Zacuto Great Camera Shootout 2011

In 2010, Zacuto pit several prosumer cameras and HDSLRs against each other in an Emmy winning shootout series. This year, Zacuto is back with a new set of cameras, this time focusing on higher end digital cinema cameras.

A while ago, we posted the first episode of Zacuto’s painstakingly scientific camera shootout. Now all three episodes of this extensive shootout are available online

So sit back, stretch to full screen and try to spot the differences between these single chip digital cinema cameras.

The impressive 12-Camera line-up includes: 35mm Kodak 5213 & 5219 Film, Arri Alexa, RED ONE M-X, Weisscam HS-2, Phantom Flex, Sony F-35, Sony F3, Panasonic AG-AF100, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 7D and Nikon D7000.

When you should just give up… (the Wrap)

John Hess contemplates when a filmmaker should really just give up and pursue something else and how your film career is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Show Notes

Top 7 Articles from the Past Week

7. Hey Freelance Filmmakers – Raise your Rates!

Are you trying to make a go at financially supporting your filmmaking fetish? The subject of what rates to charge is always one for debate and it’s certainly much more of an art than science. In this entry in an ongoing series for freelance filmmakers, Steve Long prescribes the good old rate hike.

6. Behind the Scenes of “You’re Going Through Puberty Charlie Brown”

Tom and Joe of Two Animators go through the process of a digital animation using Adobe Flash in this behind the scenes look at “You’re Going Through Puberty Charlie Brown” by the FineBrothers

5. Monopod Techniques Explained
In this tutorial from Still Motion for Canon, five incredibly useful monopod techniques are demonstrated for making dynamic and interesting shots.

4. Fill Light – The Underdog of Lighting

Art Adams explores the placement and use of the Rodney Dangerfield of the three point lighting system: The Fill Light.

3. An Unscientific Big Ol’ Lens Test
Tired of constant lens battles on Twitter, Benjamin Eckstein decided to compare a wide range of lenses using a Panasonic AF100 in this unscientific lens comparison.

2. The Pixar Story
A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios – from the success of “Toy Story” and Pixar’s promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company’s relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits.

1. Matt Stone and Trey Parker surprise NYU writing class
Featured on mtvU, the infamous creators of South Park: Matt Stone and Trey Parker, surprise a freshman class of writers at NYU and dispense some great writing advice.

WTF post of the week:

Everything Is A Remix: The Matrix

Everything Is A Remix: The Matrix” by Rob G. Wilson, Kirby Ferguson, and Cynthia Closkey illustrates the film and literature references in The Matrix. It is an addendum to the Everything is a Remix video series on the history of how innovations truly happen.

EDITED BY Robert Grigsby Wilson
PRODUCED BY Kirby Ferguson and Robert Grigsby Wilson
WRITTEN BY Cynthia Closkey

0:27 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:38 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:44 – Fist of Legend (1994)
0:48 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
0:53 – Drunken Master (1978)
1:02 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:09 – The Killer (1989)
1:19 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:21 – Iron Monkey (1993)
1:31 – Once Upon A Time In China (1991)
1:36 – Fist of Legend (1994)
1:41 – Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
1:45 – Philip K. Dick Speech (video) (1977)
2:18 – Strange Days (1995)
2:24 – Akira (1988)
2:30 – Total Recall (1990)
3:24 – Alice In Wonderland (1951)
3:42 – The Killer (1989)
3:53 – A Better Tomorrow (1986)
4:05 – Ghost In The Shell (1995)
4:32 – Akira (1998)
4:39 – Koyannisqatsi (1982)
4:49 – Dr. Who: The Deadly Assassin (1993)
5:10 – Ghost In The Shell (1995)

(All sourced from The Matrix Soundtrack)
0:20 – Rob Dougan – Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)
1:44 – Hive – Ultrasonic Sound
2:30 – Lunatic Calm – Leave You Far Behind (Lunatics Roller Coaster Mix)
3:38 – Propellerheads – Spybreak
4:39 – Rob Dougan – Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)

Pirates of Silicon Valley

Pirates of Silicon Valley is a 1999 film based on the book Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. It is a made-for-television docudrama written and directed by Martyn Burke which documents the rise of the home computer (personal computer) through the rivalry between Apple Computer and Microsoft. The film stars Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates and Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs.

Triumph of the Nerds & Nerds 2.0.1

The 1996 documentary “Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires” and it’s 1998 sequel, “Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet” chronicle the rise of the internet and personal computer along with the visionaries that created them. It was written and hosted by Mark Stephens under the pseudonym Robert X. Cringely for PBS.

Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires

It happened more or less by accident; the people who made it happen wereamateurs; and for the most part they still are. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringley puts PC bigshots and nerds on the spot, and tells their incredible true stories. Like the industry itself, the series is informative, funny and brash. Some of the episode participants include: Bill Gates (Chairman of Microsoft, the richest man in the world), Steve Jobs (Hippie co-founder of Apple Computer; CEO of NeXT Computer; and the man who wanted to change the world), and Steve Wozniak (Co-founder of Apple Computer; engineering genius, practical joker).

Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Their Friends.

Triumph of the Nerds: Riding The Bear.

Triumph of the Nerds: Great Artists Steal.

Nerds 2.0.1

Join Robert X Cringely in this much-anticipated sequel to Triumph of the Nerds, as he turns his well-informed and irreverent eye on the intriguing history of the Internet. Go deep into the bowels of the Pentagon to witness the birth of the Internet and follow its rapid rise to the cutting edge of the World Wide Web. On his journey, Cringely interviews the unknown nerds who laid the Internet’s foundations, visits the Silicon Valley of India and grills the founders of the networking companies who have made millions from this fascinating new technology.

Nerds 2.0.1: Networking

Nerds 2.0.1: Serving the suits

Nerds 2.0.1: Wiring the world

The Pixar Story

A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios – from the success of “Toy Story” and Pixar’s promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company’s relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits.

The contributions of John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs are profiled. The decline of two-dimensional animation is chronicled as three-dimensional animation rises. Hard work and creativity seem to share the screen in equal proportions.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together

In their rare joint appearance at All Things Digital 5, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates discuss their contributions to the technology industry, the qualities they most respect in one another.

Gates’s on the passing of Steve Jobs:

“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Steve Jobs: iCon 1955 – 2011

Steve Jobs, Apple founder and former CEO has passed away, at the age of 56. We’ve pulled together some of his best videos below. has published its own memorial as well.

“Remembering That You Are Going To Die Is The Best Way I Know To Avoid The Trap Of Thinking You Have Something To Lose” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs demos Apple Macintosh, 1984

Steve Jobs on Paul Rand

Steve Jobs, “Computers are like a bicycle for our minds.”

1983 Apple Keynote-The “1984″ Ad Introduction

The First iMac Introduction

Apple Music Event 2001-The First Ever iPod Introduction

Steve Jobs early TV appearance

Apple WWDC ’97 Steve Jobs’ Closing Keynote

Steve Jobs Presents to the Cupertino City Council

Apple Keynote Bloopers!!

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