First Look at the Phantom Miro M320S High Speed Camera

The Phantom Miro M320S is the latest compact high speed camera capable of shooting up to 1500 frames per second at 1920×1080 and has the form factor of a standard large consumer camera. Jamie Alec from AbelCine gives a quick tour of the new camera.

Unfortunately there’s no footage from this camera yet… hopefully that will change soon.

Puppeteering Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 1992

The third installment of the 90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise saw All Effects Company taking over special effects duties from Jim Henson’s Creature shop. In this rare behind the scenes footage, a puppeteer demonstrates the complex hand controls for operating the facial expressions.

Smart money would bet that you won’t see anything like this on Michael Bay’s upcoming adaptation.

Vampire Mob’s Joe Wilson: “No one can make a Viral Video”

Filmmaker / Web Series Creator Joe Wilson (VAMPIRE MOB) shares his thoughts on the issues facing Web Series creators while encouraging us all to go out and tell our stories.

Vampire Mob is audience-funded. There is no network, no production company and no web site paying for us to make this story, we make it for our audience, “The VMob.”

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Pricing Strategies for Creatives

How much to charge perhaps the hardest part of the freelance business. Jason Blumers offers a few tips for better pricing habits.

1. Price by the service, not by the hour. Though very normal for the creative professions, one of the most non-strategic things you can do is to charge by the hour. Why do you charge by the hour? You may have read about charging by the hour in a book, seen your previous firm do it, or heard a friend say that’s how you were supposed to do it. Charging by the hour is non-strategic on many levels:

a) When you charge by the hour, you and your client begin your relationship with diametrically opposed desires. You want to bill more hours, they want you to bill fewer hours. That is a sucky place to start a relationship.

b) Billing by the hour does not consider outcomes for the client. When clients come to you, they want some kind of result from your work. They want to invest in your abilities to bring clarity to chaos and deliver effective messages. When you deliver a bill based upon your arbitrary internal costs, it may not translate into specific desired outcomes for the client. Always consider the value of the outcome to your client when you set pricing.

c) Billing by the hour does not allow you any creativity in billing. Always try to tie your up-front fee to what the client values. And when you discover their value triggers, then you can get creative to make more money. For example, you can ask a client “what is the greatest outcome you can imagine from my work with your company?” Maybe they’ll say “I want your work to be so effective that we sell 15 to 20 percent more products compared to this same time last year.” Now you can attach your price to their outcomes. So you might say, “My base price is $50,000, but if you sell between 15 and 20 percent more products than this time last year, then I will receive a bonus payment of 5 percent on your additional sales.” This links what you get paid directly to outcomes. And the clients won’t mind paying if you helped them sell more stuff. Everybody’s happy!

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Don’t work for Free

Daedalus Howell tackles the sensitive subject of compensation when it comes certain creative endeavors with a simple motto: Don’t Work for Free.

There’s a problem many of my colleagues have faced of late. With alarming frequency, entrepreneurs, freelancers and others who make their livings proffering talents that have taken lifetimes to develop are asked to work for free.

Such requests, of course, are seldom as forthrightly phrased as “work for free,” camouflaged as they are in chummy badinage peppered with terms like “spec,” “barter” and “trade.” Though all three of these concepts have their rightful place in our recovering economy, the bank tends to frown upon massage gift certificates and cheese plates sent to pay the mortgage.

After witnessing a friend routinely exploited by his own generosity and apparent inability to invoice anyone with whom he’s traded nothing more than smiles, I was inspired to write my own credo as an act of clarification for would-be clients as well as myself.

Having the Money Conversation

As I’ve gleaned from others who work independently, the money conversation is often more difficult than discussing the birds and bees with one’s kid. In fact, I myself have sometimes opted to discuss the birds and bees with prospective clients rather than money since I was getting screwed anyway. This no longer happens to me, which I attribute to the verbiage below. I post a version of this screed on every site I run and it’s worked to great effect. I offer it here to whomever needs it under a creative commons “share and share alike” license, meaning you can retrofit and use it for your personal business needs as necessary so long as you let others do the same with your improvements. Here goes:

I do not work for free.

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On RAID, Second Drafts and Storyboards (the Wrap)

John Hess covers the week that past and talks about rebuilding the editing beast, writing second drafts and making drawings in the Southern California Sun.

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7. SAG and AFTRA merge to become one Über-Union

The vote is in – members of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted overwhelmingly to combine creating the largest Hollywood entertainment union.

6. Auto-ADR in Adobe Audtion CS6

Automatic Dialogue Replacement or Over-dubbing may get a considerably easier as demonstrated here in this sneak preview of Adobe Audition CS6:

5. David Mamet’s Notes to the Writers of “The Unit”

David Mamet’s “The Unit” ran on CBS from 2006 to 2009 and covered the lives of secret military operatives. Prior to airing, Mamet wrote this memo to the writing staff chock full of useful writing tips.

4. How Color Affects Black and White Photography

Sure you could set your camera to black and white, but you could potentially loose a lot of creative control if you don’t shoot in color for Black and White Conversion in post. Mark Wallace demonstrates specific techniques that can be applied in Lightroom or similar editing software to make your black and white images more impactful.

How Colors Influence B&W Photography Ep 232: Digital Photography 1 on 1: Adorama Photography TV from AdoramaTV on Vimeo.

3. Shooting The Crazy Chicken with a C300

Shane Hurlbut blogs about his experience shooting a round of spots for El Pollo Loco using the Canon C300.


2. DIY Dishpan Light

Griffin Hammond crafts a unique DIY lighting solution for $86, using hardware store parts, and eight 100-watt-equivalent compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.

1. Michael Caine on “Acting in Film”

In 1987, as part of a British series on acting, Michael Caine conducted a Workshop where he teaches the art of movie acting to five young actors, who perform scenes from Alfie, Deathtrap and Educating Rita.

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SAG and AFTRA merge to become one Über-Union

The vote is in – members of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) voted overwhelmingly to combine creating the largest Hollywood entertainment union.

After two failed attempts and 80 years of on-and-off efforts, the members of SAG and AFTRA have voted to merge. The new organization, called SAG-AFTRA, was born Friday afternoon.

The crowd at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles broke into song after the announcement, singing, “We have overcome.”

The vote among SAG members was 82 percent in favor – a stunningly high number — and among AFTRA members, it was 86 percent in favor. Sixty percent approval by each union was required. The newly titled SAG-AFTRA national co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon announced the results to loud cheers at 1:35 p.m. PT.

“With this historic vote, members of both unions have affirmed one of the most basic principles of unionism: Together we are stronger,” Howard said. “This merger, the result of months – really years – of planning, brings together the best elements of both unions and positions us well to thrive in the changing 21st-century media landscape.”

The Hollywood Reporter | Read the Full Article

In an resounding show of support, SAG members voted 82% in favor of the merger, while AFTRA members voted 86% in favor. That was well above the 60% threshold needed for the combination to take effect.

SAG represents 125,000 actors, extras and stunt performers in movies and television shows. AFTRA has about 70,000 members who are actors as well as singers, dancers, disc jockeys, sports announcers, comedians and broadcast journalists, among others. About 40,000 people hold membership in both labor groups.

The historic vote comes nearly two years after union leaders began discussions to merge in a bid to gain more leverage in contract negotiations with studios and to end a long history of jurisdictional disputes and feuding over negotiating strategy.

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