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July 2012
Warner Bros. Opens London Studio

The new Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is the first Hollywood-owned studio to exist in England for more than half a century, and one of the largest film-production facilities in the United Kingdom.

Sony Promotes F65 at New Center
Sony’s Professional Solutions of America group has unveiled its Digital Motion Picture Center on Stage 7 at Sony Pictures Studios.
EUE/Screen Gems Builds Stage 6
EUE/Screen Gems has opened Stage 6 at the company’s 32-acre studio complex in Atlanta, Ga. 
Hollywood Center Studios Upgrades Cyc Stages
Hollywood Center Studios, one of the largest independent production lots in Hollywood, has upgraded its Stage 1 with a permanent, three-wall, hard-cove white cyc.
Quixote Offers Pre-Lit Cyc
Quixote Studios has unveiled a pre-lit cyc at its Quixote Griffith Park Stage 10. 
M3 Studios Renovates Wing
Miami’s M3 Studios has added a newly renovated wing that boasts a full production hall with conference rooms, offices, makeup rooms, dressing rooms, kitchen, talent waiting area and green room. 
Sim Rebrands
International equipment and production-service provider Sim Video is now operating under the name Sim Digital. The change comes as the company celebrates its 30th year in business.
Adorama Adds Digital Cinema Department
New York City’s Adorama Rental Co., a division of photo and video retailer Adorama, has opened its Digital Cinema Dept., which offers a complete line of high-end digital video gear, including products from such companies as Arri, Canon, Red and Sony. 
Hollywood Rentals Carries Olesen SSL Reel Lite
Hollywood Rentals is now carrying the Olesen SSL Reel Lite, which incorporates the latest in LED technology to create a true replacement for a 6K space light without sacrificing quality of light, color temperature or CRI. 
Rosco Puts LitePad in Loop
Rosco has introduced the LitePad Loop. Providing soft, diffused lighting, the ring light is the latest addition to Rosco’s popular LitePad line of LED lighting fixtures.
Petrol Transports Liteporter
Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the Liteporter, a professional carrying case designed to transport and protect a Litepanels 1x1 LED fixture or similarly sized light, with room to hold the detachable mounting yoke, AC power supply with cord, power cable and Anton/Bauer battery. 
Band Pro Introduces NewFinder
Band Pro has introduced the NewFinder, a professional electronic viewfinder with a true 1920x1080 LCOS display. 
Optefex Launches Filter Business
ASC associate member Ira Tiffen has returned to the filter-making business by launching a new company, Optefex.
Schneider Optics Plays with Focus
Schneider Optics has introduced the S2000 Century/Canon 17mm T4 Tilt-Focus Lens in PL mount.
Tiffen Expands Filter Line
The Tiffen Co. has introduced the MPTV line of integrated and enhanced Tiffen professional photography and motion-picture optical filters. 
HFC Accessorizes Industry, Distributes Fujifilm
Equipment manufacturer Hollywood Film Co. has introduced an array of products for motion-picture professionals.
K-Tek Supports Small Cameras
K-Tek has responded to the ergonomic challenges of tiny-form-factor cameras such as the GoPro and iPhone with a wide range of production tools, including the Tadpole and Tripod Mount Case. 

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Warner Bros. Opens London Studio

The new Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is the first Hollywood-owned studio to exist in England for more than half a century, and one of the largest film-production facilities in the United Kingdom.

 

When Warner Bros. acquired the studio in 2010, it had most recently been home to all eight Harry Potter films. It has since undergone a $160 million refurbishment, and now offers clients a highly functional environment to meet any and all production needs. Located near Watford, just north of London, the site offers a special public tour, “The Making of Harry Potter.”

The property began as RAF Leavesden when the Air Ministry requisitioned the land in 1940 for an aircraft factory. After the war, the De Havilland Aircraft Co. continued to manufacture aero engines at the facility until Rolls Royce took over, changing production to helicopter engines. The factory closed in 1992.

Leavesden Studios was created when Eon Productions tapped the property’s massive hangars, runway and backlot for the James Bond movie GoldenEye (AC Dec. ’95) after it proved impossible to book space at Pinewood Studios, Bond’s traditional home. The alterations made at Leavesden were specific to the Bond production, but they sowed the seed of an idea for an independent studio. A consortium purchased the property with that goal in mind and worked on redeveloping the property while servicing such productions as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (AC Sep. ’99) and Sleepy Hollow (AC Dec. ’99), as well as commercials and TV productions.

Dan Dark (pictured), the facility’s senior vice president and managing director, notes, “Those original development plans didn’t come to fruition, and the studio went through various different owners until Roy Button, the head of production for Warner Bros., decided to find a facility Warners could fully control for the Harry Potter films. Warner Bros. initially leased the facility for the first two Potter productions, and during that time, Roy and I were telling senior management what a great asset the site would be. Eventually Warner Bros. agreed to purchase the property.”

The recent renovations involved stripping the original buildings back to their steel frames to allow for a completely new infrastructure of utilities and services. “We’ve reformatted the original layout to improve the efficiency of the space,” says Dark. “We had the opportunity to take a big step back and start with an almost clean canvas, so we were able to consider what today’s filmmakers require. The scale of the studio has always been very much at the forefront of our minds, because it’s the scale that makes it work so well. With a quarter of a million square feet of stage space and 100 acres of secure backlot, productions have a lot of room to maneuver. That level of flexibility is something we’ve worked hard to offer.”

WBSL offers four of the biggest soundstages in the U.K., each at more than 30,000 square feet; another four stages measuring around 20,000 square feet; and a multi-use stage that contains one of the largest filtered and heated water tanks in Europe. The stages are connected by 115,000 square feet of covered space, which can be partitioned into different areas and used for costume, props, camera, grip and other support-services requirements.

Other facilities include an extensive hard standing area, carpentry and mill machine shops, dry hire edit rooms, offices, workshop spaces and a stills studio. The 100-acre backlot incorporates level areas, the runway, open fields, hills and clear horizons. A range of en-suite dressing rooms and hair and makeup rooms are located within the central complex, adjacent to

the stages. In addition, the studio offers a café that can feed 1,200 people in less than an hour, a 50-seat theater, and a Cisco TelePresence meeting room.

WBSL has also established its own on-site production-rentals division, with an inventory that covers an extensive range of lighting equipment, scaffolding and other production supplies for stage and location work. The rental division has already begun servicing a number of Warner and non-Warner clients in the U.K. and beyond.

“Security is a big consideration for productions today, and we were able to design that into the whole ethos of the studio from day one,” notes Dark. “The design allows for totally separate and secure hubs with independent swipe-card entry, even when multiple productions are on the studio at once.”

Warner Bros. implemented an array of green policies throughout the design and build. The studio assigns sustainability coordinators to all of its U.K. productions, promoting energy conservation, recycling, composting, responsible waste disposal, and carbon-footprint management.

— Mark Hope-Jones

contact info:  
www.wbsl.com
Sony Promotes F65 at New Center

Sony’s Professional Solutions of America group has unveiled its Digital Motion Picture Center on Stage 7 at Sony Pictures Studios. The facility offers hands-on training for directors, cinematographers and other industry professionals on the use of Sony’s F65 CineAlta digital-motion-picture camera system and its workflows.
“This will be a place for the Hollywood production community to share experiences with their peers and help make the transition to digital production as seamless as possible,” says Alec Shapiro, PSA senior vice president and president of the DMPC. “Here, on one stage, filmmakers and other content creators can shoot 4K pictures, process them through a 4K workflow on site at ColorWorks, and view the results via a 4K projector.”

Curtis Clark, ASC, chairman of the ASC Technology Committee, will help direct  the educational and training activities provided by the center. “The F65 is a sea change for our industry,” says Clark. “We can shoot with this camera as we do with film. Since cinematographers and directors have decades of experience shooting film, they know its capabilities and what they can expect from post finishing. With its 16-bit color and 4K spatial resolution, the F65 expands on these capabilities. This center will help everyone become familiar with the potential of this new system and the workflow that supports it.”
In addition to the F65, the DMPC will offer training and education across Sony’s range of Super 35mm digital systems, including the PMW-F3. Sony also plans to make the DMPC available to local rental companies and resellers to conduct training for their customers, and to third-party workflow partners such as Assimilate, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Codex, ColorFront, FilmLight, MTI Film and YoYotta.

The center’s advisory board includes Clark, fellow ASC members Michael Goi and Steven Poster, and ASC associate members Ray Feeney and Leon Silverman.

contact info:  
sony.com
EUE/Screen Gems Builds Stage 6

EUE/Screen Gems has opened Stage 6 at the company’s 32-acre studio complex in Atlanta, Ga. Stage 6 is a 30,000-square-foot soundstage that offers a clear-span space with 40' to the grid, allowing for two-story sets and providing extensive floor-to-ceiling clearance.

In April 2011, EUE/Screen Gems opened Stage 5 at the Atlanta lot, and the 37,500-square-foot space was booked before construction was finished. EUE/Screen Gems chose to locate in Atlanta because of the urban setting, proximity to the Atlanta airport, and Georgia’s 30-percent film tax credit.

“We’re so close to the airport and downtown,” says Kris Bagwell, executive vice president of EUE/Screen Gems’ Atlanta studios. “With multiple soundstages and many productions working at once, we are offering top tier service to the best in the business. There’s nothing else like EUE/Screen Gems in Atlanta. Studio executives from Los Angeles feel comfortable here, and the talent does, too.”

Contact info:  
www.euescreengems.com
Hollywood Center Studios Upgrades Cyc Stages

Hollywood Center Studios, one of the largest independent production lots in Hollywood, has upgraded its Stage 1 with a permanent, three-wall, hard-cove white cyc. The facility has also added a new special-effects stage, Stage 2a, which features a smaller permanent greenscreen cyc. The lot now has six stages with permanent cycs.

“Our hard-cyc stages are very popular shooting spaces because of their size, configurations and quality,” says Tim Mahoney, vice president of Hollywood Center Studios. “They are especially popular among our commercial clients, as [the stages] can accommodate car shoots and other large productions. They also include amenities — such as wardrobe, dressing rooms and on-site parking — that productions need.”

Measuring 63' along the back wall, 38' and 49' along the two side walls, and 22' high, the cyc on Stage 1 is ideal for complex visual-effects shoots that require large casts, sets or production equipment; the stage itself encompasses more than 6,500 square feet. Stage 2a covers more than 3,000 square feet, and its two-wall greenscreen cyc measures 33' wide, 35' long and 19' high. Both cycs feature seamless coves made from poured concrete.

Hollywood Center Studios has also completed construction of a new dressing-room complex for television productions.

contact info:  
www.hollywoodcenter.com
Quixote Offers Pre-Lit Cyc

Quixote Studios has unveiled a pre-lit cyc at its Quixote Griffith Park Stage 10.

The plug-and-play cyc set can accommodate the most up-to-date lighting equipment available and requires only minimal time for rigging and de-rigging. The two-wall cyc measures 43' long (along each wall) and 17' high; Stage 10 measures 58'x94'. Productions are charged a flat price for the stage rental, and Quixote also offers high-quality grip services, set lighting, and camera and art department expendables, as well as production offices, Wi-Fi and a client lounge.

With facilities in Los Angeles, Boston and New Orleans, Quixote Studios’ stages have gained a reputation for offering cutting-edge production capabilities to a wide range of feature, advertising and digital-content production teams. 

contact info:  
www.quixote.com
M3 Studios Renovates Wing

Miami’s M3 Studios has added a newly renovated wing that boasts a full production hall with conference rooms, offices, makeup rooms, dressing rooms, kitchen, talent waiting area and green room. 

“The plan is to have everything in-house, even a set of executive suites for our clients to stay a week, a month, a year — however long they need to complete their project,” says Raul Rodriguez, founder of M3 Studios. “I want to bring the film and TV industry back to Miami. I want to keep production here because it is an end destination where people can work and play within minutes of each other. There is a need for the industry in Miami and plenty of room for growth.”

contact info:  
www.m3studiosmiami.com
Sim Rebrands

International equipment and production-service provider Sim Video is now operating under the name Sim Digital. The change comes as the company celebrates its 30th year in business.

The company cites its current growth trends and plans to enter new markets as the key reasons for the updated name. Sim Video merged with Bling Digital in 2009 with the intention to create a company that could provide the most comprehensive equipment and file-based workflow solutions in the industry. Today, the company lists the series Falling Skies and The Vampire Diaries and the feature Pacific Rim among its clients in Vancouver, Atlanta and Toronto, respectively. Sim is looking to expand its Bling workflow service offerings — including on-set data management, video assist, digital dailies, LTO tape archiving and postproduction-equipment provision — in the Los Angeles market this year.

“Sim is a company that has worked hard to be at the forefront of our industry, and that means we are always evolving,” says founder and CEO Rob Sim (pictured). “We have one of the most impressive inventories of digital cinema tools and cutting-edge services available, and yet our name didn’t imply it. After exploring some options, we ultimately focused on choosing a name that simply reflected how the industry and our clients refer to our services today, and Sim Digital was born.”

Jim Martin, Sim Digital’s CSO, adds, “Productions see no boundaries on where or how they shoot today. Our clients need to have access to our equipment and services in any city or country they decide to shoot in, so we’ve made it a priority to be more accessible…. We’re eager to introduce our services to these markets under our new design, and we believe that our revamped identity will serve us well in this digital age.”

contact info:  
simdigital.com
Adorama Adds Digital Cinema Department

New York City’s Adorama Rental Co., a division of photo and video retailer Adorama, has opened its Digital Cinema Dept., which offers a complete line of high-end digital video gear, including products from such companies as Arri, Canon, Red and Sony. 

The department was officially launched with a recent gala at Manhattan’s Tribeca Skyline Studio. Cinematographers and other production professionals were in attendance as some of the department’s cameras were demonstrated in live-action sets, with plasma screens displaying the different cameras’ outputs.

As Adorama Rental Co. expands its inventory into the film and video world, it remains committed to providing concierge-style customer service, including individual consultation with equipment experts and after-hours tech support, whether the customer requires a complete feature-film package or only a DSLR camera body. 

contact info:  
www.adorama.com
Hollywood Rentals Carries Olesen SSL Reel Lite

Hollywood Rentals is now carrying the Olesen SSL Reel Lite, which incorporates the latest in LED technology to create a true replacement for a 6K space light without sacrificing quality of light, color temperature or CRI. 

Mimicking the spread of a traditional space light, the Reel Lite puts out 238 foot candles at 10' — and 60 foot candles at 20' — while drawing only 4 amps. The fixture features passive cooling to avoid frequency noise, and it works with existing space-light skirts, targets and accessories.

Reel Lite units can be daisy-chained together for quick installation, and each unit features DMX dimming control for exact lighting output. Reel Lites are also stackable for easy storage, and their versatile Powercon connections can adapt to any existing cabling, such as Bates or Socapex.

The Reel Lite has gone through extensive testing for light quality, including tests with the Arri Alexa, Red Epic and 35mm film cameras, to ensure that the quality of light meets the strict standards of industry professionals. The 6K Reel Lite is currently available, and a 2K version will be available soon.

contact info:  
www.hollywoodrentals.com
www.olesenssl.com
Rosco Puts LitePad in Loop

Rosco has introduced the LitePad Loop. Providing soft, diffused lighting, the ring light is the latest addition to Rosco’s popular LitePad line of LED lighting fixtures.

The light engine within the Loop is a daylight-balanced (approximately 5,800°K) LitePad, which has LEDs on both the inside and outside perimeters, allowing for maximum brightness. The Loop can be dimmed using either the Rosco Single Fader Dimmer or the Rosco 2 CH/DMX Dimmer.

The LitePad Loop measures approximately 9" in diameter with a 4.4" center hole. It boasts a slim profile of only 1.3" and weighs only 2.4 pounds. Its housing is manufactured from a durable, shatter-resistant plastic.

The mounting assembly — which allows the Loop to travel backwards, forwards and vertically in order to position the camera lens in the center of the ring light — is based on the industry-standard 15mm rod support system, and it attaches to the camera using a 1/4-20 bolt. The Loop attaches quickly and easily to the mounting assembly via a set of high-powered magnets located on the back of the fixture.

Rosco offers a LitePad Loop AA Battery Kit that allows users to power the Loop for hours with eight AA batteries. Rosco has also developed two cheese-plate adapters for use with Anton Bauer and V-Mount professional batteries.  
The LitePad Loop is available as an individual unit or in a Pro Kit that offers several additional accessories.

contact info:  
www.rosco.com
www.litepadloop.com
Petrol Transports Liteporter

Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the Liteporter, a professional carrying case designed to transport and protect a Litepanels 1x1 LED fixture or similarly sized light, with room to hold the detachable mounting yoke, AC power supply with cord, power cable and Anton/Bauer battery. 

Constructed of water-resistant black 900D polyester and nylon, this lightweight, semi-hard carrier features an internal one-piece ABS honeycomb frame for extra strength and equipment protection. The interior is lined with layers of padded, orange, brushed polyester to cushion contents. Twin straps of hook-and-loop material on either side of the Liteporter anchor the lid open for easy access. A zippered flat compartment on the underside of the lid is ideal for storing the 1x1’s color and diffusion gels. A soft-grip carrying handle and padded, adjustable shoulder strap make the Liteporter easy to carry.

contact info:  
www.petrolbags.com
Band Pro Introduces NewFinder

Band Pro has introduced the NewFinder, a professional electronic viewfinder with a true 1920x1080 LCOS display. 

The NewFinder is a custom product conceived by Band Pro and manufactured in partnership with Astrodesign to meet the needs of camera operators who have watched the resolution of digital cameras increase without a comparable increase in viewfinder resolution. The base model uses an analog connection to keep delay to one frame or less; a model that includes analog and HD-SDI inputs is planned for the near future.

The NewFinder features manual control of brightness, contrast and peaking (all adjustable with dedicated knobs) as well as peaking color options, markers and a smooth mode that uses double sampling to avoid jitter. These parameters can all be saved in one of five user profiles, and the profile can then be assigned to one of three assignable buttons.

The NewFinder compensates for different sensor aspect ratios and can be switched from 1.78:1 to 1.88:1. Markers include 1.78:1, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1. Future software upgrades will enable additional markers for 4:3 as well as 1.33x and 2x anamorphic.

contact info:  
www.bandpro.com
Optefex Launches Filter Business

ASC associate member Ira Tiffen has returned to the filter-making business by launching a new company, Optefex. Initial product offerings include an anamorphic-style Blue Streak Filter.

“We embed thin cylindrical lenses in glass [to] produce cleaner, stronger star and streak lines than with surface-etched filters,” says Tiffen. “Plus, we can make them in colors besides blue and clear.”

Optefex’s Streak Filters are also available in red, orange, yellow, green, violet and pink. The company also offers Star Filters that create four-point bursts of light. Other pattern configurations are also available. Like the Streak Filters, Star Filters are available in Optefex’s full range of colors. Both Star and Streak Filters are offered in four standard strengths: 1mm (broadest), 2mm, 3mm and 4mm (finest). The strengths refer to the spacing between the lines on the filter; the closer together they are, the more pronounced the effect.

Optefex’s initial range of standard sizes includes 3"x3", 4"x4", 4"x5.65", 5"x5", 5.65"x5.65" and 6.6"x6.6", with other square or rectangular sizes available upon request. The company plans to introduce round sizes soon.

“As long as cameramen continue to approach me with their imaging problems, I’ll keep creating new tools to solve them,” says Tiffen.

contact info:  
www.optefex.com
Schneider Optics Plays with Focus

Schneider Optics has introduced the S2000 Century/Canon 17mm T4 Tilt-Focus Lens in PL mount. Ideal for use on cameras with up to a Super 35 sensor, the converted lens offers 360-degrees of rotation and 8 degrees of tilt in any direction for remarkable control of the subject focus plane. 

The lens’ tilt and rotation adjustments can be made before or during a shot for a wide variety of effects. The desired degree of rotation is fixed via a lever while a locking knob secures the selected tilt angle. The S2000 features a linear iris and integral .8 module metric iris and focus gears.

Other existing lenses in the Tilt-Shift family include 24mm T4, 45mm T2.8 and 90mm T2.8. The list price for the Century/Canon 17mm T4 is $7,500.

Schneider has also added a 17mm T4 Lens to go with the Century Clairmont Swing/Shift System, which employs bellows, wings, tilts, rises, falls and shift for a variety of effects. This 17mm lens allows for a wider angle of view than previously available; existing lenses include 24mm f3.5, 45mm f2.8, 90mm f2.8 and 150mm f3.5.
The Swing/Shift system lets users distort the shape of a subject, remove unwanted objects from the frame or shoot straight into a mirror without catching the camera’s reflection. Access to shifts and swings also provides nearly total control over the focus plane for extremely deep or shallow depth of field. Distant objects and extremely close ones can both be sharp in the same frame, or users can limit focus to a particular object, isolating it even from objects the same distance from the lens.

Tilting or swinging the lens can alter both apparent depth of field and an object’s shape. Shifting allows repositioning of objects within the frame without changing the angle between the object and the film plane. Combining these movements facilitates control over perspective distortion that affects the shape of objects. Additionally, the Swing/Shift System uses bellows with a built-in rack and pinion mechanism, which extends for close focusing.

The Clairmont Swing/Shift and its lenses may be purchased individually. The 17mm lens has a list price of $4,900.

contact info:  
www.schneideroptics.com
Tiffen Expands Filter Line

The Tiffen Co. has introduced the MPTV line of integrated and enhanced Tiffen professional photography and motion-picture optical filters. 

The MPTV line combines Tiffen’s innovative IRND technology with the premium Tiffen Ultra Pol filter, giving users a single-filter solution providing maximum light control and unparalleled IR protection in challenging environments. The filters have been designed for use with CMOS and CCD cameras that demonstrate a heightened response to the red channel; the filters absorb pollution from the far-red (visible) and near-infrared wavelengths. The IR absorbing component of the filters is proportionate to the ND value; the filters are available in ND values up to 1.2, plus the added 2-stop value of the Ultra Pol.

Made from Water White glass, the MPTV filters boast no color vignetting on wide-angle lenses. They extract the maximum amount of unwanted glare from the scene, render white clouds in stark contrast against a dramatically dark blue sky and make reflections from water and windows invisible. They also ensure rich, true colors despite glare’s whitewashing effect.

Tiffen has also introduced a 1⁄16 grade for its popular Pro-Mist, Black Pro-Mist and Glimmerglass filters. Pro-Mist filters reduce contrast by moderately lightening shadow areas without detracting from the overall image; Black Pro-Mist offers the same benefits but in a subtler form; and Glimmerglass softens fine detail, adds mild glow to highlights, and has a distinct silver sparkle.

The new filters and grades are available in popular motion-picture sizes. All Tiffen filters are backed by a 10-year warranty and are made in the U.S.A.

contact info:  
www.tiffen.com
HFC Accessorizes Industry, Distributes Fujifilm

Equipment manufacturer Hollywood Film Co. has introduced an array of products for motion-picture professionals.

The versatile, fully adjustable HFC Tripod Spreader (model TS-7) has been designed for use on any and all surfaces without the need for any shims or other leveling equipment. The durable Spreader boasts a clear anodized aluminum construction and easy-to-adjust large-diameter locking hand wheels. Additionally, the Spreader utilizes sturdy, long-lasting expansion collars and folds quickly for easy carrying.

HFC’s durable 12", 18" and 24" Base Plates are made of high-quality aluminum and are compatible with most popular fluid heads. The Base Plates include precision, 24"-long and 19mm-wide Iris Rods made of tempered stainless steel.

An Arri-type tempered aluminum Sliding Bridge Plate System (model BPS-3) utilizes a 19mm or 15mm studio support system with both front and rear sliding adjustments for precise camera balance. The BPS-3 system includes a 12" dovetail base plate and two 17"-long, 19mm-wide stainless rods.
HFC has also developed a precisely ground, tempered aluminum Quick Release Plate (model QRP-9).

Additionally, Hollywood Film Co. has joined forces with Fujifilm’s Motion Picture Division to offer distribution of Fujifilm’s negative motion-picture products. When Fujifilm’s motion-picture products were first introduced into the North American market in 1967, HFC served as their exclusive distributor. The renewed agreement reflects the commitment of both companies to the negative film business and reaffirms that film is still a vital part of the motion-picture industry.

“HFC has many years of expertise in the lab and production world,” says Alan Fraser, vice president, Fujifilm North America Corp., Motion Picture Division. “They understand the challenging dynamics of servicing the camera negative film business. Great quality and outstanding service are always a winning combination, and we look forward to working together with them.”

“Fujifilm offers a wide selection of quality products, and enjoys a reputation for manufacturing superb film for today’s filmmaker,” says Vince Carabello Jr., vice president of HFC. “We are proud to once again provide premium Fujifilm negative stocks to our broad customer base.”

contact info:  
www.hollywoodfilmco.com
www.fujifilm.com
K-Tek Supports Small Cameras

K-Tek has responded to the ergonomic challenges of tiny-form-factor cameras such as the GoPro and iPhone with a wide range of production tools, including the Tadpole and Tripod Mount Case. 

K-Tek Tadpoles feature a tilting ball-and-socket head for precise positioning and creative shooting. Extendable Tadpoles allow the camera to get closer to the action and above crowds while being operated one-handed and with steadier movement. Made from the same quality materials as K-Tek’s award-winning boom poles, they pack small and are available in three models that can extend up to 2', 3' and 6'7". Additionally, the compact, fixed-length (7.5") Mini-Tadpole features a mini-ball head and a 1/4-20 female thread on the base.

Designed specifically for the iPhone 4/4S, the Tripod Mount Case allows the smart phone to accept a range of video accessories and mount to professional tripods. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, the rugged case features two threaded aluminum ?-20 mounting points that allow for horizontal and vertical mounting.

K-Tek has also introduced a Camera Handgrip that features a fixed ?-20 thread on top of a foam-covered graphite tube, offering a practical and inexpensive way to hold a small camera.

K-Tek products are made in the U.S.A.

contact info:  
www.ktekbooms.com