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A Beautiful Planet, with Canon & Cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC

We hit Cine Gear Expo and got extremely lucky thanks to our friends at Canon USA! We got to chat with James Neihouse, ASC, to discuss his experience making the IMAX film A BEAUTIFUL PLANET. The film, a collaboration between Canon and NASA, was shot from space (oh yeah), entirely on Canon EOS C500 and the Canon EOS 1D-C. A BEAUTIFUL PLANET is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, and features footage filmed from space by the crew of the ISS. The film made its theatrical debut on April 29, 2016 in select cities and is currently screening on IMAX theaters across the country.

James Neihouse has been involved with many of the most memorable and successful IMAX 2D and IMAX 3D films to date including IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee BLUE PLANET (2003).

Posted by: Sarah Mason on Jun 6, 2016 at 5:29:59 pmComments (2) Canon, IMAX

Canon NAB Interview - Canon Goes 8K, to Space & Beyond

Co-Host of the Harold & Maudecast Jake Essoe sits down with Paul Hawxhurst, Professional Market Specialist at Canon USA, to talk about Canon's new announcements at NAB 2016 including the new COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF-mount lens.

"Canon recognized the need in the marketplace and answered with a hybrid between our cinema lenses and still camera EF lenses."

They also chat about Canon's collaboration with NASA on the new IMAX Film, A BEAUTIFUL PLANET.

"The film is the brainchild of IMAX's main DP, James Neihouse, who has been shooting IMAX since the beginning. He wanted to try out new camera systems and discovered the Canon C500 shooting raw, blew up to the IMAX screen perfectly. And because the form factor is 10x smaller than an IMAX camera, it was the perfect camera to send to the astronauts in space."

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, and features footage filmed from space by the crew of the ISS. The film was shot entirely on Canon EOS C500 and the Canon EOS 1D-C. It makes its theatrical debut on April 29, 2016 in select cities.

Also featured at NAB for Canon was the 8K ride experience which lived up to the hype. 8K video was projected onto large screens surrounding viewers. The images were shot with Canon's Prototype 8K Camera system, projected in 8k using 4 of Canon's 8K projectors then printed using Canon's imagePROGRAF printer.

You can see a video of the 8K experience from CES 2016 at -

For more information on Canon's NAB announcements and products visit,

Canon Goes 8K, to Space and Beyond, with Paul Hawxhurst

Posted by: Sarah Mason on May 2, 2016 at 5:28:25 pm Canon, Cinematography, 8K, NASA, IMAX

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