This Weeks “Things” – Week of 12/29/2014

Sorry this weeks “things” list is pretty long. I’m going back through email that I’ve sent out to fellow filmmakers and putting the good stuff in the blog for historical accuracy.

Hope you find something useful! And I’m putting some visual clues on the list so you can easily see what a link is associated to so you don’t have to read about “Cinematography” if your not into that…


Multiple Disciplines

What is this Thing: 10 Free Favorite Film Making Resources on the Internet – a Film Riot list
Things Type: Multiple Disciplines
Time To Watch: 6:49
Notes: I’m a big fan of Film Riot ( Ryan and crew do a great job of entertaining and educating budget minded aspiring film makers. Film Riot recently did a year-end 10 Favorite Educational Resources on the Internet. The video is packed with websites that will make you a better film maker.

Of the 10 Educational Resources, these are the ones I already use:

I need to check these other ones out and post my thoughts…


What is this Thing: Robby Muller – Cinematography Master Class
Things Type: Cinematography
Time To Watch: 22:36
Notes: Lots to learn from this, both practical and relational between the DoP and Director. I like how Robby states he doesn’t shoot a project unless he has some attachment to the material. He doesn’t just shoot to shoot something.

What is this Thing: Shooting Green Screen Tips and Techniques
Things Type: Cinematography
Time To Watch: 4:37
Notes: Director/Cinematographer Matthew Rosen explains his tricks and secrets on shooting chroma keys.

What is this Thing: DoP Ryan Booth Discusses Directing and Cinematography
Things Type: Cinematography
Time To Watch: 13:31
Notes: Great interview with Cerial Box Director/DoP Ryan Booth on the process of shooting lower budget project. Very good attitude about how to work with low budgets and how to do multi-camera music performance shooting.


What is this Thing: Premiere Pro Quick Tip: Copying multiple effects from one clip to another
Things Type: Editing
Notes: Quick tutorial on how to copy effects from one clip to another in Premiere Pro

What is this Thing: Editing Unbroken
Things Type: Editing
Notes: Co-editors of the film Unbroken, Tim Squyres and Billy Goldenberg discuss the ins and outs of co-editing a film. HH’s take – really interesting snippets on the editing process and how to get feedback during the process. I like the quotes:

Over time you get jaded about a scene and it’s easy to fool yourself. Often, your emotional responses the first time you see the footage and the first time you put it together are quite accurate.” He paused, laughing.”The other thing is to show it to people. If there’s a joke and nobody laughs, it doesn’t matter. It’s not funny. If they laugh, it’s working.

Strangely comforting that the screening process never becomes easier, even for Oscar-caliber editors.

Sound Design

What is this Thing: The Sound of Interstellar
Things Type: Sound Design
Time To Watch: 8:00
Notes: Interview with Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King about the sound teams extensive work on Director Christopher Nolan’s immersive sci-fi film Interstellar.

Script Writing

What is this Thing: Three Act Story Structure
Things Type: Script Writing
Time To Watch: 11:53
Notes: Darrious Britt does a pretty damn good job at covering the Three Act Story Structure.

What is this Thing: 13 classic scenes that explain how horror movies work
Things Type: Script Writing
Notes: Todd VanDerWerff writes about 13 class horror-movie scenes that explain how to make your horror movie work.


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