Posts Tagged ‘3d

21
Aug
15

We need your feedback!

Hello friends! We need your help!

At Marvels we  are working on a new animated series. It’s about a grumpy pug and a not-too-bright lumberjack-type who live out their days at the kitchen-table reflecting on everyday issues.
Very short 30 – 45 sec. sketches.

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But we can’t decide on these character’s names!
Here a few suggestions taken from our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/marvelsfilm):

Buck & Pug
Fats & Eddy
Garry & Gunther
Harry & Barry
Jack & Zack

The rhyme is not mandatory 😉   Let us know what you think… Your input is much appreciated!

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09
Aug
13

PREVENT PIRACY: secure ways of archiving and distributing dailies, footage and DCP files + shocking facts

 

 

UPDATE april/2014: The CYPHR file encryption software is now freeware!  Get your free copy and license @ provost-intel.org/CYPHR  pirate bay piracy decryption footage dcp

Edit: quick link for those only interested in the CYPHR software: http://www.provost-intel.org/cyphr

Piracy and the theft of copyrighted (film-) materials is ever increasing and the perpetrators are getting more advanced and even more brutal by the day.

The times of people smuggling their video camera into a cinema to share their shaky images with friends has long gone by.
Pirated movies, bootleg DVDs/BluRays and even illegal movie theater-viewings(!) have become almost a commodity.

Let’s not forget that only a small fraction of all “pirates” do their work for the “common good” in order to raise their streetcred in the PirateBay-like communities.

THIS IS ABOUT MONEY AND NOTHING ELSE. Of course…

Bootleg DVDs and Blurays are sold, but also produced in large quantities by – sometimes – advanced production facilities. New cinema releases are shown on subscription sites.

This is for us, as film makers and copyright owners, a tough thing to deal with, but what i find most disturbing are the inventive ways of illegally acquiring the footage that seems to become more harsh and – indeed – brutal!
If you Google on the subject, you’ll find some cases of footage theft, but i know from trusted sources in my network that most cases are hold silent.

Digital cinema (DCP = Digital Cinema Package) should have made things difficult for criminals to copy movies. That’s indeed true, but it has made them more inventive and look for other ways BEFORE the footage get’s to the cinema in it’s  DCP form. And that hasn’t made things better….

Here is a short and definitely incomplete list of practices i found, with some comments – prepare for some shocks…:

  • using a mobile phone or video camera to film a movie at the local cinema
    • This method is the least favorite among serious criminals – we want HD copies, not shaky images.
  • using a Telecine device
    • a small device,  with sprockets and a CCD sensor, that is clamped on the physical film strip, on the projector. Only applicable if the movie is projected from celluloid. The perpetrator needs to have access to the projection room – AND HERE COMES THE LEAK NUMBER ONE: the projectionist
  • illegal copying of footage and masters at the premises of post production houses, by post production personnel
    • this happens more and more often and is easy to do by the people that are trusted and have access. The people who involve in this are the ones you’d probably suspect the least and are well paid to do so..!
  • illegal copying of footage and masters at the premises of post production houses BY FORCE
    • believe it or not: breaking and entering, armed robbery and even extortion seem to belong to the possibilities in order to acquire footage and masters
    • there are known cases of footage transmitted digitally between producers and post production facilities AND HAVE BEEN INTERCEPTED
    • there are known cases of required ransom for footage illegally acquired
  • footage stolen on-set, at production houses and private premises
    • either physical or digital: backup devices and digital media are easy to copy or steal, specially by trusted people…
  • movie previews are stolen from film festival offices
    • AND HERE IS LEAK NUMBER TWO: film festival offices and personnel! Who runs these operations? Who has access to our materials? We seldom know…
    • Preview DVDs and Blurays are easily copied, or even intercepted before they even reach the festival’d office. THIS IS THE WEAKEST LINK!

OK, let’s be honest, i don’t expect hooded villains to raid my house soon, BUT i want to take all the precautions available to me and my budget.
At Marvels Film we have to a certain protocol for the handling, back-up and protection of footage – of course – but alarmed by the issues pictured above, we have taken some extra measures, which include:

  • Packing and encrypting all footage, dailies & masters that are to be backed up or sent to other facilities or people
    • we have made a modest investment in this great software tool: Provost CYPHR  available from www.provost-intel.org/cyphr
    • CYPHR let’s you add artwork, images, footage of all kinds, documents and even applications to a “.cy” file that can only be opened and browsed by the recipient if they have the correct password.
    • these Cyphr “.cy” files can be safely transmitted through unsafe media such as the internet (email / ftp) or on a harddisk or stick
    • anyone, who i fully trust, that needs our CYPHR file can call for the password
    • a great product for a great price and IT WORKS! Absolutely un-crackable and absolutely useless in the wrong hands. The user interface is very simple, but don’t let that first impression deceive you.
  • Handling of all backups on set or at our premises is always done accompanied by either Patrick, Roland or me myself and i – if we have a break, it’s done in visibility range of the backup laptop
  • DCPs and other finished products of our work are only sent to theaters and broadcasters (specially including film festivals) in an encrypted fashion, also using the Provost CYPHR software
  • Always DEMAND that all media is to be returned or destroyed. We have a contract with clear statements of liability that needs to be signed by the recipient. Do it! Have it signed! I know, for indie producers it can be embarrassing to request this – specially at impressive facilities – but never forget that you PAY these people and that they are in principle not to be trusted. That is the cruel truth…

I realize that even major production houses are having trouble with these issues and are ever looking for solutions to end piracy.
IMHO, trying to stop people at home to download movies from the Pirate Bay is not the way. Trying to prevent it from showing up at the Pirate Bay is also our responsibility.

Cheers!

Martin.

12
Dec
12

48 fps HFR Cinema? I’ll pass on this if you don’t mind…

I’m almost scared to post my “verdict” here, after seeing The Hobbit in 3D HFR this morning – because many of you will probably disagree…

I thought it looked horrible. Very disappointing. It looked like video many times, including the video-like blown out highlights.
The camerawork looked haphazard and even sloppy and the fight scenes were stroboscopic. Many shots out of focus, probably because of shallow DOF and lenses wide open.
I must say, all more or less as expected…

If this is the future of cinema (all hail the video look), i definitely don’t want to be part of that future…

Martin.

01
Apr
10

Here comes Sony 3D: prototype single lens 3D 240 fps camera

Maybe not the most up to date news items, but still interesting now more info becomes available.

From HD Warrior:

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This prototype camera from Sony is designed specifically to film 2 images from one lens. Set to debut at CEATEC next week, the HFR Comfort-3D records at 240 fps through just one lens instead of two thanks to a new half-mirror system that takes left and right eye images at the same time, better for capturing fast motion and providing viewers lacking polarized glasses a 2D picture with minimal blurring.

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As you can see instead of using two lenses which brings it’s own problems, focusing being one of them, Sony have decided to run with one lens and two recording devices, this in my opinion makes the 3D camera not only aesthetically pleasing but is far more practical and should allow smaller camcorders in the future.

Read the original article on http://www.hdwarrior.co.uk: http://www.hdwarrior.co.uk/2009/10/02/sonys-prototype-single-lens-3d-camera/

Some extra pics found by Martin on the web..:

Sony HFR Comfort-3D single-lens 240fps video camera 1

Sony HFR Comfort-3D single-lens 240fps video camera 2

Links:
http://www.slashgear.com/sony-hfr-comfort-3d-single-lens-240fps-camera-video-demo-0859648/

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/01/sony-single-lens-240-fps-camera-is-great-for-3d-and-2d-sports/

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/200910/09-117E/




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