ADR 101: How to Do It Like the Pros Do It


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Learn to record ADR like an experienced professional.


Sometimes your audio is going to have some problems that need fixing.



Maybe you shot your scene next to a freeway and can’t hear your talent speaking. Maybe you captured a walk-and-talk scene in a long shot and couldn’t mic-up your subjects. Maybe you’re translating your English-language short film into Swahili and need to replace all of the dialogue.



What are you supposed to do about all that mess?



ADR.



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Filmmaking Fallacies We All Need to Put to Bed


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There are a lot of misconceptions about filmmaking that can make life hell when you’re first starting out.


Filmmaking as a newbie looks and feels much different than it does when you have some experience under your belt.



The years of making do with less time, money, and resources…



The surefire plans that crumble right when you arrive on set…



The questionable sums you get after adding A to B and not getting C…



All of these things and Continue reading “Filmmaking Fallacies We All Need to Put to Bed”

Musicbed Provides the Music, You Handle the Rest


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Put your filmmaking skills to the test with the Musicbed Challenge. Just choose a song and make a film, and you could win big.


As filmmakers, we’re often working behind the eight ball, trying to make do with too little money, resources, and time. And perhaps the biggest challenge filmmakers face is making the most of those constraints and succeeding in spite of them.



If you’re looking to challenge yourself even further, you might want to take part in the Musicbed Challenge.





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The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week


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To headline our Deals of the Week, SmallHD cuts $600 off the price of the 703 Bolt Wireless Monitor.


This week in filmmaking deals: SmallHD drops the price of its 703 Bolt Wireless Monitor by $600 to commemorate CineGear 2019 and the Steadicam AIR-25 Carbon Fiber Monopod gets a nice 20% price reduction. Also, Digital Anarchy is celebrating Pride Month by offering a 20% discount on all plugins, including Beauty Box 4.0, and Adorama continues its Summer Sale with a nice $70 price cut on the Atomos Shinobi 4K Monitor.

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How to Build a Cheap DIY LED Balloon Light out of Shower Curtains


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Need to create some moonlight, street light, or even UFO light effects? Here’s how to do it on the cheap.


Sometimes you come across a DIY build that kind of stops you in your tracks and makes you go, “I’m not sure if I need that, but I really want to make that.”



That’s the case with this DIY tutorial video. In it, Todd Blankenship from Shutterstock experiments with some shower curtains, LED strip lights, and helium to create a giant balloon light that not only has great, diffused output but Continue reading “How to Build a Cheap DIY LED Balloon Light out of Shower Curtains”

Highland 2 Gets Revision Mode in Its Biggest Update Yet


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Finally, Highland 2 gets Revision Mode (and so much more) in Version 2.5 update.


Highland 2.5 has officially been announced and this update adds tools and functionality that will make the task of writing scripts, novels, and even blog posts a lot more intuitive and efficient.



In fact, the John August-led team behind Highland, the Quote-Unquote Company, says that they’ve “added nearly everything” in their app roadmap, including features requested by thousands of users.




What’s new in Version 2.5?


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193 Classic Korean Films Are Free to Watch on YouTube Right Now


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Are you a big fan of classic Korean cinema? Then get ready for the longest movie marathon of your life.


The Korean Film Archive is an incredible resource for cinephiles not only because it preserves and curates some of South Korea’s most treasured films but because it also restores them and provides access to pretty much anyone who has the internet. (And for those that don’t…check out one of their libraries or museums if you’re ever in Seoul or Paju.)



In fact, the Korean Film Archive has restored and uploaded Continue reading “193 Classic Korean Films Are Free to Watch on YouTube Right Now”

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Video of the Great American Solar Eclipse


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Behold! The Great American Solar Eclipse in all its glory.


Remember the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017? I do. Its path crossed 20 minutes north of my hometown, so my whole family gathered on my rooftop patio with $15 eclipse glasses to watch the sun disappear to near totality.



I’ll never forgive myself for not making the very short trip to actually experience and photograph the solar eclipse when it reached complete totality, but thanks to a select number of talented photographers and videographers, I can bear witness in the Continue reading “This Might Be the Most Beautiful Video of the Great American Solar Eclipse”

The Week of Panasonic’s New Mirrorless Camera and Apple’s New Cheese Grater


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What’s new in the world of filmmaking this week?

This week on the No Film School Podcast, Host Charles Haine and NFS Editor-in-Chief George Edelman talk tech.

They discuss Apple’s new Mac Pro, unveiled on Monday, which features a completely overhauled design, a massive 32-inch Retina 6K display, and internal specs that will certainly pique the interest of pros.

Plus, they go over the myriad of exciting film gear we were able to get our mitts on at CineGear 2019, including Panasonic’s 6K full frame mirrorless S1H camera, as well as answer this week’s Ask No Film School question: How Continue reading “The Week of Panasonic’s New Mirrorless Camera and Apple’s New Cheese Grater”

You Spoke, Aputure Listened: Sneak Peak at RC Lightbulb Updates


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Aputure heard your comments, critiques, and criticisms of their RC LED bulb and have decided to add a few things to the design.


Aputure’s little RC LED bulb, which we saw back at NAB 2019, is getting a little makeover thanks to your feedback.



The bulb, which is RGB/HSI/color temperature changeable, dimmable, and app controllable, is pretty cool all on its own, but those who got a load of it at NAB had a few ideas that Aputure has decided to implement into its new design. Updates Continue reading “You Spoke, Aputure Listened: Sneak Peak at RC Lightbulb Updates”

Heden’s Prototype for the Ymer-3 Wireless Follow Focus Is Super Fast


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Hedén unveiled the prototype of their new wireless FIZ control system, Ymer-3.


This high-end, very accurate and fast wireless follow focus system has some very interesting and unique functionality, including LenSaver manual calibration, lens mapping, and manual override that doesn’t require you to remove the motor or recalibrate the system.

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Protect Your Lights and Ballasts with Rob’s Rain Hats


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If you’re shooting outdoors in poor weather, these rain hats could save your shoot.


We all know what to do to protect our cameras and lenses from the elements, but what do you do to protect your lighting equipment?



If you’re like a lot of filmmakers, you might try throwing tarps, visqueen, or even portable tents over your gear to keep it dry and safe from dust, dirt, and sand. But those things don’t always work and can overheat your equipment and/or melt and become a safety Continue reading “Protect Your Lights and Ballasts with Rob’s Rain Hats”

What Blew Your Mind at CineGear 2019?


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Filter-cleaning matte box? A DMX station the size of a briefcase? Mind. Blown.


We saw a ridiculous amount of great gear while walking around at year’s CineGear, from Panasonic’s 6K S1H to Angenieux’s new Optimo cine primes.



However, there were a select number of very unique, very cool items that just totally blew our minds.



I mean, there’s the Prodigy from Bright Tangerine, which cleans water and dust and sand off of your lens filters by blowing air at it at 300mph. There Continue reading “What Blew Your Mind at CineGear 2019?”

Lindsay Optics Shows off Rotating Lens Effect Filters and More


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Lindsey Optics creates unique rotating filters for your 4×5.65 or 6.6 matte box.


Stopping by the Lindsey Optics booth at CineGear, we were able to get a load of their unique filters up close.



The company offers a line of rotating Rota-Pol polarizers ($600-$900) and variable NDs ($1300), but by far the most interesting thing we saw was their line of very cool Rota-Streak filters ($425-$650), whose baked-in lens effects produce unique streaks, smears, and patterns when they interact with light.



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Get Hands-On Filmmaking Experience with Pro Gear at Adorama Inspire


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Spend 3 days getting hands-on experience with some of the best pro gear and most talented creatives at Adorama Inspire.


Adorama Inspire, a photography conference in New York City, is back to give you a unique opportunity to learn more about visual storytelling from world-class industry professionals.



Over a course of 3 days, you can attend over 30 sessions, workshops, and panels that teach everything from how to light a face to creative and purposeful lens choice, as well as creating foley and making an indie film from start to finish. Continue reading “Get Hands-On Filmmaking Experience with Pro Gear at Adorama Inspire”

Utilizing an Original Russian Arm Might be More Affordable Than You Think


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If you’ve ever wanted to shoot a “Fast and Furious” style action sequence with a Russian Arm but thought it’d be too expensive, then you might be pleasantly surprised.


We got the chance to chat with Filmotechnic’s Thom Damon not only about their interesting new 3-axis gyro flight head prototype but about what it takes to operate and/or utilize a professional camera car system like theirs.



When it comes to operation, Damon says it’s not as difficult as it looks. Half joking he says if you know Continue reading “Utilizing an Original Russian Arm Might be More Affordable Than You Think”

What Would You Steal from CineGear 2019?


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There are so many expensive, shiny things at this year’s CineGear. What ones are making your fingers feel particularly sticky?


First of all, we don’t condone theft. That’s wrong. Theft is naughty.



However, if you were to steal something from the CineGear Expo, what would it be? If you could just snatch one thing and run like hell and get away with your perfect crime, would it be the S1H? How about those gorgeous Angie Optimo Primes? Or would you just jump on the RC Gimbal Car Continue reading “What Would You Steal from CineGear 2019?”

What Are the Hottest Trends at CineGear 2019?


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From stabilization to anamorphic to 8K, we find out what everybody’s talking about at this year’s CineGear Expo.


There are so many interesting offerings being showcased at CineGear 2019, including Preston’s HU4 follow focus, the DoF racking Cinefade variable ND, and, of course, Panasonic’s 6K full frame mirrorless S1H.



However, there are several trends that we’ve seen dominate the showroom floor. Characteristic lenses, HDR, and colored effects LEDs are all over the place here at CineGear, as well as stabilizers, anamorphic lenses, and yeah, loads and loads Continue reading “What Are the Hottest Trends at CineGear 2019?”

Meet the Vizen 40mm, the ‘World’s First’ 1.8x Anamorphic MFT Prime


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The Vazen 40mm Anamorphic Prime might be a great fit for MFT shooters doing narrative film work.


We talked with DP Michael Della Polla about an intriguing piece of glass, especially for GH5 and Z-cam E2 shooters: the Vazen 40mm t/2 1.8X Anamorphic Prime.



According to VZ Lens, it’s the “world’s first 1.8X anamorphic prime designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras with 4:3 sensors.” Aesthetically, you can expect smooth, oval bokeh, “well controlled” blue horizontal lens flares, and of course, the widescreen (2.39:1) Continue reading “Meet the Vizen 40mm, the ‘World’s First’ 1.8x Anamorphic MFT Prime”

The New, Completely Redesigned Mac Pro Has Landed


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The new Mac Pro is being called a “breakthrough workstation for pros.”


Apple has just unveiled the brand-new Mac Pro that features a completely overhauled design, a massive 32-inch Retina 6K display, and internal specs that will certainly pique the interest of pros.




Design


Apple took an interesting approach to the new Mac Pro’s design. Its modular system sets the table for those looking to expand and configure it in whichever way best serves the work they do. The aluminum housing can be easily removed from the stainless-steel Continue reading “The New, Completely Redesigned Mac Pro Has Landed”