How to Build a Cinema Camera Kit for Less than $250

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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Watch: The 180-Degree Rule Explained in Less than 2 Minutes

This is one of the first and most important fundamentals you learn in film school. Why not learn it from this 2-minute video, tuition free?

If your professor isn’t too tired/frazzled/hungover to just toss a syllabus on your desk and call it good, your first day of film school is most likely going to include a lesson on the 180-degree rule. This filmmaking fundamental is key in keeping the spacial continuity of your film clear and concise, which will in turn keep your audience from being confused about what’s happening on-screen. In this short video from Fandor, you get to learn all the basics of the 180-degree rule, how to follow it, and how to break it for dramatic effect.

The thing about the 180-degree rule is that it’s pretty simple in theory: draw an imaginary line down the center of the action and then only shoot from one side. Bam! Easy! However, in practice it’s a little more difficult than that, because it’s easy for things to get confusing once all of the cameras, tripods, lights, actors, and crew members are buzzing around on set.

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Joe Manganiello Sounds Less Certain About Playing Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’ Now

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Development of the first standalone Batman movie featuring Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight has been somewhat difficult recently. After being attached to helm the movie for months, Ben Affleck pulled out of the project as director and has since handed off duties to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves.

This change behind the scenes has created a production delay for The Batman (which still hasn’t been confirmed as the official title) as the script is being rewritten from scratch. This explains why previously announced star Joe Manganiello, who was meant to play the villain Deathstroke, no longer sounds very certain about his role in the movie.

Find out more about the lack of certainty in Joe Manganiello playing Deathstroke below.

The Batman development process has essentially started over now that Matt Reeves has been brought on as director, and that seems to have the role that Joe Manganiello was lined up to play last fall up in the air. The Magic Mike co-star recently talked to Pittsburgh Today Live (via Batman-News) while making the rounds to promote his voice work in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and in the interview, he was asked if he would be appearing in The Batman as Deathstroke. His response was not full of much confidence:

If you don’t have 10 seconds to spare for that video, Manganiello throws his hands up in the air in a somewhat half-heartedly defeated kind of way and says, “Um, maybe. We’ll see.” Indeed, it sounds like the state of The Batman is up in the air, and thus the actor doesn’t really know how involved he’ll be in the movie as it switches hands and moves towards production.

That doesn’t mean we won’t see the actor as Deathstroke in the DC Expanded Universe though. We know the actor went through costume tests very early on for the role, and there was even an indication that the character might have a role in Justice League. Therefore, Joe Manganiello could still end up being a force for Batman to reckon with on the big screen, even if he doesn’t end up being the primary villain in The Batman.

Right now there are so many details about The Batman up in the air, it’s hard to know what’s going on. With production delayed until sometime next year, it might be awhile before we hear any solid details on The Dark Knight front. In the meantime, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are trying to get another DCEU movie to join Aquaman in production before the year is out. But it remains to be seen if they can make it happen. As always, stay tuned.

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Women and Minorities are Hired Less, Paid Less in L.A.’s Creative Sector (Guest Column)

Even as Hollywood celebrates an inclusive Oscar night, female and diverse candidates “are less likely to be hired, and when they do get jobs, often earn less” in film, TV and other creative fields, according to a Milken Insitute study of city employment data.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Will Have Less Main Character Deaths; Watch Midseason Premiere Promo

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The characters who’ve survived so far in The Walking Dead comics have probably lived this long for a reason. Since Robert Kirkman’s black-and-white zombie comic started in 2003, quite a few prominent characters have been killed off in the zombie wasteland. The series is famous for some memorable death scenes. Season seven of the television series, which returns in less than two weeks, was even hyped up over the death of one character — a tease in the season six finale that polarized fans.

Kirkman says, at least in the comics, not to expect too many major deaths in the near future. Below, read what else he had to say about the fate of his characters and watch a promo for the second half of season seven of The Walking Dead.

Kirkman recently completed the Whisperer War storyline. The war left only one major character dead, which might’ve surprised a few fans. For Kirkman, killing off only one central figure was the logical choice to him. In issue #163, he explained why:

In my opinion, there should be less death in the book now, much less, because the careless people, the scared people, the people learning how to live in this world are already dead. This is the cream of the crop, so to speak. So, yes, there can be a conflict like the Whisperer War, and there can be very little death. You think Michonne is going to just let herself get bitten by a zombie or stabbed by a Whisperer at this point? It wouldn’t be believable! Rick, Andrea, Carl, Jesus, Dwight, Negan, Maggie, these people are tempered steel! That’s not to say they’re invulnerable, or ‘safe’ now but it would take a lot to kill them.

You don’t survive as long as Rick, Andrea, Negan, Maggie, and the rest of the crew have by acting stupid in those scenarios. The fact that they’re faster, stronger, and harder to kill makes perfect sense. Also, The Walking Dead deaths can only target main characters for so long until there’s nobody left to follow, so of course Rick and everybody are going to stick around a little while longer.

In a promo for the season 7 midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, though, the characters appear far more vulnerable (via IGN):

As stated above, the season six finale wasn’t satisfactory for all fans. The people who weren’t fans of the ending shouldn’t expect the same mistake twice with the season seven finale. “I think everyone on The Walking Dead creative team has taken note of that, and I don’t know that I would expect a similar cliffhanger at the end of season 7,” Kirkman said.

Here’s the official synopsis for the second half of Season 7:

The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.

Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.

We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 12.

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‘Hickey’: How a Commercial Director Made a Feature for Less Than the Cost of an Ad

Director Alex Grossman’s road to production was straight out of a movie itself.

Like many in our business, Alex Grossman moved to Los Angeles from the Midwest with a screenplay and a dream. After a series of meetings and mishaps right out of a Hollywood movie about Hollywood, he decided to move from writing to directing and further pursue his burgeoning career in advertising. Grossman went on to a very successful, award-winning run of commercial directing, but he never gave up on making a feature film. He wrote upwards of 10 scripts in his free time and was determined to get one made on his own terms.

The resulting feature comedy is Hickey, the story of a high school math whiz who makes a heroic stand to save the failing mom and pop electronics store where he works—and win the heart of his longtime crush in the process. It references some of the best of comedic teen flicks (think Napoleon Dynamite and American Pie), but has more heart.

“When you give somebody in this town a script and they tell you what’s wrong, they’re probably right. When they tell you how to fix it, they’re probably wrong.”

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Michael Fassbender Plays a Slightly Less Egotistical and Murderous Android in ‘Alien: Covenant’

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Prometheus polarizes plenty of Alien fans, but we can all likely agree Michael Fassbender‘s performance is not one of that film’s problems. David is curious, darkly funny, sinister, and, despite being an android, has the most interior life among thew crew of the Prometheus. We’ll see David return in next summer’s Alien: Covenant, but as we know, he’s not the only android played by Fassbender in Sir Ridley Scott‘s sequel.

Below, Michael Fassbender discusses his new Alien Covenant android and what to expect from him.

Alien: Covenant takes place ten years after the events of Prometheus and follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which has discovered a promising new planet. When they land, they run into a little trouble, thanks to the new Xenomorph, called the “Neomorph,” causing all sorts of trouble.

As previous Alien films have taught us, an android can cause as many problems as a pesty, bloodthirsty alien, but it doesn’t sound like the new android played by Fassbender, named Walter, has nefarious motivations. While speaking with, the actor described the differences between the “work-in-progress” David and Walter:

I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish. David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.

It’s still unclear how exactly David crosses paths with the crew of the Covenant. Based on the trailer, it’s speculated that the older model robot is on the planet the colony ship goes to and has been keeping busy doing a little experimenting, but that’s unconfirmed. Our own Angie Han recently saw some footage from Alien: Covenant, and despite not learning how David figures into Alien: Covenant, she wrote: “Michael Fassbender’s performance looks just as chilling as it did in Prometheus.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Alien: Covenant opens on May 19th, 2017. If you want to know more about the film, check out Peter’s trailer breakdown and while you’re at it, why not give the excellent trailer another watch?

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