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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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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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Freefly MoVI Gyro StabilizerThey are coming. Gyro-stabilized camera rigs, that is. Some of you are officially not impressed, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t about to be inundated with stabilizers. So what’s the big deal? Should you even care? The answer probably depends on the kind of work you do, but in the next 3-5 years, gyro camera stabilizers like Freefly’s MōVI are going to be as ubiquitous as sliders and jibs. Don’t think so? Read on for more and check out some exclusive footage from NAB 2013 using the MōVI. More »

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Are you feeling inundated with MōVI updates yet? I hope not, because we have more news about how this innovative handheld stabilizing system is taking the film community by storm. Just within the last couple of weeks, the MōVI went from day player to superstar: first being announced by Freefly, gaining over a million views on its YouTube and Vimeo videos, winning a bunch of awards at NAB, holding a contest to win 2 units, and now making its debut on network TV.  More »

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It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the team at Freefly with the unveiling of their gyro-stabilizer MōVI, overwhelming response to Laforet’s Vimeo gallery showcasing the stabilizer, and award wins at NAB this past week. It looks like things are only getting better — not just for Freefly, but for all of you who want to get your hands on your very own MōVI. It’s availability, pre-ordering details, product information, and updates on Freefly and Vincent Laforet’s Twitter contest have been released. More »

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As we posted earlier this week, the handheld stabilizer that utilizes gyro stabilization and accelerometer technology, the MōVI, is getting all kinds of attention — rightfully so considering what it can do. Today, update on Vincent Laforet’s blog post about the MōVI announces that two TWO of these bad boys are being given away. All you need to do to be in the running to get one for free is follow both @freeflycinema and @vincentlaforet on Twitter. After receiving almost 1 million views on its videos in just a few days, Freefly Cinema’s MōVI is clearly an incredibly desired item. Laforet’s blog lays it out below. More »

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Speaking of gyro-stabilizers, it’s very rare that I look at a demo video of new gear with my jaw all the way on the floor, but after watching one for the new handheld stabilizing system called the MōVi, I simply couldn’t help myself. Designed by Freefly Systems, based in Seattle, the MōVi utilizes gyro stabilization and accelerometer technology that, when seen in action, seems less like a mechanism and more like magic. Think of it this way: it’s basically like your handheld rig is now a Steadicam, and pretty much anyone can learn to use it in minutes and get footage that normally would have required years of experience. Sound scary and wonderful? Read on for more. More »

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Whether you’re using the correct ISO’s on your camera, a “film style” shutter speed, or a grading friendly picture style — using the right settings will affect your ability to get the image you want out of your camera.  It’s with this in mind that Vincent Laforet shares his recommended settings for getting quality, gradable, filmic footage out of Canon HDSLRs: More »

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Here’s an excellent panel from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, sponsored by Adobe and featuring Vincent Laforet, Rob Legato, Jacob Rosenberg, and Sharlto Copley. The 77-minute panel follows, in full, with some pulled quotes and highlights: More »

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Events transpired quickly during Canon and RED’s dual announcements on Thursday night, so now that the dust has settled, what are people saying about the RED SCARLET-X (left) and Canon EOS C300 (right), other than the fact that they’re basically the same price? More »

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In response to the trailer for Like Crazy — the DSLR-shot indie feature that sold for $4 million at Sundance — some commenters asked about the merits of PL-mount lenses vs. Canon lenses. Traditionally, motion picture PL lenses are many times more expensive than Canon glass and offer better tactile, manual controls. But in the digital age, some of Canon’s features are suddenly handy, and RED recognizes this. More »

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Vincent Laforet has been up to great things lately with his blog, from shooting with RED EPIC to covering roundtrip editing between FCP 7 and Premiere. Along with Richard Harrington, Vincent has posted an hour-long tutorial on his complete RED and HDSLR workflow in Premiere Pro: More »

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At the currently-running 2011 Sundance Film Festival, there are a number of films that are premiering simultaneously in front of a live audience and online. One of these projects is the conclusion to the Canon- and Vimeo-sponsored Story Beyond the Still contest, which, according to Canon, is “the largest online collaborative film contest in history.” Largest or not, the chapter-by-chapter crowdsourced film has produced some great individual shorts, and now for the first time it’s available as one complete film — with a new final chapter to cap it off. Watch the 38-minute compendium in its entirety here: More »

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I mentioned in a previous post that Vincent Laforet and I will be on a panel together as part of next weekend’s PhotoPlus Expo (which takes place Oct 28-30 here in NYC), along with Vimeo cohort Blake Whitman. I was actually planning on heading to Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity (and Stephen Colbert’s Keep Fear Alive march) on October 30th, but then I realized our panel Platform Building: Using Online Video Sharing to Attract an Audience, Establish Creativity and Network takes place at the same time. So unless you’re in DC, definitely think about registering for the conference. More details on the panel: More »

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They don’t look all that different from the still cameras of yesteryear, but recent DSLRs from Canon, Nikon and Panasonic do more than shoot still photos: they shoot a bunch of still photos in rapid succession and string them together into fantastic movies. Sure, compact point-and-shoot cameras also have a movie mode these days, but the large sensors inside DSLRs make them capable of producing eye-popping movies for mind-blowingly cheap… provided they’re in right hands. Here are ten sets of the right hands. More »

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First, Canon has announced a 24p/25p update to the Canon 5d Mark II; this is crucial and I will now be keeping the camera I purchased mere months ago. But I don’t have much interesting to say about that, other than, “thank the lord.”

There’s some other news out of the Canon camp today, however, and that’s what the title of this post is about. The thing about light is… when it comes to guerilla filmmaking, there’s never enough of it. More »