Category Archives: Directing

This Week’s Things: 10/30/2015

Equipment

What is this thing: Tangent Ripple – Color Correction Panel
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/tangent-ripple-color-correction-control-surface-you-can-actually-afford
tangent_ripple_control_panelNotes: Doing a lot of color correction/color grading? Want a tactile panel? Here’s an affordable solution. 

 

What is this thing: Black Magic URSA Mini
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/everything-you-wanted-know-about-working-blackmagic-ursa-mini
Notes: Doing a lot of color correction/color grading? Want a tactile panel? Here’s an affordable solution. URSA-Mini

What is this thing: Artemis Maxima
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/amazing-new-camera-rig-artemis-combines-a-gimbal-and-stabilizer/
Notes: Gimbals and Stabilizers are getting better and cheaper. Well, almost cheaper. Here’s a cool G&S but it will set you back 20K or so.Artemis Maxima

What is this thing: Paralinx Video Transmitter and Receiver
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/paralinx-ace-wireless-video/
Company Website: http://www.paralinx.net/store/paralinx-ace
Notes: I put together a pretty good Wireless TR/RX for about $ 600.00. However sometimes, you want a vendor complete system and this one is pretty reasonable at $ 1,299.95.paralinx_ace_sdi_combo

Film Making Tips

What is this thing: 10 Lessons on Filmmaking From Wes Anderson
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/everything-you-wanted-know-about-working-blackmagic-ursa-mini
Notes: I’m #6 on the list for a 4.6K URSA mini at Showcase Video in Atlanta, Ga. for a URSA mini. I’m hoping that this will take my capabilities to the next level as a Cinematographer. Here’s a good review of the URSA mini.

What is this thing: Enough Coverage is Enough – Why shooting too much coverage can be a “bad thing”.
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/why-shooting-too-much-coverage-is-bad/
Notes: In my experience as a DP I find that Directors who shoot way too much coverage do so because they are not prepared. Shooting too much coverage is usually done by inexperienced Directors during their “learning” projects. Don’t be a Dump-Truck Director. Get the coverage you need and know what coverage you need by preparing before you get onset.

Color Grading/Color Correcting

What is this thing: How to apply a LUT in Premier Pro
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/quick-tip-applying-luts-to-footage-in-premiere-pro/
Notes: LUTS are cool. Here’s a basic quick tip on apply them in Premier Pro!
Need pre-made LUTS – here’s Rocket Rooster
While you’re looking at LUTS, here’s a quick tutorial on how to Save Lumetri Color Presets within Premiere: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/quick-tip-saving-lumetri-color-presets-in-premiere-pro/

What is this thing: Learn Resolve
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/the-best-places-to-learn-resolve/
Notes: Want to learn Resolve and Color Grading? Here’s list of resources where you can start.

Editing

What is this thing: How to Organize Your Digital Film Media
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-organize-a-feature-film-edit-like-a-pro/
Notes: I have a friend who has the filmmaking “eye” yet he is the worse organizer of his digital media. Some artists just don’t have that attention to detail, especially while doing the edit. They are so concerned with getting the film edited the way they see it that the chaotic mess of the project doesn’t bother them. However, if you ever want to be an effective editor you need to learn how to organize your digital assets. Here’s an article that can help get you started.

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This Week’s “Things” – Week of 1/26/2015

Films/Projects on The Internet

What is this Thing: Amazing Low Budget Film – Anomalyimage
Things Type: Short Film and Interview with Producer
Short Film Link: http://vimeo.com/115329271
Link: http://noamkroll.com/the-indie-film-anomaly-just-took-the-internet-by-storm-learn-how-the-filmmakers-pulled-it-off-with-my-interview-with-producer-jens-jacob/
Notes: Noam Kroll interviews Anomaly producer Jens Jacob on the ins and outs of bringing the short film Anomaly the small, small screen.

image What is this Thing: Star Trek, the original series, Fan Project
Things Type: Fan Film/Project
Link: http://www.startrekcontinues.com
Notes: I sent and email out to my friends and the title of the email was “Fan film gone all crazy and shit.” I’m not exaggerating here. The team that is doing this has nailed the look and feel of the original series. They’ve even managed to get some famous actors from the Star Trek world to participate. Worth looking into!!

Show Running

What is this Thing: How To Create a TV Show from the Ground Up
Things Type: How to… TV Show
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIdZEZ2rCo4&x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534#t=164
Notes: This is a long video, but a good one. Join Jay Kogen (THE SIMPSONS) as he interviews Chris Brancato (FIRST WAVE), Doug Ellin (ENTOURAGE), Andrew Marlowe (CASTLE), Margaret Nagle (SIDE ORDER OF LIFE) and Larry Wilmore (THE BERNIE MAC SHOW) at a Writers Guild Foundation event.

Equipment

image What is this Thing: Sony FS7 Camera Review
Things Type: Equipment Review
Link: Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6xfOmTxXzw
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M7upQVWRPM
Notes: The Camera Store TV does a review of the Sony FS7.

imageWhat is this Thing: C100 Mark II Camera Review
Things Type: Equipment Review
Link: http://revision3.com/filmriot/c100-vs-c100-mark-ii/
Notes: Film Riot does a review of the C100 Mark II.

What is this Thing: Moza 32Bit 3 Axis Gimball
Things Type: Equipment imageAnnouncement
Link: http://www.supamods.com/product/moza-3-axis-gimbal-system/
Notes: It seems that a new 3-Axis gimbal is coming on the market ever month and here’s another one. It is good to see that the prices are dropping on these gimbals as the market becomes more competitive. This gimbal is priced at $2,245.00 and can support up to a 10lb. camera.

What is this Thing: Prime Lenses for the “up and coming” professional
Things Type: Lens Equipment
Link: https://matthewduclos.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/2013-cine-prime-lens-buyers-guide/
Notes:
Let’s face it… aspiring Cinematographers realize at some point that to get really great images, you have to have 1) skills 2) a camera and 3) great optics! Bumping up to the cine-primes is a big cost – more than or equal to the cost of a really good camera! Unlike cameras, the lens’s will be a lifetime investment. Matthew Duclos reviews cine-primes for the beginner! 😉Cooke Mini S-4i • Zeiss CP.2 Compact Prime • Canon CN-E Prime

Editing

What is this Thing: The “Rule of Six” in Film Editing by Walter Murch
Things Type: Editing
Link: http://vimeo.com/13583958
Notes: In this short, three minute video, Walter Murch (Oscar winning Editor and Sound Designer) discusses his six rules of video editing.

Camera Techniques

imageWhat is this Thing: 5 Easy Camera Tricks
Things Type: Camera Techniques
Link: Quick Tips- 5 Easy Camera Tricks! – Film Riot
Notes:
Film Riot, Ryan Connolly goes through 5 easy camera tricks that add production value with little cost or effort.

Color Correcting/Grading

What is this Thing: Using the blend mode in Adobe Premiere Pro
Things Type: Color Correcting
Link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IEdehRjX9A&x-yt
Notes: Good 8 minute video that covers the blend mode in Premiere Pro. The techniques covered might help you recover an over-exposed shot. No, I did not just say “fix it in post.” What I said is that IF you need to fix it in post, this technique “might” save you – might.

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This Week’s "Things" – Week of 1/12/2015

Directing

What is this Thing: Directing Advice
Things Type: Directing – Four Common Mistakes
Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/four-common-mistakes-made-by-feature-length-directors/
Notes: Four common mistakes made by directors.

What is this Thing: Directing Advice
Things Type: Directing – Talk from David Fincher
Link: http://guru.bafta.org/david-fincher-a-life-in-pictures
Notes: Great quote “Don’t fall victim to other people’s laziness”. He goes on to say being a jack-of-all-trades and knowing your way around all phases, roles, and tools of film production is going to not only make you an asset on-set, but it’s going to keep you independent and free to create the films that you want to create, because you can rely on your own knowledge and skill to get things done.

What is this Thing: Directing Advice
Things Type: Directing – Michael Bay Talks Michael Bay
Link:http://vimeo.com/115009465
Notes: Gawd, I hate this video? Why? Low budget Directors will hear things and see things on the video and think “this is the way to do it.” and then argue that it’s ok for low budget filmmaking. Bay gets a lot of heat for his style. Who cares, his “action” movies are some of the best out there. He and his crew know how to immerse an audience into the movie and reality simply disappears for two hours.

Writing

What is this Thing: Character Review – The Protagonist
Things Type: Writing – Educational
Link: http://www.scriptmag.com/features/script-notes-major-character-types-protagonist
Notes: All great scripts are driven by characters. In this five article series Michael Tabb goes through each character type. This article covers The Protagonist.

Editing & Post Production

What is this Thing: Tutorial – Export Settings for Delivering Your Project
Things Type: Post Production
Link: http://vimeo.com/115534648
Notes: David Kong goes step by step through the process of exporting your video project using Adobe Media Encoder for final delivery.

What is this Thing: Tutorial – Everything You Need to Know About Codecs
Things Type: Post Production
Link: http://vimeo.com/115534648
Notes: David Kong goes deep in this tutorial and really gives solid information on all you ever wanted to know about codecs. He covers:

  • What a codec is – And how it differs from a container.
  • Different types of codecs.
  • Bit Depth – What it means and why it matters
  • Chroma Sub sampling – 4:4:4, 4:2:2, and 4:2:0, and when it becomes an issue
  • Spatial Compression and Blocking – One of the most common artifacts you see with normal work
  • Temporal Compression – Long-GOP codecs, inter-frame compression, and ALL-I codecs
  • Lossless vs. Lossy compression – How image compression differs from data compression
  • Bit Rate – How to calculate bit rates and the differences between kbps/kBps/Mbps/MBps
  • Raw – Briefly, the difference between Raw, compressed, and uncompressed

Equipment

 What is this Thing: Electronic View Finder (EVF)
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://vimeo.com/97975143
Link: http://philipbloom.net/2015/01/15/gratical/ – Philip Blooimagem discusses the Gratical in his blog. He basically says it’s pretty good and he’s selling his Sony EVF. There’s a video review as well.
Notes: Zacuto has for pre-order their Gratical-HD EVF. Not for the faint of heart at ~ $2900.00 bucks. I have a several Zacuto products (Z-Finder, Z-Finder EVF and a great rig for my FS-700) so I know first hand the quality of their products.

What is this Thing: Equipment Rental
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.sharegrid.com/
Notes: ShareGrid is a peer-to-peer renting website that is suppose to make it easier to rent equipment from individuals. Currently it is in closed beta in the L.A. area.

What is this Thing: Insurance
Things Type: Business Practices
Link: http://dslrvideoshooter.com/gear-insurance-best-solutions-tips-tools/
Notes: I started looking around last year for insurance – production and gear. This article is a great summary of the options for safe guarding your equipment. I like the link to InsureMyEquipment.Com – $500 dollars a year – pretty good deal.

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