Recently at NAB, Jim Jannard, founder of Red, showed a video of Peter Jackson that he also posted on Reduser.net. In it Jackson talks all things Red as well as shows some tests he shot with the new sensor.
Yesterday, I jumped at the chance to see Inception, Christopher Nolan’s latest film, in IMAX and was blown away. I’m going again to see it this weekend and will post a full review then when my brain has a chance to process it all. For now, here a few quick SPOILER FREE thoughts.
When shooting digital cinema, it’s important to have your workflow set out ahead of time. While film has an established protocol (for the most part) with handling printed takes, short ends, etc., the digital world has many options that can be cumbersome if not thoroughly explored.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has upgraded it’s facilities to provide a new “immersion theater” for it’s customers. I was there a few weekends ago to give it a try, luckily without any cameras ruining the film, and was able to experience a montage of “Planet Earth” best-of moments.
The American Society of Cinematographers, the honor guild of cinematographers, has released the results of an online poll of the “best shot” movies from 1998 – 2008. There were over 50 nominees from the past decade that were dwindled down to the top 10 winners.
A couple of months ago, I did a post that featured three useful cinematography/camera assisting iPhone apps to have on set. In my introduction, I stated that “the Apple iPhone is undoubtedly one of the most powerful phones out on the market today” and that “there are plenty of apps to help you become more efficient on set and make the iPhone one of your essential tools.”
This past holiday weekend I went to the Baltimore inner harbor to visit the National Aquarium. It’s a place I’ve been countless times both as a child and in my adult years. I love going to watch all sorts of exotic fish and animals. But this time I noticed a nasty habit forming around me – cameras, lots of cameras. Flashes. Red lights. And it bothered me.
Reading off Engadget, found at the comprehensive Reduser.net forums, Jim Jannard (founder of RED) has apologized for the “embarrassingly late” production delays on the Epic and Scarlet cameras. He explains the cause of the delay was a bug that took months to find and put a “bullet in the back of it’s head.”
Luckily, if you’re shooting on RED or any camera with a USB port (though I don’t know of many), you can purchase a much cheaper USB powered lens light. Designed for laptops, most of these lights are flexible LED’s powered through the USB standard.
With the Arri Alexa cameras, Pace has rigged an updated system to shoot 3D with the newest digital cinema camera. It’s the same system that Scorsese used/is using on his entry into the third dimension, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.