David Schonauer

State of the Art: 5 Virtual Reality Films You Should See Now

TIME LightBox   Tuesday March 28, 2017

The grammar of virtual reality is still being written and debates over best practices can be heated, notes Time LightBox, which has begun a new series features VR work. The initial selections include five films, including Graham Sack’s Lincoln in the Bardo  and Bashir’s Dream  from Huffington Post/Ryot. One big question facing filmmakers as VR goes mainstream: What is VR? “[T]here’s no consensus over what qualifies as virtual reality,” adds Time. “For some, it’s any 360 degrees world that you can enter via a headset. Others argue that the audience needs to have more agency than merely looking around.”   Read the full Story >>

Tech Notes: Metabones Lets You Mount PL Cinema Glass to Sony Cams

News Shooter   Tuesday March 28, 2017

Metabones’s new PL to Sony E-mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x  allows owners of Sony E-mount cameras to mount full-frame PL cinema glass to their cameras, notes News Shooter. As with other Metabones Speed Boosters, you will be able to get an extra stop of light when you use the adapter with a compatible full-frame cine lens. The new adapter should be a nice match on cameras such as the FS5 and FS7 when combined with lenses such as Zeiss CP.2 primes, XEEN primes, or the new Tokina Vista primes, adds NS. Price: $719.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: He Has No Eyesight, and Yet He Can See

Short of the Week   Tuesday March 28, 2017

The short documentary Kish, from directors Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper, tells the story of Daniel Kish, who lost his eyesight when he was 13 months old; instead, he uses sound to create a visual image of the world. “Not the typical heart-warmer, this 15-min short is interspersed with flashing, illuminating imprints and punctuated by a soundtrack of tongue clicks to create a truly immersive and captivating experience that brings you into the fascinating world of its subject,” notes Short of the Week.    Read the full Story >>

Trending: Docs Using First-Person POV to Move Beyond the Self

FILMMAKER   Tuesday March 28, 2017

The director looks straight into the camera. She speaks to the audience both directly and via voiceover. Holding a smartphone or framing herself before a laptop camera, she tells a story of her own life, her own experiences. Such are the tropes introduced in Unrest, Jennifer Brea’s chronicle of her debilitating bout with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, notes Filmmaker, which looks at a number of new documentaries using the first-person POV to shift the focus from interior drama to issues in the wider world.   Read the full Story >>

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