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f5-and-f55_smSony recently launched PMW F5 and F55 CineAlta cameras, which both record full-4K resolution and lower-resolution formats. Ubiquitous throughout NAB 2013, both models are in demand by the camera-support industry as the latest and greatest cameras to accessorize for commercials, TV production, indie features and other projects. While the F5 and F55 have been heavily marketed as twins with distinct personalities, when push comes to shove, Sony is keen to accent the superior capabilities of the F55.

final-draft-logoScreenwriting software company Final Draft, Inc. launched a wide-ranging partner program aimed at technology providers, production companies, distributors, film schools, drama departments, writers’ associations, festivals and qualified industry professionals with the intention of increasing cooperation on techniques and technologies for scripted media. “Final Draft has always worked with both the industry and individual writers to improve our software functionality and integrate with production workflows,” says Final Draft Founder/CEO Marc Madnick. “But with the rapid evolution of media technologies and our integration into ‘cloud’ infrastructures, we know we need to create a more formal solution. Our goal is ambitious: to build a collaborative community which can help strengthen and guide the development of scripted media production around the globe, while enabling a vibrant partner ecosystem.”

project1_2It seems that 4K resolution is becoming the new go-to standard in both image acquisition and exhibition.  Not surprisingly, Sony is leading the charge when it comes to 4K in theatres. 

the projectAs gas prices rise, your first thought probably isn’t, “I wonder if another ship has been pirated off the coast of Somalia?” But maybe it should be — Somalia and its surrounding seas are some of the most comprehensively failed nation-states in the entire world. Directors Shawn Efran and Adam Ciralsky plan to bring that information to light with The Project, their new documentary screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF), the first-ever Somali-born-and-bred counterforce to piracy. Featuring interviews with controversial Blackwater Founder Erik Prince and the U.N. arms embargo monitor Matt Bryden, and with shocking firsthand footage from filmmakers embedded with the PMPF, The Project takes the viewer on a sad, scary ride to a place all but forgotten on the map, except on the occasion when an unfortunate American gets captured by pirates.

pieA few months ago, I saw some advance footage of Ang Lee’s new movie Life of Pi at Variety’s annual 3D Entertainment Summit.  It was stunning, to say the least, especially in 3D.  Not surprisingly, the movie has been getting rave reviews for its visually rich story about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor…a fearsome Bengal tiger.