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The Final Nail in the Coffin? The Pandemic and the Future of Theatrical Exhibition

By DCS, May 31, 2021

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the May 2021 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter) This is not the first time prognosticators have predicted the end of the movies.  TV sent a chill up the spine of Exhibitors when it first started to gain ground in the ... [ Read: The Final Nail in the Coffin? The Pandemic and the Future of Theatrical Exhibition ]

DCS Road Test - James Mathers and Friends Evaluate The Panasonic Lumix S5

By DCS, Apr 29, 2021

This is the second in a series documenting my ongoing quest to find the right small form factor camera to add to my equipment arsenal.  I own several full featured Digital Cinema cameras including a couple of Panasonic Varicams, a Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K, and a few trusty old HD cameras from Canon.  However, ... [ Read: DCS Road Test - James Mathers and Friends Evaluate The Panasonic Lumix S5 ]

Crossing The Blurring Line Between Still and Motion Picture Cameras - An essay by James Mathers

By DCS, Feb 28, 2021

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the February 2021 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter)I have a Canon 5D that takes beautiful pictures; it’s not a 5D Mark III, or a 5D Mark II, but the original 5D released in 2005 before it was given the ability to shoot ... [ Read: Crossing The Blurring Line Between Still and Motion Picture Cameras - An essay by James Mathers ]

Virtual Production: Compositing Will Survive - DCS Member Content Contribution from Steve Wright, FXecademy

By DCS, Jan 28, 2021

Once again Industrial Light and Magic rocks the world of visual effects with the production of The Mandalorian using the new virtual production technology. It has sent shock waves through the VFX community and worries many of my fellow compositors about the future of our jobs. After all, shots that would have normally ... [ Read: Virtual Production: Compositing Will Survive - DCS Member Content Contribution from Steve Wright, FXecademy ]

Where The 12K Rubber Hits The Road - James Mathers Tests the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K

By DCS, Nov 30, 2020

by James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society (Excerpted from the November 2020 Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter) In mid-July of this year, Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty held an online press conference to announce their latest camera, the URSA Mini Pro 12K.  I follow all ... [ Read: Where The 12K Rubber Hits The Road - James Mathers Tests the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K ]