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July 31, 2020

Did Filmmakers Finally Get What They Wanted in the Sony a7S III?

Sony, Emmys, Tenet, & Quentin, oh my!

This week, we dive into surprises of all kinds from the Emmys to a long-awaited Sony announcement. Plus, we have our own 5-word memory test.

For a full list of the Emmy nominations, head to this online PDF from the Television Academy.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 31, 2020

The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (7.31.20)


Headlining our Deals of the Week, the DJI Ronin-SC Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo is 39% off.


This week in filmmaking deals: Right now, you can get a Joby GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit with Rig for 31% off. Also, save $100 on both the Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens and a RØDE VideoMic Pro+ On-Camera Microphone. Big savings on the DJI Ronin-SC Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo with a whopping $210 off. Finally, Adorama is running a special on the Easyrig STABIL Stabilization System that saves you $320.




Joby GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit with Rig


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The Joby GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit is kind of the Cadillac of tabletop tripods. It’s got 5 articulating arms (3 at the base, 2 on the sides) with 1/4″ -20 threads and cold shoe mounts that not only allow you to mount your camera but lights, mics, action cams, smartphones, and a myriad of other filmmaking accessories, as well. You can save a cool $50 on this rig, which is on sale now for $110.




Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens


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July 31, 2020

The Budget-Friendly CAME-TV Astral Wireless Follow Focus Just Got Even More Affordable


Take advantage of this price drop on the CAME-TV Astral Wireless Follow Focus.


CAME-TV has made a name for itself for offering quality filmmaking gear at prices low-budget creatives can afford. Its Astral Follow Focus is no different, offering powerful wireless focus, iris, and zoom control for under $300. But now, CAME-TV has dropped the price by 15% on this already inexpensive unit so filmmakers of all stripes and financial situations can take advantage of what a follow focus system can offer their productions.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 31, 2020

The Internet Reacted to the a7S III Launch with Some Hilarious Memes


Should we call this Sony a7S III week?


If your internet has been out of commission for the last 72 hours, while you were away, Sony made the a7S III official. Hooray! We no longer have to speculate or ask or try to pinpoint exactly what the camera will be.



Sony kept its eyes on improving what already existed rather than stretching its legs too far. The 12.1MP full-frame mirrorless camera received a complete overhaul from the inside out, starting with a new sensor design with larger photosites and a processor that’s said to be 8x faster. The camera sees a new menu structure that has settings for both video and stills, faster AF performance, better low light capabilities, a flip-out LCD, and a full HDMI port, among many other improvements.



Even though it took Sony more than 5 years to release a successor to the popular a7S II, the silver lining is that some fans took to Twitter and dropped some hilarious memes to show their appreciation.













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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 31, 2020

Enter Your Short Film into My RØDE Reel to Win a Heap of Cash and Gear


They’re not messing around. My RØDE Reel is giving away a whopping $1 million in cash prizes alone.


The world’s largest short film competition is back with yet another chance for aspiring filmmakers to show off their cinematic skills and win a ton of gear and prizes in the process.



But this year is a little different. My RØDE Reel is upping the ante and offering an unprecedented total of $1 million in cash to contest winners—and that’s on top of the mountain of gear being given away. In fact, the winner of the Judges’ Prize gets $200,000 in cold hard cash…boom! Nearly a quarter of a mil…plus, like, 30+ pieces of gear and software that will fill out your filmmaking arsenal rather nicely.






How to Enter


The competition is really simple. Make a 3-minute short film, use a RØDE product to make that film, record a behind-the-scenes video that features you and your crew using that RØDE product, then upload your short and your BTS video to YouTube and send My RØDE Reel the links. It’s that easy.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 31, 2020

Daydreaming in Japan – A Coloring Book by Denise Rashidi

Daydreaming in Japan – A Coloring Book by Denise RashidiAoiroStudio07.31.20

Our good pal Denise Rashidi released her new book entitled: Daydreaming in Japan. It’s not any kind of book, it’s a coloring book! This book utilizes her stylish, ‘pastel-ish’ and detailed illustrations of the hidden backstreets of Japan. You know my love for the country of Japan, Denise does a remarkable job to illustrate its authenticity and by also adding her own signature. Make sure to check it out and if you don’t know about Denise’s work, make sure to check her previous feature abdz..

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It features 24 single-sided coloring pages and is the first entry of her “Daydreaming in” series which centers around the theme of “Fernweh” (n., German, a longing for distant places), wanderlust and nostalgia.

 

Source: Abduzeedo Illustration

July 29, 2020

CES 2021

Once the name CES stood for Consumer Electronics Show. But the trade show has evolved with the tech industry it reflects; tech touches our lives in a myriad of ways today, with smart cities and cars joining smartphones at the cutting edge, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence tying it all together. […]
Source: Digital Trends VR

July 24, 2020

How 'Top Gun: Maverick' Fit 6 IMAX-Quality Cameras into a Single Cockpit


Top Gun: Maverick might be capitalizing on our nostalgia for 80s action flicks, but its cinematography is from the future thanks to some amazing new cameras.


We’ve been waiting for a Top Gun sequel since 1986, so what’s waiting another year? The movie has been pushed until next summer, but in a recent interview, Joseph Kosinski spoke about finishing post-production and the revolutionary cameras they used to capture the crew in flight.



Kosinski told Collider, “The technology that allows filmmaking to be more practical is the stuff I get most excited about. On Top Gun, we worked with Sony to develop an IMAX quality camera that’s about this big. [gestures] And only like 2 inches deep. So we were able to mount six of them inside the cockpit, and four on the outside of the airplane. So in that case, we’re using technology to capture something real, rather than having to create it on a soundstage. So that, for me, was one of the things that I was excited about in jumping into the project in the first place.”

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 24, 2020

Ks For Days: Blackmagic Jumps Ahead to 12K with the URSA Mini Pro

We dive into Diversity, Ks… and Galactic Senates.

This week, Charles, George, and Michelle reflect on a recent conversation around terminology. Plus, Blackmagic’s big news, a case for theaters to look like the Star Wars’ Galactic Senate, and we have Tenet’s new release date… kind of.

As always, send us any questions and leave a comment!

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 24, 2020

Will Netflix Win The Streaming Wars This Fall?


With nothing in production and resistance to online releases, Netflix is about to strike a major blow to movie studios and streamers.


When we look back on 2020, we’re going to call it a lost year for many of us. Work stopped, times were very hard, and we lost people we knew and loved. In Hollywood, it truly became the year without movies.



At this point, you have to assume that the rest of 2020 will play out without major films hitting theaters… unless there’s a miracle vaccine that can be mass-produced and distributed by November.



Even in best-case scenarios that seems like more of a January 2021 possibility.



So is anyone benefitting from the scenario?



Yeah, Netflix.



Sure, on the surface Netflix is winning simply because we are all at home streaming things. That’s a given. But when it comes to the streaming wars, it’s about to jump to the head of the class thanks to foresight that no other company had.

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Source: NoFilmSchool