In this short guide, we round up some advice for filmmakers and videographers shooting promotional videos for restaurants and bars.
Atmosphere can be the difference between a boring shot and an incredible one. And colored smoke is about as atmospheric as it gets.
Since Blackmagic Design’s brand new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is ending up into some people’s hands it’s time to talk about what media works with this 4K camera. This, of course, is an important item. Do not mess around with media. Do not go cheap. Do not go with something not listed here and then go running around saying the new Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is skipping frames. It is on you if you do not follow the approved media list. Plus, who wants to spend the time and effort put into a project just for your footage
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With over 70 action compositing elements for your videos and motion graphics, the Action Hits Toolkit has everything you need for your next action sequence.
Want to create convincing space scenes with practically created elements and effects? Download these 40+ free space textures and elements and get to work.
When you bring a second camera operator onto your film or video shoot, be sure you communicate clearly about these five important elements.
Blackmagic Design has joined the new Netflix Post Technology Alliance and that DaVinci Resolve, its professional editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production software, was chosen for three of the alliance’s four technology categories: “Color Grading,” “Editorial” and “IMF & Media Encoding.” Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini 4.6K and URSA Mini Pro were also chosen in the alliance’s “Camera” category. The Post Technology Alliance is a program for manufacturers of products that generate or manage any kind of sound data, image data, or metadata from production through post. The alliance is aimed at bringing together industry leaders committed to
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We gathered some expert genre filmmaking advice from the filmmakers at this year's Fantastic Fest. Here's what they had to say.
Close-ups have a range of uses, from comedy to horror, but as a general rule, you should use them sparingly. Here are a few reasons why.
Old glass and large sensors need a lot of testing. The results may surprise you.
In this article I took a look at how older S35 lenses performed on a full frame RED Weapon Monstro. Scaling the sensor window to fit older lenses yielded some amazing and weird results. There was more to learn from this experiment, and it relates to lens design.
Jim Rolin, video engineer and co-owner of rental house Videofax, told me something curious: he’d found there were lens “breakpoints” where the illumination circle of a lens in a set would shrink. For example, the 20mm,
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Many years ago I wrote about the simplest interview lighting setup ever. Here’s my modern take on that same setup.
The TL;DR version is: I still use it.
I don’t shoot a lot of small talking-head interviews anymore. I work with bigger crews, and while I still shoot interviews the scale tends to be bigger. Generally, though, I use variations on this same theme. There are many ways to light faces, but to do this right one has to study those faces to get a sense of how they take light. When you’re shooting someone you’ve never met before, it’s
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Blackmagic Studios announced their new RAW codec September 14th 2018, claiming it is a "next generation codec." So is it?
I like to see new cameras, but more importantly, I like getting my grubby hands on them to see if I like them or not. Thanks to Nashville-based Contrast Visuals and Consulting fellow camera nerds in the area were also able to give the new ARRI ALEXA LF a spin. Arri came to the southern city as part of its usual product tour they make about once a year, or so I am told. Attendees not only gave the ALEXA LF a spin but were also treated to Arri’s presentation about the ins and outs of the ALEXA LF.
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Learn to unlock the potential of your Canon 5D Mark IV with this powerful, in-camera multiple-exposure photography functionality.
The ARRI Academy isn’t only about learning how cameras work. We also teach how to use them.
I’ve never seen a class as motivated as the one we had in September. My co-instructor is Nico Fournier, of MTL Grande Studios in Montreal. We’ve been trying to make the ARRI Academy as much about artistry as technology. We use cameras to create art. It helps when our tools make it easier to capture our vision, but it’s all about the vision. Technology is a facilitator, not the goal.
We’ve split the course into two core pieces. On day one, Nico covers
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Creating a Facebook video ad campaign for yourself or a client? Here are five of the most important insights to keep in mind.
While visiting Sydney earlier this year, I had a good long chat with Den Lennie about the challenges of building and sustaining your Production Company, as well as how to stay busy as a freelance or contract DP. We dive deep into how to structure contracts and payments to protect yourself (and your sub-contractors), as well as how to position yourself in what can be a very crowded market. We also discuss some alternative reasons why you might want a DP or Production Company reel, and how to leverage that and your client relationships to get the type of work Continue reading "Business for Creatives – The Long-term Mindset You Need to Adopt"
The mirrorless camera wave continues to gain momentum as Panasonic reveals two new L-mount camera models forthcoming in 2019.
We examined the state of the music video production industry based on insights from a viral sensation director. Here's what we found out.
This is a story about a lens family whose soft focus backgrounds were consciously designed, and the lens mount that made them possible. For the last six months I’ve been working part time as a trainer for the ARRI Academy’s Camera Systems class. Every month or so I travel to either Burbank or Brooklyn and work with a c0-trainer on a 2.5 day intensive workshop covering all of ARRI’s current cameras. Recently we’ve added the Alexa LF to the lineup, and it’s been a treat to work with. To be honest, it’s not terribly different to the SXT when
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