Posts Tagged ‘filmmaking’

David Fincher – And the Other Way is Wrong

I remember watching “Seven” with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. An extraordinary film for its sheer tonal quality.  Oppressive, intimate, foreboding.  Fincher is a consummate technician with an extremely strong intent in his framing.

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Toronto and Beyond

The recently concluded Toronto Film Festival is amongst the world’s major film festivals worth attending in terms of prestige, prominence and film sales.    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become an essential stops in the march toward Awards Season with many films using the festival as their major release. With easy flights from Hollywood…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film’s Budget-#3: Inaccurate Perks

Perks. The word itself carries emotional connotations of either simple requests – or a vast array of pampered “Stars”.  Or “Rock Stars”.    In this case, the Producer might hire a Big Star – and not think about the impact of their perks on the budget.  And maybe they exceed the means of the budget.…

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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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Careers in Filmmaking : You’re Fit Into the Industry

Usually, finding your career in the film industry takes a little bit of time.  You try one position, hate it.  Try another position and love it.  But knowing that you’ll find your place in this exciting business is part of the Adventure. I did a lot of jobs on a movie set before going into…

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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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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film’s Budget-#2: Inaccurate Estimate

Writers Need To Become Producers In numerous cases, I have had a producer or executive hand me a script, point to it and say, “You can do this film for $5 million.”  In reality, the math says almost $6.6 million.  “That script is $15 million.”  Wrong.  Closer to $22 Million.   “Not a hair over $8…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film Budget-Reason #1: Finance

Writers Need To Become Film Producers  Many times, when a producer or a writer hires me to create and producer a schedule and budget, they have very similar misconceptions or omissions upon outlining their projects’s probable Film Budget. In a series of videos and articles, I am going to cover two subjects. One, how can…

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French New Wave Changed Cinema – FilmmakingWithaCalculator!

The Techniques associated with French New Wave Filmmaking were improvisation, low cost equipment, shots which defied conventional tracking shot systems, i.e., handheld as well as the minimal setup time to achieve a film with an Improvised Feel. From Wikipedia: The New Wave (French: La Nouvelle Vague) is a blanket term coined by critics for a group of French filmmakers of the late…

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Michael’s Quora Answer: Hierarchy of Assistant Directors

In the United States, a hierarchy absolutely exists in the Production Staff which is where the Assistant Director is included in both the budget as well as in the proper union – the Directors Guild of America. There are also plenty of Assistant Directors in the United States that are non-union or Independent. In other…

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Directing – The Fine Arts of Blocking and Composition

@imdanielfox Podcast – 'Reloading with Werner' on iTunes and Soundcloud When it comes to directing, one set of skills that always separates the wheat from the chaff, are the fine arts of blocking and composition. They're the extra punch in selling great performances, and reeling your audience in. In this video, I look at what…

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Composition + Framing – Storytelling with Cinematography

This week we're looking at how filmmakers can use composition and framing get across complex emotions and ideas. BLOG POST: Part 2: Lighting: Part 3 – Lenses: Part 4: Movement: Graded with FilmConvert – 10% off: (I earn a commission from purchases ^^) WEBSITE: TWITTER: INSTAGRAM: ALL EQUIPMENT: QUESTIONS: dslrguidance@gmail.com Host and Creator – Simon…

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