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Everyone has an idea for their great passion project, but it takes a certain level of commitment to turn that idea into reality. For director and DP Alexander Hankoff, his short film Yellow was something he knew he wanted to make and it was his (along with his team’s) creativity that made it possible. That’s not to say that he and his co-director didn’t have to call in favors or that his team had an unlimited budget, but the key on this production was flexibility and being able to “roll with the punches” while still maintaining the film’s artistic vision. Alexander was generous enough to answer some questions about the project – see the rest of his answers below and make sure to check out Yellow‘s official trailer at the top of the post.

…continue reading Production Challenges Are No Match for Alexander Hankoff & YELLOW

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As the year officially draws to a close, it’s time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months. It’s been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented – including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more.

Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2017!

…continue reading Top Blogs of 2016

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Fall Tech Expo

On Saturday, October 8, AbelCine held its first Fall Tech Expo. Taking place in our Chicago location on the Cinespace Studios lot, the expo featured a number of manufacturers displaying new gear for attendees to get their hands on. In addition, throughout the day, multiple raffles were held, along with presentations from manufacturer experts and our technical specialists on the showroom stage. Thank you again to all the manufacturers that participated as well to everyone who attended – we had a record turnout!

…continue reading Chicago Fall Tech Expo Recap

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Jonathan Barenboim is a director and cinematographer; sometimes, depending on the project, he’s both simultaneously. On his latest project, for a series called The Table launching later this summer, he was tasked with bringing to life short documentaries highlighting the human side of the unemployment crisis in the US. Because of the documentary nature of these pieces, he had to be ready to travel quickly and shoot in varied locations, all with the same basic camera setup. Jonathan was kind enough to answer a few questions about how he pulled it all off.

…continue reading Jonathan Barenboim Stays Flexible with the Canon C300 Mark II

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Red Bull Media House is no stranger to epic footage. In one of their recent videos, Chain Reaction (which you can watch above), Director Nicholas Schrunk and his team had to find a way to capture multiple, specifically-timed stunts on a tight shooting schedule and in a remote location. Opting to shoot anamorphic added another layer of complexity, though it definitely paid off in the final footage. Nicholas was nice enough to answer some questions about what went on behind the scenes to make Chain Reaction happen. To see some footage from the shoot itself, make sure to check out the official Behind the Scenes video under the cut.

…continue reading Behind the Scenes: Red Bull Goes Anamorphic for “Chain Reaction”

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If a giant tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? If a 7’3” Knicks power forward hits from half court during warm-ups does anyone outside the arena see it? In slow motion?

Now they do, thanks to the reach of social media and the work of New York Knicks Digital Video Producer Tom Zweibel.

The Knicks may not be having their most winning season this year, but the video being created by Tom puts the team at the top of the league. Tom shoots court-side play, where following quick action is an obvious necessity. A couple of years ago, AbelCine helped him put together a custom solution for his small DSLR with a shoulder rig and follow focus system. This year, Tom wanted to step up his game with a higher-end solution for greater quality and flexibility.

The Sony FS7 is the heart of his new kit. The camera is well known for 4K or 1080p recording in various codecs in a lightweight, shoulder-mount form factor. Sony has been able to fit so much performance, including high-speed capability, into a low-priced package. 

…continue reading Tom Zweibel Takes It to the Net with Sony FS7 & AbelCine Accessories

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For Steve Holleran, a camera has always been a means to capture the beauty of the world. From commercials to documentaries to shorts and music videos, he has always focused on images that tell compelling stories. For his latest project, indie feature The Land, he teamed up with Steven Caple Jr., a friend of his from his USC MFA Production Program days. Centering on a group of teenage skateboarders who roam the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, The Land will be premiering this month at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Steve and his 1st AC, Dennis Scully, were kind enough to answer a few questions about their experiences working on the film.

…continue reading DP Steve Holleran Goes Handheld & Anamorphic for “The Land”

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