Thursday, December 05, 2013

The News

Only 7% of U.K. Films Earn a Profit, Claims BFI Report | Filmmaker Magazine
Only 7% of British films released from 2003 to 2010 were profitable, claims a BFI report issued this week at London’s Screen Summit. 

Visual Effects on a Budget – Don’t Fix It in Post | Filmmaker Magazine
Visual effects supervisor Scott Squires appeared this week in an online webinar for entitled “Visual Effects on a Limited Budget.” His number one tip? – Don’t fix it in post.

The Best Thunderbolt Expansion Peripherals for Editors | Jonny Elwyn
So I’m thinking of upgrading my trusty MacBook Pro later next year, but it only comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI port. So I’ve already begun looking into how to expand it’s usefulness through all these nifty Thunderbolt peripherals you can get these days. Here is an epic run down on some of the best available Thunderbolt devices.

The final part of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera review…includes a look at the groundbreaking new dedicated Metabones Speedboosters | Philip Bloom
"It is a better camera because of the RAW recording, though I can't see myself using it." He thinks the Blackmagic Pocket Camera is a good, but flawed camera:
Well I am glad I did, and I am also glad I waited this long to do the 3rd part. My original intention was not for it to be a long term test, I just simply didn’t have the time to get it done. Thankfully, this delay meant I was able to include both the raw firmware and the crazy impressive new “Speed Boosters” from Metabones.

Easy DIY Camera Jib from stardard parts by Chung Dha | YouTube
In this video I will teach you how to build a camera jib with remote tilt made from various camera accessories and you can find in a camera shop. And only need to drill 4 holes through a plastic pulley and the rest is super easy to put together.

7 Books That Will Enhance Your Creativity As a Cinematographer | Shane Hurlbut
The Shadow of the WindOf all of the books on my visual storytelling journey, this is the best. The way Carlos Ruiz Zafon describes light, tone and the mood of Barcelona will transport you immediately into this magical time and space. Never before were my eyes opened as much as after reading his book. 

Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America | CanonRumors
Myself and Bryan over at TDP were told by Canon USA contacts that there was “no announcement of the EOS M2 by Canon USA planned.”

The Little Film that Could | Corey Steib
Back in August of this year the CreativeInletFilms Team decided to get back together and do the (2013) 48 Hour Film Project: Orlando which you where given only 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film in 7 minutes of running time using only one prop and one line of dialog.

1: Never Compromise PerformanceIn the end a film can look lousy but work because of a great performance but not the other way round. That’s something always worth remembering.

Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider | MasteringFilm
Avoid cutting between shots of extremely different size of the same subject (close-up to long shot). It is jolting for the audience.

Story Stuff Is Story Stuff | Creative COW
I've been noticing more parallels between good editing and good writing. Story stuff is story stuff, but it's been interesting to apply tips meant for writers to editing video – unscripted or narrative, or whatever you might be cutting.

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