The Opening Ceremony of the 66th Festival de Cannes took place yesterday in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.
“Behind the Candelabra”
Steven Soderbergh won the Palme d’Or with his first film, “sex, lies and videotape” in 1989, and he’s back in the running for his final film, a Liberace story he made for HBO when he couldn’t get a studio to back it.
James Gray has competed at Cannes with “The Yards,” “We Own the Night” and “Two Lovers,” and is back with his historical drama set in New York in the 1920s, with a powerhouse cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix.
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joel and Ethan Coen won the Palme d’Or with “Barton Fink” 22 years ago, while “Fargo” and “The Man Who Wasn’t There” also picked up best-director awards at Cannes. They could mine a (typically twisted?) vein of nostalgia with this look at the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, with a lead character loosely based on Dave Van Ronk.
The fifth film from French director Arnaud Desplechin to screen in competition at Cannes, “Jimmy P.” stars Benicio del Toro as a Native American returning from World War II, and Mathieu Amalric as the therapist trying to help him adjust.
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is coming off the Oscar-winning “A Separation,” and making his Cannes debut with a French-language drama starring “A Separation” star Tahar Rahim and “The Artist” leading lady Berenice Bejo.
A member of the Cannes jury last year, Alexander Payne returns to a competitive slot for the first time since “About Schmidt” with his black-and-white road movie starring Will Forte and, in a performance already picking up heavy awards buzz, Bruce Dern.
“Only Lovers Left Alive”
Can a vampire movie win the Palme d’Or? Probably not, but in the hands of Jim Jarmusch (“Stranger Than Paradise,” “Mystery Train” and “Broken Flowers,” all of which won awards at Cannes) and a cast that includes Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, it can be stylish and unsettling.
“Un Chateau en Italie”
The only female director in the main competition (though four of the nine jurors are women), actress-turned-director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi has cast herself and her partner Filippo Timi in a dramatic comedy about family troubles.
Director Jia Zhangke uses four different stories to paint a picture of violence in modern China. With the country emerging as a key player in worldwide cinema, is it time for the first Chinese winner at Cannes in 20 years?
“Venus in Furs”
Roman Polanski is a lightning rod for controversy, but he’s also one of only three directors in competition (Soderbergh and the Coens being the others) who’s already won the Palme d’Or. Based on the play by David Ives, “Venus in Furs” deals with sexual obsession and sounds as if it could be dark and kinky.
“Le Dernier des Injustes”
Claude Lanzmann is known for a single film, “Shoah,” a monumental work documenting the Holocaust. So it’s big news when the 87-year-old director turns his sights on the topic again, as he does with this chronicle of the Theresienstadt ghetto, created by the Nazis to fool observers and hide their real plans for the Jews.
It was somewhat shocking when the new film from iconic filmmaker Claire Denis landed in Un Certain Regard rather than the main competition – but Jean-Luc Godard was in the same spot in 2010, so UCR is obviously amenable to both legends and newcomers.
“Seduced and Abandoned”
Director James Toback can be intriguing, annoying and challenging in equal measure, and he may well be all three at once with Cannes’ special screening of this film, a documentary about filmmaking, art, money and glamour shot by Toback and Alec Baldwin at last year’s Cannes.
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Metamorphosis, the changing face of media and entertainment was the theme for this year and the NABShow has maintained once more its rank as the world's largest electronic media event covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. "the NAB Show serves as the premiere event for content and communications professionals from around the globe," said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. "We're thrilled by the continued support from our exhibitors and attendees, and delighted that NAB Show's brand remains a powerful enabling force for technological advancement in media and entertainment."
One of the cameras is a DSLR that is destined to close the gap between high definition motion pictures and still photography with easiness of a DSLR. Described as “the embodiment of Sony's future development,” the concept camera and complementary lenses were not be previewed on the NAB show floor, and no other details were given, not even what resolution it would capture. Sony emphasized its 4K prowess at the event. “We're not bragging when we say Sony owns 4K just like we did with SD and HD,” said Phil Molyneux, president of Sony Electronics.
Shipping in July, the Pocket Cinema Camera is a highly compact and portable shooter compatible with MFT lenses from the likes of Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and Tamron, as well as pro cinema lenses via an MFT adapter. Other camera’s features include a 3.5-inch LCD, Micro HDMI out, external mic input, and SD card storage. Blackmagic says the camera contains most of the features of the larger Cinema Camera that was announced at last year’s NAB.
Angénieux Introduces its Optimo Anamorphic 56-152mm 2S Series Zoom Lens
Angénieux unveiled the first in its new anamorphic lens series represents an important step in Angénieux’s ongoing industry leadership in designing new optical technologies that enhance technique and creativity for Cinemascope production. The new lightweight Optimo Anamorphic56-152mm 2S (2x squeeze) Zoom Lens lends a film-like, dimensional character to images with lower distortion compared to typical anamorphic lenses.
“As an industry leader in zoom lens technology for film and digital production, we strive to develop optical innovations that enable cinematographers to bring their vision to the screen,” said Dominique Rouchon, Sales and Marketing Director, Thales Angénieux. “Our new Optimo Anamorphic56-152mm 2S Zoom Lens invites freedom of movement into the creative process with superior results, whether used in hand-held mode or on a Steadicam.”
MoVi is a new camera stabilization gear by Freefly, the maker of camera-drone equipment and stabilizers and since its release MoVi has created a buzz around the internet for the users of DSRL's and other lighter digital video cameras.
MoVI consists of a gimbal and 3-axis gyroscope that stabilizes the camera. The heart of the gimbal is Freefly’s proprietary high performance IMU and brush-less direct drive system. The gimbal is 100% custom designed in-house by Freefly engineering team.Freefly declares, no compromises were made to accommodate off-the-shelf brushless motors, motor drives or IMUs. Creating the gimbal from scratch has allow Freefly to precisely execute their vision for the next generation of stabilized camera gimbals and it is currently priced at $15,000, with a $7500 option coming in the near future.
VectorMount, A Vehicular Mounting Device
VectorMount for GoPro is a vehicular mounting device for your GoPro designed to dynamically rotate the camera(s) and create a richer, more stunning composition of video. A dynamic, smooth, rotating camera mount that uses the natural motions of the vehicle and airflow to sweep the camera view across a horizontal plane.As the vehicle moves forward in a straight line the camera mount points the camera view forward.
As the vehicle turns, a slide-weight assembly is affected by centrifugal force and causes the camera mount to swing, pointing the camera view into the direction of the turn, just as a driver would look into the direction of a turn. This creates an added dynamic to the video not captured by traditional static mounts.
You can use a single camera, or with the included silver 2X Conversion Kit, use two GoPro cameras and to grab the view behind your vehicle as well as the one in front. Following the action - and leading it too. This is the package highly preferred by drift & track racers to improve technique, study the competition, and capture the moment.
Flightcopter, A Sturdy Flying Drone
The Quadrocopter, Hexacopter and Octocopter frames are manufactured with the highest priority on functionality and reliability. We achieve this through rigorous flight t testing by our R&D team. All the frame systems can be easily assembled and disassembled using an unique "Plug-in-System"TM, which allows for easy and secure transportation. Within minutes the motor arms can be inserted, automatically aligned and secured. The "Plug-in-System"TM for the cantilever framework was invented and first used in 2009. It has been continuously improved upon upon for all practical and specif c flight situations.
The center plates are the centerpiece for various frame assembly options. The Hexacenterplates allow for the construction of a Y-Copter, Quadrocopter or Hexacopter. When using Octocenterplates a Quadro-, Hexa-, Octocopter can be assembled. During ordering you can choose a center plate, which will be securely mounted with either six or eight cantilever brackets. The motor mounts and the center plates are made of 2 mm carbon ber reinforced plastic (CFRP) . The controller cables are routed inside a 25 mm diameter carbon boom. For a safe and controlled flight, Flightcopter recommends Hacker and Kontronik engines.
Capture content in real-time directly from the camera sensor and encode it to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD formats, eliminating the lossy, time consuming capture-to-edit process. Bypass the image-degrading compression of in-camera flash storage and use limitless and cheap storage on removable 2.5 inch hard disks.
Continuous Power allows you to unplug the depleted battery and replace it with a fully charged one without interrupting recording. The Ninja-2 comes with an AC power adapter and two Lithium Ion camera batteries, which offer up to 10 hours battery life for continuous power on location and on the road. Most camcorders with an HDMI output will work with the Ninja-2 (and the original Ninja). DSLRs are a little different however, as it is only comparatively recently that they have output what we call a ‘clean’ HDMI video signal, without the viewfinder information embedded in it. The good news is that more and more DSLRs coming on to the market have this feature.