SpectraCal announced today a software pattern generator using video playback technologies from AJA Video Systems. The software package, called VirtualForge, makes professional reference-quality patterns available at a fraction of the cost of standalone hardware pattern generators.
Production & Post-Production
Lincoln, Nebraska’s Outpost12 Studios is using new Zylight Z90 compact LED lights on location and IS3c large panel LED lights in its studio. Known in their market for VFX and animation work, the studio is using its new lighting instruments to produce custom interactive work for the Web that creates unique branding experiences for its clients
Grass Valley has announced Edius 7, the latest version of Grass Valley's nonlinear video editing application. Edius 7 is now a native 64-bit application for Windows 7 and Windows 8 64-bit operating systems, taking full advantage of up to 512 GB (dependent upon Windows version) of installed memory for super-intensive media operations, such as multilayer 4K and 3D editing.
When an action movie script on a tight budget included such challenges as close-ups of mixed martial arts fighting, a high-speed car chase shot from a low-flying helicopter, and low-light location scenes, director of photography, David E. West, knew the solution was to capture it all using a Canon Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera, a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, and EF-Series lenses. Having used the EOS C300 camera on a previous assignment, West was enthusiastic about its portability and low-light advantages. He also owned an EOS 5D Mark II camera, and was a fan of Canon lenses both for photography and for shooting reality TV. West decided from the outset that the ambitious visuals needed for Blunt Force, a new film from director Daniel Zirilli, would make this an all-Canon project. Shot on location in Mississippi, the movie tells the story of an ex-soldier imprisoned and forced to be part of an Internet cage-fighting club.
The European Union's Euromed Audiovisual III program and the European Audiovisual Observatory, in collaboration with the Moroccan Film Centre, brought together cinema experts from around the South Mediterranean region in Casablanca on June 20 and 21.These Arab film professionals met representatives of international bodies working on statistics in cinema, and successfully developed recommendations (see link below to download) for a permanent South Mediterranean network to ensure systematic collection and exchange of data on the region's film sector.
While on location shooting the documentary about traditional silk weavers, Silkies of Madagascar, award-winning National Geographic stills photographer and video director David Evans decided to make the leap to Director of Photography.
When shooting his recent independent feature Heads We Do, cinematographer Andrew Huebscher faced challenges including a tight budget, a 15-day shooting schedule, exterior night scenes, and the need for outstanding motion-picture image quality.
Digital production equipment and post-production services SIM Digital has expanded its presence in Atlanta, moving its operations there into a new, nearly 7000 square-foot, freestanding facility.
Practical effects company 32Ten Studios of San Rafael, California has expanded its studio capabilities.
Foxed, an award-winning, 3D animated short by Toronto-based director James Stewart will have its Canadian 3D premiere and theatrical run in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, starting June 28.