Vince Gilligan is a writer, director, and the creator of Breaking Bad. He was a writer and producer on X-Files, and co-created its spinoff, The Lone Gunmen. Join Adam Savage for a spoiler-filled conversation with Vince Gilligan, as they discuss the writing in Breaking Bad, the process of running a hit show, and stories from the writers’ room.
This unique series, sponsored by the Kodak Worldwide Student Program, features nine of the world’s finest cinematographers sharing their wealth of experience in a workshop setting, as they guide you through a series of professional lighting problems both in the studio and on location. 3-D computer animations are used to vividly illustrate solutions.
Dean Semler (Road Warrior, City Slickers, Dead Calm) demonstrates the techniques that won him an Academy Award for the cinematography of Dances With Wolves. Dean’s background in documentary films is a major influence on his visuals. This workshop recreates the lighting of an interior fireside scene from Wolves, using an exact replica of the teepee set. The workshop footage was shot anamorphical, using a Panavision camera and a crane.
Peter K. Rosenthal gets right down to it in this awesome review of ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
An awesome fake trailer that sees Danny Trejo’s vigilante character in space:
While on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit lookalike and his dastardly sidekick.
You don’t have to be JJ Abrams to appreciate a well placed lens flare – here are 5 tips for shooting that lens artifact – the Flare.
1. Check focus and depth of field without extraneous flare-causing light entering the lens. The washed out effect of lens flares can make it difficult to focus and judge depth, so adjust the focus and DOF before you remove the lens hood or mattebox. (With the lens shielded, zoom in and check focus, then zoom back to the desired focal length and determine if the depth of field is appropriate.)
Depth of field is a function of both focal length and iris, which means that setting it in shots with lens flare can be tricky. Once the iris is set for the desired depth of field, don’t change it; adjust the exposure by adding or subtracting light via ND filters or modifying the camera’s ISO.
2. To ensure a beautiful glow, keep your subjects in the foreground and the sun or other flare-causing light source behind them. When arranged just so, the light will seem to envelop the subject before it hits the lens.
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Complete behind the scenes feature for Luc Besson’s 1994 film, entitled “The Best Man For The Job”.
It’s the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!!! Whovians everywhere are excited to see what the newest Doctor will bring to the character, and that got us thinking: what makes the Doctor, THE Doctor? 11 different doctors have played the role over the past 50 years, and each was unique, with different personalities and characteristics. But besides the physical symbols surrounding him – the Tardis, the sonic screwdriver- are there larger cues that indicate the man is in fact THE DOCTOR?
Photography and film aren’t that far apart – we share common visual language and techniques – here are 5 tips from Noam Galai for finding inspiration in your work.
Being a photographer that shoots on location everyday, and then come home and sit in front of the computer for many hours everyday responding to emails, uploading photos, captioning images, updatingsocial media, editing, watching videos, reading articles and on top of that talk on the phone with potential clients, it’s very easy to forget many of the tasks needed to be done.
Sometimes I feel like the only place I can really think is in the bath. The only place no one is going to occupy my mind with random emails, or facebook notifications. No one will be able to call, and no one will ask me anything. It’s the only place I can just think. The bath for me is the place I usually remember so many things I needed to do and forgot. I suddenly remember I had to send an invoice to someone, or reply to a new potential client i totally forgot about.
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Here’s a quick visual representation of the make-up and effects that went into making the Arc Reactor for Ironman and Avengers movies.