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.
Canon U.S.A. has introduced two new cinema products designed to upgrade and enhance the work of filmmakers. One is a new 8K lens; the other is a 27-inch 4K reference monitor.
For the eighteenth year, HollyShorts is presenting its Academy qualifying short film festival in person at TCL Chinese Theaters, Japan House Hollywood, and streaming on Bitpix TV. The festival is underway and runs through August 20. For the first time, Zeiss cinematography is pleased to sponsor the new HollyShorts Zeiss Achievement in Cinematography Award and participate in other festival events.
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.
Earlier this month Zeiss hosted the Women in Media WIM + ZEISS Altitude Awards Ceremony to celebrate the recipients of the prestigious annual honors, which are dedicated to promoting gender balance in the film and entertainment industries. Cinematographer Eszter Csepeli was the top winner.
Cooke Optics has announced that it will be holding an open house at its new Burbank office on June 9 and 10, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm PDT. This new customer support and service center will help to better serve the Los Angeles-based creative and rental house community
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is spin-off from Star Trek: Discovery and a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, Strange New Worlds follows Captain Christopher Pike and the crew of the USS. Enterprise. Cinematographer Glen Keenan, CSC, wanted to give the show the most organic, non-studio look to convince the audience they were seeing a real location.
Zeiss has introduced CinCraft Mapper, a new digital service that quickly and easily provides frame-accurate lens distortion and shading data for the visual effects industry. This data is essential for digital compositing to achieve a cinematic result that is as realistic and precise as possible.
Zeiss Cinema Americas and Women in Media celebrate Women’s History Month with the new Altitude Awards. These awards will honor the technical and artistic achievements of creatives who are making meaningful, well-crafted stories in the camera and lighting departments. The competition is open to professional and student WIM members working as cinematographers, camera operators and gaffers. First prize is $3000 cash and a full week's use of Zeiss Supreme Prime or Supreme Prime Radiance lenses.
For the small budget adventure-thriller Nine Bullets, cinematographer Byron Werner wanted to be true to the intimate nature of the film, while elevating the look to that of a bigger budget project. Dealing with COVID restrictions added to the challenge.