Everyone wants a “dream camera” – the one camera that will do everything, slow motion, low light, big sensor, stills, interchangeable lenses, great colour, 4K on board, light weight, batteries that last for days, brilliant to hand hold, and cheap. Many cameras now in use have a lot of these features and they range in price from ultra low budget to tens of thousands of dollars. Deployed skilfully, all of them can produce great images that serve the story being told.
SO HOW DO YOU CHOOSE AMONG THEM? How does a given camera stack up once you take it out of the showroom?
Well, as always, that depends on you, your preferences and what you set out to do.
OZDOX presents CAMERA DREAMING STILL : MOVING DOCUMENTARY CINEMATOGRAPHY NOW to showcase some of latest offerings and how filmmakers are using them.
Featuring panellists Michael Latham, Ben Allan ACS, Pieter de Vries ACS. Hosted my Erika Addis. Cameras on displayed on the night include: Arri Amira, Blackmagic URSA, Sony A7s, Canon C500, Sony FS7 & Panasonic GH4.
Stefan Sedlmeier from Arri Australia, Paul Stewart from Canon Pro Motion Imaging, and Nick Buchner from Sony also discuss their latest technological offerings. Event produced by Erika Addis & Brendan Palmer. Projection by Alan Butterfield, filmed by Dan Abbott, edited by Brendan Palmer.
Melbourne based Cinematographer Michael Latham shot the AACTA Best Feature Length Documentary of 2014 ‘Ukraine Is Not a Brothel’, directed by Kitty Green the film followed the FEMEN (Фемен) movement, a feminist protest group originating from Ukraine. The film debuted at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. Michael was also DOP of ‘The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul’, and ‘Tau Seru’, a brief interesting journey into the nomadic life of a Himalayan sheepherder, that screened at Cannes.
watch Ukraine Is Not a Brothel here:
Ben Allan ACS
Ben Allan has been at the forefront of HD cinematography and digital color grading since 2001 and is a multi-award winning Director Of Photography. His filmography includes high end national TV commercials, documentaries (including IMAX), music videos, TV drama series and feature films. In 2002, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded the prestigious ACS letters by the Australian Cinematographer’s Society and the first to be given the honor for work shot in digital high definition. His early research into film-style gamma curves for HD cameras contributed to the film-gammas now built into all professional cameras. In 2006 he set new standards for Australian TV Drama by implementing a new look and work-flow for All Saints. Over the transition the program went from being Australia’s lowest rating to the #1 local drama series and Ben received the first Cinematography Award in the show’s nine year history. Ben is based in Sydney and is a Director of the boutique production company The Film Bakery which has three feature films in development including Rivals with Writer/Director Clara Chong and Executive Producer Matt Carroll. The Film Bakery completed the entire post-production process including digital cinema delivery for the low budget independent Australian film Blue Lies. Ben is also the author of The Grading Sweet, a multi-award winning package of color grading plug-ins for Final Cut, now used in over forty countries across six continents.
Pieter de Vries ACS
Pieter de Vries is one of the top documentary cinematographers in the world. He is an ACS accredited Director of Photography and works in documentary and commercial production on most camera formats. He works with various camera manufacturers during the introduction of new camera models. Based out of Australia, he spends most of his time traveling, working on documentary programs for the BBC, NBC and ABC in the US, the National Geographic, Discovery, and History channels in the US, as well as ZDF in Germany, Canal Plus and TF1 in France, NHK in Japan, and others. His films have won numerous awards, including several Emmys, and BAFTA’s. Personally, he has been nominated for two Emmys, and won the Australian Cinematographer Society’s top Award, Australian Cinematographer of the Year. He’s also won six ACS Golden Tripods for Best Cinematography.
Erika Addis is one of Australia’s leading documentary cinematographers. She has shot around the world from Antarctica to Eritrea to Mongolia. She currently lectures in cinematography at AFTRS, Sydney.
OzDox is proudly supported by Australia Directors Guild, Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and a large volunteer committee of veteran to emerging documentary filmmakers.
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