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Screening Room: How "The Dogist" Photographs Dogs

Vimeo   Monday February 8, 2016

Elias Weiss Friedman, aka the Dogist, has amassed 1.8 million followers since launching his Instagram feed  in 2013. His recent book  earned him even wider attention. And now you can hit the streets with this canine photographer in a short documentary from New York City-based filmmaker E.J. McLeavey-Fisher. “There’s nothing really crazy about it,” says Friedman of his work. “I just walk around and say, ‘May I take a photo of your dog?’” McLeavey-Fisher captures the professionalism (and tricks of the trade) the Dogist uses to photograph dogs and paints a portrait of a man who barked up the right tree to find his life’s work.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Sony's a6300 Shoots Internal 4K for Just $1K

News Shooter   Tuesday February 9, 2016

With a price tag of $1,000, Sony’s new a6300  brings high-end video features to the masses, notes News Shooter. A successor to the popular a6000, the new mirrorless camera has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and can shoot 4K internally using the XAVC-S codec. It achieves excellent picture quality by using a Super35 area of the sensor with a full-pixel readout and no pixel binning. The camera then takes the resulting 6K image and oversamples the information to create the 4K image. That, as NoFilmSchool  notes, results in reduced noise.   Read the full Story >>

Animation Showcase: '50s Melodrama in "My Darling's Shadow"

Vimeo   Tuesday February 9, 2016

Cigarette smoke disappears into darkened rooms like the last memories of the dead in My Darling’s Shadow, an animated short filled with film noir tropes and ’50s melodrama. The three-minute film, a Vimeo Staff Pick, comes from Connor Whelen, a Dublin, Ireland-based animator and designer who says he has “a passion for Nutella and keyframes.” The plot — a classic about a love affair that leaves a corpse in its wake — is given stylish depth with period music from the Chantels.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: The Art of Deciding When to Cut

Videomaker   Tuesday February 9, 2016

The art deciding when to cut is also the art of deciding when not to cut: While video editors can dazzle with boisterous transitions, flamboyant whip pans and film burns,  the most powerful transition is the humble cut, notes Videomaker, which offers insights on why, when and how it is used. “When a cut is placed it moves the story ahead. The audience is either informed by the edit or they react to the edit,” notes the site.   Read the full Story >>

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