Archive for January, 2012

January 31st, 2012

Don’t Call It A Comeback – Apple Releases A Big New Update to Final Cut Pro X

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Apple has release Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3, which solves many of the professional editing community's problems with the NLE.
With its release, Final Cut Pro X was widely panned by the professional editing community, who have been leaving their beloved editing system in droves. For most pros, FCP X had the look and feel more in line with iMovie or iPhoto than a professional NLE system. Because of this, Adobe and Avid have been stealing … 
January 28th, 2012

Spotlight at Sundance: Andrea Arnold’s Adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Posted By vvalentini
I haven’t seen any of Andrea Arnold’s previous films, so the only preconception I had walking into her adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS this morning at The Egyptian was of the original story by Emily Bronte. I love the Bronte stories, all of them. And though at times Arnold’s version could be seen by some as … 

January 26th, 2012

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Captures Audiences at Sundance

Posted By vvalentini
Although we would call BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD fantastical realism, it’s entirely from the very real point of view of the lead character Hushpuppy, a fiercely independent and resolute six year old. And if you can think back to when you were a kid and you were scared of that monster under your bed, … 

January 25th, 2012

Sundance 2012: 5 Broken Cameras / Nobody Walks

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Filmmaker Emad Burnat with his five broken cameras
Here at HDVideoPro, we often talk about camera specs. Is it 4K? Does it have 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color space? I can’t use that camera – it’s only 8-bit! We camera geeks sometimes forget that it’s not about camera specs, it’s about what you capture with the camera. Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken … 

January 24th, 2012

DP Reed Morano Works the Snow… Again.

Posted By vvalentini
FROZEN RIVER was one of my favorite movies from last few years, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out I was interviewing the cinematographer from it, Reed Morano. This year she’s back with another grey, wintry tundra palate, FOR ELLEN, a custody-based drama starring Paul Dano. Although the editing is slow and … 

January 24th, 2012

DP Doug Emmett Makes ‘Bachelorette’ Gorgeous and Glossy

Posted By vvalentini
With the look and feel of BACHELORETTE you’d never guess they did it with a budget in the very low millions. Not to be confused (nor compared, which may prove difficult even for me) with last year’s Bridesmaids, this year’s spunky group of females rock it at Sundance. Isla Fisher is hilarious as Katie, the … 

January 24th, 2012

Sundance 2012: My Brother The Devil

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Mo and Rash in My Brother The Devil
The best narrative feature I’ve seen so far at this year’s festival is definitely My Brother The Devil, which was directed by Sally El Hosaini, a Welsh/Egyptian screenwriter and director. The film is about two brothers growing up in a traditional Egyptian home in the rough Hackney section of London. The older brother, Rashid (James Floyd), … 

January 24th, 2012

Sundance 2012: Canon, New Frontier And Instagram

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Canon is one of the official sponsors of Sundance 2012. They set up a booth at headquarters to promote the C300.
At Sundance 2011, the Canon 5D Mark II was the official camera of the festival. Canon is back for 2012, promoting their new C300 to indie filmmakers. They are hosting private screenings of when you find me, produced by director Ron Howard, and directed actress Bryce Dallas Howard. The screenings will be held January 26 … 
January 24th, 2012

Sundance 2012: The Latest Updates And Wrong Is Right

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Films vie for the attention of hungry distributors
Sundance 2012 is up and running but film sales have been delayed out of respect for Bingham Ray, who passed away Monday after suffering a stroke while attending the festival. Ray, one of the pioneers of indie film, headed October Films – one of the best distributors of independent movies, including Mike Leigh’s Secrets and … 
January 23rd, 2012

Paul Ryan, ASC: A Veteran DP at Sundance

Posted By vvalentini
Paul Ryan, ASC started shooting stills when he was about 20 years old. He was a professional ski racer and began by taking pictures of the sport. After working for ski magazines while he was living in San Francisco, he attended SF State for a graduate degree in film and got pulled into the motion … 

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