Always Learning

VFX with scale models

Indie filmmaking: doing visual effects or SFX shots with miniatures. This video was done using a 1/48 scale model kit. It was shot on a Canon 650D/Rebel T4i and assembled in Adobe After Effects. The rotors were animated using the Element 3D plugin for After Effects.

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MUZZLE FLASH in Adobe After Effects

Create a realistic muzzle flash effect in Adobe After Effects. In this video we set the scene for the tutorial which will follow. All muzzle flashes and ejecting bullet shells in this video are done entirely inside After Effects without the use of any third party plug-ins or stock footage.

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Always Learning: Shoot Your Film…Today!

My search for Filmmaking Videos of all calibers and attitudes led me to this video at DSLRGuide.  I like his simple approach to the subject and simple advice: Pick Better Locations and Settings for your scenes. Wise words indeed.  Location is a key choice for a media project because it makes an impression on a…

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Always Learning: Visual Comedy vs. Crappy Improv

  What Is Real Comedy “Every Frame a Painting” has some insightful ideas into the decline of American comedy movies. First, the greats of American cinema were in the Silent Era.  Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and the great Charlie Chaplin.  When asked about what he needed for a comedy, Chaplin one time replied, “Me, a…

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