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D16 PL MountYesterday at NAB, Digital Bolex announced their new native B&W camera, the D16M, and today, they have another treat to reveal to fans of the vintage inspired D16 digital cinema camera. Digital Bolex has just announced that the D16 now has a PL mounting option, giving filmmakers more latitude to use professional quality PL lenses to capture the images that work for their projects. More »

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Red GiantNAB has been an all-out gear party, and Red Giant is celebrating by holding their 24-hour NAB sale, marking everything in their store down 30%. So, now might be a good time to open your wallet and get acquainted with Red Giant’s software, like their color grading, keying, and effects applications. You’ve only got 24 hours to take advantage of the deal, so continue on to get the coupon code and save! More »

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DJI_RoninThe company known for developing and manufacturing one of the most popular unmanned aerial systems, the Phantom, DJI has decided to make their way into the handheld gimbal market. They’ve revealed a brand new handheld 3-axis gimbal stabilizer, Ronin. Its versatile, relatively inexpensive, tool-less design lets users shoot from several different positions, allowing them to achieve different kinds of shots quickly and easily. More »

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Atomos Shogun NAB 2014 (Embargo 9am PDT 7th April 2014)Atomos is well-known for their award-winning camera-mounted recorders, like the Ninja and Samurai, and at NAB, they’ve added a couple of recording/monitoring solutions to the family. Atomos announces the world’s first 12G SDI and 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder and deck, the Shogun, the only 4K HDMI recording/monitoring solution that can take full advantage of the new A7S. Also, the pocket-sized Ninja Star Pro-Res recorder, which can be mounted just about anywhere. Continue on to learn more. More »

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a7sWe’ve been anxiously waiting for Sony’s press conference today from NAB, since word is they’ll officially announce their brand new 4K camera. Well — no more waiting. Introducing Sony’s A7s, which boasts ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409,600, high color fidelity, 4K HDMI video output, and 120fps/720p recording. Not only that, but Sony has also released the details about what firmware version 4.0 has to offer F5 and F55 users. More »

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TypewriterA screenplay is a puzzle made up of pieces you cut yourself that you fit together to form a picture you make up as you go. And if a screenplay is a puzzle, think of genre as the box it came in. It has to be accommodating and accurate to the structure and picture of the story, otherwise, you make it hard on your audience. In an enlightening article, Raindance lists 10 techniques that sell scripts, 8 of which has something to do with genre. So, let’s take a look at genre from the perspective of both a buyer and a screenwriter, figure out how it can help or hinder your story, and finally, ways to add or change characteristics of your chosen genre in order to not only write a story that is fresh and original, but one that works well with audiences. More »

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ARRI AMIRA

Geared more toward documentary, news, or TV work — yet using the same sensor as some of the higher-end ALEXA cinema cameras — the lower-cost, ENG-style AMIRA is expected to provide the usability that a run-and-gun shoot would require without sacrificing too much in image quality. Earlier this year, ARRI revealed the prices of its different upgradable camera packages, but yesterday they added another very important piece to the puzzle by announcing that they’ll begin shipping the highly anticipated camera this month. More »

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Creating a StormSometimes, for a film, you gotta make it rain — unless of course you live in the Pacific Northwest, or somewhere equally as soggy and miserable. And even if you do live in 75%-chance-of-rain perpetuity, natural rain looks nothing like movie rain on-screen. Creating stormy conditions is something that is extremely intentional and labor intensive, but Jason Satterlund, a Portland-based filmmaker and probable rain expert, shares several tips on how to create “sexy movie rain” and dynamic wind effects on a budget. Continue on for the videos. More »

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Film Riot SoundIf you’re just starting out as a filmmaker, or more specifically, a sound designer, you might be looking for a little guidance on how to create foley. In this video from Film Riot, sound designer Rob Krekel, who helped create the sound for The Last of Us, walks us through the basics of capturing (cheap) foley, like setting up your recording devices, arranging your mics, and choosing the materials that will give you some great sounds. More »

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Michael ArndtSome of the greatest pieces of screenwriting wisdom that I’ve come across in my journey of learning the craft have come from Pixar alumni. Regardless of what kinds of stories you’re trying to tell, Pixar has offered many great tips on how to form the structure of your screenplay, and in this animated video, screenwriter Michael Arndt walks us through, step-by-step, how to construct the most difficult first act. So, if you’re currently struggling to get your screenplay off the ground, you’re gonna want to check this out! More »

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MonopodWhat’s the difference between a normal monopod and a video monopod? Well, the most glaring difference would be the tripod foot, a nifty little add-on that not only keeps your video monopod steady, but also almost single-handedly jacks up the price to outrageous amounts. There is a DIY work-around, however, and the folks over at CheesyCam have shared a tutorial, as well as some helpful links, to show you how to take an inexpensive monopod, add a $20 fluid base tripod foot (as well as some adhesive), and make a fully functional video monopod. More »

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LightworksIt has been almost a year to the day when Editshare shared that their award-winner NLE Lightworks was going through alpha/beta testing for Mac OS X, and since then the question on the minds of its supporters has been, “When will the public beta of the mac version be available?” Well, it looks like they’re much closer to completing the platform trifecta (Windows, Linux, and Mac), because Editshare has announced that they indeed have a date nailed down, as well as a few other pertinent pieces of information about Lightworks that you might want to know. More »

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LibecIn a move to enter the consumer DSLR camera market, professional camera support company Libec has announced their brand new tripod system, ALLEX, which with its integrated design, will give more usability to filmmakers working with little money, time, and/or experience. Made up of a tripod, slider, and ball head, the ALLEX system allows users to pull off a number of simple, yet dynamic camera movements, raising the potential production value on your next low-budget project. Continue on to find out more about Libec’s ALLEX system. More »

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NYCOn October 10, 2010 (10/10/10), One Day on Earth managed to organize an event that, for the first time in history, resulted in the creation of media with participants in every country of the world within the same day. They’ve decided to start another 24-hour filming campaign, called “Your Day, Your City, Your Future” this time in an effort to open up the discussion on what it’s like to live in certain U.S. cities, and the futures locals want for their communities — and One Day on Earth wants you to participate by producing media that will not only be available on an interactive, geo-tagged archive, but a documentary TV series on the future of the American city as well. The shooting date is coming up fast (April 26th), so continue on to find out how you can be a part of this collaborative initiative. More »

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Comedy ContestIf you’re currently working on a comedy script, now might be the time to put your head down get that baby done, because ScreenCraft’s 2014 Comedy Script Contest is now officially open for early entries. This year is a little special, in that they’ve opened it up to short screenplay entries, as well as included some major comedy producers and execs (Funny or Die, Happy Madison) on the jury. So, if you’re itching to get your screenplay in front of some people who could potentially get you some exposure, continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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BeethovenIt’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, allowing our creative endeavors to go by the wayside indefinitely until we can work them into our schedules. But it’s interesting to remember that every single one of our creative heroes all have (or had) the same number of hours in a day to complete their work. RJ Andrews of Info We Trust has put together an enlightening infographic using the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work that illustrates how some of history’s greatest creative minds fit their creative work into their daily life. More »

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Ari and EmmaLighting your scenes can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re just starting out, and many times, despite your best laid plans, setting up your lights turns into a learn-as-you-go experience. That’s why it’s supremely helpful to see how other filmmakers created the looks in their own films. DP Nathan Blair shares the versatile lighting setup he used on a comedic short, in which he captures 9 different visual styles with just one shot composition. More »

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PortaRailWhether you’re a get-in-get-out filmmaker, or just someone who doesn’t want to lug around a big, awkward piece of gear, having portable tools  is a definite boon on any project, which is why RigWheel’s new rail system, PortaRail, which will be showcased at NAB, is such welcomed addition to their indie-focused line of motion and mounting products. These collapsible, DIY rails aim at offering an affordable camera movement solution that will allow you to set up, tear down, pack up, and go. More »

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Boy AGetting your start in cinematography may feel like getting dropped in the middle of nowhere without a compass, which is why advice from those who have found their way out is so invaluable. DP Rob Hardy, who has worked on films like Boy A and Red Riding: In the year of Our Lord 1974 offers some great advice, as well as some valuable words of encouragement, to beginning cinematographers in this BAFTA video. Continue on to check it out.

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Bombay-4Interactive media may not be a staple of narrative filmmaking, but it’s certainly making itself known in music videos. Last year, we saw the work of several big name musicians and groups contain interactive elements, like the special navigation in Pharrell’s 24-hour “I’m Happy” video, the ability to “change channels” in Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, and controlling animations in Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”. Now, we get to go behind the scenes with the creators of Bombay Bicycle Club’s music video for their single “Carry Me”, off the album So Long, See You Tomorrow, and find out what gear, techniques, and software they used to pull off their interactive “Orbital Video” project. More »