HBO Spending Half Billion Dollars On Tom Hanks’ New World War II Mini-Series

The Mighty Eighth

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There are two things that Tom Hanks never seems to get out of his system, Space and World War II. Last weekend was a free HBO preview weekend, and I spent it watching Hanks' epic mini-series Band of Brothers, which may be the finest World War II drama since Twelve … [Read more...]

Sound 101: Repurposing Old Gear Gives It New Life


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There's a great line from Apollo 13 where the character of Gene Kranz says, "I don't care what it's designed to do, I care about what it CAN do." And that's always been my battle cry in looking at the technology we use as filmmakers. What ELSE can it do? Many sound … [Read more...]

Fox Releases Alien: Covenant Prologue Called Last Supper


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The Alien franchise goes back almost 40 years and in that time only one great sequel was ever produced. Alien 3 was a studio mess, Alien: Resurrection was just just strange, and Prometheus saw Ridley Scott return to spearhead a prequel. The prequel was uneven at … [Read more...]

Fujifilm Reveals Super Fast Fujinon Cine Zooms

Fujinon Cine Lenses

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're looking to upgrade from using DSLR lenses, but can't afford the cost of expensive cinema primes, there is now a middle option ... a pair of super fast cine zooms from Fujinon, which promise high performance, at a budget price. … [Read more...]

Could Tilda Swinton Be The Next Doctor Who?

Tilda Swinton at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con (Image: Gage Skidmore)

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the tide shifting for the next Doctor Who to become female, Tilda Swinton has emerged as the odds on favorite to replace Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi when he regenerates next Christmas. She even has the blessing of Eighth Doctor Peter McGann to take over the … [Read more...]

First Look at the Cast of Star Wars: Han Solo Film

Image: Danny F. Santos

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) For as long as I can remember I've always wanted a Han Solo prequel Star Wars film. Even though they really took their time, Lucasfilm has finally gotten around to making one with a fantastic cast and crew. How fantastic are they? Well, feast your eyes on the … [Read more...]

On Set Sound – Part 1

doddlenews on set sound pt 1

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I have a habit of going off to the lesser touched aspects of film that are really really important. Most of this because I never really went to film school and learned a lot the hard way-- by massively screwing the pooch (not to be confused with screwing the … [Read more...]

Lytro Raises $60 Million, Releases First Virtual Reality Film


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If Virtual Reality is going to go anywhere, it's going to need a unique camera platform which can not only capture what's all around you, but also can adjust according to depth as a viewer moves around in the space. Most VR camera platforms, like the GoPro Omni can … [Read more...]

Phantom Flex 4K High Speed Camera Gets Global Shutter

Phantom Flex 4K

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Vision Research, the company behind the Phantom Flex 4K camera, has added a global shutter to its high speed camera rig. Though the Phantom Flex 2.5K version can deliver a jaw dropping 2500 frames per second, the new Flex 4K-GS will be capable of imaging in 4K at … [Read more...]

Is This The Plot For Jurassic World 2?

jurassic world 2

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Jurassic World turned out to be one of the best movies of 2015. Going in, I was nervous about the Indominus Rex, but it turned out to work very well in the context of the actual film. The other thing the film got right was how dangerous they made the … [Read more...]

HDR, Part 3: High Dynamic Range Options

Sony BVM-X300

What are the options? By Andrew Devis (doddleNEWS) One of the keys for many players in the broadcast industry is ‘backwards compatibility.’ There are millions of SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) TVs out there so we need to make sure that when we start broadcasting HDR that those with the older … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: A Look at the Hero’s Journey, Pt. 1


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) From filming to special effects, the Star Wars saga has set a standard by which many event blockbusters are now modeled after. And while not perfect, it draws from the classic story telling technique called The Hero's Journey, by Joseph Campbell. This tried and … [Read more...]

Kong: Skull Island Featurette Reveals New Monsters


Plus a Post-Credit Scene Added? By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I am really looking forward to see what Legendary has cooked up for Kong: Skull Island. Everything about this project has felt right. From the 1970s setting, to the look of Kong has been just perfect. Now a new featurette, … [Read more...]

Director Matt Reeves Exits The Batman Negotiations


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Can someone please give the DC Extended Universe a break? Ben Affleck's The Batman film has been headed to turbulent waters after he recently stepped down from directing duties. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves … [Read more...]

HitFilm Pro Tutorial: Lesson 8 – Clip-Based Parameters


By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm 2017, we talked about our the Viewer Toolbar located to the left of the viewer. In this lesson, I want to talk about Clip-based Parameters, and how you’re going to adjust them inside of your timeline. Now, … [Read more...]

SmallHD Introduces Billion Color and OLED Production Monitors


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Remember the good ol' days when we marveled over HD monitors with millions of colors? Now SmallHD is introducing their first 17-inch field reference monitor with a billion of them. WOW. … [Read more...]