Want to capture beautiful, cinematic images but don’t have the cash? Well, you might need less than you think.
If you’re looking to get your hands on a cinema camera, expect to spend at least $ 2000. (The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is one outlier at $ 1000.) And that’s just for the body alone—this doesn’t include the cost of lenses and accessories, like filters, memory cards, extra batteries, and cages. So, is there a solution for filmmakers who don’t have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on camera gear? Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you how he built a full cinema camera kit for less than $ 250 in the video below.
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This DIY turntable will help you take your product shots to a whole new level.
One of the easiest ways of making your product shots look slick and professional is to use a light box, whether you buy one from a manufacturer or build one yourself. However, if you want to up the ante a little bit, you can always utilize a 360-degree turntable to showcase not only the product you’re shooting, but your exceptional video work skills as well. In this tutorial from New Amsterdam Photo Video, you’ll learn how to make your own turntable out of $ 20 worth of materials to use for product photography and 360-degree video.
This tutorial utilizes a few things that you probably don’t have just lying around, including a $ 10 lazy susan from IKEA, called the SNUDDA, and a $ 2 cloth tape measure. You’ll also need some construction paper and tape.
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This tutorial will show you how to put together an inexpensive light that looks and works much like an expensive Kino Flo.
Kino Flos are a great option for lighting your film, but they tend to be out of most indie filmmakers’ price range and can be less color accurate than what’s desired. However in this tutorial from Indy Mogul, DP James Codeglia shows you how to build “covered wagons” like the ones he used while working on several J.J. Abrams films. Like Kino Flos, they are low profile, lightweight, powerful lights, but will cost a whole lot less.
As far as I can tell, Codeglia’s DIY light is pretty standard compared to other covered wagons, except for one slight difference—a difference that gives it that Kino Flo functionality. Instead of designing it with the bulbs facing up, he sets the bulbs on their sides, which gives the light a low enough profile that it can be put just about anywhere.
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John Wick: Chapter 2 star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski made a stop at AOL Build in NYC last week to discuss the new movie which opens in theaters on Friday, Feb. 10. In the movie, Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Check out a few photos from the event thanks to one of our contributors, Denise, and a full video of the Build talk below.
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