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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
Cinematography
Looking for film look? Shoot like film!

Looking for film look? Shoot like film!

Film look software will never offer the same impact on your work that film-style shooting will. Software will also always take longer than shooting right the first time. Longtime film shooter Kim Segel shows you the tools and techniques to maximize film looks, even on paupers budgets.

Tutorial, Feature
Kim Segel
Cinematography
Finding the Heart of the ARRI D20 Digital CameraFinding the Heart of the ARRI D20 Digital Camera

With HD, Thomas says he ''has the ability to finesse color, exposure and contrast in the color correction suite. I used to look down my nose at video but RAW 4:4:4 is more creative, efficient.'' In this Creative COW Magazine article, Thomas Burstyn takes a look at the Arri D20 as he films Sci-Fi's Tin Man.

Review
Thomas Burstyn
Cinematography
A Commercial's Voyage from Concept to CompletionA Commercial's Voyage from Concept to Completion

A major player in some of the biggest commercial campaigns in the last 25 years shares his experiences on one of the biggest: the Max Headroom campaign for Coca-Cola. They're lessons you can learn too.

Feature, People / Interview
Arthur Vibert
Cinematography
Inside HBOs The Wire

Inside HBOs The Wire

Set in Baltimore, Maryland, The Wire will begin its fifth and final season in January 2008 on HBO. As different from standard TV as it gets, the show has received the highest levels of critical acclaim, being referred to by multiple reviewers as the best show on television. In its last issue of 2006 Time Magazine ranked The Wire first on its list of 10 Best TV Shows. And Finally recognized as the best series on TV. Sorry, Tony (Soprano), was Newsweeks description. Creative COWs Nick Griffin spent time on set earlier this year and interviewed one of the shows Producers. Heres his inside glimpse into The Wire and its production.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Nick Griffin
Cinematography
Don't Miss Your Shot

Don't Miss Your Shot

How making friends with trash cans and other objects can improve your career. In a conversation with highly respected cinematographer Todd McMullen (Casino, The Green Mile), he talks about how to break into Hollywood, and what it takes to be successful once you get there.

Feature, Business
Todd McMullen
Cinematography
Time Lapse Video Secrets: HD and Beyond with your Digital Camera

Time Lapse Video Secrets: HD and Beyond with your Digital Camera

You already know that your digital camera has higher-than-HD resolution -- even higher than film res sometimes -- and the pictures can look amazing. It turns out that your still camera actually works better than an HD video camera for creating time-lapse photography. Marco Solorio tells you how to put it all together.

Tutorial, Feature
Marco Solorio
Cinematography
The Easy Slate System

The Easy Slate System

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at the Easy Slate Professional Slating System. Jim likes the way it looks, and thinks that it makes him more attentive to the small details that he used to let slip past. It's a simple idea with a clever implementation.

Review
Jim Harvey
Cinematography
The Harbortronics DigiSnap 2000 Series Intervalometer

The Harbortronics DigiSnap 2000 Series Intervalometer

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at the The Harbortronics DigiSnap 2000 Series Intervalometer to create some time lapse photography, and concludes that adding a DigiSnap 2000 series intervalometer to his equipment kit is just good business sense.

Review
Jim Harvey
Series


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Jimmy Matlosz (1)
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)
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Ryan Salazar (1)
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Mark Smirnoff (1)
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Douglas Spotted Eagle (4)
Dave Stump, ASC (2)
Todd Terry (1)
Alex Timbs (1)
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Arthur Vibert (1)
Kylee Peña (5)
Trevor Ward (1)
Tim Wilson (4)
Matthew Zappile (1)


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