Fujifilm Receives Academy Award® for Its Contribution to Motion Pictures

At a special awards dinner held in Los Angeles on February 11, 2012. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honor people and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures. FUJIFILM RECORDING FILM for Digital Separation ETERNA-RDS 35mm Type 4791 (PET) is a black and white film intended for making archival black and white separations from color digital masters. This film is designed for a digital separation workflow using a film recorder. ETERNA-RDS offers a significant improvement over conventional non-specific separation film stock, producing finer detail, accurate gradation linearity, improved granularity and sharpness with reduced flare.

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How to Make Your Laptop and Even Your Desktop Faster with SSD for Film/Video Applications

Solid State Drives have been around for a while! The fact that there are no moving parts (e.g. like a hard drive mechanics) makes them ideal for use in storing footage for cameras and audio files for recordings. Why not utilize them in your computer! Well, the price is still an issue!

There is definitely evidence that upgrading an old laptop hard drive to SSD can improve the speed. Also, I have found that if you run your programs on an SSD, it will give you a faster boot time since the read is much faster due to not having moving parts. This is also useful in the field where you are transporting computers and the risk of damaging your laptop’s HD becomes less.

See this link for a comparison test.

I was told by a colleague and a professional broadcast editor/tech person that having an SSD for your desktop and then assigning it for cache in editing and compositing programs (also color correction) can really give your system a boost. It doesn’t hurt to update the graphics card as well since most of the new programs utilize the GPU power more and more.

Oh, technology! You’re a never ending money pit 🙂

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Ring Soft Light for the DSLR

A ring light is a circular light with a hole in the center for a camera’s lens to fit through. It was originally invented in 1952 by a dentist in order to take close up photos of his patients’ teeth and gums – and ring lights are still used for this purpose today.

It was adopted by fashion photographers and soon became a favorite of filmmakers during the DSLR boom! The advantages of this rig are it’s light weight profile, soft light output, charged battery powered, and it attaches conveniently to a DSLR rig.

Rosco offers the DSLR version of this light in their new line up! I’ve used them and am very happy with the results!

photo and video courtesy of Rosco

 

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A Film Festival With No Cinemas in Town!!!

 

The Whitley Bay Film Festival is known for it’s resourcefulness to be a rare festival with no cinemas!

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The DSLR Cinematography Guide

I was really impressed by this site and it’s information on DSLR cameras and their  operation! There is a great book by the host of the site and I was referred to this page by a colleague who teaches DSLR  technology to his students at K-12 level! WWW (wow, where were) you when I was in high school 🙂

http://nofilmschool.com/dslr/

The information about the lenses, accessories, rigs, recording, and post are very useful. I highly recommend it for beginning and intermediate level students and enthusiasts to check it out.

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Kodak Vision 3 5ooT

In the last Green Ninja Episode 2, we decided to shoot Kodak’s 35mm Vision 3 500T. We used the ARRI 435 with Panavision lenses.

VISION3 500T Film gives one more control and flexibility at every phase of the filmmaking process in both digital and traditional workflows. VISION3 500T Film retains the overall look and image structure of KODAK VISION2 Films—then adds a host of improvements. The new Dye Layering Technology (DLT) gives one noticeably reduced grain in shadows, so you can push the boundaries of exposure further and still get excellent results. And when scanning low-light scenes, VISION3 500T Film yields higher signal-to-noise ratios for unprecedented image quality. It also posses extended highlight latitude which gives one greater flexibility when lighting extreme situations, and lets you pull even more detail out of highlights. ~ Kodak

With the right telecine and color timing at CO3 NYC, it is magnificent looking on HD!

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