Watch: 7 Tricks for Customizing Your Nikon DSLR

Are you a Nikon shooter? Then these 7 customization tips will really help you out.

Cameras are tools that help us create images, and since they’re tools, they always work best when customized to fit our own personal needs. If your camera tool happens to be a Nikon, then you’re in luck because photographer Steve Perry has put together a video that shares seven tricks for customizing your Nikon DSLR. Keep in mind, though, that these are geared toward mid and pro-range bodies, excluding the D3 and D5 series, so not ever trick is going to work with your shooter.

Perry goes into a lot of detail in the video on how to customize your Nikon camera, but in case you want a simple overview to know what you’re getting, here are the seven tricks he talks about:

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Watch: Walk of Shame Stirs Up Emotions in Short Film ‘Forever After’

Forever After Short Film

«I’m not doing too well, mum.» Another outstanding short film to watch. Sometimes it’s the moments you least expect when you are suddenly forced to reflect on your life choices. This short Forever After, made by writer/director Charlotte Scott-Wilson, follows a woman who wakes up after a drunken one-night stand and must take the dread «walk of shame» back home. Along the way she begins to feel the heavy emotions of reality, and has many moments of reflection that make her start questioning what she’s doing. I really like this short, it’s meaningful and makes you think about your own life, while keeping our attention throughout. ›››

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Watch a Preview of Tonight’s The Blacklist

The Blacklist Returns on 4/20 with a Two-Hour Episode

The Blacklist returns to NBC tonight with a two-hour episode

James Spader, Megan Boone, Harry Lenix, Diego Klattnehoff and more return in a two-hour episode of NBC‘s The Blacklist. The event kicks off 9/8c on NBC. Red Reddington (Spader) is back to his tricks, but as we learn in a new video from Sony Pictures Television, things aren’t really what they were for our “hero.” The official description for the episode is as follows: “Red Reddington (James Spader) returns to face his day of reckoning when The Blacklist returns in a 2-hour event.”

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. After brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe for years, he’s now mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help them catch an entire “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists but only under the condition that he works exclusively with Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and “see the bigger picture”… whether she wants to or not.

The Blacklist premiered on September 23, 2013 and is now in its fourth season on NBC. A spin-off series, The Blacklist: Redemption, premiered on February 23, 2017, which put The Blacklist on a hiatus. Here is the info for the new series: “In the thrilling new spinoff, the world’s most elusive criminals from Red’s infamous list come together to form an elite mercenary team as they try to regain their self-worth after a lifetime of inflicting damage on the world. Seeking redemption for their past transgressions, this new group solves problems governments don’t dare touch. Blacklist undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) joins the team’s brilliant and cunning chief, Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Janssen), as well as lethal assassin and Tom nemesis Matias Solomon (Edi Gathegi), as they aim to be a force for good and right dangerous wrongs. Along with highly skilled members Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) and hacker Dumont (Adrian Martinez), they will undertake seemingly impossible missions — all in the hopes of repairing their damaged souls.”

Are you guys excited for the two-hour return of The Blacklist? Are you watching the spinoff? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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Watch: When Films and TV Shows Reference the ‘Reference Master’ Quentin Tarantino

How often do you have to reference other films in your own films before your films start being referenced in other films? Go ask Quentin Tarantino.

From Fellini’s 8 1/2 to Fujita’s Lady Snowblood, Quentin Tarantino has paid homage to a plethora of different films and TV shows in his own work. I imagine watching one of his films is kind of like walking through the video store where he used to work, Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, just title after title of timeless and obscure pieces of cinema.

Tarantino has made his favorite and most influential films such a part of his own work that his penchant for referencing them has become, on its own, a source of reference for other filmmakers. In this entertaining supercut by video essayist Jacob T. Swinney you’ll get to see just how high Tarantino’s work has reached in pop culture.

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Watch: Amusing Chicken or Egg Claymation Short Film ‘Time Chicken’

Time Chicken Short

«In the beginning their was faith that the egg was the start of all life. Then came reason that the egg must have come from a great chicken.» So what came first: the chicken or the egg? The eternal, unanswerable question finally gets addressed in this amusing, wacky short film titled Time Chicken. This claymation short was written, directed and animated by Nick Black, who made it over two years using Canon DSLRs and handmade sets from various objects he found. It’s a totally wacky but incredibly enjoyable short film, that does have touches of «Robot Chicken», but still feels like something original. You just need to watch and enjoy because while it might seem odd, it’s so much fun and will make you laugh. Plus it’s under 6 minutes. ›››

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Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere Live!

Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere Live!

Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere live

Though the film won’t debut for North American fans for a couple more weeks, Marvel Studios will be rolling out the red carpet for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere tonight at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time and you can watch the whole thing online in the player below!

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast includes the return of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface and Kurt Russell as Ego, the Living Planet.

RELATED: James Gunn Confirms He Will Write and Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Directed and written by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Opening in theaters on May 5, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7 and Thor: Ragnarok on November 3. Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to open on May 4, 2018.

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Watch: 3 Things Spike Jonze Does When Making Movies about Loneliness

How does director Spike Jonze use imagery to communicate a deep sense of loneliness in his work?

Loneliness is a universal emotion. Every person on Earth has felt it at one point in their lives—the dead weight, the echoing pang, the electric skin that fires every time it’s touched. Because it’s such a huge part of the human experience, filmmakers have been making films about loneliness since the beginning of cinema, but one director that really stands out in his filmic exploration of it is Spike Jonze.

His lonely characters are some of the most memorable: Craig and Lotte Schwartz from Being John Malkovich, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, and, of course, Theodore from Her. But how does Jonze reproduce this very intense, very common experience cinematically? In this video essay from Studio Binder, we get to see three ways he uses cinematography to do it.

Though it’s not very comprehensive, the list of Jonze’s techniques that are mentioned in the video is a great place to start.

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Watch: Everything You Need to Know About the Most Important Rule in Filmmaking

The 180-degree rule is a basic but incredibly important filmmaking concept to understand

When we walk into a room, our brain perceives it three-dimensionally, seamlessly stitching our visual perceptions together. This means that when you’re attempting to render a three-dimensional space in two dimensions, such as on a movie screen, you must pay careful attention to the way in which the audience will perceive the space subconsciously. To avoid this disorienting of your audience and visually fracturing of your narrative, you must follow the most important rule in cinematography: the 180-degree rule.

A new video essay from Wolfcrow shows how to properly adhere to—or break—the 180-degree rule, depending on your intentions with the scene. (Of course, the 180-degree rule is only relevant if there are cuts in the scene; for single-shot scenes, it doesn’t apply.) The video covers how to shoot with the 180-degree rule, which bisects the set, for one-person, two-person, three-person, and four-or-more-person shots. It also details some great tips for action scenes and eye line-matching.

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Watch: DP Geoff Boyle Discusses the Evolution and Future of LED Lighting

Though they came from humble beginnings, LED lights have evolved into something great.

LED lights have come a long way in the film industry. What were once inconsistent and unreliable light sources evolved into some of the most affordable, convenient, and efficient lighting tools on the market, especially when it comes to independent filmmaking. In this video from Cooke Optics TV, cinematographer Geoff Boyle discusses his own experience being introduced to LED lights, how they changed throughout the years, as well as the many issues they solve for DPs.

One of the most interesting things Boyle talks about in the video is the parallel between film and digital and LEDs and other light sources. In the same way that digital went through its awkward teenager phase as an alternative to film cameras, LEDs too have gone, and are still going through theirs.

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Watch: Two New TV Spots for ‘Alien: Covenant’ Feature POV Footage

Alien: Covenant TV Spots

«You hear that?» It’s almost time. 20th Century Fox has released two promo spots for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, his follow-up to Prometheus and return to the Alien universe. These new spots are labeled as «Crew Messages», and are essentially video recordings from the crew itself. One of them features Katherine Waterston as Daniels, the other one features Billy Crudup as Christopher Oram. The full cast includes Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. The footage starts out with each of them talking to the camera, but then cuts in with POV footage of them on the mission until things go awry and the transmission ends. These are pretty cool, a good way to continue to keep us hyped for this movie. See below. ›››

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