Viva ADR!

I’m a fan of ADR. I’ve never believed that it is not practical for low budget. I’ve used it myself on 3 shorts.

John Hess over at Filmmaker IQ gives us a nice historical and practical video about the subject, including some tips. I think he glosses over some of the nitty gritty – especially room size and reverb simulation – but, for 12 minutes its a pretty solid intro.

Notes from the real world – Scriptwriting insights from Tom Williams

Tom Williams has a film coming out this month. And, to celebrate, he is writing some columns. Tom is a working, produced screenwriter. To that end, he is someone worth listening to.

This article sounds like the first of several, which is good news. It’s nice to hear someone who is doing as well as talking about doing.

The power of color correction in FCPX aka Larry Jordan is amazing

I will make no bones about the fact that I think Larry Jordan is one of the best educators in the realm of editing and color correction. In this video he goes over the color correction capabilities built into FCPX. I post this in response to people who say you need to get fancy (read: expensive) plugins to do this. (I’ll set aside the amazing Davinci Resolve for now).

Larry doesn’t (seem) to go for flash – he just gives you the tools and knowledge to make solid, great looking, footage. And competent, compelling edits. Go to Larry’s site and get his amazing tutorials. I get no fee – I just love the content!

I’m going to jump to the most amazing demonstration (at the end) but I strongly suggest you watch the whole thing.

5 skills as an on-set filmmaker in training

Over at DSLRVideoShooter, Caleb Pike has a good video covering some basic things to be aware of as you are starting out as an assistant on set. The video and article is too jargon-laden for my tastes (as jargon is terribly offputting to newcomers and I find that most of the time jargon is used to show how cool you are.) But, jargon aside, I think Caleb has some good points.

The video is a little superfluous as the points are on the page, but, if you’ve got 13 minutes to spare then you can pick up some bonus goodies by watching.

A day in the life of an assistant editor

You can totally see why the public at large has no idea what anyone’s role is that is involved in making movies and tv, beyond the director and screenwriter. Most people in the industry couldn’t tell you either!

Well, I stumbled across this weird blog call ‘Early Call Time’ that has an interesting look at what an assistant editor on a tv show does every day. It’s a nerdy insight into logging and project handling.

We need more blogs like this, that give real world examples and insights into the processes and tools that are needed to complete a professional product!

The rule of animatics

Animatics – simple animated versions of films using the minimum of frames to convey the story and style – are used heavily in the advertising business… and at Pixar it seems.

Very interesting story about how Pixar doesn’t depend (solely) on script to determine if a film is going to work. They make animatics. You can do this to. It’s not difficult and there are many pieces of free or cheap software – like ToonBoom storyboard and iMovie has an animatics template.

Read on to see how Pixar harnesses this power – and other tips from inside the new Magic Kingdom.

Gotta Love Edgar Wright – Examples of Creative Comedy Directing

Somehow Edgar Wright snuck up on us – from his humble beginnings at Raindance, I’m proud to say – and has become one of the most creative (comedy) directors around. This little video by the always insightful Tony Zhou is a mini-film school…or should I say ‘film challenge’.

Tony nails some important aspects of Edgar’s style, and challenges us to do the same (or better!) when we go out to direct. And it’s not just comedy – take these examples and use them in any genre, just adjust the level.

I’m a little disappointed there’s no examples from Paul, but oh well 😉

Also – the best Ryan Gosling joke ever at 2:19.

Stop the presses! The best tech video on Crop Factor, ISO and Aperture

I don’t claim to know a lot about cameras and photography. But I am doing lots of research on this, and know that I need to understand it.

I am also a data nerd but I have always been confused by the numbers and also how and why different sensor sizes changed things.

Well, I have found the best video ever for this. It is truly amazing how Tony Northrup gets down to the math and explains not only what everything means, and the impact, but also how to compensate for it. Yes, you CAN get amazing output from smaller form factor cameras, if you understand the math. I never knew the math (but always knew light was the issue).

If you want to make movies, or take photographs, you MUST watch this video. It’s long (about 35 minutes) but it will change your photographic life.

Thank you, Tony!

Crash and burn tv for Filmmakers

One of the things that sets human beings apart from other animals is our ability to take delight in the pain of others.

In this case it is reality TV.

On the Syfy network they are showing a multi-part reality series called ‘The Town of the Living Dead’ about a group of decidedly amateur fimmakers who having been trying – for 6 years! – to make a zombie movie.

The piece below is from Variety, but, I have to admit I’ve watched the show myself and it is head-shakingly entertaining. I do not understand for one second why the ‘director’ would agree to be in this as it will surely mean he never works again, but, maybe time will prove me wrong. I’m reminded of the documentary – from the days before everything was a reality show – called American Movie that showed filmmaker Mark Borchardt trying to make his horror film (that is a great documentary too!).

If you want to learn how NOT to make a movie, or you’re looking to see how misguided, even in the age of the internet, filmmakers can be, then watch it.

The article is good too!