Alfred Hitchcock is the master of audience manipulation. We combed the internets and gather every TV and written interview the famed director of such classics as Psycho, The Birds, North by Northwest, and Rear Window.
Welcome friends the new Filmmaker IQ – Our latest version isn’t just a cosmetic redesign, we’re setting out to redefine how film and filmmaking is discussed online.
It has taken a long time to get here. Not long in terms of all of human history or a glacier’s path through the side of a mountain – but long when compared to the useful life of a tweet. A long time… but, more importantly, it’s been a long time really to figure out who we are.
It started off as a collection of filmmakers that met on MySpace. Yes… that crap site. We saw what could be done with the internet and social communities and what wasn’t being done there. In fact we were banned from there… long story… So we formed our own site.
And for a while we treated IQ like every other filmmaking site treated filmmaking. Let’s talk about cameras and software… but after quite literally thousands of articles on every subject of the filmmaking process – it was becoming clear that something was seriously missing in the online filmmaking discussion.
We tried our hand at Facebook. At first we were just posting images that inspired us… cool little odds and ends that collected in the crevices of our browsers that didn’t quite fit the traditional mold of a “filmmaking” site. The Facebook page became hugely popular despite the common question “What does this have to do with filmmaking?” – The fact is these little posts have everything to do with filmmaking.
Unfortunately it was becoming clear to us that Facebook was heading down the path of MySpace. Corporate scandals broke and we couldn’t bear to tie ourselves to that site so we stopped being active on the page… but not before learning some key lessons.
While pictures were popular in terms of numbers – they had a dramatic impact on my own personal approach filmmaking. If you do this long enough you come to a point where you realize that anything really is possible. Once you get past the technique you’re stuck with the burning question, “what do I shoot now?” This is point where you realize that it has never been your technical skills that have been holding you back – it’s always been your lack of imagination.
This was the BIGGEST missing thing from the online filmmaking world. While other sites continued to report on the latest gear and fanboys berated each other over camera specs, no one was talking about the real reasons we even bother to take the lens cap off the camera.
“How” something was shot is an essential part – but “why” something is shot, “why” it works – those are the questions that are much more interesting and much more important to crafting of good films. Sometimes the “why” can be intuitive but bringing it to front and discussing it was something we had to do.
We won’t stop talking about cameras and the tools of making film for they will always be needed in service of story. And yes, we love playing with cameras. But Story is King and everything else is subject to it. You cannot make good film unless you pay tribute to Story first, last and every step in between.
We have to talk about story. It’s not easy and there’s no camera manufacturer pushing for better written stories. But we must do it.
We also learned about Community Standards from our time on Facebook. You can either have an organized discussion that encourages civil debate and understanding or you can have a free-for-all dominated by trolls who rule by fear. Filmmakers, as all creative artists, have enough anxiety over snarky criticism already. We will not stand for it.
We have only one rule. NO ASSHOLES.
There will be Bugs
A site can not be fully tested until it goes live. There will be a few bugs. Some we know about, others we may not. We will continue debugging over the next few day. If you find a bug please report it here:
Just say NO to Internet Explorer!
No version of IE is a “modern browser.” What that means is it is incapable of displaying several site features and just won’t look near as good as other browsers. We no longer support IE7. We have limited support for IE8. IE 9 the latest version will work, but not very well. This is not a question of taste. All other browsers will work and look just fine. There are also very serious security issues with IE and should not be used by anyone. You can download alternative browsers for free here:
Just the Beginning
The site redesign is a platform not only for great content today, but for even more features tomorrow. Over the next days, weeks and months we have many more features and enhancements coming your way. User Profiles, Groups, Forums and more will see new upgrades coming soon. We also want to hear your ideas about how to improve IQ. Please leave your comments below.
So whatever camera you own. Whatever camera you’re saving up for. Whatever crew you can assemble. We’re here to expand your imagination and raise your Filmmaker IQ!
Welcome friends, to the new FilmmakerIQ.com
On most film musicals, the musical portions are recorded in a studio prior to production and played back on set. The upcoming film of “Les Miserables” has actors performing their songs live with the music dubbed in afterwards.
This isn’t the first time this has been attempted since the “golden days” of 30s and 40s musicals. Peter Bagdonovich attempted it in 1975 with At Long Last Love. The problem with capturing live performances rather than miming pre-recorded tracks is you’re trading spontaneity and reality for a polished musical performance:
Cybill Shepherd does a passable job in her musical soliloquy but it’s not the pitch perfect musical performance you would expect if you bought the “Original Broadway Cast Recording”. In a studio recording, the actor can focus solely on crafting a perfect vocal performance without worrying about blocking and movement – both which can affect the vocal tone. Even the sound of the set creeps into the video above as you can hear the slightly wooden echo during the opening wide shot.
But technology has advanced… gathered from the “Les Miserable” featurette, the actors were recorded cleanly on set (no musical accompaniment – only a rehearsal piano in the ear piece). This allows significant post processing including sweetening and the much-maligned auto-tuning (not the stylistically overused kind, but the minor correction of a few percent here and there) so that the finished product can have the pitch perfect musical performances that Les Miz fans come to expect.
After all, most people in the audience will be mouthing the words along to the film.
Les Miserables opens December 25, 2012
Olivia Speranza looks at the specs of the new “affordable” Rokinon Cine style lenses that come with geared focus ring, longer focus throws, smooth iris operation and T-Stop markings.
Lenses get dusty and dirty – here’s how to clean them for spec free photography.
Cleaning your photographic equipment is essential, especially when it comes to lenses. In this photography tutorial we’ll show you in just four simple steps how to clean a camera lens so you can enjoy blemish-free photos.
A lens is the one piece of gear that can cost you more than your camera, so it’s worth keeping it well-maintained so that it continues to create fine images for a lifetime. Learning how to clean a camera lens properly will ensure that you get the best optical quality, and help to avoid spots and smears on your images.
You’ll need a blower brush, a microfibre cloth and some lens-cleaning fluid, all of which you can buy from camera shops. While the exposed glass elements are the most important parts of the lens when it comes to optical quality,?it’s also worth giving the casing a good clean.
Some lenses are weather-sealed, but avoid using your cloth dampened with water. If there’s dirt that’s hard to remove, be careful if you’re using liquid-based cleaners, as the electronics inside your lens are extremely sensitive.
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Don’t worry – you won’t have to do any math… In this tutorial James Whiffen explains what premultiplication is, when you need to premultiply and unpremultiply, and how we can use this knowledge to solve matte processing issues.
Pilar Alessandra breaks down some basic techniques for short pitch situations and longer pitch sessions.
Don’t get caught out in the rain – here’s how to craft an Umbrella holder for your tripod for those times you have to (or want to) shoot out in adverse weather conditions.
Shooting landscapes is rewarding at any time of the year and it’s no secret that the best images are often shot in adverse weather conditions. They help to add drama to a scene as the clouds, light and powerful skies work together to create maximum impact. However, getting yourself and your gear wet during a freak downpour isn’t so appealing. Holding an umbrella is a pain and a waterproof camera cover isn’t going to stop your lens getting wet. The solution? A hands-free brolly holder. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we show you how to stay dry in the rain with a simple umbrella holder to mount on your tripod. Here’s how to do it…
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We’re putting the finishing touches on our new site design but one of the bugs we’re having is… Internet Explorer compatibility. Now even the Germans are on our side against the browser that makes sites do weird things and can even potentially make you vulnerable to hacker attacks.
(Reuters) – The German government urged the public on Tuesday to temporarily stop using Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer following discovery of a yet-to-be repaired bug in the Web browser that the software maker said makes PCs vulnerable hacker attacks.
Microsoft said on Monday that attackers can exploit the bug in its Internet Explorer, used on hundreds of millions of computers, to infect the PC of somebody who visits a malicious website and then take control of the victim’s computer.
The German government’s Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, said it was aware of targeted attacks and that all that was needed was to lure Web surfers to a website where hackers had planted malicious software that exploited the bug.
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