It’s Tony Time! Which Musicals Will Come Out on Top?

first_imgBEST ORIGINAL SCOREFRONTRUNNERSLeft: Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten! — This country songwriting brother act has delivered a vibrant score filled with showstoppers and will get their first nom. Right: Lisa Kron (lyrics) & Jeanine Tesori (music), Fun Home — Kron and Tesori, a four-time nominee, are basically guaranteed a spot for their deeply felt score filled with unshakable moments.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy, Finding Neverland — A pop-flavored score doesn’t always impress nominators, but this duo deserves love for their bright tunes.John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Visit — This legendary duo’s final collaboration (Ebb died in 2004) is mysterious, moving and finally on Broadway.Sting, The Last Ship — After pouring his heart into his autobiographical musical, this music superstar is likely to earn well-deserved respect from nominators.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTJason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas — Last year’s winner in the category (for The Bridges of Madison County) wrote a bright, bouncy ode to musical comedy scores of the ’60s and ’70s and some of the most singable songs of the season.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, It Shoulda Been You BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right: Sam Gold, Fun Home — Not only did he create a stirring staging when the show premiered downtown, he restaged the entire musical in the round on Broadway, earning even better reviews.Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! — The current golden boy of Broadway musicals should earn his third directing nod for this hilarious new musical that he helped craft out of thin air.Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris — To see his show is to be dazzled by his talents as not only a choreographer, but as a visionary director.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:John Doyle, The Visit — The Tony winner has created a dark, beautiful world that should excite nominators.Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland — It’s hard to imagine this magical new musical taking flight without the extraordinary vision of this always-reliable past winner.John Rando, On the Town — He hasn’t been nominated since he won in 2001 for Urinetown, but this always-working director has earned big respect for dusting off a classic and turning it into a hit.Bartlett Sher, The King and I — He won a Tony for another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit, and is definitely in the running this year for this classy revival.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTBill Condon, Side Show — Thank you, Bill Condon, for bringing Daisy and Violet Hilton back to Broadway in a gorgeous new staging. It truly will never leave us.ALSO POSSIBLEScott Ellis, On the Twentieth Century; Gary Griffin, Honeymoon in Vegas; Kenny Leon, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Joe Mantello, The Last Ship; Des McAnuff, Doctor Zhivago; David Hyde Pierce, It Shoulda Been You; Eric Schaefer, Gigi BEST BOOK OF A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft: Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Something Rotten! — Both Broadway newcomers, this pair wrote one of the funniest scripts for a new musical in years and will be honored appropriately.Right: Lisa Kron, Fun Home — The acclaimed playwright will be in the running for her musical debut, in which she deftly adapted Alison Bechdel’s book for the stage.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:James Graham, Finding Neverland — This British playwright is new to Broadway and in the running for his elegant, moving stage version of the popular movie.Craig Lucas, An American in Paris — Twenty-five years after getting a Best Play nom for Prelude to a Kiss, this esteemed playwright is likely to be remembered for the impressive feat of adaptating the beloved film for Broadway.John Logan & Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship — The two respected writers teamed up to craft an engaging story of family, religion, rekindled love and, yes, shipbuilding, inspired by Sting’s life.Terrence McNally, The Visit — A two-time winner in the category, McNally is a contender for the long-brewing project that turned a bizarre play into the ultimate Chita Rivera vehicle.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTTodd Kreidler, Holler if Ya Hear Me — Looking back on the season, we’re filled with mad respect for this August Wilson protege who turned the songs of Tupac into a searing urban story with poetry and pathos.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Shoulda Been You BEST CHOREOGRAPHYFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:Joshua Bergasse, On the Town — This former chorus boy is now a big-time choreographer who will be honored for kicking off the ballet revival on Broadway this season.Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! — Nobody can make a classic Broadway showstopper like this guy. Nobody.Christopher Wheldon, An American in Paris — This ballet icon slipped into the category with a nom for his jazz-infused work on the flop Sweet Smell of Success, but this year he’s a big-time frontrunner.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century — He won last year for After Midnight and could easily be a contender again for his classic Broadway work in the splashy revival.Graciela Daniele, The Visit — Never count out this eight-time nominee, who has staged some beautiful new dances to show off her friend and icon Chita Rivera.Christopher Gattelli, The King and I — This past winner is in the running, assuming nominators can tell where original stager Jerome Robbins’ work ended and his began.Mia Michaels, Finding Neverland — So you think you can Broadway? This contemporary dance star sure can, creating unforgettable numbers with Pan and co.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTSteven Hoggett, The Last Ship — Last year, he crafted boxing matches for Rocky Balboa and this year, he made believable dance numbers for the manliest ship builders you’ve ever seen. We can’t wait to see what’s next.ALSO POSSIBLEJoshua Bergasse, Gigi; Wayne Cilento, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Kelly Devine, Doctor Zhivago; Denis Jones, Honeymoon in Vegas; Danny Mefford, Fun Home; Josh Rhodes, It Shoulda Been You; Anthony Van Laast, Side ShowStay tuned for more Tony cheat sheets! BEST MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:An American in Paris — This throwback to the kind of romantic musicals that actually make you want to be in love will land lots of nominations, including this one.Fun Home — This expertly crafted, deeply felt musical about real people with real struggles will become the first Best Musical nominee based on a graphic novel (of all things!).Something Rotten!  — A completely original musical comedy about the first musical comedy, and audiences can’t get enough? It’s a slam dunk for a nomination.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Finding Neverland  — If nominators have a heart, they’ll acknowledge this moving family-friendly show with Tony love.Honeymoon in Vegas — Although this musical comedy recently closed on Broadway, it deserves to be remembered.The Visit  — Although this dark creation might not be everyone’s cup of tea, Kander and Ebb’s final musical collaboration is total Tony bait.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTThe Last Ship — The musical inspired by Sting’s childhood in a shipbuilding town never caught on, but it lives on in our hearts and on our iPods.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, Holler if Ya Hear Me, It Shoulda Been Youcenter_img OMG, it’s Tony time! We’re totally obsessing at the Broadway.com offices over which shows, creatives and stars will wake up to good news on April 28, the morning that this year’s Tony nominees are announced. Because we know you’re in the same boat, we’re running through the top categories to offer our take on the frontrunners, hopefuls and a special Shout Out that we hope won’t be forgetten. Today, we’re kicking it off with the top musical categories! BEST MUSICAL REVIVALLeft to Right: Gigi, The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, On the Town, Side ShowFive shows, four slots. Yikes! The King and I is big and grand and definitely a shoo-in. On the Twentieth Century and On the Town are both lively productions of musical comedies that are rarely on Broadway and will both be acknowledged. The final slot comes down to Gigi or Side Show, both polished new takes on tarnished musicals. Although it’s closed, Side Show seems to have the edge. View Commentslast_img read more

Escape to the country with this charming Gold Coast estate

first_img The house has had an incredible transformation. It is now the perfect country escape.The five-bedroom home at 26 Gibsonville St has had a stylish renovation to perfectly blend coastal, Cape Cod and Hamptons styles. Intricate detailing, dormer windows, glass mullion doors and deep verandas characterise the two-storey home. Inside, timber floors, white VJ panelled walls, vaulted ceilings and light-filled rooms with tranquil views create an understated elegance and homeliness throughout the property. Modern spaces are perfectly blended with quaint cottage-like rooms. The main bedroom’s bathroom stays true to the home’s roots.Owner Anne Berta, who lives at the property with her husband and their three children, said when renovating they aimed to create the ultimate getaway in the country with a modern coastal style. “I call it ‘God’s country’ out here, it’s just beautiful and every property is unique,” she said. “If you’re an animal lover like me there’s plenty of space. “People have all sorts of animals out here, there’s alpacas, donkeys across the road — I would have loved to have had reindeer.”Mrs Berta said her favourite part of the property was the maple tree.“I love that maple tree,” she said. “It changes it’s look every season — a nice amber in autumn, then it sheds in winter and is beautiful. It’s nice and green at the moment.” The home also has Hamptons and coastal elements throughout. There’s an understated elegance and homeliness throughout the propertyThe family are selling to move to Brisbane to be closer to work. The tranquillity will be the hardest part to leave for Mrs Berta. “We’re not used to being around neighbours,” she said. “Even the drive home is beautiful so coming from work to home life, there’s no traffic, there’s no lights, you’re not stressed. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Your drive home is peaceful.” The 1ha block has something for everyone and will have the whole family outside at every chance. There’s a blue-tiled resort-style pool and a sun lounging deck, landscaped grounds, an adjoining creek, equine facilities including a fenced paddock, stables and shed as well as a citrus orchard and mulberry trees. The owner said the property is in ‘God’s country.’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 wow rural home sales around Australia01:03 A picture-perfect property has hit the market at 26 Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley.IF the country air, wide-open spaces and a slice of secluded luxury sounds like something you could get used to, this charming acreage estate is for you. Beyond the white picket fence is a picture-perfect Tallebudgera Valley house within an idyllic rural setting. MORE NEWS: What it takes to own a waterfall Back inside, the kitchen makes a statement thanks to shaker-style cabinetry, stone surfaces, feature tapware and a brass sink. The cooking zone then flows through to the dining hall with a wood heater and a living room with an integrated office space. These areas connect to the covered outdoor entertainment area with a barbecue kitchen. The main bedroom features a dressing room, French doors to a terrace and an ensuite with a claw-foot bath. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms – two with private balconies and walk-in wardrobes – the main bathroom and a rumpus room. Despite offering a taste of the country, the home is just 10 minutes from Burleigh Heads. Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Scott Keatley is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign closing November 20.center_img MORE NEWS: History lives on in iconic Coast home last_img read more

Plant Pores March to Their Own Beat

first_imgPlants have pores called stomata that open and close (see 09/13/2006).  These gates of the leaf surface provide plant protection from invaders, and allow the transpiration of gases and water vapor in and out, depending on conditions.  The stomata of many plants open wide during the day to allow in carbon dioxide, but close at night to prevent water loss.  In some plants, the cycle is reversed.    It had seemed that stomates march together by some kind of signalling system, but a new study shows that they operate independently.  EurekAlert reported that scientists found the “logic” of the stomata function.  Using lasers, they found a couple of interesting things: (1) the opening is triggered by release of a light-sensitive protein called phototropin-1, and (2) it depends on the amount of light reaching the interior of the cell.  Some unknown cell signalling takes place between interior and exterior of the leaf that is only beginning to be understood.    The bottom line is that the independent operation of these leaf “drawbridges” provides the most efficient means of harvesting sunlight.  Consider the case of one leaf shading half of another.  It wouldn’t make sense for all the stomata to open when only half could use the light.  “The stomata autonomy confers an advantage on the plant, which opens the lighted stoma, while maintains the shaded neighbour closed,” the article explains.  “This behaviour optimises the balance between water loss and CO2 acquisition.”  The researchers found that phototropin-1 sensitivity was just above the threshold in the lighted leaf, but below it in the shaded leaf.    The press release added that this discovery could stimulate further research into “cellular autonomy and cell signalling of many other light-induced processes.”Anybody smell Darwin in these comments?  The fresh air of intelligent design “logic” in the operation of living things brings with it a renewed sense of vitality for research.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sun, surf & surgery

first_img24 July 2002The era of “medical tourism” has arrived, and South Africa appears to be cornering the market. Attracted by the country’s world-class surgeons, spectacular tourist destinations and favourable exchange rate, foreigners are flocking here for affordable operations and luxurious post-operative holidays.Cosmetic surgery is still the major drawcard, but there is now a growing demand for other surgical procedures, including major operations like heart bypass surgery, hip and knee surgery and dentistry.Both the SA Dentists Association and Cape Town Tourism describe “dental tourism” as a growing phenomenon, and Netcare International says it frequently brings out European patients for major surgery.The Western Cape health department was recently approached by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service with a request for its top teaching hospitals to conduct major operations like bypass surgery on its own queues of waiting patients.The hospitals, including Groote Schuur and Tygerberg, claim they have the capacity to take on the British patients, and say they will plough the profits back into areas of need here. But British law, which only allows NHS patients to be treated in the European Union, will have to be changed before this patient exchange can go ahead.Meanwhile, nothing stands in the way of foreigners who are paying their own medical bills. Keen to cash in on high-quality cosmetic surgery at relatively low cost, they are coming in droves.Some companies offer package deals that incorporate cosmetic surgery, post-operative care in a five-star hotel and a holiday – either before or after the operation. In most cases these packages are cheaper for foreigners than the cost of the operations alone in their home countries.Surgeon and SafariThe most successful of these ventures so far is Surgeon and Safari, a young business that has attracted extensive media coverage in the international press. Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Reuters, The Independent, BBC Online, American National Public Radio, CNN, Harpers and Queen – to name a few – have all covered Surgeon and Safari’s astounding, almost overnight, success.Lorraine Melvill, who heads up Surgeon and Safari, has been asked to address business conferences to divulge her secrets. Melvill jokes that she had to quickly scribble something down in the absence of any grand marketing or business plan.She attributes some of her success to: her ground-level approach – communicating directly with clients, doctors, nurses and hotel staff ; catering to the individual needs of each client; and a user-friendly website (most of the planning and administration occurs online).Given the trend towards niche markets in the tourism industry, Melvill realised she could harness the unusual synergy between the demand for tourism, on the one hand, and for cosmetic surgery that is affordable, high-quality and offers the client anonymity, on the other.Melvill was fuelled by a desire to break away from the negativity plaguing many South Africans who fail to see what spectacular products the country has to offer. “Look at our surgeons. They are world-class.”South African doctors have had the privelege of years of hands-on experience in hospitals like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere. Melvill believes they are academically sound and tend to be conservative. “They may not always have the latest techniques, but newest doesn’t always mean best”, says Melvill.Judging by her flourishing business (she is bringing in 20 to 30 people a month, and the figure is escalating), her clients are satisfied with the results of their procedures – from breast augmentation to face lifts, nasal reconstruction, liposuction and tummy tucks – as well as their time spent recuperating in a luxurious hotel and visiting tourist attractions.Most (90%) of Melvill’s clients undergo cosmetic surgery, with half from the United States and the other half from the United Kingdom. While clients from the UK tend to opt for reconstructive surgery and are more conservative about how many procedures they will undergo, their American counterparts “come with a shopping list”, jokes Melvill.She believes the impact of her business on the country’s tourism industry in general is enormous. People who visit – usually newcomers to South Africa – are unaware at first of the treasures the country has to offer, in particular “the first-world service and hospitality at third-world prices”. They return again and again, says Melvill.Surgeon and Safari offers personalised programmes to its clients: it facilitates online and face-to-face consultations with registered surgeons selected by Melvill (some of whom visit the United Kingdom periodically for initial and follow-up consultations); meets clients at the airport, and then puts them up at either The Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg or Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town (both owned by the Orient Express Group) for one-to-two week recovery periods.Each client is assigned a personal assistant to give them all the support they need and arrange their outings and post- or pre-operative holidays. During their recuperation, patients are visited by body care clinicians for massages and other treatments to speed up the healing process.Melvill’s business is not without risk – “All surgery is high risk. But we are dealing with elective surgery. People have to take responsibility for a procedure they elect to undergo. This is not about computer-generated, before-and-after pictures. This is about human hands, the work of an artist, on one’s body.”Surgeons will not automatically operate on everyone wanting to submit to the knife. People who are anorexic, obese or mentally unstable, for example, will be turned away, says Melvill.Since the surgery is conducted in South Africa, doctors are bound by our laws, not the more litigious-friendly laws of the United States.AfrisurgeJo Brink is the director of another company, Afrisurge, which offers a similar service for clients wanting cosmetic surgery. However, she also caters to a growing demand from people keen to visit headache, dental and eye clinics.Brink offers three different accommodation options to clients: self-catering flats, bed and breakfast, and top hotels. She also organises golf safaris for husbands accompanying their wives. Most of her clients are women in their 40s and older, wanting face lifts and breast operations.Brink believes South Africa’s reputation for some of the world’s best plastic surgeons dates back to Dr Jack Penn, “the doyen of plastic surgery”, who opened the Brenthurst clinic in Johannesburg in 1941 to help victims of the Second World War. Many Europeans disfigured by the war, came to South Africa for the brilliant reconstructive surgery he performed.Brink claims that foreign patients these days occupy half the beds in plastic surgery wards in some of the country’s top private clinics.MediscapesNewest kid on the block is Mediscapes, a Cape-Town based medical tourism business that offers a wide spectrum of medical specialists, post-operative treatments, luxury accommodation and tours to other parts of the country.Blood transfusions, cardiology, addiction treatment, cosmetic surgery, gastrointestinal and infertility treatments are some of the many procedures on offer.Says Mediscapes MD Peter Ordway: “Each client’s needs are different, so we adopt a completely personalised approach. We work extremely closely with each individual client, providing tailor-made packages to address their unique needs and, at the same time, we guarantee their personal safety and privacy.”last_img read more

Books on Insulation and Energy-Efficient Building

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Two new books that might interest green builders recently caught my eye: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices by Alex Wilson and The JLC Guide to Energy Efficiency by the editors of The Journal of Light Construction.Full disclosure: I was a minor participant in the creation of both books. At Wilson’s request, I reviewed portions of his manuscript before publication and provided feedback. I also wrote several of the articles appearing in the JLC book.Alex Wilson’s book, Insulation: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices, is a short (83-page) electronic book that sells for $129. (BuildingGreen members can purchase the book at a $30 discount.)Wilson’s downloadable report seems aimed at designers and architects rather than at builders or insulation contractors. The book includes no installation tips.Wilson provides basic background information on the three modes of heat transfer, as well as solid information on R-value, U-factor, and air leakage. The guide also includes separate articles on many types of insulation, including batts, rigid foam boards, and spray foam products.Much of the information in this guide is written for those who are interested in green construction; for example, there is detailed information on the possible environmental effects of phenol formaldehyde and halogenated flame retardants.A few quotes will provide a sense of the topics featured in this guide:Wilson doesn’t just describe the insulation products on the U.S. market; he also provides guidance. Readers of Environmental Building News are probably already aware of Wilson’s fascination with FoamGlas, also known as cellular glass insulation. In a table listing material recommendations, FoamGlas is BuildingGreen’s “top pick” for insulating slabs and the exterior of foundation walls. Since an R-19 layer of this rarely used insulation has an installed cost of $6.20 to $7.50 per square foot,… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Just How Expensive Are Real Cinema Lenses?

first_imgNext to Zeiss and Panavision is Cooke. In particular, the S4 line has been used for many years, dating back to the late 90s. These primes offer an insanely sharp image that rivals most of what Zeiss and Panavision provide, yet at a fraction of the cost. In fact, Cooke has been working for years to develop cheaper lens options for independent filmmakers. While not used as frequently as it was in years past, with the resurgence of the Panavision Primo, the Cooke S4 has a firm legacy as solid glass.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsControl of flareSpherical aberrations at full apertureCam-type focusT-stop 2.0*Selected Filmography12 Years a SlaveHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2O Brother, Where Art ThouJohn WickNeed for SpeedPrice Points35mm: $19,000.0050mm: $19,000.00135mm: $21,900.00Angenieux Optimo Zoom The lenses above are the most widely used by big-budget cinematographers, and the Angenieux Optimo line is the zoom lens of choice for these same filmmakers. With the ability to capture an incredibly sharp image that’s compatible with the latest digital cameras and 4K resolution, the Optimo is the premier option. While Canon has the sport arena zoom lens on lockdown, Angenieux has a firm grip on cinema.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsZoom lens of choice for most cinematographersWeight Range 4.2-16lbsClose focus 1’9″T-stop 2.2*Selected FilmographyThe Book ThiefCaptain PhillipsWhiplashKingsman: The Secret ServiceIron Man 3Price Points17-80mm: $59,400.0030-80mm: $18,073.0056-152mm: $80,880.00Honorable MentionsWhile these are the most widely used lenses in the industry, there are several other lenses that we need to mention. These particular pieces of glass are used in big-budget productions, just not to the extent as those listed above. These options include Canon K35, Hawk Anamorphic, Fujinon and Leica Summilux. You can see the quality of these lenses in films such as Selma, The Theory of Everything and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.Want more content on lenses? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.The Science Behind Nikon Lenses10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage LensesAffordable Filmmaking: An Overview of Rokinon’s New Wide Angle LensesWhat are your thoughts on these lenses? Would you use these? Have you ever used any of these? What was your experience like? Sound off in the comments below. We’ve rounded up some of the most widely used real cinema lenses utilized on big-budget films. Let’s explore the high cost of high-end lenses.Top Image from RedUser.There’s just something about the look and feel of a studio-backed film. For many filmmakers who have the good fortune to utilize top-level gear, this look and feel is within reach. For the rest of us who are strapped to a finite budget, we have to make due with what we can. But what if we could break beyond our current budget and get our hands on some of that top-level gear, particularly lenses? What would it cost us? The answers to this question is, well, a lot.For many of the high-end lenses we’ll discuss, the price tag is such that if you have to ask for it, chances are you can’t afford it. Regardless, let’s take a look at some of the top-level glass that big-time filmmakers use on big-budget films. We’re going to start off with the top five cinema lenses being used by cinematographers on films such as Life of Pi, Gravity, Interstellar, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Zeiss Master PrimesFirst up on our list is ol’ reliable Zeiss, who’s been manufacturing lenses since the late 1800s. The Master Prime lenses are an incredibly popular tool for directors and cinematographers. The Zeiss Master Primes are one of the most widely used lenses on big-budget productions.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsBuilt specifically for the ARRI line of camerasWeight ranges from 6-8lbsFront diameter ranges from 114-134mmT-stop 1.3*Selected FilmographyLife of PiBirdmanSkyfallFurious 7The Imitation GamePrice Points35mm: $19,790.0050mm: $21,100.00135mm: $26,820.00Panavision Primo VNext is the Panavision Primo V line of prime lenses. While their roots aren’t as deep as Zeiss, Panavision does date back to the 1950s. Originally started as a manufacturer of anamorphic lenses for Cinemascope, the company expanded to cameras by the mid-1960s. Like Zeiss and its Master line of lenses, Panavision’s Primo V line of lenses has been a mainstay in the industry. Beginning in 2001, the company began buying up major motion picture rental houses around the world, but in 2010 the bottom fell out when Panavision called for debt restructuring. As of 2013, creditors were still suing over unpaid debt.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsLens Range (14.5mm – 35mm)Classic Series Range (21mm – 125mm)Uses both Legacy Glass and New Glass designsT-stop 1.9*Selected FilmographyJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadGuardians of the GalaxyAmerican SniperStar Wars: The Force AwakensPrice PointsPanavision does not sell any standalone lenses. If a studio wants to purchase the lenses, they are usually restricted to purchasing them with a camera like the Panavision Genesis. For this bundle, one would be looking at shelling out $500,000-$750,000 to purchase or $4000.00/day to rent.Cooke S4last_img read more

4 Awesome Innovations in Lens Technology Every Filmmaker Needs

first_imgThese four new lenses are changing video production. Find out what they can do for you on your next film or video project.Cover image via News Shooter.While they don’t always get the same love and coverage as cameras or other production gear, lenses are quietly continuing to revolutionize filmmaking with some serious technological innovations. As some of these breakthroughs continue, it’s not ridiculous to imagine what capabilities lenses will soon offer in terms of shifts, optics, and zoom.If you have an eye for new lenses and are ready to peep some innovations in lens technology, check out these four awesome options to consider renting or even adding to your bag.Interchangeable Rear OpticsThe Optimo Ultra 12x is one of the latest innovations from Angenieux, which has been a major innovator in long-range zoom technologies for years. Their newest lens installment (which you can see more about in the video above) boasts their latest Interchangeable Rear Optics (IRO) technology. With the IRO modular design, you can configure the Ultra 12x for S35, U35 and FF/VV sensor sizes by changing out the rear group and rings.While the new Optimo Ultra 12x will still be quite pricey (in the $85,000 to $100,000 range), Angenieux has also announced new Type EZ lenses for filmmakers that still offers the same Optimo Style range, but in the much more purchase-friendly range of $17,000 to $50,000.You can check out and read more about the Optimo Ultra 12x at theAngenieux website here.New Tilt Shift LensesFor those unfamiliar with tilt shift lens technology, here are a couple of good videos to explain them a little more in-depth. Basically, tilt shift lenses are helpful for changing the plane of focus controlling depth of field. Ideally, these new macro lenses will be perfect for shooting products, landscapes, and architecture in both photography and videography and complete Canon’s L-series family of wide and macro tilt shift lenses.If you’re looking for a little more in-depth on how tilt-shift lenses work for video. Here are a couple of places to check out. You can also read up more on Canon’s website for the lenses here.Insane Zoom CapabilitiesAlong with tilt shift technology upgrades, Canon is also making waves with their insane zoom capabilities. The Canon Cine Servo CN20x50 is a truly remarkable lens in itself at 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9, but it also offers a built-in extender that turns the lens into a 75mm-1500mm. While it’s aimed at sports and nature television, it’s an ideal lens for a good low-light camera where you can stand the focal length. Here’s some more info on Canon’s website to check out.Affordable Wide-Angle to Macro RangeYou may think that, while awesome, major technological innovations in lenses mean they’re all crazy expensive. That, fortunately, is not always true. Case in point: Tamron’s new 18-400mm lens is quite a steal for its true wide-angle to macro range. The lens also features vibration compensation technologies that can help with up to 2.5 stops of camera shake along with moisture-resistance construction for outdoor shoots.Altogether, the lens retails for around $650, which is a pretty good investment if you’re looking for a one-stop shop lens option. You can read more on Tamron’s website here.For more lens and video production technological innovations, check out some of these resources.Tech and Film: 7 Innovations Changing the IndustryNAB 2017: The Latest and Greatest Camera LensesThe Best Set of Go-To LensesThe Art of Lens Whackinglast_img read more

Tour Diary – Women’s 30’s

first_imgTour Diary – Women’s 30’s Match 2Day Two of the Masters Trans Tasman Series for the Women’s 30’s started with a momentary lapse of judgement from Captain Giselle Martin, aka Carl Williams. Taken down by Kirstie Wakely in Underbelly 4 – Masters Murders, the tale of the silent assassin (in our team game of assassins which has been taking place this week).We were full of enthusiasm for a big day against the Kiwis with Megan ‘Moogsy’ Fritsch jumping the toast queue, trying to get a jump on the opposition. The girls prepared for their second match by cheering on the Men’s 50’s and 45’s as they took out the series, providing motivation to make it another series win for the Aussies. The hot Townsville sun (28 degrees) beamed down on the bodies of the finely tuned specimens of the 30’s ladies, thanks to the fantastic support of the physios, pool sessions and ice baths.The team took the field pumped up to take out the series, and we were successful 7-2 after a tight first half 3-2. Captain courageous put her body on the line and has the graze to prove it. Her run from acting half to the sub box was a run the Judd’s would be proud of. The second half broke open scoring four unanswered touchdowns, with a real team effort. The reward for the hard fought win was a team ice bath. The girls are now looking forward to another fun night together watching the Cowboys take on the Raiders with the Townsville folk. Word on the street is that the ladies may be making a special appearance at two local weddings ‘Deb Steinhardt’ style. Invitation is no obstacle. So we are left to ponder who will be the silent assassin, and can the ladies make it a 3-nil whitewash!!!Australian Women’s 30’slast_img read more

Video: ESPN’s First Take Debates Braxton Miller’s Position Change

first_imgStephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim on the set of ESPN First Take.If you aren’t a big fan of either Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless, you may want to skip this one. Friday, the two gave their takes on the Braxton-Miller-is-switching-positions news, and, as you might guess, it’s being met with a great deal of criticism.While Smith’s initial rant mostly goes in circles (per usual), he does mention that it initially gave him “cause for pause” when he heard that Miller, a black quarterback, was being encouraged to play another position. Considering the team’s other two options – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – are also black, he claims that this scenario is a bit different. Bayless, meanwhile, thinks that Barrett might win the position. According to Smith, there’s no chance of that happening.Enjoy, we think.last_img