Recent Wesleyan University graduate Zach Wallace confided to reporters Thursday that he has no clue how his parents are supposed to earn enough money to settle his $40,000 in student loan debt.
Peter Haas writes up a comprehensive look at what it really takes to shoot RAW on professional cameras as well as the Magic Lantern hack.
Shooting raw video seems to be a very loud and persistent buzz from the filmmaking and shooter forums these days, especially so since Magic Lantern announced they had successfully hacked Canon DSLRs to shoot 24 frames per second (fps) in the raw image format. While there is a lot of information out there about technical side (what memory cards to use, how to install the firmware, etc.) there is another whole side to adopting raw image formats because this migration is going to completely change how you shoot.
Simply put, a raw image file is a format that when recorded, doesn’t get heavily processed by the camera’s computer. This leaves you with a very malleable image that you later choose how to process (and you will have to process it).
There is going to be more detail and color information in your raw recordings than your final product, but the fact that you have access to that data makes the format very appealing for professionals. With the advancement of technologies such as Magic Lantern’s raw video hack, the format has also become increasingly attractive to the so called “pro-sumer” shooters as well.
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David had an advantage over Goliath? Malcolm Gladwell talks with Anderson Cooper about the link between adversity and innovation.
Peter House offers some no budget strategies for dealing with cash strapped clients.
I work with a lot of small businesses. I find this to be very fulfilling work. It genuinley brings me joy to meet with enthusiastic new business owners who have grand ideas and the gusto to take on the world. There is something very energizing about that and maybe it will keep my mind young as I inevitably grow old. I say maybe, because along with the energizing effect, there is also the frustration of an overwhelming wave of potential clients who do NOT have a budget.
Earlier in my career I used to get quite frustrated at the lack of appreciation for our industry and craft. We have all seen examples floating around the web of artists cracking under the pressure and retaliating with scathing emails and the sort. Is this really the best approach however? Over the years I have found that many potential clients actually do not have a budget. They are not trying to leave money off the table and they are not trying to screw you over. They are simply a small business looking to stick around long enough with what little capital they have in a capitalist world. Being a new business owner is as tough a position as being a starving artist, because really, they are one and the same.
More often then not, I find that when I am contacted by clients who lack a budget, they are not so much seeking a free service but a solution. They may not be asking for a solution initially, but whenever it is presented to them, they are always grateful for it. I want to give you examples of 3 solutions that I offer to a client with no budget. Not all clients will take you up on the offer, but some will, and that to me is always better then flat out shutting the door and losing out on an opportunity.
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Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls
The Drawing Board Web Series introduces two new tungsten-color LEDs w/ DMX Controls: The IDMX36T and the IDMX500T.
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Oliver Peters runs down some basic terminology and techniques of Sound Editing:
Like picture editing, the completion of sound for a film also goes through a series of component parts. These normally start after “picture lock” and are performed by a team of sound editors and mixers. On small, indie films, a single sound designer/editor/mixer might cover all of these roles. On larger films, specific tasks are covered by different individuals. Depending on whether it’s one individual or a team, sound post can take anywhere from four weeks to several months to complete.
Location mixing – During original production, the recording of live sound is handled by the location mixer. This is considered mixing, because originally, multiple mics were mixed “on-the-fly” to a single mono or stereo recording device. In modern films with digital location recordings, the mixer tends to record what is really only a mixed reference track for the editors, while simultaneously recording separate tracks of each isolated microphone to be used in the actual post production mix.
ADR – automatic dialogue replacement or “looping”. ADR is the recording of replacement dialogue in sync with the picture. The actors do this while watching their performance on screen. Sometimes this is done during production and sometimes during post. ADR will be used when location audio has technical flaws. Sometimes ADR is also used to record additional dialogue – for instance, when an actor has his or her back turned. ADR can also be used to record “sanitized” dialogue to remove profanity.
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