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VFX Soup: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

VFX Soup: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

If you've been captivated by the dashing Jack Sparrow ripping through the streets of 18th Century London on a flaming coal cart, you have Cinesite London to thank for that rollicking and truly convincing ride, as they nail a 200-shot blue-screen carriage chase. Debra Kaufman goes "Behind the Lens" and interviews Cinesite Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Stanley-Clamp for the details about how Cinesite rose to the challenge.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: City of Life and Death

Behind the Lens: City of Life and Death

In City of Life and Death, director Lu Chuan took on an historic topic of great sensitivity in China: the Nanjing Massacre (also known as the Rape of Nanjing). During in a six-week period beginning in December 1937, invading Japanese soldiers overtook the city of Nanjing and raped and massacred an untold number of civilians. In his film, Lu Chuan took the daring step of humanizing Japanese soldiers, as well as the Chinese characters, an artistic decision that brought him much criticism in China. Join Debra Kaufman and cinematographer Cao Yu in an exclusive interview on how the shades of suffering, survival and death were captured on film.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Film Style Slow Motion in Digital Times

Film Style Slow Motion in Digital Times

In this article, David Battistella, respected filmmaker and Creative COW contributing editor and forum host, inspired by questions frequently asked in the COW forums, offers a guide to understanding and re-creating film style slow motion.

Feature
David Battistella
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: White Collar with DP Russell Lee Fine

Behind the Lens: White Collar with DP Russell Lee Fine

Russell Lee Fine is the cinematographer of the USA Network hit series White Collar, and has also directed several episodes, including the third season premiere on June 7, 2011. He and Creative COW Associate Editor Debra Kaufman spoke on the eve of the premiere about Russell's work as both DP and director.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Restoring Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver in Sony 4K Digital Cinema

Restoring Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver in Sony 4K Digital Cinema

As a landmark in American film history celebrates 35 years, Sony Pictures Entertainment leads a cutting-edge 4K restoration for Blu-ray and limited theatrical re-release. Debra Kaufman joins the COW team with an exclusive in-depth article describing the restoration of Taxi Driver in Sony 4K Digital Cinema for its 35th anniversary.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Charting Your Camera

Charting Your Camera

One of the industry's most respected specialists offers some tips on how to use camera calibration charts and vectorscopes to make your camera images the best they can be.

Feature
Gary Adcock
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron, ASC

Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron, ASC

"Henry's Crime", described by DP Paul Cameron, ASC as a "fable of sorts...with a folkloric beauty" is the topic as Debra Kaufman interviews Paul Cameron. Facing challenges such as limited budget, a short shooting schedule, difficult lighting and -20 degrees Fahrenheit weather all add to the mystique of a film playing out in a "classics style" storybook effect and elegant cinematography. Join Paul and Debra for a look behind making this fascinating tale come to life.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Silverdraft Mobileviz rolls out

Silverdraft Mobileviz rolls out

Previz and VFX to go offers new options for filmmakers. Debra Kaufman visited the new Mobileviz trailer Hollywood and experienced the "first super-computer-powered digital and visual effects (VFX) studios-on-wheels."

Feature, Project
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: DP Jo Willems & Limitless

Behind the Lens: DP Jo Willems & Limitless

Join Debra Kaufman as she speaks with Cinematographer Jo Willems to discuss his latest film, Limitless. The premise of the movie imagines a dual reality for character, Eddie Morra - one in which he is broken and luckless, the other, wealthy and charismatic. How does a cinematographer capture the feeling of two vastly different worlds? By shooting both film and digital! Read on for the story "Behind the Lens", as Jo Willems describes to Debra Kaufman just how he achieved the look he envisioned.

Feature, People / Interview, Project
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole

With a 3-year production cycle for a major animated feature ahead of them, the artists at Australia's Animal Logic had a lot of work to do -- before they could begin working.

Feature, Project
Alex Timbs
Cinematography
Dreams of Freedom

Dreams of Freedom

Centered around flight as a metaphor for freedom, the "Storyville Live" project and the short film "Flyboy" contribute to ending the very real and ongoing slavery of millions.

Feature, Project
Stephen Campbell
Cinematography
Relax, and Quit Bluffing

Relax, and Quit Bluffing

Paul Stephen Carlin delves into 35mm film framing and aspect ratio, with the idea that "Once you understand the history of 35mm's evolution, you have a good foundation for learning about the future."

Feature, People / Interview
Paul Carlin
Cinematography
ARRI Alexa: Love at First Sight!

ARRI Alexa: Love at First Sight!

In one of the world’s first overviews of the new Arri Alexa digital cinema camera, Creative COW Contributing Editor Gary Adcock has been taking an early shipping unit for a ride this week -- and what a ride it has been! Read on for the details of what Gary has learned about the Alexa operation so far, where he sees it going, and why Gary believes that Alexa is a true game changer.

Review
Gary Adcock
Cinematography
Camera and Lens Round-Up

Camera and Lens Round-Up

Gary Adcock explores and reviews many of the high-end cameras, lenses, monitors, and camera support gear introduced at NAB 2010 in this acquisition and display report.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Gary Adcock
Cinematography
DSLRs: A Time Exposure

DSLRs: A Time Exposure

Robert Primes, ASC is watching the progress of DSLR video, and sees some remarkable visions of the future of cinematography. Read on for his detailed review...

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Robert Primes, ASC
Cinematography
More than Just Blue

More than Just Blue

While "Avatar" was changing filmmaking, Mark Smirnoff led the team at Modern VideoFilm as they built the production and post processes to make it happen.

Feature, People / Interview
Mark Smirnoff
Cinematography
This Way of Life

This Way of Life

Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Thomas Burstyn inspire readers with their four-year journey by two families to produce a film and experience life with a new perspective. This Way of Life is a film about a family, 50 horses, a mountain, a beach and a burnt down house. Ride along with this incredible filmmaking family as you read their story and prepare to be changed for the better.

Feature
Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Thomas Burstyn
Cinematography
Your Future is NOW

Your Future is NOW

Creative COW's Gary Adcock has been traveling the world, working with both manufacturers and cinematographers that are building the future. Here is his report.

Feature, People / Interview
Gary Adcock
Cinematography
Breaking the Hug Quota: DreamWorks, Dragons, HP, and the next creative revolution

Breaking the Hug Quota: DreamWorks, Dragons, HP, and the next creative revolution

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, introduced "How to Train Your Dragon" at the DreamWorks campus in Glendale, CA, near Los Angeles. We were there as the guests of HP, the culmination of three days of seeing the latest wonders from HP's Workstation division, read on for highlights of the event.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Cinematography
The Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of Pixels

The Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of Pixels

John Galt, Panavision Senior Vice President of Advanced Digital Imaging, led the team that created the Genesis camera, was responsible for the F900 "Star Wars" camera, and continues to play a leading role in guiding future digital cinema technologies. In this wide-ranging, no-holds barred conversation from 2009, John cuts through what he calls the intentional obfuscation of "marketing pixels," and explores the range of high resolution and high frame rate options that are becoming available to filmmakers.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Galt
Cinematography
Pushing the Limits on Pushing Daisies

Pushing the Limits on Pushing Daisies

Visual Effects Supervisor William Powloski helped create one of the most eye-popping worlds ever seen on TV, as part of a feature film aesthetic on a TV budget and schedule. Although it was canceled after only two seasons, it remains one of the most beautiful and innovative programs to ever air on US television. In an extended version of the original article in The Visual Effects Issue of Creative COW Magazine, here is an exclusive look at how he and his team helped pull it off.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
William Powloski
Cinematography
The Redrock Micro DSLR Cinema Bundle for the Canon 5D MKII

The Redrock Micro DSLR Cinema Bundle for the Canon 5D MKII

If you are using the Canon 5D MKII or Nikon D90 for their gorgeous HD video, or even thinking about it, you need to read this. Creative COW Contributing Editor Jim Harvey shows how the Redrock Micro DSLR Bundle makes these cameras even more useful for video shooters, then shows how he and other pros are using it, in the field and in the studio. Jim is enthusiastic about the possiblities it opens up, and thinks you will be too.

Review
Jim Harvey
Cinematography
Monsters vs. Aliens: And the winner is, STEREOSCOPIC 3DMonsters vs. Aliens: And the winner is, STEREOSCOPIC 3D

Tim Wilson looks at the box office success of DreamWorks Animation's 'Monsters vs Aliens' and how Stereoscopic 3D is lighting up ticket sales in a huge way. Tim's article explores links to trailers, the first weekend's numbers -- hint: they were pretty spectacular, especially in the IMAX theaters where the 3D version proved especially popular -- and he even gives readers a sneak leak about the next issue of Creative COW Magazine.

Feature
Tim Wilson
Cinematography
Focus on Controlling Depth of Field with Depth of Field Converters

Focus on Controlling Depth of Field with Depth of Field Converters

Cinematographer and Creative Cow leader Todd Terry has shot countless television commercials and industrials using both 35mm film and depth-of-field converted video. In this Creative Cow Magazine Extra, from The Visual Effects Issue, learn how depth of field converters allow you to attach 35mm lenses even to video cameras with fixed lenses, how they work, and which one might be right for you.

Feature
Todd Terry
Cinematography
Want to be ready for Reality? Mod your camera!Want to be ready for Reality? Mod your camera!

The reality shooter has to be mobile and invisible. Futzing around with lighting, support and/or audio can simply mean missing the shot, and often does. Videographer/editor and longtime Cow leader Grinner Hester demonstrates how to mod on a budget in this unique little how-to.

Feature
Grinner Hester
Series


Authors

Gary Adcock (4)
Jim Allen (2)
David Allison (1)
Thomas Burstyn (2)
David Battistella (1)
Walter Biscardi (1)
Thomas Burstyn (1)
Stephen Campbell (1)
Paul Carlin (1)
Gare Cline (4)
Ben Consoli (3)
Morten Rustad (1)
Creative COW (2)
John Galt (1)
Rick Gerard (1)
Tobias Gleissenberger (1)
Mike Gondek (1)
Nick Griffin (1)
Anette Haellmigk (1)
Jim Harvey (6)
Grinner Hester (1)
David Heuring (1)
Debra Kaufman (79)
Claudia Kienzle (1)
Rob Legato (1)
Susan Lewis (1)
Zach Lipovsky (1)
James Mathers (3)
Todd McMullen (1)
Bill Megalos (4)
Stephen Menick (2)
Yuri Neyman, ASC (3)
Greg Ondera (1)
William Powloski (1)
Robert Primes, ASC (1)
Jonny Revolt (1)
Jacob Rosenberg (2)
Ryan Salazar (1)
Kim Segel (1)
Sam Seig (1)
Mark Smirnoff (1)
Marco Solorio (1)
Douglas Spotted Eagle (4)
Dave Stump, ASC (2)
Todd Terry (1)
Alex Timbs (1)
Arthur Vibert (1)
Kylee Peña (5)
Trevor Ward (1)
Tim Wilson (5)
Matthew Zappile (1)


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