The problem with frame grabs is the intrusion of retrieving them from the camera. Often, a DIT or AC will have to take over the camera to generate the grabs and whisk them away on the SD card. Fortunately, for those who don’t like interruptions and those who don’t like interrupting, one reader has come up with a solution that utilizes WiFi-enabled SD cards.
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Roger Deakins is a living legend. He’s one of my favorite cinematographers and for a good reason: his talents are undeniable, his philosophy level-headed, and his contribution to film significant. So when he talks (or types), I listen. As should you.
With the ARRI Alexa, you only have five customizable buttons with different options. With limited real estate, choosing which functions you customize can speed you up — or slow you down. So how do you decide what functions make the cut?
The camera is sacred to the camera assistant, but that doesn’t mean it has to be treated like an ancient artifact. If you’re so afraid about damaging the camera that you only touch it to start rolling on a shot, then you’re missing out on some great ways to speed yourself up.
The camera assistants I know who have worked with Alexa basically worship the camera. A major part of that reason is its ability to be heavily customized for each production. If you aren’t already taking advantage of it, the Alexa’s custom list values and custom user buttons could save you plenty of time on set and you’ll fall in love too.
You get the most essential information about the ARRI Alexa onto one sheet of paper that can fold up and fit in your jean pockets. I even went the extra mile this time around by making a mobile-formatted version perfect for smartphones.
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.
ARRI has another valuable tool available on it’s website: a powerful resource for those shooting Alexa called the Alexa Frame Line Composer. Much like the Alexa Simulator web-app, the Frame Line Composer tries to translate features from the camera itself into a format that is viewable on the internet.
It seems these days that the gap between independent films and Hollywood couldn’t be greater. Where the bread and butter of indie films has always been small character dramas, Hollywood is finding more ways to expel these stories from its gables and make spectacle, “tentpole,” films its area of focus.