In the 1990s, almost every cinematographer in New York was using Cooke Optics S4/i lenses for commercials, music videos, and independent features, this according to Aaron Medick, one of the cinematographers on Power Book III: Raising Kanan. He became lead DP in the second season for Power Book II: Ghost after starting as B camera/Steadicam operator and moving up to DP for Power, which launched the franchise for cable and streaming service Starz. And it should come as no surprise that many of the DPs on the franchise come from New York, including Power lead DP Tim Ives, ASC who also shot the pilot.
Red Digital Cinema unveiled the new V-Raptor 8K VV camera today, launching its first entrant into the next generation DSMC3 platform. The company says the camera is Red’s most powerful to date. It features the highest dynamic range, fastest cinema-quality sensor scan time, cleanest shadows, and highest frame rates of any camera in its lineup. It is designed to provide unmatched performance for a variety of shooting scenarios.
Writer-director John Michael McDonagh and cinematographer Larry Smith, ASC, BSC faced a race against time in the face of a threatening global pandemic to capture the vibrant colors and contrasting scenes of the Moroccan landscape for the feature film The Forgiven, starring Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, and Matt Smith.
Blackmagic Design has lowered the price for the Ursa Mini Pro 12K camera to $5,995. The company said the price reduction was made possible by efficiencies in manufacturing combined with an improved supply of 12K sensors. However, the company said, with the new rendering engine in DaVinci Resolve 17.3, showing speed improvements up to three times when working in 4K and 8K resolutions, the new lower price will make high resolution workflows more accessible.
The caper film The Sixth Reel tells the story of Jimmy, a New Yorker obsessed with old Hollywood, who is one of an extended community of discerning – and extremely catty – movie memorabilia collectors. When the death of a close friend unearths the long-lost final reel of a classic horror film, Jimmy and his cohorts each concoct underhanded schemes to cash in on a big sale of the film. The Sixth Reel was written and directed by Charles Busch and Carl Andress, and stars Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Margaret Cho, Tim Daly, and an ensemble cast of beloved Broadway veterans.
Arri Rental North America, a leading camera, lens, and grip equipment rental service company, announces plans to open a new headquarters in Long Island City, New York, during the first quarter of 2022. The facility will offer comprehensive equipment and exceptional services, enabling Arri Rental to provide an even higher caliber of service and support to its customers. The new location will also serve as a creative hub for production communities in New York and the greater Northeastern region
Arri has endorsed B-Mount as a universal 24 V battery industry standard. The new B-Mount battery interface, as used in current and future Arri cameras and lights, is rapidly being adopted as a brand-agnostic industry standard, bringing benefits to Arri customers and the entire global industry.
Working with cinematographer Ed Lachman, ASC, well known for his work on award-winning films including Erin Brockovich, Far from Heaven and Carol, Panasonic has created a new exposure map tool EL Zone, as part of the VariCam firmware version 9.0 update. The new tool is designed to assist in the shooting process and to provide even more precise exposure control.
Following its Netflix launch in January, Fate: The Winx Saga, the live-action TV adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated series Winx Club quickly shot to number one in the U.S. and number three in the U.K. Cinematographer Frida Wendel FSF shot the series. As Wendell put it, one of her considerations during the live action shoot was how to play around with the visual effects.
Following the worldwide success of its 2019 debut, the second season of Hierro recently premiered on Movistar + in Spain. Created by brothers Pepe and Jorge Coira, Hierro follows the story of investigating magistrate Candela Montes who is transferred to El Hierro, the most remote of the Canary Islands. When planning the second season, cinematographer Jose Luis Bernal, who shot season one, was very clear that he wanted to go a step further with the look of the show, to get to something different, while ensuring the soul of the story was untouched.