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How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon

How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Few people get things done in as consistent and impressive a fashion as Joss Whedon. His Avengers was the rare superhero movie to break box office records as it garnered critical acclaim.
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2014: The Second Quarter in Numbers

2014: The Second Quarter in Numbers | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
A lot has happened since April when we last took a look at the numbers — we threw a block party for the Kickstarter community, shared the Creator Handbook, created a page that collects over 100 Kickstarter-funded games, went to the White Hous…
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conversations about potato salad aside, this is great stuff to know. crowdfunding is in the mass public mind and can work successfully for your project if you work hard.

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What Does the Writing Process of Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Look Like?

What Does the Writing Process of Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Look Like? | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Writing processes are as diverse as the writers who labor through them. There’s really no one way to churn out a script, but if you’ve just started on this incredible screenwriting journey, or are in a rut and looking for some new tools to help you become more productive, then Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) might be able to help. In this Academy Originals video, Black details every step of his creative process, from how he goes about researching to how he lays out scenes written on a myriad of index cards.

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Blackmagic firmware 1.8 tested – New user interface, AF improved on Pocket Cinema Camera and better debayering on BMCC

A couple of weeks ago Blackmagic Design’s Grant Petty took the wraps off the latest 1.8 firmware for his company’s cinema cameras. It was a unified release that aimed to bring together the look and feel of user interface for all the cameras in the range – in line with the upcoming URSA models. Petty was keen to point out that this firmware release is not the last and that more will follow with more feature improvements.

The Pocket Cinema camera received a boost to it’s autofocus performance with active Micro 4/3 lenses. This is something I was keen to test out as the previous firmware’s AF is all but unusable in most circumstances. Thankfully I had two BMPCCs on hand to compare the old and new directly.

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What Everybody Misunderstands about the ROI of Social Media

I've waited, and waited, and waited, and waited and waited. For 7 years, I've waited. I thought that eventually people would get it. That they'd look at it like starting…
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wow. 

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Let Me Know When You See Fire: What a Video Shot at 1000 FPS Looks Like in 4K

Let Me Know When You See Fire: What a Video Shot at 1000 FPS Looks Like in 4K | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Whether we may think it’s excessive or not, 4K is slowly starting to become the next standard in video. It makes me think of a criticism I once heard against digital filmmaking: that it becomes too real for the viewer to suspend disbelief. Growing up, many of us have been used to movies being shot [...]
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great little piece using 4k 1000fps footage to highlight a fire department

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6 DSLR Video Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Work + The Best Entry Level DSLR Today!

6 DSLR Video Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Work + The Best Entry Level DSLR Today! | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
I'm on a bit of a DSLR kick right now as I've just announced my Guide To Capturing Cinematic Images With Your DSLR, and have been eager to share some recent
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good tips and a great choice in a DSLR camera. I'd also add in options like the Sony RX10, the Sony A6000, the Sony A7s (can see in the dark), and of course the Canon family.

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Here's How to Crowdfund Successfully: With Expert Advice from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Seed&Spark

Here's How to Crowdfund Successfully: With Expert Advice from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Seed&Spark | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
That the ability to get an indie film made hinges on the success of its crowdfunding campaign is a truism of modern filmmaking. Here's what you need to know to succeed at it.
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Media management in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2

Media management in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
The update has only been out for a few days, but the new media management functions feature in this new episode of MacBreak Studio. Mark & Steve explain all.
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FCPX Video Tutorial: How to Fix Rolling Shutter

FCPX Video Tutorial: How to Fix Rolling Shutter | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Rolling shutter is an extremely annoying phenomenon, luckily for us the following video tutorial shows us how to reduce rolling shutter in FCPX.
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Attention, Filmmakers: Make a Movie on Your Phone for the Original iPhone Film Festival

Attention, Filmmakers: Make a Movie on Your Phone for the Original iPhone Film Festival | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
The Original iPhone Film Festival has just announced it's accepting submissions for their 2014 event.
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go. go now.

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B+H drop price of the Canon C300 to $11,999 US

B+H drop price of the Canon C300 to $11,999 US | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The Canon C300 is probably the single most popular camera for mid level production right now. Broadcasters like the BBC and Al Jazeera use them for much of their factual programming – in large part due to their lighter weight, 50Mb/s internal recording and moderate price.

It is interesting therefore to see that B&H have just dropped the price of the C300 from $13,999 to $11,999 (via a $2000 instant saving at checkout) and applies to both EF and PL versions. Last year B+H made a similar reduction dropping the camera from $15,999 to $13,999.

The reason behind this latest drop is unclear but it also follows the price reduction of the 4K capable C500 and C100 earlier this year. The price does not include the recent Dual Pixel CMOS AF upgrade but you will soon be able to purchase this already upgraded for an additional $500 from B+H. 

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Atomos Ninja Star – the near perfect recorder for run-and-gun filming

Atomos Ninja Star – the near perfect recorder for run-and-gun filming | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The best part about the Ninja Star is it’s size. For news and documentary shooting I think it is almost perfect. The recorder can be used with many different cameras and even doubles as a tiny portable playback device. It is also a simple way to give a lease of life to older handheld cameras, like the Sony FS100, loosing the bulk typically associated with external recorders. Another use is as a way to record HD output from the Panasonic GH4 while shooting 4K internally at 24P (sadly it doesn’t work with 25P yet and I suspect this is a Panasonic issue). Other uses include aerial work on quadcopters, with GoPros, on brushless gimbals and Steadicams.

In short I recommend it and have added one permanently to my C100 kit bag.

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Examining Kevin Smith’s Red State Self-Distribution Gamble

Examining Kevin Smith’s Red State Self-Distribution Gamble | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
In January of 2011, Kevin Smith premiered Red State at the Sundance Film Festival. As with practically every film that’s screened at Sundance, filmmakers were there to show off their work in the hopes that one of the assembled distributors woul...
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Make Your Own DCP, Part I: Specs, Tools & Prepping Your Source

Make Your Own DCP, Part I: Specs, Tools & Prepping Your Source | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
BACKSTORY DCP stands for Digital Cinema Package. It functions like a digital film print and is my first choice to exhibit my movies theatrically. At first, this format was out of reach for filmmakers on microbudgets. Even today, the places that will make them for you are, in my opinion, overcharging for it. About a year ago, I had a crime drama playing at festivals. Most were asking for a DCP or blu-ray to screen from. I made a blu-ray that looked perfect on my broadcast monitor, but at the festival, colors were washed out, blacks were elevated, and the projectionist could not figure out how to keep their player from folding my 5.1 mix down into stereo. If you haven't experienced this sort of thing, and I'm sure you have, it's a terrific thing to face -- after two years of post-production getting the whole damn movie to sing just right, some goofball who couldn't give a shit about doing their job right mis-projects your movie and is seemingly okay with not doing anything about it. My
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awesome stuff. if you don't have a DCP for your film, you better start planning for one.

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Three ideas you should steal from the Sydney Film Festival 2014

Here's a little secret: film festival directors everywhere are killing themselves to make their events "more than just a movie." (After all, the experience of watching a movie can be reproduced at home, right? Wellll. . . let's argue about that later. The point is, film festivals know they need just a little bit more than the film itself to get people out of their homes and into the theater.)  Articles like this one make me think "damn, why didn't I come up of that?" right before I steal the idea outright. (With all due credit, of course.) That Viewmaster thing, that's brilliant. 

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Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III Comparison Video

This is a great comparison video between the new D810 and the Canon 5D Mark III.
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New file management features in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2

New file management features in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Back to the new features in the latest FCPX update and this week, Mark and Steve look at file management. It might be a slightly boring subject, but things have just got a lot easier.
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Filmmaker Resources | Tugg

Filmmaker Resources | Tugg | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
We’ve put together some materials to assist you in planning and implementing a successful release strategy that best fits your film.

Thanks for joining the Tugg Family! We know there are a lot of resources to explore, but we’ve made them available because they have a proven track record.

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are you going to do some theatrical with your film? tugg has some tips for you!

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Ramit Sethi Tells You How to Charge What You're Worth

Ramit Sethi Tells You How to Charge What You're Worth | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Business guru Ramit Sethi shares secrets -- an actual script on what to say --to help photographers & creatives get 5 - 10 times more than they're earning today
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what do you think about this advice?

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The Library Inspector in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2

The Library Inspector in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Last week Apple released its 12th update to Final Cut Pro X since its release 3 years ago.

This 10.1.2 update includes a variety of workflow improvements which we covered in detail in this PVC article. Over the next few weeks we'll be discussin...
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“Cinema Needs Good Images”: An Interview with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

“Cinema Needs Good Images”: An Interview with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC was given the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography” award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Filmmaker caught up with the cinematography legend on the day he picked up his award.

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VHX Streams Video Straight to Your TV Screen with Chromecast

VHX Streams Video Straight to Your TV Screen with Chromecast | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
VHX, the online video distribution platform that lets creators seel directly to fans, will now stream video straight to TV screens if users have Chromecast.
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nice addition. more platforms/devices = more potential audiences. make it easy!

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Is This the Death of the Big Screen Documentary?

Is This the Death of the Big Screen Documentary? | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Emmy-winner Joe Berlinger tells TheWrap that technology is "a blessing and a curse" for the documentary filmmaker
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Mask Tracking & Color Grading in CC 2014

Mask Tracking & Color Grading in CC 2014 | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
In this episode of Red Giant TV, director Stu Maschwitz will show you how to use Creative cloud 2014's mask tracking tools to color grade with Colorista II and Magic Bullet Looks 2.5.
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learn from Stu himself.

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Why Detroit’s WXYZ Made the Move to Final Cut Pro X

Why Detroit’s WXYZ Made the Move to Final Cut Pro X | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The biggest hurdle, he admits, was training. "But we had a great combination of outsiders we brought in to train a core group of internal editors that went on to train their comrades. As I move from station to station and we discuss the transition, almost everyone has told me the same thing: 'The first week it was difficult to wrap my head around it. But now that we have it, I don't ever want to go back.' I've heard that quote verbatim again and again. 

 

"From 2002 up until this moment, we've been developing a native workflow. Our workflow started out as HDV and throughout it stayed HDV. That's a big reason we've become so fast," he says. "We never had to worry about different file types on the timeline. And that's exactly what we liked so much about FCPX: we didn't have to worry about all the different emerging file formats like GoPro and iPhones. Now we can take a mix of content—from users covering a storm or from our own experiments with new cameras—and drop different formats right on the timeline. FCPX handles that mix of H.264 and HDV, which we typically import as MPEG-2 QuickTime files and render as ProRes, exceptionally well. And Thunderbolt is just such a wonderful IO that opens up so many more ways for us to ingest content.
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"We give all our editors access to Motion templates," says Thurber. "Before we had FCPX, it would take 15 or more minutes to render out a 3D motion template we needed out in the field. Now, with X, we can eliminate that 15 minutes by reracking the timeline play, and it will render out as it plays. It was worth the wait to get that kind of seamless workflow."

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I'm a big fan of FCPX, if you haven't noticed. this story has some great insights and quotes.

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