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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 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 Sony Releases Firmware Version 6.0 for VENICE
Tools, Charts & Downloads
Sony has released the highly-anticipated firmware version 6.0 for their VENICE camera, which brings with it the new Advanced Rendering Transform color management system (‘ART’), expanded top-end frame rates, a new frame lines interface with options for multi-format shooting, and more.
Intro image for article Sony VENICE Captures the Action on the Latest Season of Last Chance U
Client Profiles
We sat down with DP Terry Zumalt and 1st AC Devin Keebler on Netflix's Last Chance U, a series that follows players from junior college football teams as they compete to reach the next level.
Intro image for article Petr Cikhart Talks about Versatility with Sony VENICE
Client Profiles
We had the opportunity to talk to Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer, Petr Cikhart, about how he got started in the industry and his use of Sony cameras on various projects. 
Intro image for article DP Tommy Maddox-Upshaw Talks Inspiration, Empire, and Sony VENICE
Client Profiles
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with DP Tommy Maddox-Upshaw to discuss his career, his inspirations, and his most recent work with the Sony VENICE on Season 6 of FOX's Empire, and two seasons of FX's SnowFall.
Intro image for article Sony VENICE Captures Dan Soder for HBO
Client Profiles
Dan Soder: Son of a Gary debuted on HBO in December 2019. Cinematographer Andrew Wehde (Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago, Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh) captured the stand-up comedy special using five Sony VENICE cameras supplied by AbelCine. In this exclusive interview, Wehde describes his visual approach and workflow. 
Intro image for article Cinematographer Mott Hupfel Takes "The Last Shift" to Sundance with Sony VENICE and Rialto
Client Profiles
Mott Hupfel is a cinematographer known for his work on The Savages, The American Astronaut, The Cobbler, and You. When researching the Sony VENICE for an upcoming project, he discovered the camera's Sensor Extension System, also known as Rialto. Recently, he talked to us about his latest project, The Last Shift, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and how he made use of Rialto.
Intro image for article The Latest on Sony VENICE Firmware Version 5.0
Tech News
Sony VENICE firmware version 5.0 has arrived. This update brings a bevy of new features and improvements, including new frame rates and monitoring options to streamline workflows.