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Chayse Irvin ASC, CSC on BLONDE
BLONDE cinematographer Chayse Irvin ASC, CSC takes us behind the scenes of the BLONDE production. See the process that went into recreating some of Marilyn Monroe's most iconic shots for this film.
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NBC News Shoots Entire National News Report Using Film / Super-8 in 2022!
In a report shot entirely on film, NBC News’ Gadi Schwartz tells us about the growing demand for vintage cameras as photography shoots up in popularity.

The boom has been fueled by younger generations, social media and a desire to slow down in a hyperconnected world. When setting out to report this story, Gadi realized there was only one way to really do it justice. Take a behind-the-scenes look as Gadi shoots a few rolls with photographer Jason Kummerfeldt in Los Angeles, with their journey captured on a film camera.

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Nope's New Day-for-Night Technique / Hoyte van Hoytema FSF NSC ASC
"One of the major challenges on Nope was how we were going to shoot the night-time sequences, which were mainly all big set pieces. When Jordan and I went on the night scouts around Agua Dulce, we saw that there was no available light whatsoever, and realized there was no way we were ever going to be able to light and photograph these large expanses convincingly.
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RED DIGITAL CINEMA Launches Next Evolution of DSMC3 Camera System with V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV
RED officially announced the availability of the new V-RAPTOR XLTM 8K VV camera today during a livestream event. The V-RAPTOR XL system expands on the most advanced RED® camera platform ever, leveraging the current flagship V-RAPTOR 8K VV + 6K S35 multi-format sensor inside of a large-scale-production ready XL camera body. The all-new unified XL body is designed to support high-end television and motion picture productions. 
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Alexa 35 Really DOES Have 17 Stops of Dynamic Range
Gunther Machu and Florian Milz at CineD have tested the Alexa 35 and found that it has more dynamic range than any previously tested camera.
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Top Gun Maverick - Cinematography BTS
The air-to-air team behind Top Gun: Maverick shares a detailed behind-the-scenes look at exactly how they pulled off making the groundbreaking film, including gear choices, challenges, victories, and more.
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Women’s Weekend Film Challenge - New York, NY
This summer, hundreds of professional filmmakers in New York City will join forces to create six short films as part of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge (WWFC). A grassroots initiative founded in 2017 by filmmakers Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre, WWFC aims to address the lack of women and nonbinary people behind the camera and on screen through a variety of programs, including its signature film challenge. 
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ARRI Alexa 35
ARRI’s first new sensor for 12 years builds on the evolution of the ALEXA family over that period, delivering 2.5 stops more dynamic range, film-like highlight handling, better low light performance, and richer colors. The new REVEAL Color Science takes full advantage of the sensor’s image quality and provides a fast, simple workflow, while ARRI Textures enhance in-camera creative control. Easy operation, robust build quality, new electronic accessories, and a complete new mechanical support system round out the ALEXA 35 platform.
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Kudos to M. David Mullen for Mrs. Maisel.
Tonight I was watching the last episode of season 4 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  I was watching the credits at the end and I saw the cinematography was by M. David Mullen.  The light bulb went off in my head, that's the real cinematographer that answered questions on that forum I used to look at every day.  So I see that you still post here so I just wanted to say that your cinematography for Maisel is MIND BLOWINGLY EXCELLENT.
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New IMAX Film Cameras in Development
In cooperation with Kodak, Panavision, and FotoKem, IMAX will develop and deploy at least four new, state-of-the-art film cameras over the next two years — growing its existing fleet of film cameras by 50% — with the first new camera being put into use by late 2023. 
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Films Shot on RED Play a Big Role in Giant Screen Cinema Association’s 2022 Film Expo
From Ireland to Space and Stops in Between, RED Is Behind the Scenes
The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) Film Expo opened this week with a number of compelling films screening for attendees that originated on RED cameras.
Continuing its leadership in natural history filmmaking, RED is proud to have supported the filmmakers behind 13 of the seventeen films being presented in the New Films category.
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West Side Story - Spielberg
Saw it last night. Superb. Didn’t expect it to be so good as I really know the original film and I was fearing some eye rolls on my part but I was fully immersed and blown away by it. The casting was refreshing I thought. Visually spectacular!!!
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Roger Deakins Knighted at Windsor Castle
Legendary cinematographer Sir Roger Deakins was knighted Feb. 1 by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle. He is the first cinematographer to receive this recognition. “The knighthood was an incredible honor that must be shared with my crew and collaborators. They are the reason I have been able to do what I’ve done. It’s a wonderful recognition that we all share,” said Deakins in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter. Joining Deakins at the ceremony was his wife and collaborator, digital workflow specialist James Ellis Deakins. The pair are in the U.K. prepping for Sam Mendes’ England-set Empire of Light.
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The New Canon EOS R5 C camera. Anyone Interested?
They finally made a camera that fills all of my workflow demands for a tiny camera (swivel screen, internal recording, etc) however I was wondering if anyone had experience with the footage of this camera? I read somewhere it has 14 stops of dynamic range but I was wondering how people felt about the color science of it? Haven't seen too many side-by-side shootouts with this camera and an Arri sensor.


And does anyone know if that fan on the side gets ridiculously loud??? Thanks.
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HBO's "Euphoria" on Ektachrome 100D 35mm
So a show is being originated on some Kodak Ektachrome 100D 35mm.... sure looks great.
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What's Happening with Film Scanners?
Any new breakthroughs or improvements coming out?
Any new scanner options on the low budget front?
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2022 Film Stock Price Increases?
Just wondering if anyone has any info on if we're looking at motion picture film price increases come the new year. Seems like its certainly happening for stills but there seems to be no intel out there on motion. Anyone heard anything?

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Alexa Classic worth it in 2021?
Since it has been around for a while, there are a ton of tests from the Alexa Classic and, on eBay, those cameras can be had for not too much more than a new Ursa 12k. My question is if it is still a safe bet in 2021? I am doing this for shooting my own projects and maybe for some friends/colleagues in education if they need corp. videos or whatnot.
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Converted Arriflex ST Super 16mm by ARRI - they exist!
A few weeks ago I got in touch with an 88 year old German cinematographer who ran a one man laboratory for 16mm film. He told me he had and Arriflex BL Super 16 which is not a third party conversion but was produced by Arri in the late sixties. The format wasn't very popular at that time and Arri only made about 25 of them. The BL cameras are heavy beasts and since I've been looking for a Super 16 camera that you can carry around with you on walks, I figured that maybe Arri also made an Arriflex ST Super 16 version. And guess what, they did. Again, only about 25 were made. I contacted one of the old Arri technicians and he confirmed the location of one of those cameras. It is on its way to me and as soon as it arrives I will update this post for anyone who is interested. Below a photo of the old beauty, you can see the serial number 25.
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Cinematographer Claudio Miranda ASC on the Sony VENICE 2
Sony Electronics Inc. introduces the VENICE 2, the new flagship model and latest addition to its lineup of high-end digital cinema cameras. Cinematographer Claudio Miranda ASC provides insight and analysis on “The Camera Test,” with a breakdown on how well the Original VENICE and VENICE 2 intercut. Miranda also discusses what he thinks makes the VENICE 2 stand out.
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From the Archives: Painters and Their Art As References
I'm always curious where people get inspiration. The ASC guys love the masters, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Monet and such. I like Hopper but I tend to go to films more as references because I'm terrible with names and finding people's works. What about you? Any personal favorites? Any pieces of work specifically?

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New Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2
Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, a next generation professional broadcast camera with 6K digital film sensor that brings digital film quality to both traditional and online broadcasters.The advanced 6144 x 3456 digital film sensor provides exceptional low light performance with dual gain ISO of up to +36dB as well as 13 stops of dynamic range. Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 also includes H.265 and Blackmagic RAW file formats, Blackmagic generation 5 color science, as well as a USB-C expansion port for external disk recording, and more.
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ZEISS Conversations - Alice Brooks, ASC - Webinar
We're thrilled to announce our next live ZEISS Conversation with the ASC's newest member, Alice Brooks! Alice Brooks, ASC, has an impressive portfolio with internationally acclaimed titles such as In the Heights, Home Before Dark, and her upcoming release, tick, tick...BOOM!  This newest feature is directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Ron Howard and is set to premiere at AFI Fest next month.
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New High Performance Circular Filters from LEE / LEE Elements
LEE Filters, a leading manufacturer of high-quality lighting gels and photographic filters and part of Panavision’s end-to-end offerings for image makers, has introduced LEE Elements, an all-new range of high-performance and quick-to-deploy circular filters for photographers and videographers.
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Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm on movie set
Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer on "Rust," and director Joel Souza were shot Thursday in the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western and killed the cinematographer, officials said. The director of the movie was wounded, and authorities are investigating what happened.
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