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Homeland's camera department has shared with us a behind-the-scenes look at how they capture the heart-racing action of the award-winning Showtime thriller.
David Klein, ASC, recently nominated for a 2014 Best Cinematography Emmy® Award for his work on the show, first AC Dominik Mainl, and B camera operator Bob Newcomb break down what's in their tool kit: an ARRI Alexa mounted with Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses, a RED Epic, a Canon Cinema EOS 1D C, and a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
We couldn't pass up this opportunity to look in on Director Lesli Linka Glatter as she works on Homeland.
Director Lesli Linka Glatter's tweet from the set of Homeland, Season 4, here. And be sure to read our interview with Lesli following her Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series on Mad Men.
David Klein noting his new set of Canon Cinema Prime lenses modified by Duclos Lenses to include a PL-mount, here.
David Klein, ASC: My dad and my grandfather shot a lot of film, so by the time I was in middle school I'd pried a Canon AE-1 from my dad's hands and a Bolex from my grandfather's. They taught me these cameras and, although they were not professional cameramen, they were no slouches. I cut my teeth shipping daylight spools of 16mm film to various labs around the country and camping-out in my high school darkroom, developing roll after roll of Kodak TMAX. It was my first learning experience in cinematography and it was largely an exercise in the necessity for self-education.
Not long after I graduated from high school, I put the cameras down and followed a girl to college. I'll spare you the "heartbreaking" details, but I dropped out of college and stormed off to the Vancouver Film School. That course of action was instrumental because, had my application been received two days later, I'd have ended in another class instead of the one I met Kevin Smith in. So thanks are in order, really.
I was fortunate enough to meet not only Kevin but Scott Mosier there, too, and shortly afterwards we began our careers with the films Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy. And shortly after that, I was forced out by a studio system that thought Kevin would be better off with a more experienced cinematographer. They were probably right, so I had to learn how to fight through the system.
I shot anything I could get my hands on: Indie features, music videos, television. It was absolutely the most important time in my career because I had to look at myself and ask why a studio wouldn't want me shooting features for one of my best friends. The answer was experience and how much of it I lacked at the time. I'm a firm believer in Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000- Hour Rule," but when it comes to something as complex as light, that's probably not nearly enough time. Right out of film school, things happened faster for me than I had earned, but I spent the next decade learning to deserve every frame I shot.
Showtime also just released the trailer for Season 4 of Homeland, which premieres Sunday, October 5th. All the footage in the teaser was shot exclusively on Canon Cinema glass. David added a full set of Canon Cinema Prime lenses -- modified by Duclos Lenses to feature a PL-mount -- to his kit, which are worked alongside his Canon PL Cinema Zooms on his ARRI Alexa, RED, and Canon EOS 1D C.
Canon has just entered the monitor with the DP-V3010 4K Reference Monitor, intended for use in high-resolution color grading and other, similar environments. In this article, Canon executives describe the attributes of this new product in the company's line of 4K products.
In November, I was part of a small group of journalists who visited Canon headquarters in Tokyo, touring the optics factory, meeting with and interviewing executives and learning about strategies and plans for the future. Here's a recap of what we learned.
Canon highlighted an end-to-end 4K workflow at NAB 2013, showing a digital intermediate suite and a live 4K broadcast with "Ultra-Zoom" applications. The company also debuted two new, entry-level professionals video cameras, the XA25 and XA20. The cameras feature Canon's first-ever Organic LED (OLED) touch panels, weigh 2.6 pounds and are priced at under $3,000. Canon also announced that it's begun development on a new 35mm prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers.
The Canon EOS 1 DX is their new flagship DSLR aimed at current Mark III/Mark IV users. It features a completely new 61-point autofocus, fast shooting up to 12 fps, 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS Sensor, full HD video recording and much more.
Interchangeable lenses and powerful, accessible controls make the Canon XL H1 the choice at Fantastic Plastic. In this Creative COW Magazine prosumer hd digital video camera review, Todd Terry discusses the real world pros and cons of the Canon XL H1.
Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for some really useful and interesting techniques for creating a fake 3D title treatment with dramatic depth, texture, reflections, staining and other details that goes way beyond what you can achieve with the 3D Title Tool. Not only that, these techniques work well with any graphic object, for maximum motion graphics flexibility.
Barbara Ling, production designer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, discusses how she was able to turn back time and recreate 1960’s Hollywood. Barbara and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss how Quentin Tarantino kept the film’s script a secret, how she restored Hollywood to the 1960’s, not using green screen, sourcing vintage props from eBay, filming the real Playboy Mansion, the challenges of filming on Hollywood Boulevard, and much more.
As if this wasn't already the hottest summer on record, Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty rolled out some blazing news across a wide range of the company's product lines in cameras, production hardware, and software.
Discover how to create this moody light art scene with Apple Motion 5! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a tutorial that also includes number of useful tricks, including how to create an ambient occlusion effect and textured specular highlights.