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Ciclope Festival 2014 (2014)

For the opening titles of Ciclope Festival 2014, an international conference based in Germany dedicated to the craft of the moving image, a fuchsia …

Festivals

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 …

These Are the Things You'll Need to Survive On-Set Life

Working all day on set is extremely taxing on your body. These tips should help you get prepared.<p>Making films is extremely fun and rewarding, but one …

Clothing

How to Use the 'Boost and Sweep' Method to Get Rid of Problems in Your Audio

Here's a way to make problematic audio sound a whole lot better.<p>If you head into post and notice that some of your audio has some unwanted …

Filmmaking

Science of Editing: Why It's Good to Have an Editor Around During the Writing Process

Is editing just instinctual, or is there more to it?<p>There have been a multitude of books written, classes taught, and workshops given that try to …

Filmmaking

Here's Why You Should (Almost) Never Shoot Your Shots in Order

It may seem logical, but shooting your scene in order can waste precious time.<p>It takes a long, long, long—very long time to shoot a film project, but …

Filmmaking

The Beauty of H. R. Giger's Grotesque Xenomorph Monsters in 'Alien'

If you love Ridley Scott's <i>Alien</i>, specifically the xenomorphs and landscape designs, then you should know who H.R. Giger is.<p>The alien from Ridley …

H. R. Giger

Beautiful Vignetting and Unique Swirly Bokeh All with This $20 DIY Lens

If you've got $20 and love weird lenses that produce weird (and beautiful) images, you'll want to check this out.<p>Photographer Mathieu Stern is the …

DIY

Here Are 10 Things You Should Think About if You're Flying a Drone for the First Time

Ready to embark on your first drone flight? Here are some things you should know before you do.<p>Drones are wonderful, aren't they? They've essentially …

Drones

'The Bad Batch': Ana Lily Amirpour and Suki Waterhouse on Why Making Movies is 'Traumatizing'

Ana Lily Amirpour's follow-up to <i>A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,</i> starring Jim Carrey, Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, and Keanu Reeves, is a striking …

Filmmaking

Visit Films Launches Pretty ____ Ideas, Disruptive Life-Long Incubator for Indies

Ever wished you didn't have to conform to the wishes of investors? Visit Films is here to disrupt the model.<p>A film can change significantly …

Toronto Film Festival

Here's David Lynch to Tell You How to Bait Your Hook to Catch Great Ideas

"Everything that we do starts with an idea."<p>The way I see it, if creativity is the heart of artistry, then ideas are the blood. However if you ask …

David Lynch

Enhance the Match Frame command in FCPX with this little hack by Scott Simmons

I’ve spent the last 6 weeks or so cutting a big yearly corporate job in Final Cut Pro X. This year the job is bigger than usual and it’s by far the …

Filmmaking

The 10 Best Places to Find Your Favorite Screenplays Online

The best way to learn to write a screenplay is to read the movies you love.After years and years of telling myself there is no correct way to write a …

Screenwriting

How to Create Convincing Practical Effects for Your Indie: Creatures

Here are some doable ways to bring the high-budget feel of practical effects into your indie films, with real-world examples to prove it.<p><i>[Editor's</i> …

Filmmaking

Watch: Why Does 'Jurassic Park' Still Hold Up as the Greatest CGI Film of All Time?

23 years later, <i>Jurassic Park</i> is still one of cinema's greatest CGI triumphs—but it used a surprisingly small amount of CGI.<p>When I saw <i>Jurassic Park</i> in …

Jurassic Park

Sensual, Emotional, & Titilating: 3 Ways to Shoot a Sex Scene

There's more than one way to shoot a sex scene.<p>There's more to shooting a sex scene than just T&A—and D&MB (MB is for "Man Butt"). The way you shoot …

Edelkrone Releases a New Wave of Cinematic Motion with Wing

Fancy camera moves, no rails included.<p>Back at NAB 2014, Edelkrone hit the scene with the debut of Wing, a camera motion tool that gives filmmakers an …

Filmmaking

PowerVision Stuffs a Drone into an Egg

This 4.6 lb Egg cracks open to reveal a 4K camera in a great example of design inspired by nature.<p>Chinese company PowerVision has brought its …

Drones

Lensbaby Releases Movie Maker Kit to Bring Tilt to Video

The popular lens tilt system offers a kit for filmmakers' most popular lens mounts.When Lensbaby upgraded its popular Composer lens tilt hardware to …

Filmmaking

Tutorial: Mount Any Lens Onto Your Camera with This Easy Trick

If you've got some white paper, a ruler, and a window, you can learn how to mount virtually any lens to your camera.It's safe to say that the person …

Photography

Experience over 100 Years of Stop-Motion Animation in Just 3 Minutes

The art and technology of stop-motion has evolved a lot in the last century.<p>After watching <i>Kubo and the Two Strings</i> last weekend, I started thinking …

Filmmaking

Boogie in the Sky with the DISCO Fixed Wing from Parrot

Fixed wing designs have long been a feature of military drones, and now Parrot has released a consumer version.<p>Parrot, best known for its line of Zik …

Disco

Supercut: The 25 Greatest Films of the 21st Century

As this video shows, the BBC's top 25 films are matters of life and death.<p>The BBC recently released its list of the 21st century's 100 greatest films …

21st Century

'Pretty Images Don't Do Anything': 'The Birth of Saké' Director on Shooting with Your Gut

The Birth of Saké is a gorgeously human look at a venerable tradition.<p>Erik Shirai and his producer, Masako Tsumura, went all in for the filming of …

Filmmaking

7 Storytelling Techniques You Can Learn from Filmmaker & YouTube Star Casey Neistat

Finding new ways of making films can be as easy as opening your eyes.<p>For many of us, learning about filmmaking consists of scouring YouTube for …

YouTube

Shoot Time-Lapses at Any Interval on Your GoPro HERO with This Super Easy Hack

You <i>can</i> teach an old dog new tricks—as long as you have the right piece of code.<p>In 2014, when GoPro rebooted it's entry level action cam, HERO, they …

Filmmaking

Make Sure You've Got All of Your Video Gear with This Free Checklist

You're heading out the door to your next shoot—are you sure you've got all the gear you need?<p>Sometimes it's hard to keep tabs on all of your …

Filmmaking

This Infographic Analyzes the Themes & Motifs Alfred Hitchcock Obsessed Over

What kinds of things does an auteur fixate on?<p>When it comes to director Alfred Hitchcock, it's clear that he has a few very obvious and often …

Filmmaking