It was three years ago, in 2015 when Canon released the EOS C300 Mark II. It came with some pretty significant advantages over the original EOS C300 cinema camera. But it’s time to start thinking about another refresh. And that’s exactly what Canon Rumors says is happening in 2019. But that C300 Mark III refresh may include the option of an 8K sensor.
It probably isn’t what people were expecting when Canon recently announced they were focusing on mirrorless. And it almost certainly isn’t the camera recently rumoured to be out testing with pro photographers. But Canon has announced their first full frame mirrorless camera. The C700 FF cinema camera, that is.
Yeah, ok, so all cinema cameras are mirrorless, really, but this one contains a 5.9K, relatively huge (compared to Super 35mm) full frame 35mm sensor. It works with EF, PL and anamorphic lenses, and if you’re using Canon EF lenses, you even get Dual Pixel autofocus. Canon announced the new camera along with a 10 minute video going over its features.
Last year, Netflix announced that it had acquired the rights to the Ed Harris flick, Kodachrome. It details the journey of a man and his son racing to develop several rediscovered rolls of Kodachrome film before the last lab capable of doing it shuts down. Looking at the trailer, Ed Harris’ character is his usual cantankerous old self. A bit like the one he plays in Westworld, with a little Grumpy Old Men thrown in for good pleasure.
It’s not often that you see a small company challenge the likes of Zeiss. It’s even less common to see one actually beat them in comparative tests. But that’s exactly what Veydra have done in some new tests from the folks at LensRentals. For those unfamiliar with Veydra, it was only just over three years ago that they were seeking funding on Kickstarter for their new line of compact Micro Four Thirds cinema lenses.
The prices for Kickstarter backers were very low considering the quality people hoped for. Even now that they’re on general sale, they’re still substantially cheaper than Zeiss CP.2 series lenses. Now also available in Sony APS-C E Mount, these small, less expensive lenses seem to be the way for many video shooters to go.
For those who’ve never seen it, the YouTube channel Every Frame a Painting it’s run by Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos. They dissect movies. But not in the way many other channels do. They talk more about the psychological, metaphorical, symbolic and emotional side of movies, rather than the technical.
It truly is a gem. I mean, to amass more than 1.3 million subscribers with only 28 videos, the majority of which each have over a million views, they must be doing something right. Right? We’ve even featured their videos here on DIYP in the past. Well, the channel’s been quiet for a while, and now they’re officially calling it quits.
I’m a sucker for old glass. Whether for stills or video, I’ve always been a big believer that the lens plays a massive part in getting “the film look”. It’s why I often shoot video and stills with old M42 and Nikon Ai-S lenses. Older glass just has character that modern lenses do not. Modern lenses are too perfect, too clinical.
In this video, DP Jody Eldred visits filmmaker Todd Fisher (brother of Carrie) to test out some of cinema’s most famous lenses. Or at least, lenses that shot some of its most famous movies, including The Godfather, The Shining and Casablanca. He tests each of them with a Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K, to see just how much of an effect each lens has on the image.
Netflix has acquired the photography themed drama, Kodachrome in a deal worth $4 million. Starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen, it’s set during the final days of Kodachrome’s processing availability.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday at the Princess of Wales Theatre. It follows a father-son road trip to reach a Kansas photo lab before its doors close for good. If they don’t get there in time, then it’s never going to happen (in theory).
Even since Ferris Bueller, the post-credit scene has become something that viewers have looked forward to from many movies. Recently, it’s commonly used (especially by Marvel) to tease a potential sequel or follow up movie. But to be able to watch them without waiting for them to appear on YouTube, you have to sit through all the credits. These credits list hundreds of names, but what do they all do? And what does “Best Boy” actually mean?
This video from John Hess at Filmmaker IQ is here to demystify them. It’s a very comprehensive breakdown of who does what and where everybody sits in the hierarchy. He explains the overall structure, as well as the different regulations governing how certain sections must laid out. John also talks about some of the differences between the credits in movies and TV shows.
When Sigma announced last September that it was to produce cinema lenses more than a few eyebrows were raised. With Sigma’s recent improvements and high standard of Art series photography lenses, it people got quite excited, too. The first to be released were the 18-35mm and 50-100mm T2 zooms for Super 35mm (APS-C) sized sensors. This was followed up in April with five full frame 35mm primes.
Now their initial 8 lens lineup is complete, now that the Sigma 24-35mm T2.2 has been announced. It’s a full frame lens available in both Sony E and Canon EF mounts designed for shooting 6K and 8K footage. As a cinema lens it offers a long focus ring rotation of 180 degrees with manual iris control. It also contains all the necessary connections to pass information along for the camera’s metadata.
Kodak was on the brink of death. Thanks to a number of die hard high profile filmmakers, though, Kodak film was saved. They lobbied studios in 2014 to place long-term orders with Kodak in order to keep the company alive. Three years on, and Kodak is still finding it difficult for productions and filmmakers to find locations to process the film. PDN reports that Kodak is working to solve that problem.
They’ll build, lease and partner with facilities in major cities around the world to process its motion picture film. The latest deal is a new 5 year lease on part of the Ken Adam Building at Pinewood Studios in the UK. Pinewood studios has been the base of many productions over the years from TV shows to big budget films. The James Bond franchise began here. More recently, X-Men, Captain America, Harry Potter and Doctor Strange.