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4 Killer Light Hacks to Use on Your Next Shoot

69.9 is the magic number. It’s the maximum weight for luggage that you can haul across the world from airport to airport without incurring any fees. In our case, it’s...

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Story Over Stats

5 min readLogic Doesn't Convert-Emotion Does. Back in 2006, filmmaker Tim Piper set out to tell the story of how a cosmetic product ad gets made. He teamed with Dove to...

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How to Survive Production Nightmares and Stay True to Your Vision: 'A Woman, A Part'

Majority female-crewed A Woman, A Part breaks conventions on both sides of the camera.

Celebrated filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin's first narrative feature A Woman, A Part, stars Maggie Siff (Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy) as a successful LA actress who-nearing a breakdown over frustration with her clichéd TV role and seemingly empty life-tries to reconnect with her past and present self through a surprise visit to former close friends and creative collaborators in New York. Siff leads a strong cast, supported by Cara Seymour (An Education) and John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook), who play the friends with whom she had launched her career in the vibrant downtown theater scene of the '90s.

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Las Vegas In Infrared from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.Shot with a...



Las Vegas In Infrared from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Shot with a hardware modified Sony RX100 IV (with the infrared blocking filter removed) in 250fps 2 second burst mode with a 665nm filter.

Mostly shot from a moving vehicle creating a surreal study or a surreal city all set to one of my favourite pieces of music, Beethoven's 7th Symphony 2nd Movement,

To know more about how this video was made check out my super in depth blog post here: philipbloom.net/blog/lasvegasinfrared

Additional colour work done with Film Convert. 10% with code bloom or via this link: gopb.co/filmconvert

Thanks to James Miller for this special DeLUT which I used as well!

Every now and then I get asked “why?” or “what's the point?” well there isn't “a point” as such. These are my experimentations and I find infrared fascinating. This is creating, without sounding too pretentious, “art”. After all what is the point of art? For me it is to fulfil a creative desire in me and give me pleasure (not that sort of pleasure!) This does. It is so different to what I am used to and gets my creative juices flowing. That is “why”!

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Elements of Storytelling That Will Help You Write Emotionally Dynamic Scripts

No one knows storytelling quite like Pixar.

Their films are entertaining on so many levels; they make us laugh, make us cry, and even make us want to become better filmmakers. But perhaps the greatest quality of a Pixar movie is its ability to move an audience, which is a direct result of the brain trust's aptitude for great storytelling.

If you've already memorized their 22 tips on storytelling and want a little more material to study, check out this video from Must See Films' Darren Foley, in which he uses Finding Nemo to explore how Pixar manages to make such powerful emotional connections simply by telling a story.

If you don't have time to check out the video, here are the takeaways mentioned in it:

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Inside the Mind of an Editor: How Do They Know When to Cut?

"When I cut - I feel, I feel, I feel, and I say, 'Here.' For no reason. Just feeling." - Chantal Akerman

Editing is very much a technical craft. However, if you ask filmmakers like Akerman about their technical editing process, they're most likely going to tell you their decisions are based more on intuition rather than intellect - which isn't all that satisfying for those just wanting to learn a few techniques that'll make their editing better. But, perhaps first understanding how editors think and feel will help beginners form a solid foundation on which to set the technical knowledge they'll pick up along the way. In this enlightening video essay, Tony Zhou addresses that all too important aspect of editing.

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World-Building Tips from 'Se7en' Writer Andrew Kevin Walker and 'Metalocalypse' Showrunner Chris Prynoski [PODCAST]

The strength of any film-even one as irreverent as Nerdland- can be found in its most specific details.

As I was making my first pass at Tribeca's extensive program of films to cover, there was one title in particular that jumped out at me. Admittedly, at first, it was because Paul Rudd was starring. Everybody loves Paul Rudd.

Then, I looked a bit more closely. This strange animated film, Nerdland, was produced by Adult Swim production powerhouse Titmouse Inc., the group of animators responsible for creating some of the most revolutionary cartoons to have been featured on television ever. These guys made the contemporary classics Black Dynamite, China, IL, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and The Venture Brothers, which everyone should check out if only for their sheer abrasive creativity.

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How to Make a DIY Prop Handgun out of Styrofoam (& then Cast It in Solid Aluminum)

Making props is many times a necessity on an indie production, and if you're in the mood for a big DIY project, this one will allow you to make pretty much any small-scale prop you'll ever need.

These tutorials come from The King of Random himself, Grant Thompson. He shows you how make a prop handgun of out styrofoam, a "styro-slicer" to make the cuts easier and cleaner, and a mini-foundry to turn the prop gun into solid aluminum — if you want. Let's start with the gun tutorial so you can see just how cool it looks. And once you're ready to get going, you can download the template for the prop gun here on Thompson's website for free.

Now, you can use other tools to cut styrofoam, but again, if you like to DIY, the "styro-slicer" is a pretty fun build, and it will most likely give you better results than scissors or X-Acto knives. So, first the intro and then the tutorial:

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The Wonder List Season 2 launch promo from Philip Bloom on...



The Wonder List Season 2 launch promo from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Made by CNN to promote the new season that starts on CNN in the USA on the 20th March at 2200 Eastern Time!

First episode is set in Cuba then my personal favourite, Iceland is next up! Check out the show site for more info! cnn.com/wonderlist

International broadcast is being handled by Endamol so I don’t know why has the rights in each country unfortunately. Same with Season 1

Music Step Out by Jose Gonzales from Walter Milly. Fully licensed.

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Four Sundance Editors on How to Disagree with Directors (Even Werner Herzog)

Indie filmmaking's unsung heroes shined at our Sundance 2016 Editor's roundtable.

Sundance films are among the strongest independent offerings each year, but the 2016 lineup was particularly noteworthy in terms of editing. We put together a powerhouse group of editors to discuss their craft, including Marco Capalbo (Reveries of the Connected World, directed by Werner Herzog); Matt Hannam (Swiss Army Man, co-directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan); Jeanne Applegate (Dark Night, directed by Tim Sutton) and Nels Bangerter (Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson). In this video, we discuss working with directors, the difference between an invisible and a visible edit, and advice for editors starting out. (Part 1/3)

Nels Bangerter on communicating with a director:

"There is something to be gained from a little genial disagreement."

Marco Capalbo on pacing:

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These Are Your Feature Film Winners for Sundance 2016

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is finally coming to a close, but we've still got a ton of coverage coming up. The short film winners have already been announced, and now you can watch along live as the feature film winners are unveiled:

This post will be updated as winners are announced.

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

The Birth of a Nation — Directed by Nate Parker

Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic

Swiss Army Man — Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

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A Tribute to the Best Cinematic References in Pixar Films

Pixar films are fantastic to watch for countless reasons, but one of them, especially if you're a cinephile, are the many allusions they make to some of the greatest films in cinematic history.

In this video compilation by Jorge Luengo Luis, we get to see the many times Pixar has nodded to films like Jurassic Park, Vertigo, and The Shining.

I don't know anyone who doesn't like Pixar movies (a Pixar movie, sure, but not the whole bunch), and this is just another reason to swoon. Pixar doesn't just make films that are entertaining with great plots, funny characters, and tons of heart, they make films that are clever, smart, and clearly don't rely solely on their exceptional VFX to gain their merit.

In other words, Pixar seems to know where they came from -- where the medium came from. They seem to understand and appreciate the contributions other filmmakers have made to cinema, even if they don't represent the same genre.

What's your favorite reference to cinema in a Pixar movie? Let us know down in the comments!

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Ford is developing vehicle-to-drone communication to aid U.N. disaster relief

LAS VEGAS — The Rinspeed Σtos is a self-driving Swiss concept car with its own drone designed for selfie-ing and flower delivery for loved ones. Clearly, it’s fanciful, silly and not based in reality, as it’ll likely never be built.Read more...
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Incredible Software from Disney Research Seamlessly Blends Faces from Different Takes

Did you like the performance of an actor in one take versus another, but the camera move only works for one or the other?

Or maybe you've decided that a performance should change more gradually in a given take. All of that is possible with new software from Disney Research and the University of Surrey called FaceDirector, which is aimed at letting you choose which facial performance you'd like in a given scene from multiple takes:

For those crying foul about manipulating faces or the integrity of the scene, these things are already being done all the time. Another common technique is actually physically removing the entire actor rather than just changing the face (which requires more work). This is something David Fincher likes to do quite a bit, especially when the camera move is particularly difficult or he wants to use different takes of a wide shot at the same time.

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How to Get 20 Million Views

3 min readAn Analysis of Virality in Action. “Stop! Thief!” With just those opening words I was hooked. A woman chased after a young boy who had just stolen some...

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How to Convince Your Boss of the Importance of Story

6 min readStory Really Is Important. As you sit in a meeting with your boss-maybe they're the CEO or the SVP of Marketing-they go on and on about quarterly goals. They're ideas are as varied...

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From Bad to Bloodied: The First & Last Character Appearences in Quentin Tarantino Films

No one introduces-or kills off-characters quite like Quentin Tarantino.

As we've studied time and time and time again, the first and last of anything, be it a frame, scene, or, in this case, a character appearance, says a lot about the film as a whole thanks to its inherent context. This supercut edited by Albert Gómez shows us the first and last times we see different Tarantino characters in films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.

So, what does this supercut say about Tarantino's films, or about storytelling as a whole?

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8 Advanced Cinematography & Blocking Techniques Used in 'Iron Man'

Even if you're not into watching big budget superhero flicks, you might want to be into learning about the craft of cinematography from them.

Although these Hollywood tentpoles oftentimes rely on formulaic plots, they do tend to take cinematography to new and interesting places-or at least have the Classic Hollywood Style down-and this gives students of film a pretty good starting place for learning how to shoot and block their own films.

Check out these videos from Darious Britt, in which he breaks down the cinematography and blocking in Iron Man. (Keep scrolling for more.)

If you don't have time to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of Britt's breakdown, here are a few of the techniques and concepts he highlighted:

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Never Fry a D-Tap Again with Lentequip's SafeTap

Lentequip has manufactured a simply engineered solution to what can be a devastating problem.

The P-Tap/D-Tap port popularized by Anton Bauer has the unfortunate design flaw of being too easily reversible. A slight curve on one side of the port is supposed to prevent this, but differences in build tolerances amongst manufacturers have led to many a piece of gear being fried by a D-Tap plugged in the wrong way. Some products were even designed to take reverse polarities, meaning that you have to purposely wire it the opposite way.

The SafeTap's most basic feature is that it will not pass any current if the plug's polarity is incorrect​.​

You can only imagine the myriad problems that might occur if a DP tasked a less experienced AC with managing their camera build, or hasty set conditions that might cause a mistake to happen in the dark. Thousands of dollars in damage can occur to D-Tap powered monitors, follow focuses, and transmitters if the plug is reversed.

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Is Independent Film 'Healthy' If 99% of Us Fail?

"So much of our business is predicated on the success of the 1%."

When a veritable who's-who of independent film producers sat down at SXSW 2016 to discuss the state of the industry, something happened that's rare on panels: actual disagreements. This SXSW panel was one of my favorites of the festival, not just because it featured a lineup of producers I'd love to work with, but because moderator David Kaplan (Short Term 12, It Follows) prompted his colleagues with the tough questions facing the industry today.

The rest of the lineup included Dan Janvey (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Tchoupitoulas), Adele Romanski (Myth of the American Sleepover, Morris from America), Sara Murphy (Land Ho! and Hunter-Gatherer here at SXSW) and Kyle Martin (Tiny Furniture, Bluebird, and Donald Cried here at SXSW). Here are some takeaways from the panel.

"The true marketplace is the 8,000 films that were created that year, not the 10 films that played in competition [at Sundance] that year."

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Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Announces Short Film Lineup Featuring Natalie Portman, Spike Lee, Danny DeVito & More

The Tribeca Film Festival shorts section has long been a launchpad for up-and-coming filmmakers. This year, however, Tribeca boasts some big names in addition to its discoveries.

A short documentary, Auschwitz, is narrated by Meryl Streep; Danny DeVito has a family affair in his short Curmudgeons, starring his daughter and produced by his son; Matthew Modine also directs his daughter, alongside Ed Asner, Kevin Nealon and Elizabeth Perkins in Short Sex; Starring Austin Pendleton, directed by Gene Gallerano and David H. Holmes, stars Austin Pendleton, Meryl Streep, Olympia Dukakis, Ethan Hawke, and Natalie Portman; Sandra Oh stars in The Scarecrow; Michael Cera starts in That Dog; and Zosia Mamet, Jane Krakowski and Steve Buscemi star in Mildred and The Dying Parlor.

As we mentioned in our feature film lineup announcement, Tribeca had a 1.9% acceptance rate this year for all submissions. (Out of 6,626 submissions to the festival, 130 will be screened.)

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Breaking the Fourth Wall is Not the Most Important Storytelling Element in ‘The Big Short’

Breaking the fourth wall makes The Big Short accessible. But it's not what draws us into the story.

If you haven't heard by now, screenwriter Adam McKay decided to break the fourth wall in The Big Short. Actually, if you haven't seen the movie yet, this is probably all you know about The Big Short. That, and it's a "funny" film about the bursting of the housing bubble and the collapse of the American economy in 2008.

McKay's decision to break the fourth wall (having a character address the camera directly) with the likes of Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie and Anthony Bourdain is inspired, and is arguably the reason The Big Short is so accessible. Co-writer Charles Randolph has said that he is jealous of McKay for not thinking of the idea himself and gives McKay all of the credit for this move.

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5 Ways to Make Your Film's Score Oscar-Worthy

Music is more important than you think.

An expertly written score can add so much to your story by creating atmosphere, tone, or emotion. But what sets a great score apart from a mediocre one? In what ways do they add to the narrative and visual components of a film? And what techniques do composers use to turn a score into a storytelling device?

In the video essay below, Evan Puschak (Nerdwriter) breaks down the Oscar-winning score of composer Howard Shore in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, explaining how musical themes, or leitmotifs, are used to elevate the story. There's quite a bit of information to digest, so we've highlighted five qualities that seem to be present in not only this Oscar-winning score, but in the vast majority of them.

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Why SEO Is Actually All About Content Marketing

Why SEO Is Actually All About Content Marketing | marketing | Scoop.it

There’s a bit of confusion over SEO and content marketing. The confusion comes over how SEO and content marketing fit together. Do they fit together? Are they at odds with each other? If so, is it possible to force them together?

Alchemical Marketing's insight:

Exactly. As we all know, content is king. It's also what drives the likes, shares, comments, etc. that are really the future. The search engines want to deliver what is going to be the best results for the query possible. Real people interacting with that CONTENT is priceless.

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The Best Real Estate Agent in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina

This is a review of many of the very best local small businesses that have found in NC. We know that small businesses are the lifeblood of commerce, and as business owners ourselves, we're highlighting the amazing work that others do in their local communities.

You won't find Fortune 500 companies on our channel. This is all about the local folks who probably know your name when you drop in or call.

That said, we're quite selective about businesses we show on this channel and websites.

While local presence is kind of a big deal for distinction on here and experience is gold, excellent customer service absolutely trumps everything. User experience is ultimately what we're looking for & what we wish to share with others.

If there's someone you'd like to nominate for better exposure, please do reach out to us and let us know. We'll be happy to reach out to them to talk and decide if they meet our criteria.

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4 Killer Light Hacks to Use on Your Next Shoot

69.9 is the magic number. It’s the maximum weight for luggage that you can haul across the world from airport to airport without incurring any fees. In our case, it’s...

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