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Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut on Camera Tests and the Joy of Older Lenses

1 hour ago

I first saw cinematographer Shane Hurlbut speaking at a trade show held in New York City in 2010 hosted by Canon. Hurlbut had just finished shooting Act of Valor, shot predominately using the Canon 5D Mark II, and he burst on stage with enough energy to power the building. At the time I wrote that he was “loud, in your face, cracking jokes while dashing about the stage,” but it was also clear he had a passion both for the gear and for sharing information. Since then Hurlbut has lensed the pictures Deadfall, Need for Speed, and the currently in […] »

- Michael Murie

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Watch: Manakamana Mergings, A Video by Kevin B. Lee

19 hours ago

When I wrote about Manakamana last year, I noted that it’s a bit disorienting, more so than the “11 rides in a cable car” premise suggests: The car can go up or down and its passengers can sit facing the direction they’re going or with their back toward it, affecting the camera’s placement opposite. Even before considering the number onboard, that’s four variables that make orientation — knowing what to anticipate in the background, which posts will be passed with a clang at what time, whether a village mid-way through the journey will be visible on the left or right, […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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Euro-Pudding and Look Books: Takeaways from Day One at Ifp’s Filmmaker Conference

15 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

After sitting through the majority of the New Narratives presentations on day one of the Filmmaker Conference at Ifp Film Week, my brain is almost too awash with content to compile anything but a listicle. From conversations with cinematographers like Reed Morano and producers like Mynette Louie to an Obvious Child case study and Kevin B. Lee’s mini-keynote, here is a handful of the major takeaways I gleaned from yesterday’s Conference. 1. For co-productions, don’t assume hiring local crew is the cheapest option. Arriving to the Icelandic set of Land Ho!, producers Mynette Louie and Sara Murphy realized they were sharing ground with a slightly larger production: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Ibc 2014: A Big Show for Sony and Blackmagic

15 September 2014 6:45 AM, PDT

Ibc is the European equivalent of Nab, and one of the few times lots of manufacturers are announcing and updating products. This show has seen some big news, particularly from Sony and Blackmagic. Sony Pxw-FS7 Sony made a huge splash with the Pxw-FS7. This camera slots in between their Nex-FS700 and the Pmw-F5, and while it has the same E-mount as the Nex-FS700 it is a very different camera. Sony has almost completely rethought their design, intending this one for the documentary and news shooter, and focusing on making it shoulder useable without the addition of a rig. The key […] »

- Michael Murie

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