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The Best Countries in the World to Film Your Movie, Based on Production Incentives

This comprehensive guide to global production incentives asks: why not film in Fiji when you can recoup 50% of your production budget?<p>Filming a movie …

Filmmaking

See How a $50K Cinema Lens Works from the Inside Out

The Science Channel on YouTube just released a really neat video in which they show you the inner workings of a $50K cinema lens. A piece of …

Photography

Video explains Kubrick's use of innovative camera tech when shooting Barry Lyndon

Legendary director Stanley Kubrick was known to be obsessed with cameras and pushing the limits of cinematic technology, with much of his technical …

Photography

Build your own DIY field monitor for shooting with DSLRs

Whether you’re shooting video or stills, field monitors can be invaluable. For video the advantages are obvious. Nailing focus is a lot easier on a …

DIY

How to Build Your Own $18,000 Robotic 360° Camera Rig for $650

In one of the most daring (and cost saving) feats of do it yourself engineering we’ve ever seen, the folks at YouTube channel Indy Mogul managed to …

DIY

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

<i>“How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?”</i> — Nina SimoneThe question at the heart of Liz Garbus’s affecting documentary is one posed by …

Documentaries

Tank Girl

Part comic book, part actioner, part kangaroo, with a bra made of missiles and a dash of kitschy musical, <i>Tank Girl</i> is a film unlike any other. Rachel …

Here Are the Cameras Used By the 2016 Best Cinematography Emmy Nominees

While the camera isn’t everything, it is fascinating to see the breakdown of cameras and lenses for the Emmy for outstanding cinematography this year.<p>…

Cinematography

Watch: Film Stock 101, From Chemistry to Mechanics

You might not know as much about film as you think you do.Do you know why IMAX film runs horizontally rather than vertically? What's the difference …

Filmmaking

Watch: What You Need to Know About Shooting a Dialog Scene

They're some of the most important scenes in your film. They introduce us to characters, give us info, and even create tension. They're dialog …

Filmmaking

Editing Sex Scenes: 5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Start Cutting

If you haven't already, you will probably be tasked with cutting together a sex scene at some point in your editing career.<p>If this makes you nervous, …

Filmmaking

Lego Camera Stabilizer Is the Cure for Shaky Video

A DIY way to shoot better movies.<p>Good camera stabilization rigs can get pretty expensive (including when they break), and there aren't a lot of cheap alternatives out there. But now, with a tutorial from Producttank, you can build your own stabilizer out of some Legos and a few rubber bands.<p>While …

Hands-on: EditorsKeys Final Cut Pro X backlit keyboard

I’ve been using Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis since it debuted back in June of 2011. With five years under my belt, I feel pretty comfortable navigating around the interface, utilizing custom keyboard shortcuts, and all of the other benefits that come with being intimately familiar with a …

Apple News

Festival Inspirational 2015 (2015)

Taking a fluid and purposeful step away from the gloss of visual effects, Madrid-based studio Apéritif lets inspiration manifest itself through …

Festivals

Case Study: DEADPOOL End Title Sequence

Wow. It’s been a year since I’ve written on you, sweet sweet Medium. But I swear that the reason I come to you today is a valid and worthy cause for …

Deadpool

12 dumb mistakes film producers make

Tony Morris has had a lifetime of experience working with film producers, old and new, and with film projects large and small. He could tell stories …

Filmmaking

'Love is Like Chasing a Fire-Breathing Dragon': Drake Doremus on 'Equals'

Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult star in Drake Doremus' first sci-fi—which is also, of course, a love story.In a sterile world reminiscent of <i>The</i> …

Filmmaking

The Cinematography of “Blade Runner”

This is my all time favorite film, and I'm happy to finally showcase it here.<br>I highly recommend the <i>Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD</i>, it has soooo …

Watch: Everything You Need to Know About Music Rights

Confused about music rights? This video breaks it down.<p>When it comes to legal quagmires for filmmakers, issues with music rights and licensing are by …

Filmmaking

Tomorrow’s Web Fest winners: teen YouTubers

YouTube is a phenomenon of the Millenial-Generation and has seen an explosion of web content whereby anyone and everyone can start creating videos …

Teens

HDR 101: 4 Things You Need to Know About High Dynamic Range

Technicolor senior colorist Mike Sowa discusses HDR, its impact on storytelling, and his collaborations with directors and cinematographers.For …

Filmmaking

How to Use Color Grading to Make Your Audience Feel All the Feels

So many things influence how audiences feel while watching your film, not the least of them color.We like to talk about color here at No Film …

Color management

RIP Digital Bolex: World's First Crowdfunded Cinema Camera is No More

As of today, Digital Bolex will no longer be producing cinema cameras will close its online store.<p>Five years ago, the Digital Bolex team, a …

Digital Photography

5 Techniques That'll Help You Shape Light Like a Pro

A major part of being a master of light is knowing how to shape it.<p>Light is an essentially ingredient in filmmaking—in fact, aside from a recording …

Filmmaking

Explore the Unique Techniques DP Robert Yeoman Uses in His Cinematography

If you love the nostalgic look of Wes Anderson's films, that means you most definitely love the work of DP Robert Yeoman.Yeoman's unique approach to …

Filmmaking

Watch: 'Game of Thrones' DP Fabian Wagner Reveals His Technique

One of the main DPs on <i>Game of Thrones</i> discusses the secrets of his craft.<p>"I remember walking on set—into the throne room—and thinking, 'I’ve got no …

This is How Much You Can Expect to Make Working as a Cinematographer

When it comes to cinematography, it's easy to talk about the art, the passion, and even the hardships, but what about the money?<p>Some DPs get into …

Money

4 Crucial Cinematic Lessons from Abbas Kiarostami

In the wake of Abbas Kiarostami's death, here are four of his greatest contributions to cinema.<p>The film world suffered an incalculable loss with the …

Filmmaking

'Be a Filmmaker, Not a Video Maker': Kodak's President On Why Film is King

Kodak's President of Motion Picture and Entertainment Steve Bellamy squashes the film vs. digital debate once and for all.<p>As little as four years …

Kodak