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Those Who Can...Teach -- How I Spent My Summer With The Inner-City Filmmakers

By DCS, Jul 25, 2018

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the July 2018 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter) The Inner-City Filmmakers, (ICF) program has been called an “incendiary device” with a mission to light a creative fire in young people who might not otherwise imagine ... [ Read: Those Who Can...Teach -- How I Spent My Summer With The Inner-City Filmmakers ]

Is Enough Too Much? The Ever-increasing Resolutions For Digital Cinema Production and Post

By DCS, May 21, 2018

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the May 2018 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter) As the droll comedian Steven Wright says, “You can’t have it all…where would you put it?”  Yet, we Cinematographers generally do want it all, higher resolutions, ... [ Read: Is Enough Too Much? The Ever-increasing Resolutions For Digital Cinema Production and Post ]

It's the Pioneers Who Get the Arrows In the Back: The Plight of Innovators in Cinema Technology

By DCS, Oct 27, 2017

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the October 2017 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter) Entertainment Technology is advancing at an ever accelerating pace, and the tools available for us to create and distribute content keep evolving and improving. But ... [ Read: It's the Pioneers Who Get the Arrows In the Back: The Plight of Innovators in Cinema Technology ]

Trying Not To Come Up Short -- Gathering the Right Tools for the Short Film "Union"

By DCS, Aug 30, 2017

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the August 2017 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter) I am often offered the opportunity to photograph short films, and by reflex, I have learned to turn them down.  There is rarely monetary compensation commensurate ... [ Read: Trying Not To Come Up Short -- Gathering the Right Tools for the Short Film "Union" ]

Who Needs Another Film Festival?

By DCS, Jun 27, 2017

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the June 2017 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter) Regular readers of my monthly essays know that I tend to write about the things I’m mulling over.  Whether it’s buying or selling gear, trying to decide if I should ... [ Read: Who Needs Another Film Festival? ]