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The No-Nonsense Guide To Getting Paid For Your Expertise

The No-Nonsense Guide To Getting Paid For Your Expertise | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
One of the biggest challenges for consultants and professional services providers is knowing how to effectively charge for time. Here's the no-nonsense guide.
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I Made a Movie Worth Stealing: My Experience with Piracy

I Made a Movie Worth Stealing: My Experience with Piracy | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
One director shares his experience with movie piracy, how he tried to prevent it, how it happened, and what he learned from it.
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great story from Zak about his film "Down and Dangerous"

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Guest Post: Here's How Piracy Hurts Indie Film

Guest Post: Here's How Piracy Hurts Indie Film | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Two indie film veterans write about the danger of piracy to indie film in this Op-Ed for Indiewire.
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Insider Tips for Creating the Best Sound Design for Your Film

Insider Tips for Creating the Best Sound Design for Your Film | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
In a guest post, Glenn Kiser, director of the Dolby Institute, tells filmmakers what they need to know about sound design before they begin production.
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The dawn of CFast video recording

The dawn of CFast video recording | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
The first CFast devices were shown at CES in 2009, but NAB 2014 was the first time I saw professional video products using it. CFast is a derivative format of CompactFlash which offers the very high bit rates required by virtually lossless intraframe 10-bit 4:2:2 códecs like ProRes 422 and DNxHD for HD, and even for 4K. The pioneers I saw using it were Átomos and Blackmagic. A tiny CFast chip now rivals an HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs well over US$50k. Ahead are the details.
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and even more speedy storage

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Sony launch PXW-X70 – a ’4K ready’ compact XDCAM professional camcorder with 1 inch sensor

Sony launch PXW-X70 – a ’4K ready’ compact XDCAM professional camcorder with 1 inch sensor | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Sony have yet another camcorder to add to their range today aimed squarely at news and events shooters. The new ‘4K ready’ PXW-X70 has a one inch sensor and 20 megapixel resolution – which is used to create the 4K image which is recorded internally. The camera records 10-bit 4:2:2 HD in the XAVC codec using the popular MXF file format. It can record at 50 Mbps or 35 Mbps at 1920 x 1080 50p/60p/50i/60i/ 30p/25p/24p and there is also a 25 Mbps option at 1920 x 1080 50i/60i. An upgrade to allow 4K recording is promised but no date is specified, which is slightly curious.

The sensor is larger than the Super 16 sensor in the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and when coupled with the integral 12x Zeiss zoom lens it should make for some reasonably shallow depth of focus.

The camera weighs less than 1.4 Kg yet still manages to pack in both HDMI and SDI outputs along with an XLR audio jackpack and three levels of switchable ND. Wi-fi control by smartphone or tablet is also available. Interestingly for many broadcasters there is also talk of a live streaming capability but no further details.

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the FS700 was RAW/4k ready and it has proven to be a solid performer. will this be similar?

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Crop or Crap?

Crop or Crap? | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

My friend Zack Arias has put together a brilliant new video explaining the long-standing debate of “Crop Sensors vs. Full Frame”. Some of you might not even know what those terms mean. That’s okay because Zack does an incredible and hilarious job educating everyone about it. He’s a really great teacher. Check it out.

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funny. a bit long, but good to ponder. almost every single thing I've shot over the past several years has been APS-C (aka Super35mm) sized sensor and NOBODY has ever mentioned anything about the image quality or bokeh or whathaveyou. It is great.

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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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100 Famous Directors' Rules of Filmmaking

100 Famous Directors' Rules of Filmmaking | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Artistic expression is an assertion of individuality, and all artists compose their work differently. In the case of filmmaking, there are numerous approaches to translating a story to celluloid. I...
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nuggets of advice from famous directors

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10 Films That Can Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Film-making

10 Films That Can Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Film-making | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Filmmaking isn’t about just pointing a camera at talented actors. It’s a collaborative medium employing the use of sound, music, lighting, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, special effec
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Top 25 Film Schools in the United States - Hollywood Reporter

Top 25 Film Schools in the United States - Hollywood Reporter | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
This story first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The film industry may be battered, but plenty of students still want in....
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what about your locals schools? any you want to add to the list?

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OWC Thunderbay IV: 36TB thunderbolt at 4000MB/s for $3K

OWC Thunderbay IV: 36TB thunderbolt at 4000MB/s for $3K | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
OWC Thunderbay IV thunderbolt RAID drives break speed and price record: 36TB at 4000MB/s for under $3000
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insane speeds. wow!!

keep in mind that RAIDs are fastest when empty, they tend to slightly slow down at they get full.

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What is Audience Building?

What is Audience Building? | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
"Audience Building" encompasses all of the marketing strategies and tactics that you can use to promote your story through targeted positioning, consistent
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Announcing Shane’s Inner Circle | Hurlbut Visuals

Announcing Shane’s Inner Circle | Hurlbut Visuals | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Many of you have requested that I create more – more in depth tests, more theory, more gear reviews, more answers and solutions for on-set problems, more access
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Shane Hurlbut is launching a membership site with insider information and training. Looks good and is affordable.

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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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