Scott Neeson “The man with the biggest heart in the world”

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Scott Neeson, former head of 20th Century Fox International left Hollywood to save children rotting in Cambodia’s garbage dumps. He sold his mansion, Porsche, and yacht to set off for Cambodia to provide food, shelter and education to destitute children. Scott now cares for more than 1,000 Cambodian children and their families. You sir are awesome!

A true saint by every meaning of the word, to give up such a wealthy background and live in the heart of poverty is humbling to say the least.

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When families helped by the Cambodian Children’s Fund receive a new home, it’s a life-changing experience. Most of these families have dealt with years of poverty, unsafe housing and constant struggles.

For our experienced team of builders, a new home takes two and a half days of work. These well-built homes are safe and comfortable, with access to a bathroom. For many of the benefitting families, this is the first time they’ve lived in such a place.

“Truthfully, they say they never thought they could live in a home like that,” said Alan, the construction manager for the home building project.

Through a partnership with World Housing, new homes are provided to benefit CCF families for every home the company sells in western countries. The plan is to amp production up to 30 homes a month for a total of 300 homes in 2014. All of this comes together in the factory around the corner from CCF’s headquarters in the Steung Meanchey area of Phnom Penh.

If you think you can help why not donate…

https://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/make-a-donation.html

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90% of Scottish video producers filming theatre work still deliver on DVD

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I read in Broadcast Film&Video that Primera Technology a company that sells DVD burners had produced a poll that 94% of video producers still deliver output on DVDs.

I decided to do my own poll to find a very similar percentage (90%) still rely on DVDs to hand out to customers.

The 10% was internet and USB media sticks but this method was mainly for client approval.

Adobe obviously did not bother to run such a poll when they decided to drop Encore last year, Apple being Apple dropped DVD Studio many years ago but you can still make basic DVDs in FCPX which is better than nothing.

This is a bit like 4K in reverse, everyone is being pushed into thinking 4K is the way forward forgetting most people don’t have the workflow to cope with such big files.

There is a rumour that Sony can easily adapt Blu-ray to record 4K because they badly need a platform for people to record 4K onto, especially consumers.

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Lets remember the internet as it stands is mainly used by surfers who do not want to spend their precious lunchtimes watching videos longer than about 2mins.

That brings me back to DVD’s, their popularity has evolved from ease of use and higher quality than the obsolete VHS/Betamax format’s, consumers like it or not have grown up with DVD’s as have their children, in fact most younger children watch DVD’s as a pacifier.

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Children’s dance shows are still being recorded all over the UK with 2-3 cameras, edited and produced onto DVD, there is no other method of delivery that exceeds the DVD for dance and theatre work.

DVD delivery in the central belt of Scotland is a massive 90%, you only have to ask the wholesalers who send out boxes of DVD’s in a regular basis to confirm this.

The end user is still reliant on DVD, like it or not, if you do not work for the general public there is a chance your DVD delivery is almost nil, local authorities are pushing all their video work online to save the cost of sending out DVDs, but many of my corporate clients are still happier with a “hard copy” on DVD.

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Panasonic PX270 is now part of my kit

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I don’t think it will come as any surprise to anyone who follows this blog to discover that I have finally decided to keep my Panasonic PX270 in favour of my JVC KY HM650.

The pictures from the PX270 are the best I have seen in a long time only matched by the Sony PXW-Z100 also a 10bit 422 camcorder but with 2 major differences.

The Px270 records very good low light footage at 0dB and records 10bit 422 onto SDHC cards, while the Sony Z100 is very poor in low light and only records 10bit 422 footage onto expensive XQD cards.

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The EVF is a joy to use and the fact it switches on when you put your eye to it is fantastic, remembering the LCD stays on all the time.

I did a wee test tonight after my 64G Transend SDXC class 10 U3 card arrived today waiting for my GH4 to arrive I decided to try it out in the PX270.

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I find it strange that this card is not recognised at all in the PX270 and won’t even format…the Panasonic GH3 had no such problems and formatted it with no issues !

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I can only think that the PX270 needs a FW upgrade in order to use this speed of card yet it uses a very similar micro P2 card, my friend is a bit more cynical and reckons Panasonic is deliberatly excluding this card as technically its as good if not better than the micro P2 card, but 8 times less expensive !

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Stolen Leica lenses from Red Dot Cameras, London

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Over £30K in Gear Stolen from Leica Store here in the UK on the 24th April 2014

In some gut-wrenching news shared by Leica Rumors this morning, a sponsor of theirs, Red Dot Cameras, has had approximately £30,000 in gear stolen from their shop overnight.

There isn’t any information on the break-in itself, but what Red Dot Cameras has shared is a list of the stolen gear, which we’re including below. As you can see, these guys got some pretty high-end stuff.

If you have any information on this gear that’s been stolen or come across someone trying to sell it online, be sure to contact Red Dot Cameras on 0207 490 8444.

Red Dot Cameras, named after the Leica logo which is synonymous with quality, is located in London’s Old Street, just a five to ten minute walk from Old Street and Barbican Tube stations.

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24p & Frame Rates tutorial “A must buy if you film in 24p”

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After watching the tutorial I am far better versed in the frame rate that I usually avoid like the plague…25p ! This video was an eye opener and although made for the American market there are PAL references throughout the video.

On Wrightsville Beach Studios info it says… The problem with both You TUBE and Vimeo is that they cannot play the video back as 60p, so the differences in motion between the frame rates are lost.  We have you download the excerpts from the website so that you can watch it in 60p.

I downloaded the demo video and decided to buy it to make sure I was giving correct information…it’s a minefield and the one bit of info that gets me is the legacy 25i and to treat it as 50i on your timeline !

There’s no doubt about it, its the best £10 ($17) you will spend this year if only to get your head around 24p, 30p and 60p (24p, 25p and 50p PAL).

PS. I am on no commission for this I just think it was enjoyable and informative.

LINK… http://www.wrightsvillebeachstudios.com/24pFR.html

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Stephen’s Story filmed with a Canon C300

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I have been following this brave young lad over in Facebook and noticed that Stephen was being filmed with a Canon C300, a great choice of camera for interviews. The video is Stephen’s Story and what a Superhero this young man is.

We live by our tools like the C300 and make stores with them, the least we can do is donate to a worthy cause and make you appreciate life is not all about cameras and focal lengths.

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Please watch this video and donate to a great cause here is the link…

https://www.facebook.com/StephensStory/app_156218351098324

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New lower price of £15 for Canon C300 or Panasonic AF101 720p video

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New lower price down from £25 to £15 for the C300 and AF101 teaching video, find the details at “shop” above.

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Under the Skin using One-Cam

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Under the Skin, a science-fiction arthouse film that just crossed the $1 million mark at the U.S. box-office, is being sold as a spooky erotic thriller featuring Scarlett Johansson as a sexy alien invader on the loose in Scotland. That’s fair enough. Directed by English filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (BirthSexy Beast), it’s one of the more unsettling films in recent memory, combining an enigmatic story line (Johansson’s character is seducing men and then taking them prisoner for unexplained but clearly unsavory reasons) and genuinely weird imagery (her victims sink into a glassy black floor, then wake up suspended in blue fluid) with incongruously ordinary footage of the city streets where the main character picks up unsuspecting Glaswegians in a nondescript van.

It turns out that Johansson’s encounters with ordinary Scots feel realistic because they are real. Those city scenes were captured with tiny, inobtrusive cameras. Many of the people who appear on screen, including some of the men who chat up Johansson’s character, aren’t actors at all and don’t see the cameras. “Scarlett’s character was interacting with real people who were completely unaware that they were in a fictional film,” said producer James Wilson in an interview released by distributor A24Films. (Permissions were secured after the fact, of course.)

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You might wonder what cameras the production used to accomplish that — tiny GoPro cameras, perhaps? Or surveillance cams from one of the big manufacturers like Sony or Panasonic? Well, the footage had to intercut seamlessly with the production’s main ARRI Alexa cameras, which were shooting ARRIRAW, so quality was paramount. It turns out Under the Skin used the One-cam, a new modular system developed by London studio One Of Us specifically for Glazer’s use on the film. “We were shooting half an hour unbroken takes of improvised dialogue with eight cameras simultaneously, which is like a feature’s worth of photography,” says VFX supervisor (and One Of Us co-founder) Tom Debenham in the video below. “We had to build a whole ecosystem that was basically all the components of a camera that could either be stuck together or separated and used in a number of different modular ways.” 

Glazer told The Dissolve that 10 of the One-cam systems were built, allowing multiple cameras to be placed in strategic locations for different scenes — embedded in a dashboard, mounted on a motorcycle, or hidden somewhere on the street. Eight cameras were hidden inside the van Johansson drives around Glasgow, allowing the production to catch spontaneous performances by non-actors in what cinematographer Daniel Landin described in an Indiewire interview as “a fairly seedy area.” They didn’t realize they were being chatted up by a movie star. “[The One-cam] is about the size of a household box of matches [and] you could fit 16mm lenses on it,” Landin told Indiewire. “The image we generated we ended up liking so much we would have shot the entire film on that camera if we could have made it rugged enough to withstand all kinds of weather.”

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Glazer was impressed enough by the One-cam’s performance that he gave One Of Us a testimonial: “Digital is too sharp and illustrative. There’s no immersion, no fall-off, no rolling off into black or color bleed. No accident. No alchemy. One-cam is the opposite. It seems almost chemical in how it photographs the image. For a digital camera, it has unprecedented texture and depth. It sees how my eyes see.”

The camera head weighs just 333 grams, or about 12 ounces, and can be tethered at a distance of up to 100 feet from the recording unit, which the company says is roughly the size of a 16mm camera body. The camera is rated at 500 ASA with a dynamic range of at least 9 stops in daylight. The Super 16 (one-inch diagonal) image sensor is a global shutter CCD, and the camera’s output is uncompressed 12-bit raw at a resolution of 2336×1752, recorded to SSD mags. One Of Us developed custom dailies tools to convert to Cineon-log DPX files or DNG and the signal can be monitored over HDMI or HD-SDI.

Glazer rode around in the back of the van, where the camera data was being recorded and where monitors were set up to show the output of all eight One-cam units. According to dailies provider Mission Digital, when the eight van-mounted cameras were all shooting footage, the production generated six TB of footage in a day.

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One Of Us handled VFX for the film, which was then finished at color-grading studio Dirty Looks, which is located in the same building. Custom color science was developed to bring the footage from the One-cam and the Alexa together in the editing room and to match look and feel in the Filmlight Baselight color-grading system. VFX were conformed as they progressed and integrated into the 2K grading environment. “Combining technical resources allowed a quick turnaround between creative departments and helped us deliver what this film needed,” said Dirty Looks’ Tom Balkwill in a prepared statement.

Colorist John Claude noted that Glazer wanted a very naturalistic look for the street scenes, but the film veered toward stylization in less conventional segments. “The blue ‘swimmer’ sequences, when one of Scarlett’s victims is under the pit, were quite challenging but made easier with Baselight’s matte-layer stack management,” he said in a statement. 

Balkwill described another scene, a golden-colored montage that incorporated 93 blended 2K layers as Johansson’s face becomes visible in the middle of the screen, and gave the Baselight a shout-out for its ability to handle that kind of complexity. “This sequence could only be finished with Baselight,” he said, “because each individual layer needed its own tweaks in stabilizing and grading.”

The resulting film is challenging and unusual, employing considerable technical innovation to support a formidable visual imagination. It’s in limited release in the U.S. and rolls out to more theaters this weekend.

Written by Bryant Frazer    www.studiodaily.com

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Breaking News over on GH4 CREW

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Why not head over to GH4 CREW to read the full story… www.gh4crew.co.uk

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The best Drone video I have seen in a long time

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Drone photography does not come any better than this, whoever shot this footage should be given an award, the video is slowed down but remember the drone pilot had milliseconds to react in real time…fantastic award winning footage.

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