August 22, 2008
Gotham Digital Introduces New Classes
David A. Ford goes over the
capabilities of the 35mm lens adaptor.
Digital recently inaugurated a new series of affordable, hands-on classes
designed to allow participants to learn the techniques and tricks of HD
premier seminar, Gotham Digital Shootout, offers a hands-on look at the
most cost effective tool for high-end digital cinematography: the 35mm
Lens adapter. With reduced depth of field, more film-like reproductions
of skin tones, softening and color these adapter systems give the high-production
value look of film to HD footage.
the tutelage of accomplished directors of photography David A. Ford and
Edwin Martinez, the class works with the Redrock
Micro M2, Letus
Extreme 35mm and Brevis
MP.1 35mm lens adapters in a variety of lighting conditions and camera
rigs, allowing them to experience first-hand the strengths and limitations
of each. After the seminar, each participant receives a copy of the footage
they shot, allowing them to compare results at their leisure and demonstrate
effects to others.
works with the Redrock Micro M2.
The Resolution of the Future
High-definition (HD) is an increasingly popular route
to go when producing media. The high-quality image is shot at a resolution
that resembles film far more effectively than previous video and the effect can be further augmented by the use
of accessories such as the 35mm lens adapter. Shooting in HD also introduces
a workflow much simpler than using film; shots are stored digitally as
files, allowing for easy copying and distribution to editors or for a
near-instant viewing of dailies. Gotham Digital's classes aim to allow
participants to integrate seamlessly with the new technology and pipeline
whether they're grizzled veterans or just starting out.
information, dates, and registration can be found online at Gotham
Digital's workshop page.
recently completed shooting Joyce Draganoskyís Happenstance
for HBO Films using the 35mm adapter. His past credits include
three Emmy Award winning documentaries, Ric Burnsí Eugene
OíNeill and New York: A Documentary Film
as well as Florentine Filmsí Divided Highways
and producing/directing Gidy Up! On the Rodeo Circuit for
MTVís LOGO. David is also a successful signed producer/Director with Image
Bank, the largest stock footage supplier in the world and also teaches
cinematography in the Columbia University Graduate Film Department.
is a cinematographer and educator integrating his passions by creating
and promoting social awareness and societal improvement through films,
video and education. He has shot numerous films including the award winning
independent feature film What Alice Found selected
by several film festivals including the Tribeca and the Sundance Film
Festivals, where it won a special jury award. In 2003, he received a masterís
degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Gates Millennium
Scholar. Edwin is also working on various film projects including Eyes
Open, The Fourth Purpose, a documentary exposing inadequacies
in the American education system; Rachel Is,
a feature length documentary about a mentally retarded womanís struggle
to become independent; and To Be Heard: a feature documentary
following the lives and struggles of a group of teenage Bronx poets.