In celebration of The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray, Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, John Turturro and T Bone Burnett reunited live at Lebowski Fest New York.
The videos and linked tutorials below where created by the Vimeo Video School to show us the basics on what lenses do and how to pick one that is best for your project.
You may not have seen her name in lights just yet, but at 27 Brit Marling is one of the most talked about young talents in movies, as Anthony Mason of CBS News found out.
Do you need some money? Do you need A LOT of money? How about a briefcase FULL of prop movie cash to enhance your crime film or action-thriller? Indy Mogul is here to show you how to make some amazing looking screen ready movie cash.
This DIY project illustrates how to create a table for spinning a person around with a green screen background.
Using a front wheel hub which can be purchased brand new for just over $20 dollars, you can create a table that can easily spin several hundred pounds. I haven’t seen anyone take this approach before. Since very little force is needed to move the hub, you can use string to pull it manually. Or it can be motorized with small motors, and can even be pulled with a simple Bicycle inner tube. No matter how much weight you put on there, it moves like butter…
The history of film is a story of technology fused with the performing arts. Boston University Film student Ryan Piccirillo explores this relationship in this in depth essay tracing story and technology through the past century.
…The development of motion picture complexity has been driven by a continuing technological evolution, ignited and manipulated by human initiative and inventiveness, which has afforded filmmakers the opportunity to practice a more complex craft to tell more complex stories. In concert with societal attitudes and proximity, this evolution has driven the development of distinct styles, movements, and methods that would have been impossible without increasingly advanced apparatus. However, while this technological progression has been linear, it has not necessarily coincided with a similar evolution of quality; the skill of a filmmaker should not be judged by the technological complexity of the production, but by the ability of the filmmaker to wield the technology of the time and of his or her choosing to effectively and clearly convey a narrative, evoke an emotion, or make an impression. Although the linear technological evolution of filmmaking has empowered filmmakers by offering a more diverse catalogue of tools and techniques, it is the filmmaker’s ability to effectively and discerningly utilize this technology within a temporal and societal context that truly drives cinematic quality, of which there has been no clear linear progression.
— Student Pulse | Read The Full Article
Okay, I realize that’s a lot of text to read… so to make it worth your while, here’s a chimpanzee riding on a Segway:
Elliot Grove discusses finding your personal genre – the story that defines you as a filmmaker and how to use that to market yourself.
…Our life is the era of personal genre. Everyone is competing to get work, and before you are hired, employers want to know what ‘story’ you are. What you are and how you use it will determine what jobs you get, who you develop relationships with, both personal and professional. As screenwriters use genres to distinguish themselves, your personal genre is what will set you apart from everyone else.
— RainDance.org | Read The Full Article
The LA Times’ Hero Complex sits down with Brad Bird, director of Pixar’s “The Incredibles” for a discussion of Pixar’s Processes, why Hollywood doesn’t have the guts to copy them and Bird’s soft spot for Sean Connery as 007.
…Everyone in Hollywood says they wish they could do it like Pixar, but they really don’t. There’s no secret at Pixar, but there is a belief in letting people pursue something with passion and take chances, and most of Hollywood, really, doesn’t like that. It’s too scary. Some studio executives will say they love obsessive creators who take risks, but really most of them would rather play it safe. Projects cost a lot of money and people would rather follow patterns they know and make things safe and accessible. Hollywood wants there to be a math formula for making hit films. To make something really great and different and interesting means taking risks and following these ideas in your head.
John is down about the state of his office. Sad face.
Capturing Sound for Independent Films
Scott Weber Sound Supervisor for Avid’s demo movie Agent MX-Z3RO, offers indie filmmakers some sound advice.
DIY Realistic Corpse from a Cheap Plastic Skeleton
I must admit “corpsing” was not a term I was familiar with until I stumbled across this video, but thank god there is now a easier cheaper way of doing it.
Canon EOS DSLR Controller Android App
DSLR Controller is the first app that allows you to fully control your Canon EOS DSLR from your Android device with only a USB cable. No computer or laptop required, no root required, only a compatible mobile device, a compatible camera, and the right USB cable.
Quieting the Lizard Brain
“What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do is ship,” says bestselling author Seth Godin, arguing that we must quiet our fearful “lizard brains” to avoid sabotaging projects just before we finally finish them.
cinemetrics: visualizing movie data
cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual “fingerprint” for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into graphic representations so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily interpreted or compared side by side.
Creating the Original Stormtrooper Mask
A step by step guide to the creation of the original Stormtrooper by prop maker Andrew Ainsworth. In 1976 at Shepperton Design Studios Ainsworth created the original Stormtrooper helmets and armor for the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.
DIY DSLR Video Rack Focus With Post It Flags
In this video, Michael Andrew shows a very easy and inexpensive alternative to rack focusing DSLR video cameras using post-it flags. Michael demonstrates the technique, how to set it up and how to get it down with just a little practice.
The CGI Secrets of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
What’s it like working with a digital chimp? TIME reporter, Megan Gibson finds out when she talks to the cast and director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Pixar’s Amazing Zoetrope
Zoetropes date back to the nineteenth century, but this one created by Pixar may be the coolest one ever. It is currently on exhibit inside the animation building in Disneyland’s California Adventure.
What Is Brazil? Glimpse into the Making of Terry Gilliam’s Classic
“What Is Brazil?” consists of interviews, clips of the film and behind the scenes footage, including material of the cut snooker ball eye sequence that you may or may not have heard of.
History at the Box Office: Why Movies are Making More Money than Ever
Only ten films have grossed over $1 billion and six of those were released in 2010 and 2011. How is it that movies are making more money than ever?
Documentary: Animated Soviet Propaganda
Vladimir Lenin declared that cinema was the most important art for promoting communist ideology. This documentary goes behind the iron curtain and looks at propagandist animation from USSR from 1924-1984.
7 Pro Tips to Surviving the 48 Hour Film Project
The advice here is based on real life experiences which haven’t all been stellar. Listen and hopefully you can avoid some of the pitfalls of this weekend of insanity. If you don’t, who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky… or you might end up putting your fist through a wall.
Here is a simple idea by Peter G for creating a cheap camera slider using felt, a board and a picture frame.
Take a board, wrap and staple some felt around it (fleece will also do). Screw some boards to the bottom to raise it up a bit (so the picture frame doesn’t bump the tripod head), affix the wood to your camera plate.
Take a plastic picture frame, cut off the wrap around part (the part that holds the picture in – you want just a single piece), throw a bean bag on top – this will hold your camera and you can change orientation easily.
Here’s a detailed Adobe CS5.5 Premiere workflow example and intro by Vincent Laforet that he used successfully with both Canon HDSLR footage and RED Epic footage. It shows Dynamic linking with After Effects as well as REDCine X.