Meet the First Dual Lens Kit for the iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera sysem just got its first third-party upgrade.

When the official specs for the iPhone 7 Plus were announced, people couldn’t stop talking about its peculiar, but pretty exciting, dual camera design, with one dedicated to wide angle and one to telephoto. Now that the smartphone has been out for a while, third party add-ons are to be expected, and Kamerar and Ztylus have teamed up to give the iPhone 7 Plus its first dual camera system upgrade. Meet the $ 45 Kamerar ZOOM lens kit:

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New Cars 3 Trailer Coming on January 9

New Cars 3 Trailer Coming on January 9

New Cars 3 trailer coming on January 9

During yesterday’s college football playoff games, Disney•Pixar teased that a new Cars 3 trailer will air during the college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson on Monday, January 9 on ESPN at 8 pm/ET. You can watch a recorded tease for the new Cars 3 trailer below.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Disney•Pixar‘s Cars 3 will feature the return of Owen Wilson as the voice of Lightning McQueen, along with Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera, and Cheech Marin as Ramone.

Cars 3 is directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist for Cars and Cars 2) and produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life, La Luna short). The film will race into theaters on June 16, 2017.

The first Cars, directed by John Lasseter, earned $ 461.9 million worldwide in 2006, and Cars 2 topped that with $ 559.8 million globally in 2011.

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Work on Your Cinematography Game All Year Long with the 52 Week Challenge

Here’s a way to work your cinematography muscles all year long.

Last year, Dogwood’s 52 Week Photography Challenge was a big success and helped tens of thousands of filmmakers, videographers, and photographers hone their skills in 2016. For those of you who either didn’t participate or are returning for more, a newly updated challenge has been released for 2017, which is said to be even more advanced and demanding than last year.

There are assignments to complete every week of the year, like telling a story using the rule of thirds, using “orange” as a prompt, or shooting something entirely at f/8, all of which focus on one of three important categories that will help you become a more well-rounded shooter: Storytelling, Technical, and Artistic Impression. From Dogwood’s site:

Story Telling: Good photographers can take beautiful images of something. Great photographers can take an image that tells its story. This category makes use of compositional rules and directed prompts to push you towards not just looking at the beauty of something, but to find a way to tell that something’s story.

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Christian’s Past Won’t Let Go in the New Fifty Shades Darker Spot

Christian's Past Won't Let Go in the New Fifty Shades Darker Spot

Christian’s past won’t let go in the new Fifty Shades Darker spot

Universal Pictures has released a new Fifty Shades Darker spot, which you can watch below! Fifty Shades Darker is coming to theaters on February 10, 2017.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $ 560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar winner Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.

Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

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Hot and Cold: Exploring the Cinematography of ‘Arrival’ DP Bradford Young

How does Arrival DP Bradford Young create the mesmerizing atmospheres in his work?

Bradford Young is one of the most talented DPs working today, having collaborated with iconic directors like Ava DuVernay (Selma) and most recently Denis Villeneuve (Arrival). Through his keen sense of lighting and use of color, he manages to create his signature hot/cold atmospheres, which is one aspect of Young’s approach to cinematography wolfcrow’s Sareesh Sudhakaran explores in his latest cinematography breaksdown. Check it out below:

Despite his extensive work on feature films, Young has also showcased his skill in documentaries, commercials, and music videos for MGMT, Nora Jones, and Beck. Perhaps it is from this freedom to explore, experiment, and take chances that he is able to embrace his unique visual style as, what Sudhakaran calls, a truly “modern cinematographer.”

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Take the Cure in a New Cure for Wellness Promo

Take the Cure in a New Cure for Wellness Promo

Take the Cure in a new Cure for Wellness promo

Every year we promise to improve ourselves, but we never do. Stop treating the symptom. In 2017, take the Cure. Watch the new promo for A Cure for Wellness from 20th Century Fox in the player below!

Directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring) and scripted by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary RoadThe Lone Ranger), A Cure for Wellness stars Dane DeHaan as an ambitious young executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

A Cure for Wellness also stars Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter series) and Mia Goth (The SurvivalistNymphomaniac).

RELATED: Gore Verbinski Talks A Cure for Wellness

Verbinski, who last directed The Lone Ranger, also produced A Cure for Wellness through his Blind Wink Productions. Among Verbinski’s other credits are the first three films in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Nicolas Cage-led dark comedy drama The Weather Man, and Paramount Pictures‘ and ILM‘s surreal animated adventure Rango, which reteamed Verbinski with frequent collaborator Johnny Depp.

A Cure for Wellness will debut in theaters on February 17, 2017.

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Daily Dialogue — January 1, 2017

“Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one. Love, Ellie.”

Up (2009), screenplay by Bob Peterson & Pete Docter, story by Pete Docte & Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Failure, suggested by Melinda Mahaffey and Will King.

Trivia: The villain Charles Muntz is named after Charles Mintz, the Universal Pictures executive who in 1928 stole Walt Disney’s production rights to his highly-successful “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” cartoon series. This led Walt Disney to create Mickey Mouse, who soon eclipsed Oswald in popularity.

Dialogue On Dialogue: When is success failure? Right here in the Pixar movie Up. Carl succeeds in his Conscious Goal: Get the house to the top of Paradise Falls. However it is a Pyrrhic victory. It’s only through Carl flipping through the pages of the Adventure Book that he realizes this. From beyond the grave, Ellie gives him her blessing to go find a new adventure. And that leads to Act Three of the story. A classic example of where Need supplants Want.

Daily Dialogue — January 1, 2017 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Underworld Blood Wars Soundtrack Review

Underworld Blood Wars Soundtrack Review

A review of composer Michael Wandmacher’s Underworld Blood Wars soundtrack album

Another year, another installment in the unyielding Underworld film series. The fifth entry in the blockbuster horror-influenced franchise (directed by TV vet Anna Foerster) once more drags the immaculate Kate Beckinsale as the vampire “death dealer” Selene and once more pours her into that PVC body suit that she pointlessly — but thankfully — always wears. This round, our lethal and heroic ghoul fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan (that’s werewolf for the uninitiated) clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance, who we would watch eat a sandwich on screen and be happy), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

In other words, 5th verse… same as the first! A little bit louder and… well, in respect to the volume of the thing, we can say with authority, a littler bit... exactly the same.

First of all, reviewing a soundtrack album before actually seeing the motion picture it was designed for can be, on one hand, problematic. Especially if the film in question is an action-oriented fantasy like the next Underworld film most assuredly is. On the other hand, a great soundtrack is a character unto itself and can most assuredly stand alone devoid of its visual. In the case of Michael Wandmacker’s music for Underworld: Blood Wars, it exists just fine on its own, especially if you’re familiar with the palette of the Underworld films and thrill to the wash of flavorless noise they trot out. This album sounds dark, blue/black, shiny and serious and it’s well-produced and slick.

RELATED: The Underworld Story So Far…

The disc opens with the track “What Came Before”, and the music initially hints at something almost post-industrial, with crackling electronic noise and a thick drone. But that gives way to the usual blaring horn section, tribal drums and ascending orchestral swell that screams to the listener that this movie is “Epic” with a capita ‘E’; standard fare for this sort of outing.

And on it goes.

Wandmacher (replacing series regular Paul Haslinger) does what Hans Zimmer does on autopilot, piling busy, urgent notes on top of each other (as in the track “Marius”) without genuine emotion or wit or any sort of eccentricity. Sort of like the movies themselves, which (and apologies to the legion of hardcore fans who love them) are pretty somber and soulless and joyless affairs, with overly-digitally tinkered visuals barely kept afloat by the glories of Beckinsale in that catsuit.

Wandmacher is no stranger to horror and dark fantasy having scored the My Bloody Valentine remake and the uber-mental Punisher: War Zone. But he’s also a composer for video games and that’s what the Underworld Blood Wars soundtrack feels like, with its big, empty cues that are designed to simply propel us to the next level. Which is not to say that there aren’t a few bright spots and moments of beauty. The track “Sunlight” is splendid, aided by a Lisa Gerrard-esqe female vocal arrangement that stirs and chills. One wishes there were much more of this sort of vocal on the score as it no doubt echoes Selene’s plight and would add considerable emotional gravitas.

This is not a bad score. It’s just completely generic, which is probably exactly the sort of score the producers wanted. We’ll circle back with a full review for Underworld: Blood Wars soon and report if we even notice Wandmacher’s sounds on screen at all…

You can get the full soundtrack now from Lakeshore Records and sample select cues below. Underworld: Blood Wars is in theaters on January 6th.

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Video: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough of Registering Your Drone with the FAA

Here’s what you need to know about registering your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The drone registry has been in effect for a year now and since then the FAA has seen over 600,000 new sUAS ((Small Unmanned Aircraft System) users added to their database. Now that the holiday season is over, those numbers are expected to rise even higher now that thousands of brand new drones have reached the hands of their new owners. If you’re one of them and are new to aerial cinematography and the rules and regulations that go along with it, here’s what you’ll need to know about the process of getting your drone registered.

Now, you might’ve heard a lot about new rules that came into effect at the end of this summer that might be scaring you away from flying drones, like he one that requires pilots to pass a certification test before taking to the air. But before you start preparing for any exams it’s important to figure out what kind of drone you have and what kind of user you are.

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