Posts Tagged ‘independent’

VIDCON acquired by VIACOM? Old Media Recognizes New Media Value

VIDCON.  In what could only be seen as a massive irony, Viacom has acquired the Vidcon Online Video Convention entity.    One may or may not recall that Viacom sued Google and Youtube at one point about copyright infringement.  But now the traditional media conglomerate has recognized that new online Media – centered around the…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film Budget-Reason #4: Incentives

Films get made with Incentives in today’s financing structure – plain and simple.  Whether you are shooting in the United States in Georgia or another incentive state or the United Kingdom or France, then incentive financing structures have become not only the norm but a critical component for the successful financing of your project. Incentives…

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Three Must Read Articles On Film’s Future

Three Articles give a lot of direction to the State of the Film Industry and here are a few quick summaries. Article 1 – Cord Cutting First up, an article on the massive ‘cord cutting’ that is surging through America.  These cable packages are expensive and restrictive.  You pay for 8 channels you have no…

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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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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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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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TUTORIAL: VFX with scale models – part1

In part 1 of this tutorial video we look at how to shoot the model, apply a color key inside Adobe After Effects and composite it into a background environment in a way that looks realistic and integrated. You will require some basic After Effects skills in order to complete this tutorial. The 3D model…

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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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