Visit Digital Bolex at ProFusion 2015

Are you a Canadian filmmaker looking to try the D16? Want to get your hands on a camera in the Toronto area? Digital Bolex will be making our Canadian expo debut at ProFusion 2015 on November 11th and 12th.

Tickets are free, so register today to check out the camera and footage at booth #2011!


ProFusion is about bringing together the latest technology and the brightest minds in the industry.

The primary mission of ProFusion is to showcase and celebrate the pro imaging industry in Canada. To that end, over two days, our focus is to celebrate Canada’s burgeoning pro imaging market by bringing together the latest technology and the brightest minds in the industry.

If it’s new and exciting and you haven’t seen it yet, chances are you’ll get to see it launched at ProFusion. Over the years we’ve showcased many ‘first time in Canada’ product launches, including the most talked-about cameras, lighting, software and more. And it’s not just about seeing new gear, it’s experiencing it in an intimate, interactive environment, unlike any other tradeshow.

Cinegear 2015: New Products from Digital Bolex

In addition to the brand new MFT mount and Kish lenses both on display at the show, all shipping now, Digital Bolex is excited to unveil four brand new accessories at Cinegear just in time for summer. And to celebrate, we’re offering big discounts on all new items through the show, and a few of our old favorites!

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Cinegear 2015: Digital Bolex Showcase projected in 2K!

cinegear-announcement-graphicDigital Bolex is teaming up with Slamdance to present an exciting showcase of films shot on Digital Bolex’s D16 cinema camera. The D16, a digital Super16mm camera designed for filmmakers by filmmakers, is renowned among indie and pro filmmakers for its film-like images that hold up on the big screen, and Cinegear 2015 will mark the first time Digital Bolex footage has been screened in native 2K resolution in Los Angeles, on the Lansing Theater’s world-class Christie projector.

The program runs approximately 70 minutes followed by a Q&A with attending filmmakers and a reception in the theater lobby. Doors open at 8:15 PM, and the show starts at 8:30PM. Guests already registered for a Cinegear badge may RSVP for the screening in advance via or on Facebook to ensure a seat. Additional seats will be made available the day of the screening on a first-come basis.

A Cinegear badge is required for access to the Paramount Lot. Badges may be reserved free of charge through May 30th online.

5th Annual No Budget Film Festival!

This weekend was special for Team Bolex—for the second year we were a major sponsor of the No Budget Film Festival in Los Angeles. Held this year at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake, the program expanded from its single screening format of the last four years to a three day event with five screenings, four workshops (including our friends at 5secondfilms and RocketJump), and multiple Fireside Chats with notable indie filmmakers. Continue reading “5th Annual No Budget Film Festival!” »


This year we had two booths–one at the Come and Capture Film Factory “off campus”, as well as the traditional booth space at the SXSW trade show, which has DOUBLED in size since last year, and features an amazing collection of tech startups (but surprisingly little filmmaking gear!)

We demoed two partially functioning cameras–the electronics and guts were all inside, UI and menus were programmed, display functions worked, but the firmware for getting the image from the sensor into the LCD was not yet complete (we were stuck behind one major hurdle, which has since been crossed).

Mike, our CTO, flew down from Toronto for two days to talk with visitors to our booth while the team was slaving away in the cold up north. This is the first time he’s interacted with our audience outside of a uStream cameo, and it was wonderful to have him there experiencing all the questions, comments, and enthusiasm about the machine he’s building firsthand.

SXSW was the first time we’ve been able to accurately show people the weight, size, and ergonomics of the camera, and people really responded to it, taking tons of photos and videos. Hundreds of people stopped by the booth to chat with us and check out what we were doing, including backers and many who had stopped by last year to discover the project in its infancy. It really energized our team to see how keen people are to get their hands on the camera when it’s released–we had everyone from YouTube sensations to Sundance directors to Pixar animators stop by to discuss projects with us.

with Vu Bui

We tried to take advantage of the show to get the D16 hooked up with as many cool accessories as we could, bringing the cameras over to Audio Technica to mount some mics and visiting our trade show neighbor Douglas Monroe, whose Dougmon rigs are quite versatile and handy. Their sling is particularly nice for the ladies, putting all the weight of a camera on your hips instead of your shoulders.

With Audio Technica mic

With Dougman sling

Our fellow Kickstarter alums, Cinetics, also came by to try out their newest motorized rig, the CineMoto.

We discovered a lot of interesting companies there too. The two that stood out the most to us were Seed & Spark, a really cool new way to crowd source and build an audience for indie film, and Hive Lighting, a new film lighting company that specializes in day light balanced lights that are more efficient, longer lasting, and overall cheaper than HMI. We actually met some of the Seed & Spark people at an event in which we shared a panel on the future of independent film. The company is based on a really great core principal and we are excited to use this service for our next film. Hive Lighting is a plasma based lighting system that can run off of batteries and runs at a temperature so low that you can touch the front element of the light, even after it has been on for hours. If you haven’t please check these two companies out, I think you will be happy you did.

And one of the best things about SXSW this year was that we had the pleasure of sharing our booth with Alyssa Bolsey, the great grand daughter of Jacques Bolsey, the inventor of the Bolex in the 20’s. She’s working on a feature-length documentary about Jacques and his invention, and her team decided to use Kickstarter as their funding tool. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out! It’s going to be an amazing film.

SXSW was a real treat for us as the tail end of an almost month-long travel journey for work, and we can’t wait to visit Austin again next year! This week we’re back in the office and barreling towards the finish line. We’ll be doing updates on UI, lenses and more in the coming weeks as we prepare to release final images and get these cameras out to backers.

CCW Expo, Low Light Examples

One of our camera backers, Josh Apter of Manhattan Edit Workshop, invited me out to a panel he was moderating on Digital Cinema: Past, Present, and Future at CCW Expo at the Javits Center in New York yesterday.

It was a real pleasure to check out this show, which is kind of like a mini NAB East, and features a ton of cool gadgets and broadcast gear. It’s amazing how much new broadcast technology is aimed at prosumers–small production companies and individuals working from single cameras, laptops, etc. without a studio of equipment to deal with.

The panel itself was a lot of fun. My co-panelists were Jem Schofield of TheC47, Terry Brown from Mega Playground, and Andy Shipsides of AbelCine.

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Online Premiere: ONE SMALL STEP

ONE SMALL STEP is now online!

With the LA premiere of ONE SMALL STEP this past Saturday, we realized it’s finally time to post the film up for everyone to see. So here it is, the online premiere of Digital Bolex’s first film! Let us know what you think here or on vimeo, and share with friends. We really appreciate it!


On Saturday we held the LA Premiere for ONE SMALL STEP at a fun event co-sponsored by Movement Park.

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