David Schonauer

See It Now: Philip Bloom's "The Man From Medina"

Vimeo   Monday April 24, 2017

Earlier this year, director and DP Philip Bloom traveled to Saudi Arabia to lead a series of workshops on documentary filmmaking. After assigning students to create 60-second documentaries on subjects of their choosing, he went out and did the same, focusing on Rabea Hafiz, a man Bloom had met through the organization that brought him to the country. Hafiz was born in Medina, spent a large chunk of his life in the U.K., then was drawn back to his homeland. Bloom later turned his short doc into a longer 12-minute film, now on view at Vimeo. Go here  to read Bloom’s account of the project and to learn about the gear he used.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Panasonic 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Zoom for Micro Four Thirds

News Shooter   Monday April 24, 2017

Panasonic’s newly announced Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras is the second lens to be introduced in the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.0 series, joining the Leica 12-60mm. The new lens, which is comprised of 15 elements in 10 groups, features Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosting and flaring. “The 8-18mm covers a fairly usable range on a Micro 4/3 sensor, but it does so at the expense of not having a constant aperture,” notes News Shooter.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: A Photographer Working for the Hudson River

Vimeo   Monday April 24, 2017

Photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood left New York City after 9/11, resettling in Rhinecliff, a hamlet on the Hudson River. A new short documentary from Jon Bowermaster of Oceans 8 Films focuses on Blackwood and her love of the Hudson, as well as the danger it faces from re-industrialization as U.S. Coast Guard considers a proposal to establish as many as 43 berths in 10 locations spanning 2,400 acres along the river. Feature Shoot  also talks with Blackwood about her work.   Read the full Story >>

Resources: 10 Essential Podcasts For Beginners ... and Fans

Indiewire   Wednesday April 19, 2017

Are you a beginning filmmaker who listens for podcasts? Indiewire has a collection of must-listen film-related podcasts, including Blank Check, the ongoing series co-hosted by David Sims and Griffin Newman that dives into the careers of directors whose meteoric rises have provided the proverbial “blank check” to pursue their passions unimpeded — for instance, James Cameron, M. Night Shyamalan, and The Wachowskis.   Read the full Story >>

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