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Tokina Cinema ATX Lenses
Tokina are highly regarded in the photographic world for producing high quality lenses which compete with those of the major manufacturers. Now Tokina turn their attention to the world of cinematography. Their range of cinema lenses currently features 3 zoom lenses: * 11-16mm T3 Wideangle Zoom Lens * 16-28mm T3 Wideangle Zoom Lens * 50-135mm T3 Telephoto Zoom Lens There is talk that another mid-range zoom will soon be available to complete the range. The Tokina cinema lenses feature separate smooth iris and focus controls, clear lens markings, these are built for 4K, minimal breathing of the image when focusing. and are available in PL, Canon EF, and Micro Four Thirds mounts.
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MARYANN BRANDON & MARY JO MARKEY - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII EDITORS (PART 2)
Watch part 1 of the interview with Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey: http://tinyurl.com/q6zfs9k Recorded at IBC 2014, this interview with the 2 editors of Star Wars: Episode VII, provides a revealing insight into what goes on inside the cutting room of feature film blockbusters at the highest level. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey have co-edited many films together and have also worked independent of each other. Feature films they have worked together on include: * Star Wars: Episode VII (in production) * Star Trek into Darkness (2013) * Star Trek (2009) * Super 8 (2011) * Mission Impossible 3 (2006) This interview is Part 2 of a 2 part series.
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Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey - Star Wars: Episode VII editors (Part 1)
Watch part 2 of the interview with Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey: http://tinyurl.com/l4bdmxj Recorded at IBC 2014, this interview with the 2 editors of Star Wars: Episode VII, provides a revealing insight into what goes on inside the cutting room of feature film blockbusters at the highest level. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey have co-edited many films together and have also worked independent of each other. Feature films they have worked together on include: Star Wars: Episode VII (in production) Star Trek into Darkness (2013) Star Trek (2009) Super 8 (2011) Mission Impossible 3 (2006) This interview is Part 1 of a 2 part series.
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RODNEY CHARTERS: BM POCKET CAMERA, 4K ACQUISITION & ALEXA

25/11/2014 - Rodney Charters, highly regarded director and cinematographer, talks about using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera side-by-side with an Alexa, what 4K acquisition means in "his" world as a high-end cinematographer, and his love for the Alexa, and what it makes this camera special. Rodney is fascinating to listen to. His wisdom of years of working with film and digital shine through and the sparkle in his eyes say that he is just as much in love with the craft as when he began. A huge thanks to Rodney for taking the time record this interview! **Rodney Charters Biography** On April 1 2004 Rodney Charters was invited to become an Active Member of the American Society of Cinematographers. This invitation to the ASC is a great priviledge and honour, as well as a prestigious hallmark in his career as a cinematographer. Rodney grew up as the son of a small town photographer on the coast of New Zealand -- a place recently made famous by Tom Cruise, whose residence in New Plymouth for 5 months during the making of "The Last Samurai," has propelled the inhabitants into a Hollywood inspired state of euphoria. But they had always been a community of film lovers and Charters as a young boy starred in several of his fathers 16mm dramas made with the assistance of Roy's partner Rowan Guthrie and the New Plymouth Film Society. Charters grew up in the darkroom of his fathers studio, "Charters and Guthrie Photograhers", with the smell of hypo, developer, and the allure of the enlarger. Inspired by his fathers love of movies, he took up the camera early. He quickly progressed to his fathers Bolex, and made his first film "Film Exercise" at the, University of Auckland. This short, which played to acclaim at the Sydney Film Festival, garnered Rodney a place at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, where Charters' fellow students included such names as Directors: Tony Scott, Richard Longcraine, and D.P. Stephen Goldblatt A.S.C. Upon graduation, Charters worked briefly on commercials while living in London. Immediately following a short stint in the US, Charters was chosen to work on documentaries in Toronto for a Canadian Network. He spent 15 years traveling the world -- shooting on location in such exotic spots as 5 months in the jungles of South America and 4 months in the Soviet Union during the cold war. Charters eventually moved into the world of drama after Toronto DP Mark Irwin A.S.C. tapped him to shoot Second Unit on a Toronto based feature called "Youngblood". Charters returned briefly to documentaries and after winning a Canadian Genie for best cinematography he turned full time to Drama. As a self taught Mac guru, Rodney has embraced the remarkable changes taking place in the technological side of how movies are made. Working on some of the very first morphs to make it to the big screen with VFX Supervisor Jeff Okun on the the picture "Sleepwalkers" he learned to transform humans into cats and Chevy's into Fords. After several years of American TV work in Toronto and Vancouver, Charters made the move to the US for Don Johnson's first season of "Nash Bridges". Charters continued to work steadily on numerous TV Drama's, and several Feature Films which he lensed during this period. As a DGA member for several years he has directed 11 hours of episodic TV including 2 episodes of "24". However, in recent years, the vast majority of Charters work has been as a D.P. in Episodic TV. Charters spends the bulk of his hiatus, doing either small Features, or TV Movies, which allow a nice break from the schedule of TV Drama. Currenty, Charters is the DP on the highly successful Award winning Fox series "24", which stars Kiefer Sutherland. He is inspired by his wife Gillian, and 3 wonderful children: May, Jasmin, and Robin who are all devoted to the love of filmmaking. http://www.rodneycharters.com
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25 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Behind The Scenes

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20 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Camcorder Reviews

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View News Major update includes 80 fps 4K recording, new 3:1 compressed RAW, frame guides, slow-mo playback, CFast formatting, scrolling menus and much more

19 Nov 2014 - Posted in: New Product Launches

AJA ANNOUNCES CION TO SHIP LATE DECEMBER

View News AJA's CION is an ergonomic and lightweight professional production camera, capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. CION offers in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs including ProRes 4444, and ProRes 422 up to 4K 60 fps, and offers the ability to output 4K AJA Raw data at up to 120 fps via 4x 3G...

13 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Behind The Scenes

BBC HIT DAYTIME DRAMA MOVING ON SHOT WITH BLACKMAGIC PRODUCTION CAMERA 4K

View News Blackmagic Design have announced that the long standing daytime drama Moving On has returned to BBC One for a new series and was filmed entirely on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

13 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

THE FOUNDRY ACQUIRES MADE WITH MISCHIEF

View News The Foundry have acquired a very cool company called Made with Mischief, founded by Sarah Frisken. Inspired by a consulting project she did with Disney Animation, Sarah created Mischief, a fun, easy-to-use pen-based sketching application for Mac and Windows.

12 Nov 2014 - Posted in: New Product Launches

DJI INSPIRE 1 DRONE ANNOUNCED WITH 4K RECORDING

View News DJI have announced the Inspire 1, a new drone which features a camera capable of 4K recording and the ability to fly indoors or outdoors. This revolutionary drone, priced at $3000 USD (approximately £2000 ex-vat) will be available in the UK in the coming weeks.

12 Nov 2014 - Posted in: New Product Launches

JVC LAUNCH 3 PROFESSIONAL 4K CAMCORDERS AND NEW REMOTE CAMERA HEAD SYSTEM

View News JVC have launched their new 4KCAM product line which is comprised of three new professional handheld camcorders and a remote head camera system. European pricing to follow very soon.

12 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

50% OFF ATOMOS CFAST 64GB WHEN PURCHASED WITH NINJA STAR UNTIL DEC. 31

View News Atomos have announced that from today up to December 31st 2014 customers will receive 50% off the usual price of the Atomos 64GB CFast card when purchased with a Ninja Star.

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HELP THE LA CREATIVE PRO USER GROUP UPGRADE THEIR PROJECTOR

View News The LA Creative Pro User Group, formerly know as LAFCPUG, has been instrumental in driving the digital video scene forward. Established in June 2000, this was one of the first of the Final Cut Pro User Groups - and has since evolved to cover all areas of production and all editing systems. Help the LA Creative Pro User Group replace their...

10 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

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View News Blackmagic Design have announced that Fusion 7, the worlds most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available completely free of charge, with a paid for version, Fusion 7 Studio, available for £635.

6 Nov 2014 - Posted in: New Product Launches

SONNET ANNOUNCES THUNDERBOLT PRO P2 MEMORY CARD READER

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View News Tele stream®has announced the immediate availability of Wirecast 6.0, the latest version of its popular live streaming software. Wirecast is the industry's only cross-platform, all-in-one live streaming production software that enables capture, live production and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms si...

5 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Software and Updates

DIGITAL FILM TOOLS RELEASES COMPOSITE SUITE PRO 2.0 AND ZMATTE 4.0

View News Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, today announced that its Composite Suite Pro v2.0 and zMatte v4.0 plug-ins now support the OFX plug-in format. The Foundrys Nuke visual effects software and Sony Vegas editing systems are qualified hosts.

5 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Software and Updates

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View News Digital Anarchy have released Flicker Freak, a free filter for adding flicker to video. It's difficult to make it as a serial killer these days if the lights are always on. Flicker Freak makes it possible to make lights malfunction without being an electrician. The lights appear to flicker on and off, creating an effect commonly seen in h...

4 Nov 2014 - Posted in: Behind The Scenes

INCREDIBLE GOPRO DRONE FOOTAGE OF ERUPTING VOLCANO

View News Incredible footage of an erupting volcano in Iceland. Phantom 2 quadcopters are used to capture viewpoints of an exploding magma caldera too dangerous to be approached by manned aircraft.
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