Sundance 2016 — Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You — Q&A With Cinematographer Ronan Killeen

A documentary on the legendary producer and his work from directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady premieres at this year’s Sundance

Producer Norman Lear has been making a lot of waves at this year’s Sundance film festival, which is ironic considering that he just turned 93. Famous for fostering a string of progressive, provocative and extremely successful television series programs during the golden age of television like Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good... Read more

Sundance 2016 — The Insider

Editor Simon Wakelin reports from this year’s Sundance Film Festival

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – Greetings from Sundance! Attendees are arriving in Park City for this year’s festival to celebrate original, powerful and unique storytelling. While some obnoxious guests land via Uber’s latest helicopter service, most are focused on one of the biggest questions at this year’s event, namely: ‘What films will... Read more

Sundance 2016 — United Shades Of America — Q&A With Executive Producers W. Kamau Bell And Jimmy Fox As Well As Director Of Photography Patrick Higgins

Using the Sony F55, W. Kamau Bell and a tight crew traveled the United States to document and confront race relations

United Shades of America is a new original CNN series hosted by comedian W. Kamau Bell. Currently slated as an eight-part season of hour-long shows, the production follows Bell, who is also the ACLU’s Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice, on a cross country trek as he converses with diverse populations around the US on race relations while confronting... Read more

Sundance 2016 — Suited — Q&A With Documentary Cinematographer Bob Richman

Shot with the Canon C300 and premiering this week at the Sundance film festival, an HBO documentary from director Jason Benjamin follows tailoring company Bindle and Keep who customizes clothing for a unique market of LGBT clients

Suited is an HBO documentary premiering next week at Sundance 2016. Produced by HBO series Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s production company, A Casual Romance, Suited centers on a New York tailoring company that caters to a unique clientele of gender-nonconforming clients. Director Jason Benjamin, who has done sound work on the... Read more

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