For both domestic and international buyers, the registration for the 2014 NATPE Market and Conference is pacing well ahead of 2013 with double-digit growth, according to NATPE President/CEO Rod Perth. This year’s conference will take place on January 27–29 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, Fla., where 44 percent of the registered buyers represent 46 different countries. In addition, 28 station groups are participating with many taking advantage of NATPE’s Station Group Incentive Program, a concierge service offering a variety of packages for groups of different sizes.
Many cinematographers tell their stories in the comfort of studio or soundstage, but Dan Campbell-Lloyd prefers to use extreme environments as his “office.” The Australian-born cameraman, photographer and former professional kayaker can often be found shooting extreme sports while perched in the freezing cold mountains of Alaska or jammed in the back of a kayak on the Congo River. For these types of shoots, Campbell-Lloyd likes to travel light and chooses camera-support companies that specialize in light and dependable gear. One such company is Sachtler, and Campbell-Lloyd is currently using Sachtler gear to shoot the Triple Crown of Surfing in Hawaii’s Waimea Bay.
Sound Devices, a company that’s best known for portable audio and video products for field production, recently announced the newest tool in its arsenal. The Model 633 mixer is a six-input mixer with an integrated 10-track recorder. It also includes Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology; a four-way power supply for maximum operational runtime; and a full complement of I/O ports designed into its compact, portable body.
Can audiences help pick the next great TV series?
When Amazon Studios launched in 2010, it had a bold vision for reimagining the way movies were made. Writers and filmmakers could upload their work, the pitch went, and with the help of other customers could workshop their projects in the hopes of getting them discovered and made. In 2012, a year after Netflix had closed its deal for House of Cards, Amazon Studios announced it was going after television as well.
On November 18, Panavision introduced its new line of Primo V Series lenses, which are specifically designed to work with today’s high-resolution 35mm digital cameras. Primo V lenses bring the look and feel offered by Panavision’s classic Primo lenses, long an industry standard for top cinematographers. The design adaptations of Primo V lenses are specifically made to work in harmony with digital cameras, maximizing image quality while delivering Primo quality and character.