David Schonauer

Tech News, 1: The YI 4K+ Action Cam and the $35 MGCool HD Action Cam

News Shooter   Thursday March 30, 2017

First announced in January at CES, the Yi Technology 4K+ action cam is now available and ready to dethrone GoPro: YI has apparently surpassed GoPro tech in some important aspects, notes NoFilmSchool  — most notably with a maximum UHD frame rate (60fps) twice that of the GoPro Hero5 Black. The price is reportedly $299. For those who want to spend less there is the MGCool Explorer ES, an HD action cam selling for $35. It’s a pared-down version of the company’s 4K-capable action cams that shoot up to 60fps, notes News Shooter.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: Meet the Death Match World Champion

NOWNESS   Thursday March 30, 2017

Matt “Bulldozer” Tremont, the subject of a new documentary from New York-based director Matthew Dillon Cohen, is the world champion of death match wrestling — a hardcore version of wrestling in which rules do not apply. While some people think the blood is fake, Tremont notes that his scars are real enough. "When I heard Matt’s story, it was the first time I'd witnessed the extreme lengths that passion can push someone for the sake of another’s entertainment,” says Cohen at Nowness.   Read the full Story >>

Recourses: Spring 2017 Filmmaking Grant Deadlines

nofilmschool   Thursday March 30, 2017

Winter has given way to spring, and for filmmakers that means a new batch of filmmaking grants to apply for: NoFilmSchool has a round-up of grant programs with upcoming submission deadlines, including the Miller / Packan Film Fund  from the Rogovy Foundation, which focuses on documentary projects addressing social issues (deadline May 15) and the Pacific Pioneer Fund, which offers from $1,000 to $10,000 to emerging documentary filmmakers based in California, Washington, and Oregon (deadline June 1).   Read the full Story >>

See It Now: Winning Work from the NYC Drone Film Festival

Digital Trends   Thursday March 30, 2017

How are photographers and filmmakers using drones? The winning work from the 2017 New York Drone Film Festival, held on March 18 and 19, featured everything from aerial views of the Dakota Pipeline protests to footage of Australia shot from the perspective of eagles, notes Digital Trends, which features some of the winning work. The eagle views come courtesy of Wild Pacific Media's short Australia — the Eagle Eye, winner of the festival’s landscape category. Another highlight: French filmmaker Joris Favraud’s Byzantine, a tour of a Neo Byzantine church in Paimboeuf, France. This is the festival’s third edition.   Read the full Story >>

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