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
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
RED recently announced the EPIC-W, a DSMC2-based brain with the new HELIUM 8K S35 sensor. At 29.9mm x 15.77mm, the HELIUM 8K is slightly smaller than the DRAGON 6K sensor found in the EPIC or WEAPON, so lens choices should be very straightforward. Previously, the HELIUM 8K was only found in a limited quantity, special-edition body with a unique white finish (affectionately dubbed “Storm Trooper” models). Only a handful were available for sale on reduser.net, but they were never meant for general release. With the release of the EPIC-W, the HELIUM sensor is the fourth and latest evolution of RED sensor technology. What’s important to remember is that although HELIUM 8K offers the same 8192 x 4320 resolution as the previously announced WEAPON DRAGON 8K Vista Vision upgrade, the HELIUM is an all new design. It does use smaller photosites (3.65 micron compared to the DRAGON’s 5 micron), but the image processing has evolved as well, and lends itself to some remarkable footage – Mark Toia’s footage is a great example.
RED also announced that WEAPON bodies can be updated with the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, as well as a comprehensive upgrade path for all RED owners. Check here for more information on upgrade options.
Watch my video above to learn more about the EPIC-W and be sure to view our full list of upcoming REDucation workshops in all our locations!
RED has opened the doors for third party manufacturers to work natively with their DSMC2 cameras, including the WEAPON, SCARLET-W, and RAVEN. This allows for some some fantastic integrations, both mechanically and electronically. In addition, a number of lens manufacturers have options that work perfectly with the RED platform. Below, we have put together a list of the latest RED accessories available at AbelCine.
…continue reading Lens and Accessory Guide for RED Cameras
In addition to manufacturer Tech Talks at our NAB booth this year, we also presented short AbelCine training sessions every day. In the first session, Andy discussed creating 3D LUTs with Pomfort Livegrade. In the second session, Jeff did a short presentation on RED cameras and DSMC2 updates.
For our third session, we had guest instructor Warren Eagles (who has taught some of the ICA classes in our LA office) show off some of his favorite tips and tricks in the newest version of DaVinci Resolve. Make sure to watch all three sessions above and check out all our upcoming AbelCine Training workshops!
…continue reading NAB 2016: AbelCine Training Presentations
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”
As a busy 2015 full of new gear comes to a close, it’s time for our yearly wrap-up of our most popular CineTechnica posts over the last 12 months. As usual, a broad range of topics are represented, including product announcements, our lens & accessory guides, service tips, how to build a DIT cart, and scene files.
Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order, so make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2016!
…continue reading Top Blogs of 2015