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    Alexa Studio

    Just saw a Demo of the Alexa Studio here at Abelcine in New York and had the honour of finally meeting Mr Mitch Gross who gave a hands on demo of the Camera! Here are the Highlights! An optical Viewfinder! A Mirror Shutter that eliminates all rolling shutter artifacts since the sensor read out happens during the dark Phase An inbuilt 1.3 ND filter that moves over the sensor with i think if i remember correctly an IR filter as well. A quick interchangeable EVF for situations where one cant see clearly through the optical viewfinder. And a full 4:3 sensor that allows for those wonderful anamorphic lenses to shine in the digital world. My impressions of the camera was that basically its the same Camera same body but Arri now allows one to use the full sensor in 4:3 as opposed to just 16:9 with the 4:3 crop happening in the 16:9 sensor area. 80% more sensor area is now used in the full frame 4:3 mode. And the optical viewfinder was wonderful to look through it really eliminated the horrible rolling shutter we can experience while panning too fast although Arrris sensor read out is quite fast as it is and the rolling shutter artifacts on the Alexa are not that bad. The innards of the camera are the same as compared to previous models. Same image processor same sensor. The optical viewfinder and the mirror shutter are the add ons along with the full sensor 4:3 mode. I also asked the Arri Technical Sales Representative Mr Guenter Noesner if Arri would at some point allow Look Settings to be made on the camera and i think he said that it might be possible with the wireless remote that is coming out soon. I might be mistaken and Mitch can confirm that aspect. Currently looks can be made on the computer through a Pomfort software called i think Silverstack Set and can be then loaded on to the camera. There was also an interesting Demo of Pomforts Livegrade Beta which allows you to set the Look through the HD link and see the result Live on the monitor. http://pomfort.com/news/2011/12/livegrade-the-tool-for-interactive-camera-look-creation/ The sense i got was that although Arri isn't Upping its game in the Resolution Sweepstakes it really is listening to feedback from our Field and has addressed some of the issues that we have faced. Naturally all of this comes at a price and since Abelcine is now going to be an authorised Reseller they will probably be best to reveal the cost of all this innovation. Manu Anand Dop Director Mumbai
  2. Hi , Attempts to resuscitate the thread. I'm visiting New York from Mumbai and if anyone wants to meet up over the next couple of weeks give me a holler! Cheers Manu Anand DoP Director Mumbai
  3. Its not in the day. Its shot in Moonlight. Cheers Manu
  4. Please take a look at a film I just shot in Tibet on the 5d. It was a tough shoot with constant traveling, rain, high altitude sickness and Tibetan drivers who travel in convoys and just wouldn't stop between destinations. Nevertheless it was a great experience the journey and then the process of editing and making this film. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers Manu DoP Mumbai India
  5. Hi Ram, Congratulations The commercial looks very crisp and smooth. I shot a short film with the 7D recently and was quite perturbed by the amount of noise within a frame in areas of low light. The blacks were fantastic but anything that wasn't black enough just seemed to get this fuzzy noise. Did you tweak the camera in any way to get rid of these artifacts during the shoot or the footage in post? Thank you Cheers Manu Anand Cinematographer
  6. Ive always envied Iranian Directors and how they are so good with their child actors. A lot of Iranian Directors have shot some gorgeous films with child actors in the lead..... Abbas Kiarostami: Wheres my friends home -(the earthquake trilogy) Majid Majidi- Children of heaven . And - Colours of paradise And a few other directors whose names i cant recall now... aaah yes Jafar P..... something He made i think "the white balloon" All of them have some gorgeous films with child actors.... They probably have the most memorable child performances ive ever seen. I dont think they were shot 1: 1.85 though Another great film made with street kids from Bombay and about them was "salaam bombay" by Mira Nair. Shes the lady who made "monsoon wedding". Manu Anand Bombay
  7. For some reason i was unable to edit my last message but heres a link that explains this better 12.3 % Manu Anand
  8. Hello Dee Dont Forget to check the calibration of your spot meter.. Reflected meters contrary to popular beleif are not calibrated for 18 % gray. Sekonics i think are calibrated for 12.5 %.... Spectras i think are the only ones calibrated at 18% but i may be wrong. While shooting slides this half a stop difference matters a lot ..but not so much while shooting negatives.. But since you said "Exact tonality" check your meter calibration and make the appropriate adjustment. Manu Anand Bombay
  9. OK i think the link should work now. White Cyc and Limbo Manu Anand Bombay
  10. Hello Jamie Here is an archived discussion www.cinematography.net/ Pages%20GB/cyc%20limbo%20effect.htm has anyone seen the film ... "the perfect human " by jorgen leth shot in white limbo... gorgeous film I like having some back light though especially when my characters are wearing darker colours .... i try and keep my back light at as low an angle as i can without getting any camera glare...that gives me a very beautiful silver lining(especially when they are wearing darker colours) kind of an effect on the characters head and shoulders. this low back light can be restrictive sometimes as cutting the glare becomes a problem the lower you take your camera. I like having a large soft source as the back light as well in a white limbo setup ....normally i use an 8*8 gateway frame sometimes two with 5ks behind them so i have an even backlight that throws a very soft character shadow on the foreground. For the faces i then normally light with kinos through diffusion. In a white limbo i normally avoid a kicker as i like the feel of the character having some gradation on his face inspite of being in a white limbo..and i find the kicker thats opposite to the key slightly unnatural. For a soft even light on the floor i then light from the top through 12*12 muslin or silk for a soft diffused even light. Depending on the size of the floor i hang more 12*12/ 8*8 frames as needed and light through them. For a soft limbo effect diffusion is the key. Manu Anand Bombay
  11. Landon here are the production notes on "The Devil's Rejects" www.lionsgatepublicity.com/ epk/devilsrejects/docs/pro_notes.doc Here is an excerpt "Despite a bigger budget and more technical resources, Zombie was careful to avoid the glossy, refined look that characterizes most contemporary horror movies. ?One problem I have now in movies, compared to the 70's, is they just look too good,? he says. ?Real life is messy. As soon as it becomes too clean, then you know you?re watching a movie. It's not scary.? Wanting a slightly more rough-hewn look for the film, Zombie chose to shoot THE DEVIL?S REJECTS on Super 16, a grainier film stock that runs on lighter, smaller cameras. This enabled him to shoot the movie almost entirely with a hand-held camera. ?There's a little steadicam and only one dolly shot in the whole movie,? says Zombie. ?Even when we put the camera on a tripod, we always put it on a bag so that it was a little shaky.? THE DEVIL?S REJECTS, consequently, recalls the bleaker, more desolate palette of George Romero?s early films or the original THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. ?When something bad was happening, I wanted it to be horrible to watch,? says the director. ?The motel scene is a good example. When we filmed it, everyone watching it on the monitors seemed upset. And the actors all seemed upset. That told me we were on the right track.? Zombie is the sole architect of his musical image and was responsible for developing and designing all of the band?s products and stage shows. It comes as no surprise, then, that he is equally involved in every facet of his films, from production design to wardrobe and hair. ?I drive everyone nuts,? admits Zombie. ?I did drawings of every character before we even had a costume person. I knew what I wanted everything to look like. Everything matters to me. If one person's sideburns or belt buckle are wrong, it drives me nuts. It's all in the details. Especially with a movie like this, where you're trying to create a specific world. I?m always trying to find that tone where it?s interesting enough that you'd want to look at it, but it?s never over the top.? THE DEVIL?S REJECTS was shot entirely on location in the desert communities of Lancaster and Palmdale, California, during some of the hottest months of the summer. If the locations weren?t always conducive to film production, they contributed an air of authenticity to the rural, backwater look of the film. ?The motel set was tight, cramped, hot, and miserable to be in,? remembers Zombie. ?And after a while you could really see that the actors looked miserable. It was really uncomfortable to be there. Same with the desert. But it added an element of realism that wouldn't be there if it was a cushy, fake set. I think it also helped keep people in character.? ?Every scene feels much more real when it?s so hot and you?re physically in pain,? admits Haig. Despite the discomforts the cast and crew may have experienced, Zombie fostered a collaborative atmosphere on set. ?It?s always a pleasure working with Rob,? says Haig. ?He?s relaxed. He?s clear about what he?s looking for. And he gets out of the way and lets you do your work. He instinctively knows your level of insanity and isn?t afraid to let you explore it, either.?" Manu Anand Bombay
  12. lol it fell of the tripod....:) have heard that a few times. yup " you break it, you buy it" But the "riding the a$$" is a bit extreme sometimes. Manu Anand Bombay P.S. but on the bright side our film school was subsidized as well.
  13. Hi Dave, Im not sure what using two polarizers will achieve since..... two polarizers will cancel each other out at an angle of 90 degrees to each other letting very little light pass through. So lets see ...the polarizer in front of the lens lets polarized light through but the one behind it then basically as you rotate it away from 90 degrees allows some light to pass through....Its acting more like a variable ND filter cutting light(allowing less or more light to pas through as you rotate it). So im not sure what you intend to achieve..with two polarizers for day for night?? Here are some interesting links on polarized light and polarization http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys...ght/u12l1e.html with examples :To cut glare off the road buy polarised sun glasses with their polarization axis perpendicular to the road. This one is fascinating reading about Polarization Compasses.... how auroras are polarized.....bees and polarization...the vikings and polarization.....Display sytems and polarization ( like LCD screens have a polarisation filter) So lots of interesting stuff on Polarized Light ......... http://www.polarization.com/index-net/index.html Manu Anand Bombay
  14. Hi Stephen Those are two instances im talking about 1) is when the subject distance tends to equal the hyperfocal distance and i said "as well as" which is 2 2) when the subject distance tends to come close to the the focal length. which is what i referred to as macro. Sorry for being grammatically a bit ambiguous there Manu Anand Bombay
  15. As David has already stated . The Dof is dependant on 1 Focal length 2 Aperture 3 Subject Distance 4 Circle of confusion It also depends on viewing distance of the image but lets assume that the viewing distance is a constant. In a particular format the circle of confusion is the same so for a particual format DOF is only dependant on the other three and the viewing distance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field Here you will find the relevant formulas as im unable to type them clearly not having an equation editor software. With the formulas you will clearly see what depth of field is a function of; and the variables involved; and how changing the variables changes depth of field. One common myth is that depth of field changes with focal length. Yes it does but not if the image size is kept the same. Dof field doesnt change if the Image size is kept the same in the frame. That means that if I change my lens from a wide angle to a telephoto but i keep my object size the same my DOF doesnt change because the subject distance also changes which is another variable in the Dof equation. There are exceptions to the this when the subject distance tends to equal the Hyperfocal distance as well as the Focal length of the lens ( macro basically) As David has pointed out that Dof has to many parameters that have to be kept constant while changing formats and comparing but a general rule of thumb is "All things being equal depth of field is inversely proportional to film format size" This because the circle of confusion is a variable in the Dof equation and as other other variables are kept constant the Dof changes in relation to CoC The key phrase is "All things being equal." So if you compared equal sizes of projected 16 mm and 35 mm images same subject to camera distance same field of view(not same focal length)..viewed from the same distance etc then 16 would have more Depth of field as compared to 35mm (when the subject distance is less than the hyperfocal distance.) Here are some sites explaing the above but with comparisons from still photography formats http://www.photo.net/learn/optics/dofdigital/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field Manu Anand Bombay
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