Cinefade

A novel form of cinematic expression

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Vary depth of field in film

Cinefade is a camera accessory that allows cinematographers to gradually transition between a deep and a shallow depth of field in one shot at constant exposure to accentuate a moment of extreme drama in film or to make a client's product stand out in commercials.

The in-camera effect is a novel storytelling tool and the gradual transition between a sharp and a blurry background is a new way of immersing your audience in your story.

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I wanted a severe depth of field shift to accentuate Liam Neeson’s experience - something to isolate him from his surrounding world. Cinefade was exactly what we were looking for.
— Paul Cameron ASC
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How Cinefade works

A cmotion lens control system slaves an iris motor to our new cmotion Cinefade VariND. The in-camera effect is remotely controlled with a cmotion cvolution lens control system via the hand unit.

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The iris is operated to vary depth of field.

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Our variable ND filter automatically keeps exposure constant.

 
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Variable ND filter

Our new cmotion Cinefade VariND consists of a motorised polariser and a static polariser. When inserted into a matte box together they form a variable Neutral Density filter.

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Applications

The cmotion Cinefade VariND can be used with or without a cmotion lens control system combining five useful applications in one solution.

 
 

Variable depth of field effect

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The Motorised Polariser together with the Static Polariser form a variable ND filter that is slaved to an iris motor and controlled remotely with the cmotion cvolution LCS, allowing cinematographers to vary depth of field in film.

 

Remote Variable ND

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The Motorised Polariser together with the Static Polariser form a variable ND filter that can be remotely controlled with the cmotion cvolution LCS, allowing filmmakers to control the density of the light filter whenever the camera is inaccessible, for example enabling INT to EXT Steadicam shots without riding the iris (find out more).

 

Standalone Variable ND

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The Motorised Polariser together with the Static Polariser form a variable ND filter that can be directly adjusted via two buttons on the motor block, without the need for a LCS, saving the AC time when adjusting ND values (find out more).

 

Remote Polariser

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The Motorised Polariser can be remotely adjusted with a cmotion cvolution lens control system to control polarisation effects like reflections and blue skies and animate them over time (find out more).

 

Standalone Polariser

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The Motorised Polariser can also be adjusted directly via two buttons on the motor block, without the need for a lens control system, enabling precise and repeatable adjustments of the polariser.

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Hire Cinefade

The Cinefade system is available to hire worldwide directly through us from our base in London with or without an experienced Operator, as well as through our rental partners Keslow Camera in the USA and Arri Rental in Europe.

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Buy Cinefade

Cinefade is now available for pre-sales with shipping of the first units expected in January 2019. The very first units are available exclusively through us. Get in touch to be amongst the first to own your own novel Cinefade system.

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