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Thinking About Crew Prep

Shooting a movie is not just about the gear. Arthur Vincie writes about the often overlooked process of crew prep and how to approach and plan for working with a crew.

Crew Prep

One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The crew shows up on the first day, leaves on the last day, and anything that happens in between, before, or after is just donated or doesn’t count. 

Sadly, as feature budgets have come down, this has often become less of a mistake and more of a deliberate strategy.  But even if you’re not paying the crew for their non-shoot days, you have to account for this time in other ways ? you have to know when to hire your team, how many meals and rides you’ll need to provide, how long you’ll need equipment vehicles for, and when your insurance should begin and end.

There’s no magic formula for figuring out how much prep each person on your crew needs, since each script is different, but you can use common sense.  If the script is a gory monster story set in one house, your location department’s prep needs are not going to be that huge (since you’re not hopping from place to place); but your hair/makeup and visual effects staff will need a lot more time to prepare molds, do makeup tests, and possibly buy supplies.

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How Is Technology Changing TV Narrative? | Idea Channel |

Watching our favorite TV shows is one of the most fundamental ways we entertain ourselves. And for most of TV history, these stories were simple and episodic: you could watch one episode when it aired, and it was a self-contained story. But now that we have the ability to find the whole back- catalogue of a show online, is it changing the way TV show are CREATED? Not only can people catch up without waiting for a DVD release, but entire seasons are released and consumed in a single weekend (thanks Netflix!) How might that be changing the types of stories we’re being told?

Looking Glass – A Hypnotic Study of the Human Eye

Check out this hypnotic film by : a study of a couple hundred people’s eyes at UCLA. WARNING: Do not watch this video if you’re sensitive to rapid imagery.

Shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT with an SLR Magic 12mm T1.6 lens. Graded, stabilized, and edited with a roundtrip workflow between Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve, with a little help from After Effects.

MUSIC: Credit and special thanks to Dan Deacon for his remix of “Alright Spiral Snip”

Thomas Edison & His Trusty Kinetoscope Create the First Movie Filmed In The US (c. 1889)

Watch the first motion picture recorded in the US by Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison is undoubtedly America’s best-known inventor. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” for his prolific creativity, Edison amassed a whopping 1093 patents throughout his lifetime. His most important inventions, such as the incandescent light bulb and the phonograph, were not merely revolutionary in and of themselves: they led directly to the establishment of vast industries, such as power utilities and the music business. It is one of his lesser known inventions, however, that led to the production of the first film shot in the United States, which you can view above.

The film, called Monkeyshines, No. 1, was recorded at some point between June 1889 and November 1890. Its creation is the work of William Dickson, an employee of Edison’s, who had been in charge of developing the inventor’s idea for a new film-viewing device. The machine that Edison had conceived and Dickson engineered was the Kinetoscope: a large box that housed a system that quickly moved a strip of film over a light source. Users watched the film whiz by from a hole in the top of the box, and by using sequential images, like those in a flip-book, the Kinetoscope gave the impression of movement.

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