Zombies eat brains. They are also, like all of us, driven by brain functions. What is happening in their brains to make them act as they do? In this intriguing dialogue, Tim Verstynen & Brad Voytek apply the various human medical possibilities that make zombies…zombies.
Mia McCormick sheds some light on the equipment needed to capture night-vision video for your next nocturnal wildlife safari or an infamous night in Paris.
Rob Norton details the gear and process he used to make this short documentary on Steve Sunk and his hand-forged axes.
Steve Sunk, an Australian of the Year Awards finalist, is a master chef who teaches indigenous Australians western cooking techniques so they can get a job and cook nutritious meals for their families. He’s well-known as “the Walkabout Chef” but when I was on a mate’s property I read an article in OUTBACK magazine about Steve as a weapons maker, not a chef. In the article I saw stills of Steve in his shed – red hot steel on the end of a long metal rod, a big flame shooting from an oven, an anvil like in the cartoons, and a magnificent display of various hunting knives with bone handles.
I contacted Steve in January this year, told him about my idea for the video profile and he said “let’s do it”. He lives outside Darwin in the Northern Territory. I thought Queensland summers were miserable; he told me I couldn’t come any time soon because it was still summer i.e. wet season and I’d die. He’d be back from the bush for a week or two in July – the window was set.
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Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.
Iron Man 3 is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2013
Canon 5D Mk III is adding a long awaited firmware update that offers the a clean uncompressed signal via the HDMI port. The only catch is you have to wait till April 2013 (just in time for the NABshow). Press Release follows below.
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.
Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.
Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.
The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
Jeff Foster takes the newly launched GoPro Hero 3 for a spin and compare it to the previous generation first-person action camera.
So GoPro had this little “launch event” this week to introduce the new Hero3 to the world and invited a bunch of media folks from all over the globe to San Francisco to take part in it and get a hands-on experience. Little did we know that even included race cars, motorcycles, hot air balloons, jets, catamarans and diving with sharks! It was an amazing experience to get a real feel for what the GoPro can do, so let’s take a closer look at the Hero3…
First of all, this amazing new camera is completely redesigned from the ground up… about 30% thinner than it’s predecessor, the Hero2. And with an improved sensor that gives 12MP still images and up to 4K video @ 15fps, and the new anamorphic glass lens is beautifully sharp and has less barrel distortion. There are really so many enhancements in this camera that I’m going to have to break this review into two parts, just to get enough comparison data and hands-on examples to cover it all. But first, let’s take a look at the Hero3 and some specs:
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Many of the effects in Jurassic Park were done the good old fashioned way – with a man in a suit. Watch the evolution of a Raptor going from a crude “garbage bag” version to a fully realized radio controlled monster.
Although Stan Winston Studio created multiple raptors for JURASSIC PARK, including full-size cable-controlled puppets, half-puppets and insert legs, some Raptor shots were most efficiently captured with a man in a suit. SWS supervisor John Rosengrant was pegged as the main Raptor suit performer, with SWS concept designer Mark “Crash” McCreery also pitching in when the shot required two raptors.
To determine the suit’s configuration, the Winston team overlaid Raptor drawings on images of Rosengrant in various positions. The crew then did a body cast on him, and sculpted the Raptor form around that cast.?
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Steven Spielberg’s years of anger toward his father, and their later reconciliation, is still playing out in his films. Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes reports.
With the wealth of digital tools for post production, it’s easy to put things off for later. But usually the phrase “fix it in post” is a precursor to disaster.
If you’re a filmmaker, you’ve no doubt heard someone say, “It’s okay, we’ll fix it in post.” You may have even been the someone who said it. But waiting to think about post-production until you’re there can cost you — in money and time.
Lucky for you, The Post Lab’s Chris J. Russo recently led a class for Film Independent members on developing the best post strategy for your film. From the technical to the tactical, here are five tips from Russo to get your post-production plan started before it’s too late.
Once your editor comes on board, determine what your post needs are before you start shooting. Create a post workflow from the beginning that works. “Ask yourself, ‘what kind of movie am I making?’ The next Brokeback Mountain? Or Paranormal Activity? You need to devise a plan for how to make the movie you want.”
Be prepared creatively as well. Before you walk on set on the first day of production, you should have already done all of your homework as a director or producer. That way, you can make quick decisions when the pressure is on. “When you get to post, it can cost a great deal to change creative decisions,” Russo warned.
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