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11/26/2018
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Who is crafting the future? Ask the Wall Street Journal. The people selected for WSJ. Magazine's 2018 Innovators -- a gr...
11/26/2018

Who is crafting the future? Ask the Wall Street Journal. The people selected for WSJ. Magazine's 2018 Innovators -- a group of "visionary, foundation-shaking luminaries" working across a number of fields -- include Ruth E. Carter (Design); David Chang (Food); Nonny de la Pena (Technology); Agnes Gund (Philanthropy); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (Architecture); Jonah Hill (Film); Ralph Lauren (Fashion); John Legend (Entertainment); and Pheobe Waller-Bridge (TV). Production company MediaStorm was tasked with creating short video profiles of the award winners.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/24225/spotlight-video-profiles-of-great-innovators-fro.html

10/24/2018
5 Film Editing Cuts Every Editor Should Know!

Editing is an arduous, time-consuming, and complicated craft that challenges both hemispheres of your brain, but, notes NoFilmSchool, it’s a little easier when you known the types of cuts that you'll use most often in your work. A new tutorial from Filmora breaks down five cuts you need to master, from the match cut and the jump cut to the J and L cuts.

Try Filmora: http://bit.ly/2If9rHu So you have shot your video, and uploaded your clips to your computer - What's next? Video cutting! Cutting out what you d...

Filmmaker Michael Moore burst onto the nonfiction film scene in 1989 with Roger & Me, a documentary about the the devast...
10/11/2018
6 Filmmaking Tips from Michael Moore

Filmmaker Michael Moore burst onto the nonfiction film scene in 1989 with Roger & Me, a documentary about the the devastating effects of widespread layoffs by General Motors. His latest documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, is a call to arms — or, rather, to the voting booth — to resist the Trump administration. At Film School Rejects Moore offers documentary tips, including this: Don’t make a documentary — make a film.

Love him or hate him, one of the most (in)famous documentary filmmakers today has some damn good advice to share.

One of the interesting features of the new Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame cameras is their ability to output 10Bit video thr...
10/02/2018
"Dreaming" is a 4K short film shot on the Nikon Z6 - DIY Photography

One of the interesting features of the new Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame cameras is their ability to output 10Bit video through the HDMI port for use with external recorders, notes DIY Photography, adding that the 10Bit HDMI output is something that Sony doesn’t offer. Now you can see what video shot this way looks like in the short film Dreaming, which filmmaker Marin Marinov shot using a Nikon Z6 prototype. The film’s daytime shots were captured internally using Nikon’s flat profile. The night shots were made using N-Log with the Atomos Ninja Inferno external recorder.

One of the big features in the new Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras is their ability to output 10Bit video through the HDMI port for use with external recorders. But we haven’t seen too many samples of video shot this way. Dreaming is a short film by filmmaker Marin Marinov shot using a Nikon Z6 prototype....

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09/13/2018

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Time lapse. Hyperlapse. Infrared. Even time travel (sort of). In an age when everyone has a camera in their pocket that can also shoot video, photographers and filmmakers are using a gamut of techniques to grab the attention of viewers. Today we've gathered several short videos that have been getting attention on the web for their creative depictions of landscapes and cityscapes. Mwita Chaca's "Welcome to Hong Kong" mixes time lapse, hyperlapse, and real-time footage to capture the city. Photographer Christian Mohrle's 8K time lapse "Infrascapes" was made from 20,000 infrared images. There's also an aerial view of Scotland and a drone flyover of ancient Pompeii
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/23855/motion-landscapes-and-cityscapes-modern-and-anci.html

09/13/2018
Cinematic Drone Shots You Need to Master: From Where I Drone with Dirk Dallas

Has the buzz worn off your drone cinematography? If you’re ready to move beyond shooting neat-looking aerial footage and start telling stories with your flying camera, check out a new video from Adorama TV, in which Dirk Dallas of From Where I Drone covers five cinematic drone techniques, from the Reveal and Tilt Reveal to the Top Down, Orbit, and Tilt While Tracking.

www.adorama.com In this tutorial Dirk Dallas of fromwhereidrone.com shows you 5 cinematic drone shots you need to master because they will take your drone fo...

09/12/2018
Cinematic Lighting Techniques | Part 1

Want to be a better filmmaker? Use visual references like storyboards and mood boards to make sure everyone working on your project is on the same page. That’s one of the seven tips offered by in a new video from StudioBinder. Another tip: Follow the sun, which is of course the ultimate source of free lighting.

To see Cinematic Light Shaping Part 1.2 & Part 2, along with 100+ other filmmaking tutorials, join us at http://fulltimefilmmaker.com/ To see the FREE 1-Hour...

Since the 1980s, Super 35 has been the most popular format among filmmakers, but today the industry moving towards large...
09/11/2018
How Full Frame & Super 35 Sensors Affect The Cinematography Process

Since the 1980s, Super 35 has been the most popular format among filmmakers, but today the industry moving towards larger full-frame sensors. Which one should you use? There’s no right or wrong answer: Format, resolution, color bit depth, frame rate, lenses and camera type are all tools to tell story. notes NoFilmSchool, which looks into how full-frame and Super 35 formats differ and how they affect the story you’re trying to tell.

Let's look at the visual results we get with larger sensors.

09/05/2018
CINEMATIC FIRST PERSON Tutorial (Hardcore Henry)

The 2105 action film Hardcore Henry was notable for telling its high-octane story via a first-person perspective. A new video from Cinecom shows you how you can tell stories in the same way. Luckily, today’s small action cams make the job a lot easier. Remember to position your camera approximately where your character’s eyes would be.

https://cinecom.info/Audioblocks - Learn how to film a POV (Point of View) action movie like Hardcore Henry or False Alarm from The Weeknd. First person came...

08/31/2018
How to Make Better Timelapses

Want to make a better time lapse? A new Fstoppers tutorial suggests using 10-stop neutral-density filters. “For us, the most ideal shutter length for time-lapse photography is right around 2 seconds. This is long enough to blur most people, water, and traffic while still keeping your total time-lapse capture time within a reasonable time of 30 minutes or less. With a strong 10 or 15-stop neutral density filter, you can easily create single exposures of 10 seconds up to a full minute for some dramatic effects,” explains Charleston, S.C.-based photographer Patrick Hall.

Full article: In this short photography tutorial, we show you how you can improve your timelapses by taking long shutter exposures and exporting them in Adob...

The Cerrado covers 25 percent of Brazil's land mass. The savannah is the world's oldest biome, or community of plants an...
08/30/2018

The Cerrado covers 25 percent of Brazil's land mass. The savannah is the world's oldest biome, or community of plants and animals, notes Fabio Erdos, a Brazilian documentary filmmaker and photographer whose work focuses mostly on non-profit and foundation projects. In collaboration with the Brazilian chapter of the non-profit ActionAid International, Erdos, a PPD reader, shot a series of three short films for a campaign to protect the Cerrado. The films show a little of the daily life (and struggles) of three traditional communities from the region.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/23820/spotlight-in-the-front-line-to-save-the-worlds-o.html

08/24/2018
HOW TO BE CREATIVE with a GOPRO!!

Put some action into the footage you shoot with your GoPro action cam: A new tutorial from Kinotika’s Dave Altizer offers ideas on how to be more creative with your GoPro. For instance, you can use it as a second camera to get another angle on whatever you’re subject you’re shooting. Or, suggests Altizer, you can put your GoPro in a coffee machine while you make yourself a cup

HOW TO BE CREATIVE with a GOPRO!! To be original when shooting with your GoPro you need to be inventive! In this video we show you specific examples to get y...

Lauren Greenfield has spent her career looking at wealth. As a photographer, she has photographed affluent teens at play...
08/23/2018
AI-AP | Motion Arts Pro » Trending: Behind the Scenes with Lauren Greenfield, Documenter of the Rich

Lauren Greenfield has spent her career looking at wealth. As a photographer, she has photographed affluent teens at play, investors on the lam, strippers earning their hundies, and abandoned mansions in Dubai. As a documentary filmmaker, she looked at the construction of a $100 million house amid last decade's financial crisis. Her recent photographic exhibition "Generation Wealth" gathered together 25 years of work examining the globalization of materialism. Now she has followed that up with a film.

As a photographer, she burst on the scene with her 1997 book Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood, a look at youth culture in the age of hip hop and MTV that earned her the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for Young Photographer. She went on to look at the cultur...

Ten percent of Americans think Elvis Presley is still alive. It's a point worth keeping in mind while viewing "Big Elvis...
08/16/2018
AI-AP | Motion Arts Pro » Spotlight: Highlights from July

Ten percent of Americans think Elvis Presley is still alive. It's a point worth keeping in mind while viewing "Big Elvis," a short documentary about a 960-pound Elvis impersonator that is one of our highlighted films from July. Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee, performs in Nevada casinos you've never heard of. But his connection with the King of Rock and Roll goes beyond show business: He believes he is Elvis's love child. Among the other films we spotlight today: A study of a provocative ballet dancer from photographer Rankin, a tour of coastal California, and the moving story of a man rediscovering the mother he though he lost long ago.

It’s a point worth keeping in mind while viewing Big Elvis, a short documentary about a 960-pound Elvis impersonator that is one of our highlighted films from July. As filmmaker Paul Stone notes in the 12-minute portrait, Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee performs in Nevada casinos you’ve never heard ...

Remember when Apple took the headphone jack off the iPhone? “Of course, they included a lightning adapter, but if you’re...
08/16/2018
RØDE SC6-L - iOS Audio Recording Gone Pro | cinema5D

Remember when Apple took the headphone jack off the iPhone? “Of course, they included a lightning adapter, but if you’re going to carry adapters around, why not go big?” asks DIY Photography. That’s where the new RODE SC6-L — a 3.5mm-to-lightning adapter — comes in: It offers a pair of TRRS microphone sockets and a stereo headphone jack. “This might not be a groundbreaking piece of technology, but it is a much-welcomed addition to their lineup,” adds Cinema 5D.

The SC6-L is RØDE's new 3.5mm-to-lightning adapter. This might seem strange, until you realize they’re selling it with the smartLav+.

“I started taking Ambien because I heard it makes you sleepwalk,” said Jonah Bascle, a New Orleans comedian and activist...
08/16/2018
Jonah Stands Up by Hannah Engelson | Documentary Short Film

“I started taking Ambien because I heard it makes you sleepwalk,” said Jonah Bascle, a New Orleans comedian and activist, in one of his stand-up routines. Bascle, wheelchair-bound because of muscular dystrophy, died in 2014. In filmmaker Hannah Engelson’s documentary Jonah Stands Up, we meet a Bascle facing his mortality. Short of the Week praises the doc’s appropriately “unrefined” aesthetic.

Watch Jonah Stands Up by Hannah Engelson on Short of the Week—a Documentary about Art in Live-Action—USA, 16 min

Sharp 4K footage is great, and with today’s camera technology it’s easier to get than ever. But sometimes you may not wa...
08/16/2018
How to Soften Your Sharp 4K DSLR Video Footage

Sharp 4K footage is great, and with today’s camera technology it’s easier to get than ever. But sometimes you may not want sharp digital footage: “[U]ltra-sharp imagery isn’t necessarily a calling card of the “film look,” notes PremiumBeat, which offers tips on the best way to keep your footage from looking overly sharp, from in-camera techniques and the use of filters to working in post. Meanwhile, NoFilmSchool shows you how to add some style to your cinematography with practical effects. Get some warped plexiglass!

Super sharp footage is great when you need it, and not so great when you don't. Here's how to soften it — during production and in post.

Since the early 1980s, Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz has turned her lens toward characters who challenge their socie...
08/16/2018
Hidden Glances

Since the early 1980s, Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz has turned her lens toward characters who challenge their societal structures and, consequently, face extreme injustice, notes Nowness, which features filmmaker Gonzalo Hergueta’s profile of the artist. “I wanted to use the same composed and minimalistic aesthetic that is found in her photographs, while the field work is shot in a raw and unfiltered manner,” says Hergueta.

Step into the darkroom with Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz as she captures life at the margins

“In this burgeoning era for documentaries, visuals of the form have become more important than ever, and many doc filmma...
08/16/2018
Why 'Cameras Are Our Consciousness' in the Age of Cinematic Docs

“In this burgeoning era for documentaries, visuals of the form have become more important than ever, and many doc filmmakers are breaking the mold of traditional visual storytelling,” notes NoFilmSchool, which was on hand at the Sheffield Doc/Fest for a panel titled “Focus on Cinematography–New Ways of Seeing.” There, two filmmakers, Rhode Island-based RaMell Ross and Stockholm, Sweden-based Maceo Frost, delved into the how and why of the cinematic choices made on their recent films.

Two filmmakers share techniques and tools for getting your meaning across visually.

Frame.io, a video review and collaboration platform, has proven to be a filmmaker-friendly post-production resource, and...
08/09/2018
Filestage.io – Easy Videos & Docs Reviewing for Your Clients | cinema5D

Frame.io, a video review and collaboration platform, has proven to be a filmmaker-friendly post-production resource, and now, notes NoFilmSchool, it is spotlighting filmmakers with the Frame.io Masters Series, a new short video series focusing on the personal stories and triumphs of filmmakers and modern tech. Meanwhile, Cinema 5D looks at another video collaboration platform,Filestage.io, and likes what it sees.

Filestage.io, a German company, aims for a smooth and easy-to-apply review process. Videos, images, PDFs and audio files are supported.

08/09/2018
Little Nora (The Banjo Prodigy) in Vimeo Staff Picks

You don’t find many 12-year-old girls playing century-old banjo music that bridges cultural and geographical boundaries. Little Nora Brown, however, is a preteen Kentucky-style claw hammer picking prodigy. And she’s the subject of a short documentary from filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein, who notes that Nora is “redefining what a young musician can and can’t do.” Says Nora, “Most of the songs I play are by people who are dead.”

The banjo is back. Meet Little Nora Brown the preteen Kentucky style claw hammer picking prodigy. A 12-year-old girl is supposed to do things a certain way. Listen…

Does the word “marketing” fill you with instant douche chills? That’s how it makes director and actor Brendon Boogie fee...
08/09/2018
How To Market Your Film Without Feeling Like a Scumbag

Does the word “marketing” fill you with instant douche chills? That’s how it makes director and actor Brendon Boogie feel. But as he notes at NoFilmSchool, you can market your film project without feeling scummy. “Your revulsion for networking and schmoozing could be called “integrity” or “ethics” but let’s face it—it’s probably fear,” he writes.

Yes, you can (and should) market your film with integrity.

08/09/2018
The Beach Party Genre in Vimeo Staff Picks

Before John Hughes, before Dazed and Confused, and before Twilight, there were the "beach party" films – one of the first times Hollywood produced films that were specifically designed for and marketed to teenagers. A new nine-minute short from The Royal Ocean Film Society explores “one of the oddest sub-genres in films history.” Let’s celebrate beach party filmic art while summer is still hear — because it never lasts forever

Start protecting yourself on the web at https://NordVPN.com/royaloceanfilm or use code royaloceanfilm and save 77%! Before John Hughes, before Dazed and Confused,…

08/09/2018
SFX Secrets: Camera Techniques

The 1903 film The Great Train Robbery is notable for a number of reasons, including its pioneering use of a panning camera movement. And the camera hasn’t stopped moving since. A new tutorial/film history from Fandor’s Jacob T. Swinny looks at four different camera moves — the pan, tilt, dolly, and boom — and explains how they help filmmakers tell their stories.

Camera movement is one of the most important and effective visual communication devices in all of cinema. Even the slightest of movements can create an entir...

In Peru, a man keeps watch on a glacier lake, day and night. In Puerto Rico a mass migration is expected after the devas...
08/02/2018

In Peru, a man keeps watch on a glacier lake, day and night. In Puerto Rico a mass migration is expected after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. In Cape Town, South Africa, drought creates panic as taps run dry. The effects of climate change being felt around the globe are the subject of a sweeping documentary series created by Sao Paulo, Brazil-based photographer and filmmaker Lalo Almeida and colleagues, who traveled the world to create a multimedia report for the the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/23576/spotlight-charting-the-effects-of-climate-change.html

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