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Review: Legend of the Guardians - The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Review: Legend of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hoole

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.

First HDRx Footage from RED Epic Digital Cinema Camera

First HDRx Footage from RED Epic Digital Cinema Camera

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?

Past and Future Lens Technology News

Past and Future Lens Technology News

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).

ARRI Alexa Camera Simulator

Arri Alexa Camera Simulator

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.

RED One Mysterium X Cameras Now Available to Buy, Original Sensor Dead

RED One Mysterium X Cameras Now Available to Buy, Original Sensor Dead

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…