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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.)

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2016 Fearless Filmmaking Slate Announced!

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Yesterday, Variety exclusively revealed the films Digital Bolex selected for its second Fearless Filmmaking Showcase at the Slamdance Film Festival.

As mentioned today in Indiewire, The 90-minute slate features the work of fourteen filmmakers from Croatia, Australia, Romania, France, and the USA, including films created at the Résidence Audiovisuelle Francophone in Slon, Romania, and a University of Connecticut thesis that received the Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers.

We’ve got the scoop on each of the filmmakers and their projects below! Continue reading “2016 Fearless Filmmaking Slate Announced!” »

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Digital Bolex #1 on 2015 EOSHD Character and Rendering chart

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After compiling their year-end rankings of video cameras available in 2015, the folks over at EOSHD have named the Digital Bolex D16 #1 on their Character and Rendering charts for its high-quality footage, particularly in motion, color, and texture:

The motion cadence of the CCD sensor in the Digital Bolex D16 with global shutter is just extraordinary, like none of the CMOS cameras. It really makes handheld footage look so much better than with a long GOP codec. The difference isn’t small. Then there’s the raw workflow, obviously and the very analogue way it captures light. On both the D16 and 5D Mark II (raw) colour has an extraordinary quality to it.
 
Also there’s the texture of the image, the grain of the ‘film’. I often try and avoid noisy high ISOs on 99% of cameras I actually love the ISO 1600 of the older 5D Mark II. Why? For black and white that film-like noise grain in raw is just damn sexy. It is the only camera I make noisy on purpose! Everything else goes blotchy.
 
Now you can say noise in this case is a weakness, a smaller Super 16mm sensor is a weakness. Nope. I don’t think in terms of crop factor with Super 16mm, I think in terms of several decades of beautiful lenses. A crop factor for me is a negative when you crop into a lens not designed for the sensor size you’re using. With Super 16mm lenses there’s no crop, you keep the overall rendering – and on some of these vintage lenses it knocks the socks off many of the newer more clinical high spec full frame lenses*

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Slamdance Fearless Filmmaking: Deadline Extended to 12/25!

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For the second year, Digital Bolex is partnering with the Slamdance Film Festival to celebrate fearless filmmaking, and ten filmmakers from the Digital Bolex and Slamdance communities will be selected to have their film premiere at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival!

As a Christmas treat, we’re extending the deadline for this year from 12/13 to 12/25!

We’re looking for shorts about artists, rebels, creation, rising above obstacles, and breaking boundaries. Films must be complete works (no test footage), but can be in any genre.

Last year’s showcase winner, Coming To, went on to play at nearly two dozen festivals.

Submission requirements:

  • Films must be shot entirely on the Digital Bolex D16 or D16M cameras.
  • Films must be no longer than 8 minutes long. The shorter the better.
  • Films must be submitted via password-protected Vimeo link.
  • Films must not have premiered or have been made available publicly prior to Feb 1, 2016. (This includes Vimeo/YouTube)
  • Films must be complete, contained pieces.
  • You must provide 5 print-resolution behind the scenes/promotional stills.
  • You must provide 5 high-resolution stills from the film itself.
  • You must have all proper clearances (performers, music).
  • Films must not be excerpts of longer works.

Submit by 12/25 and get your shot at a festival premiere!

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Double Your Discounts with Huge Black Friday Savings!

Black Friday is upon us, and once again we’re offering some great deal on Digital Bolex cameras that will make dynamite holiday presents! Make sure to shop between November 27th and 30th to take advantage of these offers! We’re also adding some new items to our store that you can get for deep discounts this weekend!

Combine offers for up to $1100 savings on a C-mount camera and accessories and $950 on an MFT-mount camera and accessories!

Black Friday Exclusives

Through 11/30 only, double your discount when you buy a 1TB camera and Veydra kit together!

When you purchase a 1TB C-mount D16 with C-mount Veydra kit ($257 kit savings + $200 cart savings), take an additional $457 off your cart! That’s over $900 in savings vs buying each item individually.

When you purchase a 1TB MFT-mount D16 with MFT-mount Veydra kit ($196 kit savings + $100 cart savings), take an additional $296 off your cart for over $500 in savings!

Discount coupon will be available in your cart once all products are added!*

New Bundles

Three new bundles are being introduced for Black Friday that save you 10% ($450 – $600) on your purchase of select cameras and accessories! Even better, during our Black Friday sale, earn double the reward points when you make a bundle purchase!

D16 Run and Gun Bundle – Save 10% off your kit, a $450 value!

With everything you need for a handheld shoot, this bundle includes:

  • A 512GB D16 Cinema Camera with 100 minutes of 2K continuously recordable media built in and a 3 hour battery life
  • D16 pistol grip with wrist strap for additional safety when shooting handheld
  • 4-pin XLR power cable
  • D16 C-mount
  • Røde NTG-1 Microphone ($299 value) and Shock Mount ($59 value)
  • Leather satchel for quick access to your assembled camera and lenses
  • Your choice of color side panels
  • Reflecting monitor hood that allows you to view our onboard LCD at 90º and shade the LCD from the sun
  • Pomfort’s LightPost transcoding and data backup software
  • Kish-Bolex Series I 18mm prime lens

Upgrades are also available on certain items so your bundle is optimized for your needs!

Pro MFT BundleSave 10% off your kit, a $575 value!

This bundle includes:

  • A 1TBGB D16 Cinema Camera with 200 minutes of 2K continuously recordable media built in and a 3 hour battery life
  • 4-pin XLR power cable
  • D16 MFT-mount
  • Leather backpack with multiple configurable compartments for quick access to your camera, lenses, and accessories.
  • Your choice of color side panels
  • Two yearextended warranty giving you a full three year warranty on your camera
  • Pomfort’s LightPost transcoding and data backup software
  • Wide Open Camera cheeseplate for mounting accessories
  • Switronix Powerbase-70 external battery for an additional 6-8 hours battery life

Pro PL BundleSave 10% off your kit, a $600 value!

This bundle includes:

  • A 1TBGB D16 Cinema Camera with 200 minutes of 2K continuously recordable media built in and a 3 hour battery life
  • 4-pin XLR power cable
  • Hot Rod PL-mount with professional installation
  • Your choice of color side panels
  • Two yearextended warranty giving you a full three year warranty on your camera
  • Pomfort’s LightPost transcoding and data backup software
  • Hot Rod Camera PL cheeseplate for mounting accessories
  • Switronix Powerbase-70 external battery for an additional 6-8 hours battery life

Coupons

For those of you interested in buying a camera by itself, use coupon code blackfriday at checkout to take $100 off any cart that includes a 512 or 1tb camera, but not a bundle!

*Note that taxes are calculated in the cart, so amount applied in cart may not be identical to the amount of the coupon.

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Q&A with Visiting Day’s Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor is a California-based filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in Social Documentation at UC Santa Cruz’s Department of Film and Digital Media. Her D16-shot documentary portrait Visiting Day was recently featured on The Atlantic. Continue reading “Q&A with Visiting Day’s Jennifer Maytorena Taylor” »

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Sun Cinematography

charlene Digital Bolex is proud to come on board as a sponsor for the 2016 Sun Cinematography Award. Given to a currently enrolled student or alumna of USC, the prize was formed in memory of DP Charlene W. Sun (1974-2009). Digital Bolex is thrilled to support educational initiatives to bring diverse voices to the field of cinematography, and are excited to be partnering with an organization that is so well-respected within a University renowned for its film program.

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Charlene Sun and Nicola Marsh filming a PSA for the Los Angeles Youth Network, 2008

Women’s voices need to be more prevalent in all areas of film/television storytelling: not just on screen or as writers, directors and producers, but also in the other arts, where the nuance brought by the individual framing the shot, lighting the scene, or crafting the sound, can have a huge impact on the meaning of the moment. The Sun Cinematography Award provides talented female students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts with the opportunity to improve their projects and enjoy mentorships that will give them a boost towards becoming successful cinematographers able to shape the future of media.

Established in 2009, the Sun Cinematography Award has supported four women, and has now opened applications for its fifth round. Recipients have used the award to experiment with light and color, enhance their reels, and complete personal projects. Recipients have also taken advantage of the mentorship program, and one awardee was able to turn her mentorship into a paying internship on a very popular award winning prime-time series.

The support of camera/film technology companies, such as Digital Bolex, for women cinematographers is invaluable. In addition to providing women with opportunities to learn technology they may not otherwise be able to access and significantly improve their work due to the quality of equipment available, this support gives women access to relationships. The film and television industry are built on relationships: who one knows, and how one has conducted herself while getting to know those people, are a significant part of how one is able to move ahead. The support of these companies is a great way for these women to begin building strong relationships that will last throughout their careers.

Rain Breaw Michaels, filmmaker, co-founder, Sun Cinematography Award

Knowing Charlene Sun and her spirit of working against the odds made me feel like I wanted to be a part of this effort and bring flame to other women’s dreams and aspirations to be behind the camera. Stacking the mentorship with in kind sponsors who enlarge the scale of what these awardees work with, is integral to the experience we want to impart and hopefully a bridge we want to help create towards making them working professionals.

Iram Parveen Bilal, filmmaker, co-founder, Sun Cinematography Award

How To Apply

Deadline: Monday, December 7, 2105

The Sun Cinematography Award will be given for excellence in cinematography to a female student enrolled in the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts and acting as the director of photography on an advanced project*.

For the Winter/Spring 2016 recipient, the award will include:

  • $500 towards the Cinematography Budget on the Advanced Project for which the recipient is the DP
  • A semester-long mentorship with a working Cinematographer
  • A camera and/or lens package from Digital Bolex, if applicable**
  • A one year, non-voting, student membership to Women In Film.
  • A one year membership to the Friends of the ASC as well as an invitation to the ASC awards, if applicable**
  • Assistance from Kodak, if applicable**

Eligibility

  • The student must be female
  • The student must be currently enrolled in the USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate or undergraduate production program
  • The student must be the Cinematographer for an advanced USC project, to which this award will be attributed*

To apply, visit http://suncinematography.org/apply. The submission deadline is  Monday, December 7, 2015.

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Digital Bolex x Veydra

Veydras-smWe’re happy to announce that the Veydra mini primes are now available to order in our online store in both their C-mount and MFT variations! The perfect companion for the D16, the Veydra mini primes feature constant volume focus, 0.8 cinema pitch gears on the iris/focus rings, constant T-Stop, and common front diameter for quick lens changes in a production environment.

Choose from the 5 available mini primes:

  • 12mm
  • 16mm
  • 25mm
  • 35mm
  • 50mm

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You can also save big and buy all 5 lenses as an MFT or C-mount kit with a bonus custom carrying case that fits a set of six. The C-mount lens set is exclusive to Digital Bolex, so our online store is the only place you can get ’em!

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To celebrate, through all of November, get big savings on your entire purchase when you buy a new D16 camera and a single Veydra lens (additional $50 savings) or 5-lens kit and carrying case (additional $200 savings) exclusively through our online store!

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Tips for No Budget Filmmakers – No Budget Film Festival

Last month, we teamed up with Department 4, our media partners for the 2015 No Budget Film Festival to make this fun tip video for the 2015 NBFF!

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#VOTW September 15 – Music, Forests, Flowers, and Romance

This week we have six great projects to showcase from Gabon, Ireland, Bolivia and the United States, including four films by our Kickstarter backers!

Half Kings (Trailer)

Jazz trumpeter René ‘El Rey’ Chiles, bored with “the scene” searches for a re-invention, a new sound, a new self. Rey’s sojourn, blurred between dreams and reality, reveals darker consequences with love, life, and sanity.

Director/DP Robert Cuadra
DP Kabeer Shaik

SIR OKOSS – L’Okossmos

A French-language hip hop video that takes place deep in the jungles of Gabon. Vidéo officielle du titre L’Okossmos extrait du premier projet de SIR OKOSS baptisé ” Nfe Fe Mot “.

Director/DP Franck Onoviet #16

Relationship Goals

Two best friends trying to progress their romantic relationships, one to a ring and the other to a successful first date, discover what’s most important ain’t dudes at all.

Directed by Nic Stanich
DP by Andy Knapp

Legend of Amba (Trailer)

A group of childhood friends reconnect under mysterious circumstances – and are invited on a trip together. While hiking in the woods, they encounter a magical force that reveals what they truly feel about themselves, each other, and the world at large.

Director Kaelan Strouss
DP Brian Morgan #21

The Sunflowers (Los Girasoles)

Director Martin Boulocq
DP Rolando Lora Diez de Medina #27

A film in which the flowers of a still life are the protagonists. Inspired by Bolivian painter Gildaro Antezana’s “Dance of the Sunflowers” and shot in the space of one square meter, the film explores the passage of time and natural decay in the microcosm of a room on the 4th floor of a building.

Awards / Festivals
2014, Mar del Plata film festival (Estados alterados)
2015, Lima independiente, official selection (Fronteras destruidas)

Full film available on Vimeo On Demand!

LANUGO – The Horror and the Hope

Never before have the leading experts in science, conservation, business, law, education and the environment, from Ireland and Scotland, come together in celebration and discussion of the Great Grey Seal, the first species to be protected by wildlife legislation.

A web companion to accompany the first documentary feature film shot on the D16, The Great Grey Seal.

DP/Director Dave Kavanagh #26