ARRI has released a new software update for their flagship digital cinema camera. Among its top features, the camera is now able to record up to 60 frames per second on SxS cards in ProRes. The rest of the update is devoted to bug fixes and cleaning up an otherwise great camera.
Filmmaking Tips and Advice
From The Black and Blue I wish to extend a happy thanksgiving to all readers of this site and their friends and families. I hope that wherever you spend your holiday, it is somewhere warm and that family doesn’t make you take the pictures just because you know all that “lighting stuff.”
About 20 years ago, Michael Caine, one of the more talented and prolific actors of modern times, made a video called “Acting in Film” that was aired on the BBC. While in school, a professor showed me the hour-long workshop and I was inspired by Caine’s knowledge of not just the abstract concepts but the detailed acting techniques that are also important.
Below the Beltway, a film I worked on last summer, has recently released a trailer. The film stars Tate Donovan, Kip Pardue, Sarah Clarke, Annie Wersching and Xander Berkley and was directed by Dave Fraunces with cinematography by Adam Silver.
Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, ASC BSC has been shooting with the Arri Alexa recently and posting about it on his web forum. Deakins seems to be quite fond of the camera and defends it from those who decry the digital revolution by stating that digital cinema workflows “seem to me to have tipped the equation.”
The DC-based production Below the Beltway is scheduled to air on The Movie Channel and Showtime early in December 2010. Independently financed and produced locally in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, the film has managed to garner attention through audience awards and a recent trailer release.
One of my goals when I started this blog was to be a place that could redirect its readers to valuable resources they might not otherwise find. Well, I have taken this to the extreme and listed out 100 resources for cinematographers, camera assistants, and film professionals that features everything from places to find work, to books, to podcasts and forums.
It’s not an uncommon occurrence on set to find yourself, another camera assistant, and even the director of photography all keeping busy on an iPhone during downtime. Take this as a warning of good or bad things to come, but regardless the iPhone can still be an incredibly versatile and useful tool to have in a kit.
I want to call attention to a video I found simply titled “Camera Assistant Failure.” In the video, the AC finds himself in a tight squeeze with a tricky focus pull, except he handled it poorly.
Greetings Programs. I was lucky enough to grab admission early on to Tron Night, a sneak preview of Tron: Legacy, and attend with my brothers and a friend. Here was my experience, a detailed description of the footage shown, as well as my critique.