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ARRI is Apparently Working on a 6K Super 35mm ALEXA

ARRI might have already announced a 6K camera, but there is potentially a new one on the horizon.<p>We have now heard from multiple sources (more than …

How to Make a Squirrel-Baffle Spy Microphone

If you want to listen to faint sounds far away, you’re going to need a bigger ear. Parabolic microphones gather and focus sound waves the way a …

Filmmaking

Interview – Emil Hall (Key Grip)

<b>Name?</b><p>Emil Hall<p><b>Age?</b><p>41<p><b>Title?</b><p>Skateboarder, Grip and Camera Operator.<p><b>How many years in the film business?</b><p>19 years<p><b>What is your current</b> …

The First and Final Frames of Famous Films Can Teach Us a Lot about Good Filmmaking

A single frame is rarely more important than all of the others in a film, but the first and last can leave one hell of an impression.<p>In a brand new …

A Crash Course on Grip Gear, Techniques, and Terminology

Mitchell Ball produced a 29 part series of short clips covering the basics of Grip – from tying knots to the different kinds of stands and grip …

Filmmaking

Behind the Lens Archives

Today on Day 6 we filmed a pivotal scene in Assassinaut that pushes me to consider how you know if a movie is going to be worth watching. For now, …

This Guy Spent Four Years Making a Flawless Millennium Falcon From Paper

So how did you spend the last four years of your life? No matter how you answer that question, it was a complete waste of time compared to Bernard …

Thinking About Crew Prep by Arthur Vincie

One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up. The crew …

Visual: 17 Youtube Channels To Learn Filmmaking Tips

<b>January 2015 update – There are now 17 YouTube channels to choose from, how about that?</b><p>Here are<p>10 17 great YouTube channels filled with hours upon …

Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist 2015 - Photographs from the shortlist of the World Photography Awards | LensCulture

<i>Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today's established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers for whom the awards offer unprecedented exposure and opportunity.</i><p>—Astrid Merget Motsenigos, World Photography Awards …

Photography

5 Female Directors of Photography Talk About the Role of the Cinematographer

While cinematography tends to be a boys club, there are plenty of talented female Directors of Photography. We've got snippets of knowledge from five …

This Forest Mirror House is a Giant Optical Illusion

<i>By Maddie Stone</i><p>Most of us are content getting back to nature with a good old fashioned hiking or camping trip every now and again. But if you're …

Time to geek out: 12 sci-fi movies turning 20 this year

1995 was a great year for science fiction.<p>Not only had sci-fi legends John Carpenter and Terry Gilliam both released new films, but the biggest, most expensive movie of all time (at that point) was a high-concept, post-apocalyptic film: <i>Waterworld.</i> Some of the films that year flopped, like the …

Movies

Advanced Lighting Tips That'll Help You Pull the Perfect Chroma Key

When working with green screen, lighting is everything. (Almost)<p>The basics of pulling off a good chroma key are pretty straightforward: light evenly, …

7 Great Techniques for Hiding Lav Microphones

This fantastic video from Izzy Hyman is great not just for filmmaking, but for any time you need to mic somebody up and the lav can't be in the shot. …

How Technicolor Changed Storytelling

A century ago, people worried that color would ruin motion pictures; instead, it changed visual narratives forever.<p>In the dawn of the age of cinema, adding color to black-and-white films was something like "putting lip rouge on Venus de Milo." That is to say, it had the potential for disastrous, …

Sociology

Shot Assistant Is the Camera Operating Companion We Never Knew We Needed

A few filmmaking apps have made themselves indispensable in years past. Shot Assistant is bound to become the next.<p>Shot Assistant was designed by a …

Two-in-one photography: Light as wave and particle!

Light is a wave and a particle, but no-one’s managed to see both at the same time…. until now!The first ever snapshot of light as both wave and …

Quantum Mechanics

A Thin Line - Photographs and text by Serge Najjar | LensCulture

Every Saturday I drive my car towards a destination, still unknown, and guide myself by my instinct, by light and by whatever attracts my eye.<p>At some moment, I stop. I position myself. And then all I have to do is wait for something to happen.<p>In most cases, what captures my attention are the …

Art

This is How Films Control Your Mind

Master Mind-Controller Alfred Hitchcock was right. Movies really <i>can</i> control our brains!<p>The director once said regarding his film <i>Psycho</i>:<p><i>I don’t care</i> …

7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working by Bobby Marko

The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around …

And the Gear Just Keeps Coming: Edelkrone Reveals 2 New Pocket-Sized Stabilizers

Creating highly portable, pocket-sized camera gear is kind of edelkrone's thing, and just weeks after coming out with the FlexTilt Head, they've …

The “Aliens” Sequel Found Its Director, Thanks To An Instagram Pitch

UPDATED: After District 9 director Neill Blomkamp shared a whole bunch of Aliens concept art in January, the studio has hired him to actually develop the movie.<p>UPDATE: After posting a bunch of <i>Aliens</i> concept art to Instagram without 20th Century Fox’s knowledge, director Neill Blomkamp is now …

Case Study: Lighting for Commercials

About 2 months ago, I had the opportunity to work on four very different commercials, within about a 1-month span. Two fashion spots, one spot for …

Selma and American Sniper: Is accuracy important?

This year’s Oscar contenders have drawn criticism for factual inaccuracies. Tom Brook looks at the controversy.<p>For weeks there’s been a feeding frenzy to find any fabrications, distortions or misrepresentations in fact-based Oscar-nominated films. It’s become an annual tradition in the Oscars race. …

American Sniper

Mind-Blowing Movie Explosions Explained – Reactions

Reactions looks at the everyday chemistry at work underneath every Michael Bay explosions.

Filmmaking

Here and Now - Photographs and text by Palmer Davis | LensCulture

<i>There would be nothing more obvious, more tangible than the present moment. And yet it eludes us completely.</i><p>—Milan Kundera<p>This project is in memory of my father, who taught me to embrace each day. It's about claiming graspable, heightened moments, when life opens up, time expands and some essential …

Martha's Vineyard

Looking Back at the Best Cinematography of 2014

It's been one hell of a year for the craft of cinematography. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Jacob T. Swinney's subtle, well-executed supercut …

What is Lens Diffraction and How Does it Affect Your Image?

Shooting wide open can result in reduced sharpness, but so can shooting as small as possible. Steve Perry explains what Lens Diffraction is and how …

Filmmaking