SolidAnim has introduced the latest version of SolidTrack for the film and broadcast industries. The company says SolidTrack provides a more ergonomic and intuitive solution dedicated to camera tracking and visualization of complex VFX shots, dealing with green screen compositing, 3D rendering, and complex camera moves.
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.
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.
Advanced Systems Group provided camera and editing equipment for The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a new documentary released by Zeitgeist Films that is being screened in U.S. theaters through June.
Schneider Optics has introduced its new wide angle adapter for Fujinon’s 19-90mm T2.9 PL-mount Cabrio zoom lens. The adapter provides a 30-percent wider angle than the Cabrio’s 19mm limitation, with a minimum focal length of 14.5mm.
Among the products highlighted by Manios Digital and Film at last week’s National Association of Broadcasters convention were newly upgraded versions of Kinotehnik LCDVF and LCDVFe viewfinders for DSLRs.
Miller Camera Support Equipment has announced that the Burbank facility of AbelCine will be its new, exclusive authorized product and service center on the West Coast. This relationship is part of Miller’s plan to further support its customers and continue expanding its presence in the region.
Marvel Studios used Codex recording technology to streamline the capture-to-post workflow on several high-profile productions, the most recent of these being Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Cinematographer Trent Opaloch chose to frame the action in a widescreen anamorphic format, captured by Arri Alexa Plus cameras shooting ArriRaw with a 4:3 sensor and Codex Onboard S recorders.
Three top filmmakers will hold seminars next week at the Miller Camera Support booth (C9520) at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. Accredited time-lapse photographer Ryan Killackey, renowned Italian filmmaker Ketch Rossi and esteemed British filmmaker Philip Bloom will each share their insights into the complex, inner workings of the film and television industries and why they choose to rely on Miller Camera Support equipment when out in the field.
Codex has announced Codex Action Cam, an ultra-compact, all-in-one, digital cinema camera and recording package for 2D and stereoscopic 3D production. The camera is designed for use as a supplement to larger camera systems on commercials, TV and movie productions as a companion camera when regular camera packages are too large for the situation or location in which the production is trying to shoot. The new camera will be on display at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas April 7.