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DPs' Digital Diversification

There’s no question that digital technology has dramatically altered the world of the cinematographer, even when it’s still a film-based shoot. Digital technology not only includes actual cameras, it also extends to things like camera controls. This month, P3 Update takes a look at a group of products that take advantage of digital technology either directly or indirectly to make life easier for DPs and camera operators.

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Camera Companions

In recent years, the proliferation of new digital cameras has focused attention on resolution, workflow and image quality. While the RED, Vision Research Phantom, ARRI ALEXA and Canon 7D Mark II cameras all have their fans and uses, the advent of 3D stereoscopic moviemaking has upped the ante as filmmakers struggle to find the perfect cameras for the left/right-eye pair. Camera accessories — everything from lenses to 3D rigs — are the crucial gear components needed to support chosen cameras, and they can make the difference between a problem-plagued production and smooth sailing.

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On the Right Track

Last year, when the folks at NASCAR wanted to capture the feel of a racing environment for a special commercial, they turned to Fisher Technical Services, Inc. (FTSI) to get the goods at a track just outside of South Boston, Va.

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Lighting Up a Flavor Explosion

Cinematographer John Zilles has shot many commercials for such companies as Walmart, Toyota and Pizza Hut, and he describes his new $2 million Sprite commercial as “one of the biggest, most interesting and challenging jobs I’ve had to light and shoot in 20 years of doing commercials.”

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Sounds of Silence

Earlier this year, veteran Soundman MacAulay Flynt joined Writer/Director Heather Hale’s production crew in North Carolina to shoot the indie thriller Insecurity, starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Emmy-winning Actor Edward Asner and rock legend Meat Loaf. The film is about an organized crime family’s attempt to infiltrate the Witness Protection Program in order to kill the assistant district attorney who’s prosecuting a murder case involving a prominent member of the crime family. The plot’s complex cat-and-mouse game features a number of action sequences.

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