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  1. Calling all Indian nonfiction filmmakers under 35! Doc_Commune is a new space for nonfiction filmmaking – designed after listening to feedback from filmmakers! Apply if your project is eligible! Last day: 20th November, 2021. Application Form Here. Brochure Here
  2. Sony today announced the HDC-F5500 system camera, the latest entry in Sony’s HDC camera series, which boasts a highly sensitive Super 35mm, 4K CMOS global shutter image sensor that enables shallow depth of field. The new multi-format addition builds on the success and benefits of the industry-standard HDC lineup and serves as a powerful tool for those in need of creative expression with a cinematic look, in a system camera form factor and workflow. Thanks to the global shutter effect to prevent rolling shutter distortion and flash band, and its high frame rate capability of 120fps, the HDC-F5500 is ideal for sports and live entertainment production. The camera’s high sensitivity and low noise also make it suitable for capturing dark scenes, which is especially beneficial for drama productions. “There is a strong desire to integrate the ‘cinematic look’ into sports and entertainment productions to heighten emotions and enable more connected storytelling,” said Theresa Alesso, Pro Division President, Sony Electronics. “Listening to the voice of our customers, we’ve taken our expertise with 35mm cinema cameras and our learnings in industry-leading system cameras and created a new Super 35mm system camera that will match perfectly and easily work alongside our HDC camera series, as well as our portfolio of production solutions.” A first for a systemized S35mm system, the HDC-F5500 features a motorized 8-step ND filter adopted in Sony’s digital motion picture camera VENICE, which can be controlled locally or remotely, for increased operational flexibility. It also allows for the precise selection of focus depth as well as controlled capture of fast-moving subjects even in bright lighting conditions. Another highlight of the new system camera is its wide color gamut. Support for BT.2020, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine and HLG enhance creativity and reality and match seamlessly with the color science driving Sony’s most in-demand cameras. The new camera also provides numerous workflow enhancements for more efficient live production. The HDC-F5500 integrates with Sony’s IP Live production system through the use of the HDCU-5000 series, which supports SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS standards. The HDC-F5500 can utilize the new IP extension adaptor HDCE-TX50 for remote production or multi-camera flight pack “CCU-Less” operation. The HDC-F5500 is also compatible with Sony’s existing SR Live for HDR workflow with HLG and S-Log3. Additionally, the newly developed ARIA (Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation) function, for select supported PL and zoom lenses, calibrates and compensates picture appearance when shooting at a distance. Other features include a new viewfinder slide mechanism compatible with existing large viewfinders that minimizes the camera operator’s body movement while panning and allows for use in tight or challenging environments. The HDC-F5500 also has an ergonomic grip for handheld work, and side tally lamp. 4K/12G-SDI direct output from the camera facilitates wireless operation and direct recording. The HDC-F5500 is planned to be available in December 2021. For more information about this new system camera or Sony’s lineup of HDC cameras, please visit pro.sony.
  3. Studio63 in Noida is looking image retoucher and junior video editor. Salary 12k-17k.. skills: Photoshop and premiere pro. Location: Noida Email your resume on studio63india@gmail.com
  4. Looking for a junior motion graphic designer for Pixelpedia Design Solutions. This is a Work from Home job. Stipend can be discussed on the basis of resume and portfolio. The job requirements are as follows: - Proper knowledge of Adobe After Effects is MANDATORY. - Creative mind who can work with short turnaround time - Work hours are flexible - Experience in designing social media gifs and videos is mandatory. Please send in your resume and portfolio on pixelpediads@gmail.com. PS- Please read the requirements and send in your portfolios ONLY if you meet the criteria.
  5. *CASTING CALL We are looking for fabulous actors for *main lead* ( Male & Female) for an independent, collaborative FEATURE FILM. The Filmmaker is an alumnus of prestigious FTII. Logline : It's an urban love story, spread over a decade. 1. Male Lead : An upper class, English and Urdu speaking Architect Age : 28-35 years Look: Tall, Handsome, Sophisticated with good n clear speech 2. Female Lead : A middle class, independent minded architect. Age :25-30 years Look: Pretty, Wild Haired, Earthy, Clear speech, Graceful Please reach out to whatsapp/ call 8329531948. Email :gypsybindu@yahoo.com
  6. The minimum height of this tripod is 15.75 inches. If you need lower height, keep your camera on the floor or on books or whatever you can find. The center column will prevent the tripod from going lower. The camera plate is large and generous, has support for the main tripod pin as well as a support pin which is great since somethings plates which have only one pin may tend to twist under the camera. The pan rod is just teh right size for a tripod this size. Overall, a great tripod for its intentions which is a quick light tripod for travel videos. Use it only for light cameras.
  7. If you need additional height, the center column can be extended but I wouldn't recommend that as it makes the tripod unstable. You will probably get shaky shots. If you really really need the height, stretch the thickest legs first, the thinnest last. and the center column only and only if you really need it. The Manfrotto Befree Live Video Travel Tripod has a max height of roughly 4.9 feet which should suffice most 'hobbyist videographers and content creators' as Manfrotto's target audience for this tripod. However, when fully extended the tripod isn't very stable for quick pans or tilts. Unless you have a very light camera.
  8. When buying a video camera, we spare no expense of getting a quality camera body or lenses. But what most people get thrifty on is the tripod. You cannot have good video without a good tripod. A good tripod will ensure your video is not shaky. It will ensure you video looks high quality and professional on YouTube and other online channels. But a good tripod is also expensive. Today we review an entry level model, the Manfrotto BeFree Live Aluminium Tripod with Video Head. It is available in india for roughly Rs 12-15000. It is lightweight and has most of the good features you would need from a tripod. The Manfrotto Befree Live tripod comes with a rather handy bag. Unfortunately the bag is not padded. I have seen in shoots the tripod is never respected and is always thrown around and misused. If anything needs a padded bag, it's the tripod. having said that, it is handy enough that there is a bag with a sling strap which is very useful. Once out of the bag, the tripod looks very neat, is intelligently folded and quick to set up. It weighs roughly 1.7 kilos. Although Manfrotto mentions the safety payout of the tripod at 4 kilos, I would use only the lightest camcorders with this tripod. Any DSLR would become heavy with its lens. The tripod has puny legs and being light, will not be able to take the weight of a heavy camera and pans or movements. There will be shakes for sure unless you are super careful, but that's unlikely on most hectic shoots. The Manfrotto Befree Live Travel Video Tripod is most stable at this height with all legs retracted and the center column retracted as well. I must take some time to share how great this tripod's video head is. The Manfrotto BeFree Live Video Travel Tripod has an awesome half bowl kind of head that enables quick levelling. An easy to view spirit bubble guide helps greatly! Believe me, when shooting you need a head that levels quickly and accurately and the Manfrotto BeFree Live Video Head is great at that. See the leveling head for yourself. The only flip side is the tilt-pan drag is fixed and cannot be changed. The pans and tilts are very smooth via Manfrotto's excellent fluid head. This tripod may be light in weight, but in features, its a heavy weight.
  9. We get asked this question often. If you are starting from scratch and have no gear at all, the best solution is to buy an iPhone 12. Why? The new iPhones are fantastic for video with Dolby Vision HDR Video. The built in lens and image quality is truly fantastic. If you want evern better audio quality (though we have seen the iPhone's built in mics are very good on their own), go for some thing like a Shure MV88 Microphone, as well as Rode VideoMic Me. And get a decent stand for it. Searching around, you will find more than enough options here. So you now have a microphone and camera. But you need to shoot at 25FPS for India, but iPhone natively only shoots 30fps. Get Filmic Pro, perhaps the best iOS software out there to shoot video with manual over rides. What about editing? You can use Apple's excellent free iMovie. Or you could go for Luma Fusion (much more advanced but comes for about USD 30). So, for less than the cost of a DSLR plus lenses you have an excellent vlogging setup. Which is more portable. Plus you can always use the iPhone as a personal phone and a social media tool. Shoot on your iPhone, edit on your iPhone and upload to cloud from there itself. What to do about storage? USe the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive Go to copy all your videos from iPhone to your flash drive, and then from Flash Drive to other storage mediums. Or if you are feeling more cloud friendly, then get some storage like BackBlaze to backup your data. But remember you would be posting your videos on YouTube/Social media so they will exist their anyway.
  10. The French Dispatch : THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. Directed by: Wes Anderson Screenplay by: Wes Anderson Produced by: Wes Anderson, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson
  11. West Side Story (2021) Directed by Steven Spielberg
  12. The many Saints of Newark : The Many Saints of Newark | Official Trailer 2021 • Crime/Drama A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano. Tensions rise between African Americans and Italian Americans in Newark, N.J., in 1967. • Release date: March 12, 2021 (USA) • Director: Alan Taylor • Screenplay: David Chase, Lawrence Konner • Producers: David Chase, Lawrence Konner • Production companies: New Line Cinema, HBO Films The Eternals : NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS. From the minds of Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribić comes an iconic new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!
  13. In The Heights : The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians” invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big... “In the Heights.” Lights up on Washington Heights...The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. “In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience. “In the Heights” stars Anthony Ramos (“A Star is Born,” Broadway’s “Hamilton”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton,” “BlacKkKlansman”), singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s “In the Heights”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s “Rent”), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s “Matilda the Musical”), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films). Chu is directing the film from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes; it is based on the musical stage play, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and concept by Miranda. “In the Heights” is produced by Miranda and Hudes, together with Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman and Mara Jacobs. David Nicksay and Kevin McCormick served as executive producers. Behind the camera, Chu is reuniting with his “Crazy Rich Asians” production designer, Nelson Coates, and editor, Myron Kerstein. He is also collaborating with director of photography Alice Brooks (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and costume designer Mitchell Travers (“Eighth Grade”). The choreography is by Christopher Scott, who previously teamed with Chu on the award-winning “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.” “In the Heights” was filmed in New York, primarily on location in the dynamic community of Washington Heights. Slated for release on June 26, 2020, it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. Zola :
  14. Quo Vadis, Aida? : Srebrenica is no longer just the name of a town. It represents the worst of human cruelty and an act that many had hoped was expunged from European history with the end of the Second World War. Jasmila Zbanic's drama unfolds in 1995, just as the Serbian army have entered the mostly Muslim Bosnia town. Aida is a translator for the UN. Her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. But as an insider to the negotiations, she has access to crucial information that forces her into the untenable position of deciding between her obligation to those she loves and the role that has a wider impact. Zbanic's humanity, locating her story on a relatable level, within an event that many of us might find impossible to comprehend, is what raises 'Quo Vadis, Aida?' far above the level of the standard war film. Identifying features: Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) has returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually his path converges with Magdalena’s. From this simple but urgent premise, director Fernanda Valadez has crafted a lyrical, suspenseful slow burn, equally constructed of moments of beauty and horror, and which leads to a startling, shattering conclusion. Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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