David Schonauer

Tech News: Fujinon's Affordable Cine Zooms for Sony Cams

CINEMA 5D   Tuesday February 28, 2017

Taking aim at up-and-coming indie filmmakers, Fujifilm has introduced two new affordable E-mount cine lenses, the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and the Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9. Both lenses have a common 85mm outside diameter and a common 82mm filter diameter. Length and weight are identical, and their pitch focus, iris and zoom gear rings are all in the same place, making it easy to switch between the two, notes DIY Photography. Both start at $3,799. Cinema 5D has the details.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Analog Comes Back in Short Films

nofilmschool   Tuesday February 28, 2017

Is the analog resurgence in filmmaking real? NoFilmSchool spotlights two shorts shot on film that you can view now: Director Skyler Lawson’s 15-minute short Nora  was shot on just nine cans of 2-perf 35mm film. Set in what Lawson calls a "new American depression,” the film is a visual homage to the crushing responsibilities that weigh on the young, notes NFS. The other short is director Monia Chokri's An Extraordinary Person, which won the 2014 SXSW Grand Jury Prize. The 20-minute film, which was shot on Super 16 film, tells the story of a 30-year-old woman who brings havoc to the carefully constructed social order of her friends.   Read the full Story >>

State of the Art: Airlines Will Phase Out Seat-Back Screens

The New York Times   Monday February 27, 2017

Remember when you had to watch in-flight movies on the little TV screens that dropped down from from the cabin’s ceiling eight rows in front of you? It was a blessed day when airlines dumped that tech in favor of seat-back screens. But now, reports the New York Times, airlines are planning to phase out seat-back screens. Instead, in-flight entertainment content will be streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service. The move promises to save airlines money while providing passengers with a wider range of entertainment.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: What Film Noir Can Teach You About Cinematography

Now You See It   Monday February 27, 2017

Speaking of the video essay: A new one from Jack Nugent of Now You See It posits that the high-contrast black-and-white of classic film noir has much to teach cinematographers in the age of color. Nugent's thesis is that, when done well, the "simplicity of black and white means that the eye can observe more key features in the shot,” notes NoFilmSchool. Which filmmakers use the tenets black-and-white film noir in their color work? Nugent points to director David Fincher’s 1995 film Se7en.   Read the full Story >>

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