How do shotgun mics achieve such a tight polar pattern compared with other designs? And how come they seem to be getting shorter every year? Shotgun or rifle mics are more properly called ‘Interference Tube’ microphones, and they are often assumed to have magically tight polar patterns that simply don’t exist in reality. Shotgun mics do Read MoreRead More
Denise Martin chronicles the behind-the-scenes production of the new Netflix series of Arrested Development. On a late Thursday afternoon in mid-October, Jason Bateman pulled a paper bag out of the freezer on the set of Arrested Development. His character, Michael Bluth, was looking to extract some information from a child and suspected an icy treat would do Read MoreRead More
Being a Production Assistant is being at the bottom rung of the ladder – it’s easy to be labeled both over-eager and lacking motivation at the same time. Evan Luzi offers some tips on how to manage expectations when working your way up as a PA. It’s not easy being a production assistant (PA). You’re Read MoreRead More
Jay P. Morgan’s Slanted Lens lesson goes on location at Vasquez Rocks in Los Angeles, California for a photo shoot with a bow wielding warrior princess. In this lesson, Morgan lays out great tips for outdoors location shooting be it still or motion picturing filmmaking.Read More
Evan Luzi continues the discussion on Film Slates with all those other little details that go onto a slate. The film slate hasn’t existed for so many years — adapting to the ever-changing filmmaking landscape — without developing nuances and best practices for a few non-conventional situations. For instance, how do you slate if a Read MoreRead More
Besides making cool miniature effects, tilt shift lens have some very important industrial uses. Everyone has probably heard of tilt-shift lenses. A tilt-shift lens is named as such because it has a ‘tilt’ mechanism that changes the angle of the lens relative to the body, tilting it to the left or right, or up or Read MoreRead More
On most film musicals, the musical portions are recorded in a studio prior to production and played back on set. The upcoming film of “Les Miserables” has actors performing their songs live with the music dubbed in afterwards.
This isn’t the first time this has been attempted since the “golden days” of 30s and 40s musicals. Peter Bagdonovich attempted it in 1975…Read More