The Camera Technician apprenticeship scheme reports progress and job offers

More than 200 young hopefuls who initially lodged their interest in the new Camera Tech Apprenticeship programme, reduced in number to 100 after the first sift, 56 at the second sift and just 42 were invited to the activity and selection day event hosted at the London Screen Academy on Wednesday 21 July.  In the … Read more

Motion Picture Association and Childnet encourage young people at “Our Future Storytellers” event

Aspiring directors, actors and filmmakers were told “when we protect creatives, we protect the whole industry” during a special edition “Film School Friday” event hosted July 16 by Childnet International and the Motion Picture Association. The event highlighted the exciting career opportunities in the film and TV sector for young people and the skills it takes … Read more

Showlight 2022 postponed

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation worldwide, it is with regret that Showlight has decided to further postpone the popular lighting quadrennial in its traditional form. Showlight chairman, John Allen, explains the reasons behind the decision: A Letter from the Chairman “The Showlight committee has been reviewing the current state of our industry and … Read more

Sundance Institute announces inaugural Uprise Grant Fund recipients and Arts Organisation Grants

As part of the nonprofit Sundance Institute’s continued commitment to supporting artists from historically excluded communities, the Institute announced its latest grantees for both the Uprise Grant Fund and Arts Organisation Grants. The Uprise Grant Fund supports BIPOC artists whose careers and creative development have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirty-eight U.S.-based artists of color have … Read more

ACS provide Camera Workforce Census update

Below is the official statement: As you may be aware in January 2021 the ACS with research partners from Deakin University launched a world leading Camera Workforce Census that examines the quantity, type and quality of work for camera professionals in Australia. The census looked at workforce development, career progression, equity, diversity and inclusion for … Read more

The Slow Mo Guys introduce MRMC’s high-speed Bolt Cinebot to their slow-motion world

The masters of high frame rate, slow-motion, and internet breaking viral videos, the Slow Mo Guys, announced that they have partnered with camera robot experts MRMC [A Nikon Company] to take their slow-motion skills to the next level by introducing the Bolt High-Speed Camera Robot to their arsenal of content capture technology at their studios … Read more

Apply for free to two-day ACES (Academy Colour Encoding System) course

This two day course delivered online by NFTS is designed to give an understanding of the benefits of ACES (Academy Colour Encoding System) and the processes involved at various stages of production, specifically for those working in HETV. NFTS are now accepting applications for the September course. This free online training for freelance UK-based cinematographers, … Read more

Virtual production

A NEW REALITY LED volumes are an exciting new tool in the cinematographer’s toolbox, mixing the real with the unreal. Four cinematographers who have already embraced the technology share their experiences.  The term “virtual production” encompasses practices like pre-visualisation and remote location reccies, but its most exciting branch is in filming itself: the ability to shoot … Read more

Balázs Sára is the new president of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers

On 31 May 2021, the new Board of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC) was formed. After Lajos Koltai, Balázs Sára, a Béla Balázs Prize winning cinematographer, was elected as the new president of the association. Balázs Sára was born in 1962 in Budapest, Hungary, and graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in … Read more

Cinesite delivers Black Widow visual effects

Cinesite has announced its delivery of several visual effects sequences for Marvel Studios’ latest release, Black Widow. Black Widow explores the evolution of the eponymous character, also known as Natasha Romanoff. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Natasha finds herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her … Read more

First LED wall vehicle stage opens in NYC

Long Island City, New York is the site of the first-purpose built Carstage state-of-the-art LED vehicle process stage. The permanent virtual environment facility is fully equipped with expansive movable LED walls and proprietary technology allowing clients to produce live, fully composed sequences through their own cameras—with ease, on the spot. The turnkey operation provides all … Read more

Motion Impossible launches AGITO Academy

Motion Impossible’s ground-breaking AGITO remote control modular dolly is rapidly growing in notoriety around the globe — and jumping on a wide range of jobs, from commercials and broadcast of live events to feature films. As a result of the growing interest to operate the AGITO, Motion Impossible is proud to announce the launch of the AGITO Academy. This dedicated training will be offered to operators globally.   … Read more

Wooden Camera accessories for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera now available

Wooden Camera’s latest collection of kits and accessories for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is now shipping. Based in Dallas, Texas, Wooden Camera is part of The Vitec Group’s Creative Solutions division and are creators of professional camera support accessories for film and video production. Wooden Camera also has a retail location in Burbank, California, … Read more

Restart Scheme Film and TV production hits £1.9bn spend this year

More than 600 feature films and television productions have gone into production in the UK since the scheme was announced in July last year as the industry has moved into pandemic recovery thanks to the Government funded Film and TV Production Restart Scheme. The scheme was launched by the Government backed by £500m to support … Read more

Astera launches AX9 PowerPAR

Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera launches another new product – the AX9 PowerPAR.   As the name implies, the AX9 is a high-intensity, all-purpose everyday LED lighting fixture with all the advantages of Astera, including battery operation, wireless control, and quality engineering.   AX9 is the ‘big brother’ of Astera’s successful AX5 TriplePAR which became an industry-standard … Read more

Venice Film Festival line-up announced

The line-up of the 78th Venice Film Festival (September 1-11) has been announced by festival president Roberto Cicutto and artistic director Alberto Barbera. View the full line up below: Competition Parallel Mothers (Sp) – Opening Film Dir. Pedro Almodóvar La Caja (Mex-US) Dir. Lorenzo Vigas Reflection (Ukr) Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych The Hand Of God (It) Dir. Paolo Sorrentino … Read more

DARK BAY virtual production stage opened at the renowned Studio Babelsberg

One of Europe’s largest, permanently installed LED studios for virtual film productions has officially opened: DARK BAY virtual production stage. With technical support from market-leading partners in camera and lighting technology (ARRI and FABER AV) as well as from the VFX industry (Framestore), an innovative high-end studio for virtual film production was built on the … Read more

HPA Awards returns in person this November at Hollywood Legion

The 2021 HPA Awards, the celebration of the talent and brilliance of the media and entertainment community from around the world, returns to an in-person event on November 18 at the historic Hollywood Legion Theatre in Hollywood. Plans are underway for a shimmering evening of fun, celebration, and recognition. The Hollywood Legion Theatre is part of … Read more

EIFF and Procam Take 2 announce commitment to supporting filmmaking talent with Short Film Pitch

EIFF has announced a brand-new partnership with Procam Take 2 that commences with EIFF 2021. Procam Take 2 are not only providing the prize for the Short Film Pitch but are also supporting EIFF Youth and Industry activity starting this year, it is expected that this will be the beginning of a long-term relationship between … Read more

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