Hands on with the new Canon C300 Mark II

Canon were displaying their new C300 Mark II at NAB in Las Vegas. Today we finally got to see the camera in the flesh. My initial impressions overall were very positive. Any user of the original camera will instantly at home with the mark II. Even though the camera is slightly heavier it can still work easily on the shoulder if you use it with the Zacuto Recoil system that Canon were showing the camera rigged with.

Sundance: Stories of Change

Stories of Change is a multi-year initiative of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Skoll Foundation that brings together the power of independent storytelling with the impact of social entrepreneurship. Launched in 2007 this year, the initiative is expanding with an additional $2.5 million grant from the Skoll Foundation to include support for narrative filmmakers, new media artists, and continued support for documentary storytelling. In addition to funding the creation of new projects highlighting the work of global change-makers addressing the world's most pressing problems, the initiative brings together leaders in both independent filmmaking and social entrepreneurship at key gatherings globally, including the Skoll World Forum (SWF), the Sundance Film Festival, and intensive workshops at the Sundance Resort.

SF Film Society Launches New Women Filmmaker Fellowship

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The San Francisco Film Society has just launched the SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowship, a new suite of services that will support female writer/directors working on their second or third narrative feature with financial backing, programs and events, mentorship services, industry connections and more.

DGA Study: "Women and Minority Directors Face Significant Hiring Disadvantage at Entry Level"

The Directors Guild of America has revealed the results of a five-year study examining the gender and ethnic diversity of first-time directors on scripted series. In the five-year span from the 2009-2010 to the 2013-2014 television seasons, 82% of the 479 directors who received their inaugural assignment in episodic television were men, and 87% were Caucasian. That means women and minority first-time directors accounted for only 18% and 13% of those hires, respectively.

Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder review – the good, the bad and the 4K

I have had a production unit on loan from Atomos for almost a week and had the chance to really put it through its paces. Over that time I have run various tests, shown the unit to some well respected cinematographers and been able to gain an overall opinion about the Shogun. I have also interviewed Atomos CEO Jeromy Young to get his responses on what I and other users thought could be improved.

Does Cinema EOS mark the end of high spec Canon DSLR video?

If Canon announced that they were withdrawing from the enthusiast stills camera market, you’d be surprised. It’s a pretty big market. But withdraw from the enthusiast video market they almost certainly have at the moment, whether they meant to do or not.
In terms of resolution on their enthusiast and semi-pro DSLRs Canon have settled around the 720p mark in reality – although labelling it 1080p the real resolution delivered is significantly lower. In the 5D Mark III the image comes off the sensor beautifully, we know this from shooting raw video with Magic Lantern. What are Canon doing to the image to hurt it so badly with the DIGIC processor?

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7s Review - 4K vs ISO

Two brand new video cameras with different strengths going head to head is always a ton of fun. Not quite as fun as having to make the decision of which one of these cameras to purchase. We all know by now that nothing beats the A7s in low light and the 4k in camera shooting of the GH4 definitely has it’s advantages. So which one of these cameras should take its place in your camera bag, let’s find out.

FilmSchoolSF 10th Anniversary Celebration

It has been an exciting 10 years since the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has been helping filmmakers achieve their goals. On Saturday February 7th we are planning a special day to celebrate the schools 10th anniversary and the students who have made our success possible. From 3pm until 10pm we will be having forums, student screenings and SPECIAL GUESTS, in the evening there will be food, drink and live entertainment. Please join us for an exciting day of celebration and honoring those that have made this the best film school in San Francisco!