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Make a short film explaining why you became a filmmakers and you could walk off with a raft of top prizes including a Zacuto base plate and $600 gift certificate, Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, $700 worth of Kessler kit, $500 of Rode equipment, a Portabrace case and lots more.
The Zacuto My Story film competition runs all through March and all you have to do is make a film of 60 seconds or less explaining how you became a filmmaker. Zacuto’s information says:
The BVE Show at London's Excel exhibition centre saw the UK filmmaking industry come together to meet, learn, network and check out lots of top-quality gear from virtually all of the major manufacturers. And of course, Pro Moviemaker magazine was there meeting readers and distributing the latest issue of the magazine a few days before it hits the news shelves.
We had a good look round the show, and amid lots of super-expensive TV and broadcast equipment was also lots of new kit of interest to the smaller, independent filmmaker. Here are the top 12 things that grabbed our attention at the show this week - in no particular order:
Fujifilm's new cinema lenses in Sony E mount
There's been lots of hype about these brand new optics and this was the first publish showing of them - the E-mount MK 18-55 and 50-135mm T/2.0 lenses. They're small, compact and pulled a big crowd right through the three days of the show!
Gitzo's carbon fibre boom poles
It may seem pretty difficult to get excited by boom poles for mics, but Gitzo's brand new carbon fibre offerings are a bit special! It was the world first look at these new carbon fibre beauties that are light and dampen down vibration really well. Prices and spec haven't been announced yet!
Mr Libec shows off his new HFMP!
We test the new Libec Hands Free Mono Pod in this month's magazine, and love it. The BVE show was the UK public's first chance to get hands-on with the new freeststanding monopod. And there to show it off was Libec's Sales Manager Koichi Yamaguchi, the grandson of the original founder of the company 62 years ago!
Panasonic's UX180 camcorder
Panasonic had two new cameras that were crowd favourites - the GH5 and also the UX180 camcorder. This is the professional version of the HC-X1 Panasonic we test in this month's issue with the same basic, and very impressive, spec. But with the addition of things like live streaming via SDI output and a better warranty.
XEEN's fast and wide full frame prime lens
Samyang's XEEN range of full frame prime lenses grows once more with the 20mm T/1.9 optic shown to the public for the first time at BVE. With it being the same size and price as its other prime siblings, they all work well together as a set so there's no fiddling about when changing rigs.
Sigma's stunning lens range!
They might be giants in the stills photography world, but Sigma looks set to take on the best of the moving-image world too, with its range of impressively fast prime and zoom cine lenses. The Japanese optics firm had a full range on show, but the biggest interest was for the zooms like this 24-35mm T/2.2 fitted to a fully rigged-up Sony FS7.
Doctor Tenba will see you now sir!
A doctor's bag-style opening was the big news on the stunning Tenba cinema bag range, giving easy access to your kit. With lots of sizes for all types of camera, and styles from shoulder back to backpack to wheelie case that's airline-friendly, the Tenba range looked good and well designed.
Schneider's Tilt lens primes
German lens maker Schneider-Kreuznach showed its full range of cine prime lenses but the real show-stopper was the first of the new range that features a tilt facility. Visitors were wowed at how the focusing plane could be changed by simply tilting the lens on the camera body. We can't wait to test one properly!
Zeiss goes light!
The quality of Zeiss lenses is legendary, and now filmmakers who are looking for Zeiss quality in a lighter package have a new lens to lust after. It's the 21-100mm T/2.9 Lightweight Zoom that visitors were getting their hands on. As well as Zeiss huge range of lenses for lots of different cameras.
It's a kind of Magic!
SLR Magic showed a whole range of prime lenses including a set of anamorphic optics for true cinematic widescreen applications. The firm also had PL primes, lenses for full-frame Sony E mount and Micro Four Thirds. All at prices many other manufacturers can't come close to.
Canon's work of art!
As well as the whole range of cinema cameras like the C300 Mark II and C700 and lots of lenses, Canon gave you something to have a go filming with an artist painting a mural with an EOS C as it centre piece.
The ultimate camera dolly?
It might look like the best ever remote-controlled toy, but Mantis 360 remote dolly system is a whole system of motorised dollies for serious camera work. This one can go at 35mph off-road and there are studio versions and lots of accessories like GPS modules so they can follow a pre-set course. Looks like fun to rent for a one-off job for sure!
Filmmakers can now live stream 4K footage of normal videos and 360-degree movies on YouTube in a major upgrade for the global video sharing platform which is already the world’s largest library of 4K videos online.
“Supporting this new format will let creators stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices. The image quality is just mind-blowing on screens that support it, and in 360 degrees, the clarity can truly transport you,” said a YouTube statement.
“4K video isn’t just a little different from HD video; it’s a giant leap. It shows an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video. Live streams look better, show a more detailed, crisper picture, and aren’t as blurry when there’s fast action on screen. Basically, 4K makes everything better to look at. And because we support 4K at up to 60 frames per second, creators can make content that looks silky smooth, and more realistic than ever before.”
The first live streamed 4K broadcast is set for tonight, December 2 at 9pm Eastern Time in the USA, which is 2am Saturday December 3 GMT. It’s the Game Awards and you can watch them here.
If you’ve created an exciting foodie film short this year, then you could be £1000 better off by winning the Food in Film category in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year contest.
The judges are on the lookout for inspiring films no longer than three minutes, which show any aspect of food - from production and harvest to preparation and eating. The overall winner will also receive the much-coveted trophy and your film will be showcased on both the Delicious website and the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year website.
You can submit your documentary or non-documentary short via the awards website https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com where you can check out some of the films from this year’s contest, including the overall winner, Carl Pendle for his hot film short Chilli Festival, and last year’s winner, Abbie Stewart, who took the overall title for her apple-fuelled film, The Cider Shed.
The category will again be judged by George Motz, Founder and Director of the Food Film Festival, New York, Nik Powell, Director of the National Film & Television School and James Winter, ex Executive Editor, Saturday Kitchen and Simon Day, Founder, Unearthed.
If you reach the finals, your film will be shown at the world-renowned Mall Galleries at the awards evening attended by media, finalists and celebrities from across the world. The films are also viewed by the public and invited guests during the four-day free-to-visit exhibition.
Entry deadline is Sunday 5 February 2017.
The National Film and Television School (NFTS) announces it has secured funding of £1.5m from Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) to build a new Digital Content Production Training Studio. The studio will be one of the most advanced dedicated training facilities in the UK and will have the ability to shoot, record and stream live content in high definition 4k.
Winners will work with award-winning production team to bring their ideas to life and receive a place on a short course of their choice in London.