Saramonic has made the leap into wireless audio at a very affordable price compared to its big-name rivals. With a whole range of options to suit most DSLR and camcorders, the new kit is ideal for filmmakers on a budget. The official information says:
The Mastering the Creative Workflow masterclass recently took place at Pinewood Studios to offer professional and budding filmmakers the ultimate creative experience. The one day event was hosted by professional filmmaker and X-Rite Coloratti, Ollie Kenchington and professional photographer and filmmaker and BenQ Ambassador, Adrian Weinbrecht.
Sponsored by Calumet and run in partnership with X-Rite, BenQ, Rogue Photographic Design and Rotolight. It gave visitors an insight into how creative professionals make use of colour management solutions and professional lighting tools for their everyday projects.
The workshop was delivered to a mixture of professionals, amateurs and hobbyists; some visitors were looking to advance their already extensive knowledge, whilst others sought to learn the basics of filmmaking and photography.
The day consisted of four sessions:
‘Small Kit Big Results’, saw Adrian showing that in a photoshoot, it’s not all about the size of your lights that matter, you also need to consider where you position them. Adrian demonstrated that moving a light just a few degrees or inches can make or break an image.
Watch the session below.
In the ‘Everything is Colour’ session, Adrian discussed the psychological impact colour has on an image; “you have to have 100% confidence in each colour, because in the commercial world, consistency is everything”. Adrian also mentioned the importance of using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo when shooting in order to create an optimal colour reference and white balance target. “Colour separates your subject from the background. Colour reinforces the message that you set by your light; your light reveals the form of the subject and sets the mood which is then reinforced by colour,” Adrian told the audience.
‘Shooting and Lighting your Model’ covered how to set your key, backlight and eyelight, how to position your model and the camera techniques to use when shooting. In this insightful session, Ollie also covered framing choices, mic placement and setting your exposure and custom white balancing.
‘Grading and Matching Cameras in Resolve’ covered primary adjustments, perfecting contrast, drawing in your audience and re-framing in post.
As both experts are brand ambassadors; Ollie an X-Rite Coloratti and Adrian an X-Rite Coloratti and brand ambassador for BenQ and Rotolight, both were able to highlight the key products to use for optimal results during the photographic and filmmaking process.
From his professional filmmaking experience, Ollie drew on the importance of light placement and setting the background, stating “calibration and colour management starts before we hit record.”
During his sessions, Ollie also demonstrated how to use the Rotolight NEO to provide a backlight during shooting. He also showed how to use the X-Rite colour management solutions to achieve perfect exposure and reduce the time spent editing in post-production.
Ollie told the crowd “We’re trying to create the illusion of depth, because the whole purpose is to create something that draws our audience in, and makes them feel like they’re participating in this narrative, which the most successful films achieve by bringing you in.”
The latest version of iClone really ups the game for VFX as it's a virtual production platform to bring the latest in 3D technology to filmmakers, and is easier than ever to use. The official informations says:
The most popular mic for DSLR and mirrorless cameras has been upgraded as Rode has launched the VideoMic Pro+. It now can be used with a lithium battery, has Digital Switching for clearer sound and lots more upgrades. It will cost £289. The official information says:
Sony's free firmware version 4.0 for the popular FS5 camera brings support for High Dynamic Range shooting in Hybrid Log Gamma and the option to change the minimum ISO from 3200 to 2000 when shooting in S-log2 or 3. It also gives support for 120fps continuous shooting in HD. But to enable this feature, you have to buy the new HFR firmware upgrade which costs around £562 or $499 for US customers. You can download the free firmware update HERE. The full info says:
Ground-breaking cinema camera maker Red aims to revolutionise the smartphone market with Hydrogen One, an Android phone device with a 5.7" display that will integrate with its video cameras as a monitor and user interface for Scarlet, Weapon and Epics. But the biggest news is the screen which Red says is not just a traditional 2D display but a 3D, VR, AR and holographic display that you won't need 3D glasses to view.
There will be a full range of accessories which will allow the device to capture high quality motion and still images, and holographic images. Although there aren't many technical details available, apart from it will charge via a USB-C slot and take MicroSD cards, the Red Hydrogen One will go on sale this autumn at $1195 for the aluminium version and $1595 in titanium as special pre-order prices. They will ship early in 2018. The official information says: