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Inside the Interstellar Beauty of Gravity

GravityThe new Warner Bros. film Gravity is unlike any sci-fi movie ever created. It will take audiences on an intense, wild ride with its luminous cinematography, long single takes, and strong Oscar-worthy performances. Directed by Oscar-nominee Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) and shot by Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC (Children of Men, The Tree of Life), the film features three stars: Academy Award-winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and unparalleled visual effects spearheaded by Visual Effects Supervisor Timothy Webber (Avatar) that show spectacular illustrations of Earth and the dark beauty of outer space. The film recently opened at the Venice International Film Festival and has been talk of the galaxy ever since.

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IBC News: AJA TruZoom Extracts ROI from 4K Cameras

aja-corvid-truzoom-mlb-networkFor live sports events, avid fans always want to get up close and personal to watch select plays. Well, AJA Video Systems has a new tool to make that dream a reality, at least for technical directors. AJA TruZoom software enables users of AJA Corvid Ultra to extract highly detailed region-of-interest (ROI) from 4K video. In the analog days, this would be the high-tech equivalent of electronically creating a picture-perfect artificial close-up by using an optical printer to enlarge select portions of the frame. 

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Production Crews Embrace New Technology

Crees Erik WebsiteSophisticated film audiences and the industry’s adoption of digital workflows have directors seeking new and exciting ways to tell their stories. While many see the learning curve of the digital movement as an obstacle, others are accepting the challenge to reinvent themselves while creating new possibilities. 

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Lion Ark: Inside the Great Animal Rescue

LionArkPhoto 4 SMAll over the world, animal rescue groups are well aware that unpredictable situations often come with the ultimate goal of protecting the lives living creatures. Animal Defenders International (ADI) gave the term “animal rescue” a whole new meaning in the new documentary Lion Ark. Produced by ADI Films and directed by ADI VP Tim Phillips, the film documents the group’s infiltration of the South American circus industry to rescue 25 lions from circuses traveling across Bolivia. 

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Vision Research Advances Phantom Miro Cameras

Phantom R-SeriesHigh-speed imaging specialist Vision Research has added a ruggedized body to its line of Phantom Miro cameras. The Phantom Miro R-Series, the third member of the Phantom Miro family, is for use in harsh environments where a camera must survive high shock, vibration and a broad range of temperatures. It’s capable of running at up to 730 fps with 1920x1200 resolution and up to 800 fps at 1920x1080. “Our new Miro R-Series gives customers another choice in camera body style, expanding the number of applications for the camera family,” says Vision Research Marketing Director Rick Robinson. “The R-Series is targeted specifically towards those that need a ruggedized camera to withstand severe environmental conditions.”

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