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Happy 7th Birthday Filmmaker IQ!!!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been another year. Today marks the beginning of our seventh year at Filmmaker IQ!

In the last posting we shared a little bit of our vision moving forward with a brand new free film school. We wanted to be ready for our anniversary but forces outside of our control have slowed the progress and instead of rushing it out, we’re going to try to get as many bugs out of it before releasing it as we can but remember we’re still human.

In the mean time, let us take a moment to again thank you for your patronage. It really means a lot to us that you are watching and reading our filmmaking content. We haven’t gone anywhere, we’re just trying to put together the best filmmaking learning and sharing experience on the web and that takes a lot of time to get right. But it’ll be ready before you know it:


In the mean time, please check out our social networks: FacebookTwitter & Google Plus to see all the content we collect before we consolidate it into the new site.

Regardless of where you’re reading this from – have a HAPPY and SAFE Fourth of July!!!

And here’s to another great year at!

Dennis Hartwig and John P. Hess

Sorry folks Filmmaker IQ won’t be posting on our website until July 4th, the moose out front should have told ya.

On July 4th 2008 Filmmaker IQ went live. This year on our 7th anniversary everything on Filmmaker IQ will change. We have been hard at work behind the scenes on a brand new site and a brand new approach toward learning filmmaking. As we clear off the dust and eradicate the final bugs we won’t be posting here on while we get everything set up. HOWEVER, we will be still posting all the fresh daily content you normally find here on our social networks: Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus so make sure you follow us there.


Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store.

We are completely replacing our old courses with brand new interactive ones, powered by a massive new learning management system. These courses will continue to be FREE to everyone. They will contain our video lectures, multimedia lesson units and exams to test your comprehension of the materials covered. In addition to Courses we will also have Labs: These are projects ranging from testing out filmmaking techniques to actual short film assingments designed to put filmmaking rubber to the road so to speak.

Got a burning question? We are adding a new Question and Answer section you can ask questions on every subject of film and filmmaking (similar to Yahoo! Answers). You can vote on the best answers and even select your favorite answer.


Every course you pass, lab you submit, questions you ask or answer (as well as tons of other site activity) will earn you points on the site.  As you earn points you will move up in rank (Coming Attraction, New Release, Double Feature, Breakout Hit, Rising Star, Prolific, Tour de force, A List, Super Star, Mogal, Icon, Auteur, Legend). You will also earn badges and certificates for completing courses and labs. We will have persistent leaderboards so you can see how you compare to your fellow filmmakers around the world.

One more thing… We are creating a live show in partnership with YouTube where you get to interact with us in real time. Along with answering your questions, we will have industry guests, video segments and much more.

We have to get back to work now but we’ll see you on July 4th!

How Do We Measure an Audience? A New Filmmaker IQ LESSON!!

Jurassic World just set a record at the box office for opening weekend – but what do these box office numbers mean?

How do we measure an audience? – It’s not always as simple as counting tickets. In this lesson we look at the techniques and methods studios and distributors use to calculate who has seen their products and try to make sense of all those Box Office Numbers and Ratings.

This lesson is proudly sponsored by RØDE Microphones:


How do we measure an audience

RØDE VideoMic Pro Gets Upgrade With Rycote Onboard

Exciting news from our sponsors: RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.


Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.


Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.

Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.

Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.

“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”

The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now. For more information please visit

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