Category Archives: Special Effects

Today’s Things…

Key’ing with Primatte

You never can know enough about doing green screen. In this tutorial Film Riot uses Primatte.

 

Special Effects – Throwing a Car to Never-Never Land

Lots of goodies on this Film Riot episode. Ryan has a special guest, Sean Mullen, from Rampant Design Tools go through the special effects of pushing a car far far away. Over on the Rampant site they have a 40+ 4K Effects Kit you can get for free.

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imageAfter Effect Free Plug-In

From Andrew Kramer over at Video Copilot.Net comes a free Color Vibrance Plug-in. Here’s the link to the Tutorial and Download.

 

 

 

 

Deadpool Premiere Pro Presets

I like free as in really free. VashiVisuals has some free presets for Premiere that were used on the edit of Deadpool.JarleDeadpoolPremiere-960x578

 

10 x Must-REad Video Editing Articles

I like the PremiumBeat website. Lots of great material over there besides their stock music business. Here’s a list of 10 must-read video editing articles.

 

The Four Act Screen Story Structure

Four acts? Isn’t writing a three act story hard enough? Well, here’s an article that puts forth writer’s should be thinking in four acts for film. Since I’ve only started writing, I’m going to give this a lot of thought.

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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: 09/10/2015

Sorry, I’ve been AWAL in posting to this site. It’s not for lack of material. I’ve been busy and just have a backlog of items to post.

Equipment

What is this thing: Canon EOS 8K Camera – Prototype
Article Link: http://www.canonrumors.com/first-photo-of-the-cinema-eos-8k-camera/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+canonrumors%2Frss+%28Canon+Rumors%29
Notes: This is a monster of a prototype. Canon is showing off an 8K EOS based camera. This prototype has a teeny tiny use case… Most productions could use it as it sits. I’m sure over the next year or so Canon will reduce the size and make it more useful. In today’s technology driven camera market, Canon has to throw this out to the perspective camera buyers to entice the customer to “wait” for the 8K camera to come out. It’s an old, but effective strategy (ploy) to keep a perspective buyer from going with say a Red Weapon Dragon.

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What is this thing: Zeiss Announces New Line of Primes
Article Link: https://matthewduclos.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/zeiss-announces-new-milvus-line-of-lenses/
Notes: Reasonably priced new line of primes that is 4K capable and targeted for S35 to Full Frame sized sensors.

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What is this thing: SLR Magic Announces a set of 2:1 anamorphic cinema primes
Article Link: http://www.eoshd.com/2015/09/slr-magic-announce-set-of-21-anamorphic-cinema-primes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EOSHD+%28EOSHD.com%29
Notes: For certain project anamorphic is so cool. Remember those 70mm western from the 60’s? That’s the kind of cinematic effect we are talking about. these lens are optimized for micro 4/3rd sensors. There are some options out there for Super 35MM.

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On Set Data Management

What is this thing: Data Wrangling…
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/5-on-set-data-management-tips-for-blackmagic-camera-users/
Notes: The article specifically discusses 5 on set data management tips for Blackmagic camera users. However, tip #5 really is a great piece of advice for everyone and so I copied it here.

The data from a shoot is the most important bit. That’s what you are paid for. If it’s lost or damaged, all the other costs would have been money thrown away. So it’s really important that the data is backed up and verified. Simply using the Explorer (Win) or Finder (Mac) to copy the files is not secure enough. Data could be lost in the process.

You really want to do CheckSum verification on any back-up you make and make multiple back-ups. Three copies is ideal, two is the minimum. Give one copy to the Producer before you leave the set so that all the data is not in the same place.

I use Imagine Products ShotPut Pro on the Mac. They now offer a Windows version too. You could also use Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve’s Media Clone tool, as it too does CheckSum verification (added in Resolve 11). Other tools you might want to consider: RAW 4 PRO with Backup Champion (PC) or Pomfort ClipHouse (Mac). Both of those also offer tools to color correct and transcode your RAW files.

Red Giant also has a product for offloading video: http://www.redgiant.com/products/offload/

Stock Footage

What is this thing: Free 4K Stock Footage – yea, as in FREE
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/thousands-of-clips-all-in-4k-almost-all-for-free/
Notes: Sometime things are not “too good to be true.” Mitch Martinez is indeed providing access to 1500 free 4K clips. And then there’s other free 4K stock footage as well.

Visual Special FX

What is this thing: Prolost Handcrank for After Effects
Article Link: http://prolost.com/store/handcrank
Notes: You never know when you need to dirty up and crazy out the footage to disorient your audience. Here’s a very reasonably priced plug in – $ 14.00. And the fellow at the Prolost site is a Visual FX artist and has a few other very reasonably priced plug-ins.

Cloud Storage – Project Collaboration

What is this thing: A cloud-base storage, transfer and collaboration service
Article Link: frame.io
Notes:
I do a lot of collaboration. The problem with file transfer is I mostly transfer rendered finish drafts or final edits. Here’s another service to help do more collaboration and not just transfers. I haven’t used the service so I can’t say if it is worth the monthly cost to get enough storage to matter. If I had a lot of volume I might look into this service as an option. For now, I’ll stick with Dropbox, WeTransfer and Youtube to do all these activities..

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This Week’s Things: 08/03/2015

Filmmaking Jobs

 What is this thing: what is a Digital Imaging Technician?
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/the-evolving-role-of-a-digital-imaging-technician/
Notes: Here’s a good article that discusses the role and responsibilities of a digital imaging technician.

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: 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: 3/30/2015

The Film Business – Law Talk

What is this Thing: What is Work Made For Hire?
 Things Type: Education > Understanding copyright in film
Link: http://www.scriptmag.com/features/legally-speaking-depends-work-made-for-hire
Notes: Many artists don’t care about the nitty gritty business details, which is a huge mistake. It is important as an artist to have a general understanding of copyright law so you know to protect your work of art.

Equipment

What is this Thing: Canon C300 – Review?
 Things Type: Equipment Review > Canon C300
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBdbRex_FPM
Notes: I thought it would be good to post an old review of the Canon C300 since Canon is rumored to be releasing the next version (C300 Mark II) of this model during the NAB 2015 show in April. The big rumor is that the new version of C300 will be a 4K camera. the good news is that Canon is trying to move all the old inventory and a C300 Mark I can be had for about $ 6,500 bucks – pretty damn good price. But, if your mind is set on 4K and you don’t need it right now just wait a few weeks and after NAB I’m sure there will be plenty of new 4K at lower price equipment to be had.

Visual FX

What is this Thing: Free Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Software
Things Type: Post Production > Visual FXs
Link: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion
Notes: They say free means crippled. Not so with Black Magic Design productions, such as Resolve (color correcting and grading) BMD purchased eyeon Fusion and has provided a free version as they did with Resolve. I haven’t used Fusion yet, but trust me, I’m going to give it a spin. Here’s a short video that discusses the product – https://vimeo.com/107887538

Cinematography History

What is this Thing: Kubrick’s Lenses
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_PIqg449is
Notes: They say the lens is the heart of the image. In this 12 minute video Joe Dunton, BSC, goes through many of Kubrick’s favorite lenses.

Film Sites

What is this Thing: r3Load.Net
 Things Type: B-Roll and Stuff
Link: http://r3load.net/jjstartrek.html
Notes: Cool little site where they have lots of B-roll from big films. Now, they say once you see a ton of B-roll it’s all the same – maybe. But, watching B-roll might give some insight on things you can do on your sets.

Lighting

What is this Thing: What is negative fill?
 Things Type: Tutorial > Negative Fill
Link: https://vimeo.com/122843323
Notes: Ryan Walters discusses negative fill – a good 5 minutes for anyone learning negative fill.

What is this Thing: Chineese Latern
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.filmtools.com/ligdep/lighting-equipment/light-fixtures-kits/30whitpapchi.html
Notes: FilmTools.Com has a boatload of equipment and supplies.

What is this Thing: Light Dimmer
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755346-REG/Impact_D_1000_D1000_1_000W_AC_Dimmer.html
Notes: Impact D1000 Dimmer.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jA13XYlWHc
Notes: This week’s music video is off the beaten path. While listening to Audioslave I tried finding the I am the Highway. I really like the song, but interesting I don’t thingk Audioslave ever made a video. But this girl put together a music video and I really like what she did. I don’t know what movie she used for her imagery, but if you look at the cuts she used it’s very representative of the song and the video has over 800 thousand hits. Just goes to show you that the emotional scenes of this video hit the right mark. Something to be cognizant when creating your own video.

To Review:

Just keeping a list of things I want to review before really posting them.
Shot Lister – www.shotlister.com

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This Week’s Things: 3/2/2015

Cinematography

image What is this Thing: Focus Pulling
Things Type: Noam Kroll on focus pulling for the low budget filmmaker.
Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/3-hacks-shooting-without-a-focus-puller/
Notes: Focus pulling is an art by itself. A great focus pull makes your image look like it should. A bad focus pull makes your image look like shit. Noam gives three “hacks” for the low budget filmmaker.

Special FX

What is this Thing: Green Screen
 Things Type: Tutorial > Green Screen
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH8TWTt51W8&feature=player_detailpage
Notes: IYou can never watch too many tutorials on Green Screening until you have a flawless shot using a green screen. The Basic Filmmaker does a pretty darn good 23 minute tutorial. He also has a pretty darn good collection of tools needed and links to buy them. Now you don’t have any excuse not to do great green screen shooting!image

Color Correcting/Grading

What is this Thing: LUTs – Look Up Table
 Things Type: Tutorial > LUTs
Link 1: https://vimeo.com/120318153
Link 2: http://www.motionvfx.com/mplugs-68.html
Link 3: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/understanding-luts-in-color-grading/
Link 4: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/color-grading-tutorial-luts-in-davinci-resolve/
Notes: Yes, it can be confusing to pick up all the technical jargon tossed around these days with video and film production. Take for instance the work “LUT”! If you ever get into the nitty-gritty job of color correcting and grading you’ll most likely have to deal with determining what LUT you want to use. Here are some links to learning more about LUTs. Link 1 is a 3 minute tutorial on what a LUT is and what it does. Link 1 is a product of 30 LUTs you can buy to use in the post production process. Link 3 is a blog that covers LUTs in more details and has a lot of resources that help you get started in using LUTs. Link 4 is about using LUTs in Davinci Resolve.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Link:https://vimeo.com/115180533
Notes: I’m really digging Ash von Chamier’s music videos. Of course it doesn’t hurt that he’s got a Sony FS700. I like his color gradings and it seems that he has a real good nack of picking artists that have good music. This is just another really good looking and sounding music video. Ash’s Vimeo channel is here – Ash von Chamier.

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