Almost Everything You Need to Know about Lighting in Under 30 Minutes

This beginner’s technical breakdown of lighting is perfect for those just starting out.

If you’ve just started your filmmaking journey, lighting may not be on your radar quite yet—but it should be. It’s one of the most important elements of cinema not only because it’s the very thing that makes it possible, but because it’s one of the most powerful tools a filmmaker has to tell a story. If you’re a little intimidated, don’t worry. Yes, lighting can be complicated and yes, it’s going to take you years of practice to be any good at it, but this 30-minute video from Kevin of Basic Filmmaker breaks down almost every basic technical aspect of lighting, from color temperatures to lighting cable quality, to help give you a more sturdy foundation.

(Kevin highlights one mistake in the video: when he refers to CRI as Color Temperature Index. It stands for Color Rendering Index.)

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A British reporter got a tip-off about ‘big news’ 25 minutes before JFK was shot


It’s not an exaggeration to say that the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas on 22 November 1963 is the mother of all conspiracy theories. 

So even small events that preceded the murder, contained in the fresh batch of JFK files just published on the U.S. government’s site, take a sinister, prescient light. 

A memo from the C.I.A.’s deputy director (Plans), James Angleton, refers to an anonymous phone call that senior reporter from local paper the Cambridge Evening News, received just 25 minutes before the president was shot.  Read more…

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Over 50 Minutes of Wolfenstein II Gameplay

Over 50 Minutes of Wolfenstein II Gameplay

Over 50 minutes of Wolfenstein II gameplay

Bethesda Softworks has revealed three extensive videos for the upcoming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, revealing over 50 minutes of gameplay from the upcoming sequel, including the very first mission! Check them out in the player below!

For BJ Blazkowicz, this time it’s personal. Or, make that more personal. Or… personaler. Whatever the case, BJ is back to wage war against the evil Nazi regime – but in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the front lines have moved from Europe to his homeland. Nazis have taken over America, and BJ wants his country back. His goal: to rally the resistance and restore peace and freedom to his beloved nation. And he’s not just fighting for himself; BJ’s partner Anya is pregnant with twins, so the future of his family is at stake as well.

Blast Nazis to bits with high-tech weaponry such as the Laserkraftwerk, the Dieselkraftwerk, or get up close and personal with advanced pistols, submachine guns, and hatchets. When you need a little more versatility, upgrade and dual-wield your favorite guns! Unleash your inner war hero as you annihilate Nazis in new and hyper-violent ways. Lock and load futuristic guns and discover BJ’s new set of abilities as you fight to free America. Regardless of your playstyle, invent all-new ways of stabbing, shooting, and killing Nazis.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will release on October 27, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Watch: Learn How to Fly a Drone in 7 Minutes

If you’re ready to take to the skies with your first drone, you’ll want to learn the basics first.

Drone technology is getting better and better every year, making it easier for beginners to take it out of the box and take to the skies. However, even the most basic drone has a bit of a learning curve. So, if you’re ready to shoot some sweet aerial shots but don’t really know how to get off the ground, this video from Darious Britt of D4Darious shows you the basics of drone operation, from rules and regulations you need to follow before you take off to flight exercises you can practice once you’re in the air. Check it out below:

There’s more to flying a drone than being able to pull off sweet moves. Great drone pilots aren’t just those capable of doing advanced aerial maneuvers, they’re those who are capable of doing them safely. Know the rules and regulations in your area. If you’re in the U.S., the FAA may require you to register your drone, but it has actually relaxed its rules to allow hobbyists to fly without having to register.

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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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‘Tangled Before Ever After’: Disney Debuts the First Five Minutes of the TV Movie Sequel

First 5 Minutes of Tangled Before Ever After

Instead of giving Tangled a feature film sequel, Disney has opted to continue the story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and her new husband Eugene (Zachary Levi) by way of a TV movie, followed by an animated series.

Tangled Before Ever After is a Disney Channel Original Movie that will act as an extended pilot for Tangled: The Series. For those who aren’t sure what to expect, Disney has put the first five minutes of the TV movie online for your viewing pleasure. Watch the first 5 minutes of Tangled Before Ever After below.

The TV movie begins with a quick recap of what happened in Tangled, narrated mostly by the “misunderstood good guy” Eugene. But eventually, Rapunzel takes over to let us know that we’re about to learn about the great adventure that unfolded in the six months after Tangled ended, before Eugene and Rapunzel got married.

Then we’re thrust into a playful race between Eugene and Rapunzel as the two exchange quips and horseback riding tricks, evading some of the kingdom’s guards. It turns out they’re just trying to get them back home for a welcoming ceremony, so Eugene and Rapunzel are kinda being jerks.

Much like the DuckTales reboot coming to Disney XD, I’m not really a fan of the cheapened animation style. I don’t expect the animation to be as detailed as the computer animated feature, but this stylized approach just isn’t cutting it for me. It has personality, but I’m not wowed by any of the visuals.

In addition to the return of Rapunzel and Eugene (as well as the long golden hair), the series is also bringing back Jeffrey Tambor as Big Nose and Paul F. Tompkins as Shorty (aka the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs), as well as M.C. Gainey as Captain of the Guards. Beyond those bit players from the movie, the voice cast has grown considerably.

Broadway star Eden Espinosa is playing a new character named Cassandra, Rapunzel’s handmaiden and confidant. Then there’s also Jeff Ross as Hook Foot (brother of the pub thug Hook Hand), Richard Kind as Uncle Monty, Sean Hayes as Pete the Guard, Peter MacNicol as Nigel the Advisor, Clancy Brown as Rapunzel’s father King Frederic, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as blacksmith Xavier, Diedrich Bader as Stan the Guard, Jeremy Jordan as teen alchemist Varian, Jonathan Banks as Varian’s father Quirin, Charles Halford as Pub Thug Vladimir, Steve Blum as Pub Thug Attila Buckethead, and James Monroe Iglehart as Eugene’s friend Lance Strongbow.

It’s just the beginning of happily ever after for Rapunzel and Eugene. As Rapunzel reacquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, she comes to realize that there is so much more she needs to learn about the world and herself before she becomes Princess of Corona. With the help of her handmaiden and friend, Cassandra, and Eugene, she begins to find the adventure she desires right outside her door. Life is about to get a little hairier!

Tangled Before Ever After premieres on Disney Channel on Friday, March 10 at 8pm ET/PT.

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The devastating 1889 Johnstown Flood killed over 2,000 people in minutes


A tree protrudes from a house tossed by the flood.

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On the morning of May 31, 1889, Elias Unger, the president of Pennsylvania’s South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, awoke from a night of heavy rain to an impending catastrophe.

Just below his home, swollen by ongoing rainfall, the artificial reservoir of Lake Conemaugh appeared to be on the verge of overwhelming the notoriously leaky South Fork Dam impounding it.

Unger sent urgent warnings to nearby towns and rallied a crew to try to relieve the pressure on the dam by creating spillways, to no avail

An hour and a half after Unger ordered his men off the eroding dam, it collapsed, freeing 20 million tons of water to charge downstream. Read more…

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First You Watch the Opening Three Minutes of Rings, and Then…

First You Watch the Opening Three Minutes of Rings, and Then...

First you watch the opening three minutes of Rings, and then…

Paramount Pictures has released the opening three minutes of Rings along with a new clip from the upcoming film which you can watch using the players below. The continuation of the horror franchise opens in theaters on February 3.

RELATED: Samara is Reborn in the First Rings Trailer and Poster

In Rings, a young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) from a script by David Loucka, Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman.

Rings stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D’Onofrio. The film is produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.

What do you think of the Rings opening? Let us know in the comments below!

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Preview 20 Minutes of Horizon Zero Dawn Gameplay

Preview 20 Minutes of Horizon Zero Dawn Gameplay

Preview 20 Minutes of Horizon Zero Dawn gameplay

Sony Interactive Entertainment has released an extensive gameplay video for Horizon Zero Dawn, showing off 20 minutes from the upcoming open world title. You can watch the Horizon Zero Dawn gameplay below!

Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.

Horizon Zero Dawn juxtaposes two contrasting elements, taking a vibrant world rich with beautiful nature and filling it with awe-inspiring highly advanced technology. This marriage creates a dynamic combination for both exploration and gameplay. How have machines dominated this world, and what is their purpose? What happened to the civilization here before? Scour every corner of a realm filled with ancient relics and mysterious buildings in order to uncover your past and unearth the many secrets of a forgotten land.

The foundation of combat in Horizon Zero Dawn is built upon the speed and cunning of Aloy versus the raw strength and size of the machines. In order to overcome a much larger and technologically superior enemy, Aloy must use every ounce of her knowledge, intelligence, and agility to survive each encounter.

Set to debut February 28, 2017, you can pre-order your own copy of Horizon Zero Dawn by clicking here.

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Watch: How ’60 Minutes’ Filmed an Impossible High-Speed Drone Swarm

60 Minutes nearly abandoned this story about military drones because they couldn’t figure out how to film it.

If you were asked to film a swarm of objects not much bigger than an iPhone 6+ flying erratically at 50mph, how would you do it?

If you’re already scratching your head, don’t feel bad. So was the team at 60 Minutes after they were granted permission to film a military test of the cutting-edge Perdix drones flying in autonomous formation above the Mojave desert.

His reaction to trying to film the tiny drones was, “What? No way. I can’t do this.”

At first, cameraman Ron Dean was sent to do a practice run, filming just two of the drones. “My lens couldn’t get close enough,” said Dean in this behind-the-scenes video. “It wasn’t a long enough lens.”

It seemed so impossible to film that 60 Minutes nearly abandoned the shoot entirely. That was until the decision was made to bring in Rudy Neidermeyer, a professional golf cameraman with experience filming tiny, fast-moving objects (namely, golf balls).

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