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Watch this 2hr annotated Star Wars video from Kitbashed.com discover major influences & inspiration for the film! this is a very interesting video and the website if full of extremely interesting information from the Star Wars films. http://ow.ly/xWzP3
Let's talk about the influences that shaped "Star Wars" for a moment—everyone name checks Joseph Campbell's "The Heroes With A Thousand Faces," Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Forteress" and countless "Flash Gordon" serials. Those are certainly among the key touchstones that George Lucas re-imagined into the most influential franchise in movie history, but there are countless other points of reference that shaped the fertile mind of a young auteur.
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This is indispensable information for anyone hoping to develop a deep understanding of cinematography and the art of motion picture. Thanks for the great posts NoFilmSchool.com!
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We have recently heard about an issue with 2:1 Pixel Zoom on the Convergent Designs Odyssey7Q While recording in ProRes Mode. As a precaution they recommend not using the Pixel zoom feature while you are recording as it may cause your file to become corrupted. This is only for the current firmware 1.11.100.
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This is a great video From Newshooter and Teradek with Dan Chung hosting a discussion panel on 4K at NAB 2014. This is a great way to see how industry leaders like Vincent LaForet, Philip Bloom, Garret Brown, and Fabien Pisano feel about 4K. This is an endless Discussion in the industry right now, whether or not the quickly evolving world of high resolution is worth the investment. In this article they discuss the workflow of 4K it's advantages and issues (mainly cost), and the Future of using and distributing 4K. They also discuss life beyond 4K and how they believe the future of film and resolutions will be. Do you think we have an "endless hunger for resolution" as Garret Brown believes?
http://ow.ly/vHA32
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Very true, I think for now at least 4K's big advantage is editing and having the ability to crop-in on footage otherwise unusable. And, to have more options while editing and information while adding special effects. Of course color space plays a role but with more physical pixels on the 4K sensors you will still get better image quality (usually) while supersampling down to HD or 2K. I've been a still photographer for years and I remember people thinking 20MP was just too crazy to fathom and beyond what anyone ever needed, and now their are digital backs with over 60mp. In my opinion when people think about 4K they concern themselves with what it's being seen on more than what's being done to the footage. But when our technology and processing power moves along I think 4K will be quickly adopted in Prosumer world.
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This is a great series of White Papers for the Cinema EOS With great information to get you up to speed on the latest with Canons EOS line.
Examples of some great articles are...
Choice of Wide Color Gamuts in Cinema EOS C500 Camera
Personality of the Canon Cinema EOS Lens:
Best Practices for Data Management:
EOS C300 Best Practices Guide.

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If you are at NAB Check out this presentation From Alex Buono, Cinematographer and Visual Storyteller. The presentation will be at the Vitec Booth at 11:15 - 11:45am!

below is a link to Vitec's NAB page and the booth location: http://ow.ly/vBSZw
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Just a Reminder we are closed today for the holiday. Have a great Memorial Day everyone stay safe! We'll see you tomorrow!!
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Canon and Grass Valley have teamed up to give EDIUS Pro 7 away for FREE with every Canon EOS C100 Purchase! This is a great opportunity to grab a new NLE editor if you are looking to upgrade. Check out the Filmtools Blog for more information. http://ow.ly/wlCuM
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What is your most versatile light?

any videographers or photographers are quickly deciding the LED 1x1 is their top choice for ease of set up, quality of light, and modular design.

The Mosaic by Limelite is a 1x1 LED light fixture that creates an ultra bright soft even light. Pushing 2400 to 5200 LUX of high-quality light the Mosaic is one of the brightest LEDs on the market. This system is perfect for filmmakers looking for a simple light set up that can provide even soft light on skin for interviews. The light is easily adjusted by either full DMX in/out integration or the digital control panel on the back. The power can be supplied by any AC wall outlet or DC simply with the addition of an Anton /Bauer or V-mount battery.
Now with the new ƒ-stop Mode photographers can easily take full advantage of the soft even light provided by the Limelite Mosaics. Great for simplifying small product photography, portraits and weddings. The versatility of the Mosaic 1x1 is what makes these a powerhouse for any image makers working with limited time or budget.
Purchasing tips:
1. If you buy the battery plate separately you will save money
2. Bi-color is only $50 more and provides adjustable color from 2800K to 5600K
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Filmtools will now have The Canon Cinema EOS C100 Auto-focus upgrade available through special order!! This is the New Dual Pixel CMOS Sensor upgrade and we are selling it in the four different configurations. The C100 with AF is a great camera for documentary, wedding, corporate filmmaking, run-and-gun situations. This is a great option for those looking to upgrade from a DSLR to a Camera Designed for extended filming or when auto-focusing becomes a factor.

This camera is available in four different camera packages:
Body Only:
Single Lens Kit:
– EF 24-105mm
– EF-S 18-135mm
Triple lens Kit:
– Wide Angle EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, Standard EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and Telephoto EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens.

For more info Click here: http://ow.ly/vPBpZ
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Wanna get familiar with the Canon EOS C300 user interface?

This cool Menu Simulator allows you to interact with the Camera's Picture Settings and Main Menus.
http://ow.ly/vEVGz
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We've had a much smaller footprint at NAB this year with only a few reps walking the floor and checking out the booths. So this year we want to hear about NAB from you!

By now we've all had a chance to check out the blogs or walk the floor if you were lucky enough to go and see all the great new innovations. What got your attention from all the new products and software? How about the new AJA stuff? Or the Atomos Shogun and Ninja Star? Maybe something from the motion control world or broadcast? Let us know what your highlights were!
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Spacious outpost features video production supplies, lighting equipment, camera accessories & more.- Google
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Mike P
a week ago
First and last time shopping here. I emailed the company about a return and requiring an additional copy of my invoice and had no response. I called the company and was told someone would call me back, they never did. With so many places to shop for production equipment I would save the money and time and go with B & H, Adorama, Amazon, etc which has much better customer service and in most cases better prices.
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Joel Alesch
3 months ago
Lots of fun gadgets! Brackets, lighting, apple boxes, tools, bags, tape, glue, cheap stuff, expensive stuff! Great for people who don't make movies as well!!
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katie stenberg
a year ago
Excellent selection of expendables. Accommodating personalized customer service. Competitive pricing across the board. My go to for sure.
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Seth C
3 months ago
Filmtools is a wonderful place for any gear head! The only bad part about this place is that you may get carried away browsing the aisles, and end up late to your call time haha. Their inventory is superb, and their customer service has gotten exceptionally better over the past couple years. Love this place!
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Matthew Yang
a year ago
Impressive stock but absolutely horrible service! Filmtools got my order wrong despite two weeks of processing time - but that's ok. I emailed the returns department and only got 2 vague replies. Saying international shipping will be charged for the exchange (really?!). It has since been two weeks since I heard from them despite emailing them again. Now I am stuck with equipment that I don't want and my work has been affected. Save yourself the headache and buy from other retailers. I totally regret making my purchase. Filmtools, I'm disappointed. Edit: They finally got back to me and sent the replacement items for free. (Around 1 month later)
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Scott Nuttall
a year ago
Canadians stay away. Charged $100 EXTRA in brokerage and delivery fees and THEY WONT TELL YOU and when you try to send it back They will charge to a SUBSTANTIAL RETURN fee Never Again