17Jul

Stop Motion Filmmaking For Beginners

If your favorite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas and you’re an aspiring filmmaker then you may one day want to try and make stop-motion films. Now I am a fan of Laika Entertainment because the filmmakers their are well-known for making spectacular stop-motion animated features such ...

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7Dec

5 Cyberpunk After Effects Tutorials

The holidays always reminds me of two things – I get to stuff my face full of delicious eats and Harrison Ford, brutally hunting down bio mechanical replicants whose crime is only wanting to live. (Blade Runner, 1982) Yea, it warms my heart too. Since this holiday season is all about giving...

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21Jul

Make Your Own Planet Using Practical Special Effects

Make Your Own Planet Using Practical Special Effects Have you ever seen a science fiction classic and asked yourself, how did they create amazing planetary special effects without using CGI? Or is it still possible to do so today? Joey Shanks, a special effects artist living in North Carolina, cr...

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How to light an interview next to a fireplace

By Aaron / June 2, 2014 / Lighting / No Comments

The more and more I learn about filmmaking the more and more I realize that I know nothing about how to light. Fortunately there are people who know way more than I do and are willing to share their knowledge. Lars Lindstrom, DP of the documentary Llama Nation, shares how to light an interview ne...

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Tracking UI elements to Stock Footage in After Effects

By Aaron / May 6, 2014 / After Effects Tutorial / No Comments

Motion Tracking can be a tricky beast to master but if mastered can lead to some spectacular effects. One of the most common effects used with tracking is creating user interface (or UI) elements. Most of the times people like to create UI like Iron Man. If you want to learn how to create UI [&he...

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How to Create a Double Exposure Like in the “True Detective” Titles

By Aaron / May 2, 2014 / After Effects Tutorial / No Comments

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Double exposure is a pretty cool thing to do if done right. If done wrong it looks pretty terrible and makes you second guess the editor’s capability and life choices. So in order to prevent people from questioning both your capabil...

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