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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro

Balckmagic introduced URSA Mini Pro, which is really three cameras in one because it combines high end digital film quality with the features and controls of a broadcast camera. This means it can be used for digital film, as well as broadcast and live production. URSA Mini Pro uses the same 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range and adds a massive number of ergonomically designed controls on the outside of the camera, plus 3 built in optical ND filters, a new interchangeable lens mount, and it now records to both CFast cards as well as regular SD cards and higher speed UHS-II cards!

The built in neutral density (ND) filters also feature IR compensation and are used to quickly reduce the amount of light entering the camera. The 2, 4 and 6 stop filters are specifically designed to match the colorimetry of the camera and provide additional latitude, even under harsh lighting conditions.

URSA Mini Pro also features a new interchangeable lens mount that lets you quickly switch between EF, PL and B4 lenses, depending on the type of work you are doing. That means you can work with everything from high quality photographic EF lenses to the largest cinematic PL lenses, and even B4 broadcast HD lenses, all with the same camera! In addition to the dual CFast recorders found on the original URSA Mini, URSA Mini Pro also has dual UHS-II SD card recorders.

That means you can use CFast cards for full resolution, lossless 12-bit RAW recording, or smaller and low cost SD cards for 4K ProRes or RAW HD. With the dual slots, when one card is full, recording automatically continues onto the next card so you can keep shooting. The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

SmallHD Debuts Billion-plus Color 17-inch Monitor

SmallHD introduces its first reference grade monitor, the 1703-P3. The monitor features true 10-bit color processing to deliver over a billion colors. It covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, features a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 179° viewing angle, along with SmallHD’s Pagebuilder OS and large toolset.

“It's really all about P3 and color confidence. This monitor offers true reference grade cinema color, covering 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, which makes it the perfect monitor for DIT’s on-set and for mastering in post,” says SmallHD co-founder Wes Philips.

The 1703-P3 is designed to serve the color display demands of both on-set and post production color grading professionals. Each 1703-P3 monitor comes pre-calibrated for DCI-P3 mastering, covering 100% DCI-P3 with a Delta E average of 0.5. Users can easily install their own 3D LUT calibration with advanced color management solutions like Light Illusion's, LightSpace CMS, or SpectraCal's CalMAN.

The monitor provides for one HDMI and two SDI inputs, as well as one HDMI and two SDI outputs. The fast and intuitive operating system allows ganging of on-screen tools like HD waveform, vectorscope, false color, focus peaking and 2x zebra bars simultaneously, at the user’s preference. A Dual View function allows the user to monitor two input sources at the same time with a side-by-side view.

The 1703-P3 has a bright 450-nit display that supports any LUT workflow through SmallHD’s ColorFlow 3D LUT Engine. This enables 3D LUT support, allowing previously created colorizing look-up tables to be used on-set. LUTS can be applied via the monitor’s full-size SD slot. This information can also be pushed downstream to other monitors. A LUT altered on-set with 3rd party software, such as LiveGrade, can be viewed on the monitor and/or downstream monitors, and uploaded to an SD card for reference in post.

Ruggedly constructed of milled aluminum, this monitor is built to withstand the demands of production sets. And it conveniently features numerous ¼-inch and 3/8-inch threaded mounting points, as well as a VESA mount and RapidRail accessory mounting system. The 1703-P3 can easily power wireless accessories like Teradek with built-in 2-pin LEMO auxiliary power. For truly wireless operation, it can be powered by optional V-mount and Gold-mount battery packs.

List price for the1703-P3 is $3999, and it is slated to begin shipping late February 2017.
For more information please visit: http://store.smallhd.com/products/1700-series/1703-P3-Production-Monitor.


Panasonic VariCam LT 4K Super35MM Cine Camera
Courtesy of Adam Wilt- ProVideo Coalition

The VariCam LT is Panasonic’s “affordable” large single sensor VariCam, putting the core of the $55,000 VariCam 35 in a more compact package running $18,000 for the body alone, to $29,000 for a full shooting kit with EVF, shoulder mount, and a couple of 512 GB P2 Express cards (though there’s a $4,500 rebate on many configurations or a $2500 rebate on the body only, running now through March 31, 2017). This pricing puts it in roughly the same league as the Sony F5 and F55, Canon C700, or RED Scarlet, depending on the various options you bundle with each.

Film  Production Declined in 2016
Courtesy of SMPTE Newswatch

Filmmaker Magazine recently published its third annual listing of all the U.S. theatrical releases shot on 35mm film stock in the past year, and in 2016, that number—27—dropped significantly from the previous two years. In 2014, 39 theatrical releases were shot on 35mm, and in 2015, that number rose to 64 films following the 2014 initiative by a coalition of high-profile filmmakers to keep Kodak in business.

But the article suggests that, perhaps, the drop was a bit of an anomaly in the sense that many well-known moviemakers who prefer film—Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Quentin Tarantino among them—did not have movies released in 2016.

Additionally, the roundup does not include 16mm productions, or television productions shot on film. However, the article also states that certain production centers for major studio projects in China, Australia, and South Korea, in particular—have continued to erode or eliminate their film production infrastructures.

The article also points out that many filmmakers on tentpole movies in recent years have taken to incorporating various film formats into mixed media productions that include multiple digital and film platforms of various types. Among those in 2016 were Jason Bourne and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Others trended to film, and sometimes, multiple film formats, strictly for creative reasons, such as Hidden Figures, a 16mm/35mm hybrid.

Underwater VR   Coutesy of SMPTE Newswatch 
Courtesy of SMPTE Newswatch

A recent article in the MIT Technology Review reports that two engineers are currently attempting to take virtual reality where no one has taken it before—underwater. According to the article, Stephen Greenwood, director of creative development at Discovery Digital Networks, and Allan Evans, co-founder of VR headset maker Avegant, have been working on a joint side project for several months to pair the concept of virtual reality with the concept of floating in an isolation tank. So far, they have developed prototype VR gear for floating underwater that the two men say could eventually be adapted for use in scuba-diving simulations or physical therapy, and other applications. The prototype consists of a waterproof Android smartphone attached to a 3D block of plastic and a snorkeling mask covered in black tape with biconvex lenses, like those used by Google Cardboard headsets. Users breathe with snorkels and take in an audio experience using an underwater MP3 player.


LENSER Lens Database App

For iPhone and iPad, Lenser catalogs 1000+ lenses and accessories from ARRI, ARRI/Fujinon, ARRI/Zeiss, Angenieux, Arriflex/Zeiss, Bausch & Lomb, Bokkeh Optics, Canon, Cooke, Dog Schidt Optiks, Duclos, Focus Optics, Fujinon, Hanse Inno Tech, Hawk, IB/E Optics, Isco-Optic, Kinoptik, Kowa, Leica, Luma Tech/Lomo, Optica-Elite, P+S Technik, Panavision, RED, Ross London, Samyang/Rokinon, Schneider-Kreuznach, Servicevision, Sigma, Sony, Tokina, Van Diemen Optics, Vantage, Veydra, Zeiss, ZeroOptik, uniQoptics…

It’s an offline database— no internet connection is needed. required. You can search by Manufacturer, Keyword, Focal Length, T-Stop, Close Focus, Weight, Length, Horizontal and Vertical Angle of View, Anamorphic Squeeze.

lenserapp.com - On the Apple iTunes Store 


Moonlight Director of Photography James Laxton

Laxton is the Spirit Award winner 2017 and Academy Awards and ASC Awards Nominee for the feature film Moonlight, To Teach During April/May 2017 Session at Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles.

James Laxton is an American cinematographer working in feature films, television, documentaries, and commercials. He began his career on writer/director Barry Jenkin's first film Medicine for Melancholy (IFC), which he was nominated for a Spirit Award.


SmallHD Premieres Brightest HDR Monitors with LEMO Power


SmallHD introduces the new 5-inch and 7-inch UltraBright monitors with breakthrough viewing in full sunlight. They are designed to fill a variety of needs from a gimbal operator requiring a bright yet compact monitor, to a first AC pulling critical focus in all environments, or to show a director two camera angles at once.

The 503 displays a bright 2200-nits while the 703 displays 2500-nits. These on-camera monitors feature a 10-bit, 1920x1080 IPS LCD optically bonded Gorilla Glass screen with LEMO power.
Plus, both 503 and 703 UltraBrights offer HDR Preview. For more accurate onset exposure adjustment, users may select Camera Input Gamma in the settings menu and individually tweak footage white point and black point via data values in the form of a histogram.

The UltraBright monitors have SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs featuring built-in cross conversion. A Dual View function allows either two SDI or an SDI and an HDMI input to be displayed side-by-side—an advantage for A/B camera set-ups or viewing LOG and DeLOG footage onset.

Like SmallHD’s other monitors, a useful suite of tools is included in the UltraBrights, offering functions including 3D LUT support, HD Waveform and scopes, Focus and Exposure Assists, and PageBuilder OS that allows customizing menus to each camera operator’s individual preference.

Engineered for professional power solutions, the 503 and 703 feature integrated 2-pin 12V LEMO input for powering the monitor and Native mounting solutions for both Anton Bauer Gold/V-mount and Sony L-Series dual battery plates.

SmallHD UltraBrights are now available for pre-ordering in cost-saving Early Adopter Bundles, available until March 31, 2017, with up to $520 savings. For more information visit a dealer or www.smallhd.com.


COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS FRENCH CLASSICS PROGRAM
Highlights include: A Carte Blanche to Academy Award®-nominated Writer/Director Damien Chazelle, a Focus on Writer/Director Stéphane Brizé and the world premiere of a digitally restored Jean-Pierre Melville Film.

In advance of the 2017 Official Competition lineup, to be unveiled on April 4 the COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL “9 Days of Film and Series Premieres in Hollywood” and its producer, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, are pleased to announced the Focus on a Filmmaker program as well as an exclusive line up of French Classics of predominantly digitally restored films.

The COLCOA Classics Series will be presented as part of COLCOA’s 21 anniversary program, which will take place at the Directors Guild of America from April 24 to May 2, 2017.

CARTE BLANCHE TO DIRECTOR: DAMIEN CHAZELLE
Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle has been given Carte Blanche by the festival to present a French film that has influenced his cinematic work. As a mirror to his tribute to the City of Angels in LA LA LAND, the filmmaker has chosen the City of Light homage, Leos Carax’s THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE (1991), starring Academy Award® winner Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant. This Carte Blanche will be presented in association with Rialto Pictures, with the support of the French Embassy in the U.S. and l’Institut Francais.

FOCUS ON A FILMMAKER: STÉPHANE BRIZÉ
COLCOA will honor writer-director Stéphane Brizé on Thursday, April 27, with a special presentation of NOT HERE TO BE LOVED (2005), starring Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, and George Wilson. The Festival will also host the West Coast Premiere of Brizé’s new film A WOMAN’S LIFE (UNE VIE), based on the Guy de Maupassant novel and starring Judith Chemla; this winner ofthe International Federation of Film Critics’ Award at the Venice Festival will be released in the U.S. later this year by Kino Lorber. Stéphane Brizé joins the exclusive list of those honored at COLCOA, including filmmakers Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Michel Hazanavicius, Cédric Klapisch, Bertrand Blier, Costa-Gavras, and Alain Resnais.

Stéphane Brizé will also meet the audience for a Happy Hour Talk dedicated to his work. This Focus is presented with the support of TS Productions, Doc & Film International, Unifrance and Kino Lorber Films.

JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE’S 100 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Festival is proud to present the world premiere of the newly digitally restored ONE DAY IN A CLOWN’S LIFE, the very first film written and directed by iconic filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville. This 18-minute documentary/fiction movie made in 1946 will premiere during COLCOA’s opening night, and later in the Festival before a special presentation of LE CERCLE ROUGE, starring Alain Delon, Bourvil, and Yves Montand.

Jean-Pierre Melville’s 100 anniversary is presented in association with the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation, Rialto Pictures, the French Embassy in the United States, l’Institut Français, and Les Films du Jeudi.  

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF THE DIGITALLY RESTORED FAREWELL BONAPARTE
COLCOA is pleased to present, in association with the Franco-American Cultural Fund and TF1 Studio, an International Premiere of FAREWELL BONAPARTE (1985), the beautifully restored historical fresco from Egypt’s most celebrated filmmaker, Youssef Chahine. The film stars Michel Piccoli and Patrice Chereau in the role of Bonaparte, and takes place during the French Occupation of Egypt (1797-1803), depicting the conflict between tradition and modernization in the context of fighting the French invaders. The stunning film paints a prophetic picture of Egypt’s strained relationship with the west.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JACQUES TATI’S PLAYTIME
This restored version of Jacques Tati’s most inventive and ambitious film, PLAYTIME (1967), will have a special presentation at the festival to celebrate its 50 anniversary. A satire of urbanization and probably his most ambitious production, PLAYTIME confirms Tati as one of the greatest comic talents, as well as a true visionary. The film will be presented in association with Janus Films, Criterion, and Les Films de Mon Oncle.

From April 24 to May 2, 2017, filmgoers will celebrate the 21 edition of COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL “9 Days of Film and Series Premieres in Hollywood” at the Directors Guild of America. The complete line-up of films in competition for the COLCOA Cinema, Television, Shorts and new Webseries Awards, will be announced on April 4th, 2017.

COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaboration between the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM). COLCOA is also supported by France’s Society of Authors, Directors and Producers (L’ARP), the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) and the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, the CNC, TV France International, and Unifrance.

For additional information visit: www.colcoa.org

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