• Forest Whitaker at JuntoBox Films Party, SXSW

    How Forest Whitaker Wants to Crowdsource Filmmaking [TCTV]

    Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker was at SXSW this past weekend, where his JuntoBox Films studio — which combines crowdsourcing social media technology with traditional film production — announced it has greenlit its first movie. Watch his interview with TechCrunch TV to see him discuss how technology is democratizing the filmmaking process, how Hollywood is slowly… Read More

  • IMAX cleaning up, 37% increase in earnings since last year

    IMAX, the company that makes really big movie screens and projectors to match, is winning the movie wars. The company hit earnings of $115 million this quarter, up 37% since last year. Avatar gave them a huge boost last quarter but grosses are still up especially with 3D movies like Toy Story 3 and Iron Man 2 bringing in the audiences. Read More

  • DIY: Wooden DSLR shoulder mount

    Most shoulder mounts for DSLR video are strange metal and carbon fiber contraptions, which work I guess. But what if you want something a bit more organic, something that you can make yourself. Here’s a shoulder mount that was constructed from a single piece of wood. Read More

  • Review and giveaway: Lomo Diana F+ film camera with Instant Back

    Short version: It’s not for everybody, but the Diana F+ with the instant back add-on is your best bet for recapturing the magic and spontaneity of the Polaroids of yore. Flimsy construction and erratic picture-taking may put off some, but unpredictability used to be in photography’s nature, and for me it was fun to return to that. Lomo wants to give one away, too &mdash… Read More

  • New polarizer film to boost contrast of LCDs more than 10-fold

    A Japanese company called Zeon claims it has developed a film for the polarizing plates of LCD screens that boosts picture contrast by more than an order of magnitude. The company is already selling films for those plates to LCD TV makers like Samsung whose screens are based on vertical alignment technology. It produces films for OLED screens, too. Zeon’s new, so-called phase… Read More

  • Home-built Kodachrome machine – that's some serious DIY

    Film lovers may be finding it hard to get their hands on their favorite brand of film. Film dealerships are getting fewer and fewer, and many types of film currently being manufactured aren’t compatible with old cameras. What’s a guy to do when his favorite color stock is extinct forever? How about make his own? Read More

  • Interview: We talk to The Rentals' Matt Sharp about Songs About Time (Hint: Read if you like fantastic photographs and/or quality music)

    I remember these streets, I remember these faces, no one here ever ages/
    angels from machines, crowding the streets/
    there must be some kind of factory where the angels are made to just be replaced/
    I’ve written enough, enough for today Generally speaking I’m a hip-hop guy, but even I can get behind something like “there must be some kind of factory where the angels are made… Read More

  • Kodak stops Kodachrome film production

    It’s a sad day, film fans. Kodak will retire its Kodachrome film, citing, um, its near commercial relevance. Sales of Kodachrome film only account for 1 percent of still-photo (that is, not including movie film and all the digital equipment) sales. Read More

  • Hands-on: Vivitar V3800N 35mm manual film SLR [Update]

    Yes, you’re reading that headline correctly. Vivitar is slinging a brand new all-manual 35mm film SLR and it’s not half bad. In fact, I’ve had more fun shooting with this than I have with any of my DSLRs. What’s most impressive about the V3800N are its specs compared to what it costs, which is only $170. That price includes a 50mm f/1.7 lens. Before we get to the… Read More

  • The Nikon D400 supposedly leaked: 15.3-megapixel CMOS, Full HD video mode

    Gather ye ’round for what could be the first almost-photo of the Nikon D400, first spotted on Nikon’s German Web site. This almost-photo—there’s no photo of the camera itself, but rather the telltale question mark of an imagine that didn’t properly load in a Web browser—does list the key specs, however. How does 15.3-megapixel CMOS sensor sound to you? Or an… Read More

  • Yashica releases a USB film scanner for you analog holdouts

    If you’re still using film, you luddite, or just have an archive you want to convert to digital, Yashica’s got your back. Instead of using a big flatbed scanner you can get one of these smaller, portable units. Sporting 3600dpi, it’ll talk to most editing software without a problem. Read More