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TV Show with an Indie Look

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The popular TNT series “Men of a Certain Age,” starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula, doesn’t have the usual TV-show look. Instead of static camerawork and flat lighting, the show has an edgy, indie film look, thanks to Cinematographer Mark Davison and Director/Cinematographer David Boyd, ASC. “David was the original DP, and when he moved on to direct the show in the middle of the first season, I took over as DP,” reports Davison, whose previous TV credits include “Boston Legal” and “Entourage.”

 

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From the Sidelines to the Live 3D Game

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While Avatar’s success has triggered a lemming migration into the third dimension by directors of dramatic fare, the ripples are also lapping against the bleachers of spectator sports and other live events. But while a movie can always be fixed in post, a live event is a beast of a different stripe that has, at best, a 10-second time-delay buffer. Nevertheless, ESPN’s early commitment to 3D seems to have spurred many to get off the sidelines and into the live 3D game.

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Technicolor Launches ShareVue™ Dailies Solution

Technicolor launches its next-generation dailies solution that facilitates and greatly enhances the viewing of dailies content on desktop, laptop and mobile device including iPad and Android tablets.

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Sensor Size Is Huge but Not Everything in Choosing the Best Camera for a Project

sfw_fieldcameras_turnkeyhd_2It was just a few years ago that any list of the year’s best and hottest cameras would be topped by 3CCD 2/3-inch sensor models. But that seems like another era altogether since today “bigger is definitely better,” with 35mm-sized sensors predominating. Ironically, these large sensors are conjoined with smaller, not larger, cameras. Blame it on HDSLRs, the digital still cameras that have taken the HD production world by storm, thanks to the rapid response of the camera support industry’s impressive array of viewfinders, support rigs, audio adapters and more for operating HDSLRs smoothly and with stability, much like video cameras.

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Shooting Polar Bears on Arctic Ice, in 3D, with a Thin 2D Crew

ShootingIn3D_IMG_0201SFWWhen planning to shoot a 3D documentary on polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, Filmmaker Adam Ravetch, an Arctic wildlife doc veteran, needed a rig that was capable of vertical and horizontal configurations. He used a prototype of Element Technica’s mid-sized Pulsar 3D rig coupled with Sony P1 HD cameras. “With the Pulsar we could configure the cameras side by side, or one atop the other in the beamsplitter mode,” reports Ravetch. “This enabled us to keep our weight to a minimum while having multiple 3D shooting options, depending upon how close we were to the subject that day.”

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