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On View: Capturing California's Drought, in Stills, Video, and GIF

The New Yorker   Wednesday October 1, 2014

California’s Central Valley, writes Dana Goodyear in the New Yorker, is “the country’s fruit basket, salad bowl, and dairy case.” But since 2012, when the state began suffering through a historically severe drought, the farmers of the valley have been facing a crisis—one that may come to haunt supermarket shoppers everywhere. Recently, photographer Matt Black, who grew up in the valley and is exhibiting a photo series about the region at New York’s Anastasia Gallery, collaborated with VII photographer and filmmaker Ed Kashi on a documentary project about the drought; it’s on view now at the New Yorker’s Photo Booth blog. See also: This series of GIFs showing the severity of the drought.   Read the full Story >>

Feature File: Shooting "Gone Girl" with the 6K RED Epic Dragon

HDVideoPro   Wednesday October 1, 2014

The buzz over director David Fincher’s latest feature, Gone Girl, has been building since its debut at the New York Film Festival. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the movie marks another collaboration between Fincher and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, who also worked on Fincher films and shot The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo with the RED Epic camera. In an interview with HDVideo Pro, Cronenweth explains why and how the new film was shot with a 6K RED Epic Dragon.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Films Show Slow-Mo Creativity of the iPhone 6 Plus

PetaPixel   Wednesday October 1, 2014

Unless you’re David Fincher, you may not need the 6K power of the RED Epic Dragon. In fact, all you may need is an iPhone 6 Plus: PetaPixel showcases a short film by Oregon-based photographer and filmmaker Ben Canales, who headed to the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his new iPhone 6 Plus. “It feels like cheating going from shooting 240 fps to time-lapse to stabilized video so easily,” he says. PetaPixel also features six other short films showing the 240fps slow-mo power of the smartphone.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: How Two Unknown Filmmakers Created a Sundance Phenomenon

nofilmschool   Wednesday October 1, 2014

How did writer/producer Elisabeth Holm and writer/director Gillian Robespierre turn their low-budget short Obvious Child into a Sundance indie phenomenon? The pair provided insights at this year's IFP Independent Feature Project Week, notes NoFilmSchool. The two filmmakers, who met at a networking event in Brooklyn, had to create their short during off hours, because both had full-time jobs (at Kickstarter and the Directors Guild of America). That meant skipping weekend BBQs.   Read the full Story >>

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