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HDR: Part 33 - DOPs: The Less You Show, The More You KnowSeptember 20th 2021 - 09:00 AM

It’s a truism of our craft that compelling visual stories in film and TV are communicated in the subtext of scenes, that is to say, what we exclude from the Frame is almost always more important to the storytelling than what we include in the Frame. As master image creators and craftsmen, we know and understand: The less you show, the more you know.

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HDR: Part 32 - Creative Technology - Film ScanningSeptember 6th 2021 - 09:00 AM

The film and TV business is a prominent producer of things that were once very expensive, but which have become much more affordable as developments overtook them. That’s never clearer than when browsing everyone’s favorite auction website, which has recently seen Spirit telecines, once seven figures, selling for less than the price of a good used car. For photochemistry enthusiasts, that’s exciting, though cooler heads might suspect a catch.

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HDR : Part 31 - Creative Technology - Stills LensAugust 23rd 2021 - 09:00 AM

Still photo lenses find their way into film and TV work via many different routes and for many different reasons. It’s happened so much that the prices on some popular options have risen precipitously in recent years. Are there still good deals to be had?

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Aerial drones were used for the first time by MLB to provide overhead shots of the field throughout the live telecast.

MLB “Field Of Dreams” Telecast Makes For Corny TVAugust 20th 2021 - 09:00 AM

Though mostly a publicity stunt, Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams Game live telecast on August 12th proved to be a hit for everyone involved—including the Fox Sports team and production company Game Creek Video—tasked with putting it on.

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Creative Analysis: Part 23 - Christian Rousseau On No Loss, No GainAugust 13th 2021 - 09:00 AM

Filmmaking is not usually a weekend pursuit, but a sufficiently clever script can make a wide-ranging story happen in a very contained space.

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Japan Carries Torch For 8K At Tokyo 2020 OlympicsAugust 12th 2021 - 09:00 AM

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is giving Japan the perfect stage for showing off the quality of 8K broadcasting, even if the Games are a year late and muted in their impact by the lack of crowds and controversy over staging them at all at a time of a Covid-19 surge in the country. It is the chance for the country and especially its national broadcaster NHK, which has long championed the cause, to convince other countries that they should consider adopting this high resolution 4320 x7680 format despite its huge toll on bandwidth and storage.

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HDR: Part 30 - Creative Technology - A Thousand Ways To ShootAugust 9th 2021 - 09:00 AM

For most of its history, film and TV work has, by any sane measure, been incredibly complicated. Photochemical film was a nightmare of precision engineering and process control. Digital alternatives, intended to make things cheaper and simpler, involve some of our highest-performance electronics.

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HDR: Part 29 - Promoting The Three-Dimensional IllusionJuly 26th 2021 - 09:00 AM

When composing and lighting scenes, DOP’s usually seek to maximize texture and perspective. The rationale is simple: We live in a world that is unmistakably three-dimensional, so DOPs seeking to faithfully represent the natural world exploit a range of ways to promote the three-dimensional illusion.

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