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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/21/14 04:04:17 PM

A Spec-by-Spec Comparison of the AJA Cion and Blackmagic URSA

Sareesh Sudhakaran of Wolfcrow provides a head-to-head comparison of the AJA Cion and Blackmagic URSA as they appear on paper. He writes, "This is just a fun spec-to-spec comparison between the Blackmagic Design URSA and the AJA CION, two cameras with remarkably similar features (who was spying on whom?), but not similar price points." Read the full story here.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/21/14 03:04:32 PM

A Brief History of Hidden Camera Movies

Matt Singer of The Dissolve takes a look at the recent wave of hidden camera movies that have hit theaters, from Borat to Under the Skin. He writes, "Though it’s harder to quantify, when you stick a camera in someone’s face, they change as well. Under hot stage lights, they might sweat or fidget more than they normally would. Shy people speak less than in a casual conversation; attention whores grow more animated. If the act of going to the movies is inherently voyeuristic, then hidden-camera films offer a particularly potent strain of cinema, because they invite viewers to scrutinize people who are truly oblivious to their gaze." Read the full story here.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/21/14 12:04:43 PM

Peter Wunstorf on Shooting in the Arctic

Cinematographer Peter Wunstorf talks to The ASC's Parallax View blog about his experiences shooting in the arctic for feature film Midnight Sun, followed by a music video for The Wet Secrets. Says Wunstorf about the experience, "There were all these incredible shades of blue, whether it was the sky or the water. As the snow starts to melt, you get these beautiful pools of turquoise water. It was just there to capture – aside from using an occasional grad filter to shape the top or bottom of the frame." Read the full story here.  

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/21/14 12:04:43 PM

Matthew Libatique Talks Shooting 'Noah'

Cinematographer Matthew Libatique talks to American Cinematographer about shooting bible epic, Noah. Says Libatique about his longtime collaboration with director Darren Aronofsky, "I know I’m always going to stay true to how Darren works, which is largely single camera and with motivated camera moves. We were handheld on Noah, but it wasn’t like we were floating from character to character in a vérité style. I think we’ve matured as filmmakers and can focus on what’s important, which is subjectivity and storytelling. We don’t use zooms when we work together, and we used Zeiss Ultra Primes on this film because they have a lot of options in the range Darren likes to use. We mostly used the 24mm, the 50mm and the 85mm — something wide, medium and long." Read the full story here.  

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/21/14 12:04:17 PM

A Photo Blog of the Cameras and Rigs at NAB Show 2014

Film and Digital Times' Mark Forman has posted photo blog of the cameras, rigs, and accessories that caught his attention at NAB Show 2014. See it here.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/21/14 11:04:04 AM

An Overview of NAB Show 2014

Film and Digital Times' Oli Laperal provides his round-up of NAB Show 2014. He writes, "The omnipresence of 4K and 8K systems over HD at NAB reminded me of the HD-over-SD transition a dozen years ago.  As in the past, there are no shortage of nay-sayers.  But the quantum leap of technology offering price points lower than previous systems, coupled with transparent ease of intuitive workflow, and Thunderbolt 2 up to 20 Gb/s via fiber optics, make the transition to UHD natural and obvious. This applies to cameras, switchers, routers, mini converters, connectors, processors, compression algorithms, and monitors. Welcome to more K." Read the full story here.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/21/14 11:04:34 AM

Wally Pfister on Transitioning from DP to Director with 'Transcendence'

ICG Magazine talks to Wally Pfister about transitioning from cinematographer to director with his debut feature film, Transcendence.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/18/14 02:04:49 PM

Watch Test Footage from the ARRI Amira

ARRI has released two bright and colorful videos shot with the ARRI Amira, which shares the same sensor as the ARRI Alexa in a more run-and-gun (and affordable) casement. Watch below.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/18/14 01:04:14 PM

Watch a Three-Minute Supercut Celebrating Black-and-White Cinematography

Editor Wouter Sessink celebrates black-and-white cinematography with a supercut that features scenes of everything from It's a Wonderful Life and Sunset Boulevard to Pleasantville and The Artist. Watch below.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/18/14 12:04:35 PM

Climate Change, Global Challenges, Cinematic Results: Capturing Showtime's 'Years of Living Dangerously'

Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously explores the complex global phenomenon of climate change by sending journalists and celebrities around the world to explore its impact. Stories include the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, political upheaval caused by droughts in the Middle East and the dangerous level of carbon emissions resulting from deforestation. Documenting these stories required an HD production solution that could deliver a cinematic look with the flexibility the producers needed to capture everything from expert interviews to location footage shot in a wide range of temperature extremes.