Digital color grading is the biggest thing to hit the motion picture industry of recent times. Until very recently, the way that films were put together and color timed at the film laboratory, hadn’t changed much since the beginning of the industry itself. Like everything else, it was only a matter of time before
Some cinematographers approach digital assignments as though they are merely lesser film shows. Tony Westman, CSC, is not one of them. Though he’s spent three decades shooting feature and television work on film, Westman embraces the immediacy and interactivity that digital cinematography offers him on every setup of
Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum (pictured above) loves a challenge. How do you make a two hour and 15 minute Star Wars epic—in this case, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith—look like it cost $200 million for half that amount? "And compete with anything else out there," he tells Digital Cinematography. "That's really
Bringing a graphic novel to film: It's an act of courage if you succeed, an act of stupidity if you fail. Fortunately for directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (who originated the graphic novel), the hard, stark look of Sin City puts this film in the courage category, in no small part due to Rodriguez' decision
Would you shoot your studio's first feature film using a brand new digital cinematography system—one that offers interesting visual and production possibilities but also the risks associated with any new application? This was the dilemma that recently confronted Stephanie Sinclaire, founder of UK studio Dragonfly
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The world of burlesque receives the reality show treatment in "Forty Deuce," Bravo's latest adult-themed mini-series. Like burlesque itself, a dance where the emphasis is on tease rather than strip, the show manages to titillate without revealing too much. Named "Forty Deuce" after the club it features, the four
It’s probably one of the most grueling road races in the history of the sport: a 40-hour, 1,000-mile ordeal that takes riders from Ensenada on the northern end of Baja California to La Paz at the peninsula’s southern tip. Hundreds of racers make the trek every year to drive over the rocky terrain in all sorts of
“Hustle & Flow” focuses on a small-time hustler and pimp in Memphis who is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. DJay is striving to become somebody before his time runs out. He's working all the angles, trying to record his first rap record while fending off the people who are trying to keep him down. A lyric in a
HDV productions are either 720p (1280x720 progressively scanned images) or 1080i (1920x1080 interlaced video). But which format is better? Let’s look at the arguments.
Proponents of 1080i say it’s the better format because it produces better graphic and text displays, plus it’s a known technology that’s CRT