"We’ve all endured “death by PowerPoint.” It’s a painful experience for the audience and probably not all that fun for the presenter either. To help my students deliver effective presentations—free of those deadly bullet points—I have my go-to applications."
"Here’s a quick follow up to yesterday’s post for those who want to see the Technicolor CineStyle Color Assist workflow in action with Adobe Premiere CS6. You can see how well integrated this workflow is in Premiere CS6 and how easy it would be to integrate this with your existing workflow, or with a DP on set setting initial looks for their editor/colorist. The beauty of this is that you can send the small sidecar .XCSL file via e-mail which makes this very attractive for people constantly on the move."
"Not an advert for the latest bottle of skin care products, but an electronic alternative instead. This $39 plugin will hopefully take years off your subjects!
HD is wonderful and the incoming 4K trend will mean more pixels and more detail. That's great for a lot of productions, but it will also show up every wrinkle and blemish of your female subjects. The comment in the FCP.co office today about the author (male) needing it after a late night out last night will be ignored."
"Estimate how many investors you think you need to meet to find one that actually invests; then, multiply by 10. "
This article offers some great advice on how to find investors for your next independent film. The author recognizes the difficulty in finding film equity investors and suggests sources that most filmmakers overlook. One such suggestion is your local state film commissioner. Film commissioners process applications for filmmakers requesting tax rebates and are a major part of local filmmaking. Enlisting their help can put you in contact with local investors.
For more information on finding film investors, check out the article.
"S-Log2 will be available on that TheNewF camera from Sony coming on the 30th of October. There you go another piece of the puzzle scheduled ahead of the future, but really just now. First we tell you about a new XAVC codec from Sony coming to TheNewF and now some good gamma news. S-Log2 previously only available for the fully specked out flagship F65 cine camera from Sony will be on the F5 / F7 F whatever, or whatever plural."
(...) "If we were like other companies we might release these upgrades one or two at a time over many years hoping people buy a new camera every 18 months, but we don’t want to do that. We said to ourselves and to our community, “How do we make a camera that will be relevant for the next 5 or even 10 years?”
I'll be looking at this camera as well. Could the camera help define the medium? I'm thinking of the look/feel of docs and doc style dramas. When I think back on it the Canon 7D has most certainly forced me into a cinema style, with it's plusses and minuses, (plusses great look, minuses: slow setup and lots of gear). This may become a great camera for the pure story teller.
"Sony have published a study into 4K in theaters. Called “Does 4K really make a difference?”. The advice is aimed at cinema companies upgrading to digital projection, who are faced with the choice of either 2K or 4K projection systems.
Sony’s findings also gives filmmakers a much needed insight into what situations 1080p, 2K or 2.5K are ‘good enough’ and when a 4K camera actually makes a difference.
“Some have suggested that 4K is only meaningful for very large cinema screens. In fact, screen size isn’t the true measure of an audience member’s ability to pick out detail. The true measure is the relative distance from that person to the screen, the viewing distance. On paper, 4K is obviously the superior solution. But what about the real world? Will the ticket buying public actually be able to perceive the benefits of 4K resolution in actual theaters?”
One of the reasons moire & aliasing or flaws in DSLR footage looks much worse on a computer monitor than on a TV or projector is that the viewer is sat so close to the screen.
Common wisdom suggests that larger displays should make the most of 4K whilst on smaller displays it would be wasted. This is not quite true."
"We hear many different things about how alcohol affects the brain and body, most notably that it is a depressant. That’s only part of the story. Alcohol is a depressant, but it’s also a sort of indirect stimulant, and plays a few other roles that might surprise you."