Lenses

The Dawn of Native 3D

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:08 -- Debra Kaufman

The 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes unleashed a cross-species thriller and, on July 11, the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves and shot by cinematographer Michael Seresin will debut in U.S. theatres. Although most 3D movies currently are shot in 2D and converted to 3D in post-production, this movie was shot in native 3D. Seresin, who also shot a significant portion of Gravity, faced his first experience shooting native 3D. Although he doesn’t consider himself a “technical cinematographer,” Seresin felt confident. “Lighting, composition, and camera moves is what I like,” he says.

Culprit Shoots Breakout Korn Video

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:35 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Colt Seman and colleagues, Dylan Trussell and David Dinetz of Culprit Creative were charged with creating the music video for Korn’s Spike in My Veins, they decided to go beyond the expected. For the edgy video, they deployed the new Bolt Cinebot high speed robotic camera arm, the 1000fps, high-definition Phantom Miro camera; and Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III prime lenses.

Fujifilm’s to Unveil Cabrio Lens with 12X Zoom Ratio at NAB2014

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:39 -- Nick Dager

Fujifilm will announce the latest addition to its Cabrio series of cine zooms, the Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio [ZK12x25] at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas next week. Equipped with a 35mm PL mount, the PL 25-300mm boasts a high zoom ratio covering the focal length of 25mm to 300mm.

Angénieux to Unveil New Line of Mid-Budget Zoom Lenses at NAB 2014

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:02 -- Nick Dager

Angénieux will unveil a new line of mid-budget zoom lenses at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas next week. The company says the move was prompted by the proliferation of 4K digital screens and the advent of Ultra definition television that are escalating the demands for high quality motion picture content. A vast spectrum of new generation digital 35mm cameras has become available, and these are being deployed in numerous production environments encompassing movies, dramas, commercials, concerts and live sports events.

Documenting Global Warming Cinema Vérité Style

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:06 -- Nick Dager

Climate change is a complex global phenomenon. Documenting its many aspects for a new multi-part cable series required an HD production format that could not only provide a cinematic, audience-friendly look but also the flexibility to capture everything from expert interviews to location footage shot in a wide range of temperature extremes. Challenged with these requirements, the producers of Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously chose Canon EOS C300 digital cinema cameras and a wide variety of Canon optics, including Canon CN-E Cinema prime lenses, for the superb image quality, extreme mobility, and creative capabilities needed to make this multi-camera documentary-style series.

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