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Pro Video Coalition

  • newCanon: New Lenses for Video and a Storage Device
    Two new lenses with STM technology, one a first for full-frame, a storage device and a website dedicated to lenses are some of the new things Canon shared with the visitors at Photokina.
    - 19 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:51am -
  • The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 3
    While we’ve seen a number of companies consciously or sub-consciously fulfill the promises they made during NAB, others have used IBC 2014 to launch completely new products and initiatives.  It really just depends on…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 3:39am -
  • SanDisk: Upgraded CFast 2.0 and New 512 GB SD
    SanDisk presented at IBC and now at Photokina the world's highest capacity SD Card. Their new SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card 512GB for high performance video and photo capture, enables capture of 4K Ultra HD, Full HD vide…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:04am -
  • iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses
    After i recently reviewed two other products from IK Multimedia, the iRig Pro preamp/A>D converter and the iRig Mic HD, they graciously sent me their iLoud, a rechargeable stereo powered speaker that impressed me quite a bit. Althou…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Sep 14, 7:19pm -
  • 9 New Features That Make The EOS 7D Mark II Canon’s Best DSLR For Video
    The original EOS 7D was launched in September 2009, a lifetime ago with the pace of change in this industry.  That camera’s lifespan was considerably lengthened by a major 2.0 firmware update in August 2012, so it’s only now th…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Expands its Streaming Media Product Line with STREAMSTAR WEBCAST LiTE Expands its Streaming Media Product Line with STREAMSTAR WEBCAST LiTESTREAMSTAR bundles are the most affordable, versatile and easiest to use streaming solutions including the WEBCAST LiTE...
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 4:28pm -
  • EOS 7D Mark II: the Baby EOS-1D X
    Although many are moaning about the EOS 7D Mark II missing important things - to them - the fact is that the new camera is a baby 1DX or 5D Mark III. Canon, again, goes for stability instead of folklore. And extends video options, al…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 12:50pm -
  • The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 2
    Everyone said the Saturday and Sunday of IBC would be the busiest days of the event, and they were certainly correct. The calm and tranquil atmosphere quickly gave way once the weekend hit, as attendees flooded the vario…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:24am -
  • From Kinescopes to Digital Cinema
    Last time, we charted early efforts to project TV signals on theater screens.  This time, we look at the camera side – electronic acquisition. In the end, digital firsts in BOTH projection and acquisition came down to one movie in a…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:24am -
  • Panasonic launches 4K Remote Camera Head
    The new camera head offers 4K imaging through an incredibly compact camera head (27 x 30 x 42mm) and opens up 4K broadcasting in testing settings such as nature documentaries, which require discreet and compact recording equipment.Featuring a 1/…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:17am -

News Shooter

  • newIBC 2014 video: Motion9 show a7S/GH4 cages and folding brushless gimbal
    By newsshooter contributor Clinton Harn: Korean company Motion9 were showing several new products including a new brushless gimbal and cages for the Sony a7S and Panasonic GH4. The gimbal has a unique design that folds in half and has a reasonable lo…
    - 7 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:33pm -
  • newCanon 7D mkII features 1080/60P video with dual-pixel CMOS AF and timecode
    By site editor Dan Chung: Announced yesterday the Canon 7D mkII at the Photokina trade show in Cologne. Strangely there was no-one we could speak to about the camera at the IBC show in Amsterdam – which was still running. Perhaps this says somethin…
    - 8 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:03pm -
  • newIBC 2014 video: Nila Varsa and Boxer LED Lights get IP65 rating
    By site editor Dan Chung: At IBC LED light maker Nila were showing versions of their Nila and Varsa LED lights that have an IP65 water resistance rating. This should allow them to stand in pouring rain and should be of interest to shooters who do a l…
    - 12 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • IBC 2014 video: PAGlink batteries and power plate featuring USB output
    By technical editor Matt Allard: David Hardy from PAG gives me a tour of the PAGlink power plate. This super slimline adapter for PAGlink batteries can power a combination of different interchangeable sockets. D-tap, lemo and hirose connectors can al…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Sep 14, 9:14pm -


  • Canon Announces 7D Mark II with 1080p 60fps
    Canon has finally replaced the 5-year-old 7D with the brand new 7D Mark II.While some manufacturers are including 4K and giving extremely good low-light performance in their under $3,000 cameras, Canon has chosen a slightly more conservative appro…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • Insane 'Edge of Tomorrow' BTS Video Shows How Little CGI Was Used During Many Scenes Edge of Tomorrow now available to stream, it's a great time to revisit the making of the film, and just how many practical effects were used. Watching the video above, it's impressive to see so many re…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:30am -
  • We've Got Our First Hint at the Native ISO of the AJA CION
    Late last week, we got our first look at some ungraded footage from the highly-anticipated AJA CION, and we got word that the camera would begin shipping soon. Even though all of the pieces seemed to be coming together, there was still one piece of c…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 10:45pm -
  • This Eerily Beautiful Dystopian Short Film, Shot by Chris Doyle, Will Leave You Wanting More
    In the past two years, I have written about quite a few cinematographers. Of that hefty group, few have stolen my heart quite like Hong Kong-based DP Christopher Doyle, whose cinematographic work with legendary director Wong Kar Wai will go down as s…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 7:00pm -
  • Make Your Own DIY Light Bar for Just $60
    If you're looking to save a little bit of money on lighting and don't mind taking on a bit of a project, you can build a mountable DIY light bar using a vanity light fixture and wall plate for just $60. Here's Film Riot's always informative and hilar…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 9:45am -

Shane Hurlbut

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Gear Review
    First up in our new series of gear reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 with the interface unit that has the audio inputs, SDI outputs and full sized HDMI output.
    - 6 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 5:13pm -
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 – Inner Circle Review
    First up in a series of camera tests, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 with the interface unit that has the audio inputs, SDI outputs and full sized HDMI output.
    - 6 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 5:11pm -
  • Dynamic Range in Filmmaking Event in LA
    I want to let you know about a free educational event coming up this Saturday, September 13th from 2:00 to 5:00pm in San Fernando, California at Revolution Cinema Rentals, 1102 Arroyo Street
    - 8 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 6:43pm -
  • Canon 5D Act of Valor Picture Profile
    Here is a Picture Profile that I used on the Canon 5D while shooting Act of Valor. This works on both the 5D MkII and MkIII.
    - 13 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:42pm -
  • Film Language Basics
    When you shoot the beginning of a film, there is a huge amount of information that you have to convey to educate your audience in a short amount of time. Why? Because people want to understand the story and relate to the characters quickly. Setting u…
    - 14 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:07pm -
  • August 2014 Podcast
    Podcast #1, answering your questions. These are more general questions and how to get started in the business.
    - 20 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 5:56pm -
  • Leica Glass and a C500 Sensor Own the Night for Acura
    The combination of the MoVI, Canon C500, aerial drones and Leica glass was a slam dunk on this Acura commercial.
    - 21 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 5:19pm -
  • On Set With Shane – Day 2
    Day 2 lighting and MoVI adjustments
    - 28 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:27pm -
  • Act of Valor: A Case Study in Out of the Box Filmmaking
    I spoke at "Adobe Tips and Flicks" in 2012 about "out of the box" filmmaking with the Canon 5D MkII on Act of Valor.
    - 28 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:00pm -
  • Sydney, Australia Meet Up and Talk
    I am headed to Sydney, Australia next week to speak at a Canon event on August 21, and we would also like to invite everyone to a meet up on August 20.
    - 33 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 6:19pm -
  • On Set With Shane – Day 1
    Day 1 started with with a MoVI shot, pushing in on Amanda Seyfried, who plays the character Katie in our film. We pushed in on this character as she’s having sex in a bathroom at Columbia University.
    - 35 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 5:17pm -
  • The Illumination Experience Educational Tour
    Lighting techniques and camera composition is the focus of this course tailored to open your mind in new ways. I have designed this experience to be immersive, interactive and intimate using simple techniques to build confidence with any budget.
    - 35 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 5:03pm -
  • The Music Bed Wants Your Short Film Ideas
    What I would like to tell you about today is a new contest they are running, looking for your short film ideas. Pitch your idea of a film you want to create, and the public will vote on which films they want to see.
    - 37 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 5:26pm -
  • Submit Your Podcast Questions
    Here is the place where you can ask me anything for the monthly podcast.
    - 40 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 8:31pm -
  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera: The Perfect Training Ground for Cinematographers
    The similarities of 16mm film and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) and why it is a great training ground for cinematographers.
    - 42 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 4:29pm -
  • The Power of Shaping Light
    If a window is within the reach of a light stand or a condor, you can blast light through it, whether it be natural light or hard or soft light that you create.
    - 42 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 2:54pm -
  • Announcing Shane’s Inner Circle
    An Exciting New Addition to the Hurlblog Many of you ha […]
    - 48 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:56pm -
  • GoPro: The Little Ideas That Make Them Great
    We have not seen much of the GoPro imagery where it replaces the job of a more expensive camera. That is what we will stress in this post – the small things that create the biggest impact.
    - 48 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 7:11pm -
  • Life Balance: Is It Possible?
    What are your daily rituals and how do they increase your creativity and inspiration? Creativity takes cultivation and discipline to stay on top of your game.
    - 56 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 5:01pm -
  • Independent Filmmaking – Helen Disconnected
    Budget-minded filmmaking forces you to solve your problems within limitations. However, given the importance of the visuals to engage the audience in the story, we needed creative control over every aspect of the film’s aesthetic.
    - 63 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 5:09pm -

Philip Bloom

  • IBC 2014: Plus info on my free talks, Critics and more! Sony FS7 officially confirmed!
    Post by Philip Bloom. IBC 2014: CRITICS Day 1 from Teradek on Vimeo. IBC 2014: CRITICS Day 2 from Teradek on Vimeo. It’s that time of year again. Well actually these shows happen around the world almost non stop, but IBC is massive, probably second…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 7:12pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About Codecs
    “It shoots AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 1080P 24Mbps at 8-bit 4:2:0.” Say what?? David Kong here with another video tutorial for you, this time on codecs. I’ve found a lot of confusion and mis-information around the internet about how codecs work, ho…
    - 15 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:46am -
  • My slightly belated entry for this little internet craze…
    It’s been everywhere. You can read about how it came about and what ALS is and why it’s great that awareness has been raised for this disease. I had been nominated quite a few times, the first I believe by Lok from Digital Rev. I would have done…
    - 16 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 7:32pm -
  • Get your film made with #ProjectFilmSupply from The Music Bed
    The Music Bed have been a revelation for me. I adore music, and my taste is very eclectic and my collection of music rather large. It would be great to be able to use what I want on all my films, but of course it doesn’t work that way.  So when T…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 9:14pm -
  • Video review of the Sony A7s!!!
    If you use any photos/ Screen grabs elsewhere, please credit Thank you! Please read my ethics statement here The review is FINALLY DONE! Only 4 weeks this time, which is pretty good! There is a lot in it. Featuring footage from Brigh…
    - 42 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 8:11am -
  • How to succeed as a video journalist
    PHILIP: I have been a journalist for 25 years. 17 of those were working as a news cameraman in some bloody awful places but covering some incredibly important stories. Just how important people like Christian (who has written the guest blog post…
    - 48 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 9:28pm -
  • Every Moment Counts – Producing Content With A Tight Turnaround
     Philip: Whilst I won’t be reviewing the Nikon D810, mostly due to the absolutely lack of any free time to get it done, you can read about it and see the images from it thanks to my buddy Preston Kanak’s guest post below. My Sony A7s review is c…
    - 49 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 6:58pm -
  • New mini doc shot with the Sony FS700, Odyssey 7Q, Sony A6000 and Movi M5
    ETHICS STATEMENT: Although this shoot was for Sony and made to promote their cameras, this in no way compromises my impartiality and ethics. They hired me to make a film like any client. I have done work for most of the major camera manufacturers. I…
    - 60 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 2:45pm -
  • The no longer evolving review of the Sony A7s now with extreme low light video.
    If you use any photos/ Screen grabs elsewhere, please credit Thank you! Please read my ethics statement here EDIT: THE VIDEO REVIEW IS NOW UP ON IT’S OWN PAGE HERE! With my GH4 review only just out, I am already started on my next…
    - 75 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 6:16pm -
  • NOW WITH VIDEO REVIEW! The no longer evolving GH4 review!
    UPDATE: 30th June 2014 Do make sure you read the rest of the post not just the video review that I have finally put up! Was it worth the wait? Only you can decide. I don’t cover everything. There is too much for a video review. As it is it’s almo…
    - 79 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 6:34am -

Vincent LaForet

  • Directing Motion Halfway point: DOWNLOAD Available
    First off, apologies for all of the promo of the Directing Motion Tour, but as you can imagine this has been an all-consuming process for me for the past 6 months or so and I’m extremely proud of the results. Simply put, the reaction has been prett…
    - 7 Jun 14, 6:40pm -
  • Road Diary from #DMTour: Directing & Friendship
     Here’s the first post in a potential series on the road, most of these will be related to what we’ve been discussing with attendees on the first 8 stops of the Directing Motion Tour: Perhaps one of the most difficult things to come to terms wit…
    - 21 May 14, 8:37pm -
  • Bentley, MōVI & iPhones
     I often tell young filmmakers that the best way to learn the art of directing, is to take their iPhones and go out and shoot a sequence or short.    That way, you won’t focus on the technical restrictions of lenses, camera support etc – you f…
    - 16 May 14, 3:37pm -


  • Big iPhone, Little Camera
    Speaking of the Fujifilm X100T, here's one way I've been thinking about the sizes of the new iPhones announced yesterday (with the help of this printable size comparison PDF from Ars Technica).To say that any phone could be a subsitute for an APSC,…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 7:15pm -
  • Fujifilm X100T
    I love my X100S. Today, Fuji announced its successor, the X100T. Here's a great write-up on it by Zack Arias of The X100 series is STILL my desert island camera. I’m so happy they haven’t screwed it…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 6:42am -
  • Meet the New blog, Same as the Old Blog
    A snapshot of on September 6, 2014I believe in blogging.Though it’s hard to argue with this:Most books should be magazine articles. Most articles should be blog posts. Most posts should be tweets. Most people should…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 9:00pm -
  • Prolost Light Leaks for Lightroom
    Given how much fun I’ve been having with the Prolost Bespoke Vintage Presets, it was only a matter of time before I tackled something I’d always wanted to figure out—randomly-generated light leaks for Lightroom.…
    - 21 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:03pm -
  • Prolost Bespoke Vintage Presets for Lightroom
    This is a fun one.I’ve been playing with a faded, vintage look in Lightroom. With this kind of treatment, it’s often rewarding to allow yourself to be surprised by new combinations of settings, rather than buildin…
    - 33 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 5:30pm -
  • Explore Your Creativity with Slugline
    Slugline is featured on the App Store as a part of Apple’s Explore Your Creativity promotion. Get it at half price for a limited time! Some other great apps are on sale as well.
    - 61 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 9:26pm -
    A new online video collaboration platform by some friends. Here’s what nofilmschool has to say:Collaboration is a major part of filmmaking, but sometimes it seems as though technology hasn’t quite caught up with our increasingly mobile and online…
    - 64 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 4:38pm -
  • Prolost is Ten
    When you reach a certain age, you no longer want anyone to make a big deal of your birthday. I’m on a shoot today (for something very cool that I’ll be able to share with you soon!), and unable to wax nostalgic about the evolution of this blog, b…
    - 67 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 6:20pm -
  • Sony a7S Days 1 & 2
    I’ve had the Sony a7S for two days now. I’m doing everything wrong, and loving it.If your life is boring, just order a new camera. The day it arrives, I guarantee you’ll have tons of other, non-camera-related stuff going on. My Sony a7S arrive…
    - 75 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 8:16am -
  • Mask Tracking and Color Grading in CC 2014
    The After Effects mask tracker combines with the new effects masking features in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2014 to enable powerful color grading on a single clip. This simplifies layering color corrections with Red Giant Colorista II and turn…
    - 77 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 6:51pm -
  • The Battle for All the Photos
    Today The Loop broke the news that Apple will (or really, did long ago) cease development of Aperture, their pro app for photo management and processing.The new Photos app will also replace iPhoto, giving users a more seamless experience on Apple dev…
    - 81 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 8:19pm -
  • Lightroom for Your Camera
    The Most Important New Photo App Has a Fatal FlawAdobe launched Creative Cloud 2014 today, and along with it several new mobile apps. Photoshop Mix lets you blend layers using a touch-optimized version of Photoshop’s powerful Quick Select tool. Lin…
    - 90 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 11:41pm -
  • Guerrilla Filmmaking Class by Godzilla Director Gareth Edwards
    Gareth Edwards is my hero.His next film will be a Star Wars movie. His current film is Godzilla.Prior to that, he made the microbudgeted Monsters, which he shot himself on a prosumer camcorder, in Mexico, with a tiny…
    - 27 May 14, 8:26pm -
  • A GH4 in the Hand vs. Sony a7S Preorder
    I returned my GH4 and pre-ordered a Sony a7S.It’s Not You GH4, it’s MeAfter shooting very few tests with a small handful of lenses, including full-frame glass on a Metabones speedbooster, I packed up my Panasonic…
    - 16 May 14, 8:01am -
  • Oscar at 96 fps
    Dogsitting. Yard dug up for future lawn. Panasonic GH4 with Panasonic Vario 12–35 F2.8. Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 with new S-Curve tool. Ukulele.So, obvously:
    - 5 May 14, 6:28pm -
  • Vincent Laforet’s Directing Motion Tour
    I’d been trying to figure out how best to pimp my friend Vincent Laforet’s new Directing Motion workshop tour, but luckily for me, Philip Bloom has done it perfectly.31 cities all across the US, from May 6 to July 13th. If you can, go.
    - 3 May 14, 10:21pm -
  • GH4 4K and Slow Motion Samples
    My buddy Gordon Laing of Camerlabs came to town, with one of the few pre-production Panasonic GH4 bodies in hand.Naturally, we dranks some beers and ate some Chairman Bao.We also grabbed a few test shots. Nothing too…
    - 28 Apr 14, 7:33pm -
  • Magic Bullet Looks 2.5
    Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 is a free update from Looks 2.0, with some big changes and some meaningful small ones.20% (or 200%) FasterWe rebuilt Looks to run on the Universe GPU engine, which means it now previews and renders “over 20% faster.” But de…
    - 24 Apr 14, 5:08pm -
  • Slugline Birthday Sale
    From the Slugline blog:Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of Slugline’s launch. For Clinton and I, It’s been an amazing year of building and using the app.By far the best part of the experience has been the…
    - 17 Apr 14, 4:16pm -
  • Lightroom Mobile
    Adobe has released Lightroom mobile, an iPad companion app for Lightroom that syncs with your desktop catalog via Creative Cloud.Is it the mobile companion app to Lightroom I asked for two years ago? Not exactly. It’s both much more, and a little l…
    - 8 Apr 14, 6:39am -

Studio Daily

  • newAdobe Adds Another Half-Million Creative Cloud Subscribers
    Another quarter, another big gain in Creative Cloud (CC) subscriptions for Adobe. The company reported that it signed on 502,000 new paid CC users in the quarter ending August 29, bringing the total to 2.8 million. At that rate, the … more »
    - 8 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:39pm -
  • newGoDaddy “Related”
    Internet domain registrar and web hosting provider GoDaddy continues to search for just the right advertising tack to showcase the company's deliberately wacky brand personality without alienating small business owners (remember those tone-deaf…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:36pm -
  • newReview: Sachtler Ace L MS CF Tripod with Ace Accessories
    Sachtler has long been known as the Mercedes-Benz of tripods for quality as well as price — topping out at around $14,000. With all of the world's economic woes, Sachtler got smart — just like the Mercedes did with the CLA Class — and cam…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:14pm -


  • NAB 2014 Coverage
    For NAB 2014, FreshDV is doing limited video coverage of the expo in association with our friends at Pro Video Coalition. PVC has a broad scope of NAB coverage for 2014, both videos articles, and Matt Jeppsen will be hosting a number of those videos…
    - 4 Apr 14, 4:31am -
  • Using the EditShare Field 2 on-location
    A review with my experience using an EditShare Field 2 on-location for a recent large project, along with a companion review by editor Scott Simmons.
    - 3 Feb 14, 6:32pm -
  • Pimp Your Rig with a Sexy Wood Grip
    KinoGrip rocks the casbah. Here’s a few words and pictures.
    - 29 Jan 14, 2:15am -

Vimeo Staff Picks

The Universe
A young man takes his first leap into what it means to wonder and philosophize, as he imaginatively renders his unique thought experiences in visual form. The film examines what it means to truly be; not only to merely exist, but to engage, reflect,…
- 7 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:11pm -
Glass Blowing | Jeremy Maxwel Wintrebert (Heart of Glass Documentary preamble)
This film is the preamble of the documentary Heart of Glass. Heart of Glass is a journey. A road trip through several countries on two continents in pursuit of a story. The story of a young glass blower with a singular talent: Jeremy Maxwell Wintre…
- 11 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:38pm -
I've never been stuck out in the wilderness with no food or water but I'd like to think that, if I had to, I'd Crocodile Dundee a snake. Survival is more mental than anything else. I'd prob do an Apache match. Directed by MP Cunningham Introducing J…
- 13 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 4:17pm -
Cold Water Escapism. Music By Burial Hyperdub By Patrick Blades Surfers - Gabe Davies, Luke Palmer, Ross Hargreaves, others. London Surf Film Festival Shortieslondonsurffilmfestival.comCast: BladesTags:…
- 15 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 2:02pm -
Flippenout in “The Wall” by Dominick Sheldon - NOWNESS
Extreme modelling from trampolining brothers Sean and Eric Kennedy AKA Flippenout in Dominick Sheldon’s directorial debut. Read the full feature on NOWNESS: A film by Dominick Sheldon NOWNESSTags: Fashion,…
- 18 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:26am -
LEON - '2033'
'2033' is a kaleidoscopic rabbit hole of swirling objects and beautiful faces. A psychedelic music clip in 2D / 3D animation and stopmotion. Directed by Thomas Blanchard LIGHTING TECHNICIAN : Maud MAKE-UP…
- 1 day ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:26pm -


  • newMatt Christensen “Rolling”
    Sometimes, you just need to smile. Hoping this whimsical film by Matt Christensen brings some joy to your hump day. Matt was kind enough to share the origins of the hero of Rolling below. What was your inspiration? I came up with the idea while watch…
    - 6 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:56pm -
  • Profile: Tom Rainford
    In an industry fueled by the trends of the advertising world, it’s always nice when you stumble upon a body of work that stands out. Tom Rainford is an exceptional example of this. Tom’s work has a voice, and it has integrity. His site is full of…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:00pm -
  • Onward Internet!
    Buck brings us a delightul tale of the internet using a variety of styles and techniques, combined with the always solid sound design by Antfood—love the old dial-up modem noise. Check out some process pics on the project page. Credits DIRECTOR:…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 6:11pm -
  • Butter Fingers
    LA based 2D animator and designer Jordan Scott just released a charming, beautifully designed short titled “Butter Fingers.” “Butter Fingers” takes us through a brief journey of a group of people having a hard time at life, featuring some of…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 3:07pm -
  • NYC: Image Design course offering from SVA
    I’ll be giving a talk for an interesting new class, “Image Design,” taught by accomplished art director Ricardo Villavicencio. Offered by SVA’s Continuing Education program, the course is open to everyone. Course Description This course is de…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 1:48am -
  • Nickelodeon Worldwide Refresh: Interview with dyrdee
    Just in time for the back-to-school season, Nickelodeon, the children’s television network, is refreshing their worldwide broadcast package with a series of bubbly graphics that incorporate their most endearing properties.
    - 7 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 6:17pm -
  • Anicons
    Sebas and Clim, who apparently never sleep, introduce Anicons, “an easy to use, extendable and customizable icon library for motion designers, video editors and anyone else involved in the moving image industry.”
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 4:32pm -
  • Animography Monthly No. 8: ‘Magnus’
    Animography Monthly is a monthly recurring animation project to explore the use of animated typefaces. Joe Donaldson teamed up with Jay Quercia to take on number 8 in this series, which resulted in a film noir style short. ‘Magnus is a short period…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 2:20pm -
  • VFX World Map
    The VFX World Map plots commercial and features studios, schools and other relevant entities on — you guessed it — a map of the world.
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:49pm -
  • Lucas Brooking New Site
    Art director, illustrator, animator and all around talented guy Lucas Brooking just updated his website with some amazing work, to say the least. Lucas is part of the stellar team over at Giant Ant. Lucas’ body of work isn’t just impressive becau…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 6:11pm -

Art of the Title

  • The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
    “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.” — Oscar Goldman…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    “If you cause enough trouble, people will willingly give up their freedom for a more secure world.” — Dr. Arnim Zola…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • Attack (1956)
    “I swear by all that's holy, I'll come back. I'll come back and take this grenade and shove it down your throat and pull the pin!” — Lt. Joe Costa, Fox Co.…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:00pm -


  • newIggy Steps Up for Brazen Animation
    Feel-good self-promo from the "audacious gathering of artists, animators, scientists, writers, designers, producers, and marketers" who formed Brazen Animation in Dallas in 2013 to work on commercials while they develop their own feature projects. […
    - 13 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 4:15pm -
  • newCyriak’s Major “Malfunction “

    - 14 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 3:07pm -
  • Korb for Gucci and Nike
    Rimantas Lukavicius and the KORB crew spin their pristine and often startling brand of CG in two very different directions for Gucci and Nike. GUCCI (above): "Inspired by journeys to exotic lands, the new Gucci Oud fragrance features an inve…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:39pm -
  • Strangeloop + Shintaro Kago: Flying Lotus “You’re Dead!”
    SoCal hyper-visualist Strangeloop whips original artwork by Japanese guro manga legend Shintaro Kago into a crazed "shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife" in this promo for Flying Lotus' upcoming Warp release, a j…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:10pm -
  • Lumbre: Fox Sports “Beauty in Strength”
    Buenos Aires motion studio Lumbre just finished their first project for FOX Sports USA: This hardcore launch spot and toolkit for the 20th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" featuring 16 female fighters all shot on location in Vegas. [Read more]
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 11:55am -
  • Girl Overboard Floats in Venice
    Longtime collaborators VFX super Ben Gibbs and VFX super/flame artist Jan Cilliers team with veteran EP Celest Gilbert to launch creative studio Girl Overboard in Venice, CA. [Read more]
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 11:19am -

John August

  • A Cheap Cut of Meat Soaked in Butter
    To celebrate the third anniversary of Scriptnotes, John and Craig invite Aline Brosh McKenna and her limitless analogies back to discuss box-office journalism, scene geography, emotional IQ and flipping the script.
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 3:03pm -
  • Scriptnotes, Ep 160: A Screenwriter’s Guide to the End of the World — Transcript
    The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is episode 160 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interes…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 12:36am -
  • Unlikable heroes and genre expectations
    Chloe Angyal has a great look back at My Best Friend's Wedding, which in many ways subverts rom-com tropes.
    - 14 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 11:45pm -
  • Should we make more Scriptnotes t-shirts?
    We have very few Scriptnotes t-shirts left in the store. We’re considering printing a new batch, but we’re not sure which color listeners would actually want. The first round of shirts came in Umbrage Orange and Rational Blue. The second batch ca…
    - 15 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:27pm -
  • A Screenwriter’s Guide to the End of the World
    John and Craig spend the hour discussing the number one topic whenever screenwriters are done complaining about studio notes: the end of the world, and how to get ready for it.
    - 15 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:03pm -
  • Scriptnotes, Ep 159: The Mystery of the Disappearing Articles — Transcript
    The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 159 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interes…
    - 19 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 11:42pm -
  • The Mystery of the Disappearing Articles
    John and Craig take a look at four new entries in the Three Page Challenge, ranging from galactic drama to medieval comedy. Along the way, they talk about the nature of one-hour teasers, trust, plausibility, and how to properly address religious auth…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 3:03pm -
  • Scriptnotes, Ep 158: Putting a price on it — Transcript
    The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Here, man, my name is Craig Mazin. Right? John: And this is Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are inte…
    - 25 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 9:40pm -

Go Into The Story

  • newIf you have any questions…
    …about the craft of screenwriting, the business of screenwriting, the meaning of life, feel free to head to comments and post them there. I’ll be happy to share my thoughts. The cool thing is often what happens is readers come along and provide m…
    - 8 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
  • newAn Argument Against Screenplay Formulas (Part 2): Formulas lead to formulaic writing
    David Seltzer is a longtime screenwriter who has amassed over 30 writing credits in a career stretching back to 1966 including the movies The Omen, Lucas, Punchline and Dragonfly. Here is a quote from Seltzer which I posted as part of the ongoing wee…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • newInterview [Written]: Stephen King
    This goes out to all you English and creative writing teachers out there, an excellent interview this week in the Atlantic with author Stephen King with his take on teaching. Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft has been a fixture in my…
    - 11 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:00pm -
  • newTwitter Rant: Eric Heisserer on Drafts, Parentheticals, Respect
    Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Thing, Hours, Story of Your Life) is probably the Hollywood screenwriter most willing to go online and provide a Twitter rant on a specific subject related to the craft. Writer Tim W…
    - 12 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • newMovie Trailer: “Ned Rifle”
    Written by Hal Hartley NED RIFLE is the third and final chapter of Hal Hartley’s tragicomic epic begun with HENRY FOOL (1997, TIFF) and continued with FAY GRIM (2007). At once a saga concerning the Grim family of Queens and how their lives are turn…
    - 13 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:00pm -
  • newClassic 70s Movie: “Young Frankenstein”
    September is Classic 70s Movie month. Today’s guest post comes from Barbara Thomas. Movie Title: Young Frankenstein Year: 1974 Writers: Gene Wilder & Mel Brooks, based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Lead Actors: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldma…
    - 14 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • newScreenwriting 101: Scott Rothman
    “One of the big lessons I learned, when I wrote that script that got me into NYU. It wasn’t this great script, but it was definitely better than anything I had done prior. I had made a terrible movie with one of my really good friends in San Fran…
    - 16 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 2:00pm -
  • newDaily Dialogue — September 16, 2014
    “I tried so hard to make it go away. I thought that I could do it for you and for the kids. I can’t… I just… I can’t.” – Far From Heaven (2002), written by Todd Haynes The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Adultery. Trivia: This was th…
    - 20 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Reader Question: Given the odds against success, how do you keep motivated?
    Question from 14shari: The road from unpaid screenwriter to paid screenwriter is long, winding and unpredictable. It’s not certain that you’ll ever be one. How can one keep yourself motivated? Shari, what you say is true. The odds against success…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
  • An Argument Against Screenplay Formulas (Part 1): They are selling you a lie
    When I first broke into the business in 1987, there were just a handful of books about screenwriting. Now it’s become this “thing”. You can’t walk into a Barnes & Noble in some remote outpost like Minot, North Dakota and avoid slamming into a…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Sep 14, 8:00pm -

Screenwriting from Iowa

  • newSuperpower + Kryptonite = Suspence
    “One of the most famous protagonist in contemporary pop culture is Superman. Now Superman is special because he’s not some ordinary human, he can do things nobody else can. But if he was completely unstoppable, he’d be boring, he would easily w…
    - 12 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:53pm -
  • Screenwriting Quote #191 (Amanda Caswell)
    “I believe as long as you have a compelling story and talent, you could be on a farm in Iowa and start your screenwriting career. Although I now live and work in New York City, I originally got my start in Orlando, Florida.” Amanda Caswell How I…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 5:19pm -
  • ‘Hole in the World’
    Here’s my 9/11 post a couple of days late. It’s the Anchormen from the United States Naval Academy covering the Eagles song Hole in the World. The song was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey after the events surrounding September 11, 2001. Sco…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 3:57pm -
  • Truett Cathy—Bird by Bird
    "I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return."—Truett Cathy
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 5:18pm -
  • Screenwriting & Slam Dunks
    "Sometimes people only respond to the dunks."—Screenwriter Sheldon Turner
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 5:53am -
  • Sheldon Turner on Theme (and Resilience)
    Theme: I think that’s what makes for really good [movies].—Screenwriter Sheldon Turner
    - 6 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 10:07pm -
  • “Everybody wants to say cool dialogue.”
    "I think there are certain things that actors look for; everybody wants to say cool dialogue, that's all there is to it." Screenwriter Sheldon Turner
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:07pm -
  • Dif·fer·en·ti·ate Yourself
    "If you look at it from the perspective of a producer, or an executive who has to take home ten scripts in a weekend, or a night take home three scripts, you've got to do something to differentiate yourself."— Screenwriter Sheldon Turner
    - 9 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 11:08am -
  • September 6, 1995
    “A lot of people think I had such a rosy career, but I wanted to identify that one of the things that helps you have a long career is learning how to deal with adversity, how to get past it.” 19-time All-Star baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. “I…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 1:34pm -
  • Breaking Bad’s Beginning
    "We were kind of bemoaning our situation of being working writers who at that moment were not working. And I said maybe we should get into another line of work while the getting is good, and I think I'd be a good greeter at Walmart." 'Breaking Bad' c…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 7:08am -


  • Gear Review: XUME Quick Release Lens Filter Adapters
    In this gear review, we check out the XUME Quick Release Lens Filter Adapters and how they can increase your speed on set
    - 15 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 8:31pm -
  • Find out which Canon Lens is best in SLR Lounge’s Lens War
    I’ve been a Canon L Series lens shooter for a long time now. The optics are great and they work well with all my camera needs. That said, some lenses perform better than others and I’ve always wondered how they compare to each other. SLR Lounge h…
    - 49 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 7:32pm -
  • New Training from NextWaveDV – Video Business 3: Making the Sale
    Over three years ago we launched the first part in our Video Business training series. This was meant to help people getting started in video and both answer questions and provide new ideas for them to successfully launch a production company. Then w…
    - 24 May 14, 3:09pm -
  • Film Scene: Shooting Outdoors
    In this episode of Film Scene, we show you how we produced an ad for a podiatery clinic. We travel to the edge of a waterfall to shoot some sweeping jib shots then we trek to a stream to shoot slow-motion for a visual effects shot
    - 22 Apr 14, 7:21pm -
  • NAB Show 2014 Live Blog
    We’ve teamed up with some of the top filmmaking blogs to offer you live coverage of NAB 2014. We, along with all these other sites, will be posting about what’s new and cool. You can also find our NAB video coverage posted here. Keep this page lo…
    - 5 Apr 14, 5:02pm -
  • Tune in for NAB Show 2014 Coverage
    We’re excited to be going to Vegas for our fourth year to cover the 2014 NAB Show. Tune into the playlist below to watch our coverage starting Monday, April 7th
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:01am -
  • New ruling makes commercial use of small drones for aerial video legal
    Up till now, commercial use of drones for video work has always been officially illegal. Many have tried to go around this by adding aerial footage as a bonus and never charging a client directly for it. This grey area was still risky and could resul…
    - 14 Mar 14, 5:35pm -
  • kOS Theory #3: Prop Shots and Post Tricks
    In the latest episode of kOS Theory, we show you how we used CineDrive to produce a fun promotional video for a local film festival. Watch the episode here and the end result here
    - 14 Mar 14, 3:50pm -
  • kOS Theory: Episode 2 – Advanced Moves
    In the second episode of kOS Theory, we showcase using the Kessler CineDrive system for doing an advanced jib, dolly and pan/tilt move. Watch the full episode here
    - 24 Feb 14, 4:06pm -
  • Film Scene: Shooting and Lighting Direct to Camera Interviews
    In this episode of Film Scene, we take you through some interview setups using the ikan IDMX1500B and IFB1024 LED lights along with the Kessler Cine Slider
    - 28 Jan 14, 6:28pm -


  • HOT Canon EOS 7D Mark II launch video – a planet5D first
    We’re thrilled to be able to be one of the very first sites to show you this awesome first look at the Canon EOS 7D Mark II from our good friend Abraham Joffe (See more of our posts featuring Abraham) PRE-ORDER! NOTE: Just was notified Adorama is…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:21pm -
  • Canon’s killer new Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Canon announces the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – did you feel the ground shake? Did the universe suddenly start spinning another direction? Nope. Many people were waiting for the next big Canon announcement and I’m afraid there’s a collective yawn fr…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 12:18pm -
  • New Nikon D750 Another Nail in Canon’s Coffin?
    The new Nikon D750 begs the question once again about its arch rival: What is Canon thinking? It’s one kind of anticipation when waiting to see the newest Apple iPhone – excitement. It’s a very different kind of anticipation when waiting for Ca…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 9:33pm -
  • Atomos Shogun with 4k Recording Ready for Action at IBC 2014
    Biggest and baddest of the Australian company’s ”touch screen weapons for filmmakers,” the Atomos Shogun will finally arrive on our shore in a scant 6 weeks. It’s not always easy to discern a compelling reason for purchasing an otherwise comp…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 9:30pm -
  • Sony PXW-FS7 Confirms Multi-front War on Canon
    Time for TUMS, Canon: The new Sony PXW-FS7 — an on-board 4K, Super 35 sensor, 10 bit 4:2:2 and up to 120fps cam — is a direct challenge to the Cinema EOS line at an aggressive price point, adding to what should be Canon’s gastrointestinal dist…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 9:21pm -

Wide Open Camera

  • The Freefly MoVi M10
    Its was a great day today.  I saw the FedEx truck come to a slow roll in front of my house and I knew something amazing was about to be delivered.  It was my new Freefly Cinema MoVi M10!  I first laid eyes on the MoVi just before NAB, and I knew r…
    - 2 Oct 13, 1:01am -
  • GoPro Hero 3+ Announced. Specifications and Pricing. Available Now. Video Demo
    GoPro announced the new Hero 3+ Line. The specifications were not as awesome as we had expected. No 4K 30fps but some minor improvements including battery life and less jello. Not a total loss. I’ll be trying to grab one of these for a demo. Stay t…
    - 1 Oct 13, 4:08am -
  • GoPro Hero 3 Plus Rumor Announcement. 4K And More. Leaked Photos Hero3+
      *UPDATE* Leaked Photos of Actual GoPro Hero3+ A few more leaked specifications. Improved battery by more than 20%, enhanced image sharpness and less distortion (Jello) and better WiFi. Looks like a new front end to the underwater housing. No bolts…
    - 30 Sep 13, 6:10pm -
  • iPhone 5S gets it’s first slow-motion samples
    The iPhone 5S getting 720p120 was one of the more intriguing features of the new phone. I still haven’t gotten mine, but samples of the slow-motion are popping up. BLASTmediaPR on youtube made the quintessential slow-motion sampler. I’m really ha…
    - 22 Sep 13, 9:00pm -
  • Camera News Round-Up
    Some of the latest news on cameras has been coming from all different places. Some big, some small, it’s been a big few weeks in the world of cameras! The BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera has been popping up all over, Jared got his hands on it and i…
    - 13 Sep 13, 9:50pm -
  • Arri Announces AMIRA. A 2K Documentary Style Camera. Under $20K
    Arri has announced the new AMIRA, a 2K documentary  style camera. This looks like one bad ass 2K camera. Plenty of great features including a blistering 200fps in full HD. Pricing has yet to be announced. Rumors are in the sub $20K range. Here is a…
    - 13 Sep 13, 2:59pm -
  • DSLR Dynamics Video Visuals Tour With Barry Andersson and Planet Mitch.
    Planet Mitch of Planet5D and Barry Andersson have teamed up to bring you the DSLR dynamics Video Visuals Tour. They have set up a sweet 15% discount for WOC viewers.  ”It is only valid until September 30th so don’t delay! You can find all of t…
    - 6 Sep 13, 3:25pm -
  • Sony 4K Handycam FDR-AX1 Sample Video.
    Here is a little sample video from the new Sony 4K Handycam FDR-AX1. It’s too bad they only show mostly landscapes and beauty shots. I would have loved to see some skin tones in this video. The new Handycam FDR-AX1 should hit the street sonn with a…
    - 6 Sep 13, 3:05pm -
  • The new age of aerial photography and FPV
    One of the hottest things outside of the Freefly MoVi at NAB this year was from a competing multi-rotor company DJI.  No it was not a camera stabilizer (although they do make them), but rather their new quad-copter the DJI Phantom.  You have all pr…
    - 4 Sep 13, 7:22pm -
  • Canon Cinema Zooms
    My good friends at Canon USA sent me the Canon 15.5-47mm T/2.8 compact cine zoom and the 14.5-60mm T/2.6 cine zoom lens to test and play with for a few weeks and here are my findings.  First off the two have a very similar focal range.  Secondly on…
    - 4 Sep 13, 5:55pm -

Gear In 60 Seconds

Gear in 60 Seconds - RØDE NTG-3 and Blimp Suspension
Cast: FreshDVTags:
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Gear in 60 Seconds - Cordvision Cine Rings FreshDVTags: FreshDV, GearIn60, Gear In 60 Seconds, Sixty Seconds, Cine Ring, Cordvision, Cinemize, Cine Lens, Still Lens, Modify, Mod, Common Thread, Filter Thread, 77mm, 80mm and Mattebox
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Gear in 60 Seconds - Formatt Hitech Filter Holder
Full review here: There are a number of tools that I bring in my gear kit for almost every shoot. One of these is the Formatt Hitech Modular Holder. This is a screw-on filter tray for 4×4 filters, and I use…
- 30 Jan 13, 10:57pm -
Gear In 60 Seconds - Travel Grip Kit
My favorite way to travel with large grip gear for a small lighting kit. More info at FreshDVTags:
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Gear In 60 Seconds - Travel Lighting Kit
My favorite budget travel LED lighting kit, and how I fly with it. More info at FreshDVTags:
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Gear In 60 Seconds - SmallHD DP6 (and DP4) Monitor Case
I love this little Pelican case for my SmallHD monitors. Here's how I squeeze a full DP6 monitor, accessories, and batteries into this compact, travel-able case. More info at FreshDVTags:
- 8 Oct 12, 4:26pm -

Preston Kanak

Tom Guilmette

  • Eric Kessler & I capture stuff blowing up with Phantom v1610 at 60,000 FPS
    First of all, do not try any of this stuff at home! We had a range safety officer overseeing our production to keep everyone safe. When Eric Kessler of Kessler Crane visited me in New England for the first time, I had to find something unique to keep…
    - 30 May 14, 5:05am -
  • First video Eric and I ever shot using SCUBA
    A few days ago, Eric Kessler and I finished our open water requirement to get PADI certified as SCUBA divers. I plan to shoot some unique stuff underwater in the next few years all over the world. This was something I always wanted to do and apparent…
    - 12 May 14, 5:03am -
  • Documenting a Rafting Trip with 5 GoPros, Letus Anamorphic Adapter & 2 iPhones
    A few weeks ago, Paul Reynolds and I went white water rafting down some very cold rivers in Oregon. One of these rivers, the upper McKenzie, can only be run this time of year because of the high water flow. The problem with rafting in the spring is t…
    - 12 May 14, 12:38am -
  • NAB 2014 – Come by and say hello at Kessler & Vinten booths
    I will be at NAB again this year, currently in the air on Southwest satellite WiFi, typing out some information if you are interested in joining me as I talk shop. I am really looking forward to this week. It is always nice to see all my old friends…
    - 5 Apr 14, 9:16pm -
  • Kessler CineDrive and Fastec TS4 High Speed Camera Test – A Film About Produce
    Last week I spent some time at Kessler Crane HQ in Plymouth Indiana experimenting with CineDrive. The Kessler CineDrive system is very powerful and easy to use, controlled by the kOS software on either an iPad or a laptop computer. Kessler CineDrive…
    - 3 Mar 14, 3:59am -
  • Kessler Parallax – Add a “Back-Pan” to Your Work!
    You can order Kessler Parallax by clicking here. Panning while sliding requires a lot of concentration to get perfect. If your fluid head on the slider is not smooth, or you apply to much or to little pressure to the pan, locking onto your subject is…
    - 27 Dec 13, 1:26am -
  • Updating the Firmware on Kessler CineDrive Phase 3
    I have been using the Kessler CineDrive system for many months now and it changed the way I work when adding movement to a time-lapse or preforming a repeatable camera move. For the first time ever, I have a system that uses computer driven software…
    - 20 Nov 13, 5:32am -
  • 3rd Annual Kessler Chili Cookoff – Shot on Sony F55 w/ Fujinon 13×4.5 Lens
    I am visiting the folks at Kessler Crane headquarters in Plymouth, Indiana to check out some new products they are cooking up. And when I say products, I mean tasty chili. I brought a Sony F55 into the office to document the 3rd annual Kessler Chili…
    - 31 Oct 13, 8:07pm -
  • Sony PMW-F55 High Frame Rate (HFR) 240 FPS Test
    When I bought my Sony PMW-F55 from I knew it was going to be an amazing camera. I was looking at replacing my Red One MX digital cinema camera and needed a similar style large sensor camera that would compliment my Sony PDW-F800. I needed a…
    - 8 Oct 13, 11:20pm -
  • Thorn Mountain Maple Mini-Documentary – Shot on Sony PMW-F55 with HDx35 mkII B4 Lens Adapter
    A few years ago, I was visiting my family in Arizona. We stopped for breakfast at a local diner and I ordered pancakes. I asked the server for real maple syrup. She looked at me strangely and asked me what real syrup was. She only knew of store bough…
    - 5 Aug 13, 1:43am -
  • Capturing Content for the Extreme Mount Washington Museum
    Last December, I spent almost the entire month in New Hampshire on the top of Mount Washington, the home of the world’s worst weather. I was hired to shoot wintery, interactive content for the newly updated “Extreme Mount Washington” summit mus…
    - 26 May 13, 2:18am -
  • Balancing a Vinten tripod head and using the new blueBridge adapter
    This past April, I travelled to Las Vegas to attend and work at the National Association of Broadcasters convention (NAB). I split my time speaking to people at the event in the Vinten and Kessler booths. The tripod is one of my most important pieces…
    - 9 May 13, 8:30pm -

Timur Civan

  • Extracting the best color from your RED camera. An informal experiment.
    The ease of shooting digital is a double edged sword.  Seeing what you are getting, without delay, is    so easy and quick.  However, the simplicity of turning on the camera and getting to work, often leads to a false sense of security.  Seeing…
    - 11 Jun 13, 3:59am -
  • An Examination of: Fujinon Cabrio 19-90 T2.9
    Welcome back.  In this installment of Tstops I will be putting the Fujion Cabrio through its paces. The Cabrio represents a leap in cine optics.  I will go into why I feel this is true but first I want to talk about Fujinon Optical Division a bit…
    - 19 May 13, 9:16pm -
  • Liberation: Something Wicked this way Comes.
    I get to tease the world a bit today.Two weeks ago, I DPed a short test film for Vincent Laforet.  I cant really say too much about it, as its not officially released yet, but the only thing I can say right now is WOW.... WOW.... WOW....I dont ofte…
    - 5 Apr 13, 5:54am -
  • An Examination Of: Rokinon Manual Primes
    Hello folks!In this installment of Tstops, i'm going to take a look at the Rokinon Manual Primes. A budget set of fast primes in Canon, Nikon, MFT and Pentax mount.The first and most exciting feature of these lenses is the combination of features it…
    - 9 Mar 13, 5:53pm -
  • An Examination of: Black Magic Cinema Camera
    Welcome back,I have had MANY emails requesting a review of the Black Magic Cinema Camera, (BMCC).So, I got a hold of a BMCC and spent a good 5 days with it on a production for Sesame Street.   You may remember the last time I worked with Sesame Stre…
    - 17 Feb 13, 5:50am -
  • First Look: Sony F55 4K Digital Cinema Camera
    In this installment of Tstops, I had the fortunate luck to have a few hours with a pre production Sony F55.For an indepth look at its features, please watch this video. Its long, but very detailed. Sony F55 Initial Review - Ned Soltz and Timur Civan…
    - 20 Jan 13, 10:05pm -
  • An Examination of: Duclos 11-16mm Ultra Wide Zoom
    In this installment of Tstops, i will be examining the Duclos 11-16mm T2.8 Ultra wide angle lens.  (Yes yes... i ve been promising this one for over 2 years.....)This lens, originally a still lens ment for APS-C DSLR cameras, has been "perfected"…
    - 13 Dec 12, 4:26am -
  • An Examination of: Sekonic Litemaster Pro Lightmeter
    In this installment of Tstops, I will be taking a look at my new favorite piece of kit.  Like being reunited with a long lost friend... a light meter!  More specifically the Sekonic L-478D "Litemaster Pro".The Litemaster Pro, the latest meter from…
    - 6 Dec 12, 8:51pm -
  • An Examination of: Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle 2
    In this installment of Tstops, I will be looking at the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2. The new HyperDeck Shuttle 2 (HDS2) Uncompressed/Prores/DNXHD recorder, which records to off the shelf SSD's.   The HDLS "1", was an uncompressed 10bit422  recorder.  It g…
    - 30 Nov 12, 8:59pm -
  • The best tool for a DP during Pre/post Production - The iPAD 3
    In this installment of Tstops, I want to talk about productivity and efficiency leading up to your shoot.We can all go on and on about cameras, lenses, grading software and sliders till the end of time it seems...   That said, one of the many jobs…
    - 21 Sep 12, 10:26pm -
  • The Big Changes.
    I'm back!  I've taken a 3 month hiatus from blogging simply because I was so incredibly busy this spring.  This past NAB was a game changer for me, I met with some wonderful individuals, and struck up new contacts that have helped Tstop Cinema LLC…
    - 28 Jul 12, 10:14pm -
  • Examination of Sony F3 and RED Scarlet: REDUX
    In this installment, I have reshot the skin tone portion of the direct comparison.  I brought on Local600 DIT Thomas Wong to supervise the color and quality-check the results.Some interesting points were raised regarding white-balance and how it eff…
    - 20 Apr 12, 9:23am -
  • An Examination of: Sony F3 and Red Scarlet; a Direct Comparison.
    Hello everyone, thank you for reading.  In this installment I will be examining the similarities and differences of the F3 and RED Scarlet.  As an owner of a Sony F3 with sLog and a RED Scarlet, i am lucky in that i am in the positon to do a direc…
    - 8 Apr 12, 9:18am -
  • Red Scarlet: The Gateway Drug.
    I am surprised. I am surprised by how much i like the RED Scarlet.  Like is too soft a word.  I adore my RED Scarlet.  This comes as a surprise to me not because i was expecting a bad camera, i just wasn't expecting something that i would come to…
    - 17 Feb 12, 4:44pm -
  • Anticipation.
    The RED scarlet is an interesting camera.  People rushed in droves to buy an untested, brand new camera sight unseen, with no sample footage, or reviews.  Simply on RED's good name.  I too am one of those people. As the weeks wear on with no camer…
    - 21 Dec 11, 6:31am -
  • An Examination of: Small HD DP4 EVF
    Pardon my hiatus friends, thankfully i've been very busy shootin this last few months. One tool i've been using on a regular basis is what i like to call the "Light meter for the digital age".  That is to say a small, high quality monitor.  In this…
    - 6 Dec 11, 8:01am -
  • Sony F3 - sLog Testing
    Today we will be looking at sony's sLog Update for the Sony F3.  This camera represents so much imaging power in such a compact package.  The whole rig weighs in at about 17 pounds.  Roughly the same size and weight as my old SGpro REV3 setup, whe…
    - 5 Sep 11, 6:48pm -
  • An Examination of Lenses: Carl Zeiss Compact Primes MK1
    image from www.en.panalight.roSo as promised I am finally looking at something other than a Cooke. On the slate today, the Zeiss CP - 1 Set.  I chose to review the CP1's, as opposed to the CP2's for a reason. One, because i have a set of CP1's.....…
    - 14 Jul 11, 9:21am -
  • An Examination of Lenses Part III: Cooke 25-250 CineVarotal MkI T3.1
    In this installment of the Examination of Lenses series,  we will be looking at a venerable lens.  The Cooke Super Cinevarotal MKI T3.1 25-250. (Special thanks to Mike Ross who provided the lens, and i promise i will review something other than a C…
    - 6 Jun 11, 1:37pm -
  • Sony F3: First S-Log Test!
    "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas"Photos by: Chris DowsettWell, not this time.  I attended the 2011 NAB conference in Las Vegas Nevada this past week.  Seeing as i never attended a NAB before, my good friends Khalid Mohtaseb and Jon Bregel sa…
    - 19 Apr 11, 6:59pm -
  • Examination of Lenses Part II: Cooke iPanchros
    Picking up where i left off with the Cooke Varotal 18-100 T3, i figured it was only fair to continue with the Cooke line.   The beauty of lenses in the digital age is that they are the last organic component in the image path.  We used to have the…
    - 6 Apr 11, 8:46am -
  • Examination of Lenses.
    The influx of the 35mm sensor cameras over the last few years has created a vacuum in the cinema lens world.   Used lens prices are sky rocketing from the demand, and many manufacturers are scrambling to get high quality, "cine" style lenses to mark…
    - 21 Mar 11, 11:18pm -
  • Read my latest article for!
    Click here to read the Article!Enjoy folks!
    - 15 Mar 11, 9:47pm -
  • Tstop Cinema LLC's First official production!
    This was started some months ago, but it is finally finished and ready for the world to take a peek.  I'm very proud to present the official video of the DEVImoves Workout, by Bhavani Lee.Its just a quick peek, but its a great first project for a n…
    - 2 Mar 11, 1:29am -
  • Simple resolution test of the Sony F3.
    This is a shot of a standard lens resolution chart.  It measures the resolution of lenses in lines per millimeter on the film plane. This is from the XDcam on board Codec. ISO800, with a Cooke iPanchro 50mm @ T5.6, 180 degree shutter. Cine like 1…
    - 24 Feb 11, 4:56am -

Red Giant

  • newSALE | Get 20% off everything for 36 hours at Red Giant
    Miss out on the deals at IBC? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – it’s your chance to get 20% OFF EVERYTHING in the store. That means discounts on all Suites, individual products, Guru Presets, upgrades and academic purchases. U…
    - 14 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 3:33pm -
  • SOFTWARE UPDATE: Key Correct 1.3 Adds Support for Premiere Pro
    Hey folks- Following on the heels of our Primate Keyer 5.1 update, we’ve continued to add more host applications to our Keying Suite products. We’re proud to announce that as of today, Key Correct now includes support for Adobe Premiere Pro. Bein…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 6:41pm -
  • UPDATE: Universe 1.2 – New Stuff, New Host and More
    Hey folks – when we released Red Giant Universe, we promised frequent updates. And in keeping that promise, today we are releasing another update to Universe, with version 1.2. Universe 1.2 brings the following new awesomeness to our library of GPU…
    - 14 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 4:40pm -
  • Organic Particles with Trapcode Form
    Recently, the team at MK12, an awesome design and filmmaking collective, created a beautiful piece for Semi-Permanent’s 2014′s Sydney conference. Some of my favorite motion graphics work has been done by MK12, so it’s no surprise how awesome th…
    - 33 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 4:07pm -
  • Free Trial: Take a Second Shot with BulletProof
    Hey folks – A little more than a year ago, thousands of you downloaded and installed Red Giant BulletProof 1.0, our stand-alone application for backup and review of your footage on set. At the time, BulletProof only supported a handful of cameras a…
    - 33 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 5:39pm -
  • Help Bring Red Giant to SXSW
    Hey folks – for the last few years, the team at Red Giant has been making short films and taking you behind the scenes of our work. We love sharing all of the cool stuff we (sometimes painfully) learn in the process, but we also love talking to oth…
    - 35 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 5:14pm -
  • Primatte Keyer 5.1 Adds Support for Premiere Pro, FCPX and More
    Hey folks- For a long time, you’ve been lighting up our customer service lines asking us to bring Primatte Keyer to more host applications. We didn’t want to disappoint anyone in case we couldn’t delver, so while we’ve been telling you that w…
    - 36 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 4:06pm -
  • PREVIEW: Red Giant Universe 1.2
    Hey folks – we recently release Red Giant Universe, and then quickly followed it up with Universe 1.1 – and a whole bunch of new tools. We are constantly working to add new tools to the library of effects and presets in Universe, and we wanted to…
    - 41 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 5:35pm -
  • NEW: PluralEyes 3.5, Shooter Suite 12.5 and More
    Hey folks – today we are releasing an update to our Shooter Suite, which includes new versions of PluralEyes 3.5 and Instant 4K (previously Instant HD).  New to the suite is Magic Bullet Denoiser II, our video noise reduction tool. Also included i…
    - 50 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 5:08pm -
  • SOFTWARE UPDATE: Color Suite 11.1.4 – Bug fixes
    Hey folks – We’ve just released a maintenance update for Magic Bullet Looks 2.5, which includes bug fixes and enhancements. Magic Bullet Looks 2.5.3 Magic Bullet Looks 2.5.3 solves an issue on Windows where Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 would period…
    - 50 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 11:43pm -

Video Copilot

  • newPixel Screen Experiment!
    Here is a fun experiment I created to simulate cool LCD Pixel effects using built-in plug-ins only! It uses the Camera Lens Blur effect along with a depth map to create realistic DOF. Watch Breakdown on Youtube Download Project File (CS6) Sound FX…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:46pm -
  • After Effects World Keynote!
      I’m very excited to participate in the  upcoming After Effects World Conference this month! I’ll be presenting the Saturday evening Keynote and hopefully hanging out with everyone afterwards! It should be even more exciting than trying to cr…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
  • Free Script: 3D Pre-Compose + Tutorial!
    I finally got tired of doing this manually, so we created a free script! What is this script for? The 3D Pre-Compose Script makes it easy to pre-compose 3D-aware layers by automatically copying all cameras & lights into the new comp with linked expre…
    - 35 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 7:48pm -
  • New Tutorial: Sci-Fi Weapon FX!
    In this exciting tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create various sci-fi muzzle flashes and distortion FX.  If you need to add sound FX, be sure to check out our MotionPulse sound tools! Watch on Youtube Watch on Vimeo Watch on Video Copilot &…
    - 58 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 3:14pm -
  • New Tutorial: Shockwaves in After Effects!
    You don’t want to miss this in depth tutorial! Massive tips, no extra plug-ins! Even though we offer a cool Shockwave pack for sale, this new tutorial shows you how to create an impressive shockwave effect without 3rd party plug-ins.  Of course…
    - 68 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 6:44pm -
  • Shockwaves in AE!
    Here are some cool AE shockwaves that are created 100% inside of AE without 3rd party plug-ins! Sure we have a cool Shockwave Product but we think it is nice to be able to show you how to make cool stuff for Free without having to buy something all…
    - 69 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 10:42pm -
  • Element 3D 1.6.2 Updated for AE CC 2014
    Just a quick heads up! Our Element 3D plug-in has been updated for AE CC 2014! There are a couple of important bug fixes and we recommend this update for everyone, even if you are not running CC 2014. Download E3D 1.6.2 (490)! NOTE: Typically Video…
    - 77 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 8:01pm -
  • VFX Short: Lock & Load!
    Watch on Youtube in HD Watch on Vimeo in HD Check out our new VFX short… ’cause we made it! Production Notes: Filmed on 2 separate days Shot on RED Canon Lenses: 16mm L-series plus a cool 50mm VFX: After Effects, 3DS Max, Fume FX, Rayfire Action…
    - 82 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 7:24pm -

AE Tuts

  • newiThemes Exchange: Add-ons
    In this series, we've been taking a look at how we can setup an online store using iThemes Exchange. We've reviewed an introduction to the plugin as well as some advanced features.  In this article, we're going to take a look at some of the free add…
    - 13 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:00pm -
  • newGet Started as a Photographer With Our New Course Bundle
    Do you want to get started as a photographer? This new bundle, Hands-On Photography, gives you everything you need in one convenient place. Across six courses with 11 hours of video, you'll learn everything from how to get started using a flash, thr…
    - 13 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 4:08pm -
  • newCreating a Professional WordPress Development Workflow With Vagrant
    As developers, we all know that creating a sustainable and uniform local WordPress development workflow can be challenging and complex. Programs like MAMP, WAMP, and XAMPP theoretically make the setup of a local web server easy, but, for anyone who…
    - 15 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 3:00pm -
  • newThe Photographer's Gear List
    Keeping an itemised gear list is a must for any professional—or serious amateur—photographer. With a complete, itemised list of all your gear, along with their unique serial numbers and receipts, you’ll find it easier to claim tax write offs, a…
    - 15 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 2:26pm -
  • newCreate a Retro Gold Leather Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
    What You'll Be CreatingCreating 3D text effect does not always require using the 3D tools. This tutorial will show you a simple way of using the shape attributes in Adobe Photoshop CC, along with a couple of layer styles, to create a retro, leather-l…
    - 16 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:29pm -
  • newCreate a Set of Art Brushes You Can Use to Make a Linocut-style Illustration
    What You'll Be CreatingLearn how to create a completely vector illustration that has the look of a handmade linocut or woodcut, in Adobe Illustrator.To find out even more about brushes in Adobe Illustrator, check out my course Mastering Brushes in Il…
    - 18 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:57am -
  • newCreating a Collection of CSS3 Animated Pre-loaders
    Pre-loaders are a common sight in modern web design. As users we expect the web to be fast and fluid - we don’t like waiting for things. Pre-loaders offer visual feedback in the event of content being loaded, thereby managing expectations and reduc…
    - 19 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:35am -
  • Using a MIDI Controller With iPad
    The Apple iPad has quickly risen to the challenge of becoming a very capable music production environment. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to connect and use a MIDI controller with iPad using The Apple Camera Connection Kit; and demonstrate with…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 3:00am -
  • Options for SSL in WordPress
    With the ever increasing focus on web security, SSL certificates have started to become common practice when setting up websites. This article will show you how to implement SSL into your WordPress website but won't go into details of how to buy and…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Windows Phone 8: Events and Navigation
    In this tutorial, I'll be teaching you about the event model of Windows Phone.More importantly, we'll learn about navigation and how we can add it to an application to allow users to navigate between pages of a Windows Phone application.1. Events…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 4:28pm -
  • An Introduction to WordPress Global Variables
    In this three part series, we're going to be taking a look at WordPress global variables in order to gain a better understanding of them such that we can apply them to our day-to-day development.Throughout the series, we will be going through a set o…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 3:00pm -
  • How to Crosshatch a Landscape from a Photograph
    What You'll Be CreatingBreak out your pens and pencils and learn how to crosshatch a landscape. You'll start by making a value scale to learn how to use lines to create depth and then you'll ink your own landscape from a photo reference.Crosshatching…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 12:25pm -


Four Years of Progress

- 8 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:30pm -
Blowing Glass With Jeremy Wintrebert

- 8 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:06pm -
Bryan Cranston's One-Man MLB Show

- 11 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:50pm -
Enter the Silver Dragon

- 13 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 4:39pm -
Vigilante Litter Patrol

- 13 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 4:06pm -
Touch The Sky

- 14 hours ago, 16 Sep 14, 3:55pm -