Vancouver Aquarium in Anamorphic

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This is how you do it filmakrs: gorgeous well-composed steady shots in glorious Moondog Labs anamorphic Home Movie Masters take note of this experiment from Donald Rees with his MoondogLabs lens and our Filmakr app at the Vancouver Aquarium!
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The Making of the Fast-Motion Disappearing Rainbow

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In the midst of today’s lazy Sunday afternoon, I heard my son calling from across the room and saw him looking up from assembling a Lego with his eyes fixed out the window. “There’s a rainbow, you should film it.” I leapt over to the window, launching Filmakr on my iPhone6s Plus, selected the 4K preset, hit record first, and then got into position. First there was the bug screen to content with so, I raised my arms high to the clear pane of glass above. Then I called for him to turn off the overhead lights to eliminate a reflection I was getting and finally settled on my composition cropping out some unwanted elements on the left and right sides of the frame. I held my arms up in the awkward position for 6 minutes sensing the rainbow would disappear. Some. Time. Soon. Even after the rainbow dissolved off I held the shot a good fifteen to twenty seconds longer knowing that I wanted to speed up the shot in post and that the additional moment of footage with clouds heading toward the building would serve to distinguish the before and after of the rainbow.

In playback, the head of the clip showed a bit of the window frame for a moment, so I double-tapped the clip and moved the left trim-handle to trim off these frames. Then I tapped the Motion icon under the clip and used the UIPicker over the video area to select Fast-Mo; I double-tapped the UIPicker to get to the Motion Settings Screen where I could chose 60x from the granular speed settings on the slider. Once the fast-motion clip rendered, I saw that is was 6 seconds — perfect for Vine! Before making and sharing, I tapped the Top-Center Dropdown, tapped the right-most circle BUG Button and selected the default URL BUG.

I tapped MAKE and then shared to YouTube. I wanted to share the clip to Vimeo as well so I tapped the Play Icon over the film’s thumbnail on the Films List, paused the video and tapped the V for Vimeo icon, entered my text and tapped SHARE. Whoosh, to the internets she went!

For sharing on Vine and Instagram I turned on the Instagram Square Aspect Ratio Mask, used Scale tool to reposition the image into the square frame.

Disappearing Fast-Motion Rainbow from Filmakr on Vimeo.

Thunder Bay the first film in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio

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What was the first movie released in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio Format? Thunder Bay

May 20, 1953 Thunder Bay opens in 1.85:1 (the American “flat” ratio) at Loew’s State in New York.

• Production Dates: late September to mid-November 1952
• Filmed during principal photography in 1.37 to 1 aspect ratio (Originally planned to be photographed in 3D)
• Released in 1.85 to 1 widescreen aspect ratio

BONUS FIRST: Universal Studio’s first use of stereophonic sound

The film marked Universal’s first use of stereophonic sound, which at the time was presentable only in select theaters. Some contemporary reviewers complained that the sound, with its use of three speakers, was loud and distracting.

Thunder Bay is an American adventure film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart. The plot is set following World War II, when ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin (James Stewart) and his friend Johnny Gambi (Dan Duryea) come to Louisiana with dreams of wealth. They build an offshore oil drilling platform with the help of a large company, and find themselves in a lucrative business. However, local shrimp fishermen are hostile, feeling their livelihood is at risk. A further complication is the budding romance between Steve and the daughter of one of the shrimpers. Most of the picture was shot in Morgan City, LA, and some scenes were shot in New Orleans and on an oil-drilling barge thirty miles out in the Gulf of Mexico


How to Use Filmakr Aspect Ratio Masks

Aspect Ratio Guide For Filmakrs

RIP Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer

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After Haskell Wexler passed this week, our thoughts immediately turned to his contemporary Vilmos Zsigmond. Unfortunately our fears have been realized much sooner than we thought : (

Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.

VARIETY: Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85


Our Vilmos filter in our Warm & Natural set is one small way the Filmakr app pays tribute to Zsigmond. As well as our MaCabe filter.

Also check out the great documentary film No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos

Cinematography Tribute 2015 from Serena Bramble on Fandor

From a 70MM revival to iPhone filmmaking, enjoy what a year it was in cinematography.

Fandor — Video: Best Cinematography of 2015

Cinematography Tribute 2015 list of films and cinematographers with links to info in order of appearance:

CarolEdward Lachman
MeadowlandReed Morano
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceIstván Borbás, Gergely Pálos
By The SeaChristian Berger
Far from the Madding CrowdCharlotte Bruus Christensen
Crimson PeakDan Laustsen
The RevenantEmmanuel Lubezki
Hateful EightRobert Richardson
TangerineRadium Cheung
SicarioRoger Deakins
Fifty Shades of GreySeamus McGarvey
Magic Mike XXLSteven Soderbergh
Ex MachinaRob Hardy
Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationRobert Elswit
Mad Max: Fury RoadJohn Seale
It FollowsMike Gioulakis
Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
The WalkDariusz Wolski
The Stanford Prison ExperimentJas Shelton
Macbeth (2015)Adam Arkapaw
The Assassin (2015)Mark Lee Ping Bin

RIP Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker

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Haskell Wexler at work on Medium Cool, 1969 shooting with a blimped 35mm Panavision Silent Reflex [PSR] Camera. Photograph: Ronald Grant

Haskell Wexler belonged to a key time in the development of the art of cinematography. As we move completely to digital filmmaking, this era is now capped off with all the greats who will have pioneered and achieved great work shooting on film.

In addition to our Cool & Moody Wexler filter, our Warm & Natural Days of Heaven filter owes some debt to Haskell Wexler.

Jeff Wexler:

His cool, uncluttered but visually distinct style grew out of his years as an educational and industrial filmmaker, which led to his photographing of documentaries such as Joseph Strick’s “The Savage Eye” in 1959. He continued to invest his own money in films that promoted causes because he saw them “as an instrument for social change.”

Variety: Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 93

Good overview of Wexler’s career in The Guardian: Haskell Wexler obituary

American Cinematographer In Memoriam: Haskell Wexler, ASC, 1922-2015

Haskell’s son Mark Wexler’s documentary on his father Tell Them Who You Are

Haskell Wexler at work on one of our favorites Elia Kazan’s America, America. Shooting handheld with a French Éclair Caméflex camera:

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