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7 Lessons Filmmakers Learn From Andy Murray

I wrote this blog post way back in 2012 when Andy Murray first made it to the Wimbledon finals - and lost. Of course, he's now become a household …

Tennis

Watch These Stunning Ariel Shots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwqgK7yYSJQOne way to spice up you micro budget feature is to splash out a few bucks on stock footage arial shots. …

Amazing

A Primer on Practical Lights: How Practicals Can Make Your Cinematography Come to Life

If there's one simple thing that you can do today to make your cinematography look more professional and polished, it's incorporating practical …

Cinematography

Finally, the Perfect Use for the ALEXA Mini: Attaching It to a Selfie Stick

Sure, it may have been designed to bring ALEXA image quality to UAVs and tight spaces, but one brave pioneer of cinema has discovered the greatest …

Requiem for a Dream

Dustin Hoffman: film is the worst it has ever been

Hollywood titan Dustin Hoffman has said the state of film is the worst it has been during his lifetime.

The two-time Oscar-winner, 77, told the Independent that television had overtaken the movies as his medium of choice, and said financial deliberations were crippling the industry.

“I think right …

Entertainment (UK)

Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché (July 1, 1873 – March 24, 1968) was one of the first female pioneers in early French cinema. She is revered as the first female …

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In this excerpt from our feature article A Fistful of Titles: The Westerns of Iginio Lardani, contributor BEN RADATZ discusses the opening to The Good,

Ennio Morricone

Blow Out

Twenty-seven seconds. The wind, thumping, a heartbeat, panting, screams, a bang, swerving, a crash, the back and forth of a VU meter registering it …

Brian De Palma

5 Key Tips on Audience Building and Social Media

Let's be honest: Independent filmmakers should know how to build an audience and use social media effectively to promote their films. We start …

Filmmaking

Cinema 2.0: #steallikeaboss

Still looking for your authentic voice? Still pounding your head against the wall trying to figure out what you are trying to say? Steal It! Mash It …

Mystery

Starting Your Own Film Company - 5 Tips

So you want to make movies? I do. I've been involved with over 700 short film projects and 8 feature films - either directly, or as an advisor. Along …

Film (UK)

10 Film Distribution Basics

Filmmakers need to get a good, rock-solid understanding of how film distribution works. Successful filmmakers - and by that I mean filmmakers who …

Filmmaking

10 Tips For Shooting Film From A Drone

Drones will and are already revolutionising filmmaking, allowing filmmakers to achieve jaw dropping, cinematic results that have previously only been …

Drones

What Graphic Novelists Can Teach Screenwriters

In a curious departure from dramatic and narrative screenwriting classes, Raindance has invited the well known Graphic novelist Tony Lee to present a …

Writing

Cinema 2.0: Top Ten Production Hacks To DIY Success

Here are ten tips, tricks and ideas to consider when setting out to make your own personal DIY cinema. Consider these options to shoot your best …

Movies

Convergent Design Odyssey 7/7Q/7Q+ SSDs Just Got a Whole Lot Cheaper

If you're in the market for an external recorder, or you already own an Odyssey 7, 7Q, or 7Q+, today is a good day.Not only is Convergent Design …

Odyssey

This Handy Visual Cheat Sheet Shows You When & Where to Use Lens Filters

"What the hell does that filter even do? When do I use it? How do I use it?"

If you're new to lens filtration, these questions undoubtedly have been on …

Filtration

A Massive List of Summer 2015 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

It's summer, and if you've got the time, we've got another massive list of funding and career opportunities to get your next film off the ground!The …

Grant Writing

This Mesmerizing Short Doc Captures a Surreal Tradition Involving 100,000 Rockets

One night a year, two neighboring churches in the Greek village of Vrontados go to war.

In a Holy Saturday tradition that has been observed for well …

Victorian Era

True Detective

Travel to the underbelly of America. Louisiana. The Gulf Coast. Purgatory, USA. A sopping, poisoned wasteland where industry and old time religion …

Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)

“What is this ‘Monty’ – some kind of a race?” — Chester SchofieldAt eight words, the title of this film is a mouthful. Combined with animated …

Movies

5 Ways A Documentary Consultant Can Help You

When there’s a problem with your documentary do you just give up or struggle through alone? Well help is at hand through the services of the often …

A Touching Short Film About a Rare & Terrifying Disease, Made By a 17 Year Old Director

After witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of an extremely rare disease, Carl Mason, a 17 year old filmmaker, set out on a mission.Carl's …

Rare Disease

Stunning Photos Reveal How Lighting Can Vastly Change Our Perception of the Human Face

Light is one of, if not the single most powerful tools at a cinematographer's disposal.For many up and coming cinematographers, however, it's …

Cinematography

The Nikon D5 is rumored to have a native high ISO of 102,400 and 4k video

The Nikon D5 DSLR camera is rumored to have a native high ISO of 102,400. The current D4s can go up to ISO 25,600 (expandable till ISO 409,600). Here …

Nikon

This Simple Editing Technique Will Make Your Scenes More Dramatic & Powerful

Film editing is, by its very nature, a study in manipulation.On a surface level, we manipulate the order of events unfolding on screen. We choose …

Nature

Let These World-Class DPs Tell You What to Look for in a Low Budget Camera

As no-budget filmmakers, we all have an idea of which cameras we'd buy for our projects, but what about world-class cinematographers who are used to …

Cameras

Thoughts on Shooting with the 4K DJI Phantom 3 & Grading the Footage to Look Awesome

In early April, DJI announced massive updates to their popular Phantom lineup of consumer drones. Two months later, the verdict is in. The Phantom 3 …

Hawaii

Why One Death in Jurassic World is Massively Out of Proportion

When you see Jurassic World, you know dinosaurs are going to eat people. It's how they eat people that matters.

As I watched Jurassic World this week, …

Movies