Ridley Scott's cult classic “Blade Runner” has been a work in progress that has spanned 25 years. Cinematographer Jordan Cronenwith took the film noir look to new heights and created a gritty, neon filled future. While continuity errors plagued the first version of the film, “Blade Runner The Final Cut” took advantage of modern technology to fix them.
Here’s the scenario: You recently replied to an audio gig posted on craigslist. It’s set to shoot next Tuesday and the producers just hired you. In your email information packet, they list three locations and the addresses. One is indoors, one is an urban downtown setting and the last is on a wooded walking trail just outside of town. A quick look at Google Maps verifies the locations and now you’re wondering what challenges each will bring, and how to deliver the very best quality audio. You need to do a location scout, only this time it’s for audio.
Have you ever seen a day’s worth of freeway traffic race by in the blink of an eye, or a rose burst into full bloom in less than a minute? With time-lapse photography, you can compress an entire day into a short video clip.
RAM, CPU, PCI-E, Gigabit vs. Gigabyte. Eesh! Any of these terms sound confusing and intimidating? You’re not alone. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be an electronic engineer to build your own PC. You only need to know about a few key components, and what to look for.
Visual aesthetics ride the roller coaster journey of trends. Currently the process of making video look like miniature toys is a popular look, and why not? Called tilt-shift photography, this stylized look takes real world footage and turns it into a visual toy box. Expansive landscapes and steel behemoths are rendered to tabletop playthings; a world in the palm of your hand. Video builds on this photographic illusion, changing real-time motion into a false staccato of stop motion animation. The popularity of the tilt-shift look is in part due to the accessibility of 35mm lenses, the ability of DSLR cameras to shoot video and the software capabilities of editors to simulate the look in post-production. This article is about the latter: how to create the tilt-shift look in post. It’s a process that can be done in most editing software and visual effects packages. With a little bit of effort, the virtual effect can be hard to discern from the practical tilt-shift image.
If you're interested in testing the DSLR waters, but you're not ready to shell out close to three grand just to get your feet wet, the newly announced Sony SLT-α58 might be just what you need. Boasting a 20.1MP APS-C sensor, translucent mirror technology, and OLED viewfinder, this camera will not only take great pictures, but can introduce curious videographers to the world of interchangeable lenses at an entry level price.
Varizoom recently announced Stealthy: a product that can be used for photographers and videographer while shooting in the field. It is a motion stabilizer, 3-point shooter , mini monopod full monopod and tripod. It can be hung from your belt clip and photographers can use them to grab quick images that require stabilization.
Nikon announced their new DX-format D7100 DSLR this morning. The camera comes equipped with a 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor (23.5mm) and EXPEED 3 image processing engine. In addition to all the still photography features (outlined in the press release below, Videographers will be most interested in the following features:
Released in 2002, “Road to Perdition” won the academy award for best cinematography. Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Conrad Hall created a bleak style to represent Chicago in the 1930s, and used stunning imagery and beautiful camera moves to bring meaning to an intense murder scene.