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CHELSEA FEARNLEY DEPUTY EDITOR Chelsea Fearnley WELCOME T urn to June in any cinephile’s calendar and I guarantee you’ll see a weekend earmarked for the Cine Gear Expo. It’s where the elite of the motion picture community gather to ogle at the latest trends and technology on display at the historic Paramount Studios. Like many trade shows over the past year, the June Cine Gear has been postponed, but the doldrums of 2020 will soon become a distant memory, as more and more vaccinations are administered and the world starts to rebuild itself. It’s with this promise of a brighter future that Cine Gear is going ahead in the autumn. Read our interview with chief executive, director Juliane Grosso on page 5, for a preview of what’s to come. It’s important to note, however, that trade events aren’t always a prerequisite for innovation, as proven by the aerial companies bolstering VFX crews with their mammoth camera arrays (page 26) – and the LED companies ensuring there’s a right-sized light for every type of camerawork (page 32). So, with or without trade extravaganzas, here’s to continued ingenuity!
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CONTENTS 5 UNTIL SEPTEMBER
26 APPETITE FOR AERIAL ARRAYS Innovators in the aerial filmmaking industry reveal how they capture 360° images in the sky. 32 POWER & PORTABILITY Pint-sized and cordless LEDs for when your production calls for something compact, yet mighty.
Chief executive, director Juliane Grosso previews what’s to come at the Cine Gear Expo autumn event.
8 SPLIT PERSONALITY
DOP Nicolas Karakatsanis on why he used medium and large format to capture the twisty tale of Cruella de Vil.
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37 BMPCC 6K PRO REVIEW
14 ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER
Why the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a beautiful refinement on an already winning formula.
With silence on set, the visuals of A Quiet Place Part II have to speak for themselves. Cinematographer Polly Morgan explains how she shot the action. David Wyman discusses authentically recording communications between 1940s naval officers in Greyhound , despite numerous on-set challenges.
45 CAMERA LISTINGS
A showcase of the bodies revolutionising how we create digital images.
21 THE ECHOES OF WAR
50 WELCOME TO THE FAMILY Our round-up of the latest and greatest kit for production crews.
COVER IMAGE Cruella ©Walt Disney Pictures 2021
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