Sundance 2015 – Canon Creative Studio on Main Street

For Sundance 2015, Canon Creative Studio operated the same space on Main Street from 1/24 – 1/26 and again provided Cinema EOS and DSLR gear for attendees to try out.

Last year at Sundance, Canon ran a successful space (Canon Craft Services) on Main Street that invited Sundance attendees and filmmakers to get their hands on their latest gear and attend informative filmmaker panels. For Sundance 2015, Canon Creative Studio operated the same space on Main Street from 1/24 – 1/26 and again provided Cinema EOS... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Be Very Afraid – (T)Error explores our country’s current counter-terrorism tactics

The main subject of the movie is “Shariff”, a 62 year former Black Panther who works as a terrorist informant for the FBI.

Over the past several years, documentaries have transitioned into a new medium. They’re no longer the standard “talking head” with lots of B-roll designed to educate us. Partially due to inexpensive and compact cameras, documentary filmmakers are able to follow their subjects around for years while keeping a low profile. True video... Read more

Digital Bolex Comes To Slamdance For Special Filmmaker Event

For a camera not made by Sony, Canon or Panasonics, these are some impressive specs and it’s no wonder the production industry is buzzing about the D16.

Like many, I learned filmmaking by shooting with a spring-wound 16mm Bolex camera in college. I absolutely loved the workhorse camera as well as the grainy 16mm reversal stock I shot with. Sigh… Well in 2015, the Bolex name is back but this time as a shiny new digital version – the Digital Bolex. Co-developed by Joe Rubinstein and Elle... Read more

Sundance 2015 – JVC Professional showcases their 4K GY-LS300 camcorder to the indie filmmaking industry

For Sundance 2015, JVC showcased the LS300 at the New York Lounge on Main Street in Park City from 1/23- 1/26.

Late last year, JVC Pro announced 3 new 4K camcorders. The one that generated the most buzz for indie filmmakers was the GY-LS300, which contains a Super35 CMOS sensor, an MFT lens mount that can capture UHD or full HD 4:2:2 to SDHC and SDXC cards. For Sundance 2015, JVC showcased the LS300 at the New York Lounge on Main Street in Park City from 1/23-... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Death Defying – Q&A with director Daniel Junge on shooting “Being Evel”

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember stuntman Evel Knievel.

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember stuntman Evel Knievel. He was one of the most iconic figures of the ’70s and I still have vivid memories of his daredevil stunts on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. (Remember, this was before YouTube!) What I didn’t realize was how much of a controversial life he lead outside his public... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Adobe at Sundance – Blurring the lines between indie film and Hollywood

On Friday, January 23, Adobe held an informative panel that discussed how indie film and Hollywood are merging as one.

At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Adobe was on a roll. They had their first major studio movie, Gone Girl, using Creative Cloud. At this year’s festival, Adobe has 21 movies that were cut in Premiere Pro, which doubles the number of films from last year’s festival. Also, they’ve just confirmed that the Coen brothers will be cutting... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Shooting Knock Knock with a Canon 1D C

Like most cinematographers, Quercia got his start in still photography, moving into cinematography with a Bolex shooting in black-and-white.

A film with early buzz at this year’s fest has been Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, which stars Keanu Reeves. The film tells the story of a married man who lets two young, attractive women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) into his home while his family is away. And if you’re familiar with any of Roth’s films (Hemlock Grove, Hostel), mayhem... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Change Is In The Air

Well, it’s 2015 and as you already know filmmaking tech has grown exponentially with digital the dominant format.

I just realized it’s my 15th straight year coming to Sundance. It’s quite an understatement to say a lot has changed. I remember seeing Rebecca Miller’s Grand Jury Prize Winner Personal Velocity at the 2002 festival DP Ellen Kuras, ASC – who also won the cinematography award – shot the film using a PAL Sony PD150 – a 3CCD camera... Read more

RØDE launches multiple products, including a digital wireless system, two shotgun mics and a unique ribbon studio mic

The RØDELink system contains several receiver and transmitter options, and will be available in different kits for different types of productions, including film, ENG, presentation and stage. The first one is the Filmmaker Kit, which has a beltpack transmitter, on-camera or beltpack receiver, and RØDE’s broadcast quality Lavalier microphone.

RØDE Microphones just launched a number of amazing products at their exclusive event in San Diego. First up is the RØDELink Digital Wireless System, which is a fully-digital wireless audio system that uses next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, providing 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Catching indie film fever In Park City, Utah

This year’s lineup showcases 118 feature-length films, representing 29 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers, including 19 in competition.

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off in a few days (January 22 to February 1, 2015) and HDVideoPro will be there reporting live from Park City, Utah. HDVP editor, Neil Matsumoto, will be on the scene covering narrative films, documentaries, and shorts. He’ll also be conducting filmmaker interviews and covering a multitude of panels led by... Read more

AJA introduces the Cion to the Hollywood community and conducts an informative hands on demo

To celebrate the launch of Cion, AJA held a casual dinner/presentation at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood earlier this week, attended by journalists, filmmakers, and members of the ASC.

AJA was founded in 1993 by engineer John Abt and is based in Grass Valley. Up until now, they’ve primarily been associated with post support, including rack mounts, I/O devices, converters, and recorders like the Ki Pro. With the line between production and post continuing to disappear, it was inevitable the company would release a camera system... Read more

Shutterstock acquires royalty free music provider PremiumBeat and photo press agency Rex Features

Shutterstock has also acquired Rex Features, which is the largest independent photo press agency in Europe.

Now a public company, Shutterstock, Inc. is continuing its rise as the dominant stock photo, illustration, video, and music provider to businesses, marketing agencies and media properties all over the world. The New York-based company recently surpassed the mark of over one million licensed video clips and has a community of over 70,000 contributors.... Read more