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The “360 Equation”: The One Business Model Every Filmmaker Needs To Know

The “360 Equation”: The One Business Model Every Filmmaker Needs To Know | 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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I like this. community + data + content bundling + dynamic pricing = $$$.

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100 iconic film scenes

From Cinefix, the 100 most iconic shots in film.

Skews heavily toward pop culture favorites, but still worth a look. 

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how many did you recognize?

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Creating Final Cut Pro Transitions in Motion

How do you customize effects in Final Cut Pro X?

That's a question I hear frequently from legacy Final Cut Pro editors. They are used to changing the settings of a built-in effect, then saving the modified version so they can use it again in ot...
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not as difficult as it might seem... you should try this yourself!

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Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Design a Web Site for Your Film

Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Design a Web Site for Your Film | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
"But if you look at it as an extension of your narrative, then the world opens up to you and it becomes an amazing storytelling tool. Things gets better and better every year as artists are embracing the power that they have to extend storytelling into the marketing and distribution of their films."
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squarespace, weebly, vhx, reelhouse, wordpress... and your social media... all have to stay current and feed each other. what do you use for your movie's website?

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10 Forgotten Inventors Who Created Film As We Know It

10 Forgotten Inventors Who Created Film As We Know It | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Daring movies delight audiences, so we applaud filmmakers who do new things with the medium. Despite this, and despite how fanatically some of us study movies, many of the people most responsible for today’s filmic wonders are forgotten or overshadowed by a few famous figures. Let’s give a handful of these innovators their due.

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did you know all of these? I did not.

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Fotodiox Edgelight - Lightweight Circular LED Softbox from the future

Fotodiox Edgelight - Lightweight Circular LED Softbox from the future | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
These look really impressive. While output is low, they are extremely flat, less than half a centimeter in thickness, they are lightweight and they provide a smooth lighting surface (no annoying LED dots causing multi-shadows) and they provide a light clarity with a CRI value over 90.
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interesting take on the LED light. decent specs.

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The big IBC 2014 Thunderbolt roundup

The big IBC 2014 Thunderbolt roundup | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Thunderbolt is becoming the interface of choice when it comes to peripherals. Lots of new boxes on show with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity now making the news.
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Digital Deliverables (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Everything You Wanted to Know About Digital Deliverables (But Were Afraid to Ask) | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
In this guest post from our friends at the Sundance Institute, here's what you need to know about delivering your film to festivals and digital platforms.
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I particularly like this quote:

Beyond budgeting funds toward preparing deliverables, O'Neil said that you should set aside three months for the process. "It's not a month-long process. Even though your movie is made and is sitting there, it's going to make more money if you allot three months to the process," he said. "If you're trying to release your movie a month from today, I guarantee you're going to have a headache and hate your distribution partner."

yep. give yourself the time. it'll take longer than you think if you doing some of these deliverable yourself.

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Orca Bags - Durable Video Bags for Professional Use

Orca Bags - Durable Video Bags for Professional Use | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
At IBC & Photokina this year it seemed like there was a...
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lots of recent buyouts and consolidations so I'm happy to see a new company produce gear bags

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This is How You Geek Out on Cinematography

If you're going to geek out on cinematography, this is the way to do it.

In the first five minutes of this video, there's more wisdom about 4K than can easily be found on the entire rest of the internet.

What matters far more than spatial resolution are acquisition dynamic 
range and display contrast (which is driven by black levels much more than brightness).

From there they go on to discuss everything from distibution to lighting to, of course, cameras.

Smart guys, good stuff.

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Lexar Shows World’s Fastest SD Cards

Lexar Shows World’s Fastest SD Cards | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Lexar announced recently the new Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards, the fastest UHS-II memory cards available on the market today. To complement the new line and create a full portfolio of SD UHS-II products, Lexar also announced new Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards and the new Professional Workflow SR2, a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader.
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IFP's New 'Screen Forward' Program Gives Indies a Theatrical Platform

IFP's New 'Screen Forward' Program Gives Indies a Theatrical Platform | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
IFP reveals the first five films receiving theatrical runs as part of their new platform, "Screen Forward."
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if you are a NYC filmmaker with a NY film, this is the gig for you!

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How to Create Killer Social Content: Advice from Independent Film Week

How to Create Killer Social Content: Advice from Independent Film Week | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
In her speech at IFP Independent Film Week, Adrienne Becker, co-founder and CEO of Killer Content, shared her insight about the business of social art.
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iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review: Iceland

iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review: Iceland | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

This year I had the opportunity to be at Apple’s Keynote where they
announced the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the Watch. It was truly a sight to behold, as they unveiled each of these products in a their oh-so-Apple way (and the U2 concert was an amazing bonus!)  

Every year, the new iPhone  is packed with new features across the board but for us photographers we really just want to know one thing: what does all this mean for my camera and how does it make my pictures better than before? 

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nice review and results. cool.

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Exposing and Using S-Log2 on the Sony A7s. Part One: Gamma and Exposure

Exposing and Using S-Log2 on the Sony A7s. Part One: Gamma and Exposure | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

This document has been prepared independently of Sony. It is based on my own findings having used the camera and tested various exposure levels and methods. LUT’s to accompany this article can be found here.

 

One of the really nice features of the Sony A7s is the ability to use different gamma curves and in particular the Sony S-Log2 gamma curve.


What are gamma curves?

All conventional cameras use gamma curves. The gamma curve is there to make the images captured easier to manage by making the file size smaller than it would be without a gamma curve. When TV was first developed the gamma curve in the camera made the signal small enough to be broadcast by a transmitter and then the gamma curve in the TV set (which is the inverse of the one in the camera) expanded the signal back to a normal viewing range. The current standard for broadcast TV is called “Recommendation BT-709″, often shortened to Rec-709. This gamma curve is based on standards developed over 60 years ago and camera technology has advanced a lot since then! Even so, almost every TV and monitor made today is made to the Rec-709 standard or something very similar. Many modern cameras can capture a brightness range, also known as dynamic range, that far exceed the Rec-709 standard.

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must-read. excellent.

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ViewFinder Mark II Review: A Director’s Viewfinder in Your Pocket That You Will Want!

ViewFinder Mark II Review: A Director’s Viewfinder in Your Pocket That You Will Want! | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Simply put, ViewFinder Mark II (VF MkII) is a pre-visualization app that will aid you in many different ways. From location scouting to on set visualization, the VK MkII can offer many benefits. Yes, the name has the word “Viewfinder” in it and I will not go as far as to say it will replace the traditional viewfinders cinematographers and directors use because I feel there are benefits to using those traditional, time-tested tools. But that’s not to say the VF MkII cannot replace the traditional viewfinder in some situations.

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looks quite useful

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6 Film and Video Cameras That Changed The Face of Indie Film

6 Film and Video Cameras That Changed The Face of Indie Film | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
In a guest post, award-winning filmmaker Noam Kroll lists the 6 cameras that changed the look of indie film.
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the DVX100... wow, what a change that was! I still have mine and hundreds of tapes.

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Kickstarter lays down new rules for when a project fails

Kickstarter lays down new rules for when a project fails | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
In the wake of Neal Stephenson's failed Kickstarter game, terms get an update.
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probably a good and necessary thing. I've certainly seen a few projects here and there that I was shocked were even getting funding, much less had a chance to succeed, but to each their own. your passions and mine do not have to be the same!

 

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