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Sherpas Cinema Prepares for Winter

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:20 -- Nick Dager

Preparations for a wave of winter sports action are in full swing at the Whistler, British Columbia production offices of Sherpas Cinema. Creators of the classic free-skiing films All.I.Can and Into the Mind, as well as sports-themed ads for Jeep, Ram Trucks, Audi, The North Face and others, the Sherpas expect big demand for the unique blend of artistry and technical chops they bring to winter sports filmmaking.

Creating a Naturalistic Look

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:55 -- Nick Dager

Writer/director Paul Shoulberg’s vision for his feature The Good Catholic was to have it not look like a typical romantic comedy, but to take on a more naturalistic look and feel. To help achieve that vision, cinematographer Justin Montgomery, who worked with Shoulberg on a previous short project, selected Cooke’s S4/i prime lenses to take advantage of their warmth and bokeh, giving images a creamy quality with sharpness.

Integrating Multiple Source Formats

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:16 -- Nick Dager

Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Swami Who Started It All is a documentary film on the life of Srila Prabhupada—the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s and ignited a worldwide spiritual phenomenon with only his unflinching determination and faith. The film posted at AlphaDogs in Burbank. As with most historical documentaries, the biggest hurdle the team had to overcome were the technical challenges inherent in working with multiple source formats.

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Stature Films Acquires Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Zoom Lenses

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Toronto-based Stature Films is the first North American customer to purchase FujiFilm’s new Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 zoom lens. Stature Films, best known for its commercial and documentary production, was an early adopter of the first in the MK Series – the MK18-55mm – purchasing two shortly after the lens’ introduction last February.

Kino Lorber, Zeitgeist Films Form Alliance

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:30 -- Nick Dager

Kino Lorber has made a multi-year strategic alliance with film distributor Zeitgeist Films, founded and run by industry leaders Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo. Going forward, Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films will co-acquire four to five theatrical titles per year to be marketed and released by Zeitgeist Films, which will continue to be operated and controlled by co-presidents Gerstman and Russo.

Band Aid Featured All-Woman Crew

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:31 -- Nick Dager

Released this month by IFC Films, Band Aid marks the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, best known for her acting roles on Life in Pieces and New Girl. The film has been earning rave reviews for its engaging story of a couple who turn to songwriting to work out their marital difficulties. It has also generated lots of buzz for Lister-Jones’s unique decision to employ women in all key production and post-production crew positions.

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