Watch: 5 Ways to Customize Premiere Pro to Get a More Efficient Workflow

Working faster oftentimes means working smarter, especially when it comes to editing in Premiere Pro.

Finding ways to speed up and organize your workflow is extremely important if you’re a video editor, because not only will it cut down your turnaround, but it’ll help you maintain your sanity while editing a project for long periods of time. In this video from PremiumBeat, editor Jason Boone gives you 5 tips for customizing Premiere Pro to not only make it more efficient and easy to work with, but to also make it more conducive to the way you work.

Here are the 5 tips Boone talks about in the video:

Custom Bins

Organizing your media is a key part of having a good workflow. If you’re spending most of your time looking for clips, music, and sound effects, you might want to start creating and organizing custom bins in Premiere Pro. Boone suggests making bins for video, audio, graphics, and sequences, as well as sub-folders within them for more specific assets, but you can customize it to fit your needs.

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Must Watch: Superb Opening Prologue Preview for ‘Alien: Covenant’

Alien: Covenant Prologue

“It kinda spooks me out – it’s a big old sea of nothing.” Fox has revealed a fantastic 4-minute opening prologue preview for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. This is such an awesome way to introduce everyone to these new characters in this movie. In the preview, the entire crew on the new mission gather for a final meal before entering cryosleep. There’s some really great moments in this, it’s kind of eerie how good this is, especially Waterston’s speech at the end. The massive cast includes: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. Everyone needs to pause and watch this. “I couldn’t pick a better bunch of jerks to get marooned on a distant planet with.” ›››

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Watch: Here’s a Nifty Makeup Trick for Giving Your Actor Realistic Freckles

You don’t need Photoshop or After Effects to bespeckle an actor’s face.

Freckles are adorable, whether they covering the face of a gorgeous young ingénue or a kid joyously running through a sprinkler. If your vision for one of the characters in a project includes freckles, photographer/filmmaker/weird lens master Mathieu Stern just published a super simple makeup tutorial that shows you how to give them to your subject using a toothbrush and some watercolors. Check it out below:

So, here’s all you’re going to need:

  • Water
  • Q-tips
  • Watercolors (orange, red, and brown)
  • A toothbrush

Perhaps the most complicated thing about this technique is mixing the right amount of orange, red, and green watercolors together to get the hue you want for your freckles. But once you have it, all you have to do is get the toothbrush wet, dip it into your mixture, and flick the brush onto your subject’s face until you get your desired look.

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Watch: 50 Roles from the Incredible Career of Oscar-Nominated Actress Isabelle Huppert

This is certainly a fitting tribute to the “French Meryl Streep,” Isabelle Huppert.

During her 46-year-long acting career, Isabelle Huppert has graced the screen in over 130 films and TV shows and won over 90 awards. But this year marks a first for the accomplished star; she received an Oscar nomination for her role as Michèle Leblanc in Paul Verhoeven’s psychological thriller Elle. Though she has taken home some of the most prestigious awards in the world, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a César (the French equivalent of an Oscar), and two Best Actress Awards at Cannes, it wasn’t until this year that she received an Oscar nod.

To find out why the Academy was bewitched by the complexity and elegance of her performance in Elle, check out this beautiful tribute video by Carlos Aguilar, which highlights 50 of her greatest character portrayals.

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Watch the Trailer for Splatter King Fred Vogel’s The Final Interview


August Underground director Fred Vogel presents the trailer for his new feature The Final Interview

I’ll never forget the day my old editor at Rue Morgue magazine called me into his office with a warning, telling me that he was about to show me a movie that even he couldn’t defend. Of course i demanded to watch it immediately. That film was August Underground and within 15 minutes I was absolutely revolted and horrified. It was unflinchingly real and upsettingly cruel. I shut it off.

But I couldn’t shut it off.


The film was the work of director Fred Vogel and his Toe Tag pictures and the ensuing years have seen Vogel and company become legends of graphic indie horror, setting new standards for shock with the August Underground sequels and then, refining his talents with films like The Redsin Towers and Sella Turcica.

RELATED: The 25 goriest shots in horror

Today, Vogel has shared with us the teaser trailer for his 8th feature film, The Final Interview, a movie that tells the story of a veteran newscaster, Oliver Ross (Grainger Hines), who visits Western Penitentiary for a live interview with death row inmate, and infamous Pittsburgh murderer, Darius Tidman (Damien Marusack) mere hours before his scheduled execution. Oliver, the show’s director, Rhonda Cox (Diane Franklin), and the rest of “The Ross Perspective” crew set up at the jail and begin the live broadcast. By the end of the interview Oliver and his crew discover there is a lot more to this murderer than meets the eye.

No release date set for the film yet but you can find out more by going to the official The Final Interview Facebook page.

Now, watch the official teaser trailer below.

Director Fred Vogel Intro/ The Final Interview Teaser Trailer from The Final Interview on Vimeo.

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Watch: This Is What ‘La La Land’ Would Look Like as an 8-Bit Video Game

The 8-bit video game version of “La La Land” might be the cutest animated remake of a Oscar-nominated musical you see today.

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land has already garnered so much attention from fans and critics, especially in the final leg of awards season. We’ve seen everything from exclusive behind-the-scenes content to Jimmy Fallon’s homage at the Golden Globes, but now CineFix has given it its famous 8-bit Cinema treatment and turned the musical into a classic video game. Check it out below, but if you haven’t seen it, beware of spoilers!

This video is admittedly super cute and definitely pokes fun at some of the film’s pivotal moments. However, it would’ve been cool to see more of the memorable sequences, like the impressive opening scene or “City of Stars” scene.

The Academy Awards are only a few days away and though some of us (me) would love to see Moonlight go home with the Oscar for Best Picture, the frontrunner still appears to be La La Land. If it doesn’t win, though, Chazelle can still look back and see his beautiful film immortalized in this 8-bit tribute.

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Watch: 20 Times Wes Anderson Referenced Other Films in His Own Work

Director Wes Anderson is inspired by everything—films, paintings, even liquor bottles.

No filmmaker is born a creative genius. Everyone from Scorsese to Aronofsky has cultivated their talent through hard work and inspiration from other artists, and director Wes Anderson, as quirky and unique as he might be, is no different. In this supercut by Candice Drouet, we get to see how directors like Stanley Kubrick and the British filmmaking duo, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, inspired Anderson’s visual style in a side-by-side comparison of 20 visual references has admittedly made in his films.

It’s interesting to see the many different places from which Anderson says he drew inspiration. Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, and Ken Loach’s Kes are all very different films, but all managed to find their way into the director’s mind while he made his own .

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Watch: ‘Tears In The Rain’ Sci-Fi Short Film Inspired by ‘Blade Runner’

Tears In The Rain Sci-Fi Short Film

“I would know if I was a replicant!” We’re always on the lookout for good sci-fi short films. Tears In The Rain is an intriguing little short from South Africa that is clearly directly inspired by Blade Runner, set in the world of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. This short was made on a budget of only $ 1500 which is crazy impressive, and it looks great. I wish there was more taking place outside on the streets, but it’s still cool to see a well-made short film set in this world, and I can always appreciate some fascinating dialogue. This gets deep into the themes from the original novel about free will and whether or not our memories are real, and if we would know that we’re a robot, or are just designed to think we’re real. ›››

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Watch The Opening Musical Number From ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Beauty and the Beast belle song

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new clip from their live-action Beauty and the Beast. The one-minute long clip shows the opening musical number from director Bill Condon‘s adaptation, recreating the song “Belle” from the animated classic. Hit the jump to watch Emma Watson perform the Beauty and the Beast Belle song.

Beauty and the Beast Belle Song

As you can see above, the song and staging is a pretty faithful adaptation to the Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise-directed animated film version. I’m not even a huge fan of the original movie, and yet this clip brings a big smile to my face. I think this clip will reassure fans who maybe weren’t sure that Bill Condon’s staging would be faithful to the classic movie. Star Emma Watson seamlessly falls into this famous role.

The song “Belle” was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures’ 30th animated feature film, which hit theaters in 1991. The original number was recorded by Paige O’Hara and Richard White. The song serves to introduce us to the film’s heroine Belle, as well as to the little village that she lives in. It also introduces us to the film’s villain Gaston, who demands her hand in marriage despite Belle’s rejections.

You can watch the original “Bell” opening number sequence embedded below for comparison sake:

The official plot synopsis follows:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beas will be released in theaters on March 17th, 2017.

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Watch: Learn How Pixar Makes Animated Movies with Khan Academy

How Pixar Makes Movies

“You’ll meet artists, scientists, animators, coders, sculptors, all kinds of different people.” This is totally wonderful. Khan Academy has partnered with Pixar to launch a new instructional series titled “Pixar in a Box“. The idea is to launch an intensive course to teach people how to make computer animated movies like Pixar, teaching the entire process. To announce the series, Pixar made a video that explains step-by-step how they make a movie. It’s one of the most exciting and impressive inside looks at the studio that I’ve ever seen, breaking down every last part of the process. This seriously makes me wish I worked for Pixar, what a dream. But that’s the point! They want you to realize that dream can come true, you need to start learning. For now, watch this and discover what it takes to create a feature animated film. There’s so much involved. ›››

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