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Faces Behind The Camera – Phil Hoelcher

Faces Behind The Camera – Phil Hoelcher

For my ‘Faces Behind the Camera’ photography series, I caught up with one of my favorite South Florida crew Phil Hoelcher on location at his new home in Umatilla, Florida where he continues training others in his lifelong passion for the dog sport of Schutzhund. A stunt regular and dog whisperer, I wanted to capture Phil’s spontaneity and wit in the outdoors. Phil is best known for his work on The Dark Knight (2008), Law Abiding Citizen (2009) and Transporter 2 (2005) and most recently as a dog handler in Homeland and Madame Secretary. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Vintage Camera Lenses from the 60’s & 70’s are Popular Again

Vintage Camera Lenses from the 60’s & 70’s are Popular Again

Vintage glass for content creation is on the rise.  At Moving Picture Rental, we’ve fallen in love with Super Baltars for a variety of reasons.  Unlike many modern prime lenses that yield ultra tack sharp results that lack character, reveal imperfections in actors complexions and in general deliver a clinical look, Super Baltars give images high contrast and warm flesh tones plus they create cool flares. Some people say that Super Baltars are the Stradivarius of cinema prime lenses.  That’s why we have these camera lens rental available at our Miami and Fort Lauderdale locations. History Bausch + Lomb’s designed Super Baltars in the 60’s, released them in 1967 and made them into the 70’s.  They were the go-to lenses in a majority of major motion pictures for about 15 years. The Godfather 1 and 2, were shot with Super Baltars as well as a 100’s of other feature films.  Super Baltars superseded the original Baltars (The Seven Year itch, 1955) (The Bridge over the River Kwai, 1957) and were designed to be compatible with the new spinning mirror-reflex camera Mitchel BNCR in 1967.  They were optically re-designed, benefiting from new glass types and optimized for color cinematography. Super Baltars are made from Cobalt glass, so they produce a multi colored green blue flare that is ultraviolet and sharp. Top Ten reasons to make your next camera lens rental Super Baltars: Takes “the edge off” digital sensors. Pair old glass with new technology and you are rewarded with an image that is NOT Status Quo. Super Baltars have a distinct organic character, that is low contrast and produces a subtle green blue flare, unlike many modern prime lenses that are ultra sharp and designed not to flare. Lightweight and easy to use with a rarity that makes them a selling point for your client to try a different approach. Produces a wonderful bokeh (the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image). They cover 6K on RED Cameras on all focal lengths. The cobalt glass renders amazing skin tones.  Were designed so actors look fantastic in their close up.  That they do. They have a certain softness without feeling out of focus. While you can attempt to recreate their look with filters and in post what you end up with is a simulation that is simply not the same look.  You will exceed the rental price by fumbling around for hours in post production. They are affordable to rent but expensive to buy. Latest notable projects shot with the Super Baltars Music Video: Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull “Live it Up” Other than the Super Baltars a 24 to 290...

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Crew Services and Crew Hire to make your life easier!

Crew Services and Crew Hire to make your life easier!

There’s a recent trend in the film and television industry — crews are getting smaller, the deadlines are getting tighter and the jobs are being rewarded later than ever making for shorter preproduction schedules.   Overall time constraints as well as budgets are becoming ever more challenging.  Moving Picture Rental responds to this pain producers and production company owners are experiencing by offering a very unique service at our office’s in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and New York City.   We call it Moving Picture Crew Services. Crew Services are one of our strengths As a grip, lighting and camera rental house, crew services is one of our main differentiators.  Imagine being able to make one phone call and know that a first class crew of 2 to 25 will be handed to you on your first day of shooting.  In the past you had two choices for putting together a film crew.   Either you could call a Production Coordinator, Production Manager or Producer and pay them their day rate for 2 to 3 days, plus shoot days as well as a wrap day or two.  At $350 to $650 per day that’s a big expense for a medium size job. Or, you could go online and check the directories out there like productionhub.com and take your chances with your crew hire. Finding great crew is ridiculously time consuming and requires calls and emails at all hours of the day and night.  The best crew works an average of 12 hours on location and can often only get back to you at the beginning or the end of their day. For the past 10 years, Moving Picture Rental provides crew services for the South Florida and New York film and television markets.  We handle payroll, workman’s comp and all other tax needs.  We make all the deals and manage the nonsense that comes from dealing with people about money.  You are completely immune from anything that has a dollar sign attached to it with crew. Our keys to selecting crew: attitude and performance We’ve noticed during our many years in the  business that crew personalities do change.  Some crew “burn out” from TV series and feature film work or have other personal pressures and issues that influence their professionalism.   We track crews’ attitudes and performance and record it in our Filmmaker Pro database for the sole purpose of managing ‘crewpower’.  Discussions frequently occur in our office about who is at top of their game and whom we can positively recommend for your next production. Location work is our daily constant At Moving Picture Rental we work “on location” an average of 15 days per month with our core freelancers and full time employees...

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Visit to SIM Toronto – Film and TV Gear Convention

Visit to SIM Toronto – Film and TV Gear Convention

The Film and TV Gear Convention Had the great fortune to travel to Canada for the annual Sim Digital’s Annual Technology Showcase.  I quickly learned that Toronto is a production epicenter for film and TV gear. Toronto is an international city with many different integrated cultures that lends itself to studio and on-location production for dozens of feature films, commercials, and TV series.  Sim Digital pulled out all the stops for this event with the latest in film and TV gear.  Walking through the door I was warmly greeted by the SIM team. They handed me a drink and sent me on to experience the gear!   As many of you know, I’m a food and wine guy.  The food was absolutely amazing with multiple bars — equaling no waiting for a drink all afternoon and evening!  That was a bonus/departure from most events I attend.  As they say, the devil’s in the details!  The event was so large — over 650 attended — that heated tents were built to accommodate.   On the Convention Floor Going through the first tent there was a plethora of the latest film and TV gear from PS, Arri Sky Panels, the new Kinflo Celeb 401Q, Arri L10-C, L6-C and plenty of LED technology.   As always, a pretty woman was “sitting on set” so we could see the lighting at work.   Moving further into the tent, I found cranes, electric camera cars and a bunch of other specialized grip gear from a blend of Procam and Production services “PS” a Sim Group company.  In the main building, film and TV gear displays with experts on hand from Arri, Fujinon, Zeiss, Panasonic, Sennheiser captured my interest. Chain Saw Post and Bling were on hand with an amazing HDR presentation in a proper color grading suite.  Comparing HDR displayed on 300 and 1000 NIT displays.  This demonstration was super relevant as 2017 will be the year of HDR capture.  Everyone who experienced this demo now has a technical and aesthetic understanding of what we have to look forward to with HDR becoming the “new normal”.   Raptor Family Lenses by IBE Optics The new macro Raptor family of lenses by IBE Optics were set up to shoot a mini still-life suburban neighborhood.  All that was missing was a moving train.  These lenses are nothing short of amazing in 100MM, 150MM, 180MM.  They feature full frame coverage at 24×36, 1:1 magnification and a consistent T-stop of T 2.9.                             VR Technology Tattersall, a SIM Group company, was giving demos on a new technology for VR sound mixing in post-production, where virtual reality meets sound reality.   As you turn your head with VR goggles the sound “moves’’ giving you the effect and illusion that sounds are in front, to the side...

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The Arri Alexa Classic Camera Shoots Beautiful Films On A Budget

The Arri Alexa Classic Camera Shoots Beautiful Films On A Budget

The Arri Alexa classic camera is a 6 year old design but it’s a totally relevant digital cinema camera!  We’ve seen the used value of these cameras diminish dramatically over 2016.  All of us in the rental business are scratching our heads about this camera’s devaluation as its shot Academy Award winning feature films.  This camera has probably shot over 5,000 feature films and countless TV commercials.  The sensor is fundamentally the same as current Alexa cameras.  For example, one of the few differentiators between this camera and the Alexa plus is an extra BNC out.  Most noteworthy, the sensor is basically the same!   You can rent this camera at Moving Picture Rental for a lot less than you think.  Feature film prices for the Arri Alexa classic camera body currently are at $750 per week.  One of our Arri Alexa classic cameras recently shot the Nicolas Cage directed the feature film, Vengeance: “A Love Story”.  The bottom line is this — if you are not shooting Arri Raw, and you do not have a need for a smaller camera  ie. Arri Alexa Mini and you want the best sensor in the business for your next project, this Arri Alexa classic camera is a real rental value. Footage Shot With The Arri Alexa Classic Camera Check out this demo reel of feature films shot in 2015 with the Arri Alexa Classic Camera and Zeiss Cp.2 lens package.  “For Jacob” Angel of Death” “Shadows” “Candelight” Here from the archives is the Arri Alexa Classic showreel From NAB 2011. Link to the technical data on the Arri Alexa Classic. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Film Crew! LifePower Can Ease Location Work

Film Crew!  LifePower Can Ease Location Work

Our good friend, colleague, and First AD Gary Sales stopped by Moving Picture Rental with a cool new product called LifePower that’s perfect for people working in film. LifePower is a terrific new technology that can power any 110 volt device using a battery — the same battery that’s used in Tesla cars. For film people working on location LifePower is super handy.  It powers laptops, lights, a printer, etc. Plus, it’s small and affordable. Film friends of Moving Picture Discount Code If you’re interested, LifePower is offering a special “friends of Moving Picture” discount code.  Email LifePower’s US rep Gary Sales at Gary@lifepower.be to ask him any questions or to make any comments about the product. For hi-speed info or quantity ordering you may phone him directly at: 347-470-4250. It’s also currently available at third party retailers: BHPhoto.com, Amazon.com, and coming soon to: Adorama & Abel Cine. Happy shooting everyone and be safe wherever and whatever you’re doing. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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SmallHD HDR Monitors Now Available at MPR

SmallHD HDR Monitors Now Available at MPR

http://blog.movingpicture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/SmallHD-HDR-Monitors_1.mp4 SmallHD‘s innovative HDR line of monitors come in 17, 24, and 32 sizes and are daylight view-able.  Since SmallHD constructs their monitors in billet aluminum they are virtually indestructible.  Watch this video for some great crash and smash examples! SmallHD knows that setting up location monitors can be a hassle — mounting them on a sensible stands takes tons of velcro and machined custom parts.  So, SmallHD developed a system called RapidRail, making wireless setups particularly easy. We’ve been waiting for the design and durability of these SmallHD HDR Monitors!  For more information or to rent the SmallHD’s HDR monitor line visit us at MovingPicture.com. https://movingpicture.com/inventory/mp_product/smallhd-1703-hdr-17-production-monitor/ Thanks to Production Hub for the video production. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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