Happy New Year: A Look Back at Camera Developments in 2012


2012 was a prosperous year for me. I was more organized and effective in my lectures, side projects such as TEDxOsaka 2012 blossomed beyond our wildest dreams, and I managed to make a few films and update my blog on occasion. More than anything I else though I managed to strengthen my relationships with my family, friends, and colleagues.

Entrepreneurial business favors the open mind. It favors people whose optimism drives them to prepare for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so. - Richard Branson

The above quote sums up my attitude going forward for 2013. With that being said, I spent the year preparing for my alternate future in the fimmaking world by following camera news and developments. I could barely keep up, thanks to Moore's Law. For those of you interested in film, cameras, and tech here is the year in brief.

'Pour Some Sugar on Me', not a bad tune to ring in the new year? Anyway, looking forward to 2013, see you on the other side, 'The Maker.'

Happy New Year!

A Digital Cinema Camera That Shoots 2K Raw for $3300?


This concept is awesome, I heard about it through the NoFilm School website. I immediately clicked on the camera's Kick Starter campaign and I discovered filmmakers making cameras for filmmakers, no bullshit! This is what cinematographer Philip Bloom had to say:

This is one of the most exciting camera concepts I have seen in a long time…a Digital Bolex, shooting 2K raw with a 16mm equivalent sensor recording in DNG, TIFF or JPEG sequences AND with XLR inputs for recording audio...

Digital Bolex D16 Camera creators Elle Schneider and Joe Rubinstein.

The camera parts will be manufactured in China, assembleed in Toronto, delivered through the United states, and overseen by Bolex of Switzerland. Learn more from this interview Philip Bloom conducted with the innovators:

The secret behind this is that it’s actually technologically, electronically, simpler than a 5d Mark III.  Because it doesn’t have any of the stuff in it that does all the compression and everything.  It’s what I’m calling technologically transparent — meaning, it’s lens to sensor, sensor to storage, and the camera really doesn’t affect the image at all [...] I want to make a camera that is as hands off the image as possible.  So it’s more like 16mm film, the way it would be lens straight to film [...] So that’s the goal [...]  Let people play with the raw images that their sensors make.

This is a trailer for the very first short shot on a D16 prototype:

Behind the Scenes of "One Small Step" from Digital Bolex on Vimeo.

Here are the camera specs(the camera looks great if they can pull them off as promised - I definitely want to buy one when the dust settles)

Resolution 2048 x 1152 (Super 16mm mode) + 1920 x 1080 pixels (16mm mode)
Format Adobe Cinema DNG, TIFF, JPEG Image sequences
Colour depth 12 bit – 4:4:4
File size 2 to 3 MB per frame in RAW
Sensor Kodak CCD: 12.85 mm (H) x 9.64 mm (V) – Similar to Super 16mm
Pixel Size 5.5 micron (compared to the 4.3 micron size of many DSLRs)
Framerate up to 32 fps at 2K, 60fps at 720p, 90 fps at 480p
Sound Balanced, 2 channel, 16 bit, 48 kHz via XLR
Viewfinder 320×240, 2.4” diagonal, with Focus Assist
Video out 640 x 480 B&W via ⅛” video jack (HD-SDI avail in separate unit)
Ports ⅛” video, headphone, USB 3.0, Audio XLR (2), 4-PIN XLR
Data Storage Dual CF card slots, SSD (buffer drive)
Power Internal battery, 12V External via 4 pin XLR port
Body Milled steel and hard plastic
Size (body) Approximately 5”H (without pistol grip) by 4”W by 8”D
Size (grip) 5”H by 2”W by 5”D
Lens mount C-mount comes standard; Optional PL, EF, B4
Weight 5lbs
ISO Options 100, 200, 400
Also in the box pistol grip, USB 3.0 cable, internal battery, 4 pin XLR Battery, cable, video cable, transcoder/raw conversion software

For more information check these links out:

[via No Film School]

Creativity is Community: Lionel Heemskerk on Illsheep TV


Lionel Heemskerk Illsheep TV from David Simpson on Vimeo.

We had the pleasure of doing a short interview with Lionel Heemskerk. He is an international business student and an intern with We discussed community design, creativity, and variety of issues. He believes that creativity and community go hand and hand for the development of a social company. Interview conducted by David Simpson of Illectric Sheep.

Comment via Garr Reynolds:

Nice interview by David Simpson of my former student, Lionel Heemskerk, who is interning in Osaka. Lionel got his internship by going out and making connections - that's how it is done. Nothing comes to you, but you can go out and make it happen, this is especially true for internships in Japan.