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.)
You don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to get a good lens.
If you’re a new filmmaker who doesn’t know much about lenses, you might be under the impression that the more a lens costs the better it is. This—is kind of true. I mean, advanced features and higher quality components demand more of your dollars, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a quality lens that can produce great images for a fraction of the price.
This is especially important to remember when purchasing your first lens, which most industry professionals would suggest should be a good ol’ nifty fifty, including photographer Kai Wong. He names five 50mm lenses that he considers to be the best in terms of sharpness, bokeh, and build quality in the video below—and video that basically becomes a budget filmmaker’s shopping list.
Here is the list of lenses Kai mentions in the video:
The Atoning: Atmospheric horror film hits DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD on September 5th
When it comes to horror movies, shock and jump scares do not a meal make. You need atmosphere. Thick, meaty atmosphere you need to cut with a cleaver. And writer/director/producer Michael Williams’s new skin-crawler The Atoning is a movie that is ripe with atmosphere and often unbearable tension.
The Atoning synopsis: Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter. From that moment on, they’re thrust into a horror worse than anything they’ve ever experienced. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past.
The Atoning is produced by Michael LaCour and Joni Seitz, executive produced by Daniel Wood, associate produced by Sabrita Gordon, associate produced by David Roberson with music by composer Keatzi Gunmoney. Williams is also the cinematographer, editor, and executive producer. The film stars Virginia Newcomb, Michael La Cour, and Cannon Bosarge.
The movie hits DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on all platforms September 5, 2017. REDBOX will also hit on the same date!
We have an exclusive clip from the film to share below. And yeah…get ready for atmosphere that will crawl under your skin and stay there!
CineMartin’s 4K LT Monitors are so popular, they’re already selling out. Here’s what we think of them.
When CineMartin first announced the amazing price of the 4K LT external monitor ($ 199), many were skeptical, but No Film School got our hands on a unit and are impressed. In fact, so many people were impressed that the units are almost sold out, and Cinemartin remains unclear on whether there will be more batches in the future, so grab one soon if you want an unbelievable value.
The CineMartin 4K LT monitor is a 7″ external monitor with a Sony NP battery mount, HDMI inputs and outputs, with a hot shoe mount and camera hood included . Unlike popular monitor/recorders like the Atomos Ninja, this is just a monitor. However, it’s a monitor that comes in at only $ 199, and has a host of exposure and focus assist features that make it an amazing bargain at the price.
At Sundance, acclaimed TV and feature film writers share essential tips for episodic writing.
Between unforgettable characters and underrepresented stories, we’re seeing incredible new work in episodic TV every day. Current series embrace diversity, originality, and fluidity between forms. It’s a constantly changing landscape; no longer bound by traditional formats, length or distribution models, today’s long-form storytellers are experimenting with new media tools and ways to connect with audiences.
Being number one isn’t a lot of fun. Just ask Apple, which was just called “boring” by a prominent former employee.
With a market cap of over $ 639 billion, Apple is the biggest company in the world. It has enviable profits and unit sales (every quarter it manages to sell tens of millions of iPhones, though that number is declining) and is slowly, but smartly, shifting its attention to its highly lucrative services business, which includes the App Store and Apple Pay.
It’s also one of the most heavily scrutinized companies on the planet. Apple cultivates a level of secrecy and loyalty rarely found in business. Which is why when one member of the fold cleaves off and starts talking, people listen. Read more…