The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America is a group of people in the optics industry interested in promoting the knowledge of optics for the local community.
A Novel Anamorphic Adapter for Mobile Filmmaking
Speaker: Julie Gertsenberger
September 30, 2014
Increasingly, serious filmmakers and photographers are reaching for the phone in their pocket to make professional-quality films and photographs. The integration of phone camera footage into an Oscar-winning feature was once unthinkable, but mobile filmmaking is rapidly gaining credibility with recognition like the Oscar awarded to Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man - partially shot with an iPhone. The unique characteristics of mobile phone cameras have created an opportunity for novel but relatively affordable professional quality lenses. As an example, the wide aspect ratio, organic flares and distortion associated with anamorphic lenses add a unique aesthetic to a film, a look that has had continous popularity since the 1950's. Unfortunately, traditional anamorphic lenses are too expensive to be widely accessible to many filmmakers. Moondog Labs has capitalized on the scale of mobile phone cameras with a novel optical and mechanical design to enable an affordable anamorphic adapter. This presentation will give a brief overview of anamorphic imaging and discuss the trends and design tradeoffs in mobile cameras that created an opportunity for this adapter. Use of Kickstarter to raise both funding and market awareness will also be addressed.
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Using Optics to Inspire Middle School Students!
Our educational outreach efforts help inspire middle school students!
Please see the outreach page below for the media coverage highlighted by the OSA Foundation.
Newsletters from previous months can be found in thenews section.
The Rochester Section is active in the support of optics education in area schools. The Rochester Section developed its Optics Suitcase in 1999. The Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to many of the concepts of optics as well as other sciences.
Information on Joining
For information on how to join, please see our new membership form online. We still support both online and traditional postal membership renewal methods. Miscellaneous questions can be answered by our secretary.