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DP Kramer Morgenthau, ASC Shoots HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 On VariCam

DP Kramer Morgenthau, ASC Shoots HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 On VariCam

Written during the McCarthy era and published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, is set in a society where books are outlawed and firemen are charged with burning them. The novel has had many adaptations, most famously in François Truffaut’s 1966 film, which starred Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.

Ha Phuong Talks Finding Julia

Ha Phuong Talks Finding Julia

Ha Phuong, a petite dynamo with a huge heart and a big name in her native Vietnam is now a deeply entrenched New Yorker. Living there, she is more determined than ever to help make the world a better place, inspired by her upbringing in Vietnam as well as her love for her two precious daughters, Diana Phuong Chu, 8, and Angelina Tieu Phuong Chu, 6. She answered a few questions about her film Finding Julia.

Behind-the-Scenes on the Portland Indie Feature “Pretty Broken”

Behind-the-Scenes on the Portland Indie Feature “Pretty Broken”

When her father goes missing during a mountaineering expedition, Lindsey Lou (Jillian Clare) sets out to find him – only, she’s the least qualified candidate to do so. “Pretty Broken” follows Lindsey’s journey as she struggles with the loss of her father, and deals with how life and family can be challenging (and funny). Directed by Brett Eichenberger, the film recently premiered at Newport Beach Film Festival. 

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. 

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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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Leica Cine Lenses Take Top Honors at Cannes Film Festival

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URSA Broadcast and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Installed at NOW Church

URSA Broadcast and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Installed at NOW Church Fremont, CA - June 7, 2018 - Blackmagic Design today announced that Ocala, Florida-based NOW Church has installed an URSA Broadcast professional broadcast camera, ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K live production switcher and ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel hardware control panel. The products will be used to help capture 4K footage of NOW Church’s high energy worship and concert like productions, as well as interviews, video announcements, and music segments viewed by its global audience.

AJA Introduces Hi5-12G and HA5-12G Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2018

AJA Introduces Hi5-12G and HA5-12G Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2018 Simplifies Conversion Between 4K/UltraHD HDMI 2.0 and 12G-SDI, with Options to Extend Signals up to 10km Over a Single Fiber Link Las Vegas, NV, NAB Conference, Stand C3960 (June 6, 2018)— At InfoComm 2018, AJA announced Hi5-12G, a new 12G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 Mini-Converter, and HA5-12G, an HDMI 2.0 to 12G-SDI Mini-Converter, each available in three model configurations, with or without Fiber SFPs. The new Mini-Converters streamline the transmission of high resolution, high frame rate and deep…

Key Code Media Introduces New Key Code Education Division

Key Code Media Introduces New Key Code Education Division Live and Post Production Training and Certification Programs Key Code Media is proud to announce Key Code Education, a production training division, providing vendor-certified training, industry certifications, and advanced engineering programs. “At the heart of Key Code Education is the desire to provide content creators and broadcast engineers an easier path to succeed with software, hardware, and creative tools. We can't wait to see you at the Key Code Education facility located in…