Did you know that Orson Welles – who, with his 1941 iconoclastic masterpiece Citizen Kane changed how films are made and watched forever – was primarily interested in theatre? This Founding Father was a no-nonsense visionary and polyhistor talented in every aspect of his discipline, one in which he was fully self-taught. He inspired all your favourites from Spielberg to Scorsese, from Bergman to Paul Thomas Anderson – and through these tips you too can learn some of his tricks.
If you’re interested in jumping into the film industry, you might be wondering how to go about getting the skills necessary to succeed. Lots of people in the industry are self-taught, or were lucky enough to be mentored by a professional. If you’re not sure you’d like to go the self-teaching route, then you might want to think about going to film school. Yes, it can be expensive, but a degree in film is more versatile than you might think. Here’s why going to film school can be a great investment.
Whether you’re a filmmaker with a blockbuster budget or you’re more on the indie side, all production teams want to save money. One way to seriously cut down costs — and save time — is by using stock media for certain shots that might otherwise break the bank or be too time-consuming to shoot yourself.
What tool would you prefer if you were to learn about something: a video or a text? Chances are you’re going to select the video because 65 percent of people are visual learners. This means that if teachers choose to lecture without any visuals, they may be reaching less than half of the class. This is something every educator has to avoid.
“I feel empowered when I’m holding a camera,” Susu Hauser, adventurer, world-traveler, filmmaker, TV industry veteran, wife and cinematographer says with a gleam of pride in her eye. And she should feel proud. As one of the few female camera operators in the docu-reality TV world, she’s a groundbreaking trailblazer paving the way for more women to emerge in this extremely male-dominated field.
In the Costume department, along with character and circumstance, we usually concern ourselves with fit and appearance. But injury effects take a whole other level of wardrobe prep. While the payoff for an effects shot done well can be invigorating, injury effects in action and inserts take resources, planning and collaboration.
You’re a filmmaker, a band, a special effects producer, a virtual reality game designer, a vlogger or rapper and you’re looking to rent a sound stage, a green screen or a recording studio for your project. Many creative and artistic people know what they want their finished product to look like and are thinking about going to a media studio to make it perfect.
Budgeting is an art of equilibrium; you make decisions and concessions and you minimize damage. When you’re making a low-budget movie, some of these decisions can be very hard.
Colorist Samuel Gursky from New York-based post house Irving Harvey discusses his work on four different projects from SXSW 2018. By using the DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel for the projects’ color grading and final conform, he was able to get the job done for a variety of different projects.
We all know how stunning underwater photography looks, but the camera work behind getting the right shots can be pretty intense and a lot of work, if you aren't prepared. Michele Westmorland, photographer and director of the new documentary Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera, a film about artist and adventurer Caroline Mytinger and the power of art to span oceans and decades, takes us through four very important tips for photographing in a watery world.