Trailer: A Liar’s Autobiography – the Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as ‘the dead one from Monty Python’, writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar’s Autobiography — and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman’s voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests.

Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A LIAR’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY is Chapman’s own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge, bringing Chapman back to life in an ingenious tour de force of animation, told through 17 different animation styles from 14 different animators.

Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True? Who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman “a freeloading bastard”. Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, Palin, and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title — the most prolific corpse since Elvis.

A Liar’s Autobiography is playing TIFF this week and will see a limited US release on November 2, 2012.

Black Magic Cinema Camera now available in Micro Four Thirds

If you listened to our interview with Dan May, you heard him say that Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s future was open for discussion. Now we’re seeing the first iteration of the camera – one that sports a Micro Four Thirds option:

Get an even wider range of lens compatibility with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT with Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount! Perfect for MFT lenses or even adapters to other lens mounts such as PL. You get the same beautiful design that features a machined aluminum chassis, interchangeable optics using Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount for manually operated lenses and adapters, high resolution 2.5K sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed ProRes and DNxHD file formats! Includes sun shield, power supply, carry strap, UltraScope waveform monitoring software and a full version of DaVinci Resolve Software for Mac OS X and Windows.

Joe Marine of talks about the different options Micro Four Thirds brings to the table:

Now users have some choices to make. If you go with the Canon mount camera, you’ll be able to enjoy electronic control of the lenses as well as image stabilization (at some point, since it’s not enabled just yet). If you go with the MFT version, you won’t be able to use Micro Four Thirds lenses that do not have an iris ring, as there will be no way to control the aperture — not to mention all other lens mounts will need adapters that can handle lenses without an iris ring if you choose to use one. The only way that automatic iris MFT lenses will work is if the iris opens to full wide as you mount the lens, and then you would only be able to use the lens at its widest aperture. Admittedly I don’t know how this will work on the new camera, but you will most likely want to stick with manual iris MFT lenses.

This definitely makes the camera a lot more interesting for a lot more people. While we could get really picky and ask for completely interchangeable mounts, the fact that Blackmagic listened to the complaints and is introducing a MFT model is a huge deal. What this really means is that the BMCC can now use almost any lens ever made, including expensive PL glass — without needing to modify the back of the lens. Check out this handy chart from Samuel Hurtado to see exactly what lenses you can adapt.

So now that we’ve gone over lenses for the EF only model, let’s go over what lenses might work well with this camera — and their equivalent 5D Mark II/Mark III field of view (since they need to have a manual iris):

Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds Lens (57.5mm)
Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (40.25mm)
SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm F0.95 micro four thirds (115mm)
SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 micro four thirds (27.6mm)

So there are definitely some interesting options now at the wider end, especially those lenses capable of opening up all the way to f/.95 (which also give you another stop in low-light over an f/1.4 lens). So while this news isn’t perfect, it’s about the best thing Blackmagic could have done based on all the feedback with the EF mount only camera body.

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Shane Hurlbut’s Canon 1D-C Tests

Shane Hurlbut reveals the tests he put the 4k Canon DSLR through including tests for ISO, low light performance, moire, and lattitude.

Putting the 1DC Thru the Paces:

Once we finally got the Canon 1DC 4K DSLR camera, there was a very limited time for us to do our tests, view them and then start shooting. So if our tests feel a little incomplete or rushed, they were. After we saw the last test on a 4K projector at Light Iron Digital, we started shooting the next evening. The timeline was tight. However, I think the film is a perfect example of how powerful this 3.25 lb DSLR can be.

ISO Tests:

I wanted to make sure that the camera did not have native ISO’s like the Canon 5D did. We ran the same type of tests with a lens cap on to see the noise level at each ISO setting as we had done with the 5D. I have stretched the source material to show the noise and color treated it so you can see the volume. I want to thank the Post team at Bandito Brothers for putting this amazing noise comparison together. Lance, Jacob and Mike – you all rock. This really shows the difference.

The noise level that we dealt with on night exterior scenes in Act of Valor around 1600 seemed like the same noise level as 5000 ISO on the 1DC. I knew I could deal with that noise level in post.

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