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The Real Resolution of Film vs. Digital

The Real Resolution of Film vs. Digital | Cinematography | Scoop.it
The Real Resolution of Film vs. Digital What Is Resolution? Ok, so most people equate resolution to the number of Megapixels, especially when comparing digital camera qualities, but this i
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Blackmagic Design Announces Major New Video Assist 2.2 Update

Blackmagic Design Announces Major New Video Assist 2.2 Update | Cinematography | Scoop.it
Blackmagic Design Announces Major New Video Assist 2.2 Update. IBC 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands - September 9, 2016 - Blackmagic Design today announced Video Assist 2.2, a major new updat
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Introducing the Canon Cinema EOS C700 Digital Cinema Camera

Canon’s new Cinema EOS C700 Digital Cinema Camera is designed to be a flexible “A” camera for any type of shooting scenario. The EOS C700 features bot
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Lighting with Paint: Vintage 1876 | Film and Digital Times

Lighting with Paint: Vintage 1876 | Film and Digital Times | Cinematography | Scoop.it
The Pendulum of Styles   The following review was uncovered in the dusty archives at the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Cinematheque. Then, as now, style was a
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Preston LR2 Demo and Keslow Open House | Film and Digital Times

Preston LR2 Demo and Keslow Open House | Film and Digital Times | Cinematography | Scoop.it
Robert Keslow, CEO of Keslow Camera, and Howard Preston, Pres. of Preston Cinema Systems. On Saturday, July 16, the crew from Preston Cinema Systems pulled
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Vittorio Storaro ASC, AIC Receives Cine Gear Expo Cinematography Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Vittorio Storaro ASC, AIC Receives Cine Gear Expo Cinematography Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 | Cinematography | Scoop.it

Vittorio Storaro ASC, AIC Receives Cine Gear Expo Cinematography Lifetime Achievement Award 2016


After the screening at the Paramount Theater of his latest film "Cafe Society," directed by Woody Allen and a Q& A session moderated by Jon Fauer ASC, Vittorio Storaro was presented with the Cine Gear Expo Lifetime  Cinematography Achievement Award.
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FILMCASTLive!: DECONSTRUCTING CINEMATOGRAPHY: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE

FILMCASTLive!: DECONSTRUCTING CINEMATOGRAPHY: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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FILMCASTLive!: IS #OSCARSOWHITE A REAL CRISIS IN HOLLYWOOD?

FILMCASTLive!: IS #OSCARSOWHITE A REAL CRISIS IN HOLLYWOOD? | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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The #OscarsSoWhite controversy has been making headlines as some black actors voiced their discontent with the current outcome of the latest Academy Awards nominations.For a second year in row only white actors were nominated. Last year’s Oscar nominations also drew criticism for their lack of diversity.

 

Director Spike Lee, who recently received an Academy Governor’s Honorary Award and called from the podium for “a serious discussion about diversity” and actress Jada Pinkett Smith have both called for a boycott of this year's Oscars Award in behalf of the snubbed African-American actors, including Idris Elba “Beasts of No Nation” and Pinkett's Smith husband Will Smith “Concussion”, and for this year favorite but also snubbed African-American actors and films  “Straight Outta Compton" and “Creed.”

 

Many insiders of the entertainment industry and broadcast and printed media have echoed the discontent, making it the hottest topic of conversation and the headline news even surveying among readers and viewers the plausibility of a boycott on Oscars Night.

 

Paradoxically to the claims, the host of the ceremonies for this year is the African-American comedian Chris Rock, who called the Oscars the “White BET Awards” on Twitter.


In response to the long standing controversy, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released an official statement and said that she is “heartbroken and frustrated” by the lack of diversity among this year’s nominees, and  announced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking “dramatic steps to improve the makeup of our membership". 

 
Isaacs, who is also African-American, said the Academy will review its recruitment efforts in the coming days and weeks. The Academy has recently  taken steps to diversify its voters, adding non-white actors and directors to its 6,000-plus membership.
 
“In the ‘60s and ‘70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant said Ms. Isaacs. “In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.”

 

The controversy of lack of diversity has been declared as a "Crisis of Diversity in the Motion Picture Industry",  as reported and publicized by the media and recently by the complaining filmmakers. The observation is valid from the labor point of view in major film studios, but overblown from the creative point of view. 

 

The feature film industry is one of the most liberal and creatively inclusive industries in contrast to its counterpart, the television broadcasting industry. We are living in an era in which you can make whatever film you want to make. No holds barred, only the barriers could be those inside your mind or just  by lack of talent.

 

Anyone regardless of race, gender ethnicity or religion, could become the best director or the best actor or the best cinematographer. It is all up to you. The more creative you become, the more you are accepted among the venerable stars.  This rag to riches story has been repeated  thousand times over in the ranks of the creative force of Hollywood.

 

If not getting what I believe I deserve in matter of artistic differences is a "Crisis",  then more of a million of asylum seekers trekking the breadth and width of Europe looking for a better future is a just a bad film script.

 

The nominations in any category for an Academy Award are an not an undeniable right to any filmmaker in competition, just because he or she made a movie tailored to win an award or because he or she is Asian, Hispanic or Black. (minority)
 
The nominations to any motion picture award in Hollywood and elsewhere should be based in the undeniable and honest acting ability of the actors of commanding an outstanding performance and to the ability of the directors and producers to translate the script into the best cinematic  language to compel an audience, case in point, the voting members of the Academy, regardless of  their race or gender.

 

To take art hostage declaring the boycott "I-will-not-attend-to-the-Oscars" citing race discrimination because my art (a feature film) was "snubbed " from the nominations seems like seeking for an opportunity to re-market the snubbed film to the masses as an star studded underdog during one of most watched telecasts in the world.

 

The Academy Awards nominations for outstanding achievement in any category should be based on performance and technical merits only as it is presently established by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


The implementation of the new membership mandate of inclusion by gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation to tabulate or nominate any film into competition, as proposed by Academy President Cheryl Boone Issacs  in response to the threats of boycott, will most likely produce a larger scope of future nominated films and could be the catalyst need it to maintain a fair outcome on the largest film competition in the world.

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Official poster of the 88th Academy Awards®

Official poster of the 88th Academy Awards® | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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Official poster of the 88th Academy Awards® - Oscar® Awards hosted by Chris Rock. Can't wait!

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GUILLERMO DEL TORO, JOHN KRASINSKI, ANG LEE JOIN ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHERYL BOONE ISAACS FOR OSCARS® NOMINATIONS IN 24 CATEGORIES

GUILLERMO DEL TORO, JOHN KRASINSKI, ANG LEE JOIN ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHERYL BOONE ISAACS FOR OSCARS® NOMINATIONS IN 24 CATEGORIES | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will announce the 88th Academy Awards® nominations in all 24 Oscar® categories at a special two-part live news conference on Thursday, January 14, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

 

The Oscars® will air Sunday, February 28, live on ABC.

 

The event will be streamed live on FILMCASTLive.tv.

 

At 5:30 a.m. PT, del Toro and Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

 

At 5:38 a.m. PT, Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.



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RIP HASKELL WEXLER

RIP HASKELL WEXLER | Cinematography | Scoop.it

Sad News. Two time Oscar winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler,  passed away this morning in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 93. His art and message will live for future generations. ‪#‎HaskellWexler‬


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FASHION FILMS: LA JOLLA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS 2015

FASHION FILMS: LA JOLLA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS 2015 | Cinematography | Scoop.it
by George Leon   On July 25, fashion filmmakers from all over the world are converged to the quaint coastal village of La Jolla, California to compete and showcase their creativity on the silver scree...
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FILMCASTLive!: HOMEWARD & BREAKING RULES BIG WINNERS AT LA JOLLA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM AWARDS

FILMCASTLive!: HOMEWARD & BREAKING RULES BIG WINNERS AT LA JOLLA INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM AWARDS | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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Pictured: Multi-award winner film director Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri and
Fred Sweet, founder of La Jolla Int. Fashion Film Festival

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Full Frame & S35 Lenses at IBC

Full Frame & S35 Lenses at IBC | Cinematography | Scoop.it
Full Frame & S35 Lenses at IBCFull Frame was careening inexorably down the corridors of IBC like the stagecoach in the opening of The Hateful Eight. But a curious thing was afoot. IBC was packe
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Canon Cinema EOS C700 | Film and Digital Times

Canon Cinema EOS C700 | Film and Digital Times | Cinematography | Scoop.it
This is the camera that many have dreamed Canon would build. They have. Canon presents Cinema EOS C700 at IBC 2016. It’s a Super35 format studio and shoulder
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International Cinematography Summit 2016

International Cinematography Summit 2016 | Cinematography | Scoop.it
Int. Cinematography Summit at the ASC Clubhouse in a presentation  at the Dolby Cinema in Hollywood featuring state-of-the-art Dolby Vision HDR laser projection and 38 Dolby Atmos speakers. —

In photo are delegates  from  international cinematography  societies, Joe Dunton, BSC Rob Draper ACS,  Lauro Escorel ,  Nina Keelgren BSC , Roberto Schaefer ASC,  Curtis Clark ASC, Hilda Mercado AMC, Nigel Walters BSC/ Imago,  and Claire Pijman at the Dolby Theater. photo ©George Leon/Filmcastlive
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Panasonic VariCam Workshop at Keslow Camera | Film and Digital Times

Panasonic VariCam Workshop at Keslow Camera | Film and Digital Times | Cinematography | Scoop.it
Article and photos by George Leon On August 6, Panasonic hosted a workshop at Keslow Camera covering Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam LT Cameras. The
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Fujinon Lens Day at ASC | Film and Digital Times

Fujinon Lens Day at ASC | Film and Digital Times | Cinematography | Scoop.it
  Tuesday May 24th was Fujinon Day at the ASC Clubhouse. It was an afternoon and evening to learn about lens design, technology, applications and
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FILMCASTLive!: PANAVISION ANNOUNCED A NEW LARGE FORMAT 8K CAMERA

FILMCASTLive!: PANAVISION ANNOUNCED A NEW LARGE FORMAT 8K CAMERA | Cinematography | Scoop.it
"At the core of DXL is a proprietary image mapping process called Light Iron Color, which provides a unique, cinematic look directly out of the camera. Light Iron Color integrates seamlessly with DXL’s ultra-high resolution sensor, a new 8K imager manufactured by RED Digital Cinema, and with Panavision’s large format lenses".
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FILMCASTLive!: ACADEMY MOVES ON TO INCREASE DIVERSITY

FILMCASTLive!: ACADEMY MOVES ON TO INCREASE DIVERSITY | Cinematography | Scoop.it
ACADEMY MOVES ON TO INCREASE DIVERSITY
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Lifetime voting rights reframed; new governor seats added and committees restructured. Goal to double number of diverse members by 2020.

 
In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse.  The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
 
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
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FILMCASTLive!: 88TH OSCARS® NOMINEES COMPLETE LIST

FILMCASTLive!: 88TH OSCARS® NOMINEES COMPLETE LIST | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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At 5:30 a.m. PT, Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee announced the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

At 5:38 a.m. PT, John Krasinski and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs took the stage and unveiled the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.

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RIP DAVID BOWIE

RIP DAVID BOWIE | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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RIP Vilmos Zsigmond, (1930-2016) A True Master of Light and Composition.

RIP Vilmos Zsigmond, (1930-2016) A True Master of Light and Composition. | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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RIP Vilmos Zsigmond, (1930-2016)  A true master of light and composition. After receiving the Cine Gear Award for Lifetime Achievement. Haskell Wexler presented the Award

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FILMCASTLive!: BAND PRO OPEN HOUSE 2015

FILMCASTLive!: BAND PRO OPEN HOUSE 2015 | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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The event was held inside of a large tent converted as a wintry ski destination where participant vendors and manufacturers showcased the latest products and technology. The landing of a snow covered vintage ski lift, propped up with pine trees, snow man and live models served as the target to experience a hands-on test of the different digital cinematography cameras brands and cinema lenses on set, all illuminated by the latest technology of LED flat panels and LED fresnels.

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The Best Cinematography award went to Louis Bergogne for PARIS EST A NOUS. La Jolla Int. Fashion Film Festival

The Best Cinematography award went to Louis Bergogne for PARIS EST A NOUS. La Jolla Int. Fashion Film Festival | Cinematography | Scoop.it
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