Acting, whether it’s for a big budget movie or your friends weekend project can be a daunting task, mostly though it’s fun. Here’s a quick intro to some acting basics by the Vimeo Video School.
Assembly of the Lego set 10179 from Star Wars Ultimate collector series in stop motion in 3d. Created using 3ds max and V-ray. It took Francisco Prieto over 3 years, modelling all the pieces by himself. and rendered frame by frame.
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.
This will piss some of you off. I don’t care. Here’s what I do. And bear in mind, I live in a suburban area where we do not have a permitting process and where police are not used to dealing with location photography that might involve stands, lights, etc.
Generally, the police aren’t gonna just happen upon you. What happens is somebody calls you in. They call 911 (seriously — they did that for the tree terrorist) and the call is routed to the duty officer at the appropriate precinct. But by the time I am shooting, I have already been in contact with that person.
Before I shoot (a couple hours, usually) I call into the duty officer of the local precinct. I tell them my name, that I am a photographer, and where/when I will be shooting. I explain that, just in case some overenthusiastic passerby calls me in as a suspicious person, I just want to save them a call. I offer them my cell number, and ask if they want my sosh or driver’s license number. I have never been taken up on this, but I would happily give it.
Why? Because al Qaida never does this.
Joking aside, this positions me as the rational person in the equation should some idiot phone me in. And if they do call me in, there almost certainly will not be a visit to the scene. (“We already know about him, sir.”)
I also get the duty officer’s name, in the tiny chance a cop just happens upon me and decides to stop. That way I can say that I checked in with [Officer Whoever] on the desk, hoping to keep them from wasting a call. That’s never happened, but I have a known name to drop just in case.
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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
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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.
Jimmy Kimmel enlisted George Clooney, Taylor Lautner, Meryl Streep and other high-profile actors for his Oscar parody “Movie: The Movie.”
John Hess ponders the Feature Film format as a story telling vehicle and how technology may be unseating it as the king of filmmaking medium.
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Movie attendance has been declining, with 2011’s box office the lowest in 15 years. But the trend may be changing. Could the movie theater as we’ve known it survive? Tracy Smith of CBS News considers the prospects.
In a world of hyped-up movie advertising comes one video that dares to tell the truth about the history of coming attractions. David Morgan of CBS News reports.
In case you missed the original broadcast, College Humor recapped the 2011 Student Film Awards. There’s still some major controversy over the “Hands Deepest in a Hoodie” category…
Over Kickstarter’s first two years, Film & Video has been the dominant category, accounting for $50 million of the over $140 million pledged. This year, 31 Kickstarter-funded projects will screen as official selections at SXSW 2012.
“Show it, don’t say it” is a good mantra to follow. But sometimes, for economic or timing sake, you have to get the audience up to speed and the only way to do that is to just have a character say it. That’s called exposition and it can be bad filmmaking if its overused. Here are five techniques to deliver exposition while making it not look like exposition.
Need some inspiration? South by Southwest Film and Music Festival released a list of the finalists in the Title Sequence Category from Film and Television productions. The final awards will be present on Tuesday, March 13 at 8pm.
WTF Post of the Week
A simple trick to get you some cool monkey footage with only a camera phone… hey it’s Sunday what do you want from us?
“Hollywood Extra Girl” was a 1938 semi-documentary that shows how Extra Girl #1472, Suzanne Emery, reports to Central Casting one day for DeMille’s “The Crusades”. Among footage of the making of the film, she gets her chance for fleeting fame.
The 1927 World War I epic “Wings” was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. But it was almost lost to history, like most other silent movies, until a dramatic restoration brought it back.
Alan Menken’s music for Disney movies has won him eight Academy Awards, more than any one alive. Martha Teichner of CBS News discusses the composer’s work for movies and theater, including an excerpt of the upcoming Broadway musical “Leap of Faith.”
When The Camera Store’s viral ad “The Battle at F-Stop Ridge” racked up over two million views you knew there would be a sequel. Here it is with the original, long with the making of video to tell you the tale of their viral video sensation.