Filmmaking

Final Cut Pro X documentary hits crowdfunding goal, check out the trailer here

Final Cut Pro X has been used for everything from ads to Hollywood movies, but the software didn’t get the easiest of rides from the industry when Apple first launched the radically-different version of the app.<p>Now a film editor who has used FCP X for six independent feature films has decided it’s …

Final Cut Pro

The 8-Millimeter Camera Spielberg and Tarantino Love Just Got a Cool Redesign

The redesigned Kodak Super 8, launching this fall, is the newest product from the mind of designer Yves Behar.<p>Designer Yves Behar wants to help Hollywood go retro with a new--well, technically old--camera.<p>"The notion of the craft is back," he says. "People have patience for things that create …

La La Land

6 Tips To Make Your Drone Footage Cinematic

Drones are more than expensive toys for hobbyists who want in on the latest tech fad. They are an incredibly useful tool that is empowering …

Color Management

Introducing the World's First 18-400mm Lens

Now you can go macro, micro and anywhere in between.<p>Tamron has developed what it is calling the “the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom …

Tamron

From BTL to ATL: How I Went from Art Department Coordinator to Director

Melissa Miller on set with Brian D'Arcy James<p>The production designer Kelly McGehee called me one afternoon. I had been a production PA on a film we …

Casey Neistat Hides an Ad Behind His Vlog

One of the latest vlogs from Casey Neistat was a little different to the others. If you are like me, you have subscribed to his channel, and have …

Photography

The Render Q

Zacuto Z-Finder And Rode Mic Installation On A Canon 7D<p>If you find it difficult to shoot video with a DSLR (aka HDSLR) straight out of the box, then …

Videography

Watch: How to Maximize the Usable Distance of Your C-Stand

Would you set up a C-stand in this "controversial" way?<p>C-stands are magnets for disaster if they're not properly handled and secured. When the …

'The Paul Naschy Collection' Is a Fantastic Introduction to the Spanish Lon Chaney

A Blu-ray collection worthy of a horror genre icon.<p>Scream Factory continues to celebrate genre cinema new and old with their monthly Blu-ray titles, …

Horror Movies

Tutorial: Create and Animate a Creature Without Keyframing in Adobe Character Animator

Create and control a 2D character with your webcam and a microphone, no keyframing needed.<p>Adobe Character Animator is a performance-based animation …

Adobe After Effects

Ian McKellen Launches LGBT Short Film Series

LGBT filmmaking embraces social media branding in the actor’s latest undertaking.<p><b>Ian McKellen</b>’s recent big screen ventures have largely been …

Movies

Vimeo Staff Picks: How to Get Your Film Seen By Hollywood Producers and Brands

Want to join filmmakers like the Daniels and Jordan Vogt-Roberts by securing a coveted Vimeo Staff Picks badge? Here's how.<p>With more than 240 million …

Short Films

Watch: 5 Major Staples of Film Editing Explained

Every filmmaker should have these basics in mind.<p>Walter Murch once said, “The invention of editing is the thing that allowed film to take off.” And …

Cinematography

Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck

Shooting high-quality video has never been easier and cheaper than it is today. Most digital cameras offer at least high definition 1080p quality and …

Ripple Whips & Ken Burns in Final Cut Pro X by Mark Spencer

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a specific use case for our Ripple Whips transition plugin for Final Cut Pro X.<p>…

Final Cut Pro

Filming High-Quality YouTube Videos on a $100 Budget

Producing high-quality video content these days while working on a shoestring budget could be more feasible than you think. If you are considering …

Videography

The $49 Platypod Ultra is a Mini Tripod That You Can Mount Virtually Anywhere

This small but mighty accessory will let you mount and stabilize your mirrorless and smaller DSLR cameras pretty much anywhere.<p>There are a lot of …

Gear & Gadgets

‘Better Call Saul’ and How to Make a Successful Prequel

Hint: it’s all about character.<p>I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “prequel,” my gut reaction is to cringe. Historically, prequels …

TV

The Unapologetic Coolness of 'Baby Driver' and Car Karaoke

Vehicular singing continues a great tradition of human/machine interaction.<p>J<b>ames Corden</b> can suck it, <b>Edgar Wright</b> is the king of car karaoke. <b>Baby</b> …

What We Learned About the Pain and Pleasure of Shooting 8K

An entire core production team weighs in on the benefits and challenges of shooting and editing in 8K.<p><i>[Editor's note: No Film School asked EP Kathryn</i> …

learned

Boys for Sale – gaining a community’s trust to shoot a two-year documentary project in Japan

Boys for Sale is a feature documentary about <i>urisen</i>, mostly straight male sex workers in Tokyo’s Shinjuku 2-chome, an area with connections to the sex …

Sexual Health

Google Announces VR180, an Entirely New Cinematic Immersive Format

VR180 is a new cinematic format for VR capture and display designed to streamline the entire workflow.VR180, announced by Google today, is a new VR …

Workflow

'Preacher' Season Two: What to Expect

‘Preacher’ season 2 promises more bizarre and violent hilarity and maybe a cameo from God.<p>The second season of <b>Preacher</b> is almost here. Based on the …

TV

Why You Should Go to Film School & How to Rent Your Gear for Profit [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly weighs the benefits of film school against its rising cost, and debates the merits of renting out your own gear.<p>Jon …

Independent Film

A Tale of Two Flops: The Foreseen Fates of King Arthur and Conan

Three reasons why ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ and ‘Conan the Barbarian<i>‘</i> both bombed.<p>With their orphaned protagonists, revenge quests, and …

Movies

There's a New Transformers Movie; Let's Talk About Michael Bay

Hating Michael Bay is in vogue, but is he as bad as critics say?<p><b>Michael Bay</b> is a talented filmmaker who’s spent a substantial portion of his career …

Movies

Short of the Day: In ‘Le Miror,’ Life Comes at You Pretty Fast

A lifetime in a few minutes.<p>As I approach 40 years of age, just a few months away now, I don’t yet seem to have any of the panic or regret that tends …

Short of the Day: ‘Curve’ is a Conceptual Horror Masterpiece

I’m not kidding, get in here.<p>Here’s a question I bet you didn’t expect to get when you clicked on this post: how long can you hold your breath?<p>If the …

Samuel Beckett

Wonder Woman

The end titles of <i>Wonder Woman</i> see an avatar of hope and love confront one of mankind’s greatest follies: The Great War – the war to end all wars. …

Comics

Adobe acquires 360 video and VR tools by Mettle by Rich Young

Following the recent important Creative Cloud dot updates, Adobe adds good news in 360 video and VR with its acquisition of all SkyBox technology …

Adobe After Effects