Oct 142015
Virtual Cinema 3: Cameras

Jaunt’s second prototype 360 stereo camera system – Right: Jaunt camera system on a Steadicam. Note the small camera size. +++ My third post on my ASC blog about Virtual Reality Cinema covers: VR glossar 1. Theta camera 2. Freedom360 system 3. stitching software 4. latest smartphones 5. stereo 360 6. Jaunt 7. Google Jump [...]

Oct 142015
Virtual Reality Cinema 2: Image Spheres

A frame from Blanca Li 360. Note spatial distortion at top and bottom. (concert.arte.tv) +++ My second post on my ASC blog about Virtual Reality Cinema covers: 1. headsets 2. Cardboard app 3. Earth maps 4. Blanca Li 360 5. camera issues +++ LINK http://bit.ly/VRCinema2-thefilmbook- +++

Jun 072015
Ultra Panavision 70 projected at Cinegear

— Test footage in Ultra Panavision 70mm for The Hateful Eight was presented by Panavision’s Dan Sasaki with moderator David Heuring at the Cinegear show on June 6. The footage was shot in anamorphic 65mm and projected in 70mm film. The 1.25 anamorphosis results in a stunning 2.76:1 aspect ratio. Panavision has been working with [...]

Feb 092015
Photos of the Alexa 65

I saw the Alexa 65 at the Micro Salon in Paris. David Zucker from Arri gave me a great tour of the camera which I documented quickly with the following photos, with some comments as well. Click on image to see slide show: +++

Oct 282014
Interstellar: Visualizing a Black Hole

— Cool video about how scientist Kip Thorn collaborated with the folks at Double Negative to create a scientifically true visualization of black holes for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The key concept is from Einstein’s General Relativity: gravity bends light. And therefore the intense gravity around a black hole acts a distorting lens for the light [...]

Sep 112014
Douglas Trumbull presents Magi: 3D at 120 fps

— In the video below from The Hollywood Reporter, visual effects maven Douglas Trumbull gives a brief review of his involvement with immersive cinema, and presents his current Magi system, shooting 3D at 120 fps. Trumbull is travelling around showing Ufotog, a demo film shot with Canon C500s and projected with Christie’s 4K 3D projector. [...]

Aug 302014
Polish 12-camera Test

— DP Szymon Lenkowski & editor Tomasz Wolski present a similar shot of a woman with 12 cameras from Arri, Red, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Black Magic and Kineraw. It’s interesting to see the ungraded camera footage, combining the pastel RAW images with the more contrasty RGB ones. The filmmakers also offer color-timed versions of the [...]

Aug 302014
Otome - Live 3D video projection on a face

— The video from Project Otome demonstrates the scanning of a model’s face, then a live projection of video of different make-up styles on the face, as well as weirder CGI renderings. The technical accomplishment is the ability to match the video to the face as it moves in real-time. Otome is a collaboration between [...]