In the two decades since we first entered The Matrix, there’s been a quantum leap in computing and filmmaking technology. Visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski made sure she considered both those changes before going back down the rabbit hole. “There have been huge advances in computing that called for an updated visual representation of the virtual world of The Matrix,” explains Daniele Massaccesi, co-cinematographer with John Toll, ASC on The Matrix Resurrections. “Lana wanted to create a synthetic world that would be believable to humans in 2021. It is therefore photoreal and full of color.”
The Television Academy has honored Arri for outstanding achievement in engineering development for its Arri SkyPanel family of LED softlights. The Engineering Emmys are presented to individuals, companies, or organizations for engineering developments that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the recording, transmission, or reception of television.
Arri has launched Inter Partes Reviews procedures with the US Patent Office challenging the legal validity of patents covering conventional lighting effect functionalities. Arri contends that the alleged inventions have long been well-known. Ivo Ivanovski, Arri’s general manager business unit lighting, issued a statement outlining his company’s position. Here is the statement in full:
Arri Rental North America, a leading camera, lens, and grip equipment rental service company, announces plans to open a new headquarters in Long Island City, New York, during the first quarter of 2022. The facility will offer comprehensive equipment and exceptional services, enabling Arri Rental to provide an even higher caliber of service and support to its customers. The new location will also serve as a creative hub for production communities in New York and the greater Northeastern region
Arri has endorsed B-Mount as a universal 24 V battery industry standard. The new B-Mount battery interface, as used in current and future Arri cameras and lights, is rapidly being adopted as a brand-agnostic industry standard, bringing benefits to Arri customers and the entire global industry.
The Vitec Group has acquired Quasar Science, a leading LED lighting technology provider. The business will become part of the Group’s Production Solutions Division alongside Litepanels the award-winning supplier of LED lighting panels for television lighting and cinematography acquired by the Group in 2008.
Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK doesn’t take chances on set. He considers shooting days precious, so he rigorously tests new gear, new moves and new ideas long before he gets to set. “Shooting days are there to shoot” he says, “not to set up and light,” so he comes to the set prepared. The highly visually driven film, Bliss was no exception. A science fiction drama, it stars Owen Wilson as Greg and Salma Hayek as Isabel. The story is set around a man whose life is in disarray when he meets a beautiful woman who tries to convince him he is living in a simulation.
Arri has introduced Remote Solutions, a toolkit that can be customized to meet near-set and off-set workflows. This remote production ecosystem allows professionals to safely and immediately get back to work without compromising operational and creative control.
Claudia Raschke is an award-winning New York City based cinematographer best known for such films as Oscar-nominated and Emmy winning RBG (Magnolia/ Participant/ CNN), Oscar-nominated God is Bigger Than Elvis (HBO), Peabody Award-winning Black Magic (ESPN), Oscar short-listed Mad Hot Ballroom (Paramount), Particle Fever (Bond), Atomic Homefront (HBO), and The Freedom to Marry (Argot Pictures). Her latest film, which screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is My Name is Pauli Murray. Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, and a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Murray understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. The film was made by the same team that made RBG including directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West, producer Talleah Bridges McMahon and editor Cinque Northern. My conversation with Raschke, via email, began with that team.
Few know underwater cinematography and how to light the great blue sea better than Pete Romano ASC. His unique specialty has made him sought after for most major films where’s there’s any underwater action. His 40-year underwater track record is unmatched. IMDB tries but at 159 credits for film and television they just skim the surface, especially considering the multitude of commercials, music videos and documentaries to count.