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Often we as independent filmmakers feel that we need a big crew in order to produce a film that looks and feels professional. I find however, that on many types of independent films (specifically those with limited budgets) working with a smaller crew can be optimal, which is why even established directors that have access to large budgets […]Read more →
Before committing to shoot a feature film by the end of this year, I wanted to shoot a couple of quick and dirty short films to do some creative and technical tests. One of these test projects was a no-budget ultra short film that takes a minimalistic look at a young model on her first […]Read more →
It’s been said by countless directors that casting is unequivocally the most important element in the filmmaking process. Many directors subscribe to the famous notion that 90% of directing is casting, as they recognize that a film that is cast well, and according to the director’s vision will always be far more realistic and authentic than one cast in any other way. Surprisingly […]Read more →
One of the worst feelings for filmmakers is the disappointment that surrounds the opening of a dreaded rejection letter from a film festival. Many of us feel that festivals are the key to our success and growth as filmmakers, and naturally when we don’t get accepted it can be a tough pill to swallow. This year, I have […]Read more →
I write a lot on this site about cameras, writing techniques, gear reviews, and other filmmaking tips – but up until now I haven’t shared a lot of insight into my own specific film and commercial projects, which are continuously ongoing. That is very much going to change though, as one of the most frequent requests I […]Read more →
Post audio is arguably the most important part of the post-production process, but unfortunately it is often overlooked by independent filmmakers, or simply an after thought. For today’s ‘Tip Of The Day’, I share some thoughts on why post audio is so important, and why it’s so critical that you have a clean audio pass in […]Read more →
Ever since the Canon 5D MKII took the video world by storm, full frame video has been one of the most sought after looks in modern cinematography. Unfortunately though, there aren’t a whole lot of full frame DSLRs out there that also have great video functionality, and arguably the very best DSLRs/DSLMs today (for video) […]Read more →
As many of you already know, Red Giant Universe is an exceptionally powerful post-production platform that allows for a seamless integration of plugins, transitions, and effects into your NLE. Even if you haven’t already used Universe, you are likely familiar with Red Giant’s other products (such as Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista, and Toon it) – […]Read more →
For the third instalment of my ‘Tip Of The Day’ videos, I wanted to discuss the concept of self imposed limitations, and how they can help bring out your creative potential (especially in cinematography). Often times as we develop a skill set, it becomes easy to slip into a certain way of doing things that […]Read more →
Given the vast amount of of technical obsessiveness that exudes from this site, it’s ironic that I find myself writing an article on how obsessing over gear will never lead to the best creative results in your work. I absolutely feel that gear and technical know-how are critical to master and some of the biggest keys to […]Read more →
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