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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/24/14 03:03:14 PM

Bringing the Beautiful 'Grand Budapest Hotel' to Life

Wes Anderson doesn’t create films; he creates worlds. For The Grand Budapest Hotel, released by Fox Searchlight Pictures on March 7, that world became the fictional town of Zubrowka, located in the mountains of Eastern Europe. To bring Zubrowka to life, Anderson developed a complete history mirroring that of 20th century Eastern Europe. Building this extensive history was key to developing the characters and story, as well as essential to creating the look of the world that they inhabit, which in turn reinforces their existence, making it truly believable for the audience.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/24/14 11:03:17 AM

Focus Issues of 'American Hustle' Ascribed to Use of Vintage Lenses

American Hustle has been getting some flack for having focus issues throughout the movie and now, first AC Gregory Irwin has given an explanation as to why. He writes on a discussion thread on Cinematography.com, "You’re right!  Much of the movie had focus issues. The cinematographer insisted upon using old Canon K35 lenses for their 1970s look, the time period that the movie takes place. Unfortunately, the K35′s have 1970s technology as well. Since AMERICAN HUSTLE was shot entirely on steadicam, the use of Preston FIZ remote focus units were necessary. Since the K35 lenses have a compressed focus scale and are known for 'loss of motion,' they could neither respond to the Preston transmitter commands nor return to a prescribed focus mark. There wasn’t much chance for success in the focus department with these lenses."

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/20/14 12:03:52 PM

Hands On, Handheld: Camera Moves With Freefly Systems' MoVI M10

For more than three decades Steadicam has represented the vanguard of mobile, off-tripod camera support technology. There’s been little challenge from new technology in the intervening years. Until recently. From a company called Freefly Systems, MoVI is a digital three-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. Its key benefit is how quickly an operator can set up a moving shot with it.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/20/14 11:03:53 AM

Behind the Cinematic Look of 'True Detective'

Vulture talks to True Detective cinematographer Adam Arkapaw about how he achieved 9 of the series' most beautiful shots. Arkapaw shot almost the entire series on Kodak film (save for the now infamous six-minute long take, which needed to be shot digitally because of the run time) Says Arkapaw of the pilot episode, "We wanted to draw the audience in and make a statement about [the show] as a piece of cinema as opposed to a piece of television.” Read the full story here.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/20/14 11:03:46 AM

Watch 136 Years of Movie Magic in 3 Minutes

Scott Ewing's "The Evolution of Film in 3 Minutes" features iconic movie clips starting from 1878 all the way through to 2014. He writes on his Vimeo page, "The following montage chronicles the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 by Edward J. Muybridge to the Lumiere brothers in 1895. Georges Melies A Trip To The Moon in 1902 was a total game changer and from there we go to the first theatrical releases starting in 1920-2014 ... this portion of the montage is chronological." Watch below. (via Rope of Silicon)

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/20/14 10:03:19 AM

'Divergent' DP: Lenses Are Cinematographers' Prime Tools in Digital Era

The crew of Divergent talk to ICG Magazine about turning Chicago into a post-apocalyptic landscape for the highly-anticipated new movie.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/20/14 10:03:59 AM

James Cameron Says He Was 'Too Conservative' with 3D on 'Avatar'

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Carolyn Giardina, James Cameron talks about what he sees as the future of 3D and its use in both narrative and documentary films. "I was probably too conservative on Avatar, and I’m going to open up my depth more on the Avatar sequels," he says. "I think a lot of filmmakers come to it, maybe pressured by the studios or genuinely wanting to do it, but as directors we are so used to having to know the answer ahead of time. You have to have the confidence to ask questions...I want filmmakers to embrace this technology and this art form." He also predicts a comeback for 3D TV once glasses-free technology permeates the market. Watch below and read more here.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/20/14 10:03:07 AM

See First Footage from the Apertus Axiom Alpha

Apertus have released the first footage from their anticipated open-source camera, the Axiom Alpha. They write: Please note that this footage contains the first basically unprocessed raw (not in original bayer pattern though) image samples ever recorded with the Axiom Alpha prototype. Whilst this is a major milestone, it represents only our first step through the door and into the beginning of the actual tweaking. Also keep in mind that this is TEST footage not captured with the intent to showcase the capabilities of the camera but rather to proof that it is working at all. While we think you can already see some potential in the image quality the video is simply NOT meant to be beautiful yet. As it stands, the video signal output from the Axiom Alpha still carries some flaws. Let's take a look at them in detail:

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/19/14 11:03:25 AM

New Technology Allows for Virtual Camera Positions During Live-Action Events

Replay Technologies has developed the technology that allows for a virtual shot extrapolated from multiple cameras set up around a point like, for example, a tennis match. Explains RedShark News, "This really is the start of the ability to specify your camera position in post. This is massive. It's as big as the jump from still to moving images. Imagine the cost savings if you can 'fly' a virtual camera round a real film set, just like you can in a GCI animation. You won't have to put cameras on cranes, and your moves can go anywhere, in any direction, as smoothly as you could possibly hope for." Watch it in action below and read the full story here.

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/19/14 11:03:13 AM

Watch a Supercut Showing the Evolution of Movie Cameras

The 4-minute supercut by Bob Joyce found below is an ode to the evolution of the movie camera. It was created for the Society of Camera Operators 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards and shows everything from the Lumière Brothers' early apparatus to Google Glass--along with some of the most classic scenes filmed with them. Watch below. (via Filmmaker Magazine)