Its Friday the 13th and Finals week is here at school, which means wrapping up projects and preparing myself for the long winter break.

Also snow... nearly 20 inches of it this month so far. But in the mean time, here are a few great reads from the week.

Famed fashion photographer Karl Lagerfeld has produced another film for Chanel, this time documenting the famed designer's return to fashion after a 15 year hiatus. Tied in with the "Chanel Returns to Dallas" runway show, the piece is part biopic, based also Chanel's 1957 visit to meet Stanley Marcus, then leader of the Neiman Marcus brand. Though the plot line and writing leaves a bit to be desired, it is beautifully lit and shot, an a great example of a stills-brain attacking motion content.

Across the pond and in bigger productions, Panavision UK shot a great BTS about using the Techno100, a 100 foot camera crane, out in the middle of a field in Prague for filming of the Borgias. Camera cranes are where the big version of "jibs." Both are lateral arms that can pivot and swing to add dramatic camera shots (think of the "wide sweeping shot" mentality). Most jibs are portable, in the 4-8' range, while cranes far exceed that. The transport and setup of a 100 foot, onto a location (its more often at home on a sound stage or closed set) is absolutely insane.

For GoPro fans out there, Canada-based BackBone has produced a kit that allows you to modify a Hero3 camera to accept C-mount lenses, as well as removing the infrared cut filter, allowing your GoPro to not only use a wide array of optics (as opposed to its standard fisheye lens), but now film infrared footage. I'm a huge fan of the GoPro for the quality it pumps out of a tiny package, and though other solutions similar to this do exist, this is the first one that you can purchase as the complete camera, or in a do-it-yourself kit!

And finally, from Hayes Urban, the conceptual Nolab Digital Super 8 cartridge. The idea is to produce a digital (with a sensor, and not film) cartridge compatible with Super 8mm Film cameras, like the ones your grandparents used. The look as a grainy-toy-ish camera can be seen as cutaway shots in the PBS series, GlobeTrekker, and has been adopted as an aesthetic approach by filmakers as much as a tool also. Shooting to an SD card, the Nolab would breathe life to a generation of cameras otherwise dependent on traditional film cartridges and developing. Forgive me though for my lack of belief, as the concept of a digital cartridge for film has been long-speculated, as early as 2001, with no fruition. Though one guy did get close...

And that's the news from around here. I'll be finishing up classes in the next few days, and then on the road for work, hopefully with new-news to come. Happy Holidays everyone!