For his latest installation, The Refusal of Time, artist William Kentridge fuses sculpture with digital video and multilayered soundscapes. The viewer stands within the artwork, surrounded by five video screens covering three walls, as well as a sculpture of a man holding a big megaphone, and a giant, wooden, audibly breathing elephant in the middle of the room. On the screens, separate but interwoven program material is accompanied by a multichannel music and sound score. The soundtrack includes music composed by Philip Miller, as well as spoken word, including Kentridge’s own voice projected from the megaphone, and, of course, the elephant’s breathing.
Creative Bloq gathers together 10 of the best and most creative examples of projection mapping from the past few years.
They write, "A few years ago video projection mapping was a fledgling artform, with a handful of noteworthy examples. Now, no building opening, product launch, award ceremony, or birthday party worth its salt would be seen without a head-turning projection."
Read the full story here.
A GoPro camera has survived a free-fall from an airplane (and an attack from a pig) and lived to show the tale.
The below video came from a camera that landed and was found in a pigpen. Read more here on The Verge.
Cinematographer Cybel Martin writes a love letter to camera movement and delves into reasons why directors should use them (and why they may not be).
She writes, "Of the film elements filed under cinematography, I believe camera movement is the strongest indicator of my director’s voice. Certainly lighting plays an important factor in storytelling, but it’s the nuances of the camera that, for me, give me a glimpse into the genius of a director: An Altman zoom. Spike dolly. Varda tracking. Tarkovsky slow pan. Spielberg combo push in / tilt up...If you are still in the stages of defining your aesthetic, I invite you to expand on how you evoke emotions from your audience via camera movement."
Read the full story here on Indiewire.
Richard Harrington and Amy DeLouise team up to bring you the Lynda video tutorial "The Art of Video Interviews."
The full 3-hour course goes over everything from logistics and research to equipment and post-production. Watch the "essential gear" section below and sign up to see the full course here.
Panasonic has released 4K sample footage from its upcoming GH4. The film was shot by Bryan Harvey, who says, "I chose the Yucatan, Mexico for this project because of its vibrant color palate - the intense turquoise blues of the Caribbean, juxtaposed with the whitest sand, and most vivid green jungle...and of course who could pass up the pink flamingos."
If Harvey was indeed going for vibrancy, all we can say is: mission accomplished. Watch below and see more videos about the camera here on PetaPixel.
Looking to encroach on GoPro's territory, Panasonic is showing off what its wearable HX-A100 camera can do by attaching it to 5 athletes in 5 different Winter Olympic disciplines: skeleton, mogul, curling, short track speed skating, and ice dancing.
The HX-A100 retails for $300.
Watch the videos below. (via Cinescopophilia)
Gizmodo delves into the specs of the upcoming Panasonic GH4, a mirrorless still camera capable of shooting 4K video.
They write, "Accessible 4K video shooting is still in its infancy, but it was only a matter of time before it started showing up in consumer cameras. The Panasonic GH line's history of robust video capability makes it a natural fit for 4K, and the new Lumix GH4 squeezes as much as it can into a familiar frame."
Read the full story here.
Erik Naso gushes about the newly announced Panasonic GH4.
He writes, "This camera is the first mirrorless stills hybrid that seems to be able to do it all. This one is amazing camera! 4K 10bit 4:2:2 out of the mini HDMI. Wow! You had me at 10bit! When you add the Panasonic LUMIX YAGH Interface Unit the GH4 turns into a uncompressed 4K camera with 3G SDI. This Pro Audio/Video Interface for LUMIX GH4 has the connections needed to turn the camera into a real high end 4K video broadcast camera with timecode out for a switcher and live multi camera switching. All this from a mirrorless camera."
Read the full story here.
Let's face it: most of us will probably never get to experience the strange, wondrous continent of Antarctica for ourselves. But here's a way to catch a glimpse of its otherworldly terrain without leaving the comforts of our own heated abodes.
Enrico Sacchetti's "The Seventh Continent" was shot with a helicopter flying over the frozen land mass. As The Atlantic puts it, the video "helps make sense of what the land mass is like—how the big white thing at the bottom of the Earth holds peaks, valleys, and an entire invisible geography. There are whole mountains down there!"
Watch below and read more here.
David Shapton of RedShark News has taken the much-anticipated Digital Bolex D16 for a spin, specifically focusing on testing the camera's low-light capabilities.
He writes, "The footage from our first day out with Digital Bolex's D16 brought the camera out into some rough shooting environments with a number of the shots being pushed after some harsh aperture splits. I wanted to see how the D16 acted under some more structured low light conditions. I ran two tests, and transcoded the picture straight out of the camera, no grading or corrections applied. The idea here was to get a sense of how the D16 treated shadows."
Watch below and read the full story here.
Gavin Heffernan returns to Joshua Tree for his latest time-lapse, which also features mesmerizing star trails.
He explains on his Vimeo page, "Star trails effect created with the natural rotation of the earth's axis, including the final shot, which circles around the North Star, creating "vortex" effect seen. STARSTAX used to merge pics. Used a Canon EOS 6D with a 24mm/1.4 lens -- exposures between 20 and 25 seconds, ISO between 3200 and 5000, f/2.8."
The surreal, ambient soundtrack is by Moby. Watch below.
JOSHUA TREE JOURNEY 4: RUINS from Sunchaser Pictures on Vimeo.
Wayne, NJ—JVC has just added two new models–the GY-HM890 and GY-HM850—to its line of shoulder-mount camcorders, with these latest additions also including built-in streaming capability, which allows transmission of images from the cameras in full HD through 4G LTE connectivity.
“We believe the future is with the live video streaming and FTP service fully integrated into the camera, as demonstrated with the new GY-HM890 and GY-HM850,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering at JVC Professional Products division. “With the recent advancements in 4G LTE availability and bandwidth, service providers can deliver reliable high-speed connections that can support HD streaming with a single modem. This technology is here now, and will continue to progress and improve.”
What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Apple's landmark Macintosh computer than by showing just how far its own technology has come? Apple's tribute spot to its revolutionary desktop was shot entirely on iPhones over the course of one day.
As they put it in the beginning of the video, "30 years ago we introduced Macintosh. It promised to put technology in the hands of the people."
Marcus O'Brien shot the below surfing video with a Canon 1DC and a MoVI M10, specifically demonstrating how the MoVI allows for super-stable footage even as its operator is walking amongst sea cliffs.
Watch it and a behind-the-scenes video below.
Zach Sutton of Tuts+ gives a quick quide to 6 specialty lenses: tilt shift, macro, ultra wide, fisheye, soft focus and specialized bokeh.
He writes, "Often, lenses in the photography community are similar in design. Each brand has similar focal length ranges and speeds for their popular lenses (all major brands make a 24-70mm and 70-200mm for example). However, many lenses are also specialized, with features such as macro and tilt shift. Here is a breakdown of six of these lenses and their practical purposes."
Read the full story here.
Over a year after Felix Baumgartner's groundbreaking "space jump," Red Bull and GoPro have finally released the first-person POV footage that Felix took as he plummeted down from 127,000 feet above earth.
Rina Stefano Tagliafeirro's short film "Beauty" animates classic paintings, almost creating cinegraphs out of them. The simple concept is executed with great care and makes for a mesmirizing series of moving images.
B E A U T Y - dir. Rino Stefano Tagliafierro from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro on Vimeo.