Beyond 4K Buzz & Trends
Carlo Rinaldi, AIC recreates a horrific event for The Haunting of Sharon Tate with VariCam LTs
This summer marks the 50thanniversary of one of Los Angeles’ most notorious murder cases. The Haunting of Sharon Tate follows 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate (Hilary Duff), a rising star about to have her first baby with her husband, director Roman Polanski. Fraught by terrifying dreams, Tate’s worst nightmares come to life with the appearance of Charles Manson and his deadly cult. The horror/thriller feature film was directed by Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening) and shot by cinematographer Carlo Rinaldi, AIC with VariCam LT cinema cameras.
Cornerstone Technologies Delivers Live Coverage of Concerts, Corporate Events with AK-UC3000 4K/HD Cameras
Cornerstone Technologies, LLC, (American Fork, UT), a full-service production company specializing in multi-camera live coverage of major concerts, corporate events and more, has outfitted its production truck with six Panasonic AK-UC3000 4K/HD studio/field camera systems and four AW-HE130 FHD pan/tilt/zoom cameras.
Does 4K Really Enhance the Viewing Experience?
2018 saw the demand for 4K production equipment grow among broadcasters. At the same time, 8Kbegan to pop up in conversations about “what’s next.” But, with 4K content becoming ubiquitous, thereis increasingly the question of whether it can truly deliver on its promise of generating and maintainingviewer engagement.
What The Heck is 8K?
I work in the Video world. I own a Production company. I recently bought a 4K television; a Samsung 65” curved UHD TV. And I love it! But the latest rumor in our business is 8K is coming… but do we need it? Or even want it? According to Will Greenwald of PC Magazine (pcmag.com), 8K televisions are at least a year away from being available in America. Even then, they will be anything but affordable for the typical consumer. And, more importantly, will there be any programming for them?
Beck Gets Big Budget Look for Indies with Schneider FF-Primes
Cinematographer Adam Beck is always working. In addition to lensing commercials and shooting professional ice hockey, this year alone he’s shot three indie features – Camp Twilight, Booze and Broads and Blackjack – and just finished his latest, Killer Rose. On each project, Beck chose Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes, to create a distinctive look. “I constantly hear from producers that the visuals look as if our budgets were two to three times the amount they were,” says Beck. “Much of that credit goes to the crew for their hard work and dedication, but the lenses along with the lighting, also played a big part in giving us a look and feel that is associated with higher budget films.
DP Joe Callahan Shoots Wildlife Documentary in India with AU-EVA1 5.7K Cinema Camcorders
Shooting with Panasonic AU-EVA1 5.7K cinema cameras, Director of Photography Joe Callahan has completed principal photography on a feature-length documentary about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in India. The documentary, aiming for premium festival berths, profiles the pioneering work of Wildlife SOS, a worldwide organization dedicated toprotecting and conserving India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth.
Panasonic Exhibiting 4K AV Solutions Designed to Captivate Congregations at 2018 WFX Conference and Expo
Panasonic Systems Solutions Company of North America will feature a wide range of 4K visual, 4K professional imaging and audio solutions for houses of worship at the WFX Conference and Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The EQ1 Series 4K Professional Displays, PT-RZ120U 1-Chip DLP™ SOLID SHINE Laser Projector, AW-UE150 4K 60p Professional PTZ Camera, AW-RP150 Touchscreen Remote Camera Controller, AK-UC4000 4K HDR and HD Slow Motion Camera System and RAMSA Audio Speakers will all be featured at Booth #501 from November 14-15, 2018.
DP Greg Wilson and TV Tech Managers employ VariCam LTs with CineLive for Karate Combat: One World
Karate Combat was founded to promote the sport of Karate worldwide by creating the first professional, full-contact league. Held on the 102nd floor Observation Deck of New York City’s One World Trade Center, Karate Combat: One World took place on September 27th and was broadcasted live through Karate Combat’s website, www.Karate.com. The sports event was shot by cinematographer Greg Wilson with the support from TV Tech Managers on VariCam LTs set up for CineLive. Released in early 2018, VariCam LT’s Ver. 6.0 firmware enables broadcast shading and multi-camera control plus tally and return video management to the cinema camera. This allows a production to create a cinematic look with excellent low-light performance for live and near-live productions.
Panasonic AW-HE130, AW-HE2 FHD Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras Support Live Production/Streaming at Esports Arena at Las Vegas’ Luxor Hotel and Casino
More than two dozen Panasonic pan/tilt/zoom cameras are playing key roles in live production at the Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, the first permanent Esports venue on The Strip. The camera models are the AW-HE130 three-chip and AW-HE2 compact FHD PTZs.
DP Ben Kutchins Captures Netflix series Ozark With VariCam 35 Cameras
Ozark, created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, is an American drama/crime series that tells the story of a financial planner, Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), who is forced to relocate his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes awry. To make amends with a powerful drug cartel, Byrde is forced to operate a much larger money laundering operation, which he runs with local criminals. The critically acclaimed Netflix series, now in its second season, is shot by cinematographer Ben Kutchins (The Dangerous Book for Boys, Crown Heights) with Panasonic VariCam 35 cameras.
DP Vanja Černjul, ASC, HFC Captures Warner Bros. Feature, Crazy Rich Asians, in 4K RAW With VariCam Pure
Crazy Rich Asiansis a romantic comedy-drama film, which is based on the best-selling novel by KevinKwan,and tells the story of an Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend's family, only to find out they are one of the richest families in Singapore. The Warner Bros film was directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2,G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and features an all Asian cast, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, and many others. It is the first Hollywood studio film to feature Asians in leading roles since director Wayne Wang’s 1993 film,The Joy Luck Club.
Sony’s FS5 Goes to New Heights for Breathing on Everest
MyBreathing on Everestjourney kicked off less than a year out of University when my friend and frequent collaborator Meredith Gaito came to me with an idea she knew most other people would call too ambitious or downright crazy. A year and a half later I have been to Nepal twice filming at the base camp of Mount Everest for what has become a deeply personal documentary.