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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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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14Jul

How To Make Your Own Sound Room

Gross, Disgusting, Gloopy, Awesome Sound Effects The new sound pack has finally arrived and I got to tell you we had a blast doing the sound recording. What we did was we wanted to record organic noises from food you can find at your local grocery store and smash them up in our office kitchen nea...

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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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Create a customizable Flash or Burn transition.

By Mikey Borup / May 23, 2014 / Cinema Spice News / No Comments

Building your own transitions in After Effects is super fun, and super easy.  Using the slider control make it simple to control as well.  In this after effects tutorial, i’ll teach you how to create a grungy, flashy, burny type transition.  Fire up after effects, click play ...

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