By Mark Kalan Abe’s Blog Master
Get used to the ever diminishing difference between still and video cameras.
In previous posts I reported that both Nikon and Canon have either commissioned or encouraged film and television production using their current dSLR cameras. As to be expected, Pentax has now joined in.
Earlier this month Pentax Imaging Company commissioned two Colorado production companies to create entertaining short films that demonstrate the possibilities of shooting HD video on PENTAX K-7 digital SLRs.
The Pentax K 7
Posted on the Pentaxian Channel on the web, the films were produced by All Terrain Studios and Futuristic Films, both of Denver Colorado.
The All Terrain Studios filmmaking team of Dave Rosner and Melissa Rosner produced THE RIDER in the Colorado high country at both the Loveland Ski Area and the nearby mountain village of Georgetown. Starring RIDE Snowboard sponsored athlete Erik Ludwig, the film shares a typical day in the life of a snow bum who lives for his daily terrain park fix.
Capturing the majestic vistas of the Rocky Mountain Continental Divide THE RIDER offers an inside look into winter sport lifestyles the film (video) was primarily shot with smc (Super Multi Coated) PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL LIMITED, the smc PENTAX DA Star 55mm F1.4 SDM and the smc PENTAX DA Star 300mm F4 ED(IF) SDM lenses.
Filmmaker Jamin Winans and Futuristic Films takes viewers on a wild ride in UNCLE JACK. Behind this nocturnal odyssey of a desperate fugitive is the sweet tale of an uncle comforting his beloved niece with a cellular bedtime story. A mad clown, a crazed woman, magic pills, gunshots and more add up for a fast-paced, riotous adventure. Shot in downtown Denver entirely at night, the film keeps you rooting for a troubled character with a big heart. UNCLE JACK was shot with the smc PENTAX DA Star 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM, the smc PENTAX DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye and the smc PENTAX DA Star 60-250mm F4 ED (IF) SDM lenses.
Pentax would like you to stay tuned to The Pentaxian YouTube Channel for future “behind the scenes interviews” with the filmmakers.
Note that I would normally embed the two films in this post, as with most of my posts, but Pentax has seen fit to disable the embedding. This probably (I’m guessing) because of the money Google pays per view. In my opinion disabling embedding leads to fewer views and diminishes the value added of producing these film. An op-ed piece in the New York Times written by Damien Kulash Jr., creator of the cool and much imitated 2006 video of the band dancing to Here We Go Again on treadmills, discusses the practice. Perhaps all you Pentax fans out there will make enough noise and Pentax will reverse their decision?
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