May 29, 2013
"I have used the A-Cam dll for filming three short film projects. Aziz Capkurt's “Topac” was filmed in far east Turkey, Paul Negoescu's “Rain in Sarajevo” as part of Sarajevo City of Film and Mihai Mincan's debut short film shot in Romania.
When I first filmed with the Ikonoskop camera, my knowledge of the system and the workflow was rather basic. We had traveled to a remote village in eastern Turkey, 3 men and a small Pelican case containing the Ikonoskop A-Cam dll, two 160GB memory cards, four batteries and five minuscule c-mount lenses. We were using the camera to download the footage in a village that had frequent power cuts, but returned to Istanbul without loosing any data. When we opened the files the images came out not clinical perfect, but with character and a type of organicity. The movement reproduction captured by the CCD's global shutter was perfect and the motion blur felt natural. But faces are the true challenge for any good camera system. We see images in witch all ingredients are there but still feel wrong. The A-Cam dll reproduce faces with pleasant subtle and vibrant color. But the camera also has challenges. You have to know how to deal with your exposure interval to get the most out of the sensor. When I used the camera next time, in new contrast and lighting challenges, it once again managed to deliver great images. With the new firmware upgrades, a wider range of choices in developing the files, the camera has become more and more mature and reliable.
What draws me to the A-Cam dll, is that its simplicity functions both as a challenge and as a stimulant for the creative process. It requires a discipline similar to film and forces you to think and choose carefully your options."
George Chiper, DoP