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5 Practical Tips to Nail Fast-Cut Editing

5 Practical Tips for Fast-Cut Editing<p>Another useful and generous video tutorial from Brandon Li sharing in under 5 minutes what took him years of …

Selecting A DIT Cart

<i>Rich Roddman is a guest contributor to this Insight. He is a professional Digital Imaging Technician and colorist based out of Tampa, Florida. His</i> …

Filmmaking

Pro Studio Solutions Scrim Diffuser Bounce Reflector Kits

A closer look at what's included with the <b>Pro Studio Solutions Kits</b> and how easily they can be setup to use as a Scrim, Bounce, Reflector, Shoot …

Photography

DJI Mavic Pro D-Log Works Again, Get Your Free LUT

Casey Faris and Ground Control are offering a free D-Log LUT for the Mavic Pro drone from DJI. You can also grab the ART LUT from them too.<p>FREE LUT: …

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF Bokeh Demystified

Sony's new STF (Smooth Trans Focus) 100mm F2.8 GM OSS uses an apodization (APD) filter to create very smooth out-of-focus regions/highlights both in …

Getting a 16 Episode Gameshow to Rough Assembly in 30 Minutes With Final Cut Pro X

Brian Cassin goes in to great detail about how he efficiently edits a gameshow on FCPX. By using Final Cut Pro X and Lumberjack to pre-edit a season …

Filmmaking

A Chronicle of My Attempts to Live an Integrated Life as a Mother, Wife and Filmmaker

I wish there was a “How to … ” booklet on how to be a woman, a mother, a wife, a filmmaker – and do it all with ease and a smile. What I’ve learned …

Babies

Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.

Broad Green pulled Lucy Walker's film from Sundance at the last second, but that's one issue among many for the struggling indie studio.<p>It was …

Movies

Build your own DIY Kino Flo style lights with incandescent bulbs

There is no doubt that Kino Flo produce some very good lights. But they’re not exactly easy on the wallet. Sure, you can go out and buy several …

With RINGR, say adiós to Skype for remote recorded audio interviews by Allan Tépper

For years, many audio storytellers have counted on Skype to create remote audio recordings with guests and co-hosts. In fact, I have written several …

Audiophile

5 Examples Where Silverstack Supports the DIT in Helping Others

During our conversations with customers, we found that the role of the DIT can have a very supportive character on the film set – not only for the …

Filmmaking

‘Manchester By the Sea’: Why Kenneth Lonergan’s Script Is A Screenwriting Master Class

There's a great deal to learn about screenwriting in analyzing Kenneth Lonergan's Oscar nominated script.<p>“Manchester By the Sea” writer-director …

Kenneth Lonergan

Build your own 3D printed DIY LED ringlight for your smartphone

The problem with mobile phones is that if you need lights, you’ve usually got two options. The first is to simply deal with the underpowered, …

Kyno Updated to 1.2 with more Final Cut Pro X Integration

Lesspain has just announced an update to their media managing software Kyno. The 1.2 release focuses on transcoding, FCPX integration and more format …

Filmmaking

‘La La Land’: How to Shoot a Musical Number — Watch Exclusive Video

Damien Chazelle provided IndieWire with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of him and his crew shooting the "Somewhere in the Crowd" sequence.<p>Even after …

Filmmaking

“We were tired of seeing web series that were very bland and not ambitious.”

Right off the bat, 555’s visual flair grabs the viewer’s attention. I asked the duo for their take on <i>555’s</i> look. “They’re all in their own way …

TV

Bradford Young Breaks Color Barrier With Oscar Nomination for ‘Arrival’

Ending an 87-year drought, the Academy finally nominated its first African-American cinematographer, Bradford Young, for his dark, richly textured …

Filmmaking

Studio Ghibli's Animation Software Is Now Free - Creators

<i>Princess Mononoke</i>. <i>Spirited Away</i>. <i>Howl's Moving Castle</i>. All films packed with mystery and gravity, thanks largely to the imagination of Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. In peeling back the layers of what makes these films so beloved, Miyazaki's vision first comes to mind, but the team of …

Animation

Making the color grade: Getting started with DaVinci Resolve

Ever wondered how movies and TV shows look so polished? Sure, some of it has to do with the type of camera used and how it’s supported and moved, but …

Photoshop

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with gripping narrative alongside stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others …

Khan Academy

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Kessler have announced Kwik Rail which is a new thread-together speed rail designed for the Shuttle Dolly but it can also be used with a variety of …

The Director of ‘Lego Batman’ on How to Make a Stop-Motion Brick Flick of Your Very Own

Despite the blocky, herky-jerky quality of their visuals, 2014’s <i>The Lego Movie</i> and its box-office-ruling spinoff, <i>The Lego Batman Movie</i>, were not …

Lego

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage

With access to a pair of production-ready Lumix GH5s with near-final firmware, we headed to a local whiskey distillery to put them to the test. We …

Cameras

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Director Travis Knight Works In a Creative Bubble, And Is Better For It: Awards Spotlight

The director of Laika's latest feature film describes how "Kubo" represents the culmination of a decade's worth of filmmaking lessons.<p>At multiple …

Animation

Canon Announces the Rebel T7i

<i>New DSLR Additions are Joined by New Compact EF-S Lens and Canon’s First-Ever Remote Utilizing Bluetooth® Technology3</i><p><b>MELVILLE, N.Y., February 14,</b> …

Canon Announces the EOS 77D

<i>New DSLR Additions are Joined by New Compact EF-S Lens and Canon’s First-Ever Remote Utilizing Bluetooth® Technology3</i><p><b>MELVILLE, N.Y., February 14,</b> …

Cameras

Canon Announces the EOS M6

<i>EOS M6 Camera Fuses Outstanding Image Quality, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Improved Manual Control in a Small and Lightweight Digital Camera Body</i><p><b>MELVILLE,</b> …

Cameras

The bonds of friendship are tight between 'Moonlight' director and cinematographer

The movie business can often be cutthroat. But this Oscar season may be most distinct for the number of loyal friendships that have imprinted on the nominated works.<p>Whether it’s the longstanding collaboration between “La La Land’s” director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz or Denzel …

Moonlight

Quick Intro to RAM Mounts – Build Custom Mounting Solutions

I have a closet full of small mounting hardware from variable magic arms, cold shoe adapters, tube clamps, mini ball heads, threaded couplers, gags, …

Raspberry Pi