Production Techniques

Cinematic Movement Tutorial And Warp Stabilizer

Tom Antos does some great little tutorial, especially useful to get ‘Behind the Scenes’ between low budget filmmaking, the thinking process and the Post-Production process.  Tom uses Adobe After Effects  with its Warp Stabilizer effects. Don’t take these tutorials for granted.  It’s the same process (maybe faster with more money) that major filmmakers would also…

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The 2017 Filmmaker Christmas List

Triune Assets – 25% Off Everything Through Dec 24th PRE-PRO: FadeIn Slugline Plot Devices Storyclock notebook Plot Devices Storyboard Notebook Shot Lister Frame Forge Writer Emergency GRIP GEAR: C-Stands Flags Apple Boxes CAMERAS: Panasonic G7 Panasonic GH5 GH5 Review: Sony A7s ii A7s ii Review: Black Magic Ursa Mini 4.6k Ursa Mini Review: Fujifilm X100f…

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When Do You Start Feeling Like a Filmmaker?

Adobe Stock: Triune Store: What Ryan's Watching: —————————————————————– **GEAR WE USE** COLOR GRADING LUTs: SOUND FX: MUSIC: VFX ASSETS: CAMERAS: C300 mkII: A7s II: C100: LENSES: Rokinon: AUDIO: NTG3: H4n Zoom: Zoom F8: TRIPOD: BV-10: —————————————————————– Connect with us: TWITTER: FilmRiot – Ryan – Josh – Justin – Emily – FACEBOOK: Film Riot – Ryan…

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Low-Budget Filmmaking: Creating an Apocalyptic World

Details on the Film: The Manual Trailer: Wil Magness Website: The Film's Social Media: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: —————————————————————– **GEAR WE USE** COLOR GRADING LUTs: SOUND FX: MUSIC: VFX ASSETS: CAMERAS: C300 mkII: A7s II: C100: LENSES: Rokinon: AUDIO: NTG3: H4n Zoom: Zoom F8: TRIPOD: BV-10: —————————————————————– Connect with us: TWITTER: FilmRiot – Ryan – Josh…

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Film Grammar: Top 20 Cinematic Techniques

I collect these links because it’s always good to have references to films – and not just films that I am really familiar with – but a lot of other films to constantly study Film Grammar.  How does it work?   And not work?  

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Free Assets for Filmmakers

120+ Free Video Overlays 352 Free Letterbox Templates (8K, 4K, HD and more) 15 Free Camera Shake presets: Hitfilm Express: Mitch Martinez 16 Free transitions in After Effects 16 Free Dust and Light overlays 24 Free 4K lower thirds to download for After Effects 5 Free Camera Overlays 15 Free Background Ambient Noise Tracks 16…

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Fun Production Problem Solving Skills: $10 DIY Camera Slider!

A Slider adds a little move in the frame to make the shot interesting.  They have become essential to today’s filmmaking with that gentle glide used to facilitate movement and interesting frames.  You can build one.  Again, even if you don’t build one, then watch the video as a Production Problem Solver. Shopping List: 2-…

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Film Riot – How to Build a Camera Jib for Under $200

Learning how to build a DIY jib is important.  You might NEVER actually build one.  But now you start thinking about how to solve problems.  Film Production is solving one big problem.   It’s finding the way to make it work for a price – FilmmakingWithaCalculator.com – and making it work for that price.  …

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The RED EPIC! – Film Riot

The Red Epic Camera has become a major player in World Cinema.  The camera has been used by the likes of Peter Jackson and Steven Soderbergh.    Here is also a list of other Large Sensor Interchangeable Lens Video Cameras. Your Goal:  Understand how these cameras work, their capabilities and their faults so you can…

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Online Filmmaking Classes & Licensed Music

Ryan talks online filmmaking classes with MZed, licensed music and how to track a face for a trippy effect! —————————————————————– APM Music: —————————————————————– Filmmaking Classes with MZed: —————————————————————– Last Week’s Episode: —————————————————————– Black Mirror Trailer: —————————————————————– **GEAR WE USE** COLOR GRADING LUTs: SOUND FX: MUSIC: VFX ASSETS: CAMERAS: C300 mkII: A7s II: C100: LENSES: Rokinon:…

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Crazy Visual Techniques for Filmmaking

Whether it’s a drug trip or someone making the world shake with their brain, here are some awesome/crazy visual techniques to use for your projects! —————————————————————– fxguide on Logan effect: —————————————————————– Logan Hallway Scene: —————————————————————– **GEAR WE USE** COLOR GRADING LUTs: SOUND FX: MUSIC: VFX ASSETS: CAMERAS: C300 mkII: A7s II: C100: LENSES: Rokinon: AUDIO:…

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Must Have Filmmaking Accessories for iPhones & Androids

Shooting on any mobile device like an iPhone, iPad, Pixel, Galaxy S, etc… has become a much more viable solution. Today we show some accessories that will help take your mobile filmmaking up a notch. Watch the sketch we shot on the iPhone – —————————————————————– ACCESSORY LINKS: Camkix Lenses – Olloclip lens – Moondogs Anamorphic…

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8 Tripod Tricks for Filmmakers

A few ways to get creative with your tripod for some cinematic results. In collaboration with Benro – Cinesummit promo – Register for Cinesummit here – —————————————————————– **GEAR WE USE** COLOR GRADING LUTs: SOUND FX: MUSIC: VFX ASSETS: CAMERAS: C300 mkII: A7s II: C100: LENSES: Rokinon: AUDIO: NTG3: H4n Zoom: Zoom F8: TRIPOD: BV-10: —————————————————————–…

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iPhone Filmmaking: Your Camera Doesn’t Matter

You’ve heard it said before – “The best camera is the one you have with you”… While we don’t completely agree with that, there is a lot of truth to it. And now more than ever, almost any camera you can get your hands on will yield great results… So today we take a look…

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The Shifting Film Landscape: CGI going overboard?

CGI or VFX have become a crutch for many filmmakers.  They have chosen spectacle over substance.  In this article, they discuss the ten reasons why CGI is getting worse not better.   This last weekend, Hollywood Box Office has fallen off a cliff, expecting its worst summer yet.   The reasons for the drop off…

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Why Don’t Films Shoot Scenes in Sequence?

Cost. Pure and simple. When  shooting a police drama TV show or feature (for example), you might revisit some locations more than a few times in Script Sequence (from scenes 1 to 100 let’s say).  Remember that this is the Hollywood mentality.  Many countries have a less structured approach.  Equally valid if the movies gets…

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Aputure Lights – Great LED Lights

Aputure Lights have intrigued me completely.   The on or off-camera Amaran AL-528W Daylight LED Flood Light from Aputure is a daylight-balanced (5500K) LED light that delivers precise color accuracy thanks to its high CRI 95+ rated LEDs. The light produces a wide 75° beam angle with a brightness of 1,220 lux at a distance of 3.3′ and features…

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