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ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers.
The next and 8th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will be held in Paris, France in the early spring of 2013.
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com.
The New Kid on the Action Camera Block
The action camera market, previously dominated by GoPro now has new products pouring in from Sony, Contour, and JVC that are smaller in size and action-ready than ever before. The film industry has recently discovered the value of the smaller, more convenient DSLR cameras, which enable shooting from small cramped spaces or compromising locations – for the action camera crowd, however, size has always been a non-negotiable. When free-skiing powder in Utah, snowboarding in Verbier, or rock-climbing in Australia, one does not have a free hand or moment to hold steady their new Canon EOS 5D Mark II. While many DSLR cameras come with all the bells and whistles and a two-hundred-page user guide one must read in order to take full advantage of what the camera has to offer, action cameras are specifically designed for speed and convenience – an aspect that allows the action camera to appeal to the masses.
In addition to its convenient size and user-friendly design, the action camera allows for the capture of footage from more extreme angles, and adds a unique stylistic dimension to its subject. Sean White, the professional snowboarder who joined the GoPro team this year, stated “I’m looking forward to seeing my riding in a different light, with new angles that only GoPro cameras can capture."
In previous years, GoPro monopolized the market with their small action cameras, perfect for the top of a helmet or the inside of a pocket. However, Sony recently announced the coming debut of their first action camera, with a few differences that will hopefully improve on the original prototype fathered by GoPro. While Sony has produced small cameras in the past, this is their first specific attempt at an action camera. GoPro has always included professional filmmaking features in their action cameras Cinestyle colour profiles, 24p, and higher bit rates, Sony has made a big splash with image stabilization abilities and their Carl Zeiss lens.
The action sports community does not expect meaningful differences between products from the two brands but the Sony camera will lend itself to being worn on the side of your head, while the GoPro works better on the top of a helmet. JVC has also released an action camera (Adixxion), but their model includes more extensive tech features that make it more expensive than even the high-end GoPro models. While the price has not been released, the public expects it to match the other semi-disposable wearable cameras currently on the market so as to be in any way competitive.
Extreme sportsmen looking to record their latest hang-gliding adventure, TV show contestants (such as those on the game show Wipeout), and the professional film-makers of box office hits such as The Smurfs all use action cameras. Are these little cameras the way of the future for film? While the industry is still undoubtedly dominated by the larger, more sophisticated DSLR cameras, action cameras are picking up momentum with their lethal combination of size, ease, and style. Once feedback for the new models released by Sony and Contour reaches the public, we will know more about where this trend is headed: for now, happy filming to action-crazed athletes and innovation-seeking filmmakers everywhere.
About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival
Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.
Hillier began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction.
Hillier studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France.
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