Of all our modern directors, there is perhaps none with a more eidetic memory than Martin Scorsese; defined as an ability to recall precise images, sounds and objects, three of the main elements of motion pictures, Scorsese seems to remember every shot in every film he has ever seen, and probably some films he hasn’t seen yet.
Storage requirements for production and post-production have increased exponentially over the past few years, and that growth shows no sign of slowing down. With things like 4K, 8K and collaboration that takes place across continents, being able to access and store data has become an essential part of any project.
I see it now!Scientists refer to it as the ‘Aha’ moment. Otherwise, also the ‘penny drops’, or that moment of lucidity, when strangely the answer appears so blindingly obvious that you wonder why you were held up in the first place. Cognitive torpor. So slowly you roll the person over, metaphorically of course.
“Hey Rob you wanna DP for me? We’re shooting a commercial for a truck liner company and need to shoot it in the back of a semi truck.” That was the call I got from Sean at 323 Productions and although I’ve never lit in the back of a semi, I was up for the challenge. In this post I want to break down my lighting setup, give credit to the idea, and share the results.
There is a common fallacy regarding creativity, mostly to be found among those who fancy themselves creative but never seem to complete any work. It goes back all the way to Plato, who said, and I’m really paraphrasing here, that unless you were a little touched in the head, you had no hope of real artistic genius. The idea that one must have a little madness in their soul to be truly creative is, in a sense, true, but if it’s not bulwarked and protected by an effective process, routine, and work ethic, your work is unlikely to live up to its potential. Check out this video, where filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain shares her 10 steps to creativity, and learn how routine can make you more creative.
While the Samyang 85mm is not a vintage lens, it definitely deserves a place on this website as somewhat of a bridge lens between the solid, manual vintage lenses & modern optics. It has almost all the features I like in vintage lenses and also has the sophisticated optics found in high-end modern lenses.
In the first installment of Filmmaker IQ’s series on sound, host John P. Hess guided you through the the origins of sound in cinema, from early inventions like the sound-on-disk Kinetophone to the very first talkie, The Jazz Singer.
As no-budget filmmakers, chances are we’re spending a lot of time trying to navigate the placement of powerfully bright lights as we shoot scenes in cramped areas, and having a way to diffuse light is imperative in order to avoid blowing out your...
As curation becomes more important, it becomes about how we carve out small pockets of culture online for audiences who are hungry for unique, uncompromising and refreshing work. Vyer Films is a new subscription service that not only selects a robust catalogue of independent movies, but also strives to coax their audiences deeper into the culture of their movies.
While the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K got a histogram, time remaining, and audio levels last month, many were wondering when the other Blackmagic cameras — the Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera — were going to get these important features...
You might remember the excellent article written by BOND CEO Marc Schiller, couple of months ago about An analysis of Internet trends in 2014 for Independent Films. Schiller -who’s one ofIndiewire Influencers- has had its fingers on the pulse of community building and engagement for years now and has been hard at work sharing his knowledge and making data and tools understandable and accessible to indie filmmakers with a diy spirit.
I’m a filmmaker at heart, though my line of work has required that I delve into other facets of production. My background stems from audio pre & post-production. While I’ve made attempts to shake off this label, audio experience has enabled me to utilise these skill sets and apply them to the world of video & filmmaking.
My last three short films have been based on the idea of reverse storytelling: I go to a location with a topic in mind, shoot footage then go back and explore ideas that can be drawn from it. I believe there is something to tell and share with almost anything you capture
Follow acclaimed photographer Jeremy Walker through a days filter workshop on location. He guides a student step-by-step through a variety of shots using a range of filters including LEE Hard and Soft ND Grads, the Big Stopper and several warm-up filters.