Independent film making is so much more accessible today with new technology that can deliver great results even within a modest budget. As such, film making has become a democratic practice that most people can undertake to tell the stories they want to tell. Thanks to social media, and freely available publishing platforms, journalism and information sharing has also been democratised. And independent film making need not be confined to the margins, on the contrary, social media can help you generate a huge buzz around your film and create a massive following.
So let’s look at 5 ways in which you can be promoting your film using Social Media. Continue reading…
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Even if your strictly a DSLR user its always a good idea to broaden your knowledge base within as many cameras and workflows as possible to increase your employable. This is not so much DSLR related but as I found this so useful and other readers maybe shooting on RED Scarlet’s or Epic’s, it maybe worth the read. This post outlines some RED FCP X Workflow help.
When researching RED workflows I began see there was a lot of confusion, especially around how large a editing system you had to have. Many people suggest you cannot edit 4k or 5K R3D (RED’s file format) files on a MacBook Pro or smaller systems while others suggested it wasn’t so much a problem, as long as it was relativity new. So this short post will just provide two very help resources that should help readers understand basic RED workflows with ease. Continue reading…
Dinkum have taken on fairly new concept around blocking light away from your lens by creating their product, the Dinkum Lens Shade. Their simple product could make your travel bag that little bit lighter and allow you to ditch all the separate lens hoods you may carry.
The video above, created by Emm from CheesyCam, shows the Dinkum compact lens shade in action. The simple design attaches to the hotshoe on top of your DSLR and allows you to position and maneuver the flag in just about any way you wish. It can also be attached using the 1/4-20 female thread under the hotshoe mount so if you fancy attaching it somewhere else you have that option.
Guest Post by Kate Lawson from BoxOffice.co.uk If you are into traveling and love movies, then you need to check out some of the most famous great movie locations around the world. Many of these locations have been used for more than one movie, so if you are looking to get out and want to pinpoint a location for traveling, finding one of these best movie locations to explore should be your top priority. Of course, you might not get to stop by the Adelphi Theatre, but even so, you are still going to see some rather incredible sights.
You can now save hundreds on your long awaited dream lenses as B&H discounts many of their Canon and Nikon video friendly beasts. These are some of the cheapest prices I have seen on new pro glass so if you have some cash around then grab some now before they run out.
We try to stay away from posting too many deals on here but this should not be missed. Continue reading…
So you have created your masterpiece and just completed the edit. The next step is getting your film into festivals. With so many film festivals around its hard to keep track of their deadlines, but this is where a handy little iOS app comes in called iFilmFest App.
Withoutabox is a great way of checking out which film festivals to apply for, but it is so easy to forget a deadline and end up missing your opportunity. Movidromo have come up with an app that will remind you of deadlines and also allows you to search through a large list of film festivals. iFilmFest app is in its early days and some report it to be a little slow and having a slight issue with displaying dates properly, but I’m sure if this hasn’t been fixed already, it will be very shortly.
In the ideal world, we’d all love to have a Sennheiser directional wireless mic on every subject we want to film and on every surface on the set for good measure. Sadly, since the better ones range around the £700 mark (ouch), chances are you don’t have enough spare change after paying for camera equipment to afford even one of these puppies, let alone a couple of spares for the kit bag.
And herein lies the rub. Even if you shell out £4k for something like an EOS-1D, it might serve you well in the best photography schools but it’ll leave you wanting when it comes to shooting film with great audio to match. As such, it’s maddening to be faced with the choice of either settling for a poor soundtrack or spending another wheelbarrow load of cash on a decent microphone. Continue reading…
I had an email from the guys at GiniRigs-USA.com explaining that they would be running some crazy deals today, as part of their Gini Rigs sale. They explained that there has been some tech issues on the manufacture site so now GiniRigs-USA are back online and offering some heavy discounts. I have previously brought from their site, www.GiniRigs-USA.com, and absolutely love the products. I did a review a little while back on my Extreme 17 rig.
The image above is one of the deals they are currently offering. I have also put up some coupon codes, available for a limited time, at the bottom of this page. If you want a list of the full offers check out this link here. Continue reading…
A few days back RØDE released their new RØDE iXY microphone for iPad and iPhone users. As far as I am aware, and as this states, this is the first serious 24-bit/96kHz iDevice microphone on the market, but will it be successful?
The iXY is a stereo mic that plugs into the bottom of your IOS device and is promising a recording quality up to 24-bit/96kHz. For video shooters it is also capable of recording 48kHz. As you will notice from the image below it uses Apple’s 30 pic connector for the iPhone 4/4s, iPad 1,2,3 and not for Apple’s new iPhone 5 or iPad 4/mini. However there is talk of an iPhone 5 upgrade for an additional $99. Continue reading…
Fancy having a hands on workshop with a professional DSLR operator? Philip Bloom is a well known UK based cinematographer. He began his journey working for SKY, lasting 17 years until making the dive as a freelance camera operator in 2009. He specialises in DSLR operation and cinematography and is now offering workshops in different parts of the world during 2013. So far the following locations have been confirmed for the Philip Bloom workshop; (I am assuming new places will be added later)