Category Archives: Eductation

Darious’s Fastest Way To Learn Camera Lenses

Darious Britt entertains and educates you on the Fastest Way To Learn Camera Lenses


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This Week’s Things: 4/20/2015

The North American Broadcaster’s 2015 Show has come and gone and there are tons of announcements and new gear and software that every filmmaker needs! I’ve been real busy so it will take me a while to catch up the blog on everything I reviewed.


What is this Thing: Aerial Platform
Things Type: Aerial platform for video
imageNotes: I have a DJI Phantom 2 + GoPro 4. I’ve been flying it now for about six months. I’ve gotten better and better at flying and controlling the quad-copter so I know there’s a great place for the tool in the filmmaking tool-kit. It seems that every month there’s a new “Drone” being planned, crowd-sourced or released by a major company (GoPro). The cursed problem with Technology is that once a market is established there’s comes a lot of options. Figuring out what to buy and when to buy becomes a tough proposition. Here’s a link to a new “Drone” that will be released in September of 2015.

What is this Thing: Lens
Things Type: 100mm Samyang/Rokinon Cine-Style Lens
Notes: I have a Rokinon 85mm Cine-Style lens and I’m happy with it, especially for the price. If you’re budget conscious these lens’ are worth the money.


What is this Thing: Essay on Negotiating as a DP
Notes: Cinematographer Art Adams discusses negotiating and finding the right project as a Cinematographer.

Production Etiquette

What is this Thing: How to Speak Movie
Things Type: The Movie-Maker’s Phrase Book
Notes: Two part video on the common phrases used in the movie business.


What is this Thing: What is negative fill?
 Things Type: Tutorial > Negative Fill
Notes: Ryan Walters discusses negative fill – a good 5 minutes for anyone learning negative fill.

What is this Thing: Chinese Lantern
Things Type: Equipment
Notes: FilmTools.Com has a boatload of equipment and supplies.

What is this Thing: Light Dimmer
Things Type: Equipment
Notes: Impact D1000 Dimmer.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Notes: While doing lunch with a friend he showed me a music video that was directed, shot and shot by a friend of his. Watching it at lunch peaked my interest. The MV is totally something I wouldn’t do. However, it is so 21st Century and has a lot of production put into it. Again, it’s so not what I would do, but hey, there’s a big crowd of people that are into this type of material. As for the technical’s of the video – I give it a solid 8.8. I love the dialogue by one of the bad members at the end of the video.

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This Week’s “Things” – Week of 1/19/2015

Film Making Process

What is this Thing: 15 Mistakes Beginning Filmmakers Make
Things Type: Education – Filmmaking
Notes: I’m really digging this guys videos. I previously sent out a video Darious did on the three act screen play. Darious maintains a great pace, shows examples and entertains us as he gives good advice on filmmaking. You can catch Darious at his Youtube channel.

Lighting Equipment

What is this Thing: LED Light Ribbon
Things Type: Equipment
imageNotes: I have purchased LED light ribbons in the past, but haven’t used them on a shoot. This site sells higher end LED ribbons – found this site through DP Shane Hurlbut’s website. These ribbons are pricy compared to the LED light ribbons I’ve purchased off Amazon. Without testing I don’t know if they are worth the extra cash – I’m sure they are useful , else Shane’s team wouldn’t use them.


What is this Thing: Four tips for increasing the quality of voice over’s in Adobe Audition.
Things Type: Education – Adobe Audition
Notes: For tips for using Adobe Audition to enhance voice over’s. I use Audition, not exclusively, for a lot of sound enhancing when editing. Here are tips on using hotkeys, equalizing, normalizing and dynamic rendering in Audition.

What is this Thing: Sound Acquisition on Set.
Things Type: Education – Sound Acquisition On Set
Notes: Sound Designer/Mixer Jonah Guelzo discuss on set sound acquisition. Get the sound at the source instead of trying to fix it in post. Good information here, but looks like the information was sponsored by Rhode. I have Rhode equipment and have never had any issues.

What is this Thing: Wireless Transmitter & Receiver.
Things Type: Equipment – Wireless Audio
Notes: Rode announced a new Wireless audio product using 2.4GHz transmission technology. The price on B&H is $ 399.00. HH’s take: I have several Sennheiser wireless transmission and receiving products and haven’t had any issues, but they start at around $ 629.00 for a transmitter/receiver pair. I have Rode microphone products and haven’t had any issues. I wouldn’t rule out 2.4Ghz technology, just need to test it in a real-world environment before you purchase.

Post Production

What is this Thing: After Effects tutorial for creating Animated Polygon Titles.
Things Type: Education – Adobe After Effects
Notes: The Andrew Cramer from video Copilot does a 22 minute tutorial for creating animated polygon titles in After Effects.

Movie Business

What is this Thing: How Are Oscar Nominees Chosen
Things Type: General Information
Notes: This still doesn’t explain why Best Picture is filled with artsy films!!! I just think those voting Producers are F’ing with the general public with their nominations.

Color Correcting/Color Grading

What is this Thing: The best order of operation for Color Grading & Color Correcting
Things Type: Color Grading and Color Correcting
Notes: Noam Kroll discusses the best order of operations for color grading. HH’s take – over the past few years I’ve had to learn how to do color grading and correcting out of necessity since we didn’t have budget for a dedicated colorist. At first I color corrected and graded to fix stupid shooting errors. After getting somewhat functional, you find that color correcting and grading actually gives you another opportunity to add life to the footage. In the future I hope to get on projects that have budget for a dedicated colorist – trust me, they are worth every penny.

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