The videos posted by Gav and Dan (who’s currently MIA), AKA The Slow Mo Guys, are always visually very appealing. But for me, they’re at their most interesting when the video is about something that’s actually related to photography or filmmaking. And while this video, which explains the inner workings of a 16mm movie film camera is shot at a rather modest 1,000 frames per second, it’s no less mesmerising and interesting than the crazy 100K+ fps stuff they usually post.
For those of you who still enjoy shooting film, here comes interesting news from Lomography. The company has just announced the LomoChrome Metropolis XR 100–400, the first new color film in more than five years. Lomography explains that it “pays homage the mother of all colors: black,” giving your photos a unique look and feel.
Earlier this year, Kodak showed the world that it has no plans of burying its storied history as a manufacturer of cinematic film. In addition to releasing a Super 8 camera, they also managed to get six major studios to purchase enough filmstock to help Kodak keep its plant operating.
It appears though that their efforts haven’t stopped there though. Kodak has decided to team up with Kickstarter to create an artist initiative that will help support cinematographers who are interested in shooting analogue film in the 35mm and Super 16mm varieties.[Read More…]
It’s been forty five years since Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first two men to walk on the moon. The more unbelievable fact for us, however, is that apparently had cameras that could run at five hundred frames per second back then, as well.
For thirty seconds, the launch of Apollo 11 was filmed by a camera on location at 500 FPS. The ending result was a stretched out to about eight minutes, and gave us one of our sharpest looks ever at the launch of a spacecraft. Obviously, the content shown is a breathtaking sight on its own, but I really found myself focusing on the aesthetics of the video itself after a few repeat views. How amazing is it that we’re able to see footage this sharp, fluid, and clear from 1969? Shot originally on 16MM film, the film was spotlessly converted to HD for us to be able to view online. Check it out for yourself, and stick around for the commentary by Spacecraft Films‘ Mark Gray. For a video that lasts just under ten minutes, what you learn for nearly its entire duration is half of the enjoyment.
Seriously though. With just how expensive film should have been at that point, NASA must actually have been receiving sufficient funding back then.