Garwood claims this is the “most effective” method for focusing on long lenses, especially with subjects traveling to or away the barrel of the lens. Since he does such a good job explaining the method himself, I will let the tip stand on it’s own.
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While establishing himself as a visual powerhouse with films like 300 and Watchmen, Zack Snyder has always tip-toed the line between live-action and digital animation. In those raw, CGI-heavy films, Snyder showed an affinity to treat his movies like a canvas – a world to be painted instead of captured. With his latest effort, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Snyder is able to bring the best of his visual effects sensibilities into the presence of Animal Logic, the animation studio behind Happy Feet.
Not to be outdone by the Arri Alexa, RED has been prepping an HDRx mode for it’s Mysterium-X equipped EPIC camera that is similar in nature to Alexa’s high dynamic range capture process. The EPIC boasts a full 18 stops of range and two modes that allow the processing to be done in camera or in post-production. But does it look as good as many think Alexa does?
I’ve got the goods from the guys at Engadget who lead me to two interesting stories that both involve lenses. One story whisks us into the past as Timur Civan over at the cinema5D forum has mounted a lens from 1908 on his DSLR. The other story brings us far into the future where depth-of-field may be infinite and focus be chosen in post-production (no that’s not a joke).
If there was one thing other digital camera manufacturers should note about the Alexa, it’s the streamlined menu system and user-interface. It certainly swayed my opinion on the Alexa. For those without $50k in the pocket, it’s now possible to mess around with this menu system without the camera in hand.
Though RED MX and Arri Alexa currently are the higher end options for digital cinema today, increasingly common is the practice of filming with DSLR cameras. Canon’s 7D is the frontrunner, though recent developments have even seen the iPhone make a crack. Well now Barbie Video Girl enters the scene with this video that compares the two camera systems side-by-side.
On Twitter yesterday, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia tweeted a link to a press release advertising “170+ new jobs” in Virginia and that his administration is “working hard to continue expanding the film industry in Virginia!” It sounds like good news for those Virginia residents freelancing in front of and behind the camera, but the Governor’s tweet might be a bit misleading.
Digital cinema’s favorite color coded company is now taking orders for the Mysterium-X equipped RED One cameras. Mysterium-X sensors were previously only available as an upgrade and in the forthcoming Epic and Scarlet cameras. The sensor’s main draw is it’s ability to be more sensitive to light and handle color better, as Pete Jackson found out. But while the Mysterium-X being up for purchase is good news, it doesn’t come without a price…
Arri has released a new software update/upgrade for the ALEXA – bringing the camera software up a whole digit to 2.0.
This video has been on the web for awhile now, but I just got around to posting it. It was posted by DP Timmy Rubensteiner who has his camera assistant Bubba Jo show us how the RED camera works.