Canon has done quite a bit of “different” thinking when coming up with its new EOS C300 camera/camcorder. Some in-depth reviews can be found here and here.
If you are one of the people who own a DSLR from Canon, you are aware of their current trend to allow the camera to function as a camcorder as well (especially, the 5D Mark II). So the new C300 shows that the Canon can drop their hybrid approach and focus fully on a camera that is like DSLR in terms of form factor but has the feature set of a full-frame movie camera.
The important question is this: “Is Canon EOS C300 going to replace Canon X line, HVX200 or Sony’s new generation of indie video camcorders“. I think the answer is pretty clear – only if you have a pretty impressive budget! The list price of the new camcorder is 20,000 USD with the “real” price being in the 14,000-15,000 range.
So amateur filmmakers can forget about this camera but if you are shooting even a (semi) professional documentary, you could definitely go for it.
After the commercial disaster that was Revolver (check out the Revolver explanations!), Guy Ritchie moved on to Hollywood projects. Sherlock Holmes was a mediocre movie, although I must admit the art direction was OK.
So the news that Guy is re-making the classic 1981 Excalibur (directed by John Boorman) is met with a lot of hostility on movie buff forums.
The funny side is to the whole thing is picturing Vinnie Jones as Merlin. Excalibur parody? Why not!
Leslie Nielsen is one of my favorite comedians (right next to Mel Brooks). He died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, this according to his agent. He was 84.
Tribute to Frank Drebin, his Naked Gun character!