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The Mathematics of Blend Modes

Darken, Lighten, Soft Light – every program has them but do you really know what they all do? We explore the mathematics of blend modes found in After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve and others using 3d visualization to try to gain some insight into what all these modes do.

The History and Science of Timecode

Timecode is the heartbeat of modern digital video but it didn’t really emerge until the final quarter of the 20th century. We explore the rise of timecode, the basics of the structure of timecode and modern applications that can help keep your cameras and recording equipment in sync. This video is sponsored by Ambient – […]

Diving into Dynamic Range

Support this channel by becoming a patron on Patreon! We’re taking an introductory look at the somewhat confusing world of Dynamic Range from the Psychophysics of Human Vision to Gamma Correction on old CRT and modern devices, How LOG works, the impact of ISO and Dynamic Range and shooting RAW using Exposing To the […]

The Science of Exposure and Metering

This Filmmaker IQ course is proudly sponsored by Northeast Community College, whose Media Arts program offers degree concentrations in Audio Recording, Broadcasting, and Digital Cinema. Please check out their program by following the link: Help this channel by becoming a patron on Patreon! Let’s go deep beyond the exposure triangle and look at […]

How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals

If you liked this, please subscribe (and click the bell) and consider supporting us on Patreon: You’ve finished your short film and it’s GREAT! But now what? Here is a run down of some basic tips and strategies for entering your film into film festivals designed to save you money and maximize your festival […]

The History of the Hollywood Movie Poster

Please consider supporting us on Patreon! The Movie Poster has been around since the beginning of the Movies – in this course we will explore the earliest history of poster making and Lithography, the monopoly of Hollywood movie poster production by the National Screen Service and look at the artwork of influential artists working […]

The History and Philosophy of Copyright

Please consider supporting us on Patreon: This video is part of a Filmmaker IQ course on copyright which includes links and sauce for more information about copyright: Let’s dive into the history of Copyright, a legal framework that makes mass market publishing from books to movies possible. We explore perhaps the earliest example […]

The Math and Science of Forced Perspective

Please consider supporting us on Patreon: ** ERRATA ** at 2:49, it should be width divided by the distance – I wrote it backwards for some reason on this slide but got it right everywhere else including the thumbnail…. The offending party (me) will be flogged. For more information, the forced perspective spreadsheet, and […]

The History of Movie Title Sequences

Please consider supporting us on Patreon: Check out the full course along with bonus content and a list of sauce at: Not only do Title Sequences tell you the name of the film and the stars, they can also set the tone and mood and put you in the right frame of mind […]

The Science and Circuitry of DIY LEDs

Please consider supporting us on Patreon: Check out the full course along with bonus material, sauce, and links to LED supplies: ‎ It’s the latest tech in efficient lighting – but how do LEDs work? We’ll dive into the science and engineering of LEDs as well as the basic concepts on how to […]

The History of The Hollywood Musical

Please consider supporting us on Patreon: Check out the full course with bonus material and sauce: The Hollywood Musical began right when films learned to talk. Explore the beginnings in vaudeville to the Golden Era of Studio Musicals followed by the transformation into the modern story driven Book Musical. Finally we look at […]

The Science of Deep Focus and the Hyperfocal Distance

Please consider supporting us on Patreon: Check out our complete lab course with bonus material and sauce: Orson Welles is known for deeply choreographing the staging in Citizen Kane – but that blocking would have been lost if it wasn’t in focus. In this Lab we explore the concept of Hyperfocal Distance and […]