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Tech News: The ClipMic and the MicRig, Ready to Record

CINEMA 5D   Thursday July 27, 2017

After a successful campaign on Kickstarter  that saw $100,000 pledged over target, the MicRig from Sevenoak is now shipping. The MicRig is a 2-in-1 video handle grip and built-in stereo microphone for both cameras and smartphones. The rig makes it easy to get low-angle shots like those for skateboarding video, notes Cinema 5D. In other mic news, C5D spotlights the new Sennheiser ClipMic Digital — a lav mic for iOS that combines a high-quality Sennheiser microphone with the ease of use of your iPhone.   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: America, by a Grandfather and Grandson

NOWNESS   Thursday July 27, 2017

“My great aunties and uncles immigrated to the USA on boats from post-war Europe," says filmmaker Billy Boyd Cape. "They went to find the American dream.” In a short video called We Visit Often, on view at Nowness, Cape takes viewers on a contemplative tour of America by mashing up his own contemporary footage with vintage Super 8 home movies shot by his grandfather. The result is an emotional experience uniting past and present.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: A Deep Dive Into Deep Focus

nofilmschool   Thursday July 27, 2017

It’s time you learned a lot more about hyperfocal distance. Why? With the advent of DSLRs, shallow focus became all the rage in photographic visuals, but, notes NoFilmSchool in an overview of the subject, the emergence of 4K resolution means that "getting sharpness and detail may start to become the new, hot style" all over again. NFS also recently featured  a tutorial from Filmmaker IQ showing how you can capture deep focus shots they way landscape photographers do.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: Soul of a Scrapyard

The New York Times   Thursday July 27, 2017

Across the street from Citi Field in Queens, New York, is the Iron Triangle — a shantytown of scrap yards and auto body shops. The owners of the shops are mostly Latino immigrants; when Andrew David Watson began filming his short documentary Soul of a Scrapyard  there, the area boasted some 225 businesses employing 1,700. Now, notes Watson, the shops are being razed to make room for apartments, office space, and a convention center.     Read the full Story >>

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