Firmware 1.4 “Dirawong” released

In the mythology of the Bundjalung Nation of Australia, the Dirawong, an unseen spiritual creature and one of the creator beings, protects and guards its people, aiding them in astronomy, technology, medicine, art, and nearly all aspects of religious and day-to-day life. After the period of creation, Dirawong and the other creator beings transformed into the landscape, becoming significant spiritual places for the Bundjalung people. The Goanna Headland in New South Wales is held to be the body of the Dirawong.

The next Digital Bolex firmware, 1.4, has been released under the name Dirawong. Starting with this revision, we will be naming each official revision for ease of reference to our user base. The previous firmware releases have been retroactively named:

  • 1.0.0 – Amarok
    In Inuit tradition, an amarok is a mythic lone wolf that will devour anyone who hunts alone at night. Folklore casts the amarok as both villian and hero in different legends that explore morality and bravery.
  • 1.2.0 – Basilisk
    The Basilisk, in European lore, is king of serpents and causes death with a mere glance. The Basilisk is thoroughly described in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History in Leonardo Da Vinci’s bestiary.
  • 1.3.0 – Cyclops
    Most recognized from Homer’s The Odyssey, the Cyclopes of Greek mythology are descendants of Titans with eyes in the middle of their foreheads. Outside of the Odyssey, the Cyclopes of legend have an association with blacksmithing.

You will now be able to see changes from revision to revision in our changelog.

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And the 2016 Slamdance Fearless Filmmaking Award goes to…

What a whirlwind!

2016 marks the second year of Digital Bolex’s collaboration with the Slamdance Film Festival for the Fearless Filmmaking showcase, and this year’s showcase expanded upon the program created for the first year, evolving into an even more dynamic experience for our filmmakers.

Filmmaker Brunch

New for 2016, on the morning of the showcase we hosted a filmmaker brunch courtesy of the Canadian house and the Calgary International Film Festival, where our filmmakers (and honorary Canadians) met in front of a crackling fire, ate a delicious home-cooked breakfast, and got to know each other and discuss their projects before the afternoon screening.

Seven of our fourteen filmmakers and members of their cast & crews were able to make it out to Park City this year and attend the showcase, which sold out for the 2nd year in a row. The slate, which featured 6 films directed by women, was featured before the fest in HollyWomen’s roundup of 23 Innovative And Crazy Short Films To Watch At Slamdance 2016 and was packed to the gills. An in-depth look at locally shot film B+A also appeared in The Utah Review.

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Trailers

Mixing up the program from last year, we started this year’s screening with trailers for three of the many upcoming features shot on D16: found-footage horror film SCREAMERS, Nick Corporon’s road movie RETAKE, and Kevin Ford’s experimental documentary BY THE RIVER, featuring Ellar Coltrane.

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An engaging Q&A followed the screening with the filmmakers and DPs in attendance, who answered questions from the D16’s similarities to film to post-production workflow.

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Our 2016 alumni jury, Lindsey Haun, Jeremy Osbern, Misti Boland, Ben Kasulke, Leah Shore, and Michael Dunaway, chose to award three films with honors at the Slamdance Closing Night Awards ceremony.

Elle announced the Special Prize for Cinematography, with last year’s Fearless Filmmakers Jeremy Osbern and Misti Boland announcing the Honorable Mention, and 2015 Grand Prize winner Lindsey Haun announcing this year’s prize.
 
Special Prize for Cinematography

EYES OF THE CITY – Luke Randall

“A stylish, brooding thriller whose urban landscapes and interiors exude the cool and grittiness of the best of Seventies cinema.”

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Honorable Mention

YOU WILL FIND A WAY – AJ Molle

“A visionary film that tells a vibrant narrative without the need of dialogue infusing tight editing, poignant sound and a retro picture.”

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Grand Prize

SMALL TALK – Hilary Campbell

“A simple premise brilliantly executed by a strong storyteller, this film engaged an entire audience, producing smiles, laughs and a unique snapshot of the modern day suburbs. From street corners to backyards to wine drenched living rooms, Hillary Campbell perfectly captures the quirkiness of the street she grew up on and the people she grew up near.”

SMALL TALK and select other films from the showcase were awarded VOD distribution through Seed&Spark‘s Cinema platform at the end of their festival run.

Hilary was previously a winner of the Digital Bolex sponsored No Budget Film Festival with her first film, THIS IS NOT THE END, shot on a Bolex H16. SMALL TALK, her second film, is centered partially around sound bytes from an H16 film that went unrealized when her short-end footage was discovered to have been pre-fogged. New D16 footage was shot exclusively on Switar lenses.

We are happy to welcome Hilary to the Digital Bolex family, along with all our other 2016 Fearless Filmmakers, and hope to see all of their wonderful films coming to festivals near you!

Check out the image gallery of all the festivities below. (Photos for Slamdance by Ian Stroud.)