DIY Tips + Tricks from Indie Filmmakers

Miscellaneous Monday, March 17, 2014
Executive producer Zak Baggans and director Devin Lawrence have worked together on the Travel Channel’s popular "Ghost Adventures” series, and they teamed up with TV veteran and DP Mark LaFleur to create their first feature film: Sympathy, Said the Shark. The democratization of film technology has put affordable, feature film quality tools in the hands of many, making DIY filmmaking truly possible. But it’s not just the up and comers taking advantage of these tools. Even those established in the industry are using these tools to deliver their own projects, which is exactly what Zak, Devin and Mark are doing with their first film. Learn from Devin and Mark about their thoughts about indie filmmaking and its future.

Kinefinity Shows New 6K KineMAX & 4K KineMINI RAW Cameras

Miscellaneous Friday, March 14, 2014
by Corey Steib Kinefinity™ based in China is a new brand of professional digital cinema products including KineRAW cameras, KineMAG SSD, KineKIT accessories, KineStation transcoding software, KineGrip sidegrip, and more. The KineRAW cameras and related products are designed, developed, assembled in China by a team with passion, concentration, vision and technical background from high performance astronomy camera design.Now for the longest time, RED has been the big company to make 4K and higher cameras but now it seems that Kinefinity has announced their very own 6K cameras called KineMax along with the KineMini 4K Camera which are sure to make a lot of noise at this years NAB.



How to Host the Best Oscar Party Ever

Advice / Tips & Tricks Friday, February 28, 2014
People in the production industry come in many varieties. But what we all have in common is that we never miss the Oscars… or a party. From thrilling recipes to dramatic decor, here are some star-studded ideas for your real life supporting cast to enjoy the Oscars.

5 Tips for Working in High Frame Rates

Advice / Tips & Tricks Thursday, February 27, 2014
Do you know how to light when shooting at up to 80,000 frames per second?Learn from Matt Drake and his DP Matt Novello, the team behind Bullet Theory Films. They recently shot a commercial for Sinter Fire Bullets’ frangible ammo. The team wanted to avoid using CGI effects, so they chose to shoot with the Phantom v711 at extremely high frame rates (up to 80,000 fps) to capture the live bullets.

SOLOSHOT: The Next Generation Robot Cameraman

Miscellaneous Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Chris Boyle is a nomadic inventor who strives to keep one foot in the laboratory and one in the sand. SOLOSHOT is a great new tool for filmmakers, videographers, and indies. It's a cost effective way to create stellar shots and a great way to take care of filming as if you had your own ESPN cameraman filming the game for you. With gear like SOLOSHOT coming on the market, Boyle, SOLOSHOT's CEO and is Chairman of the Board, thinks it's possible that they’ll start to see studio sized scenes like Braveheart coming from independents. Learn how the idea of SOLOSHOT came to be and where it will be in the future.

Directing Comedy in TV Spots can be a Funny Thing

Director's Cut Thursday, February 20, 2014
by featured blog contributor, Jeremy PinckertIf you thought that joke fell flat, welcome to why most people who think they can produce "Funny", at best usually only make "Kinda Cute". Or at worst, make "My Friends Think It's Hilarious." This means you and your friends are the only ones laughing. The even worse version of the last option, "My Mom Thinks It's Hilarious", needs no explanation.Learn tips on how to direct comedy, and get real laughs in the process.

How to Get Your Clients to Fall in Love with Your Work

Miscellaneous Thursday, February 13, 2014
Roxanne Ibbetson - Production Assistant, Tech TV If you work in the video production industry, I’m sure you are aware that there is no magic solution to ensure that your clients think you’re amazing. Building a great client relationship takes commitment, attention to detail, and a high quality product. There are, however, a couple of things you can do to get off to the best possible start.