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WHY MUSIC VIDEOS DON’T COST $500.00

WHY MUSIC VIDEOS DON’T COST $500.00 | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
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charge = worth. don't sell yourself or your peers cheaply.

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Jem Schofield’s filmmaker’s intensive in Scotland aims to make you a better doc shooter

Jem Schofield’s filmmaker’s intensive in Scotland aims to make you a better doc shooter | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

There are plenty of training courses that claim to turn you into a better shooter but there are not many well tailored to documentary shooters wanting to brush up on their lighting and shooting skills. Trainer and educator Jem Schofield’s latest intensive course starts in Scotland in just a few days. It focuses on shooting in the real world and places are limited to 20 so that everyone gets time with the instructors. If you are in or near the UK and can spare the time then it should be worth the price of admission.

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Top Cheese Plate for the Canon C100, C300, C500 Camera

Top Cheese Plate for the Canon C100, C300, C500 Camera | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
The Genus GCP-CCC Cheese Plate is specifically designed for the Canon EOS C100, C300 and C500 cameras. It attaches to the top of the camera housing and has bridge support to ensure there is no movement.
It has a series of 1/4" and 3/8" threaded sockets  for the easy attachment of accessories such as monitors, lights and microphones.The cheese plate versatility can be expanded with the use of the Genus arm and the Genus spigot kit.
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I have a Berkey System top cheese plate for my Sony FS100 and wouldn't work without it.

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Enjoy Studio-quality recording on the go with the new RØDE NT-USB

Enjoy Studio-quality recording on the go with the new RØDE NT-USB | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Australian audio manufacturer RØDE is excited to announce its newest microphone, the NT-USB -- a studio-grade microphone with the convenience of a digital USB interface. The NT-USB is fully compatible with MacOS, Windows and iPad.

While R&Os...
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looks like a great little mic for audio commentary, podcasting, conference calls, interviews, etc.

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Blackmagic Adds Heads-Up Display to 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic Adds Heads-Up Display to 4K Production Camera | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Blackmagic Design is making good on its promise to provide more frequent firmware upgrades with today's announcement of v1.9 of its camera software, which adds a new, long-awaited "heads-up display" (HUD) to the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

Users of the 4K camera will now have access to on-screen audio meters, a histogram, and a remaining recording time indicator. The HUD is revealed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and dismissed by swiping down or, with a manual lens mounted, the iris button can be used to toggle the display on or off.

The upgrade also improves the 4K camera's sensor calibration, with anecdotal reports on the Blackmagic cinematography forum indicating an improvement in fixed-pattern noise on some cameras.

 

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keep rocking, BMD. now, can we format a card in the camera??

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Hulu Summer Film School

Hulu Summer Film School | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
This summer, Hulu takes you behind-the-scenes on some of your favorite films to explore how filmmakers use elements such as sound, cinematography, and lighting to tell powerful stories and create moments that are unforgettable. Welcome to Hulu Summer Film School.
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love this idea!

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'Very Good Girls' Cinematographer Bobby Bukowski on Shooting Five Films Back-to-Back

'Very Good Girls' Cinematographer Bobby Bukowski on Shooting Five Films Back-to-Back | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
It's been a busy year and a half for cinematographer Bobby Bukowski. Over the past 18 months, he has shot five indie films, including "Rosewater," Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Maya Forbes' "Infinitely Polar Bear," Naomi Foner's "Very Good Girls," Remin Bahrani's "99 Homes" and Oren Moverman's "Time Out of Mind."
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New NLE Color Features

New NLE Color Features | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
As someone who does color correction as often within an NLE as in a dedicated grading application, it’s nice to see that Apple and Adobe are not treating their color tools as an afterthought. (No s...
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If your going to color grade and correct make sure by all means your monitor is set-up properly and calibrated! FCP10 and Resolve have now both supported editing and correction in full function.

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Choosing a Pole for Aerial Video

Choosing a Pole for Aerial Video | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
It started out as PAP, for Pole Aerial Photography, but now it also is PAV, or Pole Aerial Video. It's a technique that allows you to create images that have an aerial look, although they are taken from the ground. It's a low altitude video solution for your DSLR or smaller camera.
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drones are illegal for commercial work. yet still people use and offer them. or try a pole or kite or balloon?

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EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers

EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Thirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical route with Bong Joon-ho's action adventure "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, seizing the chance to try something new. Weinstein's decision to open the movie via subsidiary RADiUS with a video-on-demand release two weeks after its release in theaters is a seismic distribution event.
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Magic Lantern Does It Again: Full-Resolution Silent Pictures

You might not immediately get excited about this new feature from the folks over at Magic Lantern, but perhaps you should be. They have just announced that it is now possible to take a full resolution “silent” photo.
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not sure why Canon doesn't just hire the entire ML team...

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Finding Unused Clips in Final Cut Pro X

Finding Unused Clips in Final Cut Pro X | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Did I use that clip already?

Continuing their exploration of new features introduced in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X, this week on MacBreak Studio Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training demonstrate the expanded capacity...
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Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen : Adobe Premiere Pro

Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen : Adobe Premiere Pro | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
As America's Test Kitchen enters its 15th season on PBS, they've made the switch to Premiere Pro Creative Cloud. Post-production Supervisor and director Herb Sevush has been with the show from the beginning, and confessed some trepidation moving away from FCP 7, but has found it to be a great fit for their data-intensive, increasingly 4K multicam production, and his work with remote editors. Here, Herb offers some insights into both the why and the how of their switch, with special attention to Premiere Pro CC's approach to multicam.
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how they use multicam on a tv show with premiere pro

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Do You Need a Unit Publicist? Yes! Here’s Why

Do You Need a Unit Publicist? Yes! Here’s Why | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

One of those roles that’s often misunderstood or under-appreciated is that of the unit publicist, a publicist who focuses on a film’s production. My fellow unit publicists and I have found that within the independent film community, we often get the question, “What is that and why does it matter?” “Unit publicity is generally the first line item to be removed from an independent film’s budget, but is one of the most critical components needed to deliver the movie when it is sold to a distributor,” says Erik Bright, president of Prodigy PR (Unit Publicist, All Is Lost, Kill Your Darlings, Margin Call, Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways) I talked to a handful of unit publicists who work on all types of sets—indies, studio films, union and non-union—to help explain what a UP does and why. Here are the top ten reasons a UP does matter.

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point number 1: a producer is not a publicist. 

but often times is be default. there are cons to this.

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Happy Christmas Director Joe Swanberg on the Financial Life of the Independent Filmmaker

Happy Christmas Director Joe Swanberg on the Financial Life of the Independent Filmmaker | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

"Transparency benefits everybody.”

That’s Joe Swanberg, whose recommended Happy Christmas opens today, talking about distribution dealmaking, but he might just as well have been talking about all aspects of his career and financial life. Indeed, Swanberg is nothing but transparent in this long interview with producer, director and ArtHome founder Esther Robinson focused specifically on making a living as a writer/director — precisely the subject most directors won’t issue a comment on. The interview was conducted for Robinson’s current piece in the new print edition of Filmmaker, “Still on the Job,” in which she revisits several directors featured in an article five years earlier on filmmakers and their second jobs. Just a few sentences of what’s below appear in that article, but Swanberg had so much more to say that we transcribed, edited and are running their conversation in full. Below Swanberg talks about he and wife Kris Swanberg having a son and buying a house as well as the cash flow provided by his back catalog, paying down his credit card debt, joining the WGA and DGA, why he sometimes prefers to sell a film before its festival premiere, and much more.

Not everyone can be as prolific as Swanberg, but I think any filmmaker can learn something from this conversation.

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damn, this is a great article/interview. every indie filmmaker should read this!

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News: mLogic® Ships mTape®

News: mLogic® Ships mTape® | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The Industry’s First Thunderbolt™ Certified LTO-6 Tape Backup & Archiving Solution for Creative Professionals

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awesome. this should be a must-have for all filmmakers with more than one project or any one big project. hope the price comes down!

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A High Intensity Video Light Lets Your GoPro See In the Dark

A High Intensity Video Light Lets Your GoPro See In the Dark | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Just because the sun has set doesn't mean your action-packed antics are over for the day. So an Aussie company called Knog has created the Qudos, a high-intensity camera light that sits next to your GoPro, and other popular action cams, pumping out up to 400 lumens of brightness so you don't miss a single wipeout, even in the dark.
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cool idea and design. but 400 lumens is about the equivalent of a 40 watt light bulb so you won't be lighting up too much with this...

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IFP and Durga Entertainment Partner on New $20,000 Filmmaker Grant for an Alumnus of IFP

IFP and Durga Entertainment Partner on New $20,000 Filmmaker Grant for an Alumnus of IFP | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.
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great idea! I've made two features and a short since having children and it is a demanding situation for the family as well as for the filmmaker. wish I was eligible for this!

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FCP X: Display Log C Files as Rec. 709

FCP X: Display Log C Files as Rec. 709 | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Providing training, consulting and support for Apple's Final Cut Pro -- articles, templates, subscription services and monthly newsletter.
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useful quick tip for FCPX

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Sean Porter | Filmmaker Magazine

Sean Porter | Filmmaker Magazine | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
“Shooting Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter in Minnesota, it was 15 below,” remembers cinematographer Sean Porter. “Afterward I thought, I never want to be that cold
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20 Hollywoodian Cliches to Ban From Your Script

20 Hollywoodian Cliches to Ban From Your Script | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Discover how french comic artist Allan Barte summed up with humor and wit 20 Hollywoodian Cliches that you've seen countless times in films and tv shows and that you should not want to...
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some funny things you've no doubt noticed in many movies

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Convergent Design ships Odyssey 7 and offers new features via firmware for 7Q

Convergent Design ships Odyssey 7 and offers new features via firmware for 7Q | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The Convergent Design Odyssey7Q can now shoot 4K RAW at 100 or 120fps in burst modes with Sony’s FS700. The other big feature is the ability to finally use monitoring look up tables (LUTs) when dealing with Log footage from Canon, Arri and Sony cameras. Lastly my pet hate on the Odyssey – the playback interface has been completely re designed. 

In addition to the firmware changes to the 7Q Convergent Design have also started to ship their lower model – the Odyssey7. Looking the same externally as the 7Q it has the same 1280×800 OLED display and image analysis tools like waveform and histogram. What changes is the lack of any RAW or 4K recording functionality – the 7 is currently purely a HD ProRes recorder. This brings the recommended price down by $1000 to $1295 US.

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The Wall Street Journal goes 4K video with the GH4 – the first newspaper web team to do so?

The Wall Street Journal goes 4K video with the GH4 – the first newspaper web team to do so? | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal in-house video team has started shooting and publishing 4K video. To my knowledge this makes them the the first newspaper website in-house team to do so. Their EMEA operation have purchased four Panasonic GH4 cameras as upgrades to their existing GH2s. Eventually the GH4 will become the primary cam in the bureau.

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I found this quote particularly interesting for doc/news people:

 

"These cameras wouldn’t be my first choice for run and gun shooting. Audio is still a massive issue for me and regular camcorders all benefit from built-in XLR inputs making it a lot quicker to manage audio levels. Having that control makes it easier to focus on what’s most important – good visuals and an editorial narrative. As I described in a recent post on my own blog I don’t think the YAGH is a good solution for our audio needs. For protests etc. I still prefer a Sony EX1/EX3, or the affordable and lightweight JVC GY-HM150E."

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SmallHD Releases Canon 5D MKIII Port Protector

SmallHD Releases Canon 5D MKIII Port Protector | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
SmallHD, makers of high definition field monitors and small camera accessories, has released the Canon 5D MKIII Port Protector, a lightweight device designed to hold cables securely and defer tugs and pulls away from the delicate external ports on the side of the Canon 5D Mark III.
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definitely protect those fragile HDMI ports...

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No, but really, How Do I Get An AGENT???!!

I remember, with crushing specificity, the week that every single talent agency in Hollywood passed on the chance to represent me. And I remember it felt like absolute fact, like irreversible judgment...

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do the work.

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Fandor takes large steps in mission to reinvent the Film Industry

Fandor takes large steps in mission to reinvent the Film Industry | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Fandor, the online film community streaming the best independent and international cinema, today announced two major initiatives, the latest in its drive to cha
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