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PaletteFor the filmmakers that have become accustomed to creating and editing footage and music digitally, it might be a welcomed change to do your work utilizing knobs, sliders, and buttons instead of a mouse and keyboard in order to get the pinpoint accuracy you’re looking for. However, if the thought of abandoning the systems you’re used to scares you, no worries. Canada-based engineers Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi have designed Palette, freeform modular controllers that allow users to build and design their very own hardware interface and designate their software functions according to their workflow needs. More »

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lenzhound wireless lens motor control system wireless follow focus kickstarter camera shooting filmmakingOur recent post on the Redrock microRemote made it pretty clear that the desire for an even more inexpensive wireless follow focus solution is very real. As it would turn out, there is a very affordable alternative with significant momentum on Kickstarter — the Lenzhound Wireless Lens Control System. Going for under $400, the Lenzhound is also notably based on the Arduino open source electronics system. With these powers combined, Lenzhound might just be the most affordable wireless lens control system aiming for ‘pro.’ Read on for the Kickstarter video and more details. More »

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HDMIPi PrototypesThere aren’t many inexpensive monitors out there, and when you do find them, they are often pretty low-res, usually below HD. That’s no good if you’re trying to use them to pull focus or double-check a take and see if it was in focus. But what if you could get a 9″ 1280 x 800 monitor for under $150? Alex Eames from RasPi.TV and Dave Mellor from Cyntech want to make it happen. The company is working on a monitor for the Raspberry Pi computer, but with the generic HDMI input, it can be used with virtually any HDMI device, including cameras. Here’s their pitch video: More »

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iPhone Anamorphic LensThough shooting with anamorphic lenses isn’t anything new, the aesthetic it produces, the dimentionality and oval bokeh, has become more and more popular among independent filmmakers. Unfortunately, lenses and adapters are often too expensive for indies to utilize them — unless of course you’re a smartphone filmmaker. Moondog Labs, based out of Rochester, NY, has developed an affordable 1.33x anamorphic adapter for the iPhone 5 and 5S that produces the distinctive horizontal lens flares and wide aspect ratio of anamorphic shooting. And it’s cheap! Continue on to find out more. More »

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ClearView Matte BoxMatte boxes are fantastic filmmaking tools for a multitude of reasons. They allow you to have pinpoint control over the light that hits your lens (which is a must for discerning cinematographers). They make the process of incorporating optical filters into your setup so much easier and more practical than screw-on filters ever could. So why aren’t matte boxes more prevalent in low-budget filmmaking? Well, the good ones are ridiculously expensive, and the ones that are more affordable are terribly-built and sadly lacking in the features that serious filmmakers need. More »

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WriterDuetBack in September, we shared with you a post about WriterDuet, a free, online screenwriting app that lets screenwriters collaborate on the same script in real-time. Other screenwriting applications tout collaboration tools, but with WriterDuet, you can actually collaborate on a script online with as many people as you want at the same time. And it’s free. But sometimes, we want to write our screenplays alone, offline. Now, WriterDuet is creating an offline desktop version that auto-syncs when you’re online, and they want to collaborate with you. More »

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Pixelstick 4Over the past few years, timelapse photography has gone from being the cream of the crop of DSLR videos to a somewhat trite technique that is nothing if not overused. However, what if a piece of technology came along that could open up a whole new world of possibilities for the world of timelapse photography? What if the limits of what had previously been possible with long exposures could be stretched infinitely, and with a relatively inexpensive piece of technology. Well folks, that piece of technology is here, and it’s called Pixelstick. Check out the details below: More »

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Brahma microphoneThere are several other ambisonic microphones out there, even some that are relatively inexpensive, but Embrace Cinema Gear set out to make their ambisonic mic, the Brahma, easy to use and of high quality, all while being affordable for the independent filmmaker. Check out Embrace’s demo video to find out how the Brahma ambisonic microphone captures the “true 3-dimensional representation of an acoustical ambience” with its innovative design after the jump. More »

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edgertronic High-Speed Slow Motion Camera - HeroNo that’s not a typo. A new camera called the ‘edgertronic’ is not only claiming to be the first affordable high-speed camera, but it’s also capable of a whopping 17,791 frames per second. MIT engineers Mike Matter and Juan Pineda have joined forces and have been prototyping the slow motion camera for two years now, and it’s finally reached a mature stage where everything is complete — all that’s left is mass production. The team is now turning to Kickstarter to secure funding to get the camera into production in the U.S. and into people’s hands by the end of the year. Check out the launch video below: More »

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HipJibFor the past few years, Kickstarter has been rife with all sorts of campaigns for gadgets and gizmos aimed at budget filmmakers. Oftentimes, these new inventions are just slightly modified versions of classic designs offered at a cheaper price. Other times, these crowdfunding products are unlike anything else out there, like the SnapFocus. And then there are times when a product comes along that is so simply brilliant that it makes you wonder why you hadn’t thought of it first. The hipjib, a small device that turns any basic tripod into a versatile camera movement system, falls into the latter category. Check out the campaign video for the hipjib below: More »

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EasyGimbalCreatives involved in extreme action filmmaking are typically using GoPros in order to get those much desired POV and other seldom-seen shots. The drawback to using such a compact and lightweight camera, however, is stabilizing the shots you get, which means finding a stabilizer that will give you a really smooth image. Currently on Kickstarter, the EasyGimbal, designed exclusively for the GoPro 3, offers a lot in terms of affordability and style for being a 3-axis handheld camera stabilizer, but how steady can it keep your shots? Decide for yourself after the jump. More »

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Kickstarter AussieIn late June, Kickstarter announced that their crowdsourcing platform was coming to Canada — campaigns for which will be able to launch in September. Continuing their expansion across the globe, Kickstarter announced yesterday on Twitter that campaigns will soon be open to Australia and New Zealand -based projects. When will Australians and New Zealanders be able to get their Kickstarer campaigns underway? They haven’t specified an exact date, opting for a more vague, but exciting, “in the very near future.” Continue reading for more info. More »

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Spike Lee KickstarterThe last month has seen quite a bit of dissension amongst filmmakers regarding Spike Lee’s decision to crowdfund his latest film on Kickstarter, but the quarrel started much earlier with the campaigns for Veronica Mars and Zack Braff’s passion project. Some say these filmmakers are pulling away pledges that would be going into other projects, and others say they’re introducing the crowdsourcing platform to new backers. Kickstarter decided to give their two cents on the matter regarding whether or not celebrities, like Spike Lee, should fundraise on a platform used by creatives who don’t have the resources or connections more readily available to established, successful, and well-known filmmakers. More »

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Be Natural

Can you answer this question: Who’s the first female film director? Don’t be surprised if you can’t, because it’s not really common knowledge. When speaking of filmmaking pioneers, Alice Guy-Blaché may not come to mind as readily as the  Lumière Brothers or Georges Méliès, but her contributions to cinema, as well as the lessons we can learn from her story are as far-reaching as they are profound. NFS sat down with filmmakers Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs, who, along with executive producer Robert Redford, have gathered industry greats like Diablo Cody, Julie Delpy, James Bobin, and Ben Kingsley for the documentary Be Natural, a film that looks to inspire new filmmakers by uncovering the mystery of the first female filmmaker. More »

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darkenergylogoblogthmCinnafilm’s Dark Energy plugin for After Effects is arguably one of the best noise reduction and grain emulation tools on the market today. Most notably, Shane Hurlbut turned to Dark Energy in order to make the Canon 5D Mark II shine for Act of Valor, and high-end production companies around the world rely on Dark Energy for everything from noise reduction for green screen keying to film grain emulation. However, at this point in time, Dark Energy is only available as an AE plugin (and only on the PC). The folks over at Cinnafilm have just started a Kickstarter campaign to port Dark Energy over to the OFX platform so that it can be used in programs like DaVinci Resolve, Nuke, and Avid. Check out their campaign video below: More »

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Spike Lee KickstarterKickstarter has descended upon the consciousness of established filmmakers and it’s here to stay. Today’s high-profile project is none other than the Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint. There are a lot of qualms associated with celebrities using the crowd-funding model, and Spike Lee looks like he’s trying to appeal to some kind of middle ground; calling out the studio system for its perils and explaining that he has a “different vision of what Cinema can be.” Read on to get the scoop. More »

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CinefexSince 1980, quarterly publication Cinefex Magazine has been the go-to resource for VFX artists, professionals, and enthusiasts. This visual effects “bible” is also a time capsule of sorts, that has captured and documented the evolution of movie magic for the past 3 decades, and now they want to bring all of it to you digitally. Subscribers can currently access Cinefex issues, as well as a number of back issues on their iPads, computers, as well as physical copies, but publishing company New Scribbler Press wants to bring you every single issue — from the 1st to the latest — digitally, and on their interactive publishing platform. They just need a little help. More »

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The Ningyo_hallwayrmy

Last year, senior visual effects artists Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma demonstrated what they could achieve in off hours, having given over their living room to a green screen and some decking, in Halloween short The Green Ruby Pumpkin. Expanding that successful home studio production methodology to a set which has taken over every inch of their living space, the pair have now embarked on the first leg of The Ningyo, a 1909 set action adventure series focused on the hunt for mythological creatures. NFS caught up with Miguel in his role as Director/Creator for a chat about the project. Read on after the jump: More »

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The Ghost StabilizerAs I’m sure we all know by now, gyro-stabilizers have been popping up left and right since the MōVI first came on the scene (as many of you predicted.) Developed by filmmaker Jesse Spaulding of SIC Visuals, the Ghost is the latest brushless gimbal camera rig, and it looks like it’s more affordable and has a longer battery life than some of the rigs that we’ve covered thus far. From the videos I’ve watched, it looks pretty solid, allowing for nice and smooth movement over difficult terrain, but this rig is only stabilized on 2 axes with a 3rd controlled manually. Does it show in the footage? More »

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James Franco Palo Alto Stories IndieGoGoWho’s next to weigh in on the celebrity crowdfunding discussion? Well, James Franco recently launched his first crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo – but before you lump it with his Oz the Great and Powerful co-star Zach Braff’s Kickstarter project, hear him out. Based on his book Palo Alto Stories, not 1 but 3 feature films are slated to be made, and are to be directed by some of Franco’s fellow NYU students. Franco also plans to donate any profit the films make to charity. Read on for more from Franco on the campaign. More »