Well, ladies and gents, we might as well all admit that we will be buying this book. You don’t get more passionate and interesting that V. Thanks, as always to F&D Times for getting this message out to the masses.
Chase Jarvis runs a blog and he recently put up an excellent series of items that “every photographer and/or creative person must know.” The 10 things are simple, to the point and right on the money. I’ve already read it 3 times. #mustmemorize
Art Adams, a great DoP based in San Francisco, and also a very talented writer does a great job at describing the “underdog of lighting, aka the fill light”, its uses and best practices. He says it so much better than I, so please read (this is one article I recommend more than any on here so far, especially if you’re a DoP or gaffer).
Obvious title, short article. Nice breakdown of a few conversations he’s had with Steven Poster, ASC and Douglas Kirkland, and one of the colorists from The Tree of Life.
Vincent always has interesting things to say, especially since he comes from a very different background then most everyone in the film industry, ie. a photographer turned cinematographer/director. If you like what he says here, explore his blog, he’s got some awesome articles in there.
The Examiner did an article on the newly merged company called 3Ality Technica (which used to be called, 3Ality Digital and Element Technica, you can see where the name came from). They were the two big players in the 3D business doing almost 80% of the total 3D business worldwide. You can imagine the power and knowledge they bring to the table as a combination.
Well, the Technical Supervisor for 3Ality Technica, Bettina Martin, does an interview with J. Roestel from the Examiner on where the future of 3D is heading. She talks about The Hobbit, The Amazing Spiderman, Stalingrad, and Prometheus. Nice little insight from a major player in the game.
AbelCine, a major distribution and rental facility in the US, does a short but very interesting video demonstrating Hive Lighting’s new plasma technology incorporated into a fresnel system. Definitely worth watching as there is now finally something other than LED technology to keep up with.
On Reduser, there is a discussion going on originated from someone wanting RED footage to look the most filmic/beautiful footage they’ve seen from the MX or Epic. Then in turned into someone wanting RED(or someone, anyone) to create a LUT that has the look and feel of the Alexa prores footage. It came down to the way the Alexa reads skin tones and the overall output of the image directly out of camera. Turns into a discussion on what makes an image look the most natural. Fascinating.
Matthew Duclos, if you don’t already read his wordpress, is a smart, well articulated lens nerd and proud of it. Reading his site has heightened my knowledge of glass, both cine and still, at least 10fold.
He runs the family business — Duclos Lenses where they service, modify, and even rehouse all kinds of lenses. Anyhow, the title says it all, and he does an awesome breakdown of why…
The RED Epic has a reflective surface around the OLPF that creates a Gate Flare. This is a flare that doesn’t come from a source somewhere inside the frame, but just outside. It’s an odd occurrence and according to some, used to happen on the Arri 235 and 435. Anyhow, Doug Underdaul from Long Valley Equipment, came up with a solution. Good read and very cheap, easy fix (if you don’t want those kind of flares).
I read this really interesting discussion the other day that talks about whether or not, DITs (digital imaging technicians) have a future in our business. But really, the meat of the discussion is about how people need to know what a good, talented DIT does, and how that differs from a Digital Loader. Anyway, more info when you follow the link.