15 03, 2011

Cinemáge Acquired, On-camera LED Lux Ratings & More

March 15th, 2011|

There's much to cover today! If you've ever whipped out your light meter to test your on-camera ikan light, executed the strong test from 3, 6, and 10 ft, then I give you some kudos. But, if you're still shopping and need a breakdown for your color temperatures or trying to get some variety in your shots, this chart might help you see things more clearly (yeah I said it): All current model on-camera lights from ikan. Bulbs mentioned under "iLED1" are compared against store-bought off-the-shelf bulbs MR16 For simplicity's sake, lights mentioned above can be found at their corresponding [...]

30 12, 2010

Gratis 7 reviews equipment in “RISING FROM ASHES”

December 30th, 2010|

Sometimes your product sells itself. Sometimes people like to help, go beyond the expected and act from grace. That's the way Gratis 7 Media group is. If you haven't heard of them, I highly recommend you go educate yourself. Their latest film, RISING FROM ASHES, documents the struggles of creating a Rwandan national cycling team and the life of the local peoples--in a place which many's freshest memories are of the genocide in 1994, between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. (For a refresher on the conflict , "Origins of Tutsi and Hutu" ...What's more, they even reviewed the ikan [...]

20 12, 2010

(Part 3/3) Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary

December 20th, 2010|

  The "Rising from Ashes" team's massive entourage of gear. (Part I, Part II) Part III of the series "RISING FROM ASHES: A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY" Last week on the ikan Blog, we began our interview with documentary filmmaker/Director, TC Johnstone, regarding his latest feature entitled: “Rising to Ashes”--a powerful, well-shot, beautiful, full-of-hope documentary which captures the struggle of Rwanda’s only competitive cycling team, as they grow from grassroots bicyclists to national heroes, determined to raise high and represent their culture for the world to share. Let's continue: IK: How did you develop (or find, even) a team of filmmakers [...]

13 12, 2010

(Part 2/3) Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary

December 13th, 2010|

This is Part II of III in our series "Rising from Ashes: A Feature Documentary." Read Part I HERE for a recap of last week. I've reposted the trailer of RISING FROM ASHES here for your convenience. Also included are some excellent photos TC has sent us from the shoot. It all began when TC Johnstone and his group, Gratis 7 Media, stopped in a few days  before their final visit to Rwanda. During that time, I had the chance to learn more about their collective effort and the project they were hungry to complete: "Rising From Ashes." Since, I've had the luck [...]

7 12, 2010

Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary Part 1/3

December 7th, 2010|

Documentaries are capable of bringing masses of people an intimate connection to some one person or event or place. They are an integral tool for us as filmmakers—they give voice to culture outside ourselves, as audience members, sharing this world. And they can be compelling. Gratis 7, as per their website, believe “out of our relationships…great ideas are developed and produced” and rightly so, with the inception of their newest film, “Rising from Ashes,” a story of Rwandan Cyclists fighting all odds to speak the voice of their country--and country’s own struggle to rebuild their image after years of genocide. [...]

27 04, 2010

NAB 2010: The Wrap-Up

April 27th, 2010|

Back in town now, after NAB 2010 and in keeping with the times, I wanted to jot down a few things I saw that were pretty cool.  Looking forward to seeing new products on the market and the eventual rollouts related to some of the new product announcements... As follows, here are five of the coolest things I saw at NAB this year. 1) VX Series Monitors - Okay, okay, we're just a little bit biased, but you have to admit... these monitors rock.  HDMI, HD-SDI, Component, Composite, signal conversion in the monitor itself (HD-SDI to analog composite), multiple easily [...]