Not just vinyl for hipsters! The return of Ultra Panavision 70! Film is back with a vengeance with The Hateful Eight and Tarantino has a behind the scenes look for us

For his upcoming snowy western Tarantino unearthed special cameras and 1.25x anamorphic lenses at Panavision which hadn’t seen the light of day since 1965.

The film was shot on 65mm film and will get a ‘Roadshow’ release on Christmas day in amazing 70mm.

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Kodak celluloid film saved by studios – oh and by the way – what’s the point?

Kodak Vision 2

Hollywood filmmakers have been lobbying for the survival of film for quite some years. Now the studios have bowed to pressure and signed new deals with Kodak for the continued supply of celluloid.

What’s the point?

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Shooting a feature with the Panasonic GH2 and LOMO anamorphic lenses

A guest post by director Roberto Miller.

Andrew asked me to write a brief article for EOSHD about the experience of making my feature film, Mandorla, now in post, with a pair of GH2s and LOMO anamorphic lenses. I’m happy to do so because, truth is, it’s Andrew and the EOSHD community that inspired me to go the GH2-anamorphic route, which achieved a cinematic look and vibe that I never thought possible for a low-budget indie feature.

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Watch the first five minutes of GH2 feature film Musgo (warning – NSFW)

Warning – this video contains content some viewers may find disturbing. Not suitable for work.

One of the best looking trailers I’ve seen on Vimeo from anyone has been for a tense Spanish thriller called Musgo. It now appears the feature length film itself could as thrilling as many were expecting.

This looks like being a real breakout hit.

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Kodak file for bankruptcy – a lesson for all camera companies past and present

Kodak on the brink

Former Kodak VP Don Strickland –

“We developed the world’s first consumer digital camera. Kodak could have launched it in 1992. We could not get approval to launch it because of fear of the cannibalisation of film.”

Steve Jobs –

“If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.”

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What digital filmmakers can gain from film’s passing

Steven Spielberg on 35mm film

“A strip of photochemistry that can be held, twisted, folded, looked at with the naked eye, or projected on to a surface for others to see. It has a scent and it is imperfect. Today, its years are numbered, but I will remain loyal to this analogue artform until the last lab closes.” – Steven Spielberg

Like Spielberg the wonderful Kodak recently decided not to replace their film stocks with digital and instead concentrated on EasyShare docks for Walmart. As a result they are going bankrupt and it has come at a time where film is in decline versus digital, mostly for cost reasons. Even Fuji seem determined to go the same way as Kodak and sell their film stocks business to Arri and RED for $1 whilst these companies turn a massive profit from digital!

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One Last Ride – Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 goes anamorphic

So I’m continuing to explore Berlin, it is a fascinating place. Along the River Spree is an old abandoned theme park. Shuttered in 2002 after going bankrupt, the owners fled to Peru and were later arrested for drug smuggling.

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