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46 Directors On Directing Film

It's all just one film to me. Just different chapters.Robert AltmanThe movie that got him noticed: MASH, …


Musicians: Networking The Right Way

The question “How do I find work?” is one that can baffle even the most successful artists. The music industry has become extremely diverse and the …


How to Add Dimension & Contrast to Your Scenes by Using Negative Fill Lighting

When contrast is the objective, reflected ambient light is your arch enemy. But worry not, because negative fill is here to save the day.

When talking …

High Contrast

Redrock Has a New Autofocus Tool That Should Work with Any Camera & Lens

While video autofocus technology is getting better on cameras, many don't have it, and even if they do, there is no guarantee it's going to work how …


Here's Why the Boulder Scene from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' is So Iconic

Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most iconic adventure films of all time thanks, in part, to its famous boulder scene.In this episode of …

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Keyboard for editing - SHORTCUT-S

Over time photo and video editing has become so rich with features, or complex, that takes quite a while to learn all the possible shortcuts in order …

Adobe Photoshop

Pixel Film Studios Boosts Storyboarding in Final Cut Pro X with a Great New Corporate Storyboard Plug-in

FCPX plug-ins maker Pixel Film Studios recently released FCPX Storyboard: Corporate, adding to FCPX’s native storyboarding feature. The plug-in adds …

Final Cut Pro

Designing the Derek Hess title sequence | Coat of Arms

Before working on Director Nick Cavalier’s feature documentary “Forced Perspective,” we hadn’t heard of Derek Hess. We were sorely missing out. A …


Vigilantes, Psychopaths, and Road Warriors from 3D to 36DD: B-Movie Title Design of the 1970s & 1980s

The Golden Age of the American B-Movie Title Sequence
Part 3: Out With a Bang

The ’70s and ’80s were both the best and the worst of times for B movies. …

B Movie

2015 SXSW Film Awards: Excellence in Title Design

Now in its sixth year, the SXSW Film Design Awards remain one of the few events in the world highlighting and awarding Excellence in Title Design.

The …


Weekly Production Tip #8 – Actor’s Vocal Levels in Films

This week's video production tip is one for the Actors.

Directors should also take heed, however, if you're looking to squeeze a passable performance …

Video Production

How Do You Know if a Film is Going to Be a Hit? Just Take a Look at the Stock Market

What factors influence the financial success of a film? Star power? Marketing? Humongous budgets? Sure, maybe. But one of the biggest factors is the …

Stock Markets

'WESTERN' Filmmakers on Creating Context, Condensing Time & Being Real With Your Subjects

Bill and Turner Ross' new film WESTERN turns their curious vérité gaze into the border tensions between Texas and Mexico. In our interview from SXSW …


Sound & Picture, the Filmmaking Workflow Magazine, Is Giving Away Free Subscriptions

If you're not particularly fond of in-depth filmmaking coverage, you should probably stop reading right now. Otherwise, Sound & Picture magazine is …


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.In a brand new …


RED's New WEAPON Camera Will Likely Get ProRes As a Recording Option

While RED has been committed to RAW, it looks like their new WEAPON camera, which is an upgrade from DRAGON, will get the ProRes codec.

Jarred Land …


Tips on How to Cut a Badass Trailer for Your Upcoming Film

Nothing makes or breaks an audience's expectation for a film like a trailer.

On one hand, a well-cut and expertly crafted trailer can stoke an …


Learn the Ropes of Marketing & Selling Your Films with Vimeo's Free VOD Handbook

If you're an indie filmmaker today, it's imperative to know how to distribute your films online. Luckily, Vimeo released a free handbook today that …


The Complete Mark Duplass Filmmaking Bible on Becoming a Successful Director

You want to be a successful filmmaker, but you’re a nobody in nowheresville with no connections.Well, the Duplass Brothers started out just the same …


Learn Depth of Field with this Powerful (& Free) Online DOF Simulator

Depth of field is an incredibly powerful tool, but the mathematics and mechanics of calculating and pre-visualizing it can be overwhelming.A Polish …


“The Polaroid Cube - What do you think? #Tiny #magnetic #actioncam”

Thoughts on Lighting & Shooting Interviews from a 40 Year Industry Veteran

Unless you work in narrative or commercial filmmaking, chances are that you're going to be shooting a whole lot of interviews.Our good friend Billy …

Film Industry

Nikon's D800 Can Shoot 8K RAW Video (With a Little Help in Post)

While you might be lusting after the latest high-end gear to get 4K resolutions and beyond, it turns out your lowly Nikon D800 (superseded by the …


Watch the New 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Trailer, Plus an Interview With Director Genndy Tartakovsky

2012's "Hotel Transylvania" was the monster mash that turned into a graveyard smash, bringing in nearly $400 million worldwide on a relatively small (for an animated feature, anyway) budget. Thanks to director Genndy Tartakovsky, the film emphasized physical humor and the innate charm of its starry …

Genndy Tartakovsky

Super Powerful Noise Reducer, Dark Energy, is Now Just $89 for a Limited Time

Reducing noise from your footage can be done, but it's definitely not going to be cheap.

A grainy image full of artifacts and noise does not look …

Dark Energy

How the Colors Blue and Yellow Help 'House of Cards' Become One of the Most Beautifully Shot Series Ever

House of Cards, in my opinion, is one of the best shows available to stream on Netflix - if not anywhere. Their breakout drama series exploded on the …


Is High Production Value Just Hairspray? How 'Buzzard' Champions Guerilla Filmmaking

Can setting up elaborate shots with time-consuming tools zap the soul out of your film? Joel Potrykus, the director of Buzzard, a film being called one


Slow Motion Video 101: How to Set It, Light It, & Shoot It

Slow motion videos can be absolutely mesmerizing, but there's a lot more to shooting one than just setting a higher frame rate.

If you're interested …

Slow Motion

Which Camera Is Best?

Raindance Members: To watch the full-length panel and get 5 pg list of “Responsibilities of a Cinematographer", please log into Members page.

What …