We’ll Do It Live!—Fixing Sound Mistakes

Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you
sound editing
Photo by Chris X Carroll Those of you paying attention will recall that at the end of last week’s lesson we were totally screwed. Being photographers, we had used our Canon DSLRs to shoot heart-breakingly gorgeous video. Video that was virtually useless because (among other things) of the proximity of a honkin’ giant fan blowing all that hair around... Read more

Pond5 And Filmmakers Alliance Host Short Film Contest

The “How Will You Tell Your Story?” contest offers more than $4,000 in prizes, with an entry deadline of November 1, 2107
filmmaking contest
Pond5, media marketplace for royalty-free HD and 4K video content, and the Filmmakers Alliance, a filmmakers’ collective whose mission is to advance independent film through community support, are hosting a filmmaking challenge, “How Will You Tell Your Story?” The short film contest is offering more than $4,000 in prizes, with an entry deadline... Read more

The Great And Mighty Cut

The power of how the transition from one shot to another happens is often overlooked
film editing
I’ve been fortunate to study under, and talk with, a number of very talented editors—editors for feature films, short films, commercials and documentaries, as well as editors for television, both entertainment and news. While the conversations have progressed through topics like creative processes, workflow, working with directors, etc., the topic... Read more

Around The World With The DJI Inspire 2

Learn how the DJI Inspire 2 allows adventurous filmmakers to stretch the limits in the field
Around The World With The DJI Inspire 2
The DJI Inspire 2 has allowed filmmakers to reach new heights while offering professional image quality. With a maximum speed of 58 mph (it goes from 0 to 50 mph in 5 seconds), and containing a self-heating battery that’s perfect for shooting in low temperatures, the DJI Inspire 2 allows the adventurous filmmaker to stretch the limits in the field. Sam... Read more

Cocktails And Cameras: Sony RX0 Hands-On Review In Hollywood

While the tiny box form factor looks like an action cam, the RX0 is much more capable. Intended for 4K multicam immersive experiences, it delivers excellent still images, too
video cameras
Hang 5 on a Hollywood set. Sony RX0 Hands-On Review Flatland BMX is about spinning brakeless tricks and insanely difficult, but also fits into an indoor space quite nicely. You get exciting things to photograph in a small space. In the ’80s, the performances would take up an entire basketball court or a couple courts’ worth of space to entertain... Read more

New York Comic Con – Despite Name, Video Is King

A trip to the East Coast’s largest convention for comic-related media, and video is the anchor
New York Comicon
New York Comic Con is a massive, sprawling and energetic trade show for the worlds of comic books, graphic novels and sci-fi/fantasy that takes over the Javits Center in New York each autumn. Jam-packed, the show occupies every corner of the trade show hall, and people flow through the halls in search of artwork, toys and a look at the latest news in... Read more

Scout It Out

A checklist of considerations to evaluate on a location scout, from lighting to sound to logistics
location scouting
This week I had a client ask me to meet them for a location scout. Depending on what level you work at and what type of projects you shoot, the location scout can range from a nice option to an absolute necessity. The project I scouted for will be a two-day shoot at a public radio station. For day one, the radio station will host an open house, with... Read more

Why Focus By Wire Is A Bad System For Digital Video Capture

Most lenses these days are “focus by wire,” not mechanical. Here’s why that’s a problem.
Focus By Wire example
I’ve never been a fan of the DSLR as a filmmaking tool. Mirrorless cameras have always made more sense to me, as they offer an electronic viewfinder and the ability to adapt many types of lenses. The adaptability has unfortunately become less of a perk and more of a necessity, due to the infuriating ‘focus-by-wire’ systems used in most mirrorless... Read more

Litepanels Gemini LED Live-Stream Event

Live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, cinematographer George Mooradian, ASC, shares his experience using the new Gemini LED soft panel, October 5 at 12 Noon PDT
LED lighting
The increasing versatility and dropping production costs of LED panels make them especially attractive lighting solutions. Today, the lighting experts at Litepanels are hosting a live-stream event featuring the Gemini LED soft panel. Live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, cinematographer George Mooradian, ASC, will share his experience using the... Read more

Sound Advice: Why You Need An Audio Pro On Video Shoots

Perhaps the biggest unexpected pitfall in the move from stills to moving pictures is one you not only can’t see coming, you can’t see at all: Sound
sound for video
Put away your laptops, class, there will be a pop quiz today. Those of you who read the homework will have no doubt noticed some of the clues left in the text. For those of you coming in late, I shot what was objectively the most beautiful cinematic tour de force since Citizen Kane, yet nearly ruined the whole thing with rookie errors. The entire project... Read more

Philip Bloom’s Cinematic Masterclass

The DP and director has announced the eight-part series for filmmakers, which can be streamed or downloaded
film production
DP and director Philip Bloom has announced a new eight-part series for filmmakers, Philip Bloom’s Cinematic Masterclass. Available for streaming or download in 4K, the series covers a range of topics, plus a free bonus episode, and is designed to break down the process and help creatives become better filmmakers. Each episode runs 40 to 60 minutes... Read more

Speedy Delivery (Or Too Much Of A Good Thing)

You’ve spent all that time editing your show and now you need to deliver a file. But what kind? 
file delivery
You’ve spent all that time editing your show and now you need to deliver a file. But what kind? Resolution, frame rate and bit rate—there are so many options. Resolution deals with the pixel count, usually given in horizontal and vertical dimensions. Generally, you’ll pick something like 1280×720, 1920×1080 or even 4K. Frame rate usually... Read more
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