How Shotgun Microphones Work

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

On the Set of Arrested Development: New Rules, New Dead Doves

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

How to Deal With the PA Paradox

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

Tips for Shooting a Warrior Princess on Location

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

Deciphering the Film Slate (Part 2): Pickups, Plates, MOS, and 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

Tilt Shift Lenses are More than just Miniature Effect Makers

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

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