Micro Filmmaking

The new low-budget filmmaking category puts motion capture into the hands of the masses
By The Editors
When the Vine video-sharing app was released in 2013, most people dismissed it as a filmmaking application. After all, Vine's video quality was lousy because of the heavy compression, and you could only capture six seconds of motion. But in the year since its release, it has become the new…

Cut The Cord

The Teradek Bolt system lets you wirelessly transmit HD video up to 300 feet
By Neil Matsumoto
If you're a director or cinematographer who's meticulous about the look of your movie (framing, lighting, art direction, etc.), proper monitoring is one of the most important aspects of filmmaking. Before HD, to view shots while not looking through the viewfinder, one had to employ a video tap. The video…

Drone Wars

Instead of taking out enemies, production drones are being used for aerial cinematography
By Skip Ferderber
One of the production industry's latest infatuations is with the use of drones in production. No, the intention isn't to take out an enemy. Using drones in production—unmanned aircraft controlled from the ground and carrying lightweight cameras—has developed into a must-have tool for productions that need aerial coverage and can't…

The Long Goodbye

For movie exhibitors, the digital takeover is well underway
By Skip Ferderber
Mark Twain once wrote, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." In regard to shooting and exhibiting motion picture film, unfortunately, the rumors are quickly becoming true. And nowhere does the coming end of film as a significant distribution medium hit home harder than at your local movie…

Scandalous

Demonstrated by Rampart, the line between production and post continues to blur
By The Editors
In 2009, The Messenger brought home two Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Original Screenplay, shared by Alessandro Camon and director Oren Moverman. The film earned plaudits throughout the festival circuit and was recognized as Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Moverman's latest project, Rampart, reunited him with…

Posting DSLRs

HDVP examines numerous tips and tools for creating a professional DSLR workflow
By Skip Ferderber
It's edging close to the two-year mark since DSLRs were first used on professional motion-picture and TV productions. Back then, it was an open question whether DSLRs could find a home in mainstream production or whether using them constituted a one-off production trial. Equally important was whether the postproduction zeitgeist…
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