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NAB 2014 Wrap Up

April 2014
NAB 2014 Wrap Up

It probably wasn't necessary to actually attend NAB this year to gather that it's now possible to have a 4K camera, if you want one, and even if budgets are still a little tight – or at least it soon will be. The other big takeaway from this year's show is that attendance, at... »

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Panasonic to Debut New 4K VariCam at NAB

March 2014
Panasonic to Debut New 4K VariCam at NAB

It seems that VariCam rides again. Panasonic announced that later this year, it will launch a 4K camera/recorder, VariCam 35, which incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and the company’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. »

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BVE Expo Shows an Industry on the Rebound

February 2014
BVE Expo Shows an Industry on the Rebound

Nestled as it is between the single-camera specificity of BSC Expo and the titanic international might of NAB, London’s BVE Expo is always at risk of a degree of “trade show fatigue.” There are only so many ways to walk over cheap carpet while squinting at the lighting exhibits. Even so, if sheer footfall... »

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BSC Expo Comes to Warner’s New U.K. Studio Complex

January 2014
BSC Expo Comes to Warner’s New U.K. Studio Complex

With the calendar increasingly crowded with expos keen to blandish us with toys for the discerning production geek, BSC Expo can be quite refreshing in its modest size and focussed selection of exhibitors. Taking place on a single stage at Warner's gleaming new Leavesden facility near Watford in the U.K., the show nevertheless boasts... »

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Stephen Frears Balances Comedy and Tragedy in Philomena

January 2014
Stephen Frears Balances Comedy and Tragedy in <em>Philomena</em>

Philomena is in parts an amusing odd-couple movie, and in parts an inexpressibly tragic story about the loss of a son, and as such it is, in the tradition of anything truly interesting, difficult to sum up. Director Stephen Frears tells us he became involved “entirely conventionally” via producer Christine Langan at BBC Films,... »

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Contenders – Directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, The Croods

November 2013
Contenders – Directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, <em>The Croods</em>

Some films are set in the past, and spend an enormous amount of time and effort in an attempt to recreate a byegone era as accurately as possible. The Croods takes great joy in not being one of those films. Gleefully painting cats green and putting, as they say, “tusks on everything,” directors Chris Sanders... »

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The Line Between Production and Post Blurs at IBC 2013

September 2013
The Line Between Production and Post Blurs at IBC 2013

Drawing a line between production and postproduction, as I've tried to do for our IBC coverage this year, involves a grey area that's increasing in width every year. Much as postproduction as a discipline is more and more relegated to commodity computer hardware, cameras are also becoming computers, and delegating to post much of... »

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IBC 2013: 4K Eclipses 3D

September 2013
IBC 2013: 4K Eclipses 3D

Before we dive into an analysis of exactly what was and wasn't interesting at IBC 2013 from a production perspective, it's worth being aware of an overarching theme: if you hadn't yet noticed, where 3D was discussed a few years ago, 4K is now the topic of conversation. I won't be quite ready to... »

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Understanding Discontinuous Spectrum

April 2013
Understanding Discontinuous Spectrum

I should probably start with an apology: this one is going to get technical. Still, I hope you'll stick with it, because understanding how and why we take such care over measuring the quality of white light is key to understanding the benefits of modern lighting equipment such as that based on fluorescent and... »

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NAB 2013: The Death of the Obvious

April 2013
NAB 2013: The Death of the Obvious

I went to NAB 2013 with no great expectations for new equipment, and therefore wasn’t disappointed. ARRI is still ascendant with Alexa. Sony has just released the F5 and, to the horror of F65 owners, the F55. Canon seems confident in its position, having accidentally built an excellent indie filmmakers’ camera in the 5D... »

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