Presenting evidence from a “speculative archaeological find” in Zadar, Croatia, “Ancient Cinema” is a multimedia installation and transmedia project by Canadian artist Henry Jesionka scheduled to debut in Zadar in June. The piece’s premise — that ancient artifacts recently retrieved from Zadar point to the existence of the world’s first motion picture project.Jesionka explains his Indiegogo project: Based on this speculative evidence, “Ancient Cinema” will present a working recreation of an ancient Roman movie projector, projecting the world’s first animated “films.” Along with this groundbreaking discovery, the installation will feature a short documentary about the sourcing and analysis of the artifacts, a comprehensive Website examining the precedents for the Roman projector and other proto-cinematic innovations in the ancient world, and the evidence itself: the original artifacts “discovered” in … [Read more...] about DO ANCIENT ROMAN ARTIFACTS REVEAL THE WORLD’S FIRST MOTION PICTURE PROJECTOR?
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November 3rd marked the highly anticipated arrival of the Canon EOS C300 and RED Scarlet-X, two compact digital Super 35 motion picture cameras. I’ll parse the details below, but first, what do these new kids on the block signify?Super 35 is nothing more than a modern rebranding of the original motion picture frame created 120 years ago by George Eastman and Thomas Edison. Their felicitous collaboration standardized motion picture cameras and projectors for a century, so perhaps they would enjoy the fact that Super 35mm-sized sensors are now standardizing digital cinema cameras. This would include the Sony F65, Sony F35, Sony PMW-F3, Sony NEX-FS100, ARRI D-21, ARRI Alexa, RED ONE, RED EPIC-M, Panavision Genesis, Phantom HD Gold, and PS-Cam X35. On the DSLR side, also APS-C cameras like Canon’s EOS 7D.Standardizing on a Super 35-sized sensor means that the same lenses can be used on all cameras. This development has unleashed a flood of new zooms and primes and … [Read more...] about New Super 35 Digital Motion Picture Cameras from Canon and Red – What They Are and Aren’t
A motion picture camera used to be a light-sealed box with a strip of film running through it. Was it easy to thread? Did it run quiet? How bright was the viewfinder?Today’s cameras are exponentially more complex. They are literal bundles of separate technologies, each lurching forward at a different rate. To understand today’s cameras, you must understand the parts to understand the whole.This is my third annual overview of digital cinema cameras for Filmmaker, and it is being written in the run-up to NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, the world’s largest trade show devoted to digital video and broadcast equipment. By the time some of you read this article, NAB will have ended, and there are certain to have been surprises. But they will fall within the framework of what I describe below, which you can use to handicap NAB 2013 and future NABs, too.This year, I feel that contextualizing the changes underway is more important than rattling off descriptions of new products and gear. … [Read more...] about Back to the Future with 4K: Large-Sensor Motion Picture Cameras in 2013
Have you heard? The United Nations designated 2015 the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies,” and cinematography made the cut.But is IYL 2015 finally the year in which the dam burst of innovation subsides, and new digital cameras and techniques no longer threaten to drown us?Surveying the latest advances in large-sensor digital cinema cameras for Filmmaker’s fifth annual round-up — written, as always, on the eve of NAB — gives me pause to consider how far we’ve come in the five years since Sony’s F3 and FS100 were cutting-edge… since Panasonic’s AF100 stirred passions, ARRI’s Alexa represented a bold choice, and RED’s hand-assembled Epic-M was a rare sighting on a Peter Jackson Hobbit set.In IYL 2015 our sensors are dramatically more sensitive to light, and we’re better able to capture and display extended color gamut, tonal … [Read more...] about Digital Motion Picture Cameras in 2015: The Dust Settles
Welcome to Filmmaker Magazine’s fourth annual digital cinema camera round-up. Each year for reasons of publishing schedule, this overview is written on the brink of the big NAB show in Las Vegas. By the time some of you read this, journalists and bloggers will have breathlessly uploaded each and every scrap of breaking news from the frenzied show floor, saving you the airfare, sore feet, and those Vegas cab fares calibrated to expense accounts.But what do these splashy product introductions mean? Do we need to trade up our cameras? How soon? Are more resolution, bit depth, frame rates, color space even critical to what we do? I offer this year’s camera round-up as a snapshot of where cameras stand as we head into this year’s milepost NAB — and a guide to where I think they, and we, are going.Four years ago, I titled Filmmaker’s first digital cinema camera round-up, “Digital Motion Picture Cameras For The Rest of Us.” (Published as “Does … [Read more...] about Digital Motion Picture Cameras in 2014: The Next Chapter