Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Canon EOS C300 Pub Night with Larry Thorpe on 1.5.11 | Rule Boston Camera
| Vimeo
Rule Boston Camera has posted a video of last week's Pub Night with Larry Thorpe:

Canon EOS C300 Pub Night with Larry Thorpe on 1.5.11 from Rule Boston Camera on Vimeo.

Filmmaker Interview #13 – Robin Schmid | Neil Rolland | Write.Shoot.Cut
An interview with D.P. Robin Schmidt aka El Skid:
All my paid work now is about exploiting the opportunities of social media through film, converting brands into stories and helping them understand how to market themselves through content. Sounds boring, but it pays very nicely. As a filmmaker you basically get used to spending the whole time skint. When the funding bodies all go bust you have to fund things yourself and this is a real pain in the ass. I refuse to accept that you can’t have your cake and eat it and now I’m managing to earn a decent amount through filmmaking and carve out a chunk of that to fund my own endeavours. Still skint though!

Digital Convergence Podcast Episode 57: Nikon D4, Lightroom 4 Beta, Mirror-Less Cameras, FCP X, And More | DigitalFilm.TV
Carl Olson is joined on the Digital Convergence podcast by Mitch Aunger (aka planetMitch of and Chris Fenwick (editor, Slice Editorial):
We talk about the new Nikon D4 and dissect it's video capabilities. The subject of mirror-less cameras come up - do they mean the death of DSLR's? This is a debate that Trey Ratcliff started on his StuckInCustoms blog. We talk about the new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 beta and it's new video editing features. We haven't talked much about the maligned FCP X so we jump back on that soap wagon. Could it be we're slowly warming up to it?

3 Effective Sites For Learning After-Effects To Use In Your Film Projects
| Joshua Lockhart | MakeUseOf
A look at three sites offering After Effects tutorials: Video Copilot, Motion Works, and AE Tuts Plus:
These sites are great, but there are probably hundreds of YouTubers out there who have dozens of tutorials for After Effects if you just go search for them. By no means should you only use these sites to build your After Effects repertoire. Heck, some of them are only kids, and I would watch them as closely as I would any professional – sometimes even more so.

JVC Unveils World’s First Handheld 4K Camcorder | ProVideoCoalition
JVC press release for their 4K, $5,000 camcorder:
“We’re witnessing the birth of what is destined to become a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering. “The GY-HMQ10 is a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously wouldn’t have considered it.”

Will 2012 be Thunderbolt's year? Devices arrive in force at CES | Chris Foresman
| ArsTechnica
I keep wondering where the Thunderbolt devices are:
Seagate showed us Thunderbolt docks for its GoFlex line of adaptable mobile and desktop external drives. Company representatives told Ars that its GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter for 2.5" mobile GoFlex drives should be available within the next couple months, and sells for $100. The GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt won't be available until the second half of the year, and will sell for about $200. One nice benefit of Segate's solution is that GoFlex users can immediately upgrade existing drives to Thunderbolt using the new adapters.

Upgrade offer for CS3 and CS4 customers | Adobe
Adobe has been tinkering with their upgrade policy, and it appears they've changed it again - at least temporarily:
With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to determine which offering is best for them. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.

Edward Burns: More Independent than Ever | Ron Bennington | the interrobang
Edward Burns has been popping up in a lot of places talking up his $9,000 movie:
We had the script written, he and I went on the train from Tribeca up to 34th street to B&H, buy the camera [Canon 5D] for $2800 dollars. Take the train back downtown, I call a buddy of mine who owns a gym, and my character plays a trainer. I said look, we’re going to come by the gym to test shoot a scene. No lights, just the DP and I. I did the sound by just putting a microphone on myself and the recording device in my pocket. And we shot a half of a phone conversation. We take it back to the editing room which is just a computer with Final Cut on it, put the flash card in, look at the footage and the scene looked great. We said, alright, let’s make a movie like this. And that scene ended up in the finished film.

13 Power iPhone Apps for Filmmakers | Shane Hurlbut | Hurlblog
Shane offers a bunch of iPhone apps he finds useful including sun tracking, figuring out depth of field and more:
The past 3 years have been a very exciting time to be a filmmaker with the many changes in digital technology. I think back to a time before “Act of Valor” and if I was asked to shoot a movie on a still camera, I would have thought the director had gone mad. The speed that you now have to function at has increased dramatically. Budgets are getting tighter and time is more valuable. Multi-tasking is one of the only ways to survive.

How to Accomplish Push/Pull Moves Using Kessler Crane Gear - Full Length
| Kessler Crane | Vimeo
Preston Kanak has put together an 8 minute tutorial on doing nice push/pull moves with your clider/crane:

How to Accomplish Push/Pull Moves Using Kessler Crane Gear - Full Length from Kessler Crane on Vimeo.

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