DP Colin Noel says there are certain locations that a cinematographer dreams of shooting and, for him a Ferris wheel at night is one of them. When the music video concept of Hartford, Connecticut-based Bronze Radio Return’s Only Temporary was presented to him, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
Cinematographer Gareth Paul Cox recently shot up-and-coming director Aundré Johnson’s tentatively titled project, The Driver, an ambitious 15-minute short that takes place mostly inside a car. It tells the story of a limo car service driver, who ventures off the beaten path to start his own car service using borrowed money from individuals with possible mob ties. For Cox, there were several big challenges for the low budget short, including driving and shooting on L.A. streets without a process trailer, or any serious rigging.
As soon as DP/director Alex Lehmann got the go-ahead to shoot Blue Jay, his first feature film, he immediately knew he wanted to shoot it in black and white, and he knew what camera he was going to use. He’d tested the new Canon ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera for a horror film he was set to shoot, but which never got made. He felt the camera was ideal for Blue Jay because it satisfied several concerns: it works in extremely low light, was affordable and is simple to operate. Shooting in black and white was a creative choice. “We were going for a timeless feeling,” Lehmann said.
Panasonic has announced a new firmware update for the VariCam LT that adds Raw signal output via two 3G-SDI terminals to an external Raw recorder at 4K or UHD 60p.
Arri has completed development of the Alexa SXT cameras (Super Xtended Technology).
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced that the increasingly popular practice of phoneography – the use of smartphones as image-capture devices in film and television productions – will be the topic of its September meeting.
The VariCam Pure is the latest addition to the Panasonic’s family of professional cinematography products. Capable of uncompressed, 4K RAW acquisition, it is a co-production between Panasonic and Codex that couples the existing VariCam 35 camera head with a new Codex V-RAW 2.0 recorder, ideal for episodic television shows and features.
Codex has developed a fully integrated recording and workflow system for Canon’s new Cinema EOS C700 camera. The combination of Codex with the EOS C700 camera allows for high-speed 4.5K Raw recording at up to 100fps, 4K Raw at up to 120fps, 4K Apple ProRes at up to 60fps, 2K Apple ProRes at up to 240fps.
Panasonic has added five camera kit packages for the VariCam LT Super 35mm Cinema Camera with the addition of the ProEX-B512 package.
When FuseMedia of Aspen, Colorado was founded a decade ago, it was among the first companies dedicated to the production of online video. According to production director Chris Macdonald, FuseMedia has been committed to creating "engaging, brand-specific, and emotionally packed" high definition video as a marketing tool for business across the Rocky Mountain West. Now the company has moved into 4K production.