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  1. Has anyone out there tested the ARRI Alexa XT's Open Gate mode (1.55:1) on 2x Anamorphic Lenses verses a Dragon at (3:2) with Ana's for close to a 3:1 output ratio with cropping? Or even just the two against each other at all. I cant find anything online at all. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Cheers! Karl Janisse
  2. The latest music video I shot for Nause. It's a completely unscripted story/event. Shot on Alexa with Ultra Prime LDS and Optimo 28-76 + three Nikon D800 with nikon-lenses. https://vimeo.com/91797235 Thanks
  3. Sharing a short film we just posted online, just in time for the NCAA tournament. I shot Alexa 4444 2k, superspeeds wide open most of the time. Some of our influences were a little Savides meets Soderbergh with a dash of Fincher. My friend Andrew Lewis Directed, Nice Dissolve in Brooklyn did the Color. Kyle Fasanella on steadicam. A confrontation with an old rival makes Zack Woods a media sensation hours before leading his underdog team into Game One of March Madness. Let me know what you think and enjoy!
  4. Hi Folks, I didn't go to film school. Most of my training came from internships in middle and high school (also my family was in local television) and those connections worked into jobs when I got out of school, so I'm not familiar with the film school scene, in fact, many of my mentors in the business advised me that unless I had a lot of money and could afford UCLA (this was 1978, by the way) or something equivalent, not to waste time and money on film school, especially since I had already had a good bit of hands on training during my volunteer work. It worked out for me pretty well , but that was a different time.Throughout the years I've done some consulting and community college level teaching, but never on a film school level until a year and half ago when I taught a cinematography class for the New York Film Academy in Celebration, Florida. I had a blast, great students and I got to work with some high caliber folks and for me the coolest part was I got to work with Arri S 16mm cameras that I thought I would never see beyond a museum again. Tri X Reversal, it brought back memories of high school football games and early 60's newsreels, my childhood and early adulthood.After reading up on NYFA both pro and con, I got the impression that many were questioning the wisdom of teaching students on an "old clunker" when the big guys are shooting with RED's and Alexa's. Fair enough, but you have to remember, this level of student, high school or early college is not going to start out with one of those anymore than I did with a Arri SR or Aaton Prod.You also have to take into consideration the number of students that aren't interested in becoming cinematographers. About two thirds of my students were wanting to be actors, directors and producers and they certainly weren't going to take it to the Panavision level. So here are the options for this level of student that I see. HD Prosumer or DSLR: I would lean toward either DSLR or perhaps some of what Black Magic is offering. This is where I have to criticize NYFA on their choice of the Panasonic prosumer grade cameras they use. Great cameras, but they're ENG and no matter how much you play with camera tape markings on the lens barrel,it's still not a proper lens for that. I offered the students the option of using that or the MF numbers on the monitor, as most AC's I've seen these days follow the cam op via a small flat screen monitor.Now DSLR's are great, but here again, they're not designed for a Hollywood type film crew operation unless you spend a good deal of cash on camera cages and follow focus attachments. This would be economically impractical in this type of situation, I could imagine the nightmare of trying to keep up with that many DSLR kits students were sent out with on the Disney backlot. High school students and even the adults in that type of situation need to keep the number of items in the field small,and the many pieces of tinker toy type stuff that goes with DSLR's would be a nightmare to contend with. Then you have super 8 and 16mm. I love super 8 and I could see it being used on a basic "primer" type of project, but beyond the avant garde scene, yuppie weddings and a certain type of look, its not really such a good training format either,It's best reserved, in my opinion for the "intimate" hand held, home movie or retro doc look, which is exactly what we're seeing the industry currently using it for. Then you have the old stand by, tried and true 16mm "clunkers". I love these things, they're my classic muscle cars, what I cut my teeth on, but it disturbed me to see so much precious film footage being wasted on exposure tests and workshops.Moreover , such a volume of labwork was a nightmare for scheduling projects, These days, especially for a film student on a budget, 16mm film stock is like oil and seeing it used like that is almost like driving a Hummer to the corner store. Check out this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYADhAZsPNA Now let's say a film school has a fleet of "old clunkers". They're still good for training the basics on, but if,say you converted half of the fleet to a digital hybrid, the student could learn basic composition,exposure, work flow and camera crew operation and once they've mastered that, then they can move on to shooting their projects with real film cameras, if that's the direction, if not, they will still be prepared for the film type work flow that is currently standard procedure in the industry, rather than pick up bad habits from being trained on an ENG camera. P and S Teknik is already doing this with Arri 16 SR 3's, offering a digital mag and as I understand someone else is working on a digital super 8 cartridge. What are your opinions on this? Marty Hamrick Semi retired cameraman Oshawa, Ontario
  5. Hi Guys, I've got my first shoot on the Alexa coming up next week, and as circumstances prevent me from being able to run exposure tests on the camera beforehand, I was wondering about using the camera's false colour feature. We'll be shooting in LogC No-Matrix, and I'm wondering what colour I'd want to see on caucasian skin? Is it pink for properly-exposed Caucasian skin? Or is pink just for the highlights on caucasian skin? Cheers, Mark
  6. New top/steadicam plate and AKS 1st AC load plate for Arri Alexa and Red. 100% made in the USA. Links to pics attached.: co-creator: Joe Christofori thanks to Rule Boston Camera for camera / field testing links to pics https://twitter.com/SawmillCinema/status/373283304013049856/photo/1 http://t.co/kDA63zAxL5 Mike Sutton mike@sawmillcinema.com twitter: @sawmillcinema twitter: @MNS1974
  7. https://vimeo.com/70679379 The majority of this music promo was shot on an Arri Alexa 4:3 in 2K ProRes using Panavisions C-series and G-series Anamorphic primes with some additional photography shot on a RED MX with Panavisions Xtal Express Anamorphic primes. The main visual references the director and I discussed were photographer Gregory Crewdson's work and the films of Wes Anderson (shot by Robert Yeoman) so we were trying to achieve a surreal atmosphere with a vibrant colour palette. For the main location I used Lee Medium Blue Green gel on most of my background sources (a combination of daylight balanced kinoflos and smaller HMI cinepars) while keeping the keylight neutral (usually a combination of tungsten jemballs warmed slightly on the dimmer). I kept the camera at 3200K and 800asa and the stop was usually a T4. I hung 2 x jemballs w/500w bulbs above the table and skirted them to contain the spill. Opposite camera there was a Kinoflo Flathead hanging just above the frame that worked as a backlight for the lead actress, and this was supplemented with additional Flatheads on the floor as 3/4 backlight where necessary. Depending on our angle of view I'd use smaller Cinepars and 4x4 kinos bounced into the ceiling to add some colour to the background. For a flicker effect I had 2 x redheads running through a a flicker box and pushing through a frame of Muslin and for the sweeping spotlight I used a source 4. For the shot of the girl looking at herself in her bedroom mirror at night I used a single 4ft x 4tube kino just outside the window to key her and used a 575w HMI Cinepar with a spot bulb sitting on the floor just outside the window to add a slash of moonlight across the floor. A handheld HMI pocket par sat just out of frame right to flare the lens. For the warmer coloured scenes inside the dance rehearsal studio at night I used the Xtal express lenses for a softer, more dreamlike feeling and kept the shooting stop at T2.8 which enhanced the softer aberrations of the lenses and made a nice contrast between the C&G series. A pair of 2k's and another pair of VNSP parcans, all gelled with CTS, pushed through the window to work as a backlight and I used the ambience from the room as fill. For close ups I supplemented the light with some smaller Kinos again with tungsten tubes and CTS. There's a couple of lighting plots below (designed in the Lighting Designer App - can't recommend this highly enough!) and a few BTS photos from the unit stills that give you a sense of the lighting rig in the main location. Theres also a brief clip showing the Dolly/Lighting Rig we used for one of the shots here https://vimeo.com/71200843
  8. 6 year old Angenieux Optimo 15-40mm T2.6 Zoom Lens in perfect condition. This is my lens, privately owned, not parked at a rental house. In Los Angeles. $39,995. contact me at lkarman5@verizon.net if interested.
  9. As a side project we have created a little free tool called "metavisor" to directly view and extract metadata of Arri Raw files inside your web browsers with simple Drag and Drop technology Link to metavisor: metavisor I would love to get some feedback from the pros here: What you think about the tool? What would you like to be improved? How important is viewing and export of metadata to you? Is the current tool with installation (Meta Extract) provided by Arri too cumbersome to use? What free webtool would you like to see concerning production / postproduction / vfx ? The tool is still in beta phase. We are also planning to extend the functionality to the other capture formats the Alexa supports, RED, Sony's cameras and connect the vfx/lens data information to our database and make it available to the digital workflow community. Also if you ever imagined a nice tool that everyone should be able to use for free in our industry - just drop us a line (metavisor@nablavfx.com). Usually people with good ideas and interesting problems are industry professionals ;) Big thanks to everyone giving some feedback ! We really appreciate your time. Jatha --- Announcing - metavisor - http://www.opendci.com/app/metavisor Extract Arri Alexa Raw metadata with this simple free web tool ! Quickly view metadata online of Arri Raw files (*.ari) inside your browser, with simple Drag and Drop. Download the metadata in csv or json format. -- Jathavan Sriram Co-Founder, CTO nablavfx R&D|3D|VFX h: http://www.nablavfx.com m: contact@nablavfx.com Google+: https://plus.google.com/104702076022464846295 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/3165753
  10. hi ppl ! Kindly give me 30 secs of ur time and tell me what u think of my movie teaser ! shot on RED as well as ALEXA. graded on Davinci resolve. and made with lot of love !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uI9TbmqvvU
  11. Hi, I have a couple of questions for our next (student) short we will be shooting in the first half of April. At first we wanted to go 16mm (anamorphic), but it's quiet expensive for us. And wide angle anamorphic is a problem with 16mm. We're still thinking about it though. But it's probably going to be the digital way. Now the short is about half and half daylight and nighttime. Probably a bit more at daylight. We're thinking about renting a Red-epic since it's a lot cheaper (than an Alexa). But I'm a bit "scared" for the nighttime shots with the epic. We will be passing neon street lights, in car shots which can get pretty dark, etc. What do you think? Will it be ok? Second question is about post production. We love the (16mm) celluloid organic look, and specially for this film. We were wondering how this is professionally emulated/achieved. Are there a couple of ways? I add professionally since we were thinking about festivals etc. (I read somewhere that adding a random grainy look is okay for youtube videos but not for more serious stuff.) Thanks ahead,
  12. Hi friends: I updated my Quickguide of the Arriflex Alexa for the new Sup 7.0.2. Here I leave you the link in case you need it: http://www.sauloliveira.com/index.php/en/working-material/134-quickguide-arriflex-alexa-sup-7 Best Regards Saul Oliveira Second AC Spain www.sauloliveira.com
  13. https://vimeo.com/59217562 Footage from various shorts I've done in the past 2 years. Camera's used: Arri Alexa, Phantom Flex, RED Epic, RED M-X, RED One, Ikonoskop A-Cam DII, Canon C300, ...
  14. Hello everybody! My name is Nikolay Hristov and I'm young producer from Bulgaria. Currently I have on my disposal to manage 3 cameras ARRI Alexa (2 Alexa Plus and 1 basic Alexa). As the market in Bulgaria is not big enough I am looking to expand the business around Europe and I'm pretty sure I can offer one of the best prices on the market. This means around 30% lower tha the ordinary rental price in Europe. For example, fully equipped Alexa Plus + 6 lenses Ultra Prime≈ 5000 euro/week. Every offer will be personalized depending ot its specific requirements, lenght of the rental, etc. I can offer as well camera technician, for which Alexa expertthere will be additional charge. If you are interested, please contact me on my e-mail nikolay.h.hristov@gmail.com and I will get back to you shortly after that with details. Best regards, Nikolay Hristov
  15. Hello everybody! My name is Nikolay Hristov and I'm young producer from Bulgaria. Currently I have on my disposal to manage 3 cameras ARRI Alexa (2 Alexa Plus and 1 basic Alexa). As the market in Bulgaria is not big enough I am looking to expand the business around Europe and I'm pretty sure I can offer one of the best prices on the market. This means around 30% lower tha the ordinary rental price in Europe. For example, fully equipped Alexa Plus + 6 lenses Ultra Prime≈ 5000 euro/week. Every offer will be personalized depending ot its specific requirements, lenght of the rental, etc. I can offer as well camera technician, for which Alexa expertthere will be additional charge. If you are interested, please contact me on my e-mail nikolay.h.hristov@gmail.com and I will get back to you shortly after that with details. Best regards, Nikolay Hristov
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