Some of the apertus° team attended the 37th edition of the International Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand in France to showcase the AXIOM Alpha prototype and the apertus° project in general. As the recently crowd-funded AXIOM Beta is still in development, people attending the festival were able to put their hands on the AXIOM Alpha prototype and become familiar with the concept of sharing the entire technology as open source.
From the 2nd - 6th of February we set up headquarters in the architecture school which was hosting our french art studio “Atelier”. Together with Louis Lumière, ArtFX, The Mashup Table, DMA animation school, cr!art and many more, we created a sort of “ephemeral film school” where everyone could come and discover different aspects of filmmaking, including: CGI animation, stop motion, 3D cinema, scratching on 35mm film, editing on a tactile table and of course the AXIOM! Through many workshops and presentations we got the opportunity to let in DOPs, directors and many film enthusiast on some of the secrets of the first 4K Open Source Camera. Not that we have any actual secrets, but it sounds cooler than just saying we shared “publicly available information” from the project with them :) During five full days of exciting exchanges, long discussions and a fair amount of experimentation, we met people from all horizons united by their passion for cinema and with a strong interest in different features of this first Open Source Cinema Camera. It goes without saying that we expanded our expertise on what makes a good camera, thus giving us a pretty good preview of what the AXIOM can become one day in the hands of various artists and innovators.