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Color Grading Underwater Red EPIC Footage in After Effects

Dave with Realm Pictures talks us through the basics of color grading and why it is so important, especially with underwater footage. He then goes into a quick tutorial demonstrating some of the principles of coloring using After Effects.

Godwin’s Law, Galactica and Toilets in Space (The Wrap)

Filmmaker IQ’s John Hess examines the reaction to the critical RED Scarlet podcast and ties it into the the best Sci-Fi Show ever made -the 2003 Battlestar Galactica series.

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Jonathan Frakes shows you where the bathroom is on Enterprise:

Great Blog on the difference between Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek

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7. David Lynch’s New Blues Album: Crazy Clown Time

Perhaps in one of those unaccountable moments of life spent gazing at a slightly off-kilter ceiling fan, you may have wondered to yourself: “When is David Lynch, the master auteur of films such as Mullholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and Lost Highway going to release a album of experimental blues music?”

6. Why You Need a Mattebox

In this video Cinevate answers a reoccurring question from some DSLR video newcomers – Why would I need a mattebox?

5. The Hellish Production of 6 Great Movies

Movie making can be hard grinding work. In these six cases, it’s nightmarish work. From Kubrick to Cameron, here are behind the scenes stories from six well treasured movies:

4. The Truth about 2k and 4k and the future of Pixels

With the release of Canon’s C300, there’s a lot of talk about the fact that it lacks 4k capabilities. But these numbers may more complicated than they appear on first glance.

3. Philip Bloom tackles the “Which is the Best Camera” question

In this two part talk, Filmmaker and DSLR celebrity Philip Bloom discusses which camera is the best to use in certain situations and illustrates his thoughts with experiences shooting on the RED Epic X and a $500 Sony Alpha NEX-5N and everything in between.

2. From Lighting 8 City Blocks to DIY Clamp Lights

Master Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC talks about how the current crop of digital cameras have allowed DPs to build a basic lighting kit using commonly available household lighting fixtures. He demonstrates this first by illustrating how he lit 8 blocks in Puerto Rico and then discussing the fixtures of his traveling lighting kit:

1.How Movie Money Works

In Script Notes, John August and Craig Mason talk about how the money flows in a Hollywood Studio and how a theoretical movie studio can make money even if the last 20 pictures it releases looses money.

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Why You Need a Mattebox

In this video Cinevate answers a reoccurring question from some DSLR video newcomers – Why would I need a mattebox?

Click here to read the full blog post (with side-by-side stills) and more detailed breakdown.

CORRECTION* – At 1:41 in the video Luke puts in an ND 9 and says it gives him more depth of field, when he actually meant ‘shallower depth of field’

It all boils down to control – control over your image by manipulating the light coming into the lens. Now, we’re certainly not the first to write on the subject but what we’ve collected here is a sample platter of video and stills to show images with and without control methods the Mattebox provides. Naturally, we’re using our Titan Swing Away Mattebox and our DSLR Core Package in the video. And, free hugs to anyone who catches our attempt to reference (parody?) a recent car film…

I didn’t talk specifically to the filters, so to clarify, we used the following in the video; Tiffen Ultra Linear 4×4 Polarizer, Tiffen Clear/ND.6 Soft Edge 4×4 Gradient, and Tiffen ND.9 Neutral Density 4×4.

How Movie Money Works

In Script Notes, John August and Craig Mason talk about how the money flows in a Hollywood Studio and how a theoretical movie studio can make money even if the last 20 pictures it releases looses money.

Here’s a cheat sheet they created to follow along with the terms:

Philip Bloom tackles the “Which is the Best Camera” question

In this two part talk, Filmmaker and DSLR celebrity Philip Bloom discusses which camera is the best to use in certain situations and illustrates his thoughts with experiences shooting on the RED Epic X and a $500 Sony Alpha NEX-5N and everything in between.

Spoiler Alert: The best camera is often the one you have access to.

Click on the image below to go to the video

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