How ‘Fast Five’ Towed a 9000 Lb. Steel Vault to Create Real Carnage


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The destruction was real…and so was that friggin’ vault.


The Fast and the Furious franchise is known for its heart-pumping action sequences that defy both death and physics. From that very first drag race where we see a tender Brian O’Connor gripping the clutch of his lime green Skyline to the leisurely parachute jump the whole family takes while strapped securely into their vehicles.



If you’ve ever wondered, “Hey, is that all CGI, and if not, how in the hell did they even pull off those stunts,” then you’re in Continue reading “How ‘Fast Five’ Towed a 9000 Lb. Steel Vault to Create Real Carnage”

How to Shoot on an All-White Background in 60 Square Feet of Space


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You don’t need a professional studio to shoot footage on an all-white background.


What’s one thing that many no-budget filmmakers don’t have—other than money and connections and time and top-of-the-line cine gear? Space. That’s right!



If you’re like me, you don’t have access to a professional studio equipped with lights, backgrounds, and the other necessary tools that you’d need to capture that popular “commercial look” on a pro-level, and even if we can get away with a budget setup, chances are we don’t have the square footage to make it work. Continue reading “How to Shoot on an All-White Background in 60 Square Feet of Space”

How to Shoot on an All-White Background in 60 Square Feet of Space


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You don’t need a professional studio to shoot footage on an all-white background.


What’s one thing that many no-budget filmmakers don’t have—other than money and connections and time and top-of-the-line cine gear? Space. That’s right!



If you’re like me, you don’t have access to a professional studio equipped with lights, backgrounds, and the other necessary tools that you’d need to capture that popular “commercial look” on a pro-level, and even if we can get away with a budget setup, chances are we don’t have the square footage to make it work. Continue reading “How to Shoot on an All-White Background in 60 Square Feet of Space”

This Stunning Timelapse Shows a Single Cell Transform into a Newt


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For 6 unforgettable minutes, watch how a single-cell zygote multiplies and transforms into an amphibious alpine newt.


Timelapses are fun to watch and fun to shoot, but the technique never captures our attention more than when it embraces and demonstrates its most unique superpower: depicting change through the passage of time.



Sure, light-painted freeways, rolling clouds, and transforming night skies are entertaining ways to express it, but Dutch filmmaker Jan van IJken decided to do something a little different by cinematically capturing the world on a microscopic, cellular level for his Continue reading “This Stunning Timelapse Shows a Single Cell Transform into a Newt”

Learn the Fundamentals of Professional Beauty Lighting


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These tips will help you be prepared to take on the challenge of beauty and fashion lighting.


If there’s one thing that the fashion industry is known for, it’s beauty. As a cinematographer who wants to work for clients in that arena, you’ll have to know how to create it with the tools you have.



In this video, Aputure’s Ted Sim and DP Valentina Vee go over several styles and techniques you can use to create professional-level beauty lighting, including how to light backgrounds, soften shadows on your subjects’ faces, as Continue reading “Learn the Fundamentals of Professional Beauty Lighting”

How to Create Nasty Severed Limbs in After Effects


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Need to blow off an arm, sever a finger, or decapitate a head for your film? This tutorial will show you how.


Bloody, gory, and disgusting special and visual effects aren’t just fun to include in your films, they’re also fun to create. If your project calls for some recently and viciously removed limbs and appendages, you might want to take a look at this tutorial from Film Riot.



In it, Ryan Connolly walks you through the somewhat complicated and time-consuming process of removing body parts for use in a movie, Continue reading “How to Create Nasty Severed Limbs in After Effects”

4 Factors of Depth of Field That You Should Know About


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This 4-minute primer will take the guesswork out of achieving different depths of field.


The area of an image in which elements are sharply in focus is known as depth of field and it can be used in many ways to make your shots look and feel the way you want them to.



Shallow depths of field are great for interviews and close-ups, allowing your subject to be in focus while the foreground and background blur and swirl with beautiful bokeh, while deep depths of field are useful for landscapes and Continue reading “4 Factors of Depth of Field That You Should Know About”

How to Do One-Step J-Cuts in Premiere Pro


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Get ready to edit “J-cuts” at lightning speed.


J-cuts are an essential tool in every editor’s arsenal because they provide seamless, professional transitions between clips. Because they’re straight-forward, they don’t seem like the most time-consuming transitions in the world—I mean, all you’re really doing is adjusting the length of two video clips so the audio on the proceeding clip plays before the video.



But for many new editors, that means unlinking audio and video clips, trimming back one video clip, and extending another, and that’s a lot of steps for a Continue reading “How to Do One-Step J-Cuts in Premiere Pro”

This DIY Smartphone Stabilizer Needs Just 3 Household Items to Make


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If you have these things lying around, you can make yourself an effective handheld stabilizer for your smartphone.


Smartphone stabilizers aren’t the most expensive things in the world, at least in terms of filmmaking gear. However, if you’re can’t afford to shell out $200 – $300 for one (or simply don’t want to), the team over at COOPH has come up with a pretty ingenious DIY alternative. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to craft your own handheld stabilizer for a smartphone using only three items: a hammer, a screwdriver, and a couple of rubber Continue reading “This DIY Smartphone Stabilizer Needs Just 3 Household Items to Make”

3 Ways You Can Light a Car Scene in Your Driveway


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Forget a process trailer. Here’s how to shoot car scenes on a budget.


Car scenes are an essential and inevitable part of filmmaking. Big budget projects use process trailers—you know, those trailers that Hollywood uses to tow cars so the talent doesn’t have to worry about driving while acting—to get it done, and while everyone can appreciate a big, complicated rig that is used to do something seemingly simple, I’m guessing the vast majority of us don’t have the resources for something like that.



In this tutorial, Shutterstock’s Todd Blankenship shows Continue reading “3 Ways You Can Light a Car Scene in Your Driveway”

How to Create the ‘Vertigo Effect’ with Nothing but a Drone


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No dolly? No zoom lens? No problem. You can still create a dolly zoom with a drone and a little post-production magic.


The dolly zoom, also known as the “Vertigo Effect” (thanks Hitchcock), isn’t the most difficult camera maneuver to perform. All you need is a little bit of practice, some smooth focusing skills, and the necessary equipment: a dolly and a zoom lens.



But you can still create this effect without any of that stuff. All you need is some drone footage (or a drone), editing software, and this tutorial Continue reading “How to Create the ‘Vertigo Effect’ with Nothing but a Drone”

Learn How to Recreate the Natural Look of Daylight in a Studio


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Daylight is beautiful, but the natural stuff isn’t very dependable. That’s why all filmmakers should know how to make it themselves.


Relying on the sun, as well as a host of other random factors, to light your interior scenes can leave you with quite a bit of uncertainty, which is why recreating daylight in a studio setting is preferable among many filmmakers. However, capturing this look can be a huge challenge if you don’t know what to look out for and which techniques will give you the best results.



In this Continue reading “Learn How to Recreate the Natural Look of Daylight in a Studio”

Which Cameras and Lenses Did the 2019 Oscar Noms Use? [Infographic]


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Despite the ARRI Alexa remaining the most popular camera option, this year’s Oscar-nominated filmmakers also opted to shoot their films on film.


Early this morning, the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. As predicted, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma received its share of nominations, 10 to be exact, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born receiving a not-too-shabby 8, with leads Lady Gaga and Cooper receiving noms for Best Actress and Best Actor.



While each nominee offers plenty of insight into the art Continue reading “Which Cameras and Lenses Did the 2019 Oscar Noms Use? [Infographic]”

3 Things Kurosawa’s ‘High and Low’ Can Teach You about Blocking


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Akira Kurosawa was a master filmmaker, especially when it came to blocking.


Once hand-held cameras became all the rage, once in the early 1920s and again in the late 1950s, camera movement became an art form in and of itself. No longer did filmmakers have to bow down to the metallic three-legged beast, known only as “TRIPOD”. With the hand-cranked Parvo, 16mm Bolex, or the self-blimped Eclair 16, they were able to maneuver like gymnasts and perform feats of incredible acrobatic prowess without having to worry about fatigue or noisy motors ruining their sound recording. Continue reading “3 Things Kurosawa’s ‘High and Low’ Can Teach You about Blocking”

Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking in New MasterClass


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In the latest offering from MasterClass, Jodie Foster will share her unique actor/director perspective with filmmakers.


Director Jodie Foster is the latest filmmaker to join the illustrious MasterClass roster, which also drafted the likes of Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Werner Herzog, to offer her rare insight into the craft as both an actor and director.



The two-time Oscar winner, who has helmed the films Money Monster (2016), The Beaver (2011), as well as episodes of Black Mirror, Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards, will Continue reading “Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking in New MasterClass”

Why You Should Let People Hate Your Films


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“What makes something great may also be one of its weaknesses.” -Bruce Springsteen


No filmmaker wakes up one day and says, “I’m going to make a terrible movie!” We all work so hard to bring our little cinematic babies into the world and have high hopes and big dreams for their future success, but sometimes most of the time every time we release them out into the gauntlet of public viewing, we’re met with the harsh reality that other people do not find our precious child as adorable as we do.


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Create Sweet In-Camera Effects with These Mountable Prisms


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These specially made prisms allow you to capture stunning in-camera effects 100% hands-free.


After providing the filmmaking community with tons of excellent guidance on launching music video careers, editing music videos, and writing better treatments for projects, filmmaker Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds has something new and awesome to offer those who want to give their images a little more style and flair.



Owens has officially unveiled his new company, PrismLensFX, which has come out with two specially made prisms that will not only do what prisms do best (create Continue reading “Create Sweet In-Camera Effects with These Mountable Prisms”

How to Put a Vintage 8mm Look on Your Digital Video


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Want to turn your super crisp digital footage into grainy, nostalgic 8mm footage?


There’s something about movies shot on an 8mm camera that makes you get all misty and nostalgic, right? This look has always had a following, but lately, it has come back in style among videographers, social media influencers, and even filmmakers. (American Honey, A Ghost Story, and First Reformed were all shot with the same 1.33.1 aspect ratio as typical 8mm film.)



So, whether you want to infuse your next project with a little bit Continue reading “How to Put a Vintage 8mm Look on Your Digital Video”

5 Premiere Pro Features You May Not Know Exist


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Adobe Premiere Pro has a ton of great features, but not all of them are as easy to find as others.


Professional editing programs are chock full of buttons, panels, and tools that help you do a myriad of different tasks in post-production, and even if you’re a seasoned vet, chances are there are quite a few of them inside of Premiere Pro that you’re unfamiliar with. Luckily, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom has made a video that reveals a handful of features inside Adobe’s flagship video editor, all of which will help you do your Continue reading “5 Premiere Pro Features You May Not Know Exist”

4 Pro Tips for Working with Hard Light


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Here are some things you should know about hard light before you use it in your next film.


When it comes to the quality of light, hard light is certainly on the moodier side of the spectrum. Horror films, dramas, neo-noirs, and a host of other genres use it to create harsh shadows, bring out the details and textures of a subject, as well as create a certain atmosphere of tension, mystery, and dread.



If you’re new to lighting and want to use this kind of technique in your own work, Continue reading “4 Pro Tips for Working with Hard Light”