NoFilmSchool today put up an article featuring Alex Mallis and some of his tips on filming in 8mm.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to shoot on film I’d highly recommend it. The fact that you can feel the film rolling is magical, and having a really strict shooting ratio can do wonders for your work ethic.
(I’m looking into filming some 8mm this summer, if I can wire a replacement battery compartment for the old Minolta we had stored in the roof.)
As far as the article goes, there is some really good info here on the different issues and choices you’ll run into with such a legacy format. And thanks to the big-budget directors like J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan, film stock will hopefully still be produced for a log time to come.
Most of the links Mallis talks about are relevant to the US (for Australia Nanolab is a good place to start for 8mm).
Read the NoFilmSchool article here.
SMPTE Sydney was a couple of weekends ago and everyone has finally recovered enough to send out a few updates and reviews!
Atomos have extended their Shogun Action Pack deal to run till the end of August!
My apologies for the poor pun. But we are!
It’s been a while since the last post and quite a lot has happened in the world of film; another NAB has come and gone; Blackmagic have upped the anti for just about every other competitor, with a plethora of new cameras and modules; and DJI continues to innovate with cool new drone technology.
We’ll be keeping a weather eye on new developments so stay tuned! I’ll leave you with a video that could at the least be described as blasphemy. (Or maybe a DIY solution to a snorricam? Just make sure you have strong forearms.)
ARRI ALEXA Mini – The Selfie Stick from Anders Holck on Vimeo.
Joe Marine of NoFilmSchool has an article on AJA’s upcoming Cion 35mm Digital Camera, including an analysis of a post from Senior Product Manager Jon Thorn at AJA, who discusses some of the details of creating the camera, and why it took so long to release.
Personally I’m incredibly excited to see what this camera is capable of upon release. While a good camera does not a good film make, the images released appear to be the closest to filmic quality yet
CION – Science of the Beautiful; Ungraded Images Reel from AJA Marketing on Vimeo.
Check out the NoFilmSchool article here.
NewMagic recently published a Top Five questions FAQ about the Blackmagic URSA. Give it a read! Continue reading
We’ve recently begun shipping Blackmagic’s new Pocket Cinema Camera at one of the lowest prices in Australia.
After making a splash with the Cinema Camera in the last couple of years, Blackmagic have done it again, taking the features that made the Cinema Camera so distinctive.
Dave Dugdale has a good review of it on his youtube channel here.
We’re really excited to see what the Pocket Cinema Camera might be capable of, and how it will influence the DSLR industry.
Another announcement to come out of this years’ IBC is the introduction of Atomos’s new video calibration tool the Atomos Spyder. Atomos say they have identified some common issues in current recording techniques and hope to solve these with their new releases. The first of which is the aforementioned Spyder intended to ensure greater colour accuracy while monitoring resulting in an outcome that is more consistent with what you were expecting.
A statement from Atomos themselves:
“We have teamed up with Datacolor a leader in calibration equipment and produced a simple one touch calibration application that runs on Mac and PC and allows the user to instantly calibrate to SMPTE REC 709 with 6500K white balance. You connect the Spyder to the screen of the product and to the computer via USB, then connect a USB to serial cable to the LANC port of the Samurai Blade and press the one button to calibrate on the custom Atomos software. In a few minutes your screen is 100% calibrated and can be trusted for color! This is a major workflow and time saver because if you know your colors are accurate and you use the Waveform and monitoring tools provided in the Blade you will know 100% all scenes and shots are normalised and accurate in color. This will remove the need for heavy color grading in post and unlock the creative potential of video professionals by eliminating unnecessary time in color manipulation.”
To find out more: http://www.atomos.com/samurai-blade/
Secondly, Atomos have also released an update to the AtomosOS firmware for the Ninja 2, Samurai and Ronin models which introduces new and improved audio level monitoring capabilities with their application Audio Level Meters
“We have created what we believe to be the most precise and smooth audio level meters in the industry, up their with the established high end audio players.
Samurai Blade AtomOS 5.03 receives 14 channels of precision audio level meter monitoring, you can adjust to see the 2 channels being monitored over headphones or all channels at once.
This was the final big feature requested form our customers and I am happy to say we have delivered some exception audio tools for our customers.”
To find out more or to download the updated firmware (and instructions for installation)
IBC 2013 kicked off last week with international AV companies scrambling to show off their new products and technologies. The whole show is being covered by IBCTV on their YouTube channel and you can check out the first episode from day 1 here:
One company making an impact as usual is BlackMagic Design with the release of their new switcher model, the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K. What’s exciting about these new switchers is the built in 6G-SDI and HDMI connections allow Ultra HD connections with a single cable, however those SDI and HDMI connections instantly switch between SD and HD as well. So even if you don’t ever think your going to need Ultra HD, these switchers still have amazing features when used in regular SD and HD live production. Of course you can then switch to Ultra HD in the future any time you need! Additionally this new model features a much larger media pool with 32 RGBA still frame graphics plus 180 frames of clips in Ultra HD or when switched to 1080p or 1080i video formats the media pool allows 720 frames of full motion clips. You can see an interview with the guys from the BlackMagic IBC13 booth talking about this new switcher below:The release of this new switcher also means that the current Production Studio 4K is now the base model and will be reduced in price to US$1,695.