Cameras

God’s Crooked Lines Comes to the Screen

Tue, 12/20/2022 - 09:26 -- Nick Dager

The film God’s Crooked Lines, based on the 1979 novel by James F. Donelan, follows Alice Gould, a private investigator who enters a psychiatric hospital by simulating paranoia to solve a crime. But a big turn of events will question her sanity and whether she is really telling the truth. The cast includes Bárbara Lennie (Magical Girl, The Mess You Leave Behind) and Eduard Fernández (Everybody Knows, El Niño).

Overcoming the Low-Budget Comedy Look

Tue, 12/13/2022 - 09:48 -- Nick Dager

Am I Being Unreasonable?, the much-anticipated comedy-thriller series co-written by and starring BAFTA award-winner Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli, belies its low budget with a cinematic look. Shot by Slater Slater Ling, BSC, and directed by Johnny Campbell, the series is set in a small country village where Nic (Cooper) is lonely, bored in her marriage and haunted by a huge secret. One of the biggest challenges was to move away from a standard low-budget comedy look.

Russell Crowe Directs Himself in Poker Face

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 10:52 -- Nick Dager

For award-winning cinematographer Aaron McLisky, ACS, and for Academy Award winning director, co-writer, and leading actor Russell Crowe, shooting the psychological thriller Poker Face came down to two things: achieving a modern look that maintained a painterly quality as well as choosing the right aspect ratio to capture the ensemble cast in a single frame. One other challenge on the set was having a director who was also the leading actor.

The Challenge of Filming a Moving Car

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 09:31 -- Nick Dager

Capturing and producing high-quality dynamic and fast-paced vehicle footage creates some of the most testing logistical challenges that film, television, and commercial production teams contend with. Kala, a production, and dynamic camera movement company based in Canada, is all too aware of the challenges of shooting moving vehicles.

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Adobe Frame.io Now Built Into Red, Fujifilm Cameras

Tue, 10/18/2022 - 15:11 -- Nick Dager

Adobe announced today that its cloud-based video-collaboration capabilities for its Frame.io division will be built directly into cameras from Red and Fujifilm. The company calls this the purest expression yet of a decade’s worth of efforts to create camera-to-cloud integrations that connect production units with the remote teams that subsequently work on the resulting video and stills.

Competing with Big Budget Films

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 12:42 -- Nick Dager

Low budget films with a captivating story and compelling cinematography can compete with films budgeted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s a lesson proven by the Netflix independent feature Purple Hearts from director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and cinematographer Matt Sakatani Roe. Purple Hearts became number seven in Netflix’s Most Popular Films List just 28 days after its release on July 29 with 220.6 million hours watched. It also became the number one film on Netflix in the UK within one week of its premiere.

SOC Accepting Submissions for Technical Achievement Awards

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 11:51 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Society of Camera Operators Technical Achievement Awards. All submissions must be for technology that is used by the camera operator and camera crew during production, and applications must be submitted by November 30, 2022. The winning award recipients will be presented in-person at the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner and celebration on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Loews Hollywood Hot

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