PRESS RELEASE: Nikon D-Movie Screening Room Launches With Artistic Video From Famed Cinematographer, Harris Savides
MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 6, 2009) - Nikon Inc. today announces the official launch of the Nikon D-Movie Screening Room (www.nikondmovie.com), an online collection of creative and inspiring videos captured with Nikon's D90 and D5000 D-SLR cameras. Award-winning director of photography Harris Savides showcases an artistic compilation of life's most common, anonymous and beautiful moments. Savides, known for his work on Gus Van Sant's Milk and Ridley Scott's American Gangster, will be joined in the screening room by other accomplished professionals, as well as aspiring film makers and D-SLR photographers.
Savides created this short film, which reflects his life on the road away from his family, using the Nikon D5000 along with two NIKKOR telephoto lenses, the AF 80-200mm f/2.8D and the AF 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IF.
"Aside from the size, what I like about working with the D5000 is the quality of the image," said Savides. "I found that this camera creates a special film-like texture unlike a regular movie camera. The image has a finish that has a still photo quality, which for me felt right for this short film - a series of moving stills."
Savides, a director of photography for more than 25 years, began his career as a photographer in the fashion industry but made the natural transition from still photography to cinematography. In addition to Milk and American Gangster, for which received a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nomination, Savides has worked with some of the top names in film and entertainment, such as David Fincher and Noah Baumbach.
"As demonstrated by Harris Savides' short film, the Nikon D-Movie mode can enable anyone from a top cinematographer to a D-SLR photographer to create films that move and inspire," Lisa Baxt, senior manager, Communications, Nikon Inc. "The Nikon D-Movie Screening Room showcases those who have used the D90 and D5000's stunning HD-movie capability resulting in exceptional videos whether they are personal moments or artistic visions."
Additional movies at the Nikon D-Movie Screening Room from both professional film makers as well as D90 and D5000 users will be posted in the coming weeks at www.nikondmovie.com.
For more information on the D5000, D90 and the HD-movie capability, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
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(First posted on Monday, July 6, 2009 at 21:04 EDT)