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teleportationThere are several techniques that you can use to pull off a good teleportation effect. Most understand the basics — how to splice two (or three) different shots together, having your actors freeze while your teleporter gets into position. However, there are a few polishing moves that you might not know about that could really up your SFX game, as well as sell your effect. The always entertaining and enlightening crew at Film Riot has a brand new tutorial that shares a few of these tricks, including how to position your teleporter, what kinds of visual and sound effects you can use, and how to put it all together in After Effects. More »

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FogContrary to popular belief, fog machines are not just helpful tools used to set the mood at awkward middle school dances. In fact, as many of you might know, fog (or haze, but we’ll get to that later) is widely used on film sets for a number of reasons, one of which is, yes, to set a specific tone, but it can also be used to pull off many different stylistic, technical, and aesthetic effects. In this helpful video, Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly shows us how using fog can help you add depth to your shots, diffuse light, or simply create a creepy atmosphere befitting of a slasher film. Also, learn how to get the most out of your fog machines with a couple of cheap, DIY tricks. 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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DIY BoomAudio, the oft looked over aspect of filmmaking, is indeed a difficult art to master. You can have the best professional in the booth during post, but if you didn’t get a decent capture from the get go, there’s little that can be done. Film Riot has uploaded a video dedicated to the microphone, which not only covers the basics of mic choice, placement, and accessories for beginners, but also gives a link to their video tutorial that shows you how to build your own boom pole for $25! More »

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Run and Gun FilmmakingChances are if you look back on the films you’ve created thus far in your career, the first ones were probably an assortment of run and gun guerrilla films. For those who are just starting out, though, the lack of planning, time, money, and resources can decrease the production value of your project fast, so knowing the issues that are sure to arise during production will help you make your film look better as well as maintain your sanity. Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly shares some tips on how to bulletproof your run and gun projects. Check out the video after the break. More »

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V BagHow many times have you used books, pillows, your own shirt, or any variation of a makeshift rig to prop up and steady your camera? I’m assuming the answer is “a bunch of times.” I recently came across this nifty tool called the VBag, which is a vacuum bag that hardens when air is released, allowing you to firmly mount your DSLR camera, freeing you up to get certain shots that would be difficult to get using a tripod or stabilizing rig. Essentially, this thing can be mounted on pretty much anything, as well as mount a vast range of cameras — for a price. Check out the video by Film Riot after the jump and see what the VBag is all about. More »

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VFX Color GradingColor correction can be a frustrating ordeal when you have to sacrifice over or under-exposing one section of your shot in order to make the rest look good. But, in this relatively simple color grading tutorial, we learn how to use masks to isolate parts of the frame that need different adjustments. Using this technique will help you grade your image to where you won’t have to settle for muddy, over-saturated, or poorly exposed areas. Hit the jump to watch the tutorial. More »

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The anamorphic look has been around for a long time, but its popularity at the budget level has increased in the last few years thanks, in part, to the availability of inexpensive interchangeable lens digital cameras. If you’ve been interested in how people are getting the look and what they are using, Ryan Connolly over at Film Riot has put together a video giving an overview about your options out there and some of the advantages and disadvantages for some of the options. Click through to watch that video below: More »

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We know we’re not the only game in town when it comes to filmmaking websites — far from it, actually — as there are lots of sites out there that share tons of great content. The often informative Revision3 web show Film Riot (hosted by Ryan Connolly) has been featured on this site before, most notably with a tutorial for a DIY slider. Now Ryan takes a look at some of his favorite filmmaking websites in the video below. More »

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One of the most coveted DIY projects around (next to perhaps the jib) is the slider. However, DIY is usually a balance between cost savings and function, and this $10-$15 slider from Ryan Connolly at Film Riot is no different. Let’s take a look at how far you can stretch your dollar for a functional slider. Hit the jump for the tutorial: More »

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As part of a guy’s night out I saw the new Conan: the Barbarian the other night and it was honestly the first time I found myself thinking in a theater, “this is soft — I could really do with a 4K image.” It was also the first time I thought, “I bet my five year-old nephew could write this.” But then I read an honest and insightful post by screenwriter Sean Hood on Quora, and the behind-the-scenes answer (especially with three credited screenwriters) is never as simple as “it was badly written.” Getting back to the first thought about 4K, however, internet TV show Film Riot asks the question: once compressed for the web, how different are the RED EPIC and Canon 5D Mark II? Of course there’s a big difference in the theater, but how about on your laptop? More »