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Blade Runner: A beautiful, Horrible Future

Any great science fiction story will be layered with important contemporary issues, either subtly or overtly and <i>Blade Runner</i> is no exception. With</i> …

Tribeca 2017 Lineup Features Marion Cotillard, Al Pacino, Jon Hamm, Cate Blanchett and More

The VR and Storyscapes selections will be announced tomorrow, March 3rd. In addition to the films announced today, the festival will reveal the …

Jon Hamm

Win This Unbelievable Load of Gear for Your Short Film from My RØDE Reel

$500,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs in this year's My RØDE Reel competition, open now.<p>What happens when over 20 top filmmaking brands get …

Filmmaking

Tutorial: Learn How to Create Text Bubbles in After Effects

Need to add a text conversation to your live footage? Here's how to do it in After Effects.If you've ever wondered how visual effects artists add …

Adobe After Effects

'Logan': How Director James Mangold Wrested Complete Creative Control

As the superhero genre begins to run stale, both director and studio agree: it's time for something different.<p>As independent and low-budget …

James Mangold

This $250 LED Lighting Kit Is Ideal for Filmmakers on a Budget

If you need a light kit but don't have the funds, this $250 LED kit might be right up your alley.<p>Even though there are many ways to save money on …

Filmmaking

Saving Cinema: Why Film Restoration is So Important

According to this video, these are the real unsung heroes of cinema.There are so many individuals that contribute immensely to the art and craft of …

Filmmaking

Watch: Here's a Nifty Trick to Instantly Turn Any Lens into a Macro Lens

If you need to get some extreme close ups, don't buy an expensive macro lens until you try this little trick.Getting close, and I mean <i>really</i> close, …

Filmmaking

15 Beats of a Classic Story Structure Explained

How do Hollywood screenwriters structure a screenplay?<p>There's no such thing as "the right way" to write a script, but there are certainly …

Filmmaking

How to Turn Old Soviet Glass into a DIY Tilt-Shift Lens for Just $30

Watch a vintage Helios lens morph into a tilt-shifting wonder with just $30 worth of materials.<p>Mathieu Stern, the Weird Lens Master himself, is at it …

Filmmaking

Lens Guru Mathieu Stern Shows You How to Easily Remove Mold from Vintage Lenses

We typically turn to lens guru Mathieu Stern for tips on cheap, vintage lenses that can be adapted for use with today’s modern digital cameras. But …

Watch: Basic Lighting Lingo for First-Time Filmmakers

These are some essential terms you need to know if you're new to lighting a film.Lighting is a complex art form that requires a lot of practice to do …

Filmmaking

Essential Elements You'll Need to Write a Great Surprise Ending

Does your screenplay call for a dramatic surprise ending or plot twist?While films like <i>T</i><i>he Sixth Sense</i>, <i>The Usual Suspects</i>, and <i>Psycho</i> have managed to …

Filmmaking

Do the Right Thing (1989)

<i>“Who told you to step on my sneakers, who told you to walk on my side of the block, who told you to be in my neighborhood?”</i> — Buggin' Out"Eight hours …

Filmmaking

FujiFilm Officially Launches the G-Series of Medium Format Cameras

FujiFilm gets serious about large sensor imagery with the new GFX 50S, the start of an entire G-series system of medium format digital …

Filmmaking

Watch: Disney Finally Confirms Pixar World is Connected

How many of these easter eggs did you find on your own?<p>It's no secret that Pixar has been hiding little nods at their hugely successful history …

Walt Disney Company

This Video Will Make You Feel Better About Not Making Good Films

There's no such thing as a born filmmaker.<p>If you're a filmmaker, whether you've been at it for 20 years or 20 minutes, you most likely have some …

Filmmaking

Amazon Video Direct Offers Sundance Films Up to $100K to Hurry Up and Start Streaming

Amazon gives Sundance filmmakers incentives to race to their streaming VOD window.<p>Amazon Video Direct launched its Film Festival Stars program at the …

Filmmaking

Watch: Teaser for Kristen Stewart's Sundance Directorial Debut 'Come Swim'

<i>Come Swim</i> premieres at Sundance tomorrow as part of Shorts Program 1.<p>Kristen Stewart makes her directorial debut at Sundance this year with <i>Come Swim</i>, …

Kristen Stewart

Watch: Learn the Power of Silhouettes from the Master Roger Deakins

What do silhouettes tell us about characters and their relationships?<p>The earliest memories I have of silhouettes are from children's books that …

Cinematography

RØDE Announces New VideoMic Pro+, VideoMic Soundfield for 3D On-Camera Audio

RØDE has unveiled the latest advancements in its VideoMic line including the first mic designed to capture 3D audio on-camera.<p>NFS is excited to have …

Filmmaking

Watch: Create Spectacular Star Time-lapses with Syrp Genie & Magic Carpet

Award-winning photographer and VFX supervisor Mark Gee reveals his techniques for how to capture the wonders of the night sky.<p>New Zealand …

Filmmaking

Watch: Here's a Video That Will Demystify ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture for Beginners

Do you know how to use the three most important settings on your camera?<p>If you're just getting started on your filmmaking journey, one of the most …

Digital Photography

10 Movies that Will Make Any Kid Fall in Love with Cinematography

In our day and time, the movie industry is bent on providing children with incredible movies and animations that will keep them glued to their seats …

Interview with Rene Pannevis - Writer/Director of 'Jacked'

We sat down with Rene Pannevis, director of Raindance Film Festival 2016 Best UK Short nominee and winner of Best British Short at the British …

6 'Rules' for Good Cutting According to Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch

Let two-time Oscar winner Walter Murch tell you what makes an edit a good one.<p>If we've learned anything from the forefathers of montage, it's that …

How DP Rodrigo Prieto Uses Light and Color to Tell Stories with His Camera

There is a reason why DP Rodrigo Prieto has worked with some of the greatest directors of our time.<p>Once a DP that worked on commercials and low …

The 6 Emotional Arcs of Storytelling, Why You Should Use Them, and Which One is Best

A new study reveals what Kurt Vonnegut's rejected master's thesis already knew: Every story can be lumped into one of six categories.<p>Throughout his …

Storytelling