» Posts Tagged ‘humor’

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EnhanceWorking in film is no picnic, regardless of what your job is on set, and sometimes it’s (extremely) necessary to let your hair down, relax your gut, and laugh at how absurd it can all be. Evan Luzi gives you a perfect opportunity to do just that in his recent post on The Black and Blue that illustrates with 30 hilarious GIFs what life is like working as a camera assistant – or as we call it in independent film, hat #2001 — or whatever — #6 billion. More »

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C-Stand SandbagThe lighting and grip department is full of unspoken rules that are geared towards keeping the cast and crew as safe as possible. However, there’s one rule that might just be the most important of them all. That rule can be summed up as: “ALWAYS USE SANDBAGS WHEN USING A LIGHT STAND, C-STAND, OR COMBO STAND FOR ANYTHING.” I’m sorry I yelled, but this simple concept can prevent some seriously calamitous things from happening on a set, chiefly hot lights or heavy modifiers falling on people’s heads. With that in mind, let’s take a look at an incredibly ironic video and talk a little bit about proper techniques for setting up C-Stands! 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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Sweded MoviesWhen it comes to comedic retellings, there are several varieties out there that are funny for different reasons — satire, parodies, spoofs, what have you. However, a relatively new approach to humorous recreations, sweding, a term coined in Michel Gondry’s 2008  film Be Kind Rewind, takes popular films and mimics them using limited tools and resources. To help you get acquainted with sweded cinema, ShortCuts, a team of German filmmakers, take aim at not 1, not 2, but 70 iconic films and give each a hilarious Swedish treatment. More »

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Her spoofSpike Jonze’s Her has done some interesting things since it first poked its precocious head out from obscurity. It has challenged viewers’ hearts and minds, pushed the boundaries of how we treat romance and science fiction in cinema, and taken huge risks to tell a story about a lonely man looking for love. Of course — this is all ripe for parody. Since the weekend is coming to a close, let’s all enjoy a couple of videos that poke fun at Her in the most hilarious way possible — with Jonah Hill in high-waisted pants watching Michael Cera, as the Surrogate, dance for him. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Buck the Redneck Tech Shows You How to Install a GoPro Sensor Into a RED SCARLET - No Film School[Attention: this is not real.] There we go, with that out of the way, if you’ve got a RED SCARLET, but you’d like to put in a sensor that renders beautiful skin tones and can give you ultra slow motion, look no further than the GoPro. In the video below, Buck the Redneck Tech goes through the process of installing the GoPro inside the SCARLET, and you can follow along at home with your trusty RED and GoPro if you’d like. More »

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Wes Anderson SpoofWes Anderson, with all of his quirky, very overt style of set design and filmmaking techniques, is a prime target for parody. Now that the trailer to his latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel has been circulating throughout the interwebs, and with the rise in successful indie horror films, and since Halloween is right around the corner, Saturday Night Live took on satirizing his signature style with a bit of a sinister twist in a sketch from last night’s show. Check out SNL’s “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders” after the jump: More »

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This is a guest post by Ryan E. Hoffman. Note: it contains NSFW content.

“If you build it, they will come.”
-Field of Dreams

Has a friend ever sent you a comedy clip on the web, and you thought something like, “I want to do stuff just like that!” or “That’s not that great. I could do better.” or EVEN “How do I do something like that?” The truth is simple: just get out and do it. Bust a move! My goal with this post is to give you a few tips, in layman’s terms, on how to create dynamic comedy web content and skip over a few of the mistakes that my fellow comedian Nick Ruggia and I made. That way, you can do it better and shoot your own hilarious web series or sketch. More »

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Have you ever found yourself holding an SLR lens in one hand and an iPhone in the other, thinking, “if only I could use these two together?” If so — really? — you’re in luck. The iPhone SLR Mount is exactly what it sounds like — a $250 adapter that allows you to use any Nikon or Canon mount SLR lenses with your iPhone. The two-piece device looks like this (lens not included): More »

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The Final Cut Pro X release has so many editors up in arms that one mocking video is not enough. Jeffrey Harrell cut this exploration of Final Cut Pro X’s (missing) features to emulate the trailer for The Social Network, using snippets of Steve Jobs’ own speech from WWDC ’97: More »

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Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien has a brave set of editors who aren’t afraid of unfamiliar workflows, as evidenced by their rapid transition to Final Cut Pro X. Here, members of Conan’s editing team show off the new magnetic timeline, title animation, audio synchronization, and color correction features of the much-debated program: More »

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Inspiration Studios, the same guys who brought us this humorous comparison of the ARRI ALEXA and RED EPIC, are back at it with a look at the high-end Cooke 5/i prime lenses. These aren’t lenses for DSLR or DIY filmmaking, but it’s an entertaining video (with a foray into NSFW territory): More »