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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 …

Entertainment

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 …

Filmmaking

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 …

Filmmaking

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.Once a DP that worked on commercials and low …

Filmmaking

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

Atomos Will Give You Cash to Upgrade to HDR

Atomos has combined a new firmware update with a generous trade-in program and price cuts to boost its future in HDR.After a firmware workaround over …

Filmmaking

Watch: Kristen Stewart's Wild Rolling Stones Music Video Proves 2016 is Hers

Kristen Stewart stars 'Ride 'Em On Down,' a new music video for the Rolling Stones.<p>With the release of a new Rolling Stones music video today, it's …

Kristen Stewart

7 Things to Watch Out for to Avoid 'Bad' Color Grading

How do you know when you've made a bad color grade?<p>No one wakes up in the morning saying, "I want to make a bad grade today," but many colorists …

Color Management

How to Create a CCTV Video Effect With or Without Plugins

Learn how to degrade your image to make it look like security camera footage.<p>Whether you're shooting a movie about a bank heist or a found footage …

Filmmaking

Why the Bathroom is the Most Dangerous Place in Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction

In Quentin Tarantino films, namely <i>Pulp Fiction</i>, death is a toilet.<p>Symbolism in cinema can tell you a lot about a film, from its themes to its …

Quentin Tarantino

NYC Wants to Give You $15K to Make the Next 'Broad City'

Got a female-centric TV pilot? This could be your big break.<p>It's no longer a secret that Hollywood fails women and minorities. That's why the NYC …

New York City

6 Effects Final Cut Pro X Users Can Use in Their Daily Workflow

If you're a Final Cut Pro X user, chances are you use these effects constantly.<p>When you open up video editing software for the first time, all of the …

Final Cut Pro

5 Ways to Use One Person's Experience to Tell a Bigger Story

"Getting a window into a person’s life can be just as illuminating as reading these stories on a macro level."<p>There are many ways to tell a story, …

Filmmaking

'The Love Witch': If You Aren't Using Style as Substance, You're Doing it Wrong

"You can have political, feminist, and intellectual ideas in a movie. But putting them in the visuals is the best way to make them work."<p>If you think …

Lenses from A to Z: The New Filmmaker's Guide to Glass

Don't know squat about lenses? This video will change that.<p>Lenses are complex pieces of cinematic equipment and choosing the right ones for your …

Filmmaking

Final Cut Pro X Gets Full Redesign for 10.3

While many users have moved over to Avid and Premiere, Final Cut keeps on developing.Alongside the release of the new MacBook Pro last week, Apple …

Final Cut Pro

How a DP Fresh Out of Film School Shot HBO's 'Quarry'

Pepe Avila del Pino had just graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts MFA program when he landed a gig shooting HBO and Cinemax's <i>Quarry</i>.In the …

Filmmaking

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 (1995)

<i>“Feeling a little inadequate?”</i> — Tank GirlPart comic book, part actioner, part kangaroo, with a bra made of missiles and a dash of kitschy musical,</i> …

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 …

Filmmaking

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 …

Writing

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 …

Flying

'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