Kevin Spacey urges TV channels to give control to viewers

While it’s hard to disagree with anything Kevin Spacey says in any situation, I have to say, he’s just right. Makes me think differently about the death of content being tied to or defined by a delivery medium – The technical differences and contexts are being ignored by most audiences, happy to watch a show or movie on their laptop or tablet instead of the cinema or their television. Specialist delivery mediums such as theatres might dwindle, but the moving image is more alive than ever, in an age where content isn’t defined by the size or location of the screen, and that makes me feel a whole lot better about it.

‘Home Invasion’ – an anti-ad for the Adblock Plus Creative Challenge

This is the anti-ad I produced with Simon Toppin for Adblock’s anti-advertisememt competition. Irony aside, it was a lot of fun to put together even if we only had a few hours to shoot it. There are only a few hours left to vote, which you can do here.

You can view all the entries on the voting page (at least for the moment).

‘Genesis’ – a 5D RAW film

This is a beautifully shot film by James Miller, highlighting Magic Lantern‘s latest, experimental feature for Canon DSLRs; RAW video recording in-camera. There are plenty of other examples of RAW DSLR videos here. The images are stunning, and resolve many of the issues DSLRs are plagued with, namely compression. Not only can these clips be graded aggressively, they are also sharper, and retain so much more colour information and fine detail. Miller is offering the original RAW Carousel clip for download here, allowing anyone to see the flexibility of these images.

5D RAW video?

The Magic Lantern team have managed to create RAW video files on the 5D Mark II and III. It’s in the early stages and is currently more or less unusable for video due to the buffer rate of the camera and card speeds. There’s a good overview of the current state of the RAW experiments over on EOSHD.

At the same time, Blackmagic’s recently announced pocket cinema camera is set to ship in July with RAW  and ProRes recording, priced at USD $995, footage of which can be seen here. This is all rather astonishing news, seeing as RAW didn’t seem to be something the prosumer, let alone the consumer market, would see for a long time.

The Sound and Music of The Dark Knight Rises

A short documentary featurette on the people and ideas behind the sound of The Dark Knight Rises. Some great insights from Composer Hans Zimmer and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King. The breakdown of the sound effects for The Bat is especially interesting, as well as the experimentation with Bane’s voice.

Steven Soderbergh on the State of Cinema

Steven Soderbergh addressed the San Francisco International Film Festival regarding the State of Cinema approximately one week ago. Audio of the event was then leaked, gaining widespread attention, and the San Francisco Film Society released the video ‘due to unprecedented demand’ soon after. So why all the fuss? Finally, a big name, Hollywood director, who has worked

Canon releases moonlit video footage using new sensor.

Just over a week ago, Canon released this press release announcing a brand new prototype; a 35mm CMOS sensor for video, that can record even faint stars and only requires the light of the full moon to capture a scene. Yes, feel free to reread that. Can this really surpass the human eye? No word on dynamic range yet but I think humanity is still superior in that regard – for now…

‘The sensor facilitates the shooting of clearly visible video images even in dimly lit environments with as little as 0.03 lux of illumination, or approximately the brightness of a crescent moon.’ — Canon Inc.