Here’s a pretty impressive video showing how good the new Sony a7S compact digital camera is at shooting low light video with very little noise at extremely high ISOs
On Sunday I was filming on the red carpet at another Film Premiere in London’s West End – Godzilla
Bryan Cranston, EIizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were the big draw for the crowd and according to Mr Cranston this film isn’t just a typical summer blockbuster but has a well developed script. With a review of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes I’m hoping he’s right.
A really well made video by Walley Films which parodies some of the hyperbole that surrounds lots of the new film making kit that gets announced these days.
A short promo video that parodies the endless production and marketing of prosumer video cameras. Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley have created a camera that is both a reverse trend in consumer electronics and “the most advanced camera ever built.”
Production staff working on series such as Silent Witness, Mr Selfridge and Call the Midwife have threatened to disrupt filming through industrial action over pay.
Backstage union BECTU is preparing to ballot members to establish the level of support for the union’s claim for a £300 daily rate for grips – technicians who build, operate and supervise equipment to mount cameras. The issue, according to the union, has been “brewing for some months now”.
Roger Deakins is the director of photography on films such as The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, No Country for Old Men, True Grit and Skyfall, the most successful British film ever.
He’s won more than 60 awards for his work, including three Baftas, and was last year presented with a lifetime achievement award by the American Society of Cinematographers. When he isn’t working, he spends his time living in LA, but his heart belongs to Devon, where he was born. “I miss it every day,” he says. Here are his top ten tips for becoming a successful cinematographer.
AJA Debuts CION: 4K/UHD/2K/HD Professional Camera
NAB2014 has seen the release of several new 4K cameras or updates to current ones. AJA have released the CION –
Las Vegas, NV, NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 (April 7, 2014)— AJA Video Systems today announced CION, an entirely new professional camera. CION features an ergonomic design and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. AJA pioneered lens-to-post Apple ProRes workflows with the introduction of the Ki Pro product line in 2009; CION builds on this achievement by offering in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs – including 12-bit 444 – for pristine image capture. ProRes codecs are well established in many post-production environments and offer wide compatibility with editing, color correction and finishing applications. CION enables today’s growing demand for high frame rate support and offers the ability to output 4K raw data at up to 120 fps via 4x 3G-SDI outputs. CION can record directly to AJA Pak SSD media at up to 60 frames per second.
Blackmagic Design have unveiled yet another 4K camera at NAB2014 :The URSA
Introducing Blackmagic URSA, the world’s first high end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, URSA has everything built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradeable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor, 12G-SDI and internal dual RAW and ProRes recorders. Because the sensor and lens mount assembly can be changed, you can choose EF or PL lens mounts, or even a broadcast video sensor with B4 mount. This means you can upgrade to the latest sensor technology in the future and keep your investment in the camera body!
The URSA ticks a lot of boxes for professional camera-folk who are used to the more traditional ‘shoulder-mount’ design – it’s the right shape!