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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24Apr

Tips on Shooting Video Interviews by Video Producer

Video Interview Basics Now if you’ve gone to community college or university, you’ve probably taken broadcasting courses and know the basics of on-camera interviewing. I’m not going to go into great detail of how to conduct an interview so here are some basic reminders. Most of ...

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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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17Oct

6 Cheap Add-Ons For Your Video Gear

Every filmmaker is different no matter how much experience they have or don't have. However, every filmmaker could always use some help being better prepared and making their shots more effective. Here are 6 cheap add-ons to your production gear before your next shoot:  1. Have a Mini Camera Trip...

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23Aug

5 Awesome DIY Camera Rigs

Let’s Recap A month ago I asked everyone on Facebook and LinkedIn to share with me images of their own DIY Camera rigs and the submissions so far has left me deeply impressed. All around the world their are filmmakers and production teams with the wits to find  ways around  shooting obstacl...

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21Jun

Why DIY Camera Rigs Impress Us

This isn’t low budget filmmaking, this is tactical filmmaking I always appreciate the sight of someone’s creativity. I found this image of a DIY camera rig online the other day and uploaded it to our company Facebook page because I thought it would give everyone a good laugh. However,...

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1Apr

Using The Split Focus Diopter Effect

Using The Split Focus Diopter Effect Have you ever wanted to have two subjects focused in camera but at two different depths of field? Well it’s actually an old trick called the Split Focus Diopter Effect. Here’s a video shot by Shanks FX who explains how to use this effect to enhance...

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What Camera and Audio to use for a Documentary

By Aaron / June 27, 2014 / Filmmaking / No Comments

The more and more films I make the more and more I realize that gear you have is the most and least important thing you have as a filmmaker. It is a terrible dichotomy that we always here in things like, “well he shoots on a RED so, he must know what he is doing” […]

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How to Setup Your Cameras for Interviews

By Aaron / June 16, 2014 / Filmmaking / No Comments

I’ll admit it that this title makes this sound like a really simple and easy thing to do but there is more to it than just set up the camera with the person you are interviewing lined up on the third and looking off camera. I could have called it “the one thing you do wrong […]

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How to Light Outside only Using a Reflector

By Aaron / May 19, 2014 / Lighting / No Comments

Lighting outside can be one of the trickiest scenarios for lighting any film. I had a personal experience learning how hard that was while producing a short film “Yarrow’s Boy” last summer. Because it was a fantasy film we were always filming in the middle of no where. One of th...

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