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  2. Fujinon has announced the fantastic SK 35-700mm Box Lens. It has a PL mount and is 8k in resolution. It starts from 35mm and goes upto 700mm in focal length. It also has a 1.4X Tele Converted which means you can extend the focal length to 49-980mm on Super35 sensors.
  3. No shoot is possible without the hard work of Spot Boys. The first people to reach the sets and perhaps the last to leave, their presence is deliberately invisible, but their work is the pillar on which production stands. Here, Nassir quietly fixing on thing, as he is alert on the walkie on the other. #HumansOfDesiShoots
  4. So from various old shoots, I have many old La Cie FW800 - USB hard drives left over. These are old external hard disks 1tb each. Some Seagate hard disks and mostly LaCie some Western Digital. The external hard drive enclosure is perfectly fine, except 1tb is too less for today's data needs. What I do is swap out the internal 1TB drive with a 2TB drive. Why not 3/4tb? Well because old external hard disk enclosures have controllers and chips which do not support such high capacities. I experimented and 2TB works well. If you have an old external hard disk 2TB then try a 3TB or 4Tb drive replacement. I always but the high performance 7200RPM drives. It is a fairly simple task to do. Make sure you save all the screws you take out and remember what goes where. If you want me to help you swap your drives, send me a reply or message on this thread.
  5. Here is another one. The key is to find awesome images.
  6. Gaffers are those amazing people who work closely with and help bring the Cinematographer's vision to 'light'. Any Cinematographer will tell how dependent they are on a goof #gaffer. Nikhil Gupta is a very skilled and enthusiastic gaffer, who always has another solution, another trick, in the truck. Celebrating Gaffers. #HumansOfDesiShoots
  7. JVC's excellent but expensive offering is the JVC GY-HC550. 1" CMOS Sensor 20X Optical Zoom ProRes 422HQ 4:2:2 10-Bit: 3840 x 2160p up to 50/60 fps
  8. Vision Research's latest is the Phantom T1340 Camera. At a max resolution of 2k 2048X1952 it canshoot 3270fps at 12 bit. At HD 1920X1080 it can shoot 6,160 fps. This brings a whole new dimension to the TV Commercials Table Top Shoots
  9. If you are looking at something from Roland with XLR inputs then try the Roland R-26 Sampling Rate: 96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz, Bit Depth: 24/16 bits
  10. doing to the list is the Roland R-07 Sampling Rate: 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz Bit Depth: 16/24 bits Input is Mic/Aux in. It's very affordable at close to US 200/-
  11. The Sony PCM D100 is another good option. DSD 2.8MHz; LPCM 192kHz/176.4kHz/96kHz/88.2kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16 or 24 bits
  12. At the high end is the Tascam DR-100 MkIII. Records 44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k Hz, at 16/24 bit 2 Channel Stereo USB
  13. The Zoom H6 is here now. Interchangeable input capsules Six-track simultaneous recording Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors Gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input Supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule provides secondary input via a stereo ⅛” Mic/Line In mini phone jack Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V Large full-color, angled LCD display Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB Up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries
  14. Embrace Auditions. Let's get into an audition room and try to understand what is it that the casting director and the director are seeking from you. For an actor there are a lots of techniques which can get him/her closer to the character but one needs to figure out what suits him/her the best. Lets talk about the the auditions in relation to you as an actor. Objectives, Stakes and obstacles Voice, body and costume. A one Hour Zoom Session. On Friday August 21, 2020, 6:30 PM Sharp. From Nitin Goel, Theater and Film Actor, last seen in the critically acclaimed film "Eeb Allay Hoo", in association with KissFilms and DesiShoots.com Once you book tickets, an email to the online Zoom session will be sent one hour before the session begins. Book Here: https://www.townscript.com/e/embrace-auditions-011421
  15. Rosario D'mello

    Sophias College Mumbai

    Sophia College for Women is a great shooting location.
  16. With all the new MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs and iMacs coming with the USB-C compatible Thunderbolt 3 Port, considering which hard disk to buy has become a cause for concern. USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 port look the same and have many compatibilities but Thunderbolt 3 is better for video. (See Thunderbolt 3 vs USB-C difference here and why Thunderbolt 3 is so much better) Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C Hard drives are more expensive to buy. Even now, if you were to buy a Firewire 800 external La Cie or Western Digital or Seagate hard disk it will be far cheaper than a USB-C 4TB Drive. And with camera sensors touching 12k now, huge data requirements have become a norm. So which hard disk to buy? I would suggest go for an external 7200RPM or faster (very essential for video) hard disk with a FireWire 800 Port (only because it is so much cheaper). You can buy any hard disk with those specs and format it for Mac using Apple's Disk Utility Tool. Unfortunately Apple doesn't seem to have a Thunderbolt 3 to Firewire 800 Adaptor. SO the only option for me was to buy the expensive OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. It has many ports which kind of makes ups for the lack of ports on a Mac. I couldn't find another device which reliably supported the older Firewire 800 Port. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, though expensive has many ports. On its front side are an SD Card Slot, a Head Phone Slot and a USB 3 slot. On the other side of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Adaptor are 4 X USB3 Ports, SPDF for Digital Audio port, an Ethernet Port, 2 X Thunderbolt 3 Ports, an Apple Mini Display Port (this was also welcome since I have an Apple Cinema Display) and the power port. It must be noted that the Mini Display Port, though it looks like a Thunderbolt 2 Port, unfortunately does not support Thunderbolt 2 hard disks. So if you have to buy hard disks for your Mac, I would recommend Firewire 800 based 7200 RPM drives, and connect via OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. It is a pity that it seems OWC has stopped adding the Firewire 800 Port in the newer versions of the Thunderbolt 3 Dock. So the other option is to buy : 1) Apple Thunderbolt 2 To Firewire 800 Adaptor 2) Apple USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 Adaptor. If you happen to buy a Thunderbolt 2 Based hard drive the best option is to buy Apple's USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) to Thunderbolt 2 Adaptor.
  17. Art Directors/Production Designers create the environment in which stories live. Their hard work and talent ensures audiences are glued to the milieu of the story. Anjana Rai is one such talented Art Director who creates these beautiful magical sets... #HumansOfDesiShoots
  18. Not many people are aware of the role Colour Graders play in film making. From bringing the work of Cinematographers to life, to adding the nuanced touches for enhancing the narrative, Colour Graders have an immense role to play in the art and craft of film making. Shivesh Katewa is a very experienced and highly talented Colour Grader and works mostly in TV Commercials. #HumansOfDesiShoots
  19. If film production requires plenty of skill dedication, so does Post Production. Technology, science, art, skill, so much is required of the Post Producer and Arvind Boodi is at the forefront of this space. Having recently completed Mira Nair's A Suitable Boy, Arvind is busy once again and is also working on his own personal film projects.
  20. This is a hospital set for shoots in Mumbai. Hospital Set Mumbai by DesiCreative on Scribd
  21. Sundance Screenwriter's Lab is a fantastic program. Please apply. Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab program is good too, but there is a USD 65 application fee if you are not a member of Filmmaker Pro. Nickleodeon Writing program. While in the Program, writers receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. They also meet our series creators, story editors and showrunners, as well as work in writers’ rooms, attend pitches, records, show tapings and more. Oh, and they write a lot too, all while being provided a salaried position for up to six months! Bluecat Screenwriters' Program. Accepts features, episodic, and pilot. Screencraft Screenwriting Competitions. Small cash awards and your winning script will be shared with Hollywood and International Producers. Slamdance Screenwriting Competition. Apart from regular awards they also have a mentorship program. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. The 2020 competition is now closed for entries. But try for next year. Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions recognize emerging writers in four unique categories as the best from the pool of submissions each year. Finalists in each competition are read by prestigious juries, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting that includes cash prizes for all competitions and a Mentors Brunch with a prominent screenwriter (past mentors include Noah Baumbach, Oliver Stone, Robert Towne, David O. Russell, and Nancy Meyers). The 2020 Submissions are over, but try next year. A great source for Screenwriting fundings here at Bellingham Film Team. Scriptpalooza has a screenwriting competition here. First prize winner gets USD 10,000 in cash. Genre winners get USD 500 each. Plus your script will be shared with top producers. Scriptpipeline. Winner receives USD 25000 and script gets developed and shown around. Cinequest Screenwriting Competition. Though they do not seem to offer any cash awards but they promise industry exposure. TalNexus Scripted Film Lab. Selected teams get USD 10,000 to make their film, among other benefits. Hubert Bals Fund for Script and Development. Asian Cinema Fund.Offers upto USD 10,000 grant. They also have post production grants. Fonds Sud Cinema has writing grant for TV Co_Production between two countries. --------------- For Documentaries: PSBT India has funds. Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Alter-Cine Foundation Documentary Film Grant. Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars and a few 5,000 Canadian dollars grants to some filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation'
  22. The Boon of Not Knowing For A Film Actor On A Film Set Most of us actors arrive into the film Industry having done theater. Theater trains us to be through with every beat and every word of the script. In fact it makes us our own editor. On a Film Set the actor has the luxury of not knowing what will come after the scene he is supposed to play on a particular day. Some film directors like Ken Loach never share the film script with their actors to be able to work with the surprise and freshness an actor experiences when situations are thrown at his character in the film, much like real life. Although in a traditional setting Actors are expected to know the script in and out, should have learned each line to the last detail. Preparation for a lot of actors is about how to have all the written text within one's system. Some misleading stories equate an actor's ability to learn lines to his ability as an actor. On the contrary In Tarkovsky's words film as the fragmented medium affords the actor the luxury of not knowing that he or she should use in full measure. The workshop will be about how to go through the script, understand its nuances, work out the inter personal relationships, prepare the character and then throw the script into the sub conscious. it will talk about how to remain open to the moment of the shooting. it leads to fresher performances and more original ones too. Book Here https://www.townscript.com/e/the-boon-of-not-knowing-for-a-film-actor-on-a-film-set-312003 The one hour workshop is conducted by Shardule Bhardwaj, an Acting Graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India. A Zoom Link to the work shop will be sent one hour before the workshop on July 31, 2020.
  23. Continuing with our series #HumansOfDesiShoots, we present Divay Puri and Shiraz Chand the inventors of Balarka Arm. Have used their fantastic gear and loved it. A remote operated stabilised head mounted on a vehicle. Great for action shots.
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