It goes without saying that Boston has had an absolutely terrible week. With the events that took place during the Boston Marathon, and now with a manhunt underway to find those responsible, Boston police have order all residents within the city to stay inside today. The result has been a collection of some chillingly empty cityscapes of one of the United States greatest and largest cities. Read more at FStoppers.com
Past meets Present: The History Channel’s new “Know Where You Stand” Campaign.
In 2010, photographer Seth Taras created a series of photographs for a worldwide marketing campaign for the History Channel with the message “Know Where You Stand.” The photographer shot photos at locations around the world where major historical events happened, and then blended old photos showing those events from the same perspective. It is a Haunting reminder of the past but also a beautiful reminder of the power of time and progress. Read more at PetaPixel.com
Check out this great post by Atrero Photography for an in-depth look at some of the Canon 5D III’s many AF options. The article covers some of the new AF and Custom function settings available and explains some of the settings Atrero has implemented on their shoots, along with commentary on the pros and cons of thier settings.
Half of the image above is real, the other half is CG.
Computer-generated images are moving out of theaters and onto store shelves and catalog pages, thanks to software that makes it nearly impossible to distinguish the real from the photorealistic.
Encroaching upon what was once the domain of sci-fi filmmakers, product designers have started employing CGI and utilizing a program called KeyShot to give their digital models lighting effects that makes them appear to be actual items photographed in a studio or out in the wild.
You’ve likely seen KeyShot’s output, although you may not have realized it. That ultra-perfect computer image, with dead-on lighting that highlights all its critical features? The sweatsuit with the fabric that clings together where the seams stretch? The uber-clean Jeep deep in the hills on a gravely trail? All done in KeyShot, a program that enhances CAD creations to the point that they become indistinguishable from the real thing.
Vimeo Video of the Week: What I have to Offer by Eliot Rausch
Rausch combines Five Minutes from Charlie Kaufman’s lecture at the 2011 BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture Series with scenes from every day life. It is a beautifully simple and haunting mosaic that will capture your attention and force a certain appreciation and personal introspection.
Jeffrey Wright is loved by his physics students at louisville male high school. But, beyond teaching them how the world works, it’s his personal life that inspires them to be better people.
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Ramón J. Goñi’s new film, a sombre work which explores the idea of death as a new start. Starring Ashley Smith as a troubled, jaded beauty, On New Terms is based on Deborah Garrison’s poem of the same name it. ON NEW TERMS avoids a literal narrative in order to allow viewers to project their own emotions and experiences onto the depicted scenes. Similarly, the piece also refuses to conform to a certain artistic category, combining everything from visual poetry to fashion film (thanks to some sleek A/W looks from 3.1 Philip Lim).
A beautiful short film about how Svalbard, over the course of recent history, became increasingly linked to developments in climate science, and climate change. Much of the footage was shot whilst on residency in the Arctic Circle in 2010. Svalbard is an archipelago high within the Arctic Circle. The largest of its islands is called Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains.” In 1920 a treaty known as the Svalbard Act was signed by several nations recognising Norwegian sovereignty over the islands, and declaring the whole region a demilitarized zone.
The Redefine List:PARALINX ARROW Ultralight, 10 bit 4:2:2 full HD, Realtime, Wireless up to 320 feet.
Redefine (verb): To reexamine especially with a view to change, to transform, to re-evaluate the status qou, to evolve.
The Redefine list is a showcase of companies and individuals who are forcing filmmakers and the film industry to re-evaluate the Hollywood standards, the Hollywood prices and the Hollywood mentalities. The Redefine list will promote creative and honest work, weather it be amazing new gear that is honestly priced or brilliant short films that help viewers remember the feeling of experiencing true creativity, the Redefine list is here to help spread the word about/for the ones who have truly earned it.
First on the list is the PARALINX ARROW, an uncompressed wireless HD Transmitter System for use with all motion picture cameras. The PARALINK ARROW sends an uncompressed 1080P video signal with less than 2 milliseconds latency, up to 320 feet normal range and up to 200 feet through walls… oh and the transmitter and receiver together weigh less than 5 ounces.
List price is $1100 nearly $2000 less then its closest competition the The Switronix Recon, an uncompressed wireless transmission system that transmits HD Video at 150 feet weighing in at 2lbs.
Vimeo Festival Grand Prize Winner:Symmetry by Everyone
The winners of the 2012 Vimeo Festival have been announced, and unlike a regular film festival, where it could be months before you get to see the films of the winners, you can watch the videos right now. One of those winners is Symmetry, a charming look into the duality of life on Earth through small moving portraits of contrasting subjects, it was the big winner this year taking home the Lyrical subject prize and Vimeo’s $10,000 Grand Prize.
We all know by now that you don’t need a budget anymore to make an interesting piece of work (though it can certainly help). Creativity and a drive to succeed will go a long way to furthering your career and setting you on the right path. Vimeo is a great community of filmmakers and artists who are passionate about the craft, and the festival is a culmination of months and years of hard work and dedication from professionals and amateurs alike.
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