TCH Newsletter April 2014
Super Baltars


Appreciated for their beauty and moodiness, the Super Baltars are hugely popular with cinematographers looking for a "vintage" tone... achieving a soft and classic look without any filters or nets. The lens of choice in the mid-1950s is back and as beautiful as ever in 2014!

DP's CORNER: Stacy Toyama

TCH: Tell us a little about your early days in the entertainment business, Stacy.


Stacy: I was born and raised in Honolulu and left for Los Angeles to attend film school at USC. Those were some fun years, when my friends and I were fearless and felt like we were going to take over the industry! After graduation, reality hit, and we all learned quickly that making a living doing what we enjoy wasn't going to be easy. I started off doing PA work, like everyone else, and then moved up to Coordinating to pay the bills. My free time was spent shooting anything I could get my hands on for a copy, credit and a meal. With the contacts I made at equipment rental vendors, I called in some favors and shot a DP reel of five spec spots... and that led to my start.

TCH: What's your favorite movie and why?

Stacy Toyama

Stacy: That's a tough question, but I can watch Searching for Bobby Fisher over and over again. Why? Conrad Hall...enough said.

TCH: What inspired you to become a cinematographer?

Stacy: When I was a kid I would hang out at the magazine section of the supermarket while waiting for my mom to do her grocery shopping. The first glimpse that I got into seeing what a cinematographer did was through a behind the scenes article on the making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. There were production photos of the special effects team shooting miniatures for the underground mining railroad chase scenes... and I thought, "What?! You can get paid to do that?"

TCH: What was your first gig as a cinematographer?

Stacy: My first gig as a cinematographer was two weeks after graduation. I shot videos for a karaoke software company! It was fun to hire my college friends as crew (at that point, I didn't know any other crew), and we were all just excited that we were getting paid to shoot something. We kind of felt like big shots!

TCH: What have you been working on recently and what lies ahead for the future?

Stacy: This year has been nice and diverse with the projects I've worked on. I shot a global campaign for a beauty product and then I went up north to shoot a car spot. As for upcoming work, I'm going to switch gears and shoot a narrative project based on a real-life thriller.


After the success of the Leica T1.4 Summilux-C primes now we are proud to offer the new T2.0 Summicron-C primes. Smaller, lighter and less expensive, but with the amazing quality we expect from the new Leica lenses!

Summicron-C Primes

April Fools
Many different cultures past and present have had days of foolishness around the start of April. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria (Get it? Hilarity...) on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis, the god of vegetation. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. The change of winter into spring brings about a lightness of mind and spirit and, for centuries, has inspired the playing of practical jokes on the naive... like sending a new P.A. to hunt for a box of T-Stops!

Did someone play a prank on you this April 1st? Or did you play a prank on some unsuspecting gal or fella? If so, post details or photos of the prank on social media with #tchLOL to share the laughter with us!

RED Dragon


Now you can capture over 9x more pixels than HD. The dragon sensor offers a model for image innovation, eclipsing 35mm film in both latitude and image density. This is a whole new beast that takes advantage of vastly improved dynamic range and low-light capabilities to capture true-to-life images.