Rewatching Star Wars Episode I: The Beginning

Found this blast from the past on Youtube earlier today.   Star Wars Episode I: The Beginning was a documentary that was bundled with the original DVD of Star Wars Episode I way back at it's original release.   Looking back at it with nearly 20 years of distance, it's interesting in almost the same way that it's interesting to watch a car crash in slow motion.

From the very beginning you can almost sense in the glances between people around George Lucas that people realized George had no idea what he was doing, and that they had no real power to say anything about it.   This was especially evident seeing John Knoll, the head of special effects on Episode 1, and one of the creators of Adobe Photoshop.   Throughout the documentary he looked like a man who was just trying desperately to keep the train he had boarded vaguely on the tracks.

Take an hour or so out of your day one day and check this out.    It's incredibly interesting to watch it to see how easily one can take a beloved property and completely mess it up.

Posted on January 30, 2015 and filed under Media.

A Hit Sundance Film was shot solely on an iPhone.

Courtesy of The Verge

Courtesy of The Verge

Here is a great piece from The Verge on "Tangerine", a film getting rave reviews from this year's Sundance Film Festival that was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s.    Pretty interesting video about how/why it was done as well.   Can you imagine arriving on set to film a movie and finding out that they were about to film the entire thing on a PHONE?   Kudos to the actors and crew for seeing it through,  I'm sure there are many who wouldn't have been able to take it seriously.

Also, it never ceases to amaze what people are able to create with iPhones.  Super impressive.

Posted on January 30, 2015 and filed under Media.

Fujifilm lets you virtually test all of their lenses

Fujifilm has slowly been making inroads as a serious alternative to Canon and Nikon with their X-series cameras.   From providing firmware updates to older cameras that actually add significant features, to building a stable of some of the best optics in the business for their X-system, they have done a lot to impress me over the past couple of years.

This new website is yet another cool thing that is so obvious, that I'm surprised it's never been done before.   Fuji is letting you take a test drive of all of its lenses,  letting you select the focal length and aperture of each lens to see what the results look like with any of Fuji's X lenses as they would look taken with the X-T1.   Having used the Fuji X-System, I have to say It actually gives you a pretty good feel for the results you can get.   Definitely worth checking out, if not just to see what Fuji has been doing with their stellar series of lenses lately.

Posted on January 30, 2015 and filed under Photography.