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FotoKem Restores The 1965 Classic, The Sound of Music

Tim Wilson checks out how the 50 year classic The Sound of Music underwent restoration. It’s easy to forget that The Sound of Music was at one time the highest-grossing picture of all time. Adjusted for inflation, its US box office is still #3 all-time, behind only Gone with the Wind and Star Wars. Worldwide, #6 all-time. It’s easy to forget Read MoreRead More

What Can We Learn from the First and Final Frame of a Movie?

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some Read MoreRead More

Thoughts on Lighting & Shooting Interviews from a 40 Year Industry Veteran

The talking head interview is a staple of documentary and news production – Billy Campbell shares some insight and tips on how to craft better interview footage. Our good friend Billy Campbell, a working documentary filmmaker and creator of the Scorpion Light, is working on a series of lighting tutorials based on feedback from readers of this site. Read MoreRead More

‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman: Hold On To Your Rights!

Beyond details about his new series “Outcast” and the upcoming “Walking Dead” companion series (which is NOT a prequel, turns out), Robert Kirkman’s time on stage at SXSW revealed how one man’s love of comics, and savvy business practices, built a media empire. One thing Robert Kirkman wanted SXSW attendees to know right up front: Read MoreRead More

Adam Savage’s Custom Quadcopter Gear

Since getting his DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter, Adam has been flying it regularly to learn its abilities as a videography platform. And as he becomes familiar with its operating procedures, Adam can’t help but built custom accessories and gear to optimize his flight setup. From flight log notebooks to battery charging racks, check out some Read MoreRead More

The Origins of Auteur Theory | A Filmmaker IQ Lesson!!!

Auteur – it’s a favorite term of cinephiles around the world. But what exactly is Auteur Theory? In this Filmmaker IQ course we peel back pages of time and explore the origins of Auteur Theory from the economically tumultuous adolescence of French Cinema to the culture war waged in the columns of competing American movie Read MoreRead More

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