From 1969 to 2001, the Twin Towers made countless cameos in Hollywood films. Sometimes featured prominently in the foreground, sometimes lurking in the distance. This montage by Dan Meth celebrates the towers’ all-too-short film career with songs that capture the passing decades.
Welcome to Planet Earth is the story of the extremely unique Jody Pendarvis and his 30 foot UFO he built in his front yard in the small town of Bowman, SC. After a sighting of alien life forms, Jody built the giant UFO as a place to welcome aliens when they return. All though visitors are welcomed to check out this unique and slightly odd landmark, Jody hopes that he will one day see the return of his friends from the sky. This is his story.
Using LEDs and plastic cylinders, the creative brains behind the ambitious underwater indie short “The Underwater Realm” construct a submeragable battery powered light tube.
Part 2 covers mounting and battery solutions:
Every script written by a new screenwriter probably contains at least 5 of these mortal sins. Avoid these bad habits at all costs:
Let the director direct and the actor act. Don’t presume to dictate the smallest gesture. No smiling, sighing, smirking or hand gestures that don’t directly impact plot. The actor, when filming the scene on page 63, is not going to remember you wanted him to point with his right hand before the words: “Land, ho!”
2. Avoid starts to, continues to, begins to.
Get to the verb. Jimmy begins to eat the casino buffet food. VS. Jimmy digs into the $3.99 beef tripe extravaganza…
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In this tutorial, Martin Brennand, the senior product specialist from Imagineer Systems shows how to convert 2D film to stereoscopic 3D. Mocha Pro is used for the roto and clean plating, Freeform Pro is used for the extrusion and a useful script breaks down the masks into luminance depth graded by layer order.
In this tutorial, Principal Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe, Jason Levine will reveal the native import options when working with Adobe Photoshop files (PSD) in Premiere Pro CS5.5. Bring in individual layers, merge your layers together, or create sequences, all the while maintaining transparency, layer styles, animation, even layer sets!
In the wake of 10 years of the war on terror the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism teamed up with ACLU and Princeton research associates international to conduct the “Prime Time Terror” study.
The video below by director Joe Sabia highlights how primetime shows depict the war on terror on TV.
The Lear Center has released a new report, Primetime War on Drugs & Terror, which provides a surprising portrait of the War on Terror and the War on Drugs as seen in TV dramas. This just-completed study says that America’s most popular shows stayed closer to reality than common stereotypes about what terrorists and drug users look like and what drugs Americans are abusing. But these ripped-from-the-headlines crime shows largely left out the basic mechanisms of the justice system: the reading of Miranda rights, and the presence of lawyers at interrogations, trials and punishment.
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Here’s a very inexpensive dolly for small HD Cameras that will add more fun and creativeness. Small enough to still support large Ball/Fluid Heads with Full Size DSLRs, but specifically designed to be the smallest and lightest footprint for new small cameras like the GH2, Sony NEX-5n, Sony NEX-7, EP-3, and more.
What happens when you want to interchange time and space in a video? Watch this video and the making of by lastfuture and find out.
I was sitting in a train traveling through The Netherlands recently when for some odd reason I decided I had to take a video of the landscape passing by. I had no real use for it but decided to try and make something of it. I remembered slit-scan photography, a method where a slit is moved across the picture plane essentially taking a temporal image, where different times of the scene are captured on different parts of the film.
Replicating this from a video meant taking the same column of pixels from each frame of the video and putting them next to each other. Then I decided that a still image was kind of boring really, and I explored what would happen if I took another pixel column and repeated the process. The result was a wonderful kind of movement where the far away objects would move across the width of the image faster than the ones in front. A kind of inverse parallax movement really.
To accomplish all this I saved the video as an image sequence, then I wrote a few scripts, the first of which took each frame and extracted every pixel column writing them into separate files. After ending up with about 8.7 Million one pixel wide images I took the second script to recombine them again, making as many images as the footage was pixels wide and making them as wide as the footage had frames, thus essentially interchanging time and space. After a few days I ended up with 720 images, each 12121 pixels wide and 1280 pixels high which I then loaded back in as an image sequence and performed some retiming magic on.
I’ll retry the same thing soon with something better than an iPhone. This is merely a proof of concept. With a steadier vehicle and a better camera (one with AE lock and higher fps for example) this could produce pretty stunning results that would be free of the squiggly shakes and the flashy exposure adjustments.
These are my first steps in Final Cut Pro and Motion, please excuse any video editing mistakes I might have overlooked. I gave my best.
Thinking about switching to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5? Join Karl Soule as he shares some of the tricks that can make that transition easier as well as a variety of assets which will help you make an informed decision.