“There’s no room for grumpy,” says cinematographer Kris Kachikis in regards to the current state of filmmaking. “There’s no room for jaded.” Though he’s completely abashed at his own success, Kachikis also knows exactly what he is doing, and he works hard, which has helped to cement his reputation in the industry as a DoP capable of reliable coverage and quick rigging with a quick crew. Following up work on the feature-length film Mascots for master director and comedian Christopher Guest, now streaming on Netflix, Kachikis was already working on his follow-up as lead camera on the upcoming Christmas comedy, Why Him?, starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston, before Mascots had even debuted at the TIFF festival in Toronto this last September.
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With a body of work for top names in the industry like J.J. Abrams, McG, Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg, David Moxness A.S.C., C.S.C, has a technical history in media that goes as far back as gaffer for the very first interactive television show, Captain Power, as well as camera for Gene Rodenberry’s EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT, the first episodic to use 24 fps HD video. Known for, Moxness is currently filming a return to the popular and very successful miniseries, The Kennedys, with a sequel, The Kennedys After Camelot. He also shot several episodes on this last season of Lethal Weapon for 20th Century Fox.
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Based out of Australia, but finding himself working worldwide, conceptual artist Colin Anderson will often build a final still image from hundreds of other images and graphic elements. The commercial photographer finds himself in demand with clients looking to build deeply symbolic narratives that must be told through only a single still image. With a talent for fantasy, computer work and studio lighting, Anderson has plenty of advice on cobbling together the needed components for composite work and conceptual commercial photography. Recently, he was given Chimera equipment to try for the first time; see how Chimera improved his workflows!
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You’ve felt the chill. You’ve heard the call. You’ve seen the need. Now, you’ve stepped up to keep tens of thousands of New Yorkers in need warm this winter. For that, we can’t thank you enough. The Coat Drive runs through December 31st and the earlier we get coats the better, so make sure to start collecting today.
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Content creation has been redefined over the past several years, merging still and motion. Whether your specialty is beauty, fashion, food, products or documenting the world around us, being able to work in both still and motion continues to be critical to a creative’s survival in today’s market. We talk to top creatives and industry experts about how image making has changed and where it’s headed.
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“I did do a lot of documentary work in my twenties, environmental work and action sports, all around the world,” he replies when asked what it was about his early work that translated to his first feature length, The Land, which was picked up for distribution by IFC Films after showing this year at Sundance. At a modest indie budget, the plan for the production was to work frequently in uncontrolled environments, especially while shooting inner-city exteriors in the city of Cleveland where the movie is set. The lessons Holleran learned by working so often in the field proved handy as a few of the unique challenges that the team faced on The Land included lightning strikes and a gun shooting on set.
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For Matteo Mescalchin, life has been all about going out and building things for yourself. Being born and raised in Padova, just outside Venice, where feature films are constantly shot due to the beautiful landscape, Matteo took an interest early on learning how to shoot video by skipping school to watch crews film movies in town.
With the 13-episode series Jessica Jones wrapped, and a new show, Luke Cage, scheduled to debut on Netflix this September 30th, cinematographer and workaholic Manuel Billeter is also slated for the upcoming companion series Iron Fist, shooting now. One would think that with so much action work, Billeter would lean heavily towards fast edits and music-video-style choppiness, but instead, almost shockingly, he points out that he is heavily influenced by the more ethereal, dreamlike work of master directors like Wong Kar Wai, David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick and Federico Fellini.
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Chimera Lighting is jet-setting our way to trade shows in Amsterdam, Munich, Cologne, Toronto and New York this August through October.
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On a recent Sports Illustrated project documenting the three-time Gold-winning Women’s 8 Olympic Rowing Team as they trained for the Rio games, still photographer and multimedia artist Drew Gardner was facing not only a difficult still photography setup in the middle of a lake, but also a three-day shoot that would ultimately include video interviews as well as virtual reality content destined to accompany a long-form article on the SI.com website. Relying almost entirely on Kino Flos and Chimera medium lightbanks coupled with Profoto B1 high-powered flashes, the goal for Gardner and his team would be to capture several editorial stills to be coupled with clickable content that would unlock easter-egg video interviews with the women athletes about their responsibilities as a team member and Olympian.
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With talents that extend far beyond those of a typical cinematographer, including four spoken languages, jet-setting DP Dejan Georgevich ASC has been working worldwide for more than two decades. As cinematographer as well as director, he has put together hundreds of award-winning commercials and industrials for a stellar list of clients, like AT&T, HBO, Toyota and Nissan. Almost as well known for his network of industry friends as his talents behind the camera, Georgevich also does his best to contribute to the filmmaking and production community. He’s a mentor to many of the students that have passed through his classes, not only in the classroom at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he runs Advanced Production as well as Advanced Lighting and Cinematography, but also in many of the union workshops that he has led throughout the years as Co-Chair for the Eastern Region Education and Training Committee and National Executive Board Member at the ICG.
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Boulder, CO July 2016 – With the line between motion and still-content creators blurring more everyday, Chimera Lighting is proud to announce the release of the revolutionary Triolet to Profoto Adapter (9923).
Easily attached to the massively popular Triolet, a very price-point approachable continuous light fixture that can accommodate up to a 1000-watt bulb, this adapter allows you to use the light with Profoto’s wide array of light-shaping tools from reflectors to beauty dishes, and more.
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For a lot of people, photography is a life-long journey that starts at a young age. For Michael Grecco, it was a dreamy affair with the darkroom that started way back in summer camp. Fast-forward to the formidable years and he knew what he wanted to do when he went onto college: photojournalism.
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How much should you spend on your gear, and what do you get for your money? Is a high-dollar item better than a less expensive item with similar features? Like every photographer in today’s market, I ask myself that very question when putting down cash for equipment.
A big question I get about the gear I use is, “Is that worth the money?” And for most of the gear I own, the answer is yes. Photography and video are the way I pay the bills, so the gear I use must work every single time I pull it out of the case.
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Many times in a creative’s life, there will be a period when you look back on what you’ve been doing and make a choice to pivot into a new chapter. For Jeff Lewis, there has been a few over the years – some very notable ones to say the least. Lewis grew up eating, sleeping & breathing football, although his creative side shown through in his oil paintings. However, it wasn’t until he was in college on the football field that his true calling occurred to him.
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Currently preparing for a labor-of-love shoot in Trinidad, Nancy Schreiber, ASC is bubbling with enthusiasm for the project, Moving Parts, a fictional narrative that centers on the international sex trade. “I was just drawn to the subject matter,” she says. Ever vocal for the rights of women, Schreiber says that she will work on several PSAs over the course of a year in between other work, but for this feature length, she has dedicated herself to seeing the project through despite a very small budget.
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Starting in the late 1970’s, Crudo began his career as an assistant cameraman on such films as Raising Arizona, Ghostbusters II, Field of Dreams and Presumed Innocent. During that time he had the opportunity to work for a litany of historic cinematographers like Michael Chapman, ASC, Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, Gordon Willis, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.
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With more than sixty cinematography credits to his name as well as more than four decades surfing the turmoil of union politics, cinematographer Steven Poster, ASC has been instrumental to the industry of filmmaking not only as a world famous DP but also as a key figure in the fight for the rights of cinematographers and imaging professionals.
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Boulder, June 2016 -Thanks to Chimera Lighting’s continuing innovation, the company has announced the first ever adapter that allows lightbanks to be used with space lights. This effective and efficient system of pairing space lights with lightbanks now provides cinematographers and lighting professionals with an option previously unavailable—the ability to use a space light as a key light.
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Boulder, June 2016—Today, Chimera Lighting announced the first LED Panel Adapter for Octabanks for mounting 5 foot OctaPlus TECH lightbanks on LED panels. Until recently, output from LED panels was only strong enough to work with smaller lightbanks. But thanks to technological advances, the intensity of light from LED fixtures has increased to the point where using them in concert with larger OctaPlus lightbanks is now a viable solution, meeting the demand for a light modifier that increases the light aperture of the fixture.
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Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a very focused man. After securing a degree in film and television from Emerson College in 1986, the cinematographer quickly found himself learning grip and electrical work on movies like Phantasm II and Teen Witch. Since then, he has expanded his portfolio to include lead camera on nearly twenty films, including blockbusters like Need For Speed and Terminator: Salvation. The latter he shot with director McG, who just worked with him again on a film called The Babysitter, which is in post production. The film stars Russell Crowe and Jane Fonda. Hurlbut also completed the drama Fathers and Daughters with director Gabrielle Muccino late last year. It will premiere domestically in theaters this July.
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Chimera Lighting, the standard-setting lightbank and accessories manufacturer for image-makers worldwide announces the availability of a Standard and Compact Light Boom as well as kit that includes a Boom, Triolet, and Chimera Pancake Lantern Kit.
Alex Buono hangs out with some pretty fun people. Having just returned from Colombia for a shoot on the second season of the satirical series Documentary Now!, the DP and director has been traveling the world for a new IFC show created by Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers.
Alongside his impeccable resume, Buono is probably most famous for seventeen years of work behind the famous “mock” vignettes poking fun at commercials and pop culture on Saturday Night Live.
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Traditionally tungsten lighting has been problematic for me, with high temperatures making them hard to modify and still producing less than stellar results. But my opinion has changed since I started using the Chimera Triolet. The Triolet is a small lighting fixture that can handle light sources, including tungsten bulbs, up to 1,000 watts.
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Boulder, April 2, 2016— As the availability and use of LEDs has grown, so has the need for light modifiers to better sculpt the output from these efficient light sources. Responding to this industry need, Chimera Lighting has created Tech Lightbanks for ARRI’s S30 and S60 SkyPanel LED fixtures. The new Chimera Tech Lightbank series delivers the quality and durability that Chimera is known for.
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Known as one of the world’s preeminent lighting educators for almost three decades now, Bill Holshevnikoff says that one of the things he will warn his many workshop students about right off the bat is that once you start to understand how light works, you will never be able to see it any other way. “It becomes almost a subconscious thing,” he laughs. “It’s like showing the magic behind a trick; once you see how it’s done, you can’t really un-do it.”
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