Ways to Put Lights and Color Gels to Work on Your Film

Light and color can change everything. Lighting is a true workhorse of cinema. It not only illuminates spaces so, you know, they can be seen, but it also add loads of atmosphere, mood, and subtext to film projects, especially when paired with vibrant colors. If you want to learn just how many different kinds of looks you can create with some lights and some color gels (or a very expensive RGBAW LED), take a look at this video. Jake Estes of B&H goes over a handful of ways you can utilize light and color to Continue reading "Ways to Put Lights and Color Gels to Work on Your Film"

Watch: Learn How to Create These 4 Classic Music Video Effects

These effects are not only fun to create but they're a quintessential part of music videos. Have you ever watched the music video to Coldplay's "The Scientist" and wondered how Chris Martin managed to sing it correctly while moving in reverse? Or how the Backstreet Boys sang their upbeat song "Quit Playing Games with My Heart" at the right tempo while the rain fell in slow motion, so sensually, behind them? In this tutorial, Robbie Janney of Shutterstock shows you how to create four iconic music video effects, from the sweet Slow Jamz slow down Continue reading "Watch: Learn How to Create These 4 Classic Music Video Effects"

This Is What Happens When You Strap a 360 Camera to an Arrow and Let It Fly

What do you get when you strap a 360 camera to an arrow? Tiny planets. Every now and again it's fun to have fun? Right? Fun is fun! And what's more fun to a filmmaker than putting your camera to the test to see if it can capture some strange footage? Luckily, the Corridor Crew, who are basically professionals at strapping cameras onto things just to see what the world looks like from weird vantage points, have done just that in their latest video. They've taken an Insta 360 One Action Cam, rigged it up Continue reading "This Is What Happens When You Strap a 360 Camera to an Arrow and Let It Fly"

Lighting Tips to Help You Survive Your Next Outdoor Shoot

The sun can be a wild beast. Here are a few ways you can tame it. For some filmmakers, shooting outdoors can be a real challenge. That's mostly due to the fact that the sun, even though it's providing plenty of free, constant light, can be incredibly difficult to control. But instead of going outside like some pseudo-gothy socially awkward weirdo named V when she was 16 years old, you can learn a few easy and cheap techniques that allow you to use the sun to light better external scenes. In this video, Aidin Robbins Continue reading "Lighting Tips to Help You Survive Your Next Outdoor Shoot"

5 Sweet and Simple In-Camera Effects You Should Try

Want to pepper some sweet effects into your next project? Try one of these. Doesn't it always seem like the cooler the effect, the harder it is to create? Naturally, this is the case because cool effects are more often than not incredibly intricate and complicated, requiring hundreds of adjustments, corrections, and finely tuned tweaks to make them just right. However, there are a few really impressive effects that you can pull off without a whole lot of legwork. In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shows you how to create five in-camera effects that Continue reading "5 Sweet and Simple In-Camera Effects You Should Try"

7 Tips That Will Help You Really Nail Location Scouting

Finding perfect locations for your project takes time, planning, and most importantly, attention to detail. Real estate and filmmaking are not all that different in that one of the major selling points they can offer their respective clients (home buyers/audiences) is location, location, location. When crafting the world of your film, the physical places you take your viewer to have a major effect on the emotional places they'll be taken to, which, of course, is your ultimate goal. This is precisely why location scouting is such an important step in filmmaking, Continue reading "7 Tips That Will Help You Really Nail Location Scouting"

4 Pro Tips That Will Help You Get Better Sound on Location

Making your audio sound more dimensional, clean, and professional is not as difficult as you might think. What does it take to record pro-quality sound while shooting on location? Sure, you need a decent microphone (that's kind of a given), but what are some essential techniques that you can put into practice today that will not only give you audio that sounds good but also sound that is dimensional and works well with your story? In this video, Aputure's Ted Sim talks with Location Sound Mixer Andrew Jones about how to record better audio for Continue reading "4 Pro Tips That Will Help You Get Better Sound on Location"

One Small Modification Allowed This Lens to Create ‘Magic Bokeh’

After flipping a single lens element, this Iranian photographer was able to capture the most stunning and unique bokeh. For filmmakers, bokeh is probably the richest, most decadent type of sweet cinematic treat, but the bokeh that Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami was able to capture with a specially modified vintage lens has taken visual confectionery to a whole new level. How did he manage to pull it off? By reversing one single optical element of a $70 Zenit MC Zenitar 50mm f/2 lens. The bokeh that came out after mounting the lens to his Canon Continue reading "One Small Modification Allowed This Lens to Create ‘Magic Bokeh’"

One Small Modification Allowed This Lens to Create ‘Magic Bokeh’

After flipping a single lens element, this Iranian photographer was able to capture the most stunning and unique bokeh. For filmmakers, bokeh is probably the richest, most decadent type of sweet cinematic treat, but the bokeh that Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami was able to capture with a specially modified vintage lens has taken visual confectionery to a whole new level. How did he manage to pull it off? By reversing one single optical element of a $70 Zenit MC Zenitar 50mm f/2 lens. The bokeh that came out after mounting the lens to his Canon Continue reading "One Small Modification Allowed This Lens to Create ‘Magic Bokeh’"

5 Things You Should Remember to Do on Every Project

Whether you're shooting a short commercial or a feature-length film, these tips will help you knock your project out of the park. The first day of a shoot is always a little disorienting. Even if you spent weeks or months planning it, there's always that "fish out of water" moment where your mind goes blank and you're pretty sure that you should be assisting customers with their camera purchase at a Best Buy somewhere. So, how do you get grounded? How do you get your head back in the game and thinking about all of Continue reading "5 Things You Should Remember to Do on Every Project"

Recording Audio on the Go Just Got a Whole Lot Easier with RØDE’s Mobile Interview Kit

This kit from RØDE simplifies not only recording audio on the fly but also monitoring it. RØDE wants to take the guesswork out of your audio recording and monitoring with its recently released Mobile Interview Kit. This Lightning-connected recording solution allows you to hook up not only two lav mics but also your headphones for direct monitoring. It's made up of one SC6-L input/output breakout box specifically designed for Apple iOS devices, including both smartphones and tablets, two smartLav+ lavalier mics, clips, windshields, and many other desirable add-ons that not only allow you to conduct Continue reading "Recording Audio on the Go Just Got a Whole Lot Easier with RØDE’s Mobile Interview Kit"

Use These Lightweight DIY Sound Panels to Treat Your Set

When does a room give you good sound? When you treat it nicely. Any experienced filmmaker will tell you that recording high-quality sound is more important than recording high-quality video. (Not convinced? Watch this.) So, if you made a point of investing in some really good equipment, like a shotgun microphone and/or an external recorder, you're well on your way to being able to produce decent audio. However, one thing that many new filmmakers, and even some more experienced ones, tend to skip over is sound treating the room in which you're recording. Continue reading "Use These Lightweight DIY Sound Panels to Treat Your Set"

13 Essential Tips for Using Your Boring Ol’ Tripod

Tripods are the stodgiest of all camera equipment, but they're also one of the most important. Yeah, back in the days of old, the tripod was the bee's knees, mobilizing those ginormous cameras to the delight of all. But, as cinematic technology continues to advance, it has garnered a reputation for being, well, kind of boring. I mean, I get it. A tripod holds your camera in one place while a drone takes it through trees and over friggin' majestic mountains. However, there are a lot of ways to not only Continue reading "13 Essential Tips for Using Your Boring Ol’ Tripod"

3 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Get Your Hands on a Nifty Fifty

If you haven't purchased a 50mm lens yet, here's why you might want to. When new filmmakers buy their first camera, they typically go with a kit lens that gives them some flexibility in the focal length department, allowing them to zoom in and out to get the right shot. And while gear acquisition may not be the prime directive when first starting out, there is one additional piece of equipment that newbies might really want to consider getting their hands on: a good ol' nifty fifty. In this video, David Bergman of Adorama TV Continue reading "3 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Get Your Hands on a Nifty Fifty"

Learn How to Fight on Camera from a Pro Who Got Punched by Chuck Norris

This professional stuntman survived a blow from the Texas Ranger himself to pass on his secrets to you. Fight scenes might be some of the most exciting to watch, but they're also some of the most complicated to shoot. Capturing a fight for a film requires a lot of carefully executed techniques in order to make it exhilarating, realistic, and safe for all involved. In this video from Shutterstock, stunt coordinator John Cann, who totally got to brawl with Chuck Norris on camera, goes over a few tricks of the trade to show you how Continue reading "Learn How to Fight on Camera from a Pro Who Got Punched by Chuck Norris"

7 Tips That Will Help Make You a More Productive Filmmaker

If you want to increase your creative productivity, here are a few things you can do. Forget about inexperience, insufficient budgets, or lack of resources, not knowing how to make yourself more productive is the main hurdle filmmakers have to overcome. Whether you procrastinate, are unorganized, or are easily distracted by push notifications blowing up your phone, this video from director/editor Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds will help you find new ways (or reinforce some tried-and-true ones) to get to work on your film projects. Check it out below: Continue reading "7 Tips That Will Help Make You a More Productive Filmmaker"

Essential Tips That Will Help You Master Speed Ramping in Premiere Pro

Learn a few speed ramping techniques so you can make your videos more dynamic. Even if you don't know what speed ramping is, you've definitely seen it in countless videos. All those moments when, I don't know, a snowboarder approaches the top of a halfpipe at full speed and then all of a sudden, boom, time slows way down so you can see their body flipping and twirling and corkscrewing gracefully in midair. Yeah, that's speed ramping, or time remapping, when you speed up and slow down a clip. If you're Continue reading "Essential Tips That Will Help You Master Speed Ramping in Premiere Pro"

How to Create Double Exposure Videos in Just Minutes

This double exposure effect is not only awesome to look at but it's also super easy to pull off.

If you're looking to add a sweet effect to your editorial toolbox, you might want to give double exposure a try. Yeah, I know, double exposure is usually something you associate with photography, but you can definitely do the same thing with video—and if you liked the look with still images, you're going to love the look when they're moving. In this tutorial, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you how to pull off a Continue reading "How to Create Double Exposure Videos in Just Minutes"

What Does It Take to Be a Better Music Video Editor?

Need some advice on editing music videos? We gotchu. Music videos are often a newbie's first dalliance with the craft of filmmaking, and it might be due to the assumption that music videos are somehow easier to make than films. I mean, they can be, but just because they might be easier to make (sometimes) doesn't make them easy to make. If you're gearing up to edit your first music video, or just want to hone your skills, this video from director Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds offers up a bunch of great advice Continue reading "What Does It Take to Be a Better Music Video Editor?"