Richie Benjamin receives a mysterious gift, and quickly finds himself thrust into a world of sex, violence and real estate as he struggles to build an empire. Will he make it Park Place or rot in a ditch by Baltic Avenue?
Ian Vertovec talks about his work at Light Iron Digital, 3d, and some of his favorite lighting techniques.
…I think that for the last couple of years 3D has been the major trend, and 4k has been kind of straggling… However I think that 4k will be one of the big things that I’m looking forward to this year, especially for the larger screens. Movie theatres keep getting larger and larger in every major city around the world – there are 100ft screens out there nowadays! They’re really gigantic, but not a lot of people have seen 4k on those giant screens and it really does make a difference. So, although 4k has been around for a while at the show, I think that this year it will be much bigger.
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This video’s creator John Note was given an assignment requiring him to show a series of lighting setups for his lighting class. Each shot had specific details on which to follow, which are explained in the video.
1. A three-quarter or waist-high silhouette of 1 or 2 people perfectly exposed for the background
with the foreground ?gure(s) completely dark. There should be enough distance between foreground
and background that the spill of one area does not interfere with the other.
2. Invert the lighting in #1, using exactly the same pose and framing with perfectly exposed
foreground ?gures at 4:1 key/?ll (two stops) and completely dark or just barely visible details in the
3. A waist-high person in soft (diffused) side light, no ?ll light, and a specular edge light from the
opposite side with the background as dark and unlit as possible. An incident reading of the edge light
should be about the same f/stop as the key light if the subject has light features, or one stop brighter
if the subject has dark features. Expose for the diffused key light.
4. Identical pose and framing to #3 but with added light and shadow (using barn doors, or other
shadowing material) shaping and highlighting the background (think of it as painting the background
with light and shadow).
5. A scene with a standing or seated person, a candle (either held by hand or on a table) seemingly
lighting the person but actually enhanced with additional light, and a circular glow simulating the
effect of the candlelight on the background.
6. A person reading in bed by lamplight at midnight (implied by light, shadow, framing, ratio,
composition, and a “practical”).
7. A person sleeping in bed at 3 am with shadows implying moonlight coming through unseen
foliage or blinds onto part of the scene. You may want to gel the moonlight source or the ?ll light
with a blue or other color gel.
8. A person in bed at sunrise (implied by light, shadow, color, and composition).
9. Simulate the pose, surface tones, and light of a speci?c frame from a ?lm of your choosing. If
possible, also turn in a still image of that frame.
10. Shoot an interior still with at least one person in it using whatever light sources already exist in
the location (lamps, overhead lights, windows, etc.), but without showing any of those sources in the
frame. Now, turn off/cover those sources and replicate, as nearly as possible, that scene using only
arti?cial lighting. Also shoot wide shots of both the “natural” lighting sources and the arti?cial
Since it is available in video, instead of using gels, I white balanced off of different color swatches, for a greener look, I white balanced off of a magenta tone, blue look, orange tone, etc…
I also lowered the blacks and raised the mids in Color, to give the video a more filmic look.
Have a couple minutes? Why don’t you check out these 20 films. They are the best 5 Second Videos by 5secondfilms.com (based on Vimeo Likes).
5-Second Films was created by Brian “Boss Man” Firenzi in the Spring of 2005, after being disappointed by so many 5,400-second films. The rules are simple: 2 seconds of beginning titles, 5 seconds of film, 1 second of end titles. If you take umbrage with these 5sfs running at an actual length of 8 seconds, we can only assume you’re no fun at dinner parties.
Check out this simple and effective tutorial to learn how to shoot a tracking shot of a running scene with just your camera and a tripod! This camera trick will give your next film the look of a steadicam or zipline dolly rig.
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In this video from AbelCineTech, the Lowel Prolight 200w, Arri Junior 150w, and Dedolight 150w are compared. Although they have similar wattage, the technology (and price) is dramatically different between these three popular lighting fixtures.
David Denby, film critic for the New Yorker, discusses the nature of the American movie business and the role of the critic in this lecture from Princeton in 2003.
-Eight production companies are owned by six conglomerates, production is tilted toward 15-25 year-old males, the quality movies are loaded into the last six weeks of the year to qualify for awards. The more serious critics, meanwhile, long for art or at least for fresh entertainment and are at odds with an industrial system that increasingly thinks of movies as mere digits that can be converted into toys, games, books, songs, and other products. Yet critics still have a function, as the enthusiasm for such movies as “The Hours” would suggest. Fresh talent emerges from the periphery, and so on. He will also talk about digitization as the future for movies, both for good and for ill, and the chances of survival of minority cultural tastes in general (classical music, jazz, blues, documentaries, foreign films, etc.) in the digital future.
Q: What’s the easiest way to get a lot of hits on YouTube? A: Make a video on how to get a lot of hits on Youtube.
Beyond that, Daisy Whitney’s “New Media Minute” sits down with YouTube exec Bing Chen to discuss how you can use Brand Consistency, YouTube Analytical tools and fundamentals to fill in that gap between collecting underpants and profit.