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Prospect Short Film - Zeek Earl Christopher Caldwell - BTS 4

Back in 2012, we covered the Kickstarter for a short film called Prospect, which would eventually go on to premiere at this year’s SXSW film festival. Besides using relatively inexpensive gear to create some fantastic visuals, the directing duo of Zeek Earl & Christopher Caldwell had quite a bit of help from enthusiastic volunteers who found out about the project after the Kickstarter campaign. The short film has finally been released to the public, and you can watch it below, and read about some of the lessons the team learned throughout the entire project. More »

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Cooke AnamorphicsMany cinematographers love the look of anamorphic lenses. Many others are quite fond of Cooke Optics because of their distinctively warm and creamy aesthetic, lovingly known as the “Cooke Look.” Imagine the delight of cinematographers all over the world when Cooke announced during last year’s NAB that a brand new line of high-end anamorphic cinema lenses was in the works. Pure elation. Now we’ve got some of the first test shots to surface from these world-class anamorphic lenses, and the results are just what you’d expect, optical excellence and pure cinematic beauty. More »

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kendricken_celluloid_film_fuji_fujifilm_production_manufacture_cancelWith modern digital cinema cameras, it is often preferable to achieve a look that is more “cinematic” than “digital.” No one factor creates a filmic feel, but the precedent is simple enough — film itself. The emulation of emulsion may depend on anything from lens choice and lighting to grading and grain plug-ins, but there is one sure-fire way to get a true film look: using film. Celluloid acquisition may be beyond the budget of your shoot, but using a “film intermediate” process — that is, transferring color corrected digital footage out to film, then scanning back to digital — could be one technique for splitting the difference. A webinar with VFX artist & colorist Jerome Thelia details just such a process, regarding the Oscar-winning short film Curfew. Read on for details. More »

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anamorphotWhen Letus announced their $1,700 anamorphic adapter, the AnamorphX, back in September, many of us were still waiting patiently for official news on SLR Magic’s answer to anamorphic shooting. That news came yesterday with the official announcement of their Anamorphot 1.33x 50. Originally pricing it to be around $1,500, SLR Magic has managed to keep the price point of the Anamorphot conducive to independent filmmakers, offering the adapter for $899. SLR Magic is currently taking pre-orders, but only until February 14th, after which the adapter (as well as their 77mm Achromatic Diopter set) will officially go on sale sometime in April. Continue on for more details. More »

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GoProAt the time of the announcement of Letus’ 1.33X Anamorphic Adapter for the GoPro, the AnamorphX-GP, there wasn’t any footage to share in order to show you what you can expect, nor was there a release date. Now, Jared Abrams of Wide Open Camera has uploaded a couple of videos that give his first impressions of the adapter, as well test its capabilities, and Letus Direct says its estimated availability date is set for the end of the month. Continue on to get your first glimpse of some GoPro Hero 3+ footage through Letus’ anamorphic eye. More »

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Letus 1.33X Anamorphic GoPro HERO3 PlusSome of you might already be asking why anyone would want this, but really you should be asking why this didn’t happen sooner. All joking aside, there are some cool side effects and very real benefits to this new GoPro 1.33X Anamorphic Adapter from Letus. They’ve already introduced an adapter for DSLRs and other large sensor cameras, and now they’re taking things to the miniature level with the new AnamorphX-GP, which will essentially turn your 16:9 GoPro footage into a much wider 2.39 aspect ratio with a simple de-squeeze in post. Check out more below. More »

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Anamorphic fishing lineWe talk a lot about shooting anamorphic here at NFS. With its unique aesthetic, including horizontal lens flares and oval bokehs, it’s no wonder why so many indie filmmakers are wanting to get their hands on these awesome, albeit expensive lenses and adapters. And because the price tag causes most of us to miss out, we have to get creative to achieve at least a portion of what anamorphic lenses provide. Here’s a DIY tutorial that shows you how to use fishing line to produce horizontal lens flares with a similar look to those made while shooting anamorphic. More »

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iPhone Anamorphic LensThough shooting with anamorphic lenses isn’t anything new, the aesthetic it produces, the dimentionality and oval bokeh, has become more and more popular among independent filmmakers. Unfortunately, lenses and adapters are often too expensive for indies to utilize them — unless of course you’re a smartphone filmmaker. Moondog Labs, based out of Rochester, NY, has developed an affordable 1.33x anamorphic adapter for the iPhone 5 and 5S that produces the distinctive horizontal lens flares and wide aspect ratio of anamorphic shooting. And it’s cheap! Continue on to find out more. More »

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MidnightCoiterieI’m pretty sure that just as this amusing little trailer satirizing the iconic style of director Wes Anderson was made available to the public, filmmakers were asking, “How did they do that?” Many have tried to replicate Anderson’s aesthetic — and many have failed. So, what did the filmmakers of the SNL spoof trailer, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intrudersdo in order to capture Anderson’s signature cinematic sensibilities? Alex Buono, SNL’s DP, explains just how they did it. More »

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anamorphicThe anamorphic look is highly desired by many filmmakers for many reasons, including unique lens flares and bokehs. We posted an article a week ago on shooting anamorphic, and one thing some of you might’ve noticed is that anamorphic adapters and lenses can be expensive. So, if you find yourself in a bind financially, but are still wanting your images to resemble the aesthetic that anamorphic provides, Vashi Nedomansky of VashiVisuals is offering his After Effects plugin, VashiMorphic40, for the low, low price of free. Continue on for more details. More »

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Neumann Films AnamorphicThe look of anamorphic lenses is absolutely fascinating. The widescreen aesthetic, the oval bokeh, the distinctive flares, the ability to render out-of-focus areas as a mesmerizing mess; these are all things which many filmmakers strive for with their images. There are ways to accomplish most of these things without using an actual anamorphic lens such as letterboxing, adding flares in post, or even using filters on the front of your lens, but when it comes down to it, they don’t provide the same aesthetic as a real anamorphic lens. Though the anamorphic process can be difficult to understand at times, Luke Neumann has put together a video that demystifies this awesome technique and gives you all of the resources that you need to get started shooting anamorphic. More »

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Letus Anamorphic-x-1 Letus officially announced their 1.33x anamorphic adapter back in September, and as the release date inches closer (apparently some should start shipping sometime in the next week or two), more videos have been popping up showing off just what it can do. While an anamorphic adapter is made first and foremost to take an image and squeeze it to get a wide and sharp image without cropping, many of the unintended consequences of that squeezing are desired characteristics for certain shooting situations, like horizontal light flares and oval light sources in the background. A number of shooters have been able to test out the adapter, so click through to check out those videos below. More »

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Letus Anamorphic Adapter 1 FrontSpeaking of anamorphic adapters, just as we were talking about the SLR Magic 1.33x adapter, Letus has finally introduced their own 1.33x anamorphic adapter that they’ve been working on for some time — and it won’t need diopters to focus closely. They’ve been posting pictures throughout the process teasing the adapter, but now it looks to be officially completed. Read on to learn more about this brand new adapter. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video SLR Magic Anamorphic - nofilmschoolThere has become quite the secondhand market for anamorphic lenses and adapters since DSLRs and mirrorless cameras appeared on the scene. Cameras like the Panasonic GH2 were able to adapt almost any lens imaginable, including all sorts of anamorphic contraptions. With the popularity of shooting anamorphically on the rise, it was only a matter of time before companies introduced new adapters or lenses with their own designs affordably. SLR Magic, a well-known lens manufacturer, has been in development of their own anamorphic adapter, and we’ve got some early footage from their 1.33x prototype below: More »

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Canon 5D Mark III at Big SurStrides are being made to get more and more resolution and frames out of the lower-end Canons using the Magic Lantern RAW video hack. Right now the only way to get continuous recording is by shooting at about 960 x 540 at 24fps, but other resolutions are working for a specific number of frames. Nick Driftwood, who has done a considerable amount of work with the Panasonic GH2, has been shooting some tests with the Canon 60D, and he’s posted his first video online. We’ve also got a metered dynamic range test comparing H.264 and RAW on the 5D Mark II, as well as a fantastic example of what the Canon 5D Mark III using Magic Lantern is capable of. More »

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Canon 50D vs 5D Mark II Magic Lantern RAWIt is absolutely incredible how far the Magic Lantern RAW video hack has come in such a short amount of time. Not only is it getting more stable every day, but they’ve managed to get a camera that never shot video at all — the Canon 50D — giving us beautiful RAW video. If you’ve been looking for a cheaper used camera to play around with RAW video (or you happen to have one of these sitting around), the Canon 50D and the full-frame Canon 5D Mark II are both great options (and both are from 2008), but how do they compare against each other? More »

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Julian Canon 50D RAW VideoThis is something you don’t see everyday: a camera that couldn’t even shoot video back in August 2008, is now shooting RAW video with the newer Magic Lantern hack! It seems the APS-C Canon 50D, which contains a CF card slot, is a much more capable video DSLR that it would have appeared at first glance. The tech inside the 50D looks like it borrows a lot more from its higher-end siblings, like the 5D Mark II, and it’s possible we may actually get better RAW video quality out of the 50D than we do out of any of the non-CF Canon cameras. Check out some samples below. More »

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Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom LensLong Answer: Nope. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about what is actually happening with the new Magic Lantern hack in development that enables RAW Video output on Canon DSLRs. While it seems like some sort of magic on the surface (and it basically is), the reason this is possible is because of the RAW data stream that the camera is already outputting during normal operation. Read on for a clear explanation as well as some words from the Magic Lantern team on how this affects your camera. More »

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cinema5D_5D_Mark_iii_BMCCEven though Blackmagic announced two more cameras at NAB, the original 2.5K BMCC is still shipping in limited quantities. While the company has been working hard to address the situation, an unlikely competitor has come along thanks to Magic Lantern: Canon’s year-old 5D Mark III. It is now the only DSLR to shoot RAW stills and video, and even though the hack is still in the early stages, it’s becoming clear that it will be a force to be reckoned with at this budget level. The guys over at cinema5D have been working with the hack, and they’ve now posted the first test comparing RAW video from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Canon 5D Mark III. The results are interesting, to say the least. More »

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Canon 5D Mark III Hack Night SampleThe Canon 5D Mark III has become a true cinema camera. That’s a bold statement, but some of the footage that is currently being shot with the new 14-bit RAW Magic Lantern hack is absolutely night and day when compared to 8-bit H.264 footage recorded in-camera, and there is no doubt it rivals much more expensive cameras just in sheer image quality. We’ve got some impressive samples from cinema5D, Luke Neumann, as well as a few others below. Click through for the head-exploding videos. More »