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Bruce Lee, Before and After the Dragon

In just a three year span, Bruce Lee starred in a handful of films that catapulted the martial arts genre into a global phenomenon. His sudden death, 40 years ago, left an enormous vacuum, with audiences around the world desperately craving more of the first Chinese superstar it had ever known. Answering the demand came Read MoreRead More

Hollywood’s History of Faking It | The Evolution of Modern Greenscreen Compositing

Go inside the history of the travelling mattes (now called chromakey) and learn the history of visual trickery used by filmmakers from the earliest filmmakers through to the modern day. This is part of Filmmaker IQ Course: History and Techniques of Modern Chromakey Now that you know about the history of Chromakey – try your Read MoreRead More

A Guide to Every Aspect Ratio in History

Inspired by our lesson on the History of Aspect Ratio – Vashi Nedomansky created this awesome guide covering all the aspect ratios used through out history including landmark films in the film format. The boundaries of the canvas that filmmakers use can take many forms. The Aspect Ratio of the frame size varies from The Read MoreRead More

The Filmmaker IQ Greenscreen Contest

Here’s your chance to show off your chroma keying muscle… Filmmaker IQ is holding a Greenscreen contest. We shot this footage for our Chromakey course and we’re giving you the opportunity to recut it. Rules The rules are simple – we’re giving you seven greenscreen shots recorded for our course “History and Techniques of Modern Read MoreRead More

Screenwriter Doug Richardson on Why He Can’t Accept Unsolicited Scripts

Doug Richardson writes about the experience he had when he broke the “No Unsolicited Scripts” rule and why he can’t read your lousy script. I have a policy. It pretty much goes as follows: Thank you for asking but I can’t read your script. Such is the nature of having a public profile and the Read MoreRead More

The Making of a Corporate Documentary

Philip Bloom explains the process of making a corporate documentary by taking you behind the scenes of his shoot for Facebook. It’s rare that I can blog about my commercial work. Normally NDA, privacy, and a million other reasons mean that the work I normally talk about is my personal work. Although that’s not always Read MoreRead More

How Antonioni and Bergman utilized Aspect Ratios

After watching our lesson “The Changing Shape of Cinema” on aspect ratio, Tyler Lavoie visits Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura and Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light to see how both directors use aspect ratio as a visual queue in how the characters onscreen relate to one and another. Pacific Rim probably wouldn’t fare well in “Academy 1.37″, and Citizen Kane: IMAX Edition  might have been Read MoreRead More

Can Personality Trump Talent When Selecting Crew?

Your crew is who you’ll spend countless hours with – Vincent Laforet takes a look at the tactics for selecting the people you want to work with. The first lesson I learned in life with regards to this took place when I was 16 years old.  I was working at the Gamma Liason photo agency Read MoreRead More

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