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Beyond 4K Buzz & Trends

DP Joaquin Sedillo, ASC Shoots YouTube Red’s Step Up: High Water with VariCam 35s

DP Joaquin Sedillo, ASC Shoots YouTube Red’s Step Up: High Water with VariCam 35s

Created by writer/director/producer Duane Adler, the Step Up film franchise, which consists of five films, has made over $650 million at the worldwide box office. The latest project, Step Up: High Water, is a dance drama series that is currently streaming on YouTube Red. Produced by Lionsgate Television, the show follows the students and faculty of High Water, Atlanta’s most competitive performing arts school. The ten-episode series was shot by cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo, ASC (Scream Queens, Glee, Veronica Mars) with Panasonic VariCam 35 cinema cameras.

LGBT romance selected by both SXSW and Slamdance — The Things You Think I'm Thinking

LGBT romance selected by both SXSW and Slamdance — The Things You Think I'm Thinking

SXSW nominated film, The Things You Think I'm Thinking, directed by Sherren Lee, tells the raw story of a black burn-survivor and amputee (Prince Amponsah) who goes on a date with a regularly-abled man (Jesse LaVercombe). When they decide to go back to his apartment, he must face his fears as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident ten years ago. 

LIVE X Pushes the Boundaries of Live Streaming with the Help of Vinten Vantage and μVRC

LIVE X Pushes the Boundaries of Live Streaming with the Help of Vinten Vantage and μVRC

At Live X, we’re all about producing memorable and captivating live broadcast and streaming events for global brand leaders. We offer comprehensive solutions, from creative concept development, video and graphic design, and animation, to live production encoding and streaming. Our team is well known for its experience in delivering platform-agnostic, high-profile live streams such as the Democratic National Convention, and I originated the New Years’ Eve live webcast from Time Square in 2009 – a show I’ve been doing for 17 consecutive years. Day-to- day, we keep busy producing segments for clients like Vox Media and Daily Burn 365, for which our six-person team produces two concurrent web-based, live fitness shows every morning.

 

The Sports Shooter's "Bucket List"

The Sports Shooter's "Bucket List"

Let me ask you a question. Do you have a must have or favorite piece of gear when you get out the door to a sports production? You and I already know that answer don’t we? It is a resounding YES of course. Production is hard enough, so when we can get that gear either as a purchase or rental we know and love (most of the time) it makes the day go easier. So whether you are one hand held or in a big truck here are some of my favorites that you might just see on my shoots and a lot of others.

ARRI LAUNCHES LARGE-FORMAT CAMERA SYSTEM

ARRI LAUNCHES LARGE-FORMAT CAMERA SYSTEM

• A complete new system: ALEXA LF camera, ARRI Signature Prime lenses, and LPL lens mount. 
• Intimate and emotionally engaging images with an immersive, three-dimensional feel, pulling the viewer in. 
• Compatible with existing lenses, accessories, and workflows. 

4K Opinions & Interviews

DP Benjamin Gaskell Shoots the Latest Installment of the Witness Project Documentary Series with a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

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In late 2015, Smock Media, a Venice Beach-based film and VR production company, and the Victims of Communism (VOC), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, came together and started The Witness Project. DP Benjamin Gaskell was brought on to tackle the first episode of the second installment, which would set the tone for the rest of the documentary series. The episode focused on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, and her story.

Q What challenges were associated with shooting? Did you have a hard time landing any shots?

A My favorite filming location was on a remote hill that had these beautiful rolling hills of golden wheat. It was quite a logistical challenge to work effectively in the space, and I had a lot of concerns while we were location scouting about making it work. However our skillful producer J.P. Mandarino was instrumental in putting together a plan that made the whole experience a very efficient operation. It was one of those shooting days where the crew had such a good time working in a beautiful location capturing a meaningful story that you could almost feel the disappointment when we called wrap. If only every shooting day was like that! haha! Another moment that stands out to me was towards the end of our first half-day filming together. We ended up shooting past golden hour and deep enough into civil twilight that our overall ambient light levels required me to push the camera to 1600 ISO to get proper exposure. I’ll be honest about the fact that I was nervous about how the grain structure wouldn’t match, however I was pleasantly surprised at how the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K performed. The color rendition and noise pattern of our twilight footage matched up really well with the rest of the project’s look and tone. It’s a nice feeling knowing that you don’t always have compromise the quality of an established look or aesthetic in order to get enough footage in the can at the end of the day. When you work with good crew and the right equipment you can do almost anything.

Taking a Look at Upcoming 4K Video Trends

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StarTech takes a look at upcoming 4K video trends including how it's being adopted, what barriers exist, true 4K ecosystem and more.

Learn more about StarTech at: www.startech.com.

Q How is 4K Being Adopted and Proliferated?

A 4K technology opens a world of possibilities for content creation and consumption. 4K UHD augments the viewing experience in applications like entertainment, digital signage, education, sports, surveillance, games and medical applications. Native 4K resolution is significantly better in resolving detail, allowing closer, more immersive viewing and scales down to 2K output with a higher quality picture than if created in 2K. An entire industry has emerged to enable a truly end-to-end 4K ecosystem - from capture, production, initial distribution, and secondary distribution to consumers. Consumer electronics equipment manufacturers, in particular, are embracing this revolutionary display technology and are the driving force behind making 4K mainstream.

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