Is It the Best or Worst Time to Be a Filmmaker? Sundance Insiders Weigh In

There are more people making films than ever before, but there are also more platforms for films than ever before. Does the future look bright for independent filmmakers? On day two of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a handful of big names in independent film sat down to talk about the state of the indie industry -- and they were far from being in agreement on it! Read their takes on the future of distribution, financing, and careers in filmmaking that No Film School compiled for you from the Sundance “A New Deal?” Filmmaker Lodge panel, moderated by Jason Hirschhorn (The REDEF Group) and featuring Jan Van Hoy, Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell Taylor, Linda Lichter, Ted Hope, and Chris Moore. Jay Van Hoy (Parts & Labor) < p class="indent1"> Advances in marketing and promotion tools allow films to reach more Continue reading "Is It the Best or Worst Time to Be a Filmmaker? Sundance Insiders Weigh In"

Five Reasons Your Business Needs a Podcast

Running your own business can be the most fulfilling and most frustrating thing someone can ever embark on. It's both draining and empowering at the same time; quite simply, it's the most toxic relationship you will ever be in, but you'll always be going back for more no matter how crazy people say you are. [ Read More ]

Have Fun Learning How to Create a Slow Motion Explosion Effect

Watch as Josh Connolly tests out the slow motion explosion he bought off Amazon Prime (ya, you heard me) and then learn how to create your very own. Ok, they won't actually teach you how to blow things up, but they will entertain you while walking you through the process they used to create a slow-motion explosion effect. So, even though you may go to Film Riot to learn filmmaking techniques and how to create kick-ass visual effects, you'll go back for the sketches. [ Read More ]

The Midtown Blanket from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.A couple of hours…



The Midtown Blanket from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

A couple of hours out in a blanketed with snow Times Square in New York. Filmed on the 23rd January during “Snowpocalypse” with a just purchased Sony FS5. All shot in 240fps high frame rate mode. Most of flicker removed from image with plug in “Flicker Free” from Digital Anarchy. Full details of this plus lenses (including looking at the wonderful Sigma 20mm ART) in my blog post here: philipbloom.net/blog/newyorksnow/ Music by Andrew Judah “Winter’s Solstice” from gopb.co/musicbed Graded with Filmconvert 10% off with code bloom at gopb.co/filmconvert. Addittional grading done with Deluts.com and Lumetri Featuring a coincidental/ random appearance by one Casey Neistat.

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Ep. 41: How NOT to Look Creepy Taking Photos in Public

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Veterans Portrait Project founder Stacy Pearsall opens the show. Thanks Stacy!

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A photo of a potato sells for over $1,000,000 US causing a stir. (#)

An awesome photo of a dad trying to get into position goes viral. (#)

Canon Australia’s third installment in their “The Lab” series gets a mixed reception. (#)

Enjoy

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The Midtown Blanket from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.A couple of hours…



The Midtown Blanket from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

A couple of hours out in a blanketed with snow Times Square in New York. Filmed on the 23rd January during “Snowpocalypse” with a just purchased Sony FS5. All shot in 240fps high frame rate mode. Most of flicker removed from image with plug in “Flicker Free” from Digital Anarchy. Full details of this plus lenses (including looking at the wonderful Sigma 20mm ART) in my blog post here: philipbloom.net/blog/newyorksnow/ Music by Andrew Judah “Winter’s Solstice” from gopb.co/musicbed Graded with Filmconvert 10% off with code bloom at gopb.co/filmconvert. Addittional grading done with Deluts.com and Lumetri Featuring a coincidental/ random appearance by one Casey Neistat.

philipbloom.net

Shooting with a point of view: Anna Mia Davidson in Cuba

In 1999, Anna Mia Davidson packed up 100 rolls of Tri-X film, an old Leica M4-P, two lenses and headed to Cuba to photograph the grittier reality of Cuban life that lurked beneath its colorful surface. Davidson expresses the importance of having a unique point of view to guide her as she made multiple trips over several years, documenting the island nation through some of its most turbulent times. In this PIX 2015 talk, Davidson's photos guide you through a Cuba you've not likely seen. She purposely eschewed the temptation of color film to 'focus on finding the essence of the culture in quiet moments; the emotions unimpaired by the appeal of color.' Davidson's work spans the entirety of the culture, from the homes, families and streets of Havana to the fields, valleys and farmers of the countryside. Woven in amongst her photographs are hints to the looming presence of the Castro regime Continue reading "Shooting with a point of view: Anna Mia Davidson in Cuba"

The gift of connection: A pair of friends photograph Cuba

As a destination for street photographers and photojournalists, there's no place quite like Cuba. The natural beauty of the island is plain to see, but for photographers and good friends Susan Roderick and Kenna Klosterman, the real pulse of the country can be found talking to its inhabitants. Klosterman and Roderick have been traveling together since they met in 2008, and have made a habit of getting to know the local culture and people of the far-flung destinations they visit. That was certainly the case on their recent visit to Cuba. See a sample of their images here, read more about their trip on Resource Travel and find out how they made a connection with a Cuban hip hop duo.

Panasonic GH5 full frame camera.

Some people tell me Panasonic have too much to loose going full frame especially when it comes to lenses. Micro four thirds as a sensor size has taken panasonic far but it has also hindered them with noise beyond 1600 ISO. Sony on the other hand brought out the A7s full frame camera with some […]

The Midtown Blanket from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.A couple of hours…



The Midtown Blanket from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

A couple of hours out in a blanketed with snow Times Square in New York. Filmed on the 23rd January during “Snowpocalypse” with a just purchased Sony FS5. All shot in 240fps high frame rate mode. Most of flicker removed from image with plug in “Flicker Free” from Digital Anarchy. Full details of this plus lenses (including looking at the wonderful Sigma 20mm ART) in my blog post here: philipbloom.net/blog/newyorksnow/ Music by Andrew Judah “Winter’s Solstice” from gopb.co/musicbed Graded with Filmconvert 10% off with code bloom at gopb.co/filmconvert. Addittional grading done with Deluts.com and Lumetri

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Behind the Scenes of SNL’s Hilarious ‘Star Wars Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base’

Adam Driver, who currently stars as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently hosted Saturday Night Live. As usual, the show contained a funny digital skit shot during the week of rehearsals, and this time, they decided to poke a little fun at the character Driver plays in Star Wars. Check out the spot here, and below, you can watch a behind the scenes video that gives a little idea of how it was shot, and how they pulled off the effect near the end with the force throw and soda machine: The BTS video: What's interesting is that they actually didn't bother removing the wire from Bobby Moynihan in the full video that aired. It's likely that the shot happens so fast it may just not have Continue reading "Behind the Scenes of SNL’s Hilarious ‘Star Wars Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base’"

Award-Winning Short “The Boy with a Camera for a Face” Is Beautifully Grim

We first saw the trailer for "The Boy with a Camera for a Face" some three years ago. And while it may seem like director and writer Spencer Brown took his good old time, (at least for those of us who were waiting with bated breath), you'll be glad he did. The resulting satirical fairy tale, narrated by Steven Berkoff, is beautiful, humorous, and grim and speaks to how we live our lives in today's media-driven society. [ Read More ]

This Artist Got 90K Instagram Followers with Photos of a Fake Lavish Lifestyle

header With tens of thousands of Instagram followers, Amalia Ulman is something of an Instagram celebrity. She regularly posted photos of herself “living the life,” posing on hotel beds, wearing haute couture, and eating haute cuisine. But what her photo fans didn’t know was that everything was fake — it was all a performance art piece for a project titled “Excellences & Perfections.” The Telegraph calls the work “one of the most original and outstanding artworks of the digital era.” The project began in April 2014, and it appeared that Ulman, who studied fine art in London from 2008 to 2011, had jumped headfirst into the superficial Instagram popularity contest with her account, @amaliaulman.

Sooooo jetlagggd ✈️✈️

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Using Photography to Capture the Evolution of Civil Rights

As we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, we saw many striking reminders of the power of photography in documenting progress and creating change. The issue of race in America is as strong as ever, and as we pause to celebrate one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, we examine the power of photography in the last half-century. [ Read More ]

Need to Store Your Tripods & C-Stands? This is a Great, Cheap DIY Solution

Getting gear is exciting and fun, but storing it, especially when you have a lot of it, can be a real nightmare. If you've got a single-person camera package, chances are you don't have a plethora of tripods and C-stands lying around, so storage probably isn't a huge issue. But, if you're running a small studio, you're going to have to come up with some solutions on how to pack them away. Lixi Studios has a great semi-DIY solution -- using inexpensive snowboard racks to store tripods and C-stands. They not only get your equipment off of the ground (which is just a terrible and dangerous idea anyway), but they allow you to separate and organize them much easier than if they were in a big pile in some closet somewhere. Snowboard racks Continue reading "Need to Store Your Tripods & C-Stands? This is a Great, Cheap DIY Solution"

12 Photographers Shot Portraits in the Same Room, and This is What Resulted

12photoghead A group of 12 photographers gathered in a beautiful villa in Tuscany, Italy, last year to be creative, learn from one another, and exchange ideas. On the last day, they decided to challenge themselves with an experiment: they would each spend 15 minutes shooting a portrait of a model using the same room as the setting. The idea was by the flower stylists and set designers of FluidaDesign, who set up a large flower arrangement in the most beautiful room of the villa. Each photographer could choose between 3 models (or another photographer) and 3 dresses, and the 15 minutes began as soon as the 2 people entered the room. bts1 bts2 “Some of them used the sophisticated dress, someone the delicate one, someone choose nudity, some of them made the subject enter into the composition, other used just a petal,” says flower designer Alessandra Santini. “The idea was exactly to
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Review: CaptureLENS is a Doodad That Does Come in Handy for Lenses

untitled.0116.DSC_4953 “Lens management”… Zzzz… I’m bored already. If there’s one area of photography that continuously plagues just about every photographer, it’s what to do with your lenses. Where and how to store them at home, how to pack them for airplane travel, how to keep them on your person when you’re actually shooting. The many questions and solutions grow tiresome after a while. And if you’re anything like me, you slip on your well-thought out plans for workflow efficiency. I start out every photo gig with every lens cap attached. But because I don’t have time for lens caps while a bride and groom are standing under an umbrella on a chilly fall afternoon, I end every job with each of those lenses caps buried somewhere at the bottom of my bag. It’s a fine line between functionality, versatility and speed. Too much of one and it can get in the
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