To celebrate the five year anniversary, Kirby Ferguson polished up the original four parts and merged them into a single video. For the first time now, the whole series is available as a single video with proper transitions all the way through, unified styling, and remixed and remastered audio.
Shane Hurlbut demonstrates how to put together a pancake Chimera.
You know I love soft light. I like to take light, modify it, diffuse it, waterfall it, and bounce it. I’m not the biggest fan of taking a bare Fresnel and bashing it onto a face. There’s time when that can work for the emotion of a story, but most of the time I’m trying to diffuse that source and make it look as creamy as possible.
Chimera is one of my favorite lighting modifiers, and we are going to go into building one of my favorites, called the pancake. It has amazing control, and you’re able to do a lot of unique applications with this tool. In Fathers and Daughters, I had Russell Crowe’s on set apartment loaded with them for all the hallways, living room, over the dining room table. You name it, there was a pancake there. They are such a smart efficient light.
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Long before Pixar and today’s CGI special effects extravaganzas, early animators of the silent era experimented and introduced new techniques into filmmaking. Mark Quigley gives us a tour of the silent animation collection at UCLA’s Film & Television Archive – one of the few places in the world that captures this rich history of early animation.
Although Philip K. Dick saw only the opening 20 minutes of footage prior to his death on March 2, 1982, he was extremely impressed, and has been quoted by Paul Sammon as saying, “It was my own interior world. They caught it perfectly.” However neither Ridley Scott nor screenwriter David Webb Peoples actually read Dick’s novel.
On a hunting trip in 1902, then President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot an American Black Bear that had been tied to a tree. The story became the origin of the Teddy Bear. Here only 5 years after the event, Edwin S. Porter, one of Edison’s chief filmmakers, created a short playing on Goldilocks as well as the President himself. Also included is perhaps the oldest example of stop motion animation – a sequence lasting a little over a minute that took a full week to shoot.