Friday, June 8, 2018

In Memoriam: Anthony Bourdain

This morning, with great shock and sadness, we learned of Anthony Bourdain's death by suicide at the age of 61.

His CNN TV show "Parts Unknown" offered something special you'd never expect from a travel/cooking show - a profound exploration of regions and cultures, that made you part of his adventure and taught you something new with every episode. Bourdain managed one of the hardest tricks in filmmaking - he was entertaining and informative at the same time. And I use the word filmmaking intentionally, because his show was filmmaking. Bourdain assembled a terrific and talented crew. It featured top notch production values, with excellent cinematography, a flair for camera angles and compositions, editing that was magical, and a powerful use of music. The topping on the cake was the voice-over narration, written by Bourdain himself, which was often moving, insightful and poetic.

In every sense of the word, Anthony Bourdain was a true artist. Those of us who enjoyed his travels and took the journey with him to "Parts Unknown" are poorer for his loss.

Friday, May 25, 2018

DV Shop Sees RED

DV Shop is proud to announce that we are now a RED authorized dealer. Orders are in place, and inventory is in-bound.

RED revolutionized digital cinema with their RED ONE back in 2007, and in fact the owner of the DV Shop owned Serial #758 of the original RED ONE camera.

Since then, RED has continuously pushed the envelope, and improved their products.

One could argue that without RED, the acceleration of digital cinema would have been much slower. RED was to digital cinema in the 2000s what Apple was to computers in the 1980s - a paradigm shift that everyone else followed.

The above video is about director Mark Toia, and why he uses RED. It's worth the 5 minutes of your time, not only for the beautiful images, but on why of all the choices that are out there today, he uses RED. Enjoy!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Straight Tech with Yuri and Jakub

Our friends Yuri and Jakub have started a new review channel to highlight some of the equipment they use to make their YouTube Car Review show The Straight Pipes.

ikan products are available at DV Shop!

Monday, April 16, 2018

NAB 2018: Back to the Neon Boneyard

Ten years ago, DV Dude ventured north of downtown Las Vegas to the Neon Boneyard and took some pretty cool photos of old, discarded neon signs. Since that time, the Neon Boneyard has grown in popularity, became the Neon Museum, added a Visitor's Center, and the obligatory Gift Shop.

Things are a little more organized and curated now, but that takes away some of the charm of the rawness of the old set-up, which felt much more of a "boneyard." Now things are so clean and so organized. And you get get Neon Museum shot glasses, t-shirts, and mugs in the Gift Shop. It seems there is a Museum Handbook/Formula that every museum around the world follows.

But the one cool thing they added is electricity - so now some of the signs work, and at sunset you can get some pretty interesting visuals.

So if you are ever in Las Vegas, and like old neon signs, DV Dude definitely recommends a trip to the Neon Museum.