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HDR: Part 18 - The Resolution Ruse: It’s Not All Peaches And CreamJanuary 12th 2021 - 09:00 AM

With Blackmagic recently introducing a new 12K camcorder, the question arises (once again) how much resolution is enough. After all, even the most fervent resolution junkie would have to agree there is a practical upper limit to resolution and how much is actually discernible and worthwhile.

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Creative Analysis: Part 15 - Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber On P-ValleyJanuary 11th 2021 - 09:00 AM

Often, performers at a strip club are fleeting characters in a film or television production, sometimes reduced almost to the level of production design. P-Valley, produced for Starz by Chernin Entertainment, is based on Katori Hall’s stage play Pussy Valley, and defies that expectation by concentrating on the lives of the people who put on the show.

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Creative Analysis: Part 14 - Cinematographer Sebastian Thaler On 7500December 28th 2020 - 09:00 AM

According to International Civil Aviation Organization rules, if an airliner transmits a certain four-digit transponder code, the world should assume that it is being hijacked. The 2019 film 7500, directed by Patrick Vollrath, takes that code as its title and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aylin Tezel and Carlo Kitzlinger as the crew of an airliner during a hijack attempt.

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Is Gamma Still Needed?: Part 7 - HLG And PQDecember 21st 2020 - 09:00 AM

The legacy gamma adopted in 709 and 240M has recently been supplanted by two more approaches to applying non-linearity to luminance, namely the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) system developed by the BBC and NHK and the Perceptive Quantizer (PQ) developed by Dolby.

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Creative Analysis: Part 13 - Cinematographer Stuart Brereton On Baking ChristmasDecember 14th 2020 - 09:00 AM

In the mid 1990s, the north of England was a hotbed of film production, with well-known features such as Brassed Off and The Full Monty all produced within a few years and a few miles of each other. The Northern Media School, then part of Sheffield Hallam University, was literally and figuratively a long way from Los Angeles, but somehow cinematographer Stuart Brereton found a route between the two without ever having intended to.

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Creative Analysis: Part 12 - Cinematographer Mark Kenfield On ZiaNovember 30th 2020 - 09:00 AM

By sheer count of productions, the Indian film market is possibly the world’s largest for film in terms of admissions. On average, the country’s cinemas see more than 1.5 annual admissions per capita – and with a population of nearly 1.4 billion, that’s a lot of capitas – with more than 1600 features passing before the country’s censors in 2012.

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HDR: Part 17 - Creative Technology - Is RAW Really Uncompressed & Unprocessed?November 27th 2020 - 09:00 AM

It’s hard to object to raw recording. The last thing anyone wants is for the creative intent to be adulterated by unfortunate technical necessities like compression, and the flexibility of raw makes for… well. Let’s admit it: better grading, but also easier rectification of mistakes after the fact, to the point where the glitch isn’t really noticeable.

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Is Gamma Still Needed?: Part 6 - Analyzing Gamma Correction In The Frequency DomainNovember 19th 2020 - 09:00 AM

To date, the explanations of gamma that are seen mostly restrict themselves to the voltage or brightness domain and very little has been published about the effects of gamma in the frequency domain. This is a great pity, because analysis in the frequency domain produces interesting results.

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