Modus Reveals the Magic Behind Now You See Me

Montreal-based VFX facility Modus FX recently delivered 227 visual effects shots for Now You See Me, which is being released today in theaters. Featuring a high-voltage ensemble cast, including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher, Now You See Me charts the progress of a team of illusionists who rob banks during their performances, distributing the spoils to their audiences, all the while staying a step ahead of the FBI and Interpol. […]


DP Alex Buono Takes ‘Saturday Night Live’ to 4K with AJA Ki Pro Quad

AJA Video Systems recently released the Ki Pro Quad file-based recording device for professional 4K and HD workflows. Alex Buono, director of photography for the Saturday Night Live film unit, recently used the AJA Ki Pro Quad together with a Canon C500 camera to capture Kanish, a 1970s cop show spoof starring Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader. Ki Pro Quad is the only tapeless recorder that supports live debayering of 4K Canon RAW camera data with simultaneous recording to Apple ProRes 422 or ProRes 444 files. […]


Cooke Optics Announces Plans to Extend Factory and Workforce

Cooke Optics announced that it will expand its factory in Leicester, U.K. and hire additional employees to accommodate a growing demand for its hand-crafted lenses. The company plans to add an additional 300 square meters, which will house more assembly and projection facilities as well as an R&D laboratory. A 10% increase in the workforce will be required to fuel the expansion. […]


Proper Television Adds 100 TB Online Storage System from EditShare

Toronto-based reality TV/documentary production company Proper Television has expanded its EditShare storage system with the purchase of 100 TB of additional EditShare XStream storage, expanding the company’s production capacity to 164 TB. In addition, the company is now implementing a tiered storage environment, deploying 164TB of EditShare Ark Disk as nearline storage and Ark Tape for long-term LTO archiving. EditShare Flow asset management works in conjunction with Ark Disk and Ark Tape, facilitating fast search, proxy viewing and restoration. […]

Art Direction

Designing Viking Stories: Production Designer Tom Conroy

During the opening scene of The History Channel series Vikings, we find ourselves somewhere in Eastern Baltic in 793 AD where Viking warriors are battling to the death. Recreating the world of Norse traditions was a task production designer Tom Conroy embraced wholeheartedly. No stranger to recreations of historical drama, he has also designed for the series Camelot and Titanic: Blood and Steel. Conroy’s work on The Tudors has earned him an Emmy in 2010. […]


Radiant Images to Unveil Novo 2K at Cine Gear Expo

L.A.-based rental house Radiant Images will unveil the Novo 2K at Cine Gear Expo, (Booth S309). The Novo 2K is an updated Novo action camera that shoots uncompressed RAW footage. By shooting 2K uncompressed RAW, the Novo 2K gives filmmakers full control of latitude, exposure and color renditions. […]

No Picture

Acclaimed Filmmakers Headline Kodak Panels at Cine Gear

Kodak will host two discussions with acclaimed cinematographers at this year’s Cine Gear Expo on the Paramount Lot in Los Angeles. At 5:15 p.m., May 31, Kodak will sit down with cinematographer Giles Nuttgens, BSC for a conversation in the Paramount Theater. At 11:45 a.m. June 1, the “Sundance in Summer” panel will feature Eric Alan Edwards (Lovelace) and Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station) in The Sherry Lansing Theater. […]


Bexel Expands 4K and HD Camera Lineup

Bexel has expanded its selection of cameras with the purchase of four Sony F55 cameras, a compatible selection of PL-mount Fujinon Cabrio Lenses, as well as 10 Canon EOS C300 cameras. The new camera packages will be on display at Cine Gear Expo (Booth #98C), May 31-June 1 in Los Angeles. […]