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By David Grandison | Video technology trends, and the art of indie filmmaking

Watch the Trailer for 'Sorry to Bother You'

This might just be the best movie of 2018.<p>The trailer for Boots Riley's wildly-inventive <i>Sorry to Bother You</i> is here and it should be required viewing. The quirky science fiction film is set in an alternate version of present-day Oakland and tells the story of a telemarketer named Cassius ("Cash") …

Film Festivals

How Filmmakers Are Making Text Graphics Pop in 2018

Here are some of this year's trendiest text graphics (so far) that might give you some new ideas.One thing that all great films have are really good …

How to Pack like a Minimalist Filmmaker

Matt D'Avella is not only a minimalist, he directed the award-winning Netflix documentary Minimalism. In this video, he shows you how he packs. He is …

DJI Mavic Air

DJI’s new Mavic Air is the company’s most intelligent drone yet, it shoots in 4K, does 43 mph, and fits in your pocket! Weighing a mere 15.2 ounces, …

DJI didn’t unveil any new drones at CES, but it’s Osmo stabilizer is pretty cool

While most of us associate DJI more with their line of popular and best-selling drones, the company actually has other products, including …

Drones

Pilot Era offers high-res in-camera 8K stitching, no computer necessary

4K seems like a lot of resolution, but wrapped into a 360-degree video it can still feel a little lacking. To remedy this, Pisofttech is launching …

CES

Yuneec unveils three new drones, including an updated Typhoon H Plus

Yuneec International has unveiled three new drones at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including a new-and-improved version of its Typhoon H …

Drones

Rylo 360 Video Camera

Meet your new production crew. Rylo captures fully immersive 360° spherical video in beautiful 4K resolution, it films everything around you with …

LaCie 2big Dock

Lacie recently released this new storage option for those who have massive storage needs, especially designed for creative professionals that have to …

This Climbing Film Spoof Is a Must-See

From filmmaker Eric Becker, <i>A Higher Crawling</i> is a film starring two titans of climbing. Shelby and Reyka are the rising stars of the under-6-month-old age bracket. Narrated by Cedar Wright and Andy Kirkpatrick, this story tells the tale of friendship through competition, adversity, and the utter …

35: Summer Catchup and DIYDoc Co-founder David Grandison

Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography in Her First Online Course

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Dolly Parton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama and family, Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Gates, Queen …

Make better smartphone videos

Smartphone video recorders are now so good professional broadcasters are choosing to shoot videos this way. Here's our top tips for making your own …

Mobile Photography

Matthews Solves More of Our Shoot Problems with KitBags

C-stands are practically guaranteed to tear your upholstery when loading up for a shoot, and now you can avoid that with the new KitBags from …

Best Photo Organizer Apps 2018 - Albums and Photo Management Tools

This micro drone flies upside down, shoots in HD, and is on sale

Who would have thought that a gadget purchased by the military would someday become a bestselling holiday gift? OK, so the toy drones you can buy at …

Drones

First Draft: 14 Screenwriting Books Every Screenwriter Should Read

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.What are the best …

Watch: Essential Advice for First-Time Filmmakers

Half of the battle of being a filmmaker is knowing how to take your first step.Being a filmmaker is a lifelong journey that is full of excitement and …

Quentin Tarantino Explains Why He Thinks The Video Store Experience Was More Beneficial Than Netflix

Quentin Tarantino believes in the power of a good recommendation. And back-of-box marketing materials. He also believes in one’s sense of ownership and pride when it comes to the long-gone days of renting videos at a store. Thanks to Netflix and the general streaming video boom that’s left …

These are the best Black Friday deals on cameras and camera accessories

Whether you're looking to upgrade your old film camera or need a gift for a loved one who's interested in photography, Black Friday is the perfect …

Cameras

Net Neutrality: Filmmakers, This Concerns You Too

Our age faces some crucial fights: on top of issues such as climate change, lack of representativity in western democracies, the rights of minorities …

Black Friday sale saves you over $100 each on two popular DJI drones

There are two different kinds of drones you need to concern yourself with on Thanksgiving. The first comes from your great-uncle who just won’t stop …

Robotics startup could fight Zika by dumping mosquitoes from a drone

When it comes to solving the problem of Zika virus, we previously covered possible solutions ranging from experimental vaccines to more unorthodox …

Mosquitoes

10 Go-To Camera Shots for When You Blank on What to Shoot Next

Blanking on what to shoot next? Don't panic! Here are 10 shots that will get you what you need.<p>Has this happened to you? You're out there on …

Cinematography

Train-The-Trainer Workshop On Digital Storytelling

Manfrotto Manhattan Camera Backpack

Manfrotto have launched the Manhattan Collection for urban photographers. Our pick from the new camera bag lineup is the Manhattan Camera Backpack, a …

Cameras

Shoulderpod Modular Smartphone Rig

Shoulderpod is a high-quality phone rig that will make your footage look silky smooth, it is ideal for mobile journalists and videographers. The …

Videography

The Taro camera stabilizer tracks your movement to keep you in the frame

Amateur videographers are living in something of a golden age here in 2017. Not only do our cell phones double as 4K digital cameras, while drones …

Videography