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HERO3Plus_black_cluster1In the first three months of 2014, GoPro brought in more revenue than they did in all of 2011 ($235.7 vs.$234.2 million) . So it’s not too surprising that the company is officially going to go public, with the hopes of raising $100 million dollars in their IPO. With all of this money talk, and the potential to branch out into more markets, one has to wonder if the company will ever release a pro version of their little HERO cameras, or maybe even a true interchangeable sensor camera? More »

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Panasonic GH4 Launch Event Hot Rod Cameras CroppedThe Panasonic GH4 has only just started hitting the streets, and while we’ve seen a mix of footage from all different kinds of shooters (including an interesting video that showed how this little $1,700 camera stood up against the $20,000 RED EPIC), there’s a good chance most of you haven’t actually seen the 4K from this camera on a cinema screen projected in 4K. That’s exactly what Illya Friedman over at Hot Rod Cameras in Los Angeles, California is planning on doing this Wednesday, May 21st. It’s not just a screening of footage, however, so click through to learn more. More »

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Canon 16-35mm f4Canon was mostly quiet at NAB 2014 (at least on the lower end), but they have just announced two new lenses for those who are more budget-conscious, the full-frame EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the APS-C EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. While both lenses are slower than some other Canon options in this range, they both have image stabilization, and the APS-C lens is designed with the quieter STM motors that should work better with autofocus during video. More »

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Vincent Laforet Directing Motion

The Directing Motion Tour workshop, hosted by award-winning commercial director Vincent Laforet, goes in-depth with some of the most famous films in history, analyzing why and when the camera was moved or placed in a certain way, and how sequences are constructed from those shots. Not only that, but attendees actually get to work on a scene themselves where they put all of this theory into practice. I recently attended the DM tour, and I was able to sit down with Vincent and ask a few questions about camera movement, being a director, and what really matters when it comes to storytelling. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video The Most Gorgeous Footage Yet of the Super 16MM Digital Bolex D16 - No Film SchoolAs the final D16 cameras ship to Kickstarter backers this week, the team over at Digital Bolex has announced that international shipping is now possible. They’ve also got a promotional video shot on, and for, the D16, which shows off some of the beautiful analog aesthetic that the team was going for when they first launched their crowdfunding campaign back in 2012. The promo has some of the best-looking footage I’ve seen out of the camera to date, and really shows off what’s possible when it’s put into use on a full production. The D16 was also featured in an episode of GLEE that just aired. Check out both videos below. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Creating Cinematic Music for Your Film - No Film SchoolWhile there are plenty of services out there that aim to give you quality music at an affordable price, sometimes the right piece just isn’t out there for the video project you’re working on. Creating your own music has been getting easier and easier over the last decade, and if you don’t necessarily have a background in music, knowing what certain sounds and samples can do for a specific piece can be extremely helpful. Luke Neumann of Neumann Films has been working on a sci-fi film called The Beacon that benefits from custom cinematic music, and he takes us through his process in the video below: More »

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Under $2K Panasonic GH4 is Sharper Than Over $20K RED EPIC? - No Film SchoolThe Panasonic GH4 is barely on the market yet, and while we’ve seen some comparisons, some have been with cameras that aren’t shooting 4K. But what about comparing the $1,700 4K GH4 to the 5K RED EPIC MX (non-DRAGON), which runs well over $20K for a working body? That’s what Luke Neumann did, and he threw in the Canon 5D Mark III shooting Magic Lantern RAW for good measure, upscaled to 4K to keep everything consistent. Can a cheap camera really look sharper than a pro cine camera? More »

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Rigwheels Passport-Camera-DollyRigWheels showed off their new Passport Camera Dolly system at NAB, which takes flat mount and 75mm/100mm bowl mount tripods, and has the ability to completely fit inside one Pelican case. What might be most impressive for those who travel is the fact that the Passport Camera Dolly system comes in at 50 pounds, so it will go right into your checked baggage before a flight without any more fees. The system is now available for pre-order, and you can check out more details below. More »

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Star Wars The Editor Strikes BackApparently re-cuts of famous works by people who are in the industry isn’t anything new. We’ve got Steven Soderbergh’s re-cut of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, and now we have something completely different. Topher Grace of That ’70s Show fame, who is a huge Star Wars fan, and he re-cut the three prequels, Episodes I, II, and III, into one 85-minute filmHe screened it just once publicly, but he’s got a trailer online, and some reactions from people who saw it. In honor of Star Wars day, we’ve also got some other new Star Wars materials just released, including a trailer for the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. More »

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call-sheet-template-lan-buiCall sheets are pretty essential to any shoot. They tell you where to be and when, who’s who in the production, how to contact them, and all sorts of other important details you might need to know. We’ve shared some other free call sheets and production documents in the past, but if you’re looking for something a little different, the team over at Cast and Crew Call has shared a very easy-to-use template. More »

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Only God Forgives VFX BreakdownThink big-budget Hollywood films like the new Spiderman film are the only ones using tons of visual effects? Wrong! Even some of the smallest indie films can use mountains of CGI to do things that would either be dangerous or difficult to shoot more than once, or to enhance whatever on-set effect they were trying to pull off. In this fantastic VFX breakdown from Nordisk Film Shortcut (Martin Madsen was the VFX Supervisor), go behind the scenes of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives and see just some of the many visual effects that were necessary to pull off the final vision, including removing dolly track and adding all sorts of blood and bullet hole effects. More »

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Stop Making Indie Films PetitionBack in February, a satirical petition was started by Kentucker Audley in response to some recent articles that essentially stated we have an overabundance of cheap films, and it’s devaluing the entire market. Audley, a filmmaker himself, and the creator of the website NoBudge, which promotes lesser-known indie films, decided that something needed to be done, and he started a “petition” asking 5,000 people to sign and promise to stop making their “mediocre” indie films. That “petition” has now failed, and Audley had some serious words to say about why he started it and how he feels about independent film in general. More »

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Directing Motion Tour 2014 Vincent LaforetAs a director or cinematographer, knowing how and when to move the camera is an extremely important skill, and it’s something that takes a lot of practice to get better at. One way to get a better sense of how camera movement can affect a scene is to dissect what the greatest directors and directors of photography have done with their films. That’s partly what commercial director Vincent Laforet is doing with his Directing Motion Tour, which starts on May 6th. He’s uploaded a snippet of some of the things he’ll be covering during the workshop — here is a coverage breakdown of a scene from Empire of the Sun, directed by Steven Spielberg and shot by Allen Daviau: More »

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WALLEY POS-86 CameraEvery once in a while a new camera is announced that simply blows away everything else on the market, whether that’s in terms of specs, price, or a combination of both. We live in a time of extremely fast-paced development, so these announcements have come much faster than they might have even 5 years ago. It seems like every other day something new is coming to the market, and today is another one of those days. Check out the first introduction video for the WALLEY POS-86, the “most advanced camera ever built,” below. More »

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project_greenlight logoProject Greenlight, the television series produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is getting a second lease on life. The show, which if you’re not familiar, took writing and directing submissions from around the country and chronicled the making of an entire feature film. While the last season aired on Bravo in 2005, the series is going back to its roots and will be getting a brand new season on HBO with Damon and Affleck at the helm. More »

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Gareth Edwards Godzilla - Advice to FilmmakersGareth Edwards, who you might know from his very DIY film Monsters, is back with another monster film, Godzilla. While he’s got quite a bit more money to spend on this project than the last ($160 million versus Monsters which was made for under $1 million), the basic aspects of filmmaking are no different, and regardless of budget, it still takes the same discipline. Gareth, who has been in VFX most of his career, has been working towards his goal of becoming a director from a very early age, and shares some fantastic advice to all filmmakers: More »

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cinema5D On The Couch - Rodney Charters, Bruce LoganAt NAB 2014, cinema5D introduced a video series called “On the Couch,” which featured both representatives of manufacturers and filmmakers from all walks of life. Cinematographers Rodney Charters and Bruce Logan, as well as Steven and Jens from Zacuto were all featured in a terrific video near the end of the show. The conversation ranges from gear, to how DPs are being left out of the color suite, to how realistic 4K will be as a display resolution in the coming years, and how 4K is allowing for even more butchering of the cinematographer’s original intent in post-production. More »

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SoundWorks Collection TranscendenceMichael Coleman is back with another SoundWorks Collection video, and this time it’s the sound team from Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence. The sound team talks a lot about the dynamic range in their audio mix, where they utilize very quiet sounds all the way up to very loud sounds in order to maximize the effectiveness of both. Check out the video below and learn why silence at the right moments can actually improve your sound mix. More »

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Photos Printed from 6K RED DRAGON FootageSince RED is still trying to deliver a few of the products they’ve had in development for some time — including the new 6K RED DRAGON sensor upgrades — there weren’t any earth-shattering announcements at NAB 2014. The newest products are about adding functionality to the cameras as they exist today, including the new Switchblade-M side panel and the 4K broadcast module which sends out an uncompressed 4K signal over four 3G-SDI outputs. They did however, have some interesting news for those looking at getting a SCARLET DRAGON, and for those who like to shoot native black and white. Check out our video below with RED for more. More »

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Heavens GateMichael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter follow-up, Heaven’s Gate, faced all sorts of obstacles during its making, and is famous in filmmaking circles for plenty of other reasons besides the movie itself, including its low box office take and over 200 minute running time. Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has apparently been obsessed with the movie since it was announced, and he’s actually re-edited the entire film and put it online. Called “Heaven’s Gate: The Butcher’s Cut,” this new version comes in at under 2 hours, cutting out a significant amount of the film. Check it out below. More »