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Intro image for article The State of Full Format Production
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We all know the moment... when a film cuts to a close up and the depth of field is so narrow that we immediately lock onto the lead’s eyes. The character's emotions and place in their world are so clear to us, the audience, as we experience this moment with them. We are not bystanders; we are participants. The image is intimate, organic, and just like that, we get goosebumps.
Intro image for article ARRI Applications: ALEXA Mini LF & Signature Primes with Lucas Cohen
Tutorials & Guides
AbelCine's new ARRI Applications series begins with insight from Director of Photography Lucas Cohen, exploring why he chose the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF and Signature Primes for this specific project: six shoots in three weeks, covering Major League Soccer.
Intro image for article American Utopia: A Conversation with Ellen Kuras, ASC
Client Profiles
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Ellen Kuras, ASC to discuss her work as the cinematographer on David Byrne's American Utopia, a concert film directed by Spike Lee.
Intro image for article A Look at Canon C500 Mark II with Rubidium Wu
Tutorials & Guides
Canon’s latest full-format Cinema EOS camera, the C500 Mark II, is a study in versatility. Join filmmaker Rubidium Wu as he describes his experiences shooting with the C500 Mark II and gives his perspective on how it fits into the equipment roster of a growing production company.
Intro image for article Evaluating the Sony FX9 and VENICE Sensors
Tutorials & Guides
Since the release of Sony's PXW-FX9 digital cinema camera, we've gotten a lot of questions from clients about how it compares to Sony's flagship cinema camera, the VENICE. Now that Sony has released major firmware updates for both cameras (2.01 for the FX9 and 6.0 for the VENICE), we thought now would be a good opportunity to compare their capabilities, particularly in terms of each camera’s sensor.
Intro image for article First Look: Sony FX6 Full-Format Digital Cinema Camera
Tutorials & Guides
In this video, I take a look at Sony’s latest full-format camera in their cinema line, the FX6. The FX6 slots in below the FX9 in Sony’s lineup, but don’t let that fool you — it’s got a number of headline features that make it a more than worthy contender.
Intro image for article The Best Podcasts for Filmmakers
Tutorials & Guides
These days, you can name almost any subject and find a great podcast on that topic. This holds true for filmmaking as well. From podcasts designed for general film lovers to super technical ones from industry insiders, there truly is something for everyone. In this post, we've curated a list of our favorites, based on input from our technical specialists and other members of our team.
Intro image for article First Look: Sony a7S III
Tutorials & Guides
Building upon the success of its predecessor, the new Sony Alpha a7S III has been updated with several standout features focused on video. With an updated BIONZ XR processor and new 12.1-megapixel BSI Exmor R sensor, the a7S III packs powerful internal recording options, including full-frame 4K 120p and S-Log2 and S-Log3 support, all via the new XAVC HS format, an HEVC / H.265 based 10-bit 4:2:2, intra-frame (All-I) codec. External output options include 16-bit RAW via the full-size HDMI (Type A) port to a compatible recorder, up to 4264x2408 (16:9) at 60p.
Intro image for article First Look: Canon EOS C70 Digital Cinema Camera
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Today Canon announced the C70, the latest model in their line of Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras. It uses the same Super35-format sensor as the C300 Mk III, including Canon’s DGO (Dual Gain Output) technology for 16+ stops of dynamic range, their legendary Dual-Pixel Autofocus, and is the first Cinema EOS camera to use Canon’s RF lens mount (which first debuted on the EOS R full-frame mirrorless stills-oriented body). All this is packed into the smallest Cinema EOS body ever – yet with few compromises in terms of the features and functionality Canon users have come to rely on over the years.