With the Cannes Film Festival kicking off today, France is definitely ready to be the center of attention. As the red carpet rolls out for some of the world’s most awe-inspiring films, actors and cinematographers alike, this years Cannes Film Festival might be one of the most important yet!
Luhrmann’s 3D adaption of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is this year’s film festival opener. Cannes usually takes precedence over release schedules, especially since the movie has already released in North America, but ‘Gatsby’ sails into France regardless, to make its grand debut in Cannes.
Above: The Cast of “The Great Gatsby”
Lion Ark is a vivid behind-the-scenes account of one of the most ambitious animal rescues ever seen.
It all starts off with a shocking undercover investigation leading to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia. But the circuses defy the law. The team behind the investigation return, track down the illegal circuses and save every animal. Follow the confrontations, heartache and risks the team face, before an emotional finale sees 25 lions airlifted 5,000 miles to freedom in Colorado.
Get a firsthand look at what it took to produce a film such as this, and how it all came together for the greater good.
Review by Jeremy Pinckert
I recently needed to prep for a shoot where we had to match RED ONE 4K footage from 2010. The discussion came down to which 4K camera to use for this video shoot, and at first I was stuck choosing between the Sony CineAlta PMW-F55, the Canon Cinema EOS C500, and the ARRI ALEXA camera systems. Read further to follow our thought process, and see the final results captured by the winning camera system!
by Ron Avery
In the 1970s, my dad, photographer Sid Avery started making fine art prints to sell at galleries. He had to dig the originals out of storage where they were collecting dust. It was the first time in decades that he had seen some of these images. It was during this process that he discovered that he only had 20% of the images he ever shot. It turns out that the magazines or clients that he worked with never returned the originals or they were stolen.
He started to talk to his friends in the business and found out that they were having similar issues. No one really knew what to do with the material. Some of these photographers thought of what they did as a job. A great job but once it was over, they didn’t all see the value in the negatives. Some guys just threw away their originals not thinking that anyone would be interested or that they were worth anything.
Reviewed by Chris Sanchez
AKG recently sent me a pair of their new 451 ‘65th anniversary edition’ models as well as a D12VR to evaluate in studio. While not strict re-issues per se, these beautifully made microphones combine vintage and modern features to continue the legacy of these two great product lines. AKG introduced the original D12 in the mid 1950s, and it has been a favorite for kick drum mic’ing for decades. The 451 has a similar lengthy history, with that series debuting in 1969. AKG 451s have for decades been staples in music recording studios as well as on film sets and foley stages.
I examined the 451s first, using these two microphones exclusively for a television scoring session. The composition was for an ongoing library of Americana-themed rock and pop that I’ve been building for a music production company. I was curious to see if I could use just one variety of mic for the entire arrangement: two acoustic guitars, mandolin, shaker, percussion, pump organ, and upright piano. The 451 proved valuable on all sources, and even with the slight high-end rise that the 451 introduces, the final mixes had no harshness or top-end imbalance whatsoever.
by Jeremy Pinckert
As we enter the beginning of Summer Blockbuster Season, there looks to be a large amount of big-budget movies coming out in 2013 which are adapted from either books, comic books, or earlier TV series.
Logic tells us not all of these films will be successful or worthy of your viewing time. With so many options you’ll either break the bank and gain 15 extra buttery-popcorn induced pounds, or you’ll simply be more critical in deciding which movies are worthy of your viewing time, money, and self-image. Read below for ideas as to why some of these adapted films will succeed, and others will fail.
by Nina Streich
A new highlight at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was the two-day Forum about “Growing Your Festival Brand” moderated by former TFF Executive Director, Nancy Schafer.
by Nina Streich
An innovative event at the Tribeca Film Festival was “Storyscapes,” a selection of transmedia collaborations. Sponsored by Bombay Sapphire in a warehouse space just north of Tribeca dubbed the “House of Imagination,” the presentations were varied and imaginative.
by Katrina Diamond
The panel kicked off with a 5-min. montage of great movies, then dived right into questions.
This ‘The State of the Crafts’ session at NAB was a panel of the following speakers: