Category Archives: Films to Watch

This Week’s Things: 07/27/2015

Video Storage

 What is this thing: How much storage will I need for a video project?
Article Link: http://www.echomist.co.uk/software/StorageCalculator.html/
Notes: A friend of mine is going to be shooting a low-budget feature on a Red Epic and needed to know how much storage he needed. I told him there’s an answer for everything on the Internet and sure enough I found a nifty calculator someone created. It looks pretty close just doing some tests.image

Editing

 What is this thing: Make Clip Replacement Faster in Premiere
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/premiere-pro-tip-make-clip-replacements-and-revisions-faster-than-ever/
Notes: Short cut tutorial on how to replace clips fast in Premiere.

What is this thing: 8 Audition Tutorials Every Editor Should Watch
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/8-adobe-audition-tutorials-every-video-editor-watch/
Notes: Audition is a powerful sound editing package and for video editors it can be daunting to get started with. Here are eight tutorials that can help you get started with Audition.

What is this thing: Print Your Own Premiere Pro Keyboard shortcuts
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/print-your-own-premiere-pro-keyboard-shortcuts/
Notes: Good resource for shortcut memorization.

Color Grading

What is this thing: Premier Pro CC 2015 Lumertri Color Panel
Article 1 Link: http://www.retooled.net/?p=1647
Article 2 Link:http://nofilmschool.com/2015/06/premiere-pros-new-lumetri-color-panel-super-powerful-intuitive
Notes: This is a great time in the NLE market. Adobe and Davinci are putting more and more features into their products to win the heart and minds of the film and video makers. Here’s a 16 minute tutorial on the new Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC 2016.
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Filming Techniques

What is this Thing: 7 Hollywood Camera Techniques
Things Type: Educational
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/7-iconic-hollywood-cinematography-techniques/
Notes: The Dolly Zoom (Trombone Shot), The Low Angle Trunk Shot, Dutch Angle, The Close Up, The Whip Pan, One Point Perspective, Long Tracking Shots

Equipment Review

What is this Thing: Self Leveling Ball Head Adapter
Things Type: Equipment – Tripod
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MVNBTDG
Product Review: http://dslrvideoshooter.com/tripod-leveling-base-review/
Notes: Although I don’t own one of these at the moment I will be buying one for one of my older tripods that don’t have a leveling ball.image

Visual Special Effects

What is this Thing: 8 Ways to Create Digital Distortion in After Effects
Things Type: Educational
Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/8-ways-to-create-digital-distortion-in-after-effects/
Notes: Sometime you need to distort your footage to tell the story. This article discusses eight ways to do it.

Stock Video Effects

imageWhat is this Thing: Video Effects
Things Type: Stock Video Effect
Link: https://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/rampant-design-tools-2/
Notes: I don’t buy stock effects or stock video unless I really have a need and then I go out and look through available content. Although I have to write down suppliers so that I can review their type of work so when the need arises I can go and find what I need.

Lens Basic

What is this Thing: Basics of Focal Length
Things Type: Tutorial on focus lengths
Linkhttp://nofilmschool.com/2015/07/basics-focal-length
Notes: A little goofy, basic description of focal length.
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Video of the Week

Portal– a short film by Ryan Connolly and his Film Riot team created this short film to show off the abilities of the Hit Film editing application.
Short Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6znipZ9dK9A
Making of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js0638735ck
Aerial Foot and Sound Design How To: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0I5YYqtYoE

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This Week’s Things: 05/18/2015

3D Software

 What is this thing: Software – 3D Compositing
Article Link:http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/nuke/non-commercial/
Notes: Do you want to learn 3d Compositing on an industry standard platform? Nuke now offers a non-commercial, fully functional (almost) version. Have fun learning!image

Post Production

What is this Thing: Post Production Action Element
Things Type: Free post production video elements
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/329-free-action-elements-for-video-editors/
Notes: You never can have enough action elements for your post production. Premium Beat has links to 329 free action elements. Go get ‘em!

image What is this Thing: Free HD Design Elements
Things Type: Free post production video elements (4K)
Linkhttp://rampantdesigntools.com/free-download-sign/
Notes: Love the free “real” video elements.

What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: 10 Free After Effects Assets
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/10-free-after-effects-assets/
Notes: 10 After Effects assets such as preset, plug-ins, effects. Who doesn’t like free?

What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: Free Distortion Kit (template)
Linkhttps://www.rocketstock.com/blog/free-after-effects-template-digital-distortion/
Notes: On a roll with the free After Effects templates!

image What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: Free Dynamic Car Gauges (template)
Linkhttps://www.rocketstock.com/blog/free-after-effects-template-dynamic-car-gauges/
Notes: Rocketstock is giving away a car-gauge template for those street racing projects.

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: Creative Cloud Next – 2015 Release What’s New
Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1clWi4hta4
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CidKLsPsht0
Notes: I’ve been an Adobe Premier/AE/Photoshop user for a very long time. Adobe continues to add more features to their suite of video/image editing with every release. A lot of people were upset with Adobe changing their licensing model. There are benefits to the cloud pricing model and there are liabilities. For me, the benefits outweigh the liabilities. I like the fact that I’m paying for the applications a little each month while I’m actually making money using them. The biggest benefit is that as Adobe adds features I get them. This thirty minute video cover in-depth some of the major updates to the next version of Premiere Pro. The second link is a five minute video interview with Patrick palmer of Adobe about some of the new features.image

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: How to Move Audio Keyframe with a Keyboard Shortcut
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/three-quick-tips-for-editing-in-premiere-pro/
Notes: I like keyboard shortcuts.

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: Pull Selects Faster
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/premiere-pro-tutorial-pull-selects-faster-than-ever/
Notes: There is more than one way to work within Premiere. Here’s a good tutorial on how to pull selects from the source monitor.

Video of the Week

The guys over at Film Riot are having a summer of shorts. This month they debut Seth Worley’s short film: Real Gone
Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50F5Lhea8Lw
Notes: There’s a lot of behind the scenes and general filmmaking goodness over at the FilmRiot.Com website.image

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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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