The visionary director of Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam offers 10 tips for the Directors of today:
1. Growing up is for losers.
As a child, I always drew funny creatures, funny characters. But I think the trick is not to grow up, not to learn to be an adult. And if you can maintain the kind of imagination you all had when you were babies, you would all be wonderful filmmakers. But the world tries to make you grow up, to stop imagining, stop fantasizing, stop playing in your mind. And I’ve worked hard to not let the world educate me.
— Filmmaker Magazine | Read The Full Article
Carolyn Pickman has over 50 feature films to her credit. New England Film profiles her work and tries to figure out what she looks for in actors.
Casting a Martin Scorsese film isn’t just about the look, it’s about the sound. If you listen to his movies, you’ll here that “the sound of his films is uniform,” says casting director Carolyn Pickman. She would know; she and Scorsese’s long time casting coordinator Ellen Lewis are responsible for the uniform sound you here in both The Departed and Shutter Island. “I need to know how his characters talk,” she says, so she can make that special sound happen in an audition, ensuring that all the roles she’s helping to cast are in that same Scorsese world. In the casting business since the 1980s, Carolyn Pickman has a well-trained ear and an understanding of the nuances of acting that has helped earn her work with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Ricky Gervais. An actor at heart, Pickman’s past has helped make her the sought-out casting director she is today.
— New England Film | Read The Full Article
We’ll save the quantum tunneling lecture for another time – here’s a way to fake the a Space-Time Vortex a al Dr. Who using After Effects, Red Giant’s Trapcode Particular and Shine.
Ready to ditch the DSLR and move up to a RED Scarlet? Or an Alexa? Or even a Canon C300? Read this article on what you absolutely must keep in mind before sinking a small fortune into a camera system that, well, may cost a lot more than you think:
I got a question on Twitter recently regarding the pros and cons of purchasing a Red Scarlet camera. After responding, I decided to expand my replies into this blog post in hopes that someone else may find it useful. Some of this stuff seems elementary, and I apologize if that’s the case for you. But I do think that there are many out there who will benefit from this discussion about new camera purchasing in general. Let’s start with the question I got from @justintrapp: “have a friend looking to buy a red. Any red flags or words of advice. He is jumping from 60d to red….” Read on…
— ProVideo Coalition | Read The Full Article
It has been said that the road to Total Robot Domination and the Enslavement of all Mankind is pathed with Free Apps.
VIKTOR is an app for iPhones and Andriod devices that takes the videos from your media library and automatically creates a 1 or 2 minuted edited video using one of the currently 14 available themes. Videos are free and share for now but it will cost you up to $1.99 to export and share your 2 minute Robot Creation in the future.
Here’s a couple samples of the results VIKTOR provides:
Here’s one I shot in bed (don’t worry, it’s not too sexy… I do sneeze and tested out the a “pastel green” effect)
But seriously, this concept seems like a great idea. People have tons of media lying around from their vacations/parties that they simply don’t have time to meticulously prepare for Facebook Distribution. We can’t wait to see this feature implemented in the next upgrade of Final Cut Pro X! :/
All hail our Robot Overlords!! (VIKTOR, if you’re reading this, remember how we said nice things about you when you’re calculating the best allocation of scarce survival resources)
The Cinematographer for our favorite Underwater Short Film and Blog (the Underwater Realm), Eve Hazelton, put together three basic lighting tips and tutorials for PhilipBloom.net to illuminate a few basic concepts:
1. In this tutorial created for philipbloom.net, Eve talks you through simple to advanced lighting setups that are easy to achieve and produce beautiful results. She explains simply, how to get the most from your existing lights and some quick tips to create a really impressive shot.
2. Learn how to use Christmas lights, builder’s worklights and even your iPhone to add a little something special to your flm and video work!
3.In the last of three lighting tutorials created for philipbloom.net Eve takes us through the three steps of greenscreen work: How to analyse you background plate to ensure a convincing key, How to light your screen and subject to match the background plate and How to take the foreground and background elements and combine them in Adobe After Effects
For more like this, grab yourself a copy of Eve’s lighting guide DVD on their kickstarter page:
Hollywood Steven Zaillian is no stranger to the A-List Director. Having penned scripts for Steven Spielberg (‘Schindler’s List’), Martin Scorsese (‘Gangs of New York’) and Brian De Palma (‘Mission: Impossible’), Steven Zaillian talks about what it’s like writing for David Fincher on “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and how Screenwriting is a “Lonely Business”.
‘No, there was none of that. It was just a matter of getting a sense of “do I think that I know what to do with this?”. I didn’t go and see the Swedish version of the movie so I couldn’t use that as a template. I spent months agonising over how to do it and making notes and making outlines and making lists, going for walks and hating everybody and everything. It’s a lonely business. The guys at the coffee shop down the street all know me. They see me coming.’
— Timeout.com | Read The Full Article
John Hess interviews the Charlotte Barrett and Sean Fallon, husband-and-wife filmmaking team behind “Virgin Alexander” which has seen considerable festival success and is currently with a sales agent looking for distribution. John talks about all aspects of the filmmaking process from conception to writing, shooting to editing, and what life is like on the festival circuit.
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I have my reservations about this as I’m not seeing that much improvement in the footage that couldn’t be accomplished using something like LOG gamma, but this new technique is worth a look.
Peter Jacksons latest installment takes us out of the studio and into the summery December New Zealand country side.
If he were sane, he might have been a Filmmaker IQ regular…
Call it confirmation bias, but suddenly I feel vindicated when I took the unpopular side regarding the Red Scarlet vs. EOS C300 battle ground. Philip Bloom takes a good look at the C300 – not a perfect camera, but a strong competitor.
Ed Burns can make a movie for 10x this if wanted to… but it’s back to the roots here. He explains how he did it.
From the guys that tore apart the original Star Wars Prequels, here’s an epic breakdown of the last Jones installment.
The story of how I discovered my stock footage was part of a national campaign for president.
One more time (in Case you missed it)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!