The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 8 (w/ High Speed Cinematographer Peter Cote)


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Each week The Filmtools Podcast talks with industry professionals in a candid conversation about their career, relevant news within the industry, and about the art and gear behind filmmaking.

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For the season one finale of The Filmtools Podcast, we talked with director and cinematographer Peter Cote! Born and raised in Michigan, Peter first found work on HBO’s “The Pacific” and later built his own commercial production company. After creating a viral ad for Levis and working on other major campaigns, Peter decided to move on from the growing business to pursue other passions. Continue reading “The Filmtools Podcast Eps. 8 (w/ High Speed Cinematographer Peter Cote)”

Cine Gear: Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF Lenses


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Large Format. Full Frame. That super shallow depth of field. The evolution of filmmaking has been in a state of constant change which seems to speed up faster and faster. Cooke Optics showed off their Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF (Special Flair) prime lenses to give the ever-changing camera technology lenses fit to keep pace. Thes lenses give cinematographers the anamorphic characteristics, including flare and oval bokeh found in older lenses which may not cover the large format image circle.

The Cooke Optics Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard lenses coverage circle covers a full 24 x 36 still

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Cine Gear 2019: Shot On Cooke. “A Motion Gallery”


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If you are a painter and you want to learn from the Masters you have to study those who came before you. Cinema is no different. It is an art, albeit a very technical art form, and to build upon the shoulders of those who came before you than you need to have seen their work. With Cooke’s new #ShotOnCooke online video gallery directors, cinematographers, and everyone really can learn the characteristics of Cooke Optics.

The brainchild of Cooke’s Director of Sales – Europe, Carey Duffy, #ShotOnCooke has been designed as an insightful, educational resource presenting professional content created with

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Cine Gear: Canon Shows Off Sumire Prime Lenses


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Sporting t-shirts showing the Cine Gear 2019 attendees how exactly to pronounce Sumire, Canon’s new PL Prime Lens line up, Canon also set up an example shoot to show off the beautiful lenses. Seeing is believing. Pronounced “Soo-mee-ray,” these new Canon prime lenses deliver a creamy interesting image when the aperture is wide open.

Covering the core range of focal lengths that cinema professionals desire, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the company’s first set of seven cinema prime PL-Mount lenses, aptly named Sumire Prime. Pronounced “Soo-mee-ray,” the word

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Cine Gear: Panavision X Series Lenses. Made To Fly


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Gearless? Smooth housing? LCD screen? You’d think these lenses were meant for flight. At Cine Gear 2019, we learned this is exactly how and why Panavision designed their Primo X lenses.

The Panavision Primo X Series is the first of its kind. These are cinema lenses specially designed for use on drones and gimbals. Each lens is fully sealed, weatherproof, and counterbalanced to be aerodynamic, and able to easily maintain a proper center of gravity.


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One of the interesting elements of many Panavision lenses are focus motors are built within the lens housing. This puts likely bulky, less aerodynamic, and

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Cine Gear: The Arri Alexa Mini LF and the Arri “Look”


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The Arri booth seemed to always be full during Cine Gear 2019. Could it have been because many wanted to look through  ARRI’S ALEXA Mini LF viewfinder to see the camera’s stunning image? This time we talked to Arri about the Arri look and how Large Format gives viewers depth cues not usually seen in other cameras.


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ARRI Signature Prime and Mini LF Event: Sim Video, Vancouver


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Come see me on June 6th at Sim Video in Vancouver, B.C., where I’ll co-present a session on ARRI Signature Primes with product manager Thorsten Meywald. Francois Gauthier, technical sales rep for Canada, will give a presentation on the new ARRI Mini LF. And yes, we’ll have a prototype Mini LF on hand.

We’ll have two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. You can sign up here.

Art Adams is Cinema Lens Specialist with ARRI, Inc. You can reach him here.

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The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX0 II Digital Camera Review


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The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RXO II Digital Camera looks like an action camera. The small size and the rugged build make the small flip-out screen 4K camera appear perfect to mount to innumerable moving vehicles. High Frame Rates (HFR) like 1000fps definitely builds a recipe for a life of action for the little RX0 II. Hidden beneath the Water, Dust, Shock, and Crushproof body of the RX0 II is a 4K Vlog camera perfect for the traveler and social media savvy video creator.

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Hidden in the fresh cut grass hides the Sony RX0 II

It is hard to not compare cameras.

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Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2


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It’s time to name names. I’m going to tell you what lenses you’ve been looking at for the last few days, and offer my own impressions.

Disclosure: after several decades as a director of photography, I now work for ARRI, Inc. as Cinema Lens Specialist.

Last week, I posted this article and asked you to take a look at four lenses in a direct comparison:

And now, the names:

Lens A.

Lens A is an 85mm Zeiss Supreme Prime.

The Supreme Prime is a classic example of a Zeiss lens. It’s contrasty and sharp, which emphasizes textures and resolution. Of

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