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Great video analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s film masterpiece "The Shining"!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 22, 2014, at 2:58 AM

Telling stories in films can be a challenge and you don't want to tell your story badly. While the video below is not a tutorial or a "how to do" video, it is an indeep analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s "The Shining" by Darren of Must See Films. Darren, in his film analysis videos and weekly podcasts, shares his passion and thoughts on great films and as you will see he is also a big fan of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining". This movie is full of hidden meanings and is steeped in mystery, so no wonder there's a huge community around this film. Additionally there's no doubt that "The Shining" is a masterpiece and there's a lot to learn from this movie. There's even a documentary fully dedicated to this film. It is called "Room 237" and it focuses on people obsessed with Stanley Kubrick's work. The video below is a bit more "condensed", but the author did a fantastic job and you will enjoy watching it for sure.
 

 

Source: https://vimeo.com

Evolving Sony A7s review by Andrew Reid - much better than Canon 5D Mark III?
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 22, 2014, at 2:13 AM

And here comes another Sony A7s review, this time by Andrew Reid. Well, the review is still evolving and is not complete yet as Andrew published the first part, but it is already filled with a lot of useful info. Andrew had the camera for a week now and he writes that Sony's unit sits between the FS700 ($8000) and F5 ($17,000), but he also emphasizes that the A7s offers an amazing low light performance (but we already knew that;)). Sadly there's one thing missing - you cannot load your own LUT for S-LOG 2 onto the SD card, but this feature might get introduced with a future firmware update. However Andrew also reminds that the 4K recorder Atomos Shogun will have support for LUTs.
 

 

Andrew also shares some info on the camera's sensor. He states that the A7s has the best sensor he has ever shot on. For example he writes that the ISO 12,800 on this camera looks like ISO 800 on the GH4, the ISO 3,200 looks like ISO 200 on the 5D Mark III and that the overall image is spectacular.



"The Sony A7S is the first camera to really beat the Canon 5D Mark III on pretty much every level for both stills and video, especially the latter. The A7R did not have the video quality to topple Canon. The A7S not only topples Canon, it destroys their claim to video quality on DSLRs. Canon’s dated consumer and semi-pro DSLRs are now in serious disarray for video and in some ways stills too (dynamic range and low light for instance). In terms of the video shooter they risk losing the market which gave birth to their pro line of Cinema EOS cameras altogether. I warned them about this 3 years ago and nothing has been done. They have focussed all their efforts on Cinema EOS and completely neglected the lower end video shooter."

As written above the review is still evolving, but it features a lot of information on the A7s, so if you want to find out much more, head over to the review that you will find here.

Source: http://www.eoshd.com

Battle of fast 50mm primes: Sigma f1.4 Art vs. Canon f1.2 L vs. Nikon 58mm f1.4G!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 22, 2014, at 1:32 AM

Fast 50mm primes are a great addition to any equipment bag and actually are a must if you want to get amazing shots, especially when you do a lot of video interviews and want to get a nice deep of field and bokeh. In the video below DigitalRev takes three interesting lenses for a spin - the Sigma f1.4 Art, the Canon f1.2 L and the Nikon 58mm f1.4G. These are some nice primes, but the Sigma is probably the one you will focus your attention on because it is a new unit. This lens costs around $1,200.00 and according to Sigma it offers not only exceptional image quality, but also incredible focal point sharpness when wide open. The Sigma is a bit large, but also quite ambitious, so check out how it compares to its pricier rivals from Canon and Nikon.
 

 

Source: http://www.digitalrev.com

Free online course on aerial photography and video shooting!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 22, 2014, at 12:50 AM

Shooting from aerial drones is getting more and more popular and now is also much more affordable. Of course professional kits still cost several thousands dollars, but you can also get a decent drone for around $500. If you want to learn a bit more on aerial cinematography, here's a pretty awesome CreativeLive class, Taking Flight with Jeff Foster. Jeff is a published author of several video production VFX books, he has also been producing and providing training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics and special effects for over 20 years. In this video Jeff shares a few production and post-production techniques unique and essential to aerial photography - among others he talks about how to stabilize video, create stunning panoramic shots like the ones you will see in the footage below, etc. - in general everything you need to know to get started with aerial photography and video shooting.
 

 

Here's a bit more on the course:

"In this course, you'll learn how to capture stunning aerial shots with an impressive range of aerial gear – including; 3D Robotics multicopters, DJI multirotors, GoPros, DSLRs and more. You'll get an introduction to the best tools for beginners and see demonstrations of the sophisticated gear used by the most in-demand professional photographers and filmmakers. You’ll learn essential skills for controlling a UAV flight; basic flight controls, necessary equipment for successful shooting, planning and lining up the perfect shots, flight prep and safety, waypoint navigation and more. You'll gain an understanding of the production and post-production techniques unique and essential to aerial photography – including how to stabilize video, create stunning panoramic photos, and remove lens distortion in your photos and videos."

As mentioned above the course is free, but you need to be quick (it will be $99 in four days). To participate in the free live class, follow this link.

Source: https://www.creativelive.com

"Dream Park" - Nikon D810 promo film and video interview with DP Anthony Arendt!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 19, 2014, at 3:33 AM

We have another short film shot with the Nikon D810 for you. It is called "Dream Park" and it is a promo film that was produced by Nikon, directed by Nikon Ambassador, Sandro and Anthony Arendt was the Director of Photography. Even though the Nikon D810 is not a 4K camera (movies can be shot in up to 1080/60p), it still offers good video capabilities and according to the producer, the camera allows you to enjoy significantly reduced moiré and noise, so there are some important improvements if you compare this model to the D800. According to Nikon, the film also showcases the camera’s stunning dynamic range and incredible low light capabilities, but you decide (and of course let's not forget, that the footage was graded and edited). But either way you can clearily see that indeed the D810 can be a great tool for shooting HD movies, however the price tag can be a bit high for some - especially if you take into consideration that you cannot shoot 4K footage with this camera (right now the Nikon D810 is priced at around $3,300 - body-only, while the 4K capable and amazing Sony A7s costs almost one thousand less!).
 

 
And below you can also watch an interview with Anthony Arendt, published by DEFY:

"Here's some good news if you are curious about the new D810 from Nikon? We sat down with the DP for Dreampark, the Nikon D810 release video, to get you guys an exclusive behind the scenes look at what went into making this production and how DEFY was an integral part in getting the desired shots on the amazing Nikon D810."
 

 

Source: https://vimeo.com



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