With Focal Points, you get a roundup of the best of the best writing from within the filmmaking community. This week brings five articles that make great weekend reads – whether you’re waiting on set for a scene to be shot or you’re waiting at home for your phone to ring.
Tony Reale and Matt Jeppsen are the masterminds behind NextWave DV and Fresh DV and they’ve teamed up to bring as much insider access and filmmaking perspective to NAB Show 2012 as possible.
When Steve bought and ran a small computer graphics company, now Pixar, he began to change animation. When Steve shephered Apple back from the ghostly depths of bankruptcy, he began to change entertainment. And then when Steve Jobs died last night, he took with him all of the intangible assets he embodied, including his imagination and inventiveness.
Last night at the 83rd Academy Awards, Natalie Portman gave one of the more sincere speeches after winning Best Actress. In that speech she took the time to thank the camera operators of Black Swan among the usual “Thank You’s.” That kind of recognition is rare for below the line crew members and was a classy move on her part.
The 83rd Academy Awards will be taking place this Sunday and it’s going to be a tight race for Best Cinematography. True Grit might be the favorite, but the Oscars are never a “sure thing.” Luckily, the money-grubbers in Vegas have removed some of the guess work with odds they’ve set. So, who does Vegas have listed as the favorite to win and by how much?
ARRI has stripped the “beta” tag off the 3.0 Software Update Packet (SUP) for it’s flagship digital cinema camera, the Alexa. The update was originally released early because it enabled so many features that Alexa owners had been dying for such as in-camera playback, audio recording, and a false color exposure check.
RED has been quietly shipping out RED Epic models to its first buyers. In turn, Epic footage, stills and R3D files have begun popping up on the REDuser forums from a variety of posters. I wanted to collect all of those recent forum posts as a chance to see what kind of images we can expect Epic to churn out once it goes into mass production, hopefully later this year.
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.
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.
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.