards-setting body, which is also the industry's leading nonprofit association providing technology education and information to the motion imaging industry.

  10/26/2012
Author: Ryan Salazar
Cinematography
Michael Goi, ASC: Shooting TV with the Sony F65Michael Goi, ASC: Shooting TV with the Sony F65

Sony's F65 camera was brand new when seasoned cinematographer Michael Goi, A.S.C. decided to use it to shoot the pilot of the NBC comedy hit The New Normal. A past president of the American Society of Cinematographers, Michael's other recent projects include Glee and the first two seasons of American Horror Story. Goi speaks to Creative COW about using the F65 as well as his preferred workflow for TV.

  10/10/2012
Author: Michael Goi, ASC
Cinematography
Canon Showcases C500 at Loyal StudiosCanon Showcases C500 at Loyal Studios

At Loyal Studios in Burbank, Canon introduced its latest Cinema EOS camera - the C500 - to a group of cinematographers, directors, producers and other industry players. The C500, which introduces true 4K acquisition, was introduced by the company’s Senior Director of Professional Engineering and Solutions Larry Thorpe. Shown paired with a Codex S recorder, the Canon C500 can also record to devices from five other recorder manufacturers.

  10/01/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Setting Standards for High Frame Rate Digital CinemaSetting Standards for High Frame Rate Digital Cinema

Dave Stump, ASC, is a co-chair of the SMPTE Working Group on High Frame Rate Cinema. The upcoming releases of The Hobbit and Avatar 2 have highlighted a number of issues that the entire filmmaking community is going to have deal with, including exhibitors. A winner of an Academy Award for Technical Achievement as well as a cinematographer, Dave speaks from a variety of perspectives as he describes the early days of progress towards standards for High Frame Rate cinema.

  09/26/2012
Author: Dave Stump, ASC
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera: In Production and ComparisonThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera: In Production and Comparison

Calling the Blackmagic Cinema Camera "eagerly anticipated" is an understatement. This camera priced at only $2995 has offered the promise of something truly special since it was announced. OneRiver Media owner Marco Solorio has spent 20 years living just ahead of the curve for both technology and creativity, and here puts both to work in the most comprehensive overview of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to date. He takes the Cinema Camera through its paces, including some less-than-ideal conditions. There's a neutral grade to keep things fair, and Marco also intentionally left in the rolling shutter and vibration artifacts he found so that you can see what the footage REALLY looks like. Marco even offers comparison footage taken by the Canon 5D Mk III. You definitely don't want to miss this one.

  09/25/2012
Author: Marco Solorio
Blackmagic Design
IBC 2012: Blackmagic Design ReleasesIBC 2012: Blackmagic Design Releases

Blackmagic Design used IBC to debut seven products, including a second version of its camera, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT. The UltraStudio 4K, UltraStudio Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder, and DeckLink 4K Extreme, as well as Mini Converter 4K and Videohub Master Control emphasized the company's focus on 4K and Thunderbolt-enabled products. The company also added support for the ExFAT file system, for Windows users.

  09/10/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
FilmLight at IBC 2012FilmLight at IBC 2012

For FilmLight, IBC is traditionally the show where they debut products shown as new technologies at NAB. FilmLight is living up to the tradition by coming to Amsterdam with a long list of new products: FLIP real-time image processor, Baselight TRANSFER real-time 4K dailies processing system; Baselight Editions; Baselight 4.3, the latest version with new features; BLG (Baselight Grade, an open EXR file format); and FLUX, an expandable 80TB streaming media server. The aim, says co-founder/director Wolfgang Lempp, is to improve productivity to keep up with ever-changing workflows.

  09/04/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
ARRI
Codex at IBC 2012Codex at IBC 2012

Codex is coming to IBC 2012 with new technology. Although its Onboard S will be shown for the first time at a European tradeshow, the big news is that the company is unveiling its capacity to support Canon Cinema RAW at up to 120 fps at 4K. At an incredibly lightweight and small size, the Onboard S is already being adopted by filmmakers who can benefit from its powerful features and form factor.

  08/31/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Filming a Docu in 2012 London with the Sony PMW-100Filming a Docu in 2012 London with the Sony PMW-100

Trevor Ward has just returned from London where he was brought on to film a documentary during the games of 2012. The tour involved seventeen interviews, all over London, sometimes in a Cinéma Vérité style. Read the review based on his real-world experience with the new (and very lightweight) Sony PMW-100 camera.

  08/28/2012
Author: Trevor Ward
Broadcasting
SERIOUSLY SIGGRAPHSERIOUSLY SIGGRAPH

SIGGRAPH member, Ryan Salazar highlights a few key products and services from the largest and most complete display of goodies from the computer graphics and interactive techniques industry - an event which boasted over 160 industry organizations exhibited in a mind-blowing 44,750 square feet of exhibit space.

  08/15/2012
Author: Ryan Salazar
Blackmagic Design
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Can It Run with the Big BoysThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Can It Run with the Big Boys

Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media takes another look into Blackmagic Design's new Cinema Camera to see how this camera further excels. With the camera sporting 13 stops of dynamic range through a 12-bit RAW data structure, there's one aspect of production where it truly might be able to hang with the "big boys."

  06/20/2012
Author: Marco Solorio
Film History & Appreciation
Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and BeyondDepth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond

Whenever somebody equates "shallow depth of field" and "cinematic look," it's good to remember that the opposite is sometimes true. Gregg Toland, ASC was the first master of extreme depth of field, and movies like Citizen Kane and The Grapes of Wrath forever changed what it is possible for humans to do with cameras. Here's a look at what that means for YOUR shooting.

  06/14/2012
Author: Tim Wilson
Sony F Series & PDW Series Cameras
Cinéma Vérité with the Sony PMW-F3Cinéma Vérité with the Sony PMW-F3

Two-time Creative Arts Emmy Award™ winner Zach Zamboni puts the cinéma vérité in cinema with the Sony PMW-F3. More sensitivity in the F3 means more possibilities -- shooting longer after sunset, more available light and more ambient fire in on-the-fly situations.

  01/24/2012
Author: Zach Zamboni
Cinematography
Film Fading to BlackFilm Fading to Black

ARRI, Panavision and Aaton have all quietly ceased production of their film cameras to focus exclusively on the design and manufacture of digital cameras. Film? Fade to black.

  10/06/2011
Author: Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
High-speed cameras roll at IBC 2011High-speed cameras roll at IBC 2011

IBC boasted hot new high-speed cameras, with P+S Technik introducing a "time effect" or digital cinematography synch sound camera with a 35mm-sized CMOS imager and global shutter that offers slow motion, fast motion, ramped motion and time-lapse motion.

  09/23/2011
Author: Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
IBC: Grass Valley debuts Karrera, LDK 3000+ and StratusIBC: Grass Valley debuts Karrera, LDK 3000+ and Stratus

At IBC 2011, Grass Valley introduced several projects that focus on the mid-range market and on solutions. Offerings include the Karrera video production switcher, the LDK 3000+ multiformat HD camera, and the STRATUS Media Workflow Application Framework.

  09/19/2011
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Remembering Takuo Miyagishima, Panavision InnovatorRemembering Takuo Miyagishima, Panavision Innovator

Takuo Miyagishima was both the spirit of Panavision and the creator of innumerable camera, lens and accessory inventions that include Primo anamorphic lenses, Panaflex camera system and the Super Panatar projection lens. This tribute illuminates some of the accomplishments of this imaging innovator, and the influence he has had on over 50 years of filmmaking.

  08/31/2011
Author: Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
The State of the Art for 3D Cameras at NAB 2011The State of the Art for 3D Cameras at NAB 2011

NAB Show 2011's 3D was much more than the "Look, we have 3D!" This year it was also, "Look how much easier, faster and smaller we've made 3D!"

  07/31/2011
Author: Steven Bradford
RED Camera
Reproducing Rainbows: Color in the Digital EnvironmentReproducing Rainbows: Color in the Digital Environment

As digital photography and cinematography reach further into the digital media landscape, and your captured images can be viewed on a vast range of media, the need for standardizing color has become more invaluable than ever. Imagine trying to get a consistent hue of green or blue or teal across multiple platforms. So, it becomes easy to understand why it's important to have a color reference chart for each new scenes' lighting conditions. All of the formats carry specific gamma and color spaces to reproduce color. The chart is the point of agreement. In this review, David Battistella reviews the RED Cambook from DSC Labs, which readily addresses these concerns. Read on for David's findings...

  01/17/2011
Author: David Battistella
COWmunications feedback
DivergenceDivergence

Every now and then, a hype word comes along that actually means something... Divergence is fun for us as media consumers. It’s a nightmare for us as media makers, though. The trick is to embrace the delight consumers find in all this divergence, and to let it soothe the stabbing pain between our eyes as producers. No problem, right? Right.

  09/21/2010
Author: Tim Wilson
Cinematography
Breaking the Hug Quota: DreamWorks, Dragons, HP, and the next creative revolutionBreaking the Hug Quota: DreamWorks, Dragons, HP, and the next creative revolution

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, introduced "How to Train Your Dragon" at the DreamWorks campus in Glendale, CA, near Los Angeles. We were there as the guests of HP, the culmination of three days of seeing the latest wonders from HP's Workstation division, read on for highlights of the event.

  03/29/2010
Author: Tim Wilson
Cinematography
The Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of PixelsThe Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of Pixels

John Galt, Panavision Senior Vice President of Advanced Digital Imaging, led the team that created the Genesis camera, was responsible for the F900 "Star Wars" camera, and continues to play a leading role in guiding future digital cinema technologies. In this wide-ranging, no-holds barred conversation from 2009, John cuts through what he calls the intentional obfuscation of "marketing pixels," and explores the range of high resolution and high frame rate options that are becoming available to filmmakers.

  07/29/2009
Author: John Galt
Business & Marketing
To Be or Not To Be Self-EmployedTo Be or Not To Be Self-Employed

Self-employment may be your personal path to riches and enlightenment, or it may be one of the worst choices you'll ever make. In this article, Creative COW's Nick Griffin discusses the pros, cons and realities of starting your own business and gets into some of the things that should be considered before making the leap.

  06/10/2007
Author: Nick Griffin
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