Low budget films with a captivating story and compelling cinematography can compete with films budgeted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s a lesson proven by the Netflix independent feature Purple Hearts from director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and cinematographer Matt Sakatani Roe. Purple Hearts became number seven in Netflix’s Most Popular Films List just 28 days after its release on July 29 with 220.6 million hours watched. It also became the number one film on Netflix in the UK within one week of its premiere.
The Society of Camera Operators is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Society of Camera Operators Technical Achievement Awards. All submissions must be for technology that is used by the camera operator and camera crew during production, and applications must be submitted by November 30, 2022. The winning award recipients will be presented in-person at the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner and celebration on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Loews Hollywood Hot
Sony Electronics has released the Venice Extension System 2 for expanded flexibility and version 2.00 firmware update.
SMPTE Hollywood will explore the latest developments in camera color science and their impact on production and post-production at its monthly meeting slated for August 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The event is free and open to everyone.
Teradek and Sony Electronics have announced an integration that will provide productions in the cine and broadcast markets with greater flexibility in camera-to-cloud workflows. Sony’s Ci Media Cloud will natively integrate with Serv 4K and Prism Flex, Teradek’s 4K high dynamic range encoding systems. Now, any camera used on-set, in-studio, or remotely will be able to upload footage to Ci directly from Teradek’s encoders.
Atomos has released the latest firmware update for Shogun Connect and Atomos Connect that will now enable Frame.io camera to cloud workflows. This means an unprecedented number of digital cinema mirrorless, and DSLR cameras can deliver media directly from production to post. With Atomos and C2C every filmmaker canaccelerate their workflow, collaborate in real-time, and support remote team members, no matter the location, budget, or camera.
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi's film, The Rescue tells the story of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in which twelve boys from the Wild Boars Football club and their coach were trapped in a flooded cave complex in Thailand. Documenting the huge risks taken by a team of specialist divers during the rescue, the production combines documentary footage with painstaking dramatic reconstructions shot by top underwater cinematographer Ian Seabrook.
The Television Academy has announced that Arri will receive the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award for its more than a century of designing and manufacturing camera and lighting systems as well as its development of systemic technological solutions and service networks for a worldwide complex of film, broadcast, and media industries. The 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards ceremony will take place September 28 in Los Angeles.
Blackmagic Design has announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2, a next generation model of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 includes an adjustable touchscreen screen for easier framing of shots, a larger battery for longer shooting without needing to charge or change batteries, as well as support for an optional electronic viewfinder. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 has the latest Blackmagic generation 5 color science and retains the popular cinematic Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO and EF lens mount from the previous model. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for $1,995.
Arri has unveiled the Alexa 35 digital cinema camera, a 4K Super 35 camera that the company says elevates digital cinematography to unprecedented heights. Arri’s first new sensor in 12 years builds on the evolution of the Alexa family over that period, delivering 2.5 stops more dynamic range, better low light performance, and richer colors. The new Reveal Color Science takes full advantage of the sensor’s image quality, while Arri Textures enhance in-camera creativity. Easy operation, robust build quality, new accessories, and a complete new mechanical support system round out the Alexa 35 platform.