25 Pieces of Juicy Filmmaking Knowledge from Cinematographer Roger Deakins

Roger Deakins, acknowledged as a master cinematographer for an accomplished body of work, such as The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, and almost every Coen Brothers film since Fargo, shares 25 pieces of filmmaking advice. These are pulled from his website RogerDeakins.com, where he interacts with fans and filmmakers on all topics from careers to cinematography basics.

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New vector video codec could make forthcoming 4K imaging obsolete

There’s just been some pretty startling research published by a university in the UK which could herald the biggest change to imaging since the switch from film to digital. Indeed before it has even begun, 4K may become obsolete along with resolution itself – killed not by 8K or Super-Hi Vision but a completely different…

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NuWeb, new challenger to DStv, to launch in April

A new challenger to pay-TV operator MultiChoice, which owns DStv, is expected to launch commercial services soon, possibly by as early as April. Unlike DStv rival TopTV, however, NuWeb Television doesn’t intend using direct-to-home satellite technology. Rather, it will deliver its offering over fixed-line broadband connections. The company is in the process of securing the necessary network…

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Oscars 2013: what the nominations say about America

From Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained to Lincoln and Life Of Pi, the Oscar-nominated Hollywood films champion hope, faith and vengeance – or the moral values of the wild west – according to David Cox, of the Guardian. After indulging Europe by garlanding The Artist last year and The King’s Speech in 2011, the Oscars seem set to…

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9 tech innovations that changed the film industry (through the ages)

As all film industry workers know, technological progress has continuously changed filmmaking. Both mechanical and digital innovations have influenced everything from equipment to distribution, changing how films are made and the manner in which we consume them. With the medium being just around 120 years old, here’s a look at the biggest tech innovations that…

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Mxit claims first with feature film

Stellenbosch-based Mxit has said it will debut what it’s calling the first full-length feature film to premiere on a social network when it begins showing A Lucky Man, a film about former gang boss Ernie “Lastig” Solomon, this week. Mxit users can download the movie using the company’s newly launched Cinemo app. A Lucky Man has been broken into 18…

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