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Week of October 23-29, 2011

7. The 4 Basic Elements of Visual Grammar
In this video from Birth of the Image, the four basic elements of visual language are discussed from: Shot Type, Height Relationship, On Screen direction, and Camera movement.

6. The Science and Future of 3D Films, With Legend3D Founder Dr. Barry Sandrew
In this three part article for Forbes Magazine, Mark Hughes explores the details and challenges of 3d films with Dr. Barry Sandrew whose company helped add dimension (at least in a spatial sense) to Alice in Wonderland, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Green Lantern, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Conan the Barbarian, Priest, and The Smurfs.

5. Trust the Ensemble – Lessons in Directing
Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust in musical leadership — then shows how it works, as he conducts the Scottish Ensemble onstage. Yes he’s talking about musical directing, but the leadership lesson here is applicable to all sorts of artistic directing.

4. The Importance of White Balancing
In this quick tech tip Framelines TV covers why you white balance and explores some creative use of the technique.

3. DIY Daft Punk Helmet
Just in time for Halloween… well not quite. Volpin Productions, a freelance prop and replica master in Atlanta GA, shows the process of making a Daft Punk Helmet complete with programmable lighting visor over a course of 3 months in this build video

2. DIY $5 Fog Machine
Need to shroud your production with a bit of smoke effects. You could just set fire to everything… or just employ a couple simple grocery ingredients. Here’s a quick and simple way to make “fog” without having to fill out those pesky police reports afterwards.

1. Grip 101 – notes for new grippers
Reddit user Darth Nader posted this letter in Reddit’s Filmmaking forum which covers great basic tips for how to work a film set.

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