This Week’s “Things” – Week of 2/16/2015


imageWhat is this Thing: Setting up  a 5.1 Surround Sound in Premiere
 Things Type: Tutorial > Premiere > Sound
Notes: I haven’t done a lot of 5.1 so I found this to be worth while. Now, I think I’ll need to do a project and incorporate 5.1.

image What is this Thing: 15 Premiere Pro tutorials any Premiere Pro editor should watch.
 Things Type: Tutorial > Premiere
: Good review for the experienced editor and a great start for the new editor working with Premiere for the first time.


image What is this Thing: Rod Support System for Cameras/Gimbals
 Things Type: Atlas Camera Support
Notes: I was attending a lighting seminar and got the chance to use a Movi and after about 10 minutes of work my upper body was wore out. Three Axis gimbals bring a new tool to the filmmaker. However, it takes a lot of physical work to use these gimbals. If you have a gimbal, you need a support vest like this one.


What is this Thing: Fake TV
image Things Type: Equipment > Lighting Simulator
Notes: I came across this today and thought it was a good idea for filmmakers. Who wants to setup a real TV if you don’t have to? And for $ 31 bucks, you can’t go wrong.

What is this Thing: Fake Flames
 Things Type: Equipment > Lighting Simulator
Notes: And while we are on the fake lighting equipment, here’s a controller to make any light source flicker like a flame.


Special FX

imageWhat is this Thing: Gun Shot
Things Type: Gun Shot – How To Tutorial
Notes: When you gotta shoot someone on set and don’t want to do a full-on practical effect.




What is this Thing: A very harsh opinion on ready scripts for people.
Things Type: Writing Advice
 Notes: I’ve read a few script myself and I can say that a good story is hard to find. A well-written, good story is even harder to find. If after you read Josh Olsen’s article you still want to be a writer, great! If you are the type of writer who can’t listen to constructive criticism, you might want to do something else for a profession or hobby. Writing, like acting, like directing, like cinematography, like sound design, like the other visual art disciplines is an Art that requires constant development. Even if you are natural born killer writer, you can’t just “phone it in.” You have to develop the muscle. I don’t know if I agree with Josh’s harshness, but hell, he’s in the business at a high level and I’m sure he’s seen way more shitty screen plays than good ones. So, he might have some valid points to make.

What is this Thing: How to write a screenplay in 60 slides
Things Type: Writing Advice
 Notes: Victor Pineiro creates 69 slides that help explain how to write a screenplay. Even if you aren’t a writer, the slides are a good review on story structure.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Notes: We all need a break from equipment, editing tips, lens reviews and the whole process of making films. My MV of the week pick this week comes from a group called Rival Sons. This video was posted in May of 2011. I’m not sure from what source I got it – who cares? The video is one of the best “performance” music videos out there. A “performance” video is where the band “performs” for the camera as opposed to “story/concept” videos where a concept/story is being told during the video. The editing of this video is just off the chain. The cuts between each location keeps the pace of the video moving forward. With over 2.5 million views on Youtube I’d say this is a hit of a video.



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