Sundance 2016 — Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper — Q&A With Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz (ASC)

Shot with the Canon C300 and premiering this week at the Sundance film festival, an HBO documentary from director Liz Garbus centers on the legacy of Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper is an HBO documentary premiering this coming weekend at Sundance 2016. Director Liz Garbus just received an Oscar nomination for her film What Happened, Miss Simone?, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance and is streaming via Netflix now. Told through archival footage and interviews with Vanderbilt... Read more

Sundance 2016 — O.J.: Made In America — Q&A With Cinematographer Nick Higgins

Shot primarily with the Canon C300 and premiering this week at the Sundance film festival, a 7.5 hour documentary from director Ezra Edelman discusses in-depth the story of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles

O.J.: Made In America is a seven and a half hour documentary premiering at Sundance 2016. Sports guru and director Ezra Edelman, who also helmed the Peabody Award-winner Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, as well as the Emmy Award-winner, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush, will be on hand at the festival for a Q+A following the film, which... Read more

Behind The Scene — The Force Awakens — Editing With Maryann Brandon, A.C.E And Julian Smirke

Interview with editor Maryann Brandon A.C.E. and Associate Editor Julian Smirke discussing the edit and direction of Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

As The Force Awakens continues to obliterate box office records like so many Death Stars, the seventh chapter in the series also continues the storyline trajectory of the Star Wars universe with old characters, young heroes and new threats. Almost immediately after the ink dried establishing Disney as new owner of the historic franchise, a film to succeed... Read more

Les Zellan Of Cooke Optics On The /i Metadata System And Their Latest Lenses

An interview with Les Zellan on the history of the /i Metadata system and what the /i3 aka /i-Cubed update coming this year will bring to post production and effects work

This last December Cooke Optics announced a roadmap of lens releases including a 65mm Macro and 135mm Anamorphic lens that began shipping in November, two more models planned for release this month; a 180mm and a 300mm, and finally a 35-140mm zoom that should be nearing delivery by the NAB conference in April. (A longer, unknown zoom is also planned... Read more

CES 2016 — Video Products Roundup

New top-of-the-line low cost cameras from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sony and even Kodak

This year’s CES, predictably, has been all about “the Internet of things”, which basically hints at benefits like more efficient data mining of your daily habits. As the show is more oriented towards consumers (hence the name Consumer Electronics Show), the majority of announcements on the video side have centered on 4K, including a number of... Read more

Behind The Scene — David O. Russell’s JOY — Cutting For Dramatic Comedy With Editors Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy And Tom Cross

Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy and Tom Cross, editors on David O. Russell’s newest film, JOY, on working with Avid Media Composer to bring the story to the screen

Academy Awards heavyweight David O. Russell has returned this holiday season with his eighth feature film, JOY, his third collaboration with Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, as well as actors Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, who have also worked with the director on three films each. Russell prefers to work with the same stable of talent... Read more

Behind The Scene — The Hunger Games — Mockingjay — Big Budget Sound With Jeremy Peirson

Putting together the audio for Mockingjay Part 2, director Francis Lawrence’s final installment in the Hunger Games series of films

As final chapter in a massively successful tetralogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opened this last November 20th to huge box office, claiming the title as 24th biggest worldwide opening of all time. Alongside franchise anchor and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, who also makes an appearance this holiday season in the new David O. Russell... Read more

Behind The Scene — The Visitor At Slamdance’s DIG Fest

Director James Kaelan and cinematographer Eve M Cohen show the virtual reality film “The Visitor” at Slamdance’s DIG Fest

An acronym for “Digital, Interactive and Gaming”, I attended the media preview for Slamdance’s “DIG” expo this last weekend, an event designed to showcase the blurring edges between video, filmmaking and multimedia. In total, there are ten exhibits at the fest, like the giant “TL;DR [the shape of the internet (Orgy)]”, a 40-foot motion-detection... Read more

Nikon introduces new DX-Format D7200 DSLR for photo enthusiasts

Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the Nikon D7200, a powerful DX-format DSLR built for enthusiasts ready to conquer the next challenge in their photographic journey.

Updating their popular D7100 DSLR, Nikon just announced the D7200, which is a DX-format DSLR that contains a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 1 new 51-point AF system, no OLPF (optical low pass filter), and an EXPEED 4 image processor. For video shooters, Nikon is also releasing an affordable new wireless microphone system – ME-W1 mic (sold separately).... Read more

Go Live! Teradek announces VidiU Mini and Live: Air iPad Production Suite

VidiU Mini is a miniature HDMI encoder that can stream in full HD to any online video platform or to Teradek’s new Live:Air Production Suite.

Teradek just announced two new products – an H.264 encoder, the VidiU Mini, and an iPad Production Suite, Live:Air. Both products are part of Teradek’s new Create:Share platform for indie content creators. Here’s the release… IRVINE – Teradek, a manufacturer of professional video transmission equipment, has an-nounced... Read more

Good Things Come In Small Packages – ARRI announces new ALEXA Mini – a compact, lightweight ALEXA system

ARRI announces the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile additional tool in the ARRI ALEXA camera range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry.

NAB 2015 is just around the corner and ARRI just announced an exciting new compact camera system. The ALEXA Mini is a small and lightweight system that is designed for specialty shots but fits perfectly in the ALEXA workflow, eliminating the need for another small 3rd party camera such as a DSLR. It will be the ideal system for gyro-stabilized aerial... Read more

Canon to release new Broadcast ENG Lens (HJ24ex7.5B) that improves performance, operability and usability

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of the Canon HDTV Zoom Lens HJ24ex7.5Bi, an affordable, high-quality portable telephoto HD lens for high-end Electronic News Gathering (ENG) applications.

Great news for ENG and doc-style shooters. Canon announced an affordable new HDTV Zoom Lens, designed for ENG shooting. The HJ24ex7.5Bi is a portable telephoto HD lens that has a 24x zoom ratio and is smaller and ligher than its predecessor. It also contains the widest angle and highest zoom ratio in its class. Here’s the release… MELVILLE,... Read more