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In addition to working on commercials, documentaries, and feature-length films, I’ve experienced the pleasure and misery of working with low-budget and first-time filmmakers. Most of these filmmakers tend to make the same mistakes and, sadly, I must admit that when I’ve made my own short films, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole and made some of the same mistakes against which I’ve cautioned others....
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As previously announced filmmakers can finally celebrate the arrival of Canon Log to the 5D Mark IV, with the release of details on the paid upgrade and the availability of a...
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When you’re in the mood for gift-giving, or simply have an obligation, what better way to celebrate holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries than to have a look at a some of the innovative video products that have become available this year? Last year, we wrote about some great cameras like the ...
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Whether you’re a student or a seasoned veteran, selecting the right camera can make your head spin with questions. Does sensor size matter? What’s the difference between 4:2:0 and 4:2:2? Do I really need a camera that can record 4K? What about raw? We’ll explain the key components that help a camera produce cinematic images, and in doing so, hopefully help you make that all-important decision....
by Justin Dise and Val Lazarev
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Although the idea of a wearable POV camera dates back several decades, the first action camera to be offered on the consumer market was a GoPro.  The Story Behind GoPro A young man was off on a surfing trip somewhere far off, and wanted to capture quality photos of all the action, but found there was no way to get close-up angles. This same young man also very badly wanted to invent something....
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There are three things that are certain in a digital filmmaker’s life, in no particular order: late nights, taxes, and CMOS imaging sensors. Yeah, that list is a bit of an exaggeration on multiple fronts—it reads more like my personal experiences until this point. Regardless, CMOS imaging sensors are really an integral part of the digital filmmaker’s life, mostly because of the recent shift from...
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One of the first things students are taught in film school is the nomenclature of the basic types of camera shots. This common language is essential for writers, directors, camera operators, and cinematographers to effectively communicate visual elements of a shot, particularly the size of a subject—often a person—within the frame. Provided here is a list of the essential shot types that you need...
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Working on a film set can be a loud experience, with a variety of terms or jargon bandied about that has developed over the past hundred and twenty years or so. I wanted to share with you a smattering of what is said, not said, and what it all means. Hand signals These can help to reduce the noise on a set, which is a good thing, since the last thing you as a crew member want is to be noticed for...
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In today’s digital cinema workflow, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid exposure to Look Up Tables. Whether you’re a director, DP, editor or colorist, Look Up Tables—or LUTs—are something you need to be aware of, because they play a prominent role in many on-set, editorial, and finishing workflows. LUTs have many uses, from calibrating monitors or giving your footage the look of a particular film...

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Join B&H’s own Robert Rives as he discusses how to improve upon your smartphone’s microphone for Facebook Live. In this video, Robert test-drives three microphones tailor-made for mobile devices: the MXL MM130, the...
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To show you what work opportunities are available out there for film school graduates, we asked five filmmakers to describe their experiences after film school.  Their skill sets are as varied as their accomplishments—a senior VFX artist in Hollywood; a freelancer who has managed commercial work in films and documentaries for a decade; a multi-faceted talent who acts, directs, writes, teaches,...

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A properly lit green screen is essential to creating effective and realistic composites, but it can often be difficult to pull off. In the following video, Doug Guerra, from B&H, gives a quick breakdown of what it takes to get it right, including lighting your green screen evenly, keeping distance from...

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In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates how to mike talent using lavalier microphones. Rives explores the reasons for using a lavalier over a boom microphone, the actual placement of the lavalier, and how to deal with issues of clothing noise. We also showcase alternate locations for mounting...
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Without a doubt, your focal length choice affects the impact of your image, whether you are shooting video or stills. With the rise of digital imaging, there has been an uptick of available formats in which you can shoot. To help clarify the relationship between format and focal length, some have coined the phrase “35mm equivalent.” This term has value when you are planning a shoot, your lens...
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There is an old truism, “To write a movie takes one person, but to make a movie takes an army.” Turning an idea or words on a page into a finished film/video can essentially involve an army of people: those who raise money, break down and budget the script, run the casting, act in the project, crew the film, edit the project, and handle the distribution. Your film/video can end up having hundreds...
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