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Introducing the Cinevate Trawly

By adding wheels to Cinevate’s universal Simplis base plate, they add an entirely new dimension in functionality. With Trawly, it’s easy to adjust the legs and wheels to pull off straight dolly shots, crab moves, arched turns and use it as a handheld rig.

The rig is available for purchase on Cinevate’s site.

5 Leadership Lessons from James T. Kirk

What can we learn from the swaggering captain of the Enterprise? Well a lot about how to lead and effective team…

1. Never Stop Learning

“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown– only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”

Captain Kirk may have a reputation as a suave ladies man, but don’t let that exterior cool fool you. Kirk’s reputation at the Academy was that of a “walking stack of books,” in the words of his former first officer, Gary Mitchell. And a passion for learning helped him through several missions. Perhaps the best demonstration of this is in the episode “Arena,” where Kirk is forced to fight a Gorn Captain in single combat by advanced beings. Using his own knowledge and materials at hand, Kirk is able to build a rudimentary shotgun, which he uses to defeat the Gorn.

If you think about it, there’s no need for a 23rd Century Starship Captain to know how to mix and prepare gunpowder if the occasion called for it. After all, Starfleet officers fight with phasers and photon torpedoes. To them, gunpowder is obsolete. But the same drive for knowledge that drove Kirk to the stars also caused him to learn that bit of information, and it paid off several years later.

In the same way, no matter what your organization does, it helps to never stop learning. The more knowledge you have, the more creative you can be. The more you’re able to do, the more solutions you have for problems at your disposal. Sure, you might never have to face down a reptilian alien on a desert planet, but you never know what the future holds. Knowledge is your best key to overcoming whatever obstacles are in your way.

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Tips for Making Comedy Sketch Videos for the Internet

Ryan E. Hoffman shares some ideas on how to write for online comedy and how to find the right collaborators.

Has a friend ever sent you a comedy clip on the web, and you thought something like, “I want to do stuff just like that!” or “That’s not that great. I could do better.” or EVEN “How do I do something like that?” The truth is simple: just get out and do it. Bust a move! My goal with this post is to give you a few tips, in layman’s terms, on how to create dynamic comedy web content and skip over a few of the mistakes that my fellow comedian Nick Ruggia and I made. That way, you can do it better and shoot your own hilarious web series or sketch.

The first step is finding some people you riff well with. I had made a couple of attempts to make some online content with fellow stand up comedians, which fell through, but when I met Nick, a hippy mountain man, with curly hair, a full beard, and a Holden Caulfield hunter’s cap, it was clear that we had something going on. We swapped scripts for short films, traded ideas, and riffed on possible joke lines to insert into each other’s work. It became clear within ten minutes that we were digging each other’s stuff, and decided to shoot our first web video, “Aquarequiem for a Dream.”
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Be a Better Camera Op: Part 3 – EQUIPMENT

Chris Weaver concludes his three part series (part 1, part 2) on how to become a better camera operator by looking at the equipment you’ll need and how to treat it right.

As there are so many different cameras out there I’m not going to discuss the ‘right’ camera to choose or use, as this largely depends on the type of work you do and anyway, as I’m sure you’ve already discovered there’s so much stuff online now about all the various cameras that are available, their pros and cons, special features and …well the internet groans under the strain of it all!

In fact every time I Google ‘DSLR‘ I’m sure I can hear my laptop give out a little whimper. Bless it!

A bad workman always blames his tools. It’s not the camera, but the person behind it.

One thing I will say though is that having the latest, all singing all dancing camera with the brand new bells and whistles doesn’t make you a better camera operator. Similarly just because you have Microsoft Word on your computer doesn’t make you a better writer than William Shakespeare. I think you’ll all agree that even though good old Will had nothing but an unpretentious sharpened goose feather to work with… he kind of managed ok!!!

Seriously though, I think so many people out there get sold down the river with the idea that by shelling out their hard earned cash on the latest digital camera craze it will somehow suddenly and miraculously propel them to the dizzy heights of a well seasoned cinematographer, who’s rubbing shoulders with the likes of JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg! – Forgive my flippancy here – most unlike me I know … but guys, you know deep down inside it just isn’t the case.

Sorry gear hires companies and sellers of the latest digital devices, but somebody has to tell it how it is…

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Why I’m Not Excited about the Canon 5d MkIII (the Wrap)

Last week Canon released the specs on the much speculated about follow-up to Canon 5d Mk II. But I’m finding it hard to get really that excited about this new camera…

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7. When TV Gets Too Good, You become a Bum

Fred Armisten and Carrie Brownstein document the tragic descent into sloth that occurs when TV shows like Battlestar Galactica get too good.

6. How to Avoid Dealing With the Police When Shooting in Public

With phrases like “If you see something, say something” the government has made our fellow citizens suspicious of photographers in the public space. I’m not sure if it is making us safer, but one thing is for sure, getting interrupted by the long arm of the law can really harm your shoot. To help you avoid these unwanted encounters the folks over at Strobist have offered up some tips when shooting in public.

5. Canon 5D MkIII Official Specs Hit the Interwebs

Its just a matter of time before you can get your hands on the next generation Canon 5D HDSLR camera. What’s new? Perhaps just about everything as Canon has implemented the new Digic5+ sensor which is capable of shooting to a dizzying 26,500 ISO. Specs aside, how does it shoot? We’ll have to wait and see.

4. How to Get it Done in the First Ten Pages

The Script Lab takes a look at Five Iconic Movies (Edward Scissorhands, Cool Hand Luke, The Big Lebowski, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and 500 Days of Summer) and how they cover the five essential elements in the first 10 pages for an attention grabbing script.

3. Commercial and Celebrity Photography: An Interview with Blair Bunting

Adorama Photography TV presents “How’d They Do That?” featuring commercial photographer, Blair Bunting. In this episode of “How’d They Do That” Mark talks to Blair about his technique and his unique approach to photography.

2. Welcome to the New Celtx!

The new Celtx ecosystem is designed to let you create and write anywhere. This short walkthrough gives a high-level overview of some of the benefits for creators upon creating a free account at celtx.com.

1. 102 Things I Have Learned About Street Photography

Photographer Eric Kim made this recent list of things he has learned while shooting street photography over the past 5 years.

1. A photograph is like a sentence. Aim to write a book.
2. Always smile and say “thank you” when shooting on the streets
3. Shoot with your heart, not with your eyes
4. Shooting with friends will make you feel much more comfortable on the streets
5. The most versatile focal length is 35mm
6. Don’t rely on autofocus – use zone focusing
7. Have a drink to loosen yourself up before shooting on the streets
8. Have at least 3 backups of all your photographs (hard drives all eventually fail)
9. If you shoot film, keep your images organized
10. The best critique is never online—always in-person

WTF Post of the Week

Create Fisheye Cameras in After Effects

After Effects’ 3d camera doesn’t do a very good job of simulating the distortion when using extremely wide lenses like a Fish-Eye Lens. Dan Stevers demonstrates how to overcome this with a “name your own price” plugin from AE Scripts.

Download the Plugin here

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