Typically, when a series wants to change its look from its first season to its second, there’s a prime consideration that the cinematographer has to take into account: What do you take from the first season and what do you do new for the second? That was where cinematographer Eric Branco found himself with having to set the look for the second season of the Max series Rap Sh!t. Fortunately, he had watched season 1 and loved it, so when his agent called to see if he was interested in changing up the look for season 2, he was all for it.
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The 2023 FilmLight Color Award winners were announced yesterday by jury president Lawrence Sher, ASC, at a dedicated color ceremony as part of EnergaCamerImage in Poland. The awards, which are open to colorists on any grading platform, were independently judged by renowned cinematographers, directors, and colorists.
Dolby Laboratories and award-winning nonprofit Ghetto Film School have announced the winners of the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School New Voices. New Visions. 2024 competition. This year, the competition encouraged applicants to create an original short film concept that exemplified their singular voice and vision and would benefit from Dolby Vision images and Dolby Atmos sound. The 2024 winning filmmakers are Dwayne LeBlanc, Antonello Velez, and the directing/writing duo Sarah Jean Williams and Luna Garcia.
In honor of the film that has become a holiday tradition for families around the globe, Warner Bros. Discovery and the Empire State Building are celebrating the 20th anniversary of New Line Cinema's holiday classic Elf with a special tower lighting, film screenings, and themed décor at the Observatory through the holiday season.
Pia Lundberg has been appointed as the new artistic director of Göteborg Film Festival. Lundberg most recently served as counsellor for cultural affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in London and will take up her new position on March 1, 2024.
At the upcoming EnergaCamerImage, Cooke Optics will showcase the versatility of its cinema lenses by bridging the gap between virtual and physical spaces. In partnership with Sony and supported by EZTrack, Cooke’s latest full-frame and zoom lenses will combine with brand new camera technology, LED wall displays, mixed reality sets and real-time CG pre-visualization tools to demonstrate the possibilities for modern productions.
Canon has announced a variety of firmware updates for key models in its Cinema EOS line of cameras. All firmware updates will be available to customers for free download in early December.
The DTLA Film Festival 2023, which ended yesterday at Regal L.A. Live cinemas in downtown Los Angeles, has announced the winners of its annual screenplay contest.
Leo is the third film in the Lokesh Cinematic Universe. Inspired by the A History of Violence graphic novel series, director Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Tamil-language action thriller follows family man Parthi who resides in Northwestern India where he owns a coffee shop and helps the local forest ranger rescue animals. His attempts to keep a low profile fall short after he saves the townsfolk from a wild spotted hyena and makes national news. An army of crazed and dangerous gangsters begin to hunt Parthi, obsessed with their belief that he is in fact Leo, a master criminal and son of their kingpin Antony Das. Parthi must fight to protect his family and convince them of his innocence.
The Western Australian independent production company White Spark Pictures has launched a new standalone technology business for its virtual reality distribution concept Surround Sync. Led by COO and managing director Benn Ellard, the new company will be responsible for the delivery of the patent-pending technology to cinemas and other venues around the world, as well as distributing third-party VR films and immersive content.