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Light Illusion LightSpace CMS Now Integrates with FujiFilm IS-mini

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:58 -- Nick Dager

Light Illusion’s LightSpace CMS color management system now integrates with the FujiFilm IS-mini 3D LUT box. With this integration, users of the LightSpace CMS can now perform automated calibration of any display using the IS-Mini as a patch and signal generator, under direct control of LightSpace CMS, building custom calibration LUTs that can be directly up-loaded into the IS-mini.

Tracking The Walking Dead

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:34 -- Nick Dager

Sound technician Robert Maxfield just wrapped Season 4 of The Walking Dead and he says it’s one of the hardest shows he’s ever worked. On The Walking Dead, it is common to have to make quick cues between the numerous and spread out actors in various scenes. “We work outside a lot on this show,” he explains. “The actors are typically spaced far apart. The cameras, three on average, are usually spaced over a broad area and are placed at a great distance from the talent . . . many times throughout wooded forests. This requires that I be on a long ridged pole, that allows me to move quickly and precisely.”

Test Pilots

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:20 -- James Mathers

The industry doesn’t do as many pilots as in years past, which is a shame, because they can be a valuable format for testing not just story ideas and actors but new technology. In my role covering new cinema technology for the Digital Cinema Society I am often offered gear to test and evaluate, everything from new lighting units and cameras to various digital cinema recorders. Since I need to keep busy earning my living as a director of photography, I honestly don’t have time to run scientific tests, so I prefer instead to use the gear in real world productions I’m hired to work on. You could call me a technology test pilot. I get a better sense of how these tools perform where the rubber hits the road, and it’s a good way to help out the productions I’m working on, pulling in items they might not otherwise be able to afford. The perfect opportunity to put many of these items through their paces came up recently when I was asked to shoot a feature length pilot for a new action/adventure show aimed at young adults entitled, Tribe of the Wild.

Finding Authentic Stories for Nonfiction Films

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:35 -- Nick Dager

Mark Mooney’s Crescent Moon Pictures, located outside of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina focuses primarily on shooting resort and high-end residential community development. “We’ve found an emotional approach to our programs and projects, which reflect what we call the authentic story of a place and why it is the place to live or visit,” he says.

Chasing Generation Y

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:38 -- Nick Dager

Director David Applebee and cinematographer Colin Trenbeath covered 11 US cities in 30 days to capture interviews with some of today’s most inspiring innovators for their film The Limitless Generation – a look at the movers and shakers of Generation Y, which distills the essence of the Millennial generation’s search for value and success.

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