Wildlife cinematographer Danny Schmidt plunged into Colombia’s remote Magdalena River Valley earlier this year to document the plight of the critically endangered brown spider monkey in a project for National Geographic. Schmidt and camera operator Federico Pardo had just eight days to locate the rare albino spider monkeys (their albinism is a genetic abnormality cause by habitat degradation), record their story and capture the fragile environment in which they live.
SmallHD announces new sale pricing on its seven-inch AC7-OLED series of monitors for video production. Now starting at $749, the AC7-OLED is priced $500 below any other professional OLED seven-inch monitor on the market.
If you’re one of the 23 million who have seen the Top 10 iTunes WTF (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO_3Qgib6RQ) video of Missy Elliot featuring Pharrell Williams, you likely recognize the signature moves and grooves director Dave Meyers lent to the comeback queen’s rap performance. This year Scott Cunningham, his director of photography and long-time producer, is adding his own visual influence to Elliot’s storied career.
K-Tek has extended its smart line of Stingray Audio bags, with the first made specifically for the Tascam DR-70D and DR-701D. The new KSTG70 incorporates Stingray’s hallmark big-bag features into a small, yet sturdy form factor to enhance the versatility and applications of Tascam’s compact package. The Stingray KSTG70 is ideal for audio and video professionals, documentarians, serious enthusiasts and musicians.
Cinematographer Carmen Cabana relied on camera support products from Manios Digital and Film while shooting on location for the new romantic comedy Holiday Breakup. Cabana employed a Cartoni Laser head and tripod system, along with a Vocas handheld rig to support the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that she used to capture principal photography.
IDX has released the AT-E2CMKII – an Endura V-Mount battery adaptor plate for Canon’s new C300 Mark II camera.
Intuitive Aerial will introduce a compact, ergonomic controller for the Aerigon the airborne camera platform for professional film and broadcast production, at IBC 2015. The Dominion controller is a portable device that allows camera operators to guide camera movement, focus, and other camera settings on board the Aerigon while in flight. Broadcasters, cinematographers, directors, and production teams now have even greater control when capturing aerial footage using virtually any modern camera, thanks to Aerigon’s high payload capacity and industry-leading stability and precision.
Matthews Studio Equipment’s Burbank manufacturing facility is supplying a wide range of grip equipment to support Alex Buono’s 2015 Visual Storytelling Workshop Tour 2.
SmallHD’s new concept in multifunctional on-camera displays is now shipping. The true high-definition Sidefinder, a combination of HD electronic viewfinder (or EVF) and 5-inch fold out Full HD monitor, earned five major awards when it premiered at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention.
Mojo Media Solutions and Achtel have launched TrueBlue, an optical filter that significantly improves separation of blue colors from unintended red contamination.