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New Zealand Grant Increases

New-zealand-SMNew Zealand is pushing heavily to attract more productions and has come out with a new perk for filmmakers. The government recently announced changes to the structure and level of support for film and television productions, including raising the baseline screen incentive for international film and television production to 20%. 

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Lighting Panama with Zylight’s F8 LED Fresnel's

KIRO-TV F8 CU Panama JPEG 3KIRO-TV, the Cox Media Group-owned CBS affiliate for Seattle-Tacoma, recently sent a news team to the Panama Canal to talk with local shipping industry professionals about the multibillion-dollar expansion of the waterway. The construction, which is due to be completed sometime in 2015, is designed to enable larger ships to go through the canal and potentially bypass Seattle and other West Coast ports.

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Cinemartin’s New 4K Compression Tool in Spain

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Barcelona-based Cinemartin recently announced the availability of H.265 HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) conversion with its new CINEC 2.7, which supports up to 4K resolution. The H.265 standard supersedes today’s most common codecs for encoding and Internet delivery of video (H.264) and makes 4K recording to SD cards possible on DSLRs.

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The Industry Transitions to Ultra High-Def

272003253The hot technological buzz phrase for today’s theatrical distribution and consumer space is “4K.” While the current digital cinema standard is an image resolution of 2048 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high (with width measurement rounded out to 2K), digital capture technology and projection technology is now at resolutions of 4096×2160 or higher — and 4K actually quadruples the number of pixels for richer screen resolution. On the consumer side, the HDTV standard delivers the same vertical resolution (1080) but isn’t quite as wide, with a resolution of 1920 pixels instead of 2048. Earlier this year, consumers were introduced to the new Ultra High Definition (UHD) format that delivers a resolution of 3840x2160. And even though that horizontal resolution is well shy of the 4,000 pixel mark, it’s still promoted as 4K.

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Panavision Launches Primo V Lenses for Digital Cinema

Primo V group 3 mirror 4On 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.

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Editing in the 21st Century

EditingChris Ross Leong is known for his work as an editor on reality TV shows like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and as the current staff editor on the Fox syndicated series “Dish Nation.” His creative career began in the U.K., where he worked as a fashion photographer in 1975 before moving into film and television production, and for the past three decades he has been editing TV shows and independent features.

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Litepanels’ LS Traveler Trio Plus Lighting Kit

Eduardo setting up Litepanels 1 X 1 for Picture the PossibilitiesLitepanels recently announced that its 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus Lighting Kit was tool of choice for Marcela Villegas Castañón who used it to light Cinequest’s Picture the Possibilities (PTP), an annual program where filmmakers work with teens to create feature films for empowering global youth. These films have been produced in 10 global cities ranging from Palo Alto, Calif. to Hong Kong, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Cinematographers Embrace High-End Digital Cinema

SonyIt would be naïve to think that all of the hype about 4K and Ultra HD cameras at every media trade show wouldn’t have an impact on expectations, especially at the high end of the digital production food chain. “This year, many clients are asking for 4K, some because it’s popular, but others do want shelf life,” says Bobby Holbrook, a cinematographer and co-owner of Holbrook Multimedia. “But, if they don’t really need 4K, I’ll suggest 2K or even 1080p, because the data load is so much easier to manage.” But for clients who do need 4K, Holbrook is ready to deliver: “We’ve been shooting a lot of projects in 4K this year with the [RED] EPIC, the [Sony] F65 and F55.”

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On Location- The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug with Location Manager Jared Connon

Hobbit 1The highly anticipated film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is the second in a trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson adapting the enduringly popular novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.    The film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.  Having survived the beginning go their unexpected journey, the Company continues East on their epic adventure, encountering treacherous denizens of Middle-earth and making new alliances as they forge on to the Lonely Mountain where the greatest danger of all awaits, the Dragon Smaug.

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Apple’s Mac Pro Update Supports 4K Digital Video

 

MacPro4KToday’s higher resolution cameras and postproduction standards have led Apple to up the ante on the latest model of its Mac Pro desktop system. Now supporting 4K digital video, the newest Mac Pro features a very slick-looking chrome cylindrical design that, like other desktop systems, requires the user to attach an external keyboard, rodent and display. The new system offers Thunderbolt 2 and dual AMD FirePro graphics processing units with up to six gigabytes of dedicated VRAM, which is enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously — an ideal scenario for pro video workstations, visual effects work in cinema, and film editing. 

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